Synopsis from Goodreads
He’s Enigmatic, Dangerously Handsome, and COMPLETELY OFF-LIMITS…
The women who vacation on Mr. Rook’s exclusive island are looking for one thing and one thing only: to have their wildest romantic fantasies come to life. Pirates, cowboys, billionaires–there’s nothing Rook’s staff can’t deliver.
But when Stephanie Fitzgerald’s sister doesn’t return after her week in paradise, Stephanie will have to pose as a guest in order to dig for answers. Unfortunately, this means she’ll need to get close to the one thing on the island that’s not on the menu: the devastatingly handsome and intimidating Mr. Rook. And he’s not about to give the island’s secrets away.
Mimi Jean Pampiloff showcases her writing talent by turning her hand to romantic suspense – but Mr Rook is so much more than even the label romantic suspense would lead you to believe.
Stephanie is consumed by the disappearance of her sister, Cici. Determined to find out what has happened to her beloved sister, Stephanie retraces Cici’s last steps leading her to Mr Rook’s Island. However, to get there she has to basically make a deal with the devil, to raise the money for an ALL-INCLUSIVE *waggles eyebrows* vacation at this mysterious resort guaranteed to make all of your fantasies come true.
Yes, I am old enough to have a vague recollection of the TV series – Fantasy Island – but I bet it didn’t have any fantasies quite like these!!!
The initial interactions with Stephanie on the island are a little cringe-worthy in her attempt to garner the attention of the elusive Mr Rook. Stephanie has been dealing with a lot of emotional baggage exasperated by the disappearance of her sister – resulting in anxiety and panic attacks at being touched. However, her interactions with Mr Rook ignite an attraction Stephanie has never felt before. Although Mr Rook is off-limits in more ways than one and not for any obvious reasons. the reasons to his aloofness and guarded nature are part of the added tension within the narrative and a much bigger mystery than you would expect.
There a a number of strange incidents alongside vague hints as to the nature of the island and Mr Rook himself, as well uncovering the whereabouts of her sister. The seeds are sown for the introduction of a supernatural element within the plot – it really is a tangled web of plot threads which Mimi controls masterfully.
Mr Rook ends with more questions than answers – I am desperate to know what happens next.