The Island by Lisa Henry
Shaw is in Fiji to sell a stolen painting to the crime boss, Vornis. It will be the deal of a lifetime, if Shaw can pull it off. But then Vornis to parade his latest toy around in front of him–a captured DEA agent whose time is running out. It’s none of Shaw’s business, and it doesn’t matter that under any other circumstances Lee would be exactly Shaw’s type: he’s young, he’s hot, and he might even have a personality if they hadn’t beaten it out of him. Too bad there’s no way Lee is getting off the island. Too bad there’s nothing Shaw can do for him. And too bad there are some lines that even Shaw won’t cross.
Keeping his hands off Lee proves harder than he thinks, but Shaw’s not stupid enough to fall for the tortured captive of a dangerous crime boss, is he? If he did, it wouldn’t be just his job he would be risking–it would be his life.
Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, violence, flashback to sexual violence.
Publisher’s warning: Readers with a history of rape or sexual abuse may find elements of this story disturbing.
I was prepared for a story a whole lot darker than this story was. Lee is a captured DEA agent that is being raped and tortured on a Fiji island. Shaw is a “middle” man whose business is putting together buyers and sellers. He’s on the island to sell a stolen painting to the man who has Lee. The story has many twists and turns to it. You can’t help feeling for Lee and wondering why Shaw is being such a jerk, for want of a word.
The writer has done an outstanding job in detailing the scene and characters. I thought there would have been a bit more explanations of Lee’s character, especially later in the story, but it didn’t detract from the story. The characters are believable for the most part. I did think it strange about Lee with his age and work history. I just had a hard time believing that at his age he would be on an operation like he was with no indication of prior experience. They also made him appear a lot more naïve than I think most in law enforcement are. This didn’t put me off the story and may not have even raised any questions in my mind if I didn’t have a bit of experience in this field. I really enjoyed seeing these two and what they went through, how they made a connection out the chaos around them.
Posted on Wednesday, October 16th, 2013, in Book Review, Contemporary, Five Roses, M/M Romance, Novel: 150 pages and above, TJ and tagged Five Roses, Lisa Henry, Loose ID, M/M Romance, Novel. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.