Two straight guys. One desert island.
Even if it means quitting their boy band mid-tour, Troy Tanner isn’t going to watch his little brother snort his future away after addiction destroyed their father. On a private jet taking him home from Australia, he and pilot Brian Sinclair soar above the vast South Pacific. Brian lost his passion for flying—and joy in life—after a traumatic crash, but now he and Troy must fight to survive when a cyclone strikes without warning.
Marooned a thousand miles from civilization, the turquoise water and white sand beach look like paradise. But although they can fish and make fire, the smallest infection or bacteria could be deadly. When the days turn into weeks with no sign of rescue, Troy and Brian grow closer, and friendship deepens into desire.
As they learn sexuality is about more than straight or gay and discover their true selves, the world they've built together is thrown into chaos. If Troy and Brian make it off the island, can their love endure?
This is an LGBT romance about discovering yourself, finding love, and eating way too many coconuts. 85,000 words.
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Troy is a member of a boy band fleeing his drug abusing bandmate/brother Tyson in a fit after learning his bro's on heroin. Brian is the co-pilot on the long range charter flight to bring him from Australia to LA. The plane crashes, killing the pilot, leaving Brian and Troy marooned on a desert isle in the atolls of the south Pacific. They are lucky to have survived, and to find nourishment on the island. They set to work surviving, in the hope of being found. They bond. Slowly, Troy--the sunny optimist--begins to realize what Brian has known all along...a rescue is unlikely, and less likely with every passing day. It's a hard truth to own, as Troy feels terribly guilty for chartering the plane. He agonizes over Tyson's well-being, and he's lonely. He is used to never truly being alone, and this isolation with Brian is both a comfort and a curse. He's held tight to some very ugly secrets and this connection to Brian--as the closest confidante he's ever had--is confusing for him. He admires Brian, and this admiration leads to feelings of intimacy that he questions, a bit. Brian, for his part, is overwhelmed by loss. This was not his first plane crash and he never anticipated surviving another. He's stunned at how well Troy takes to marooned life. He'd expected a diva, and he's pleasantly surprised at Troy's unfailing strength and constantly upbeat nature. As an introvert, Brian needs some alone time, and soon recognizes that he looks forward to seeing Troy more and more. His usual erotic fantasies aren't cutting it, not when Troy's image intervenes. This is troubling to Brian, but not too much. Troy is the closest friend he's had in...ever? He's sexually frustrated, but that's a small issue. Brian had closed himself off to his friendships a few years before and his forced occupation with Troy opens wounds he'd thought healed. Together, Troy and Brian find companionship and connection they hadn't experienced, and it's great for them. It leads to some sexual experimentation, and that helps to bond them closer. I totally enjoyed this book. I was so captivated by the survival aspects and how these guys made it work. There are really harrowing bits, from the crash to the establishment of shelter, and the creepy-crawlies in the jungle. I liked how they had to work hard to survive, to some degree. Likewise, their attraction is something the characters work for. They get to know each other. They learn to like each other. They are deeply connected friends before they are anything more. Each man has a bit of a crisis with regard to their developing attraction. At first it's all: We're the last two people on the planet, practically, so why should we get bogged in societal norms/issues. They each adjust their hetero minds into a more "bi" space. As they experience more physical intimacy their feelings creep into love--and that's when it gets a whole lot more complicated. Whatever people may feel about Gay For You as a trope, I think that there are a lot of people who believe themselves to be bisexual and resist same-sex attraction for myriad reasons. I enjoy stories that have characters make big choices and have big adventures. I enjoy stories that have some logical progression, and I'm rather certain that survivors on a desert isle would likely find physical and emotional solace with each other. Of course, I grew up watching THE BLUE LAGOON on cable TV and, well, two healthy, isolated, straight dudes tentatively getting it on is nothing compa
✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ FOUR-STAR ✩ REVIEW ✩ ✩ ✩ ✩ ⭐ ⭐ Provided by Author in Exchange for an Honest Review ⭐ ⭐ Judging a Book by it's Cover: Two men, clothed, but in the beginning stages of passion, ready to disrobe. Tropical beach scene surroundings. Synopsis sounds a cliche and silly, but I'm willing to give it a chance. Looking Deeper: Third-person POV. Troy walks in on his brother, bandmates and girlfriend partying it up and walks out after it's clear that his brother did not take an ultimatum to quit seriously. With plans to fly home from Sydney to L.A., he hires a small jet to get him home immediately. Brian is the pilot's second. Once hailed a hero after averting an air disaster, he suffers survivor's guilt and cannot stomach the thought of captaining again. A sudden storm brings the plane down on an uninhabited island hundreds of miles from any other civilization. If you are looking for a full-on m/m romance in this story, this may not be the book for you. As the synopsis claims, these *are* two straight men that must depend on one another to survive and ever-so slowly develop a bond that forms a relationship. Only about thirty percent of the story involves them as a couple. But the journey they face in getting there, and their discoveries post-rescue take the reader on an adventure that is a pleasure to read nonetheless. There is not a lot of room for secondary characters while they are on the island, there are a few pre- and post- that add some dynamics, depth and minor conflicts. The dialogue is fantastic. Characters interact naturally. The plot was not as chaotic and deep as some, but it did not really need to be - in fact, the stripped bare feel to parts of it were a nice reflection of situation and circumstances that surrounded Troy and Brian while stranded. Predictability was low and the conclusion was solidly provided with a short flash-forward style epilogue. Overall, although it was lower in M/M Romance content, the story of survival and opening up to new horizons was well told and enjoyable to read. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Rating: [R] ~ Score: 4.2 ~ Stars: 4 -------------------------------------------------------------------------