Friday, October 12, 2012

The Island by Lisa Henry

Title:  The Island
AuthorLisa Henry
My Rating: A

Genre: Romantic Suspense (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Shaw and Lee
Release Date: January 2012
ISBN: ebook

Publisher: Loose ID

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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:

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 parades 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 Warning: Readers with a history of rape or sexual abuse may find elements of this story disturbing.

My Review:

Whoa, this was an incredible story. Shaw is stuck. He knows what's happening to Lee is wrong, but he's as trapped on this island as Lee is. If he does something to try to save him, then it just means that Shaw will die too. It's an awful, horrible situation and he is stuck knowing that Lee is being raped and tortured and probably quickly on his way to death. Shaw tries to keep himself separate, to keep it from torturing his mind, but Lee touches him emotionally in a place that he honestly thought was dead. The entire situation is heartbreaking. 

Then there's Lee. He's broken. He knows he's broken...clinging to snippets of sanity and every day Shaw represents more and more of a portion of those snippets. Shaw is giving him hope just by treating him like a human being when he's become nothing more than an animal for too long. 

For me, the entire story was heartbreaking, but the killer was the eyes. That's the first thing Shaw notices about Lee...his green eyes. That's how Lee knows that Shaw sees him as a human...he looks him in the eyes. For these two, they have a connection and it's apparent every time they look into each other's eyes. I LOVED THAT. 

This book is emotional, but in such a good way. There are so many tiny moments that just melt your heart as a reader. In the midst of all this real ugliness, the author creates vignettes of beauty that make the whole story really beautiful and about the amazing connection between these two men in the absolute worst of circumstances.

I enjoyed every part of the story, although it absolutely is graphic and awful with what is happening to Lee, but what made the story so amazing to me was what happens after they escape. It's not immediate magic and romance. I like how real the author made their circumstance. Lee's not in a good place and needs to heal. I thought the entire book was written just so well...from start to finish. Just a really fantastic book.

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