Islands in the Stream by Liberty Lace ~ Book Review by Zane

IslandsInTheStream1Title: Islands in the Stream

Author: Liberty Lace

Publisher: Wilde City

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 12/04/2015

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Contemporary, Erotica, Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Taboo

Blurb:

At only twenty-one years of age, Daniel Hastings is a young man headed for the top of his game. As Assistant Chief Acquisitions Assessor for a major property development firm, it’s Daniel’s job to assess the viability and investment potential of land opportunities, usually bringing in millions of dollars in profits for his firm. The key to his career is to convince the previous owners of the land to part with their precious properties, and Daniel has found that everything is for sale… at the right price.

That is until he arrives on Saint Etienne, a tiny Caribbean island that a major resort chain intends to develop into a billionaire’s playground. It’s up to Daniel to assess the situation and convince the villagers to sign over their island home… and if they refuse, Daniel and his colleague are under strict instructions to find any legal loophole they can to snatch the untouched piece of paradise out from under its owners.

But there’s one inhabitant on this island Daniel wasn’t expecting to find—his estranged father, Nick… a man who walked out of his son’s life just when the two of them where beginning to understand one another.

Will Daniel give his father a second chance? Will he discover there’s more to life than profits and acquisitions? Or will his career take priority over the life Daniel was destined to live?

My View:

Okay, so where to start…

Even from the first couple chapters, I knew this wasn’t going to be a favorite book of mine. There were a lot of problems with this book. It has potential, but needs good developmental and line editors to really make this book shine.

The opening is bland and boring. There’s nothing to hook me in, nothing to capture my attention or pique my interest. If this had been something I’d found scrolling through Amazon or the publisher’s site, I’d have kept scrolling. Since it wasn’t, I read on.

The main character isn’t likeable either, so I didn’t even have that to keep me interested. He’s pretentious and a bit of a dick. Not really a main character you can connect to. He “evolves” throughout the book but only when forced to after drinking a magic potion.

Another thing that needs a lot of work is the dialog in this book. It’d really benefit from a good line editor who can make it sound less stilted and unnatural. Nothing any of the characters say sound like something you could expect a real person to say in real life.

Which brings me to the most unrealistic part of the book. The over-all plot itself. There’s voodoo and magic that’s just kinda thrown in there. None of it is believable and just made me roll my eyes.

I’m a huge incest and pseudo-incest fan, but the relationship in this book is just unbelievable. There’s nothing that draws these characters together. Nothing that would make a son who has despised his father for years suddenly want to be in a sexual relationship with the man, other than the poorly thrown in voodoo potion he drinks. But even before that, he gets a boner over the man and rubs one off thinking about him, something people generally don’t do to their fathers, much less a father they hate.

The only reason I didn’t give this only a single star is because it was well written in a technical sense. There weren’t typos or spelling errors. There was a single formatting error, but I chalked that up to a problem with the ARC and not a problem with the book itself.

But overall, this isn’t a book I was thrilled with, which is disappointing since I’ve enjoyed other books by Liberty Lace. I’m not sure what went wrong during the writing of this book, but I was very disappointed.

Links

Islands in the Stream on Goodreads
Wilde City
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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