Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 03/09/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Bisexual, Gay Romance
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.
I seriously considered not reviewing Beyond the Sea after all the hoopla on the gay-for-you trope that the blurb inspired. However, I wanted to see how the book actually handled the subject. I found a story of love, compassion, hope, and discovery as well as one that didn’t erase bisexuality. Yes, these two men had never considered other men as partners before their ordeal, but the circumstances they found themselves in led them to a love they had never thought they could have. They didn’t turn their backs on women, they turned their backs on other people, having found the one for them.
I loved both characters and the way they were portrayed. I loved the slow burn, although once the threshold was passed, it was hot, hot, hot! I loved the scenes on the island and how they had to trust each other. There was depth and emotion in how they grew and survived. The scenery was breathtaking as well.
I did feel that once they got back to “reality” things felt a little rushed. I would have liked to see more before the epilogue, although I loved the epilogue, I wanted to see how they coped not in a stress situation. We are told the results but I wanted to see it.
So, despite the titillating blurb that got people up in arms, the story itself is quite respectful and more than worth the read if you like seeing two men fall in love.
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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