We continue Liam and Sam’s story, but we also get to meet Paul and Olaf. I couldn’t resist. If you missed it, check out my review of book 1, Isle of Where?
Author: Sue Brown
Narrator: Max Lehnen
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars Overall
Story Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
Narration Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
Sequel to The Isle of… Where?
After a whirlwind vacation on the Isle of Wight, where he found the love of his life, Sam Owens sends Liam Marshall home to Michigan to tie up loose ends so they can be together forever. When all communication with Liam goes silent, Sam worries. Fearing the worst, he enlists the help of his brother, British Metropolitan police officer Paul Owens, to help him find Liam and get him back safely in time for their wedding. Paul has little difficulty digging into this mystery across the pond. Paul is also good-looking and openly bisexual, all of which adds to the dismay of Wisconsin Detective Olaf Skandik.
Olaf is ex-military and still closeted now that he’s part of the police department. He’s frustrated, hemmed in by the walls he’s erected, and when he meets Paul, he wonders if this may be the time and opportunity for change. Looking into his brother’s missing fiancé, Paul also starts looking into Olaf, and business soon mixes with pleasure, a bit of romance that may strengthen his case for them to make a future together.
We pick up the story a few months after the events of Isle of… Where? Sam is desperate to find his fiance, Liam, from whom he has not heard a thing in 5 days. He enlists the help of his little brother and London police officer, Paul, and they fly off to American in search of Liam. While there Paul meets and falls for Olaf, but they can’t do the long distance thing like his brother and Liam… Can they?
We met Paul very briefly in book 1. I will be honest, I did not have the most favorable opinion of him at the end of that book. It probably took about half of this one before I really warmed up to him. Olaf is the stereotypical closeted alpha-male. They have a brief affair and Paul goes back to England. We then jump into the future a few months, just in time for Gran to come in and hit Paul over the head about being stubborn (she is good at that) and Sam to conveniently find a reason for Paul and Olaf to see each other again.
There was not a lot in this story that I didn’t see coming. It was also very low on the angst scale. I did enjoy catching up with Sam and Liam from the first book. I suspect we will be seeing another book in the series soon, and I will be reading it as soon as it is available.
This is the 5th or 6th book I have listened to narrated by Max Lehnen. I always know I am going to get a quality product with his narrations. This was no exception. I am not from the UK, so I can not speak to how well he did the accent for the British characters, but he slipped between the British and American accents seamlessly depending on who was talking. After the first chapter his voice fell away and left only the story. Unlike Isle of… Where? the speaking character in Isle of… Wishes is British. Lehnen reserved his use of the accent for only the dialogue and did the prose in his “normal” speaking voice. I know some people will have issue with this, but it did not bother me in the least.
I would like to thank Dreamspinner Press for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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