“Go forward and make your dreams come true.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
David McIntyre and Rick Sutton are on a plane over the Pacific when they hit a freak storm, forcing them to land on a deserted island. (Let the hot sexiness begin and my fantasies run wild!) While on the island and their struggle to survive until they can be rescued (yes this is 2013 and people aren’t left for long on deserted islands these days), David has a dream that takes place during WWII that reveals to him his feelings and that perhaps wasting time isn’t such a good philosophy. Once the men are rescued and taken back to Hawaii, they come to grips with their feelings and struggle to make their relationship a reality.
I have to admit that when I opened the book and looked at the table of contents and saw that there were six chapters in the first part of the book followed by an interlude and then five chapters in the second part, that I thought “oh no, an interlude. Really?” I hate interludes and I will admit that when the intermission appears at Gone With The Wind, though not quite the same thing, I usually lose interest and go find other things to do. When I got to the middle of the book and encountered the interlude, I wasn’t sure if I was willing to invest the time to read 70 pages since I was more than ready for the two main characters to just get nasty and have sexy times! Being the good reviewer that I am (yes, I am a physician and I have a big ego, so I am a good reviewer—no comments please. I am still fragile! I also as a physician don’t do delayed gratification well. I did that for 12 years during my education. Ok. enough about me and my “ahem” big ego) I dived into the interlude. To quote Gomer Pyle, “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise,” delayed gratification was worth it. The interlude is the best part of the story! The interlude is a vital part to this story, and I have to commend Madison on how well she did her research into WWII and how very well she incorporated it into this great romance. The second part of the story does finally give the reader some much-needed gratification, and the ending I found very sweet and enduring.
My only criticism is that perhaps the book could use some editing to tighten the story line up a bit, and I would have liked maybe a little more tension in the beginning to gear me up for a more breathless gratification in the end. All in all, this story and its characters have stuck with me. I look forward to seeing more from this author!
Reviewed by: Bruce