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?
I haven’t read many ‘stranded on a deserted island’ books. I think something about all the logistics of such a situation gets in the way of me just settling in and enjoying the fairy tale. Maybe the movie “Outcast” ruined it for me. So, I was conflicted reading a romance book by one of my favorites authors about one of my least favorite tropes. Despite the fear of sand in painful places stuck on the brain, I gave it a go.
And it was worth it!
Both main characters, Troy, the boyband superstar with family woes, and Brian, the airline pilot suffering survivor’s guilt, were broken in ways, yet clearly fixable as well…I felt hopeful the entire time for each of them to find their path. The slow build of friendship, to deep trust, to longing, to lust and love was carefully crafted by the author and the journey felt…believable. No instalove. But rather, an opening of minds and hearts, an honest connection that grew to much more.
Even the details of living on the island felt real to me. The dangers. The coping. The isolation. The survival. Yet, all in all, this book is driven by the relationship between the two MC’s…those are the parts to be savored.
Watching two characters fall in love, step by slow step…it was a treat.
Really, Keira Andrews’ writing gets better and better with each book, in my opinion. She’s a great storyteller. And she does that with a subtlety in Beyond the Sea that really worked for me.
Truth be told, if I had issue with anything with this book, it’s the perfect-little-bow ending. It worked. It just was borderline too sappy. Now, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t thrilled how it turned out! I most certainly was! The happy ending was worth it!
If you’re a classic contemporary romance fan, this one works! It’s sweet and funny and takes it’s time getting there. And if you’re a fan of the author, I’m pretty certain you’ll love it!