Friday, December 17, 2010

Island Heat

Title: Island Heat
Author: A. J. Llewellyn & D. J. Manly
Publisher: Amber Allure
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ISBN: 978-1-61124-012-2
Genre: {M/M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

When the opportunity arises for Roman and Philippe, two of Hollywood’s hottest wedding planners to spend ten glorious days in beautiful Tahiti, they jump at it. The French government recently changed its laws and now allows certain foreign nationals to marry on its exotic island shores. With Roman only newly in remission from a near-fatal bout of cancer, the all-expense-paid trip couldn’t have come at a better time for the couple.

It’s like the honeymoon they never had with one potentially big problem; Philippe’s former lover, Tane, is still living in Tahiti and intends to get him back. Roman’s illness has made him feel insecure and watching Tane, the golden Tahitian god, make a play for his lover only makes his self-doubt worse.

Philippe loves Roman deeply but can’t deny that some small part of him wants to experience sex with Tane again. He would never betray Roman, but can his beloved welcome Tane into their bed or will the proposal of a threesome destroy their relationship forever?

Island Heat is the latest release by writing duo A. J. Llewellyn and D .J. Manly. First of all, let me say that I loved that the authors chose a male breast cancer survivor as one of the two main characters. The second unexpected plot choice was the tropical location. As far as I can remember, this is the first book I’ve read set on this exotic island. The descriptions of the various small islands that make up Tahiti are breathtaking and I loved all the little tidbits of customs and culture interspersed among the pages. It really made the island life and its people come to life, making me want to go out and buy a plane ticket. Now!

Roman and Philippe are both intriguing and likable men and both were affected in their own way by Roman’s near-fatal brush with cancer. Despite the horrible health scare, the attraction and passion swirling between these two men hasn’t lessened but only grown stronger and this island trip is just the time away they need after months of painful medical treatments. Putting their trip on an island where Philippe’s ex-lover still lived provided a wonderful point of conflict, allowing all kinds of contention to churn through their normally smooth-flowing relationship. This is a perfect example of the creative talent and flair of this established writing team.

I have to admit that I wasn’t thrilled with Tane on his first introduction but by the end of the book, I couldn’t help myself. He might be sexy and a hot stud in bed but I felt sorry for the guy. The supporting characters, especially those on the trip with Philippe and Roman, were an interesting and varied group. Some were funny, others annoying, and some loud and boisterous flirts. The conversations are at times fun and bantering and at other times serious but through it all, the plot and people flow smoothly and believably from one scene to the next.

Ultimately, this story is an emotional rollercoaster and for lovers of writers, A. J. Llewellyn & D. J. Manly, and male romances in general, I’m certain you’ll be pleased. Enjoy!

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