Reviewed by Tammy
TITLE: Stranded with Desire
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires, #15
AUTHOR: Vivien Dean & Rick R. Reed
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 228 Pages
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2016
When their plane crashed, their desire took flight.
CEO Maine Braxton and his invaluable assistant, Colby, don’t realize they share a deep secret: they’re in love—with each other. That secret may have never come to light but for a terrifying plane crash in the Cascade Mountains that changes everything.
In a struggle for survival, the two men brave bears, storms, and a life-threatening flood to make it out of the wilderness alive. The proximity to death makes them realize the importance of love over propriety. Confessions emerge. Passions ignite. They escape the wilds renewed and openly in love.
When they return to civilization, though, forces are already plotting to snuff out their short-lived romance and ruin everything both have worked so hard to achieve.
Maine Braxton and his assistant Colby LaSalle are on their way home from Chicago when their plane crashes into the Cascade Mountains during a vicious storm. Luckily they both survive with only minor injuries. They find an abandoned cabin where they spend the night after making their way down the mountain hopefully to safety. They are rescued by Maines pilot Rooster after being swept away by a flood!
It’s during their stay at the cabin that Maine and Colby go beyond their boss/employee relationship and talk about their personal lives like never have and never would have if they weren’t stranded in the wilds after having cheated death! Unbeknownst to the other they have both been extremely attracted to each other since Maine first interviewed Colby for his job. The time they spend walking out of the Cascades is time well spent for both of them as Maine realises he is tired of living a lie, he’s engaged to marry a wonderful woman Helen but he’s not in love with her and never will be. For the first time in his life Maine told someone about his first love, Eligio the son of the family he stayed with when he stayed in Tuscany when he was younger.
Colby has been in love with his boss practically from the moment he laid eyes on him. When Maine comes out to him after they made out on one of their rest stops, he tries to comfort Maine with the fact that just because they out doesn’t make him gay! He gets’ the shock of his life when Maine confesses that from the first time they met Colby has made his heart beat faster and he thinks about Colby last thing at night and first thing in the morning. To say Colby is shocked would be an understatement! Then Maine ruins it all by stating that they can never be.
Colby is devastated! Maine has no problem being what everyone wants him to be. Everyone but him!
After they are rescued, checked out at the local hospital and arriving at the hotel they’re staying at they discover reporters everywhere. Maine can’t believe they found them! There’s been a lot of strange things happening around Braxton Inc. lately and like them this situation smells bad. They make it up to their rooms but after everything they’ve been through Maine decides they need to talk because he has realised that he can’t go through with the wedding because he’s in love with Colby and when he gets to the end of his life he doesn’t want to look back with regrets.
And so begins the fight to live their lives together as a couple. Not only does Maine have to make the announcement before the shareholders that not only is he to getting married to Helen but he’s gay. Well, wasn’t that anticlimactic! No-body really cared. Then he has to tell his family and friends. Finally, Maine has to discover the identity of the person who is trying desperately to sabotage his company.
I must say I really enjoyed reading Stranded with Desire. The storyline isn’t one you come across all the time being rehashed! It is a completely new look at a work relationship between boss/employee. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to all m/m romance lovers.