Reviewed by Kat
SERIES: World of Love | Bermuda
AUTHOR: Lucie Archer
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 97 pages
RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2017
When two very different men are stranded on a deserted island, will opposites attract, or will they end up killing each other—if the elements don’t get them first?
Marc Reed is an expert scuba diver and leads underwater tours of the infamous shipwrecks scattered around Bermuda. When a robbery forces him and his boss’s son—a man he despises on principle—to take shelter on an uncharted island, he might have to reassess his opinion of the spoiled snob.
Ian Blythe-Darcy II lives a life most would envy. He’s a trust-fund kid being groomed to take over his father’s empire of hotels and resorts. But it’s not a life that matches what’s in his heart. He’s in the closet and engaged to a socialite he doesn’t love, but he’s about to get a crash course in being true to himself—and maybe learn money can’t buy happiness after all.
World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.
This was a sweet, fast little romantic adventure in Bermuda that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Ian is so far in the closet that it would take a search party to find him. He is engaged to marry a beautiful socialite that is of the same social standing as his family in England. The ring has been put on her finger, the invitations have been sent out, the hall has been booked but he couldn’t be more miserable if he tried. That and his father, Ian Sr. is always on his case. Being rich and heir to a large hotel chain has responsibilities that he must adhere to. So Ian is pretty darn depressed about where his life has ventured into. After a verbal altercation with his father over business he heads out to the beach of their resort in Bermuda. Partaking in the local rum has taken a bit of the sting out of the argument. Then a gorgeous young man calls his name and informs him that his father has booked him a snorkeling trip. Just one more thing that his father has taken control of in his life. Although the men get off on a bad foot…Ian is still upset with his father and his life in general and Marc is missing out on his first day with friends in a month. But soon they are forced to work together to survive. “My Paradise Is You” is the story of survival after being lost at sea on a deserted Island.
I really liked both guys. They came off as a bit “pissy” in the beginning, but life has taken some troublesome turns. Relationship perils plague their minds and that is a hard battle to beat. I got where each man was coming from. Life can jade you or make you reluctant to try to branch out and try the unknown. But, when survival against nature intercedes, the two men turn to each other.
Although a pretty short book, I felt that the characters were well developed and I knew who they were. The epilogue was especially sweet and wonderful, tying up the loose ends and not leaving me dangling.
This is a series but not in the traditional sense of the word. It is different artists telling stories of gay romance around the world. I have read a few books from the series and have enjoyed each one.
If you are looking for a feel-good story with a bit of adventure then I highly recommend that you give this story a try.