Title: Beyond the Sea
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: March 15th 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 275 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.6 stars out of 5
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’m going to let you in on a little secret – I love the stranded on a deserted island trope. It’s my crack. Mostly because I know I’d personally be dead within weeks, if not days, so I’m constantly fascinated by fictional characters who survive months or years on an island with nothing but a few supplies and their wits about them.
When twenty-six year old boy band superstar Troy Tanner has had enough of his younger brother, and band mate’s, drug use, especially after watching his father self-destruct the same way, he quits their latest tour and hires a private jet, with only a Captain and first officer, to get from Australia back to L.A. in order to put some distance between then and hopefully wake his brother up.
Brian Sinclair is a thirty-nine year old pilot suffering from a past that haunts him daily. While flying to L.A. a cyclone strikes without warning, but they’re able to make a miraculous landing on a deserted island, with a tragic outcome. With Brian and Troy left battered, but alive, Brian is able to save some supplies from the plane before it’s swept away, and the two make their way onto the island.
This begins their, sometimes harrowing, adventure of trying to stay alive long enough to be rescued. Andrews writes about their trials really well, and it totally drew me in to their struggle, and how the two go from strangers, to friends, and eventually to lovers. How their affection grows for each other in a terribly stressful situation, to their realization it’s turned into love.
It made his belly flutter to think of it, and it was becoming impossible not to think. Impossible not to question what was really happening, because this had gone past the physical. Miles beyond.
I loved the story, the characters, the way the whole thing flowed, and just really, thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.
Brian ran his thumb over Troy’s full lips and the perfect cleft in his chin. “It’s strange to think about what life would be like if we hadn’t crashed. If that crazy weather hadn’t come out of nowhere, we would have flown to LA and said goodbye. Routine. I barely would have talked to you. Would have gotten mandatory rest and turned around to fly back. Just another job.”
“I can’t even… Whoa, man. It blows my mind to think about it. Not knowing you? I can’t imagine it.”
Brian threaded their fingers together. “Guess life’s like this. All these untaken roads we never even know about. All because of chance. Or fate, if you believe in that kind of thing.”