Title: ‘Til Death Do Us Part (Vows #1)
Author: Addison Albright
Publisher: JMS Books
Release Date: April 3rd 2016
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 215 pages
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Henry and Sam Miller-Greene are living the dream. They love their careers — which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations — they love their home, Sam’s caring family, and each other. They disagree on the subject of adoption, but are fully committed to each other in marriage…’Til Death Do Us Part.
The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes and he’s presumed dead. But four people — Henry, two other men, and a child — survive undetected on a remote, small, and insignificant island. Will Sam and Henry’s love be able to survive, as well?
Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions, never knowing when disaster will strike. Sam struggles with his loss, but with help moves on with his life. Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Henry?
What can I say? I love deserted island survivor stories.
When TransOceanic Flight 3012 goes down there are only four survivors who manage to make it to a deserted island: Henry, Devon, Garret and Buddy. Using their skills sets: Henry is a marine biologist, Garret knows how to weave, and Devon has brute strength, the three men take care of Buddy, an under year old (they think) baby, and await rescue. Five years later they are still waiting.
Told from both Henry and his husband, Sam’s, points of view the story covers both the hope that the survivors will one day get off the island and back to “civilization”, and the devastation of loss when the love of your life goes down in a crash and is missing and presumed dead. I loved the emotion of the hope that Sam feels at first that they’ll be found, then the denial that Henry is dead, the grief of trying to move on, and finally, falling in love with someone else.
The men on the island know the world outside them has kept going, and they worry about their families, if their spouses have remarried, what they will do when they get off the island. Henry’s biggest worries are Sam moving on and if Henry will be allowed to keep custody of Buddy, who has been raised as his child and has known no other father.
Five years after the crash, Sam is notified Henry is alive and is immediately struck with what to do. His wedding to his fiancé is literally weeks away and must immediately be put on hold. Then it’s a rush to Henry to see just what the future holds.
I loved most of the nuances of the story. While the day to day island life was a bit mired in minutiae some of the time, I appreciated the author’s obvious research. My biggest issues were that the dialogue was a bit stiff at times, and things came a bit too easily to everyone. I felt like the resolution of the relationship angst was a little too quick, and I would have liked to have seen the resolution between Sam and Nash.
Also, the story starts most chapters with a flashback scene, which I sometimes felt dragged down the momentum of the story and caused me to skim a little. However, in the end this was filled with humor, emotion and hope and I eagerly turned each page to find out what happened next.
Bottom line: I enjoyed it thoroughly and I will definitely be checking out something else by Addison Albright.