Sunday, March 13, 2016

ARC Review: Beyond the Sea by Keira Andrews

Beyond the Sea
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?

Todd's rating:

Okay, I'm a dirty ho. There, I said it.

When I first saw the blurb for Keira's new book, "Beyond the Sea," of course my filthy mind went directly to thinking that the plane would crash, the questionably-straight guys would immediately land on one another's dicks and sexy times would ensue.


This is not that book and I absolutely loved Keira's unique approach to the story.

Instead, what I got was a story that was extremely compelling and completely held my attention. Not a lot of books do that for me.

I didn't even realize that said 'sexy times' were held off until half way through the book until they began and I looked at the percent complete status. But that didn't matter in the slightest, as the story was just that damn good.

At 26, Troy is the half Filipino, half Caucasian veteran of both a teen TV show and popular boy band, who's always done what he's told and never made any real life decisions for himself.

And at 39, Brian is an ex-commercial airline pilot who's been through a traumatic event, unable to forgive himself, since several passengers died while on his watch, so now he will only ever sit in the co-pilot's seat.

I truly loved the give and take dynamic between Troy, who has the world at his feet when they first meet, and Brian, who's basically at his own rock bottom mentally, hiding from old friends and the world in general.

Brian helps Troy realize that he did his very best for his drug addict father and Troy helps Brian come to terms with the airline crash that sent him fleeing to the other side of the globe.

What I also loved was how the two were always there for one another when trying to survive day to day on the island and how natural their interactions felt. Nothing was ever one sided between them, even when it came to sex.

And yes, there was sex. Eventually. I snorted so hard at their first 'touch' and immediately had to ping Keira on Facebook to tell her how funny I found that opening sexy scene.

Then things actually got pretty steamy, but never felt gratuitous or that the guys were only 'worked up' and that the sex was only a means of getting off. It was about their deep personal connection to one another, which just happened to overflow into the physical.

(But the dirty ho in me still found those scenes smoking hot. Just sayin'.)

Plus, I thoroughly enjoyed the epilogue, from 4 years down the road, where we see the guys happily together, dissenters be damned, and in careers that make them both very happy.

Is gay for you a real thing? Who knows? Who CARES! Unicorns and shifters aren't real, but I love the crap out of some books in those genres, too.

And this one was done really well, so it rates a solid 4.5 stars for me and I highly recommend it for the story, not for any possible titillation regarding GFY.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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