Blurb: Shaw is in Fiji to sell a stolen painting to the crime boss, Vornis. It will be the deal of a lifetime, if Shaw can pull it off. But then Vornis parades his latest toy around in front of him—a captured DEA agent whose time is running out. It’s none of Shaw’s business, and it doesn’t matter that under any other circumstances Lee would be exactly Shaw’s type: he’s young, he’s hot, and he might even have a personality if they hadn’t beaten it out of him. Too bad there’s no way Lee is getting off the island. Too bad there’s nothing Shaw can do for him. And too bad there are some lines that even Shaw won’t cross.
Keeping his hands off Lee proves harder than he thinks, but Shaw’s not stupid enough to fall for the tortured captive of a dangerous crime boss, is he? If he did, it wouldn’t be just his job he would be risking—it would be his life.
Publisher’s Warning: Readers with a history of rape or sexual abuse may find elements of this story disturbing.
Rating: 5 stars
Review: Not much to say about this book that hasn’t been written before. The writing was superb, the author took great care in taking us through Shaw and Lee’s experiences on that island. From the start you could ascertain Shaw’s inner strength and resolve with the author giving us glimpses into his psyche. I could understand both his actions and his thoughts and could not fault him for either of them. As for Lee, I just wanted to get him out of there and shelter him from further harm.
The author’s pace was both excruciating and exciting. At times, I didn’t think I could get through the scenes and Lee’s inner turmoils. They were a very hard read for me. And Shaw’s too, because I could really understand his hesitancy and his determination not to get involved. It was exciting, because I really did want to see how it all came about, what the result would be and how the author would bring it all together in the end.
I wouldn’t recommend this book just to anyone, but it is an amazing read, full of emotions, heartache and turmoil. To me this book served as a reminder that inner strength and trust placed in the right person can help you cope with most anything. A really beautiful read.