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The Island [Kindle Edition]

Lisa Henry
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Genre: LGBT Contemporary

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 has to parade 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 Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, violence, flashback to sexual violence.

Publisher's warning: Readers with a history of rape or sexual abuse may find elements of this story disturbing.


Editorial Reviews

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"Shaw is the anti-hero you will love. I loved this book! Ms. Henry is my favourite non-consensual m/m erotic writer. So far, she is two for two with five star ratings from me." The Romance Reviews 

"Loved the intrigue and suspense. The pace is tight and sharp, the emotions bleeding through the pages and the love between these two men nowhere near perfect, but real. And strong."    - The Reader's Roundtable
"Very highly recommended!"   - All Romance EBooks

Product Details

  • File Size: 389 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611188334
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Loose Id LLC (January 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006VX67IO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,871 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating high tension crime drama January 10, 2012
By C Green
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I love stories that suck you in and this one does. It has that high tension danger with the sexual edge to it. You are not sure how good the good guy is and you are not sure how crazy the bad guy is. Caught in the middle is a young man suffering abuse and at risk of going insane or dying. So this is not a light little romp. The product warning on this one is valid, not just a tease. There is real rape here not just romanticized rape (though thankfully most of the gory details are kept off screen). But the characters are well drawn and their internal struggles to maintain an identity while dealing with doing what it takes to survive makes you really care about them. There is something about danger that makes the moments of sweetness just that much sweeter. I thought the author did well with how this story tied up. Everything wasn't just magically better. They avoided death but they still had to recover from their experiences. I read this author's previous book Tribute and I think her writing has just gotten stronger.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intemse, grabs you by the throat January 14, 2012
By Tom W
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The nightmare starts with Adam Shaw flying in to the small island owned by Vornis off of Fiji. He is to broker a deal to sell a stolen masterpiece to the criminal boss. The deal will open doors for him to make connections to other of Vornis'...stature.

When he settles in on the island, Shaw is introduced to Vornis' toy, a young American agent captured in a botched operation on his stronghold in Colombia. The boy is broken. Little more than an animal, a dog. It amuses Vornis to give him to Shaw for his use while he verifies the authenticity of the painting. And he will introduce Shaw to some of his acquaintances who are due at the end of the week.

It is obvious the boy has been beaten, tortured, starved, and raped. Shaw is not a good man, but he is not a monster. While he is attracted, he will not rape him. Quietly he tries to draw the boy out a little. But the drug and beatings have taken a toll.

"What's the first thing you remember?"

It is what the boy tries to make himself remember every day. One more day that he retains a little of himself before the torture and drugs beat him back into nothingness again.

Shaw does what he can, knowing he is being watched. But he is there to do a job. And nothing will get in the way of that. As long as he keeps focus, he will be fine. And he cannot let the boy take away his focus. Not even if he has to lie to himself. Or be honest about what kind of man he really is.

"Jesus, everybody had some delusion they clung to pathetically to convince themselves they were better than the next guy."

Every day with Shaw brings the boy back a little. He remembers. His name is Lee. He dares to remember a little more. Dares to hope.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow August 1, 2012
By JustJen
Format:Kindle Edition
I always feel like I should apologize or feel bad saying how much I love an engaging, well written story about rape/torture. This one manages to paint such a descriptive picture while using very few actual words. By that, I mean that we know about Lee's r/t, when it happens and the results. But we don't see much of the actual scenes. What we are shown is a bit cringworthy. Shaw is a constant contradiction; he's bad, but he's not, then he is, etc. Things seem so hopeless for Lee. There is a little mystery surrounding the details of how he ended up on the island.

Vornis is a creepy, brutal SOB. I loved thinking of the posssible ways this could turn out, how Shaw would leave things, if he would be allowed to leave at all. This book had me riveted and staying up way too late to finish.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this book February 23, 2012
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I read previous reviews, bought the book but was then so disturbed that I kept it on my Kindle for weeks before I had the courage to read it.It's dark, sadistic and violent but it all ties up and ends well.

The writing was flawless, the plot was original and it's definitely one of those books you'll remember.

There is sex in the book but it doesn't overwhelm the story - (if you don't count the rapes.

The length of the book made it a good read for the money.

I'm looking forward to more books by this author and hope they'll meet or exceed the standards set in this novel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended September 15, 2013
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I can't get myself to write a review on the books that I've read, bad habit, I know. But I HAD to write one for `the island'

Firstly the author has a very fluid writing style and at no point did it flounder. I really liked the character Shaw and could actually feel his conflicts on his introspection of if he was losing his grip with his humanity and at point he was a monster.

Many a times, while reading a book, I have felt the angst and the emotions of the main characters, as if it were really happening to me ,i.e., Amy Lane's Mourning Heaven (throughout the book ), Chris Owen's Bare Back ( when one of the MC's cheats - it felt like a punch to the gut ) and mentally play over scenarios of how I'd react in a similar situation. But while reading the Island, I felt as if I was peering out of a cocoon and watching the story enfold. It was probably because of this, that even though the events in the book were dark and nightmarish, I didn't feel the need to take a breather.

The villains' while they are sadists and inflict maximum torment, also lead normal lives ( if you overlook the terrorism and drug dealing ) of a doting husband and father , at least by what's inferred. This is what makes them truly scary.

I don't know what I feel about this book....would I reread it? Not likely, at least not anytime soon, But I am glad that I read it and will buy more from this author, but read some fluffy books before I dare to do so.

At one point, the other MC is mentally preparing to face his torture/execution and his thoughts are all over the place and he recounts all the things that have happened to him that one can take away and this is what stuck to me the most, `no matter what happens, my soul is unbreakable'. I took my breather here.

I would definitely recommend this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars. Not your typical M/M romance
First of all I am not a fan of dark reads or torture themes or even consenting BDSM themes. So the first 50% of the novel was kind of hard for me to work through but this book is... Read more
Published 2 months ago by teriwu
4.0 out of 5 stars *Spoiler - the HEA was very sweet. Highly recommend BUT heed author...
Intriguing start. Shaw is a very complex yet very human man. I felt for him in his struggle to do the right thing for Lee. *Spoiler - the HEA was very sweet. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy wowzer!
This has to be one of the most twisted, disturbing, interesting, can’t put it down but I’m afraid to turn the page, books that I have read in a very long time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Crystal's Many Reviewers
4.0 out of 5 stars Redemption on an Island
This one was a little painful to read. It involved non-consensual sex and torture. I wouldn't have read it had I know but I actually enjoyed it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ezinwanyi
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!
I was well aware Lisa Henry does not write run of the mill m/m books so was looking forward to The Island! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tracy Shayler
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
That's all I can say.. I felt every emotion of this book.. I felt Shaw.. I really felt Lee.. Everything the tension desperation , everything.. The ending was good .. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing characters, brilliant story
The Island is certainly not a light, easy read, but it is a brilliant one. Lisa Henry's fluid, evocative style effortlessly drew me into the story and kept my attention from... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Aniko
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly moving
Sometimes I randomly pick up stories without reading the blurbs or knowing the author. This was one of those stories. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Sassy Lane
3.0 out of 5 stars A well written book, a cold narration of a harrowing tale.
I liked the concept of this book, it was out of box and seemed like it would be a gripping story of captivity and love between the captive and saviour. Not so much. Read more
Published 10 months ago by starsaga
5.0 out of 5 stars Riviting and Intense
I had to put this book down so many times. It just got so intense that I couldn't read another word but then I couldn't stand not to read the next word. Read more
Published 11 months ago by kittylips
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More About the Author

Lisa likes to tell stories, mostly with hot guys and happily ever afters.

Lisa lives in tropical North Queensland, Australia. She doesn't know why, because she hates the heat, but she suspects she's too lazy to move. She spends half her time slaving away as a government minion, and the other half plotting her escape.

She attended university at sixteen, not because she was a child prodigy or anything, but because of a mix-up between international school systems early in life. She studied History and English, neither of them very thoroughly.

She shares her house with a long-suffering partner, too many cats, a dog, a green tree frog that swims in the toilet, and as many possums as can break in every night. This is not how she imagined life as a grown-up.


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