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I read frothy, happy ending books and am allergic to real angst or realistically portrayed pain and sadness.
I picked this book on a whim because I was feeling nostalgic for the old style 'plane wreck plot device' that typifies any average Harlequin and for the most part, that's exactly what I got- complete with the need of the main characters to get naked to stave off hypothermia despite the fact they're in the tropics. It was enjoyable but not super memorable.
Then Ms. Madison shoved me off a virtual cliff into a deep, well written portrayal of pain and angst. I cried and I'm still kind of mad about that.
I was also impressed enough to write this review and buy another of her books.
Then there is that little story within the present story, a dream evoked because of David's job and predicament. Man! I really cried myself out reading the chapter named interlude by the writer. This haunting and beautiful little story of forbidden love during WWII between a scientist and an American pilot in the RAF is just heart wrenching and poignant. A true gem of a story and really up this book for me. The story of Mac and Sutt will stick with me for a long time, as much as the WWII setting where these brave boys fight for freedom in the skies, their young precious lives doused before their time. Truly memorable and the writer's details add so much authencity to it that this little gem of a story or dream easily outweigh the main story.
Still I do enjoy the main story as both Rick and David are very likable and I just want them to be together as they dance around each other, more like David dancing around the stoic Rick and waving his arms infront of the hunk. Their first sex scene is nice. Maybe the ending is a bit too convenient but on the other hand I do like the direction these two are heading. Great stuff Sarah Madison!
The WWII story here was incredible. I couldn't stop reading and stayed up well past my bedtime, even though I knew it wasn't likely to end up happily. Even though WWII Rick was also standoffish, it was clear why—he needed to erect fences to protect himself emotionally from the terror of losing one's comrades constantly and facing down one's own death every single day. David sees the barriers, and he sees through them. The love they had for each other was palpable, even when they were making each other miserable.
I had a more difficult time understanding why the modern-day Rick was so hard to read. He'd also served in combat and had experienced trauma, but I didn't get why he kept up all his walls years after getting out of the military. Obviously, people can have psychological scars that linger, but if that's what was going on here, it wasn't clear to me. It also wasn't clear to me why David was so into a guy who was so aloof. I guess some guys like being ignored?
That said, the stranded-on-an-island story was still good. I loved the details about what they did to survive, and how they got to know each other better as their ordeal progressed. When they eventually got together, it was believable. I just wanted more insight into the characters and why they wanted/needed each other.
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