Erryn reviews Beyond the Sea by Keira Andrews, published March 9, 2016 by KA Books, 292 pages. The audiobook was released on June 30, 2020, is 8hrs and 42mins and is narrated by Greg Boudreaux. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read the book: I adore Keira Andrews books.
Two hot guys. One desert island.
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?
Contains mature themes.
I’m never quite sure what I’m going to get with a Keira Andrews audio. Oh, I know it’ll be amazing. I know I’ll love it. I know it’ll challenge me and – most importantly – I know I will be changed by it. One reason is she picks fascinating scenarios for her books. Two hot guys? One desert island? Uh, count me in!
Okay, so Troy is in a quandary. He’s part of a boy band with his younger brother. A brother who is snorting away his life. Troy went down this road with their father, and he refuses to do it again. And although he’s committed to the band, it isn’t the be-all and end-all for him. For his brother, though, it is. So when Troy takes a stand, he hopes his brother will smarten up. He decides to charter a flight from Australia to his home in LA where he can take stock. Regroup. Hopefully force his little brother to have a moment of realization.
Brian is also in a quandary. He used to be a pilot for a major airline industry. But a horrific accident has left him damaged. He took off to Australia to try to start over, but he just hasn’t been able to take control of the yoke. Once he and Troy crash on a deserted island and are thee only two survivors, Brian realizes their survival – or much of it – is going to be up to him. Troy has lived a pampered city life (at least after his breakout role in a television series leading to the creation of the boy band). Brian lived a far more mundane life – spending time with his grandparents including fishing with his beloved grandfather. And although it’s clear Troy’s brother, mother, girlfriend (whom he broke up with), and his adoring fans will miss him, for Brian it’s far more complicated. He has an ex-wife and an ex-girlfriend, but it’s doubtful they’ll do much more than sigh and move on with their lives.
Okay, so deserted island. Time to hunker down. Because they’re going to get rescued…right? Now, I’m not a fan of fish, papaya, or coconut, but I suspect if those were my only choices, my prima donna attitude would go out the window. These two guys have only their wits, Brian’s knowledge, and each other. And it’s the each other that makes things really interesting. This audio is a good length, so much of it is just ‘getting to know you’. The attraction is secondary to the friendship. It comes, but on a gentle breeze, not like the monsoon that took down the plane.
This is a love story, and it touched me. I suspected the men were going to get rescued, but the question was always – what now? Brian flies charter flights as first officer out of Australia, and Troy is a mega star living in the States. Talk about two different worlds. You’ll just have to listen to the book to find out if it works. And how.
Speaking of listening… Greg Boudreaux narrates this book and he was just perfect for it. He made the whole improbably situation seem plausible. He took Ms. Andrews words and made them into something special. So another great novel by Keira and I can’t wait for more.
10/10 pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars