The Boys of Summer
Title: The Boys of Summer
Author: Sarah Madison
Publisher: Sarah Madison April 2013
Blurb: David McIntyre has been enjoying the heck out of his current assignment: touring the Hawaiian Islands in search of the ideal shooting locations for a series of film company projects. What’s not to like? Stunning scenery, great food, sunny beaches…and a secret crush on his hot, ex-Air Force pilot, Rick Sutton.
Everything changes when a tropical storm and engine failure force a crash landing on a deserted atoll with a WWII listening post. Rick’s injuries, and a lack of food and water, make rescue imperative, but it takes an intensely vivid dream about the war to make David see that Rick is more than just a pilot to him. Will David gather his courage to confess his feelings to Rick—before it’s too late?
Review: I enjoyed this book tremendously. It had so much going on, action, adventure, Hawaii, a plane crash, brief glimpses into the past, and two good looking men dancing around love while trying to survive in desperate and severe conditions.
There is a story within the story that added an extra layer, making it richer and fuller. It made sense, given the circumstances they were in and helped me to feel that there was more depth and length to their history than was really there.
I appreciated David’s voice and artistic eye. He had a humor that is self-deprecating and sarcastic that at times had me chuckling out loud. His descriptions of Rick had me wishing this was a movie or that the book at least came with pictures. The emotional component moved quickly, but they’re in extreme circumstances that reveal a lot about who a person is and would create a deep and lasting bond. Both men were already very attracted and attached to each other prior to the crash and it worked for me that it would develop into more.
Between David’s history working for survival shows and Rick’s armed forces background the guys do pretty well for themselves. David really steps up and helps keep them alive. I felt that in many ways seeing that side of David changed Rick’s view of him and the possibility of a future for them.
One of the things that made me fall in love with this book was the quiet, vulnerable moments between the men. There were peeks into the soft, scared, damaged and mushy parts of each of them that were addictive. I needed more, of them, of the their pasts, and of them finally admitting how they felt about each other. Sarah Madison paced them out, always keeping me hooked. Think for a moment about how tedious so much of their days marooned on a tiny island could have been. But she painted a picture of struggle and had me scared for them while at the same time allowing me to see inside to who they really were. By the time they were rescued neither David nor Rick was who the other man, or the reader, thought they were when the plane crashed.
I am impressed that this book is self published. The author did an amazing job. Extra points for an excellent job with editing and presentation. This is a great book that I really enjoyed and would recommend. I’m already making Beans read it.
Reviewed by Nina
Posted on May 24, 2013, in Nina and tagged A List, Air Force, castaways, Contemporary, dreamscape, flashbacks, Friends to Lovers, Hawaii, historical, M/M, men in uniform, Military, Nina, Pilots, Plane Crash, romance, Self Published, Story within the story, survivalist, WWII. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.