Daily Archives: October 25, 2013
Title: Isle of Wishes
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Blurb: Sequel to The Isle of… Where?
After a whirlwind vacation on the Isle of Wight, where he found the love of his life, Sam Owens sends Liam Marshall home to Michigan to tie up loose ends so they can be together forever. When all communication with Liam goes silent, Sam worries. Fearing the worst, he enlists the help of his brother, British Metropolitan police officer Paul Owens, to help him find Liam and get him back safely in time for their wedding. Paul has little difficulty digging into this mystery across the pond. Paul is also good-looking and openly bisexual, all of which adds to the dismay of Wisconsin Detective Olaf Skandik.
Olaf is ex-military and still closeted now that he’s part of the police department. He’s frustrated, hemmed in by the walls he’s erected, and when he meets Paul, he wonders if this may be the time and opportunity for change. Looking into his brother’s missing fiancé, Paul also starts looking into Olaf, and business soon mixes with pleasure, a bit of romance that may strengthen his case for them to make a future together.
Review: In many ways this is two stories in one book. We continue the story of Liam and Sam from The Isle of…Where? and get to see how they end up, which was awesome. I was so worried for them and concerned for Liam’s health. Then there is the story of Paul and Olaf who meet while trying to find the missing Liam.
Paul is such a brat. He is the baby of the family and with six older brothers he had to find ways to express himself and his independance that have become silly habits as he has gotten older. He was afraid of commitment and had never been in a real relationship. Which meant that he was completely gobsmacked by his need and desire for something real and lasting with Olaf.
Olaf was really sweet and at the same time he could be a real jerk. There were a few times when I wanted to smack him upside the head and tell him to communicate with Paul and let his desires and expectations be known. He had spent his whole life in the closet, first with DADT and then as a cop. As a result he had never been in a relationship so he had no better idea how to have a healthy one than Paul.
These guys are good men who deserve to find happiness. They’ve both chosen professions that make coming out very difficult as well as being separated by distance and a sea of red tape that will make it nearly impossible for them to make it, unless they really want each other.
We spent a lot of time with the guys from the first book, which makes sense as their situation is how Paul and Olaf meet. There is also the factor of them being a part of Paul’s very close-knit family. I enjoyed seeing their story resolved and finding out what happened to them. There were some scary moments when things looked pretty bleak for Liam and Sam. I loved that Olaf’s role in helping them figure out what had happened to Liam made him a hero to the family.
I am waiting impatiently for the next book that will tell us more of the story between Paul and Olaf. Things were left up in the air at the end of this one a bit, and I am in love with this family and these men.
Reviewed by Nina