Author: RJ Scott and Meredith Russell
Reviewed by: Don
Publisher: Silver Publishing
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance
Summary: The first in a series of books filled with romance and drama on Sapphire Cay in the Bahamas.
Lucas Madison is in the Bahamas for his sister’s wedding on the beautiful and idyllic island of Sapphire Cay.
He has the weight of the world on his shoulders. With the stress of his job, the loss of his friend, and faced with his own medical crisis, Lucas arrives on the white sands of Sapphire Cay gray and exhausted. His only thought is to see his sister married and happy.
Dylan Gray is a free-spirited traveller who literally follows the sun. Never settling in one place for long, he earns his way from state to state and continent to continent. But there’s something about Sapphire Cay that draws him back over and over. A feeling of home.
When these two men meet, both have decisions to make and directions to choose. And maybe together, they can make the right ones and follow not only the sun, but also their hearts.
This is the story of Lucas and Dylan, set against the stunning landscape of Sapphire Cay.
Review: It’s good to see another collaboration by RJ Scott and Meredith Russell and the beginning of a new series. Lucas Madison has raised his younger sister, Tasha, for ten years since their parents died. He has fought his way to the top of the corporate ladder but at the cost of his health. Lucas is in the Bahamas with Tasha on a serene little island called Sapphire Cay to end his familial duty by seeing his sister married. He is doing a good job of hiding his ulcers and high blood pressure and the work that he was forced to bring along on this two week holiday from Tasha but he can’t hide the sadness in his eyes from the resort’s jack of all trades, Dylan Gray. Dylan has his own past health issues and is living life on the fly following the sun and seasons from job to job yet always returning to Sapphire Cay to work. Lucas is amazed by the many jobs Dylan does and Dylan is just plain amazed by Lucas. The two men begin an easy camaraderie but hide all of their baggage well but both men are at a crossroads in their lives which can make or break their slowly growing love. I had a hard time getting into this story because of all the world building that had to be put in place but once the story line was established, the calm and easy life on Sapphire Cay carried me away. The story is definitely character driven and soon had me wrapped up in the slow, laid back life on the tropical island. The story read beautifully but lacked the action usually found in Ms Scott’s books which was kind of refreshing after the Sanctuary series. The health issues and the angst were the bad guys in this well written and easy read. Lucas and Dylan were likable and rather intense characters that had me often frustrated by their angst and indecision but they eventually found their HEA in an unusual way. There was not much action around the secondary characters who could have been pumped up a little more to make the story more interesting in my opinion. I recommend this story to anyone looking for a slow burn romance. Ms Scott and Ms Russell have proven that they can write a good romance as a team. I’m looking forward to book two in this easy going series.