Monday, June 12, 2017

Release Day Review: An Island in the Stars by Susan Laine

an-island-in-the-starsTitle ~ An Island in the Stars

Author ~ Susan Laine

Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press

Published ~  12th June 2017

Genre ~ M/M Romance, Science Fiction, New Adult





Sam, a geeky college freshman, has bigger problems than lusting after Marcus, sexy jock, college junior, and his big brother’s best friend. Chasing after a beanie caught in the winter wind turns into a tumble down the rabbit hole for them both—science fiction style.

Sam and Marcus find themselves trapped on a tropical island in the middle of a strange ocean on an alien moon. The sole structure is a ruined temple devoted to the art of love. Flustered, confused, and unable to return home, they need to figure out a means of escape from a hostile jungle teeming with dangerous life-forms.

In this tale where opposites attract and secret crushes are revealed, two very dissimilar young men discover they actually have a lot in common after all, but it will take their differences as much as their points of connection to survive on an island in the stars.


Freya’s Review

Geek meets loveable Jock. They fall through a hole and end up on an island somewhere in space is what this alien tale offers.

Told in the third person. An Island In The Stars is a slow burn story with plenty of scene-setting. There’s Wizard Of Oz influences with a touch of Lost and Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Sam is the younger brother of Simon and has had a crush on his sibling’s best friend, Marcus since… forever. What Sam doesn’t know is that Marcus has the same feelings for him. Neither have ever admitted it to each other. Ending up on an island in space forces some issues.

On the island, the reader joins Sam and Marcus in a step-by-step exploration of flora, fauna, architecture and weather. They come across a temple dedicated to love, whose walls are adorned with more scenes than the Karma Sutra. The pictures spark questions about morality, ways of life and sexuality. What follows is their story of coping, coming together and finding a way back home. Only in this story, they don’t click their heels together three times and chant. They must use all their knowledge and deductive reasoning to do it.

The detailed view of the island takes up many of the early chapters along with the boy's musings on each other and theories on what works how, and why. Marcus knows Sam better than the younger man appreciates. Initial analysis suggests that Marcus and Sam are opposites in every way, but under the surface, they are more alike than either of them initially understood. Their relationship is sweet, sexy and they are perfect for each other.

I very much liked the idea of electricity influencing life. I could understand why the author painted the early picture of the island as it didn’t then hamper any of the later action. Having said that, I found those early chapters a little bit of a trek. It was about half way that, for me, the story became more engaging. Then again, my preference is for action.

Much like the development of Sam and Marcus’s relationship, this is a slow burn with more in the way of descriptions rather than drama; though drama is in the story. I would say that An Island In The Stars is a lovely young adult book, of teenage coming out where the island facilitates their voyage to one another giving them inspirations for their future.

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Like Kathleen Turner's romance novelist said in the movie Romancing the Stone: I'm a hopeful romantic.

Susan Laine is an award-winning, multi-published author of LGBTQ erotic romance. Susan lives in Finland, where summers are wet and winters long. Thankfully, she's kept plenty warm by the spark for writing, which kindled when Susan discovered the sizzling hot gay erotic romance genre.

Trained as an anthropologist, Susan’s long-term plan is to become a full-time writer. Susan enjoys hanging out with her sister, two nieces, and friends in movie theaters, bookstores, and parks. Her favorite pastimes include listening to music, watching action flicks, eating chocolate, and doing the dishes while pondering the meaning of life.

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