When business mogul Jordan Hill inherits half of Bendura Island Resort, a posh vacation destination in the Fiji Islands, the will demands he release his half uncle’s ashes somewhere on the island and that he indulge in a real vacation before he sells. As Jordan is reeling with grief and under good circumstances doesn’t do vacations, especially if they include horses and looming volcanoes, he finds himself on uneven footing. The footing turns treacherous as Jordan realizes, for the first time in his life, he’s attracted to a man–his new business partner.
For resort entrepreneur Ryan McCale, Bendura Island is a dream come true as well as his livelihood. He was warned Jordan would try to sell sight unseen, and after meeting him, there’s no doubt the business shark has dollar signs in his eyes. But there’s also vulnerability and desire in that chocolate gaze. Suddenly, Ryan’s looking forward to showing Jordan the delights of the island and hoping to convince his new partner Bendura could be his dream, too.
Review: If m/m romance is not really what you want to read, then I would not recommend reading this review. If you are a m/m fan, this is such a good book. If you are new to m/m romance and would like to give a book a try, I would highly suggest this book as your first foray into m/m romance. It really is that good. I need to let the readers know that there is some BDSM elements in this book, but it’s mostly emotional BDSM. There is no bondage or punishment. This book is very sensual in nature, and I just love it.
What I also love about this book is the erotica elements, the emotions portrayed, and how the characters deepen and change for the better by the end.
First we have Jordan, this multi billionaire who runs his own corporate empire. He has people jumping to do his bidding. The man doesn’t know how to relax or take a breath. He doesn’t do serious relationships and is not very close to many people. His family is important to him. He is very generous with his family and provides whatever they need. He’s vulnerable emotionally and so getting to know him is hard to do due to his walls around his heart. He’s lonely, only he doesn’t even realize it. What I really liked about him was how accepting he was when he realized he was attracted to a man. He didn’t fight his attraction to Ryan, he wasn’t scared that he was sexually Ryan. He just went with it and pursued his feelings with all the determination he uses with his business dealings.
Ryan is a laid back, take things as they come kind of guy. This drives Jordan crazy. It’s great seeing the sparks fly between these two guys. I love it. Ryan doesn’t want Jordan to sell his part of the island due to fear of developers coming in and destroying the beauty of the island. Ryan becomes determined to show Jordan how to relax on the island and show him the untamed beauty that is his inheritance. Jordan’s half uncle Blake, played a pivotal roll in getting these two men to meet and interact with each other. I found it bittersweet that Jordan and Ryan shared memories of Blake. It made me miss him, and he’s a fictional character, and he’s supposed to be deceased.
The interaction between these two characters kept me up half the night reading what was going to happen next. Ryan taught Jordan and I believe Jordan taught Ryan valuable lessons that helped them come to their own happy ending. I really liked the ending by the way because it was just so satisfying how Ms. Downing tied up all the loose ends and made everything make sense.