When you read the blurb what is the first thing you think of? Boy bands!! And of course that leads to asking "Who was the best boy bad of all time?" Was it N'Sync or Backstreet Boys? A case can be made for either. (although the Justin Timberlake "action" figure I have in my garage suggest I have a favorite)
In this fun story Troy is one of the members of a famous boy bad and they are on a world tour when Troy decides he's had enough of the drug abuse by his younger brother and other band members. Troy says to his brother, you're "Tearin' Up My Heart" but his brother doesn't care so Troy walks out and hopes that is will be enough to spur the record label in to doing something about the problem. Troy hires a private plane that ends up crashing in the middle of the ocean. One of the pilots is killed, leaving only Troy and Brian. Having to say "Bye Bye Bye to the other pilot triggers some survivor's guilt in Brian and causes him to have a very difficult time. In addition to the emotional problems Brian is having, it soon becomes apparent help is not coming and the men are thrown into basic survival mode.
The first half or so of the book is about how the men learn to stay alive and how they become friends. It turns out the grief Brian carries over another incident has caused him to alienate himself from all of his friends and family. As the months go by Brian begins to open up to Troy and the two men become close. Over time the friendship becomes more romantic and it takes on a sexual nature. Both men have only been with women before so there is some thoughtful discussion as to whether this attraction is real or if it is only because they have no one else. There comes a point where both men think I Want It That Way when they think of being together.
Once they get home there are some challenges and at one point I wanted to tell the author to Quit Playing Games With My Heart. I know this may sound funny since there is a plane crash, but really, overall, this is a low angst book. Both of the MC's are mature and likable and they are great together. I thought this was a really well written and sweet book. I loved watching the relationship between the two men unfold as it goes from a matter of survival to a lovely romance. There is an age gap and one of the characters is half Filipino although neither culture or age are made to be issues.
I really enjoyed everything about this book and if you're looking for something that is well written, sweet and romantic then you're going to like this......This I Promise You
Even if it means quitting their boy band mid-tour, Troy Tanner isn’t going to watch his little brother snort his future away after addiction destroyed their father. On a private jet taking him home from Australia, he and pilot Brian Sinclair soar above the vast South Pacific. Brian lost his passion for flying—and joy in life—after a traumatic crash, but now he and Troy must fight to survive when a cyclone strikes without warning.
Marooned a thousand miles from civilization, the turquoise water and white sand beach look like paradise. But although they can fish and make fire, the smallest infection or bacteria could be deadly. When the days turn into weeks with no sign of rescue, Troy and Brian grow closer, and friendship deepens into desire.
As they learn sexuality is about more than straight or gay and discover their true selves, the world they've built together is thrown into chaos. If Troy and Brian make it off the island, can their love endure?