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Dean Honeybone, a US Marshal, and Kaia Pendleton, a nine-year-old, are the only two survivors of a plane crash off of the Australian coast. There are questions about the crash - what caused it? and what happened to the body of Richard Stance, a criminal who has killed children and was extradited to Australia and who Dean was escorting there?

Both Dean and Kaia are recuperating in a local hospital, where Dean is plagued not only by nightmares but headaches as well.  While recuperating, Dean is also asked to aid an investigation and is reluctant to take a week-long vacation on a remote island resort that only allows ten guests at a time. He meets someone there and romance blossoms.

But, once the vacation ends and reality intrudes once more, what will happen next?

The book had a good pace and keeps the reader interested - in spite of the subject matter. But it may also be how various references are handled that are part of why it kept me reading.  For this reviewer at least, it shows at least a little of what the law enforcement officers who deal these types of criminals deal with, as well as the cost they pay. 

The only problem I had with the book is that it could have been longer. The ending was done in such a way that the reader will want to know what happens next and look forward to the next installment of the series.

Book Blurb for Honeybone

Genre: Action Gay (m/m) Romance, Mystery, Thriller 
Flame Rating: Supernova 
Pages: 145
Honeybone Book 1 - Murder, mayhem, hot man love...and madness. It's all in a day's work for US Federal Marshal, Dean Honeybone.
US Federal Marshal Dean Honeybone is accompanying extradited child killer Richard Stance to Australia when their plane crashes off the north-east coast of the island continent. The only survivors of the packed flight are Honeybone and nine-year old Kaia Pendleton, whom Dean rescued during the crash. As Dean and Kaia recuperate in a Queensland hospital, questions swirl about what caused the accident...and what happened to Stance's body, the only one not recovered from the crash site.
Unable to return to work due to his injuries and plagued by raging headaches and violent nightmares, Honeybone must rest. Convinced that Stance has survived and is out there somewhere, free to kill again, he's reluctant to take the gift of a week-long dream vacation at Wilson Island, a remote, luxury island resort where only ten guests at a time are allowed to visit. Honeybone gives in however and falls hard and fast for Jean-Luc Sebastien, the French chef on the island...but discovers that death and danger are as close as the next barrier reef.
Warning: Contains references to a serial killer of young people.

Night Owl Reviews Jun, 2010 4.50