Sunday, August 26, 2012


Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Date published: June 29th, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-61372-708-9
Contemporary M/M
Obtained by publisher
Reviewed by Dawn

Liam Marshall was determined to do one last thing for his best friend, Alex. He was told by Alex on his deathbed to get a ticket to Ryde, go to the Isle of Wight and scatter Alex’s ashes off the pier. Sounds easy right? But for Liam, saying goodbye to the one friend who was with him through thick and thin has made it difficult to let go…to say a final goodbye. Until Sam Owens decides to take care of Liam. Now Liam is finding himself drawn to Sam, enjoying himself and letting the grief slowly ebb away. But what happens when Sam wants Liam to stay, right by his side? Will Liam be able to leave the one man who captured his heart and helped him say goodbye to his best friend?

Sue Brown is a wonderful storyteller. One that paints a picture with her words and in her latest story, we meet a grieving young man, who is on a vacation to the Isle of Wight to scatter his best friend’s ashes. I love how we see into the heart of this author’s characters. Liam is a man who is determined to do what his best friend, Alex, wanted him to do-he just never anticipated it being so darn hard to follow through and say a final goodbye to Alex. When Sam enters the picture, it was like sunshine came through within the pages. The sparks flew between Sam and Liam and I loved Sam’s playfulness, his zest for life. His family was wild and entertaining and I loved the scenes with the grandmother the most. She was a hoot and a half. It wasn’t all roses and sunshine though as Sam has had some dark experiences that are gradually drawn out and dealt with. You get a sense of his hidden depths and the hint of vulnerability when he knows Liam has to go back to the States.

Sue Brown is a storyteller who tells emotional, delightful stories-ones that lead you to read till three o’clock in the morning just to see how it ends. Her characters are vivid, full of life and have many hidden nuances that the reader slowly peels away as they flip the pages to see the gem beneath. The sex scenes are hot yet tender and enhance the story instead of taking it over. I am eager to see if Ms. Brown will come back to the Isle of Wight in the future. Somehow I can see there are a few characters there that were quite intriguing. The writing was tight, story flowed smoothly and the reader is treated to a story that steals your heart. Run-don’t walk-to grab this latest book by Sue Brown. THE ISLE OF….WHERE? is a gem to read and I can’t wait to read it again.


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