This is the first book in a sweet, gentle and romantic series set on a tropical island.
Stories from Sapphire Cay:
- Follow the Sun (book #1) – in this review
- Under the Sun (book #2)
- Chase the Sun (book #3) – due to be released on 23 Aug 2013 by Love Lane Books
Follow The Sun by R.J Scott and Meredith Russell
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
The first in a series of books filled with romance and drama on Sapphire Cay in the Bahamas.
Lucas Madison is in the Bahamas for his sister’s wedding on the beautiful and idyllic island of Sapphire Cay.
He has the weight of the world on his shoulders. With the stress of his job, the loss of his friend, and faced with his own medical crisis, Lucas arrives on the white sands of Sapphire Cay gray and exhausted. His only thought is to see his sister married and happy.
Dylan Gray is a free-spirited traveller who literally follows the sun. Never settling in one place for long, he earns his way from state to state and continent to continent. But there’s something about Sapphire Cay that draws him back over and over. A feeling of home.
When these two men meet, both have decisions to make and directions to choose. And maybe together, they can make the right ones and follow not only the sun, but also their hearts.
This is the story of Lucas and Dylan, set against the stunning landscape of Sapphire Cay
So what did I think?
Follow The Sun was a sweet and gentle story. The blurb says the series is full of romance and drama but in all honesty there wasn’t too much drama. The focus is on the emotional side of the story.
Lucas heads to Sapphire Cay to host his sister’s wedding at the resort. They are orphans and he has raised her since she was a teenager. Lucas has always had responsibilities, whether it be his sister or the high powered and very stressful career he has. However he is overworked, unhealthy and obviously has lost his passion for the job. The death of his boss and mentor has him questioning the direction his life is taking.
Dylan ‘follows the sun’. He travels the world, finding work where he can but has returned to work at Sapphire Cay for the last 5 years. He has had his own fair share of tragedy and disappointment in his life.
Lucas and Dylan are drawn to each other but their relationship develops fairly gently, both afraid of moving too fast. A lot of the focus is on Dylan trying to draw out Lucas, to put a smile on his face. Lucas’ sadness and worries play a significant role.
Dylan has some decisions he also needs to make, decisions that would impact his roving ways. I do think there was a lost opportunity or potential plot twist related to the brief visit of Dylan’s ex-lover. Knowing about the relationship Dylan had with him helps to understand Dylan better but why did his personal visit not result in any big drama or misunderstanding? I was waiting for something climatic to happen but it didn’t eventuate.
Add a sweet sister, wedding shenanigans and a happy ending and it all sums up to an enjoyable story.
To find out more about R.J. Scott and her books visit her website.
To find out more about Meredith Russell and her books visit her website.
This series continues to impress! Great characters and lots of humour!
The Tri-Omega Mates series
- Secret Desires (book #1) – click here for review
- Forbidden Desires (book #2) – click here for review
- Hidden Desires (book #3) – in this review
- Stolen Desires (book #4)
- A Tri-Omega Christmas (book #4.5)
- Unspoken Desires (book #5)
- A Hunter’s Desires (book #6)
- Dangerous Desires (book #7)
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My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
After watching his alpha and beta almost lose their mate, Thomas decides he needs some time alone. Driving across country, he discovers Micah, a human that smells like dark chocolate and summer rain. He knows immediately that Micah is his mate, but before he can claim him, he has to get Micah’s sexy little butt out of trouble. They are attacked by a band of bullies. In his bid to protect his mate, Thomas reveals his true nature to the bullies and to Micah. Afterwards, he has to call in reinforcements to help clean up the mess. It comes in the form of Caleb Hunter, alpha of the Hunter Pack and Micah’s other mate. But Micah’s human. Isn’t he?
So what did I think?
The third book in the series, this is quite an entertaining story – quick moving and lots of humour.
Thomas sees Micah, knows he’s destined to be his mate but has to save him from the bullies first. He steps up in protective mode, placing himself between the smaller, delicate Micah and the men who are taunting him. He doesn’t hold back in proclaiming his attraction to Micah and demanding respect at which point the bullies are surprised to learn he is gay.
“You’re a fag?”
“Oh please, you need to be more politically correct when insulting someone. Don’t you ever read the papers? We’re progressive. We prefer the term pussy challenged. Now, get with the program, boys. My lunch date is waiting.”
Thomas uses his wit and humour to defuse the situation only to find that Micah has left but not before leaving him a pink rose and a note. (Luckily Micah had a rose handy!)
As per the other books, sizzling hot sex without much buildup – cause when you know the guy is your mate you just go for it – instinct just demands sex and claiming!
There is another incident where Thomas need to protect Micah. This time he needs to use his special skills so makes Micah close his eyes while he deals with the bad guys. Finally he resorts to calling in the pack’s “clean up” crew to help him and Micah get away. Unfortunately Micah overhears some of his conversation – he must have had good hearing to overhear both sides of the conversation. “What did Jake mean by shifting? Into what? A werewolf? Really?“ It’s quite funny to watch he reaction to finding out this pretty momentous news but just seems to accept it, more annoyed about the lying rather than the actual werewolf thing. “Okay, it is a little weird, I think I already said that, but we all have our idiosyncrasies. Yours just seem to be a little stranger than most. So what? It still doesn’t change the fact that you lied to me.”
The local pack is dispatched to the scene to help out and the Alpha just happens to be Micah’s other mate and claims him before Thomas becomes aware. This leads into the bulk of the story – the challenges of being a threesome, the tri-omega complexities & secrets from Micah’s past.
I did find Caleb to be not very appealing when he first joins the story and at times Micah was a little annoying (referred to as ‘spunkiness’ in the book). Thomas is just supportive and nice and all too kind and sharing.
There were a few things that I didn’t quite grasp or thought weren’t well explained – Micah just leaving his old life behind, Micah’s parent’s behaviour, some lack of observation about Micah’s physical appearance – but I just accepted the story for what was presented.
Overall, perfect book if you like a cute story filled with lots of humour and lots of very well written sex scenes!
“It wasn’t easy being werewolf and gay. Everyone wanted you to have cubs. The more cubs you had, the more pack members. The more pack members there were, the stronger the pack – yada, yada, yada.”
“We never had a first date, or a second one. We’ve never even had a date. We just went from hello to bed. And now I find out you’re a werewolf?”
“Yes, I’m housebroken.”
“Don’t you Micah me, fur ball.”
“I’m not real sure how this whole greeting thing works, but if you’re going to try to sniff my ass I expect dinner first.”
To find out more about Stormy Glenn and her books visit her website.
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