Capture The Sun is book #5 in the Stories from Sapphire Cay series. Here’s a bit about the book and the series.
The Stories from Sapphire Cay series:
- Follow the Sun
- Under the Sun
- Chase the Sun
- Christmas In The Sun
- Capture the Sun
Featuring Mitch and Isaac
I really enjoy this series. It’s like receiving a lovely little gift each time a new book is released. What makes it appealing, at least for me, is the familiarity of the setting – who can resist a gorgeous tropical island? – and also the chance to get little glimpses of characters we’ve met before. Plus I always like the pairing of the men in the story.
In Capture the Sun, it’s the turn of Mitch and Isaac to find love. They meet at a party and have a sizzling encounter, but a case of mistaken identity threatens to derail any future they might have. Unable to forget each other, they are shocked to find themselves on an island for a week.
We’ve met Mitch before. He’s the ex-boyfriend of Dylan, who runs the island with his fiance Lucas. For Mitch, the story is about second chances and finding there is someone out there for him. It’s about realising there’s more to life than business. For Isaac, its about being loved for who he is, being acknowledged as a man in his own right, not just a model or his father’s son.
This story combines some hot sex with a sweet story as these men get in touch with their emotions. It’s a gentle, read-in-one-sitting kind of book, that leaves you smiling at the happy ending.
The earlier books in the series…
#1 Follow The Sun
featuring Lucas and Dylan
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.
#2 Under the Sun
Featuring Edward and Jamie
A perfect opposites attract story with really likable and interesting characters. The pairing of Edward, wedding planner extraordinaire and Jamie, injured marine, is just fabulous!
Like the first book, Follow the Sun, this story is sweet and gentle without too much drama. There are some misunderstandings as both men read each other incorrectly and make assumptions obviously based on their past experiences (stereotyping for both of them) but largely the story focuses on the slow development of the relationship.
Edward is a wedding planner who arranges a lot of weddings on the island. He comes to the island for a week to arrange a wedding where he meets Jamie. Jamie has completed two tours in Afghanistan and been injured. He has returned to the island, where he was raised, to spend some time to himself so that he can sort out what he wants to do with the rest of his life.
It’s lovely to see the Lucas and Dylan from the first book make appearances. They are supportive, such as the advise offered by Dylan “Just promise me one thing.” He looked at Jamie and pointed toward his chest. “Trust this, yeah? And follow your heart.” His eyes brightened. “Lucas taught me that.”
Follow his heart. Jamie nodded. He could do that.
and of course he does so we get a wonderful happy ending!
#3 Chase the Sun
Featuring Scott and Adam
This book was sweet and a nice addition to the series. I think there is something appealing about the characters, the setting and the nice glimpse of the characters from the past books. Although I would have actually liked to have seen a bit more of the other characters!
This is a story about two men who had broken up years ago as a result of some really bad life choices. I liked Adam, who had got himself caught up in trouble and served his time. It was easy to feel a lot of sympathy for him as he seemed so hard on himself. Scott was also easy to like as he learnt to trust again.
However this book seemed too short and over too quickly. It was a bit like skimming the surface of the relationship with not enough depth. Forgiveness came too quickly and easily although it was still believable.
A nice sweet ending…“What are you thinking about?” Adam teased. Scott smiled. “You,” he began quietly. “Always you.”
# 4 Christmas in the Sun
This is one of those stories that is like revisiting family. It’s feels like a family gathering where you get to find out what’s happening with everyone, a sneak peak into the relationships and lives of those you care about.
Primarily focused on Lucas and Dylan,the story takes place in the lead up to Christmas. Lucas wants Dylan to experience the full joy of family at Christmas but his interfering causes a bit of a (very short lived) rift between him and Dylan. As with any couple, these guys do have issues they need to work through but they love each other enough to talk it out. Plus have really fabulous make-up sex! Finding some old photos and letters that document a secret relationship from the 30s/40s, also reinforces how lucky they are to live in an age where they are relatively free to love each other.
There are some small peaks of Jamie & Edward and Adam & Scott, although not enough to really satisfy my curiosity about these couples. The addition of Tasha and Liam plus a cute little stray dog completes the family feel.
What I would love to see now is a full length books with the story of Alfie and Peter. There was so much left unsaid about this couple and I am totally intrigued to learn more about their love story, to find out who Alfie was and what really happened with him and Peter.
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