“Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.
Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country's independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.
When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian's medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo's survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.
Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?
The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath.”
I’m going to be honest with you guys. I love and hate this book. I guess that I had somehow FORGOTTEN that it was a trilogy around halfway through and so the urge to chuck my kindle across the room at the end of the book was a real thing.
Let us begin at the beginning, naturally.
Theo and and Galian are marooned on an island after Theo shoots him down, but also crashes on to the same island. Theo is injured, Galian…not so much. And thus, our adventure begins.
They dislike each other. Theo more so than Galian, since that dude is the chillest dude I have ever had the pleasure of reading a POV from. Seriously…nothing seriously bothers this dude until like halfway through this book. He’s all “Let’s be optimistic about this!” and Theo is definitely “We’re going to die here.”
As our story weaves its tale, you start to seriously believe they are going to be on this damn island for…forever. This book is never going to end. Things keep happening, as a book typically does, but we aren’t actually…going anywhere.
Theo begins to like Galian because he isn’t the typical Kylean that she is used to shooting down. He’s kind to her, cares about her wellbeing and safety. And he doesn’t exactly wish death upon all those who reside in Rave.
Galian wants to survive and Theo is making that possible, but he is starting to find her interesting. She’s teaching him how to trap rabbits and cook them. Things are great. He’s relatively happy.
They fall in love after several weeks, obviously. I mean…I mentioned romance and feels. So obviously the only two characters in the book for like 80% of the book are going to fall in love. It’s inevitable. And it’s sweet and slow and I rather enjoyed it. While it was sudden, it wasn’t forced and I could believe it to a point.
And then we fell off the wagon. I really did enjoy most of this book, would have given it a solid five stars. But then the end happened and now I have to figure out how to get on with my life knowing that this did not end how I would have liked it to. With finality and all that.
Plus side, the sequel comes out in three months so I’ll at least have some comfort there.
Overall, I rather enjoyed this quick read. The characters are well thought out and well written. I really enjoyed how Theo was a STRONG female who didn’t rely on Galian for anything except his medical knowledge. She knew how to find and trap food for them to survive. She knew a lot of survival things and he would have died without her there. So that was my biggest plus of this entire book.
**I received an ARC of this novel by the author in exchange for an honest review, as part of the Sunday Street Team (#SST #SundayStreetTeam). All opinions are my own and I am not compensated in any way for this review.**