Stranded with Desire by Vivien Dean & Rick R. Reed

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perf4.250x7.000.inddStranded with Desire by Vivien Dean & Rick R. Reed
Series: Dreamspun Desires
Release Date: August 1, 2016
Pages: 228 • Format: eARC
Published By: Dreamspinner Press
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When their plane crashed, their desire took flight.

CEO Maine Braxton and his invaluable assistant, Colby, don’t realize they share a deep secret: they’re in love—with each other. That secret may have never come to light but for a terrifying plane crash in the Cascade Mountains that changes everything.

In a struggle for survival, the two men brave bears, storms, and a life-threatening flood to make it out of the wilderness alive. The proximity to death makes them realize the importance of love over propriety. Confessions emerge. Passions ignite. They escape the wilds renewed and openly in love.

When they return to civilization, though, forces are already plotting to snuff out their short-lived romance and ruin everything both have worked so hard to achieve.

 

three-stars

I’m enjoying the few Dreamspun Desire books I’ve read. This wasn’t as over the top cheesy as I expected it to be. A tad monotone in the feelings department. I did enjoy the forbidden fruit of dating and fantasizing about your boss.

Colby is in love with Maine Braxton. He dreams about him constantly, and is so enamored with him. LOL. I admit reading this from Colby’s pov always leaves me starry eyed. With the most inopportune time to act on such feelings comes in the form of a plane wreckage.

I kinda liked them together, but I felt that as long as this book was that they didn’t get to spend enough time together. I didn’t like the dreams or internal monologue and didn’t connect with them emotionally. This goes back to me saying that I felt like the story was a bit monotone. It was flat, and didn’t feel like the Dreamspun Desires that I’ve read. Despite me liking it overall it just didn’t read right to me. I was even thrilled with Maine’s brothers antics just to get the ball rolling. Was it all lust? That’s all I feel, no love at all. It let me down! But onward and upwards to the next book in the series!

About Rick R. Reed

Rick R. Reed is all about exploring the romantic entanglements of gay men in contemporary, realistic settings. While his stories often contain elements of suspense, mystery and the paranormal, his focus ultimately returns to the power of love. He is the author of dozens of published novels, novellas, and short stories. He is a three-time EPIC eBook Award winner (for Caregiver, Orientation and The Blue Moon Cafe). His novel, Raining Men, won the Rainbow Award for Best Contemporary General Fiction. Lambda Literary Review has called him, “a writer that doesn’t disappoint.” Rick lives in Seattle with his husband and a very spoiled Boston terrier. He is forever “at work on another novel.”

About Vivien Dean

Vivien started writing again in 2005, after a long hiatus from anything creative. She has since published with Carina Press, Samhain Publishing, Amber Quill Press, MLR, and Liquid Silver Books. Two time EPPIE winner, she is a firm believer that love doesn’t care about gender, so her titles include both het and GLBT, erotic and sweet, as well as a wide variety of genres.

In 2006, Vivien teamed up with fellow erotic romance writer, Pepper Espinoza. Together, they wrote as Jamie Craig for five years.

Vivien currently resides in northern California with her British husband and two children.

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