Pages: 331 pages
Shaw is in Fiji to sell a stolen painting to the crime boss, Vornis. It will be the deal of a lifetime, if Shaw can pull it off. But then Vornis has to parade his latest toy around in front of him--a captured DEA agent whose time is running out. It's none of Shaw's business, and it doesn't matter that under any other circumstances Lee would be exactly Shaw's type: he's young, he's hot, and he might even have a personality if they hadn't beaten it out of him. Too bad there's no way Lee is getting off the island. Too bad there's nothing Shaw can do for him. And too bad there are some lines that even Shaw won't cross.
Keeping his hands off Lee proves harder than he thinks, but Shaw's not stupid enough to fall for the tortured captive of a dangerous crime boss, is he? If he did, it wouldn't be just his job he would be risking--it would be his life.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices, violence, flashback to sexual violence.
Publisher's warning: Readers with a history of rape or sexual abuse may find elements of this story disturbing.
This book is not for those who have triggers related to sexual abuse and torture. I found it a little painful to read. It involved non-consensual sex and torture. I wouldn’t have read it had I know but I actually enjoyed it.
Adam Shaw was a fencer for many things, stolen paintings, weapons, drugs etc. He was the middle man who discretely helped people with the right funds find whatever they were wanted. Of course Shaw’s help would require a finder’s fee, but he was one of the best.
Shaw came to Fiji to sell a stolen painting to Vornis, a rich criminal, who was currently staying on the island. But it was immediately clear Vornis was after something else. Vornis wanted Shaw and figured he would tempt Shaw by showing Vornis’ sexual prowess.
Vornis was a sexual sadist, who had sex slaves, and his recent boy toy was an undercover DEA agent named Lee Anderson. For reasons unknown to him, Shaw was attracted to Lee, but he was aware that Vornis was using the boy toy to gauge what kind of man Shaw is. One thing is for sure, Vornis wants them both and he usually disposes of his toys 6 feet under. Can Shaw save himself before Vornis gets to him, what about Lee?
It’s so disturbing to think of predators like Vornis using an island paradise as his own hell on earth headquarters. He was sick and evil. I felt bad for the position Shaw was in, but I was happy that he felt Lee was worth it. I loved their chemistry and how tender Shaw was with Lee. The writing was gripping and I just had a hard time putting this story down. I wanted to know more about Irina and her past. I also want to know who betrayed the crew Lee came with. I like this one better than When all the Worlds sleeps, but this subject matter was disturbing.