When I think about running away from home, which I do a lot, I’ll admit, I dream of going to a deserted tropical island where I can just live. Of course, I generally want to have Wifi to go with that deserted island, but I could probably live without that as long as I have a lot of books and an Adrian of my very own to stay with me. I’d be pretty happy to be an Island Captive.
So here’s our story. Once upon a time, there was a US Marshal named Nadine, whose mother had a perfectly charming nickname for her, BTW, la petite belette. I’ll give you a minute to go translate it. Nadine was very good at her job, which included doing things like hunting down fugitives and bringing them to justice. Her latest target is Adrian, who escaped from prison. He brutalized a woman, tied her up, beat her, and then strangled her. He was caught pretty much red-handed, so everyone knew he was the one who did it. But he still managed to escape from jail and is now hiding away in a foreign country.
With a lot of work and patience, Nadine and her partner have tracked him down and they are ready to take him home to face justice. She’s studied his file and looked at his picture, and now she knows him as well as she knows herself. She knows that as soon as she sees even the faintest hint of him, she will be able to get him. Which she does, but not before literally jumping on him down through a staircase. So, Nadine gets her man, and eventually gets him on a plane. Where she knocks him around just a little bit. For justice, you know. Nadine really didn’t like what he was put in jail for. Of course, Adrian was a little bit of a dick and had to just screw around with her.
On the way to the US, they come across a small problem. The plane develops a fuel leak. The pilots do what they can to get them somewhere safe, but they end up having to ditch in the ocean right outside a deserted island. Only, it wasn’t a pretty ditch. Of the 5 people aboard, only 2 come through it alive, Nadine and Adrian. And Nadine is only alive because Adrian pulled her out of the plane while she was unconscious. She woke up on the beach with a piece of shrapnel in her leg, which she managed to pull out on her own. Hard core. So, she goes to look at what she can, and sits on a rock on the beach, that turns into a rock in the ocean because the tide comes washing in, as the tide is wont to do. I’ve nearly gotten caught out by the tide before. Our tide comes in pretty fast, and if you aren’t careful, you end up on the wrong side of high and dry. I don’t know how fast it comes in on Nadine and Adrian’s island, but you still don’t want to fuck with the tide.
Meanwhile, Adrian is watching her and trying to figure out what is going on with the island. His first priority is to look around and find shelter. Then he decides that he’s going to go back and get Nadine. He doesn’t want to be left alone all the island, and she owes him anyway, and he’s going to make her pay, and pay, and pay… Well, you get the idea. So he drags her to the hut that he found, handcuffs her, strips her, fixes her wounds, and then drags her to bed with him. To sleep. This time, at least.
I think that this is probably supposed to be an enemies to lovers deal, but I have to say, the hate intimacy that goes on here is wicked fucking awesome. The interactions between Adrian and Nadine, no matter what part of the book, are just fascinating to watch. Adrian is just oh so yummy and Dom-ly, so, so Dom-ly. And twisted af. Twisted in all the right ways. Alllllll the right ways. Nadine is fierce and strong. She is intelligent and driven. The two of them are really perfect for each other. And the things that Adrian wants to do with Nadine’s hair? HAWT!
Oh man. I’m not entirely sure that I have much to say about this one down here. Mostly I don’t have a lot of spoilers, and the things that I wanted to talk about I did up at the top.
I do have one question though. I want to know if Adrian had something to do with the leak in the plane. When the pilots announced it, he got a little smile on his face, and he had done a lot of research about islands in the area. So, did he plan it or was it just a happy accident? Well, happy for him, at least. Hmmmm, maybe I should ask Jane. She probably won’t tell me anyway. She’ll make me wonder. She’s mean like that. LOL.
Anyway, that’s all I have to say about this one. Go check it out and take a tropical holiday. Happy reading!