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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,160 ratings  ·  462 reviews
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 parades 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’ ...more
Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published February 26th 2016 (first published January 9th 2012)
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Blacky *Romance Addict*
"Whatever happens here, your soul’s unbreakable.
He kept his eyes closed.
It’s a shame the rest of me is made of f*cking glass."

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"He was lying in a bed, and the man was holding his hand and stroking his thumb across his palm, and he hadn’t hurt him.
What’s the first thing you remember?

Wow. I absolutely LOVED this book! Loved!! Photobucket So amazing and so emotional, heartbreaking at times, but I cried happy tears more than the sad ones :D Ahh I have no idea what to say in my review, I only know I'll have to squeeze in my 20+ quotes somehow Photobucket well maybe I won'remember?
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbt

This book is one of those where you think WTF!!! Why, Why, Why did I wait to read it...4.5 stars ~ Loved it!

"Lee always walked with his eyes down, and the island revealed all it's secrets to him. Sand dollars, tiny holes inhabited by translucent crabs, glittering shells built like spiral towers, and sand that turned from brilliant white to wa
3.5 stars.***Review completed January 7, 2013


First of all let me say that for a long time The Island was a pretty stable four-star-rating. Granted, it's a good read, I really liked it but I was not wowed. There are so many glowing five-star-reviews on GR that I'm once again the odd one out there. Anyway, I think I can live with it coz as always I thin
Rosalinda *KRASNORADA*
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rosalinda *KRASNORADA* by: Vio


The Island is not an easy book to review. I don't even think it's an easy book to read but it's definitely a MUST READ. I know you guys might read the blurb and think this is way out of your comfort zone but if you give it a try, you'll understand what I am talking about.

Shaw is one of the bad guys, he works with some not-so-legal stuff. He’s in the middle of one important job when he meets ‘green eyes’. His world is about to change and he doesn’t even know it.

What would youit.
First of all I am surprised and amazed that I actually wanted to read The Island let alone that I finished it. I am so glad I did because it turned out to be an intense, riveting and superbly written story. I was well and truly taken out of my comfort zone and oh yes this was gut wrenching and difficult but I can honestly say it was worth it's a gripping story.

I am usually a complete and utter wuss when it comes to reading about abuse thankfully the detail is mostly off page and its
* Meli Mel *

♥♥♥ 4 STARS ♥♥♥

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'What's the first thing you remember? The sound of the ocean. Shaw. This.'

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It's been days since I read this book, and I still can't stop thinking about it. I also still have no clue how to review it.

The books starts off with Shaw, a facilitator who needs to make some connections. So, he goes to Vornis' island to try to sell him something he can't refuse. In the
Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs
4.5 Hardest Stars I've Given

Deep Breath...Wow....Overwhelmed, Overloaded...that's when I know I've read a Bloody Good book.

At times I found it to be difficult to read; yet still absolutely beautiful to read....

Lee Anderson

Lee was the star of this story for me, he held my attention throughout the book, calling to me...yes I wanted to climb inside my kindle and wrap my arms around him, save him... and SLAY EVERY MOTHhim...class="gr-hostedUserImg">
4,5 stars

“One foot in front of the other,” Lee murmured. One sand dollar and then another."

I loved this book so much! I've read it in one sitting.

It took me a while to get into the story and warm up to the characters, but then I couldn't put this book down.

We get many disturbing topics, such as kidnapping, sexual abuse, murders. There are some on-page heart wrenching scenes. My heart broke for green-eyed Lee over and over again.
And Shaw, well I resented him for not standing up for Lee and helping him./>“One
DNF @ 46%

There is so much pain and hurt! I couldn't go further. I like emotions in balance but this one just made me feel bad. And their inner thought was killing me...
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ingie by: Vio
Written October 2, 2013

4 1/2 Stars - Intense, frightening but also beautiful about the most terrible and finally to be safe...

The other day...

This book has been collecting dust too long now. My friends Vio and Rosalinda tells me I have to read it, and in a weak moment this summer I bought it. Since then, it has been lying there on the shelf and stared hard at me. I know I'm so lame and cowardly.... sigh!... All the other girls here dares to read all these popular contemporary romances with slave topic. But not

Those with a low tolerance for gushing, may want continue reading this review with caution.

Ohhhh man, where do I even start? For starers this book hijacked my life today. I was only supposed to read the first chapter!

Discovering gems like this book, this author, are what keep me solidly planted as an avid reader in this genre. This book is exceptional. The story, the writing, the characters, the dialogue, the imagery!!!! Just every damn thing in this book drew me in a/>Those
This was a stunning portrayal of evil and abuse, perfectly balanced with hope and morality. This is my first book by Lisa Henry.

The writing is brilliant, perfectly paced to set the mood and tone; punctuated with italics and repeat phrases that underline and enhance the readers characters emotions. Superbly done!

Shaw arrives on the beautiful island to do a deal with a powerful drug lord. He has worked up to this moment for six years, dealing with the very worst humanity has to offer.
Shaw is a facilitator and procurer of
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes...I get carried away and SPOIL the fun for others.

**4.5 Fragile and Tortured Stars**
Hope: A feeling of expectation and desire for a 
particular thing to happen. A feeling of trust.

The Island...a place where all hope is lost. Where the broken are formed. Where torture is foreplay- for the monsters. And unthinkable bonds are born.

Nick Pageant
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m
Review to follow when I've recovered sufficiently. (I think it might take a while.)

Big thanks to Alona and Mark for letting me come along on the ride.
This is an absolutely FANTASTIC book full of all kinds of angst. Angst as in ABSOLUTELY HEARTBREAKING and not for the weak of heart! I am officially decided to never read this book again (meaning I won't be reviewing it either because I don't remember enough to do it justice.)

I've seen Sophie's Choice. I've seen Schindler's List. But the thought of re-watching those movies and re-reading The Island is torture.

First timers, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! Make sure you have a friend/spouse/offspring/pet around you
Ash Wednesday

Posting a 1-star review for a highly rated book, you always feel the imaginary (I hope) weight of the collective glares of everyone who loved it.


I rarely give books I finish an outright 1-star rating but this one I really, really can't not. Mostly because trying to think of something positive to say outside being able to make it to the end is giving me a migraine. But also due to
4,5-5 stars

I can hear the complaints from readers - "Oh no,not torture and rape again"
But rest assured, (and that`s why I gave The Island the high rating) this isn`t about torture and rape - no kinks get satisfied and no sadistic glee here!(means not on-page...)
This is a story about the value of a single human life in the "grand scheme".

That doesn`t mean this was a comfortable read - far from it.Mostly told from Shaw`s point of view who never witnessed the actual tort
Chippy Marco

I really liked this book. It took a little to get into it, because I'm the type that likes to be grasped straight away and thrown into drama. So, I'm not so much the thoughtful type, and I don't really care for slower lead ins. However, this book did dramatically pick up after a bit, then it thrusted me fully into a highly agitated storyline, where Shaw had a lot of trouble dealing with a very uncomfortable situation. The fact he had to let go of Lee, knowing he was being abused and misused in
Wow, six stars, read this through the night, too good to put down. Brilliant twist to it, you must read this! Really enjoyed my re-read too..
'Whatever happens here, your soul's unbreakable.' He kept his eyes closed. 'It's a shame the rest of me is made of fucking glass.'

This is an amazing story! I wish I had read it sooner!! Brilliant storyline, characters you will either love or loathe and twists to keep you on your toes!! Must read!!!
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much more than I could’ve dreamed. I gave it the full 5 stars because it was so damn perfect, for me personally.

There was just this perfect balance… of everything! I don’t know how else to explain it really. I loved every second of this book and I never wanted it to end.
I knew before I stared that this was a relatively short book, compared to what I usually read. So I had prepared myself to not fully connect with the characters. Like them, yes. But I wasn’t prepared for such truly won
Heather C
Jan 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather C by: Lauraadriana
Dark, Brutal, and Gripping! Loved it!!

I'm thinking I might have been a little over-prepared for this one. I didn't read the blurb or any reviews, but was told that there was quite a bit of rape and torture throughout the story. Well, it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected! All the bad stuff was either alluded to or mentioned after the fact or kinda glossed over.  Lee went through a lot of horrible things, but I didn't have to suffer along with him.  So, if I had to state an issue with the sto

4,5 stars.

Why haven't I read this one earlier???

Hold on to hope. Count the sand dollars, pass the time, wait and see.

This book has been sitting on my kindle and collecting dust for ages. I love dark and disturbing stories and tags and warnings like those in this blurb usually don’t bother me… but… and I have no idea why… I was just too chickenshit to read The Island.

Until yesterday.

I was flipping through the book titles I wanted to read soonish… and there it was. The book fucking blinked at me… mockingly… and I tearlier???
Jan 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I thought the beginning was good, especially with Lee's fugue states. I really enjoyed the moments he had on the beach too with the sand dollars. I guessed (view spoiler) Then came 65%, and from that point till 80% I absolutely hated the book. So many WTF moments I lost count. (view spoiler) ...more
I boarded Vornis’ helicopter to The Island fully expecting to come back with a glowing review, but it wasn’t to be. The more books I read by Lisa Henry, the better I understand why many friends label Dark Space and, to a lesser extent, The Last Rebellion, as her best work. Dark Space was actually my first Henry and I loved the expressive Brady (a perfectly executed first-person narrative) and its sci-fi setting to pieces! And then there’s The last Rebellion, in which she pushes you into the meat ...more
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Buggy by: D
Opening Line: “Shaw looked out the window as the chopper came in to land.”

I was kind of unsure going into this (especially after the warning in the back blurb) I mean I don’t even read BDSM so I figured this was going to be way out of my comfort zone but luckily I took a gamble because it turned out to be a fantastic, well written and very moving story. Sure it’s intense, but it’s also thought provoking, suspenseful, romantic, (way) surprising and even tender.

And oh did I mention it takes pl
I know, I know, I said to myself I won't read this. I am a bit burned out with m/m genre in general ... and I don't see how a torture/abuse theme will help. I'm not a faint-hearted person (one of my most favorite themes in mystery/thriller mainstream IS serial killer after all) but I just get tired of characters having to go through all this before they get their happy end (at least in serial killing novels, they are all dead. Yeah, I know, call a psychiatrist for me, I don't get my logic either ...more
This is another book I chose on the strength of past reviews, and boy, am I glad I did!! Total keeper, and 5 stars from me

I would warn you straight away that this is not a story for those who have a problem with abuse. I won't go into glorious detail about the story, just to say that it involves covert ops; the imprisonment, horrific torture and repeated rape of one man (and normally that would put me off), lots of death (all fully
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ by: Seiran
"What's the first thing you remember?"

It takes a special kind of monster to turn this tropical paradise into hell.

Vornis has set this travesty in motion. He's a sociopath. A criminal. A monster who's taken "Green Eyes" as a hostage & brought him here to torture & kill. He & his minions have trained him like a dog to be the perfect fuck toy.

"Green Eyes" a.k.a. Lee has been tortured, gang raped, st
My hands are shaking as I type this. Not from fear but from adrenaline that is still flowing through my body 8hrs after finishing this book. I am still on edge. I am still back on that island in Fiji wondering just what is going to happen. Wondering when Shaw will bend, when Lee will be okay and just flat out being mindfucked in the most thorough way possible.

I knew from seeing a skimmimg a few reviews that The Island would be dark, I was ready for that. I was not ready nor prepared
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