An Ali Review: The Boys of Summer by Sarah Madison

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The Boys of SummerWorking for a California-based film production company, David McIntyre is the go-to man for matching the right location to the right project for the right price. On an extended trip to Hawaii, he hires Sutton’s Air Service to cart him all around to some of the most exotic locations in the South Pacific. During one of those trips, a freak tropical storm forces them to make a crash landing, leaving both men stranded without a radio and with very little in the way of food and water. Rick Sutton’s injuries make it imperative that they be rescued soon, and David finds himself calling on all his professional skills to keep both of them alive.

It takes a vivid dream about WW2 however, to make David realize that he has real feelings for Rick—more than just his natural concern that both of them get out of this mess alive. But putting his heart on the line might be the greatest risk David has ever taken—does he have the courage to make it before time runs out on both of them? 
This was an interesting book.  There are two stories going on in this book.  The first and primary story is of David and Rick and their plane crash.  The two men are stranded on an island and we watch as they get to know each other as they’re trying to stay alive.  This was pretty good as far as the story but I didn’t feel a lot of chemistry between the two men.  While they’re on the island David has a dream that stars him and Rick in the past, in WWII.  
I liked this part of the story probably better than the main story.  It was emotional and very bittersweet.  My problem with the whole thing is they’re never really tied together.  I thought this was going to be either a reincarnation story or a plot device that makes the two men have some great epiphany about each other and their relationship.  It did neither.  It was just there and then we go back to the main story.  There is never some great romance, some great love between the two and even the ending is a happily for now.  It was disappointing to me because it had such potential.  It’s definitely not a bad read but I wasn’t wow’d either.  
Cover by Reese Dante. I love the cover.  I think it’s beautiful and captures the story really well.
Sales Links:   Dreamspinner Press | ARe | Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 200 pages
Published December 21st 2015 by Dreamspinner Press (first published April 14th 2013)
ISBN 163476630X (ISBN13: 9781634766302)
setting Hawaii (United States)

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