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27236789Prince Galian is third in line to the throne, but prefers his place as a resident at the Royal Kylaen Hospital. When his father urges him to join the military to help reclaim their colony, Galian is forced to put aside his oath to Do No Harm and fight a war he does not believe in.
Across the great Madion Sea, Captain Theo Kallistrate dreams of a day when she is no longer bound by conscription to fight for her country’s independence. But when the Kylaens threaten, honor and duty call her to the front lines to fight off the oppressors.
When an air skirmish goes wrong, both Theo and Galian crash on a remote island hundreds of miles from either nation. Grievously injured, Theo must rely on Galian’s medical expertise, and Galian must rely on Theo’s survival skills, to live another day in a harsh and unforgiving terrain.
Can they put aside their differences long enough to survive? Or will the war that brought them to the island tear them apart?
The Island is the first in a new romance trilogy by S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series and Empath.

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After finishing this book I definitely let out an audible “wow,” which was only slightly awkward because I was at work…but oh well. This book flew by in the best possible way. I felt like I was immediately lost in this world and on this island with Theo and Galian, trying to survive the best way I can (by reading and then putting the book down occasionally for a drink of water…because reading this made me thirsty). This book was filled with adventure, action, ROMANCE, and survival. It has been so long that I have read a book where they are just trying to survive, so this was timely in that respect. Some of my favorite things about this book…

  • Setting: This may sound crazy, the fact that I loved that it took place mostly on an island. You would probably think that I would tire of just one setting, but I didn’t. There was so much tension between the two characters and there was so much of the island to discover that I felt it never truly got old. I think it added more to what they need to do to survive. I mean they had to think of how to get the basic necessities that we can just walk to our kitchen for. We don’t have to scrounge for our food (unless it’s at the back of the cupboard) and water is pretty easy to come by. We have a bed and we have shelter. They had nothing. Nothing at all. And the climate would change and there medical issues to deal with. Honestly, the island made the book much more interesting than anything. It gave them a common struggle and was the biggest challenge that they had. I honestly loved it. Then I didn’t have to like rework the map and try to think of how they got from point A to point B. I loved that they were stuck on an island.
  • Theo and Galian: I think the best way to describe these two is perfectly imperfect. They came from different sides of a war. They were both stubborn, so stinking stubborn (some a little more than others…seriously Theo..). Even with that stubbornness they both tried for the other person. Galian tried to help Theo with injuries and in return she helped Galian with survival. They did their best to overcome those differences between them for survival, which helped them to grow. Obviously there were fights. Sometimes they got really bad and I thought all things would end, but that was not the case. You could see the characters growing and changing. You see them become a better person and look to see just what they can do to right the wrongs of their worlds.
  • Relationships: I am not just talking about the swoony bits of the book (you have to know there were swoony bits…the romance was heated and intense guys. seriously) I am talking about the relationship of Theo and Galian. As I said at first, they started as sworn enemies just because of birth, but they became such great friends. Once they got over their stubbornness and the “need to be the superior person” they really relied on each other for survival. I love how they had to learn to trust each other, even if it only started as trust because their survival depended on it.

I don’t know what I had expected when I dove into this book, but I was blown away. And that ending…I need the next book soon please because I just HAVE to know what happens next. That ending hurt (in the best way possible right…).

This is a book that should definitely be added to your TBR! Support your indie authors and rush to order it directly from S Usher Evans! You can also get the rest of the books from this series and many others that she has written (and that I have to jump on soon).

How do you feel about survival stories?

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