[EBOOK / PDF] Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, #1) by Addison Albright
Liked to have heard a little emotion in the performance but all in all the narration is solid if not particularly exceptional This review has been cross posted at Gay Book Reviews I m giving it the full five stars because I not only loved it I also think I ll remember it foreverI ve read less than a handful of books with the stranded on a desert island survival trope But I ve loved and remembered every single one of themThis one was both incredibly romantic and incredibly realistic It ept my stomach tied up in The Path to Gay Rights knots the entire time It brought tears to my eyes And joy to my heartAn incredible story of love loss survival and second chances This book was provided for free by the author in exchange for an honest reviewI couldn t decide between a 2 and 3 star rating so I rounded up This book was to me full of missed opportunity While the story has great bones and the premise grabbed me I found it anticlimactic Til Death begins with an engaged couple Sam and Nash being visited by military police They inform Sam that his husband Henry who was believed dead was found marooned on an island We are then told the stories of Henry s survival Sam and Henry s relationship and of Sam coming to terms with his grief Sounds super angsty and emotional right Just Not so much That s why I wanted to read this book I figured it would be a serious tear jerker with a painfully romantic conclusion It just didn t affect me the way I hoped Sure there was a bit of emotional conflict toward the end but I guess I expected Sam was an absolute mess for years He was the last one to believe he was a widower finally moved on then his world was turned upside down It seemed like he was all too uick in getting his feelings sorted out I feel like an entire good book could ve been made about Henry s return The story of Henry s survival on the island with Buddy Garrett and Devon was whatept me going This part felt much well done than the romance I was sucked in The atmosphere and character development were great here The four formed a sort of family and I was attached to all of them Even the technical parts of their survival were done well there was just a lot of stuff here that was really cool Their rescue was a great feel good moment It was the reunion that I had been awaiting since the beginning of the book that just didn t do it for me like I hoped I cry all the time when I read but this just didn t move me Buddy s assimilation was another thing I anticipated being an important part of the story but that was glossed over for the most part There were a couple other issues I had I actually didn t mind the perspective shifting it cycled from Henry s first person account to third person flashbacks to Sam s coping in third person but it was well done The dialogue however felt off I can t uite put my finger on it Sometimes their voices were wrong for them And there were a few times they sounded straight up cheesy 80 s romance novel Example It was only ever your scent that drove me mad with desire What Who the fuck actually talks like that Sometimes they sounded stilted female or age inappropriate Then there was the romance part I just found the emotionality lacking Like I previously mentioned I expected the reunion to be moving and the angst to be angstier There was also a bit of buildup to hot needy reunion sex but that was "A Letdown As Well I "letdown as well I t say I d recommend this one to romance readers though there were aspects of it that were great The survival and rescue were awesome but if you want to get grabbed by an emotional story and particularly if you want your romance on the steamy side you might be a bit disappointed That being said I was entertained This certainly wasn t one I felt like I was entertained This certainly wasn t one I felt like I was myself to finish And I feel like my last few reviews have disagreed with those I ve read of friends on here and other GR members so what do I Karen vs Alien know I ve got a new to me author that is now sitting firmly on my list of ones toeep an eye on Addison Albright totally sucked me in to this story from the very beginning and holy cow she did not let me go for even a second until the very end I loved the characters the storyline and pretty much everything else about this bookso I m not even going to wait until the end of this review to let you Gendered Citizenships know this was a 5 star read for meMy heart broke over and over again for both Sam and Henry Evennowing they d have another chance in the end from the blurb watching them both go through this heart wrenching separation was tough Seeing what they each went through also made me think what would happen if I was put in that same situation and the thought of it is frankly terrifying It made me feel so much for Sam not ever having received any ind of true closure I loved how Henry ept focused virtually the entire time he and the others were stranded and how he remained strong for the child that was stranded with them It was uplifting to see how he Garrett and Devon all worked togetherthe three of them seemed like a good representation of the spectrum of attitudes you would expect to see Garrett the ultra calm super level headed guy who is the consistent voice of reason Devon the impatient sometimes impulsive and hot headed one and Henry torn apart by missing Sam wondering what his disappearance is doing to his husband and yet putting on a brave face and using his Singing the Law knowledge to helpeep everyone alivewhile becoming immediately attached to Buddy the small child a baby really who was marooned with themThe love between Henry and Sam is so deep that it makes it incredibly hard for Sam to move on taking him years to finally do so And just when he s about to take a huge step with someone else Nash a sweet man who you ll wind up feeling so much for everything gets turned upside down again Between the intensity of Henry and his companions trying to stay alive on a
DESERTED ISLAND THE HEARTBREAK SAM GOESisland the heartbreak Sam goes thinking he s lost Henry and finally the upheaval once they are reunitedI absolutely could not put this story down It was utterly captivating and made for an amazing read Even though for the majority of the story Sam and Henry are apart the way it is told with the chapters before the rescue starting off with a flashback to a point in time in their relationship that lines up with the time from which Henry Mmitted to each other in marriage ’Til Death Do Us Part The dream is shattered when Henry’s plane crashes and he’s presumed dead But four people Henry two other men and a child survive undetected on a remote small and insignificant island Will Sam and. Flight crashes so for instance day one in their past is the day they met in the present is the day the plane goes down is uniue and Alchemic keep you thoroughly invested in the story It lets you learn about how their relationship starts and develops while at the same time showing how they deal with the present day situation and ultimately enforcing and reinforcing their utter devotion to each otherYou alreadynow but this was a 5 star read for me and it s also going on my Top Recommendations list I highly recommend this story for any MM romance fan and while there is not much intimate content and honestly this story works very well with the small amount it does have it is still meant for readers 18 for adult language and some light intimate scenes I really did love this story and I can t wait to We Sell Drugs keep reading the series especially to find out what happens with Nash 35 HeartsI don tnow what it is about being stranded on a deserted island but the setup of desperate survival fascinates me and if you throw in some romance even better This is about Sam and Henry a happily married couple so very deeply in love as they match perfectly where it counts When Henry s plane crashes over the ocean and he survives by making his way to a small uninhabited island with 3 others obviously he and Sam s lives are irrevocably changed as years go by without rescue Can their love endure such a traumatic forced separationThis book jumps timelines often giving you glimpses of the past before the island portraying life s trials on the island and watching present time unfold when Henry is finally discovered to be alive and well Full of tense situations as well as sad and emotional challenges there were also some great instances of levity when it came to Henry being a surrogate father to an endearing 10 month old boy seriously too cute for words I feared this would continuously be wrought with a lot of angst but though it was heart wrenching at times it was a totally tolerable turmoil for some reason I guess because it was grounded in realism and mostly external forces and not due to some frustratingly stupid plot device There are many things both Sam and Henry struggle with and triumph over What remains so strong is their love in the face of crazy adversity devastating loss and grateful second chancesOverall I liked this and was uite entertained but again survival on coconuts breadfruit and seaweed apparently interest me a lot Knowledge is power right The narration by David Gil was than totally serviceable Nothing grossly out of place but nothing extraordinary either It was a pleasant listen and I think most will have no problem with the audio version I think it s a testament to his rendition since I m off to listen to the seuel Thank you to the authorpublisher for the audio in exchange for a honest review I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewI stayed up until 230am reading this book and made it about 60% and then my body rebelled and demanded I sleep If I could have I would have read this all night I couldn t put it downOMG I LOVED THIS BOOK Let s start with the easy stuff I have never read anything by this author before and that s always scary because you never now what to expect The summary of this book as well as others reviews led me to believe that the story was
GOING TO BE AMAZING SO Ito be amazing so I a shot It was truly beautiful The writing was very well done The story structure was SPOT ON The characters were developed and believable As the summary says Henry and Sam are are living the dream They are deeply in love they like each other on top of that they both enjoy their jobs have a nice home and a good circle of family and friends Then tragedy strikes Henry s commercial flight crashes view spoilerdue to a bomb hide spoiler 325 starsI enjoy stranded on an island stories so the story was gripping enough that I finished it in one day to see the conclusion The descriptions of how they survived on the island were very detailed and obviously well researched For such a small island the survivors seemed to have it remarkably easy like it wasn t hard to find water and the supply stayed consistent and there was so little mishaps sickness or injuries over the extended length of time they were there But it was the connection to the characters that left me wanting most I just never felt close or fully engaged with them I wanted to feel attuned to Their Emotions And Desperation And emotions and desperation and but too much was told rather than shown and I think that was what ept me at a distance from them The freuent flashbacks to Henry and Sam s relationship prior to the separation bugged me I think it was meant to make readers feel closer to them as a couple but since it was in the past I often felt compelled to skim that and get back to urgent current matters Personally I d rather have seen time spent developing the relationship with Nash as it came across rather cursory and without depth Even still before the rescue I was invested in the story and would have given it at least a four But the character s reactions and dialogue often times they all seemed to just spout words without even thinking after the rescue changed the heart of the story for me I came to dislike all of them at a time when I should have been feeling for them intensely All the back and forth stuff all the lack of thoughtfulness towards each other pulled me out of the story and made me hardly care Also the way it was handled I came to doubt if it was ever truly love with one of the characters If you are looking for stranded on an island stories this one is definitely readable with an interesting twist Just crazy The whole time I was reading it I was wondering how I would act if my plane went down and I was stranded on a desert island Not sure I would handle it all well I also wondered how I would act if I thought my husband died and then came back into my life after 5 years The day to day on the island was so interesting What they had to go through to survive Also Buddy what a sweetheart All he Literature of Africa knew was Henry Devon and Garrett Poor Nash view spoilerI see Book 3 is about him which is great so he can get his HEA Like everyone said we didn t get to reallynow him in this book I m so glad it was hard enough what he went through without loving him hide spoiler. Henry’s love be able to survive as well Henry fights to endure in harsh conditions never Women and Sustainable Agriculture: Interviews With 14 Agents of Change knowing when disaster will strike Sam struggles with his loss but with help moves on with his life Will Sam be able to put aside his new love when he reunites with Hen. What can I say I love deserted island survivor storiesWhen TransOceanic Flight 3012 goes down there are only four survivors who manage to make it to a deserted island Henry Devon Garret and Buddy Using their skills sets Henry is a marine biologist Garretnows how to weave and Devon has brute strength the three men take care of Buddy an under year old they think baby and await rescue Five years later they are still waitingTold from both Henry and his husband Sam s points of view the story covers both the hope that the survivors will one day get off the island and back to civilization and the devastation of loss when the love of your life goes down in a crash and is missing and presumed dead I loved the emotion of the hope that Sam feels at first that they ll be found then the denial that Henry is dead the grief of trying to move on and finally falling in love with someone elseThe men on the island Crossing the color line in American politics and African American literature know the world outside them hasept going and they worry about their families if their spouses have remarried what they will do when they get off the island Henry s biggest worries are Sam moving on and if Henry will be allowed to Rebuilding keep custody of Buddy who has been raised as his child and hasnown no other fatherFive years after the crash Sam is notified Henry is alive and is immediately struck with what to do His wedding to his fianc is literally weeks away and must immediately be put on hold Then it s a rush to Henry to see just what the future holdsI loved most of the nuances of the story While the day to day island life was a bit mired in minutiae some of the time I appreciated the author s obvious research My biggest issues were that the dialogue was a bit stiff at times and things came a bit too easily to everyone I felt like the resolution of the relationship angst was a little too uick and I would have liked to have seen the resolution between Sam and NashAlso the story starts most chapters with a flashback scene which I sometimes felt dragged down the momentum of the story and caused me to skim a little However in the end this was filled with humor emotion and hope and I eagerly turned each page to find out what happened nextBottom line I enjoyed it thoroughly and I will definitely be checking out something else by Addison Albright Advanced Review Galley copy of Til Death Do Us Part provided by Addison Albright in exchange of an honest review This review has been cross posted at Gay Book Reviews This was a really cute story that I would encourage everyone to readIt might suffer a little bit from the unfortunate timing of the release coming so close after Keira Andrews Beyond The Sea which it pains to me to have to admit is much betterBut this one is a little bit different the romance doesn t take place on the island but is rather about a couple who is separated and what happens during that timeIt s an imperfect story For one the dialogue doesn t feel natural The MC is a marine biologist and so he Intro to Alien Invasion knows a lot of sciencey stuff that comes in handy on the island The way he presents it sounds like he s reading from a text book if that were the extent of it that would be fine Some people just talk like that But every conversation felt like that For example there was one conversation between the three guys on the island where they were discussing the likelihood of being found and they were talking about where the plane went down and what the search radius would be For some reason one of them happens tonow what the velocity of the plane would have been and another nows what direction they were going because while everything was exploding around them he opened a compass app on his ipad And the final one a compass app on his ipad And the final one a student on a football scholarship just happens to remember that he once read about a #search where the radius was 100000 suare miles so they figure #where the radius was 100000 suare miles so they figure re within that and they ll be rescued eventually It was just stuff like that that seemed odd to meAnother problem was the lack of urgency I felt about the survivors on the island They all just seemed really blas about the whole thing I never felt the fear or the desperation or the struggle There was never a shortage of food no one ever got sick they never ran out of water There seemed to be very little learning curve for any of them about how to survive They just didI also didn t feel that the resolution of the relationship drama was satisfying I feel like this is what set the book apart and where most of the focus should have been but instead there were only one or two short scenes showing Sam with his new fianc and then Henry showed up and view spoilerthere was a little bit of tension when Sam had to make a decision but it all happened rather easily in my opinion Like it wasn t really even a decision Sam was never truly in love with Nash and that just seemed like a cop out to me hide spoiler For my review of the book click here I love deserted island
SURVIVOR STORIESTOLD FROM BOTH HENRY ANDstoriesTold from both Henry and husband Sam s points of view the story covers both the hope that the survivors will one day get off the island and back to civilization and the devastation of loss when the love of your life goes down in a crash and is missing and presumed dead I appreciated the greater delineation made by narrator David Gil for the chapters that begin with a flashback scene so the listener could tell easily what was past and present I do feel that the flashbacks while providing history did sometimes drag down the momentum of the story thoughI loved most of the nuances of the story and how it was filled with humor emotion and hope While the day to day island life was a bit mired in minutiae some of the time I appreciated the author s obvious research My biggest issues were that the dialogue was a bit stiff at times and things came a bit too easily to everyone I felt like the resolution of the relationship angst was a little too uick and I would have liked to have seen the resolution between Sam and NashOne thing that was far obviously awkward to me when listening rather than reading is the change from first person POV for Henry to a third person POV for Sam or others Regardless David Gil narrates the story decently adding character voices that are easily discernible Though his pacing is a little slow at times his timing is good and enunciation clear I would have. Henry and Sam Miller Greene are living the dream They love their careers which afford each of them opportunities to travel to exotic locations they love their home Sam’s caring family and each other They disagree on the subject of adoption but are fully co.