World’s End, the first book in the Tied By Fate series, takes you on a journey through time and space. Or, rather, outside of time and space.
The only two human beings on a gorgeous island, Arishima Kiyoshi and Shelly Gwynne are deeply in love with each other. Shelly was thrown overboard and washed up on the shores. A couple of months later, Kiyoshi fell asleep behind his desk only to wake up on the island. Neither Shelly nor Kiyoshi questions why they are there and neither of them is in a hurry to leave. Or, at least not since they tried and nearly drowned in a storm. Life, and love, is good in paradise.
Until pirate Captain Cameron Morgan shows up. He ‘convinces’ Shelly to set sail on the Kingston, to fulfil a quest given to them by the mystic. A storm breaks loose as the coast slowly disappears, sinking the Kingston and throwing the three men back on the shores.
Things take a turn for the worse when Captain Calico Jack shows up, together with Shelly’s fiancée Hunter Madison.
Supernatural, pirates, love, romance… what a joy to read!
I struggled slightly with the use of past and present tense, often within the same scenes, and some of the wording was a bit… old fashioned, I guess. The story more than made up for any grievances I had and it was a very enjoyable read. There is plenty of adventure and action, decent dialogue, and some seriously sexy scenes. I truly love to loath Cameron… a ‘proper’ seadog.
By the way, the ‘old-fashioned’ language actually worked a treat (but I didn’t realise that until I read the next installment, Butterflies Are Free, in the series). M LeAnne Phoenix did herself proud with her first ever published novel.
Kiyoshi awakes from a fever aware of two things. One, he is not in the home he can for some reason only vaguely recall. Two, he has fallen for Shelly, the man who cared for him through his fever. Shelly is as enigmatic as the island he has found himself on. With few answers about who he is, Shelly’s own identity, how he came to be there with Shelly, and just what this strange place is, Kiyoshi comes to accept just one thing. He and Shelly are meant to be no matter what befalls them. They are tied together by fate, all the way to what just may be the end of their world.