Author Name: A.J. Llewellyn
Publication Date & Length: April 22, 2015 – 98pgs
When an amnesiac man capsizes on the shores of Spain’s sun-kissed island of Eivissa, bar owner Demetrio Reyes thinks he’s found his someone…or has he?
Demetrio has found the good life, putting his devastating
past behind him and investing his hard-earned money into a gay bar on the island of Ibiza, or as the locals insist on calling it, Eivissa. With celebrities and other stunning, beautiful men roaming the hot-spot island, Demetrio thinks he’s found a slice of heaven.
When a strange man’s small boat capsizes in the Mediterranean, once he’s rescued, he seems to be attracted to Demetrio. The man however, has amnesia. He has no memory of his name, his life and has no ID. His boat is registered to a Philip Gordon but the handsome stranger says he doesn’t think it’s his name. After picking the name Océano, the Spanish word for the sea, he and Demetrio begin an impassioned affair that soon turns disastrous. Océano may not be amnesiac. He may not be the good guy he seems to be and… he may not even be gay.
Llewellyn’s Balearic island is beautiful, liberated and very seductive. The men aren’t too bad either. Actually, I loved Demetrio. Oh. And Chenche. And Stefan. Maybe especially Stefan.
The men and their island lives are wonderfully drawn. Night-clubs, beautiful natural scenery and wonderful food are a fantastic combination.
The only character I didn’t quite warm to was Oceano. I felt initial empathy for him, but I wanted to lend my voice to the others warning Demetrio. Llewellyn uncovers some of his story for us, but we’re never quite allowed to follow his mystery or truly understand his identity. I’m still not sure that all of his lies were necessary.
This is a great read for anyone who has ever considered slowing their life down and moving to a favourite beach resort.
A.J. Llewellyn lives in California, but dreams of living in Hawaii. Frequent trips to all the islands, bags of Kona coffee in the fridge and a healthy collection of Hawaiian records keep this writer refueled.
A.J’s passion for the islands led to writing a play about the last ruling monarch of Hawaii, Queen Lili’uokalani as well as a non-erotic novel about the overthrow of her kingdom written in diary form from her maid’s point of view.
A.J. never lacks inspiritation for male/male erotic romances and on the rare occasion this happens, pursues other passions such as collecting books on Hawaiiana, surfing and spending time with friends and animal companions.
A.J. Llewellyn believes that love is a song best sung out loud.