When his life takes a dark turn, billionaire Theodosius Vardalos purchases a deserted island in the Bermuda triangle. It’s accessible only by plane- the better, he thinks, to hide his scars from the rest of the world. What Theo doesn’t know is that the island has an incredible secret, one that gives him hope… hope of future happiness, despite the horrible scars that make him a recluse. Hope to be had in the arms of a mysterious blonde he hasn’t yet met…
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Nice introduction to the Invitation to Eden Collection.
*Purchased and read as part of THE BAD BOYS OF EDEN: Billionaires, Alphas, Bikers, and Doms Boxed Set.
Master of the Island by Lauren Hawkeye
Invitation to Eden #0.5
Tags: Contemporary, Erotica, M/F, Billionaire, CEO, Beauty and the Beast Theme, BDSM, Kink
Length: Prologue + 4 Chapters
This short story introduces us to the man we will come to know mainly as The Master throughout the collection of books, and we learn how the magical island known as Eden came to be. Growing up, I loved the 80s tv show Fantasy Island. This collection is reminiscent of that, only kinkier.
The eccentric billionaire and CEO, Theodosius Vardalos, was once a handsome man and in love. But then his lover had deceived him, stealing almost all of his money and leaving him badly scarred, forcing him to wear a balaclava for the sake of others. He needed to heal, and because he could, he purchased an old Irish castle to be rebuilt on a small island in the Bermuda Triangle. While surveying his island, he had an experience. It seemed to know what his greatest desire was and gave it to him. Filled with hope and a new outlook on life, he knew what he had to do to make his dream a reality. As the saying goes: If you build it, they will come. And so the exclusive island resort Eden was born.
As a prequel that was available for free, I thought this was a decent introduction. Short but adequate (then again, this was included in the box set The Bad Boys of Eden, so I was able to just keep reading books with the same theme). I wasn't disappointed that his story was cut short here or not immediately available in the box set.
I'm looking forward to eventually seeing him meet the mystery woman from his dream, and perhaps finding out more about the pilot, Joely who "looks like she's sixteen". There were several references to a darkness or sadness in her past, and she seemed very intuitive around Theo. His story continues in Master of Pleasure.
This is the beginning of what I'm guessing is a long series. I would have liked to have known that up front in the books description. I think the title describes this in enough detail. If you enjoy erotica this is it. But I'm tired of incomplete stories and won't look for the next installment.