Stranded is a romance novel about three people who are the only survivors of a plane crash that leaves them stranded on a Island. India has recently ended her relationship with her fiancé and childhood friends Rafe and Grant are celebrating Rafe's divorce when their plane crashes leaving them alone on the Island. Rafe and Grant had previously discovered that they enjoyed sharing women and want to find their Ms Right. Romance soon blossoms between the three of them but can they survive the island? And if they do can their relationship survive in the real world?
Overall this book was a bit of a disappointment to me and half of the problem was that it had too much realism. In any other genre this would probably be a good thing, Vaughn writes a somewhat realistic portrayal of being stranded on a desert island, complete with having to bury another survivor and almost starving to death. I didn't think it was very fitting with the genre and I found it difficult to enjoy anything that happened on the island because I was more concerned with them actually surviving than the romance. I think this is unfortunate because the premise of the novel was a good one, in my opinion. The whole desert island is something that has been done so many times before but this is the first romance novel that I've read that has this back story. I just couldn't help feeling that if I wanted to read about people struggling to survive I could read many other books or watch films that depict this but what I wanted was a really romantic twist on the storyline that I felt was hindered by the island rather than the island being used to push the romance.
The actual romance is pretty unremarkable, so unremarkable that there's actually little to say about it. I think that in itself says a lot. I think that characters are important in romance novels and in this one I felt that they were lacking in something. Vaughn gives them all these big, traumatic back stories but there seems to be little else in terms of character building. I guess the one thing that I really liked about the novel and the characters is the friendship between the two men. It just feels so solid and important. I often think that romance novels, particularly three way romances, tend to brush aside friendship when friendship in my opinion is incredibly important. This novel doesn't do that and it seems that a great deal of importance is placed on their friendship. I felt that this made the three way relationship feel more secure and permanent than anything else because I felt that the two men were as devoted to each other as they were to India.
The main problem for me in this novel was the romance. The characters are okay, not particularly well developed or well rounded but they would be fine in a novel where the romance was more gripping. The main thing is that I just didn't get drawn into the romance. First there was the issue with the realism on the island and then by the time they got off of the island I had lost interest. When they finally return home I just wasn't into the book enough to care about if they could make it work. I did read the book to the end but there wasn't any point in it where I was actually interested in what was happening.
This novel only gets one star I'm afraid. I just couldn't get into it at all. Vaughn failed to draw me in at the beginning and by the end I just didn't care about India's family problems or if they would end up together or any of the other things we're supposed to care about.