Survivors by Ramona Forrest
At a “fat” convention in Tahiti, an attack by pirates, during a storm at sea, leaves Jamie Moran stranded on a deserted island with Mick, a craven, yet devilishly handsome drug smuggler she’d pulled from the raging water. Fearful of being alone in a terrifying place, she tends his injuries, while he teaches her far more than mere survival. Joined by two others, they work to stay alive, while Jamie fights a hopeless sexual attraction to this secretive man of mystery. As they wait for a rescue that never comes, she becomes slender and healthy. Facing a devastating typhoon, death-dealing smugglers, and dangerous wild animals, Jamie and Mick are drawn into love with dire consequences. But he promises her that it will all work out and he will be with her in the end. Finally rescued by a US Navy cruiser, Jamie dreads the trial in Tahiti that will have Mick hauled away in chains to spend long years in a tropical prison. Has he made a promise he can’t keep?