Uncharted Desires

A forced proximity, rockstar romance.

Romance - Contemporary
294 Pages
Reviewed on 04/16/2024
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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Uncharted Desires by Jillian Sharp follows the story of Katrina Brooks and Weston Monroe and their quest for survival. Kat always wanted to do music but was stuck working as a pianist and backup singer for Weston, an arrogant star musician. A decade after working together, Weston announced his retirement at the end of their tour without prior notice. Kat did not know what to do with her life, but the worst was yet to come. One night, after a yacht party, Weston tripped and fell into the ocean, taking Kat, who tried to save him. The duo found themselves on a remote island where boundaries shattered, walls broke down, and sparks flew. Yet, they must survive the elements, deal with terrifying discoveries, and outwit traitors disguised as friends.

Uncharted Desires by Jillian Sharp is a suspense-filled story that held me spellbound. A movie adaptation of this novel with Shaggy’s “Strength of a Woman” as the theme song would be fantastic. The different facets of this book, ranging from slow-burn romance to crime, career, race, and deception, produced a wholesome read. I loved the plot, development, and unique characters, especially Kat and Weston. Kat, the fearless warrior woman, had no reason for insecurity. Alas, we can’t have it all. I loved seeing Weston shed the facade and morph into a sweet man. Some people often mask their hurt by putting on a tough exterior, so we must be sincere and patient with them. Declan and Luke are reasons we should never mix friendship/family and business. Jillian is a brilliant writer, and I enjoyed reading this book.

K.C. Finn

Uncharted Desires is a work of fiction in the contemporary romance, interpersonal drama, and suspense genres. It is best suited to mature adult readers owing to the presence of strong language and scenes of a sexual nature throughout. Penned by author Jillian Sharp, the story follows musician Kat Brooks and arrogant rock star Weston Monroe, who find themselves stranded on a deserted island after a misstep sends them tumbling from his luxury yacht. As they navigate their forced proximity, tensions rise between Kat and Weston, who have a history of unresolved conflicts and sexual tension. With no land in sight and their survival at stake, they must confront their past and navigate the challenges of the natural world. However, as they struggle to make it back to civilization, they realize that their biggest challenge may be overcoming their complicated feelings for each other.

Author Jillian Sharp has crafted an exhilarating novel filled with tension, drama, and unexpected romance sure to thrill fans of proximity pairings. The themes of survival and self-discovery form a subtle bedrock on which the character drama is played out, and set against the gorgeous but dangerous backdrop of a deserted island, we’re already set for a lot of fun before the romance even gets going. Kat and Weston's dynamic and complex relationship drives the narrative forward with strong, unique dialogue that characterizes their attitudes, but also subtly tracks the changes as they grow closer to one another. The well-described setting adds an extra layer of intensity to their interactions, leading to moments of passion, conflict, and emotional vulnerability that are very well-paced and suitably tense. Overall, Uncharted Desires is a captivating romance that will leave readers totally satisfied, and I’d certainly recommend it for your next romance read.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

In Uncharted Desires by Jillian Sharp, Katrina "Kat" Brooks has devoted the last decade to back-up singing and playing the piano for Weston "West" Monroe. West's romantic songs keep money, women, and drinks flowing freely, and everyone in his entourage is along for the ride. At one point, Kat thought she meant something to him, but he hadn't revisited their kiss in years, choosing to treat her with polite indifference. During a vacation he provided for his production crew, and without warning, West announced his retirement on social media, and it sent his fans and everyone around him into a tailspin. Later that night, Kat finds West overboard, and she struggles to get him back on the boat. Instead, she topples into the water with him, and they end up on one of India's uncharted islands.

Jillian Sharp's representation of indigenous people shines through in Kat. Her talent and spunk radiate from her as easily as West's suave demeanor makes him seem both desirable and unattainable. Sharp brings to light the struggles of indigenous people, and touches on past and present hardships and stereotypes. The writing is impeccable as the author fuses romance with the right amount of suspense. Several times, readers will wonder if Kat and West will end up together, and, if they do, will they survive to form a relationship. The sizzling scenes betray a true connection between the two, and if they could read each other's thoughts as we do, they would know they were meant for each other. Uncharted Desires explores an almost enemies-to-lovers romance with several suspenseful situations.