Oceans Apart - Laura Harner ***Spoilers for the first book, Continental Divide***In the first book, disgraced English lord Jamie Mainwaring and American cop "Remy" Remington met and fell in love over a child prostitution case, but in the end, Remy left Jamie since he didn't feel ready for a relationship. Now it's two years later and both have moved on. Jamie, still with an Interpol special ops group, is in a committed relationship with a colleague, Ryan. Remy has his own private security firm together with his (straight) best friend Miggy; in addition, they "adopted" one of the former rentboys from book one, Toby, who thinks of them as his fathers. Things are as good as can be for both Jamie and Remy (aside from the fact that they're both still secretly pining for each other)until their paths cross unexpectedly on a small cruise ship in the Caribbean--Remy and Miggy are there as bodyguards for a diamond merchant who is traveling with 15 mio$ worth in gemstones, intended to sell them to a secret buyer during the cruise; Jamie and Ryan are there because someone tipped Interpol off on a possible pirate attack on said diamond trade.Emotions boil high once Remy and Jamie meet again. But not only for the two of them. Ryan has been fighting Remy's ghost for more than a year, and seeing his rival in the flesh only heightens his determination to keep Jamie for himself. Miggy already shares a life with Remy--for all intents and purposes, they are as good as married, minus the sex. However, since they're masking as a gay couple during this all-gay cruise, Miggy realizes that he might not as straight as he thought...The background plot which consisted of a complicated, far-fetched mystery, a villain out of the box, a plethora of red herrings and the hackneyed trope of yet another two men posing as a gay couple, was quite banal, its only saving grace the Caribbean setting. However, for all the issues I had with it, it was fast paced and written compellingly enough that it didn't get boring. The romance part of the book, on the other hand...the emotions jumped off the pages, real and palpable. I could relate to any of the four men involved. Remy and Jamie, realizing the old pain and anger was still there, but also the blind trust and mutual silent understandig that used to make them such a good team. Miggy, struggling with the new reality of developing a sexual interest in his best friend, in addition to seeing how much love was still left between Remy and Jamie. And Ryan's insecurity and jealousy. Beautifully done, full of cliches and incredulities and yet so powerfully written, almost over the top but not quite. I didn't know who I'd rather see end up together, and I'll definitely read the sequel once it's going to be written....