Lee’s book was voted the best ebook of the summer, so I thought I’d mosey over to Linden Bay and take a peek. First, this is the perfect time to express my…hmnn, surprise I guess. About the burgeoning M/M trend (is it a trend?) in electronic publishing. And the fact that an M/M book was voted the favorite on my little poll. This is about my fourth M/M novel read, and I have to say, I’m now four for four on the “yeah, baby” side. Who would have thunk it? I’m not qualified to comment on the psychology of manlove–I’ll leave that to those who write it. But I can say that so far, I think the characterization of the books in this category I’ve read have surpassed many, if not most of the heterosexual romances I read. Why is that? Perhaps these women simply love to write about men. I do! I hope those who love to read and write this stuff weigh in here!
Anyway, I hate reviews that go on about the plot, so I’ll first just reprint the “offical” version:
“It’s 1796 and not only is love between men taboo, it is punishable by death. Lt. David Archer is an officer in His Majesty’s Navy and a gentleman of Regency Society. He is also hopelessly in love with his shipmate, Lt. William Marshall. David is certain that his feelings, if expressed, would be met with revulsion. Afraid of losing the strong friendship that he has forged with William, he vows to never speak of or act on his desire, promising himself to take the secret to his grave.
Although William is young, his innate talent has allowed him to quickly rise above his humble background and gain a reputation as a promising officer. The Royal Navy is his world, and in that world there is no room for anything as frivolous as romance.
Then, in a twist of fate, the two men are abducted by a ruthless pirate who finds pleasure in toying with his captives. Thrown together in close quarters and wondering if they will survive, they’re are faced with some difficult choices. William struggles with his growing feelings for David and, try as he might to dismiss them, he can’t. When David makes the ultimate sacrifice to protect the man he loves, the reason for it is clear and the passion that the men have denied for so long is realized for the first time.
Before the lovers can have any sort of life together, they must first escape. After that, they face an even greater challenge—is their love strong enough to survive a clandestine life under the ever-present threat of the Navy’s implacable Articles of War?”
So, firstly this book was advertised properly, and I like that. It’s historical, romantic, very very sensual, adventure. Did I say I hate historicals? I kinda got bored with them a while back. This new twist (I get really tired of the old clash of class stories or arranged marriage stories) brought life back into historicals for me. It’s very fast-moving because of the action, which is appropriate to the M/M basis, I think. The villian is horrid, the heroes are heroic yet vulnerable, and it’s hot. But mostly, it’s romantic. Lee’s writing pulls you along, and I found that I really cared what happened to these characters. I have to agree with the voters–great book! Whether you read for the hot men, the historical fast-moving plot, or the romance, you won’t be disappointed. Both thumbs up!
I hope Lee doesn’t mind sharing space with another recommendation: Love’s Evolution by Ally Blue. Awesome! Another writer who uses men (in the good way) to pull at your emotions. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…
Brava, all you territory forgers, and thanks for giving us some new material!