False Colors: An M/M Romance

False Colors: An M/M Romance

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by Alex Beecroft
     
 

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1762, The Georgian Age of Sail: For his first command, John Cavendish is given a ship—the HMS Meteor—and a crew, both in need of repair and discipline. He’s determined to make a success of their first mission, and hopes the well-liked lieutenant Alfred Donwell will stand by his side as he leads his new crew into battle: stopping the

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1762, The Georgian Age of Sail: For his first command, John Cavendish is given a ship—the HMS Meteor—and a crew, both in need of repair and discipline. He’s determined to make a success of their first mission, and hopes the well-liked lieutenant Alfred Donwell will stand by his side as he leads his new crew into battle: stopping the slave trade off the coast of Algiers.

Alfie knows their mission is futile, and that their superiors back in England will use the demise of this crew as impetus for war with the Ottoman Empire. But the darker secret he keeps is his growing attraction for his commanding officer—a secret punishable by death.

With the arrival of his former captain—and lover—on the scene of the disastrous mission, Alfie is torn between the security of his past and the uncertain promise of a future with the straight-laced John.

Against a backdrop of war, intrigue, and personal betrayal, the high seas will carry these men through dangerous waters from England to Africa to the West Indies in search of a safe harbor.

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Library Journal, 4/15/2009
“Kidnappings, violence, intrigue, piracy, and an abundance of naval detail drive the action in this intriguing, relatively sweet romance.”
Library Journal
When John Cavendish is given command of a ship and sent on a suicide mission against the slave trade in 1872, he manages to lead his men into battle and survive with the help of Lt. Alfie Donwell, but that's just the beginning of his trials. Torn between his duty to the British navy and his growing affection for Alfie, John finds himself demoted and in more physical peril as he is reassigned to the West Indies. Alfie, meanwhile, moves back to his old ship and old captain, who is notorious for his flamboyant lifestyle. When Alfie and John meet again, each is unsure of the other; several naval adventures in the Caribbean and Arctic later, with near-death experiences, fights, and a trial, they finally come together on even ground. With battle scenes reminiscent of Patrick O'Brien, this is a fast-moving action romance. — "Bodice Rippers Without the Bodice", Booksmack!, 12/16/10.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762436583
Publisher:
Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/14/2009
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
1,056,246
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Alex Beecroft was born in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and grew up in the wild countryside of the Peak District. After studying English and Philosophy at Manchester University, Alex moved to London to work for the Lord Chancellor’s Department. She married her husband, Andrew, in St. James' church, Paddington—famous for being the church where Oscar Wilde had his wedding. Alex, Andrew and their two daughters live near the University of Cambridge, where they try to avoid being mistaken for tourists. Her first novel, Captain’s Surrender, was published in January 2008. Please visit her at www.alexbeecroft.com.

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False Colors: An M/M Romance 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
'False Colors' is an intriguing mix of romance and reality. The cover may be misleading to some (where it is what drew my attention and interest to the book.) There is nothing that could be considered vulgar or distasteful about 'False Colors'. Every line is written with attention to historic details, and the pacing is so that the reader is very aware the story is based around plot and character growth; not sex. (Which isn't to say there's not a bit of that.) Alex Beecroft has done a wonderful job of presenting the same-sex romance between John Cavendish and Alfie Donwell without coming off the slightest bit campy, or cliched. There is nary a limp wrist in this novel. If you're a fan of the age of sailships, or m/m romance (not to be confused with erotica), this book is very worth a read. Or three.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
http://dearauthor.com/wordpress/2009/04/09/review-false-colors-by-alex-beecroft/ "This stunning book is not an erotic romance. It's a romance between two men, sure, but that doesn't make it an erotic romance. It's not focused on sex, even though it's all about their sexuality - because the book does NOT shy away from dealing with the fear and shame and hatred of being a sodomite, an "invert" in the eighteenth century. This book is romance, pure and simple. I don't think I'm giving anything away to say that John and Alfie don't even kiss until the end, although there is one incredibly hot sex scene between them. But the emotions are so rich, so bright and hard and painful, even the good ones, that this book can be considered nothing less than the best of romance, heart-wrenching and perfect."
amasour More than 1 year ago
One M/M sailing romance is much like another, and as hard as I tried to like this one, I'm afraid it was the same as every other book of this setting and period and premise I've read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! Excellent, realistic, well-researched look at life in the Navy in the 1700s, and life as a gay man in the 1700s - with all the dangers of both. Warning for torture scenes and heavy angst. (There's a happy ending though, so don't despair.)
MichaelTravisJasper More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, even though it is a bit heavy on the details of the old world British Navy. It is frightening to think about the living in a period when the whole world was as intolerant of homosexuality. Some places are no better now, but at least there has been much progress in much of the world. It remains baffling to me that these types of novels (gay male romance) are so often written by women. I say that because in my personal experience, women and men view everything about sexuality very differently. Call me sexist, but I don’t really believe women understand they way men experience sex and sexuality. This is evident in this book. The author gets close enough to reality to make the read entertaining, but misses in a few spots. Still, at least someone with writing talent is producing and publishing this type of story. If you are a fan of historical romance, you will probably like this book; however, there is more historical detail here than romance. Michael Travis Jasper, Author of the Novel “To Be Chosen”
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