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"Rich, historical detail, engaging characters, and tightly written scenes of action - both nautical and romantic - set this Age of Sail tale of love and lust on the high seas far ahead of the rest of the fleet."
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An officer, a gentleman...and a sodomite. The first two earn honor and respect. The third, a noose.

Even as he falls in love with his shipmate, David Archer realizes it is a hopeless passion. Not only is William Marshall the son of a minister, his first act...

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Overview

"Rich, historical detail, engaging characters, and tightly written scenes of action - both nautical and romantic - set this Age of Sail tale of love and lust on the high seas far ahead of the rest of the fleet."
- Josh Lanyon

An officer, a gentleman...and a sodomite. The first two earn honor and respect. The third, a noose.

Even as he falls in love with his shipmate, David Archer realizes it is a hopeless passion. Not only is William Marshall the son of a minister, his first act aboard ship was to call out and shoot an older midshipman who made offensive advances. Davy realizes that Will would probably not shoot him if he expressed his feelings, but their affectionate friendship would surely end, once Marshall learned of Archer's "unnatural" yearnings.

William Marshall has never given much thought to any feelings beyond duty, loyalty, and honor. For a young Englishman in 1796, the Navy is a way to move beyond his humble origins and seek a chance at greatness.

Captured by accident when their Captain is abducted, Archer and Marshall become pawns in a renegade pirate's sadistic game. To protect the man he loves, David Archer compromises himself-trading his honor and his body for Marshall's safety. When Will learns of his friend's sacrifice, he also discovers that what he feels for Davy is stronger and deeper than friendship.

The first challenge: escape their prison. The second: find a way to preserve their love without losing their lives.

"Ransom", the first book in the Royal Navy Series by Lee Rowan (author of "Tangled Web" from Running Press), introduces readers to the appealing characters of Lieutenants Marshall and Archer. Become part of the story as they discover their shared love against a backdrop of intrigue, mystery, and danger.

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Pals Davy and Will are both serving on board the frigate Calypso, when they are kidnapped along with their captain and held for ransom. Fearing for Will's safety, Davy protects him from the attentions of the sadistic pirate captain Adrian, while hiding his feelings of love for Will, certain that the clergyman's son can never return his feelings. Davy's degradations with Captain Adrian are confined off stage, keeping Ransom on the less savage end of the spectrum, but love and attraction grow between the two sailors caught between what they want to do and what society allows. This Napoleonic-era romance has good adventure and intrigue, as well as a sweet romance, as the men plot their escape. — "Bodice Rippers Without the Bodice", Booksmack!, 12/16/10.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781905393701
  • Publisher: Linden Bay Romance, Llp
  • Publication date: 6/23/2006
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.67 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2007

    Historical Romance

    When I saw this was billed as a 'romance,' I was a little skeptical. Turns out I was right--this was so much more! First and foremost, this is an adventure story about three British Naval Officers kidnapped by pirates and their efforts to escape. Set in 1796, it is written more as historical fiction. Interspersed throughout the story are 'log entries' from the acting commander of their ship while he searches for them. It's obvious Rowan did her research here - the story is chock full of historical deatils and facts that make the setting come to life. Secondary is the developing relationship between the two junior officers, Will and Davy. However, it's not just thrown in. These extraordinary circumstances have brought out their feelings, but what can be the result? What they desire is a hanging offense. And, how will this effect their escape attempts once Will discovers how Davy has been protecting him? These questions propel the plot as well as the romance. There is sex in the book, but it is tasteful and touching, not graphic. Though the romance takes time to build, don't think you'll be bored waiting for it to happen. The story is exciting and well-written. There is also a mystery about the identity of the pirate captain. Our heroes (all three!) examine evidence, and collect clues much like sleuths. All this keeps the reader involved. Buy this!

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