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False Colors: An M/M Romance

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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.… (mais)
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Título:False Colors: An M/M Romance
Autores:Alex Beecroft
Informação:Running Press (no date), Paperback, 240 pages
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Etiquetas:gay, age of sail, historical, military, 18th Century

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John has just been given a ship and his mission is to stop the pirates from stealing English people and enslaving them. This is how John and Alfie meet. Alfie is assigned to be one of John's lieutenants. Now Alfie knows he's gay. John is not aware of his inclinations. You see, John grew up somewhat super religiously (to combat his father's vile ways) and part of his belief system is to remain chaste. So he's always assumed his not wanting to be with women had to do with that, that he was strong enough to overcome his baser instincts. But Alfie draws the strangest reactions from him and he doesn't understand why - and he does not realize that Alfie is gay. So after their mission has been accomplished, Alfie comes clean to John. And John reacts with disgust and anger.

Alfie, not wanting to see John again that first reaction, leaves. It just so happens that his first captain, and the first man he was attracted to, has pulled into the harbour and Alfie talks his way on board. Captain Farrant rebuffed Alfie in the past, but Aflie has matured some and he knows now that Farrant can't love him and that's ok, Alfie has given up on love. So Alfie and Farrant begin an affair (which has some serious complications for Farrant's life).

Meanwhile, after storming out on Alfie, John spends the night reflecting on Alfie's actions in the past and comes to the realization that he actually loves Alfie. But when he returns to their rooms, Alfie is gone. And so John moves on with his life and his next mission, in Jamaica, hunting pirates and the French. While on this mission, John is captured and tortured by the pirates - only to be rescued by none other than Captain Farrant and his crew. So Alfie, currently involved with Farrant, is now face to face with John, who has come to realize that he loves Alfie.

And this takes us half way through the book, maybe 3/5ths of the way through. There's so much more going on here! Stuff happens, Alfie and John are on the same crew on an expedition to the Artic and more stuff happens. It's quite the adventure.

And throughout all these goings on are these two great characters. John with his doubts and coming to find out who he is, and Alfie, going from the naive fool-for-love to a cynic. Even Captain Farrant is an interesting character and I couldn't quite bring myself to hate him. He had his own demons to deal with, one of them being a doctor who thought he could cure Farrant's homosexuality.

Alex Beecroft is one hell of a writer. She totally drew me in and I got so invested with these characters. A truly fine talent and I can't wait to read more by her.

False Colors gets 5 stars from me. I wish this book didn't have to end, it was the best book to start of 2010 with. And if you've never tried m/m romance before (this is NOT erotica) I definitely recommend trying this book. I dare you to not fall under the spell of Alex's excellent writing and a truly gripping romance. It was epic! ( )
  ames | Sep 30, 2013 |
It's a shame really, 'cause I do love the 18th century, ships and the marine, and men love, and I liked Beecroft's "Captain's Surrender". But I just couldn't get into this, maybe it's just the book in the beginning but it's really boring and un-interesting and the main character seems... boring as well. Maybe I read it in the wrong mood, so I keep it in my put aside for now shelf so that I maybe try it out again, sometime in the future. ( )
  Wilwarin | Apr 7, 2013 |
Romance is definitely one of the elements of this novel, but not it's certainly not as central as the subtitle might suggest. It's first and foremost a good historical novel that puts effort into creating a sense of time and place which is manifest in the way the main characters think and act and believe, which in turn influence the turns of the plot. ( )
  mari_reads | Aug 16, 2010 |
Lady Wombat says:

I've been intrigued by mentions in web sites about Regency romance that mention the relatively new area of M/M romance: romance novels with two male protagonists, written for women, with women as the main audience. Many recommendations for this title, and so I decided to give it a try. Enjoyed it quite a bit -- the prose, although not stunning, has some lovely moments; the main characters individualized and flawed in interesting ways; the historical background well researched (although I'm not an "age of sail" expert, so I may be off here re accuracy); and the romance (although long-delayed) appealing. A bit plot-heavy, particularly the last, Arctic episode.

I did like the way the author portrayed the easy violence and physical disgusting-ness of life at sea (and on shore) during the 18th c -- really visceral. And, innocent me, I learned a lot about the mechanics of gay sex that I hadn't known before.
  Wombat | Jul 9, 2010 |
I have been exploring cross genre "incursions" into age-of-fighting-sail Historic Naval Fiction with varied results. Science fiction -- disappointing. Good SF/Fantasy, but no respect for the naval side. Young adult -- mixed. One or two writers who set their stories in a genuinely-rendered navy of the Napoleonic era and one or two who tell a good story, but who show little respect for the details of ships and navies. When I became aware of False Colors, I did not hold out a great deal of hope for a gay romance set in the Royal Navy just at the close of the Seven Years War. In fact, I was very wrong. While I had feared to find the navy ignored after being used as a convention for throwing a lot of men together, like some kind of mincing Pirates of the Caribbean, I encountered instead a well-researched re-creation of both the technical and social sides of the navy. Alex Beecroft did her homework and treats the reader to compellingly written passages of ship and sail evolutions, gunnery, medicine and boat handling. There are plenty of well handled actions -- single ship, cutting out, shore bombardments and fighting ashore. In particular, Beecroft showed a fine mastery of how to fight a bomb ketch. I was very impressed with her narration of ship handling and repair during a harrowing, and near-disastrous, encounter with an iceberg in the arctic.

Beecroft also understands the socio-political structure and mores of the Eighteenth Century navy. While it would have been easy for her to establish a convention that homosexuality, while officially condemned, was unofficially condoned and a fact of life -- a sort of proto don't-ask-don't-tell -- her romance in fact unfolds in a harsh and unforgiving culture where it is viewed with disgust and punished by death. She does permit herself the license to create some not-implausible situations that allow the story to move forward, but she never fails to respect the real culture of the navy. Needless to say, the romance does take up a good bit of the story. Alfie Donwell is smitten with the handsome Jack Cavendish, who spends most of the book becoming aware of, and reconciled to, his own love for another man. There is a lot of soul-searching and a few encounters, but this is a love story, not pornography -- nothing as graphic as, say, the straight sex in Dewey Lambdin's novels. Other reviewers who enjoy romance have praised the love story. Readers of historic naval fiction may find themselves less engaged with this aspect of the book, but will still find a good adventure and an authentic historical novel which shows the Royal Navy from a slightly different perspective.
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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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