Monday, 3 June 2013

Book Review: My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley

My Fair Captain
by J.L. Langley
M/M Futuristic Regency
Samhain Publishing
5 Stars

Blurb:

Talk about a compromising situation!

Swarthy Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins ran from a past he had no intention of ever reliving. But when his Admiral asks him to use his peerage, as an earl and the heir to a dukedom, to investigate a missing weapons stash, he’s forced to do just that. As if being undercover on a Regency planet where the young men are supposed to remain pure until marriage isn’t bad enough, Nate finds himself attracted to the king’s unmarried son.

All Prince Aiden Townsend has ever wanted was to be an artist. He has no interest in a marriage of political fortune or becoming a societal paragon. Until he lands in the arms of the mysterious Earl of Deverell. One look at Nate’s handsome face has Aiden reconsidering his future. Not only does Nate make a virile subject for Aiden’s art, but the great war hero awakens feelings in Aiden he has never felt, feelings he can’t ignore.

After a momentous dance at a season ball, Aiden and Nate find themselves exchanging important information and working closely together. They have to fight their growing attraction long enough to find out who stole the weapons and keep themselves from a compromising situation and certain scandal.

Review:

Most of the plot has been mentioned already in the blurb, so I can't really add a lot to it in this review. Suffice to say that I enjoyed this book immensely.

It was like a cross between Jane Austen and Star Trek, which you don't think could ever work, but both worlds blended so well here.

The planet Regelence has rules like the society of the Regency era of Earth, with all the attendant delights such as balls, duels for honour and having to remain a virgin before marriage. But on Regelence it's the men who must remain virgins and they are genetically engineered to prefer their own sex.

Aidan is one of the king's younger sons and his innocence and naivety was a wonderful foil against Nate's more earthy views of sex. The chemistry between them sizzles off the chart and the eventual love scenes are so scorching I was suprised my Kindle hadn't caught fire.

The political plot takes a back seat to the developing romance between Nate and Aiden, but there is enough there to keep you intrigued. I loved the worlds the author has created and I adored Aidan and Nate. Nate was really masterful with him and Aidan loved it, but I wouldn't have said it was BDSM so much as they just enjoyed some kinky things in bed.

A great, escapist read.

Reviewed by Annette Gisby

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