Buy Captain Harding and His Men. Go buy! Buy It Takes Two. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Sign me up! Two more books are scheduled to be released in the third quarter of

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Buy Captain Harding and His Men. Go buy! Buy It Takes Two. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Sign me up! Two more books are scheduled to be released in the third quarter of I have read both False Colors and Transgressions and if these are indicative of the types of books Running Press will be publishing, we fans of the genre are very lucky readers, indeed.

False Colors is Ms. John Cavendish receiving his first captaincy and an assignment to stop the Barbary Corsairs off the coast of Algeria. Alfie Donwell signs on as his first lieutenant and it is clear from their very first meeting that Alfie has eyes for John.

But it will be a long time, ie, the whole book, with lots of adventures and misunderstanding in between, before they get to the point where they are able to negotiate their relationship and realize how they feel about each other.

Beecroft handles the character development skillfully, having both men grow and mature from page to page. Alfie, on the other hand, matures by falling in love with another man although he never really falls out of love with John. In particular, I found myself going back and re-reading the parts of the story that featured Charles Farrant, Captain Lord Lisburn. But he can also be kind, tender, and even loving, and flashes of this come through, when he lets down the wall he has so carefully built around his feelings.

Of all the characters in the book, my heart ached the most for Charles and I wished his life could have been different.

He deserved more than he got. The story is carefully and thoroughly plotted. No loose ends, no characters swooping in from the wings to magically save the day. Likewise, I think Ms. In this book, Ms. Beecroft is more skillful in her writing and confident in her ability and it shows.

Every word is precisely selected and there for a reason. It is a pleasure to read a book that is so beautifully constructed. In sum, I highly recommend False Colors. Of course, I know I will but in interim I satisfy my longing by re-reading favorite parts and yes, re-reading the book. Which explains why it has taken me two weeks to write this review.

Oh, thank you very much for such a lovely review, Leslie! I loved it! A wonderful review and now I want to read this book more than ever!! Brava, my dear!!! Well done! I am still awaiting my copies. I think they must be on a slow boat from China or something but I am so looking forward to reading them. The only dilemma I have is which one to read first! That is a dilemma, but a happy one. You have two great books in store for you.

I reviewed Transgressions on Amazon and gave it 5 stars. You are in for some good reading! Excellent review and whets the appetite. I have that same reaction ie, this could be a story with a different twist when I watch Newman and Redford in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

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REVIEW: False Colors by Alex Beecroft

But the process of devouring the book, of eking out its layered, textured meaning, of savoring its descriptions, and the emotions—oh, the emotions! This is one of those books. It ravished me. It scoured my insides. John Cavendish is a Lieutenant in the Royal Navy who has just been given the captaincy of a French prize ship. Lieutenant Alfie Donwell volunteers to go with him, and they begin what John thinks is an unusually close friendship, but what Alfie knows is a slow seduction. John misreads the situation and assumed that Farrant abused Alfie as a young teenager.


False Colors: An M/M Romance

We don't run ads or paid promotions here. To help us stay independent, you can tip us via Patreon or Paypal. See all articles tagged as Alex Beecroft. The characters meet, and then we have a long separation all the way to close to the ending, a reunion, the end. I wonder if the similarity is due to the publisher requesting specifically for such story lines.


False Colors by Alex Beecroft

Taking off his hat, he turned to face his crew, noting the slack, bruised faces of men with scurvy, the nose-less, crusted features of those whom pox was slowly consuming from within. The Master was barely being held up by his mate, his linen drabbed with wine-stains. The single midshipman picked his nose as he slouched by his division, then spat over the side. Only the new lieutenant stood straight and alert, in newly laundered dress uniform, his wig powdered, his buttons gleaming and his pale brows arched a little in amusement as he watched John struggle with hat and paper in the increasing wind. John fumed inwardly at the slackness, the disrespect as well as the waste of lives. Some of his anger wound its way into his voice, making it snap like the cat, and the more alert members of the crew stood straighter by the end of it.

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