Series: Age of Sail
Author: Alex Beecroft
Genre: Historical romance
Publisher: Carina Press (Scheduled release date: November 7th, 2011)
Pre-Order Information: via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/By-Honor-Betrayed-ebook/dp/B005UPRN5U
Heat Level: Mild
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥Hearts
Lieutenant Conrad Herriot and Seaman Tom Cotton have been master and servant for over a decade and friends for almost as long. When Tom is injured during a skirmish, Conrad forgets himself and rushes to Tom’s side, arousing suspicion about the true nature of their relationship.
All Tom wants is the chance to consummate their love and embark on a new life together, outside the law that condemns them. Yet he fears Conrad won’t risk his career and his honor to become Tom’s lover.
Conrad believes his lust for Tom will damn his soul. There’s also their difference in class—a gentleman doesn’t socialize with a common tar. As Conrad struggles to refute the gossip on the ship, he must decide whether to commit the crime the crew’s already convicted them of, or part from Tom for good to save both their necks…
Review: I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that I am not a fan of the historically accurate historical gay romance. Sure, Ms. Beecroft has woven a fabulous action filled plot around two beautifully crafted characters, but my poor heart just can’t take the constant danger of discovery that was the norm for this age.
If I had a lick of sense, I would have deleted this book from my Kindle and moved on. Unfortunately, the need to watch these two men fall in love was too strong a draw. I had to know if Conrad was strong enough to defy everything he’d ever been taught to be with the man he is finally able to admit he loves. Needing to know if Tom had what it took to deal with being the male lover of an Admiral’s son was enough to keep me reading.
This was my first Alex Beecroft read and I’m sure it won’t be my last. Guess I’ll just have to make an appointment with my primary doctor to insure my poor heart can stand anymore stories like this. It was fast-paced, well plotted, and historically accurate and is highly recommended.