So I should be writing, not reading, but I picked up a copy of Alex Beecroft‘s False Colors last night at my local Barnes and Noble, just so I could buy it in that crucial first week–even though I didn’t plan to read it until I had a little more time on my hands. This book got a straight A from Dear Author (and if you read them, you know how stingy they are with the A grades).
I glanced at the first page. . . . Gosh. And then the second, and the third. Before I knew it, I had stayed up to finish the whole thing. It was that good. It was truly brilliant.
This is a book set in the Age of Sail. The writing is exquisite; the romance is lovely; the research is meticulous; and the action keeps going and going. It breaks your heart and then keeps going on. This book does not shy from any of the harsh realities of life at sea in 1762–nor does it dance around the heart of the problem that the protagonists have: In 1762, their love is forbidden, because both characters are male.
I have not read much m/m romance (and this is romance, not erotica or even erotic romance–the sex scenes are tastefully done, and far less explicit than you’d find in a corresponding historical, including mine), but it turns out, I really do read romances just to see characters fall in love. I absolutely adored this book. I know that Beecroft had some visibility problems on Amazon earlier this week (cough), and this is seriously the best book I’ve read in 2009.
So, if you are tantalized by this description, but are thinking that maybe you would not go out and purchase it on your own, this is your chance. Comment on this entry and tell me you want to try something new, different, and awesome, and one commenter, chose at random, will get a copy of Alex Beecroft’s False Colors shipped directly to you from Barnes and Noble, from yours truly.
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