As their attraction grows can their personal secrets prove to be more powerful then their newfound love? Jude offered Sloan a chance at the freedom she always dreamed of and Sloan stepped in and offered Jude a reprieve from the isolation his upbringing and his relentless goal of revenge placed him in.
Katee Roberts took her story and ran right into a happily ever after with Forbidden Promises sure to make it a guaranteed hit with readers! Taming the CEO. As the two are forced to work together the biggest challenge facing them might not be winning the bid but acknowledging their growing attraction to each other. Taming the CEO sets out to take no prisoners of love in this lively story full of sarcastic comebacks, surly glares and steamy interludes! Hayson Manning pulls out her sparkling wit and bulks it up with warm and cozy vulnerabilities that give life to characters we can all identify with.
Watching this couple process their growing affection for each other as they littered the pages with mistakes and kisses was so much fun! Rivals with benefits Hayson Manning style is unequivocally the way to go! Damaged Goods. Nathan James has lived in a torturous limbo for ten years as the killers of his father, girlfriend and his unborn child have continued to elude him. Can two people trapped in the debris of their past find in each other the means to freeing their ravaged hearts? Damaged Goods ushers in L.
Wilder extended them right to her readers for an intensely wonderful read. This author possesses a natural ease at presenting hard realities and giving her characters strength where many would think there was none. The affinity that Tristen and Nathan had for each other translated beautifully and brought about resolutions that had long evaded them when attempted on their own.
Full of layers Damaged Goods brought out a story that was hard to put down as its characters rose above adversity to finally experience love with each other and readers alike. Addicted to the Duke. Alexander Sylvester Bracken, Duke of Bedford has never recovered from the horror of his captivity by a Turkish pirate. Lady Hestia Cary lost her heart to Alexander Bracken when he rescued her from the very pirate that almost destroyed him. When dark plotting forces Alexander and Hestia to join forces to find her missing father their confrontation with their past may be the beginning of their future.
Alex was an interesting and complex character sharing with readers a very real inner struggle as he deemed himself as undeserving all the while performing the actions of an honorable man. As readers were made privy to his personal agony and relentless thirst for revenge, that even surpassed his craving for opium, they could understand his war over his desire for Hestia.
So I had to write the second book. And the third. And the fourth More characters appeared. What to do about Bishop? That was actually the hardest thing to figure out, but I'm quite satisfied with what happens to him in PoNS 2. Captain Tangle reappears and meets his match in the dour Captain Ebenezer Horner. Horner was my ripoff of Horatio Hornblower -- but I thought Hornblower had way too much good luck to be believed, so poor Horner may well be the unluckiest captain in the British navy.
He is a very different personality as a result. I won't reveal any spoilers. New characters keep appearing. I do my best to make them each unique and different, true to themselves, whatever that may be: mad duke, bookish hero, charming rogue -- there are so many different sorts of people in the world. There ought to be different sorts of people in fiction. They come from all different races, ethnicities, religions, and backgrounds.
I have tried to make them as real as possible while creating an adventure tale that is sheer swashbuckling fun. I hope you enjoy them.
Dec 08, The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears rated it it was amazing Shelves: genre-m-m-romance , theme-political-intrigue , characters-british-heroes , characters-gay-heroes , heroes-who-rock , genre-historical-fiction , omg-read-this-book-now , settings-europe , theme-interracial-relationships , sub-genre-gay-historicals.
I'm also a huge fan of the Horatio Hornblower series both the novels and the television series--that delectable Ioan Gryffyd, yum! Which is why I was thrilled to have finally found this series in e-book format and it has been worth the wai As I posted before in my status update, I consider Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World the ultimate chick flick.
Which is why I was thrilled to have finally found this series in e-book format and it has been worth the wait. I literally devoured this seafaring adventure epic in one sitting and am in the middle of the second novel of the series. Granted, M. Kei is a tall ship seaman in his own right, and because of that his narrative could have been bone dry with all of the nautical terms used. However, the man is also a poet and his flair for language shines spectacularly. I didn't feel confused by all the unfamiliar terms--though I will say it might be a good idea for Kei to include a glossary at the end of each book for those who might not feel the same way.
There were so many aspects of this novel to love. It's an adventure story first and foremost. It's swashbuckling at its finest and the sea battles are truly epic. But it's filled with all the details that make historical fiction GOOD historical fiction so grand. Kei delivers the sights, sounds and yes, even stench of life aboard wooden ships of this era.
He also delivers some of the most well-crafted characters I've seen in fiction. I especially love the multicultural aspect, which is not only accurate but very much appreciated since way too many authors seem to forget that people of color have always been a part of history. What I was also surprised about was the author's depiction of Islam. It was nuanced and real, much like any belief system. Of course, what's not to like about erstwhile hero Peter Thornton, struggling with his sexuality while knowing that should his love for men be discovered it could earn him a swift court-martial and a hanging.
The captain of the ship, Bishop, is a first-class ass and to have him get his just deserts made me want to clap or clap the bastard in irons. Peter himself is a wonderful hero--loyal, flawed, humorous at times and incredibly brave. You feel for him and want him to find someone to love him in return. Of course, the stand-out character has to be the suave corsair Captain Tangle--courageous, sometimes rash, arrogant but definitely a lovable rogue.
There are few books that have the power to sweep me away on a grand adventure where I can actually hear the sound of cannons laying broadsides, men given the orders to board or feel the sting of the lash against naked backs while forced to row or smell the stench of unwashed bodies. The storm scenes were so well-written that I almsot wanted to grab my raincoat, LOL. More importantly, the characters FEEL like flesh and blood human beings in all their complexity. The Sallee Rovers is that rare novel that engaged all my senses.
Bravo, Master Kei. Jan 03, c, rated it it was ok Shelves: lgbt , 2-stars , let-s-talk-diversity , m-lgbt , lgbtq-authors , historical-fiction , adult-lit , non-white-characters , a-pirate-s-life-for-me. Sep 23, Jenre rated it really liked it Shelves: m-m , romance , historicals. In the end this was a mixed read, for reasons I shall explain. When a rescue attempt of a sinking Spanish galley goes wrong, Peter is left stranded on the galley with a number of freed slaves which includes the handsome and charismatic Sallee privateer, Captain Tangle. I did. This meant that often I could only get the impression that something exciting was happening by the large number of baffling orders being shouted out, rather than being able to picture what was happening on deck.
It was this part of the book which had me hooked. The character of Peter was well rounded and I liked his slight aloofness which hid an honourable man who just wanted to get on with being the best officer he could. The book was at its best when Peter is interacting with the other characters. Thus I felt all his frustration at his superior when Peter is punished for showing good sense instead of following orders to the letter; his powerful yearning for Roger and his despair at knowing that Roger could never love him back; and his confusion when faced with the dilemma of betraying his country or following a man he admires and respects.
I also liked the way that the British Navy is compared to the more laid back approach of the Sallee Rovers, and how that appeals to Peter. Finally, I liked Captain Tangle, who is larger than life, and could see why Peter finds him so attractive. This causes a lot of tension between Peter and Tangle during the book. Jul 12, Drianne rated it liked it Shelves: historical , m-m. This book is what it promises to be: an extremely detailed boat book, in the vein of Patrick O'Brian or C. Forester, but where the main characters is gay. It is absolutely that.
And I was absolutely enthralled reading it; stayed up all night to finish it, etc. But then the main character began to behave so irrationally out of character, as he had been portrayed up until then, that it re This book is what it promises to be: an extremely detailed boat book, in the vein of Patrick O'Brian or C.
But then the main character began to behave so irrationally out of character, as he had been portrayed up until then, that it really threw me completely out of the book. And the ending And converted to Islam, for no discernible reason. And followed Captain Tangle even back to his home and all.
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Well, okay, fine, I guess if he did it for love of Captain Tangle; he must really love him. But then! He decides that he cannot be in an adulterous relationship with Tangle, and you know, I really think that was for the best, given Peter's character. Instead of ending there, which is at least a resolution that makes sense and with a promise of more books, one could've expected Peter would find someone else he could love -- NO. Peter decides he never loved!!! Captain Tangle at all, the man whom he abandoned career, country, and religion for, and is like, oh, hey, know any gay men you could set me up with, and Tangle is like, sure, my brother-in-law likes men, hey, yeah, you two should get together, and Peter's like, cool!
If I'd had a physical copy, I would've thrown it in disbelief. It is, as promised, a boat word boat word gay boy book. But not one that I think most romance fans will like. Mar 01, Alicja rated it liked it Shelves: male-author , historical-fiction , romance , lgbt-fiction , lgbt-gay , romance-m-m , pirates. I also found the plot compelling, it was interesting with twists and turns. I know the author took some liberties with history, but the changes were minor and done with a purpose since the author clearly knows the time period.
I liked how he included so much depth in his descriptions, even down to a plank or a button. However, my biggest issue was with the characters and the romance. The responses of the characters were frankly childish. The romance fell flat, and their romantic conversations awkward. And then the ending pissed me off. I know it is a trilogy but it just didn't work for me. I guess I could understand Thorton making rash decisions since he's young and confused and just learning about himself. But Tangle seemed whinny and controlling, his reactions more like a child throwing a temper tantrum than an adult.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, especially the nautical action and descriptions of the historical era, but as a romance I found it lacking. Jun 05, Andy Eisenberg rated it it was amazing.
I loaded the The Sallee Rovers on my iPad for my flight back from the West coast and, whether seat-belted in or not, I was glued to my seat by the riveting story. It was wonderfully entertaining and interesting. The Sallee Rovers , after detailed beginning, is a fast-paced story with wonderfully real characters. They react naturally to the events around them and I was never thrown out of the story by any of them doing something that didn't fit what we knew about them up to that point.
That's not I loaded the The Sallee Rovers on my iPad for my flight back from the West coast and, whether seat-belted in or not, I was glued to my seat by the riveting story. That's not to say, however, that they didn't grow and change. That was one of my favorite things about the book - seeing the changes in Peter as he grew to accept himself.
The fight and battles scenes were gripping and more than once I found myself leaning forward in my seat as I read as quickly as possible to find out what happened next. The end of the book left me wishing for more tales of Peter Thorton and I was very happy to see that there are other books in the series. I'm very happy that M. Kei was unhappy with what he was reading and decided to try his own hand at a novel! May 11, LenaLena rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , mm , free-reads. Sorry to say this one tanked. It started out very good with a compelling story and strong characters, although the way the character interactions were written was way inferior to the descriptions and the action scenes.
Those were excellent, so it was grating to see how clunky things got as soon as people started talking. So when the book went from mostly action to more internal stuff it really lost something. As interesting as the characters were, they were written without any emotional depth.
T Sorry to say this one tanked.
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Their motivations and decisions were stated as facts, rather than processes the reader could share. And the last 2 pages were completely WTF. View 2 comments. Aug 11, Desmian Trog rated it it was amazing. I never thought that a book in a completely different section of preference to my normal ones would ever muscle ahead of most of my favorite texts and plant itself so firmly and so highly in my list of favorite books.
Although I should have known, really. All it takes is a good set of characters. A great set of characters. Not that the rest of the book is a slouch by any means. From the depths of the descriptions to the pacing of scenes, lines and paragraphs to the momentum of the book itsel I never thought that a book in a completely different section of preference to my normal ones would ever muscle ahead of most of my favorite texts and plant itself so firmly and so highly in my list of favorite books.
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From the depths of the descriptions to the pacing of scenes, lines and paragraphs to the momentum of the book itself, the entire text was rife with richness and detail, bringing to life a world I do not know and have visited little, and I found myself intrigued, drawn in and satisfied with all the exotic delights of history, environment, culture, setting and mood.
But, really, what can I say, I'm a whore for good character, and I loved these. From Tangle, who weilds his strength of character and personality like a weapon as if to fend off the lingering ghosts of his personal disasters to Bishop, the simmeringly hateful scourge taking shameless advantage of cultural protocol and position I love Thorton. All of him is natural, and I can't help but feel a great respect for him, for being far stronger than I ever could in his position, fighting his endless war against culture, so called propriety and his own shrinking reservations and loneliness as he finds himself increasingly walled off by a masonry of his own making, unable to really stop himself without help or hope.
To see him begin the story and walk, a painful, bleeding pace at a time through his life only to have it all change; by strange fortune, by bloody conflict, by bone-grinding hard work and perserverance I can't, even, begin to describe that, although I wish I could. If you haven't read this book yet, stop reading the damn screen and go get a copy. Right now. Feb 11, SueM rated it really liked it Shelves: m-m , ipad-stanza , bingo-challenge , free-online-fiction , historical-romance , military-mercs.
Hmm, an interesting story but I'm not sure whether I can say I really enjoyed it. It is fairly well written, though I found the pacing a bit uneven at times. It certainly seems well-researched with solid descriptions of the various kinds of ships, as well as the cruelty of the English navy.
It is the human interactions that I found less than satisfactory really, and that probably is due to personal taste. Peter was not a character I am drawn to and his vacillating responses annoyed me at times. Yes, his responses probably were in keeping to the times and his circumstances, but Finally, in the last couple of chapters, Peter becomes stronger - grown up if you will, but just as I was starting to appreciate him, it is soon spoilt for me, as he decides he has met the love of his life in the space of hours So overall, a well researched and written story that just isn't my cup of tea.
It is a thoroughly enjoyable read, though I was slowed down because I wasn't familiar with most of the sailing terms or even a ship's parts! But after getting used to it, it was fine, though I think I would have to reread the book again sometime in the future. For those with sailing experience or familiar with the technical terms, they would probably enjoy it more. I felt that the last part of the book where Peter falls in love was a bit rushed, but I expect it to be covered more in the next It is a thoroughly enjoyable read, though I was slowed down because I wasn't familiar with most of the sailing terms or even a ship's parts!
I felt that the last part of the book where Peter falls in love was a bit rushed, but I expect it to be covered more in the next book. Not many left, they were imprisoned for five years. Arucard was summoned to the king.. He thought he was to be killed but the king had another idea. Arucard and his men are to join the England army and serve under him and a new name, The Brethren of the Coast.
It sounded good but Arucard and his brothers are fleeing to England to gain asylum per say against wrongful accusation from king Philip of France against the Knights of Templar but when they arrive in England. It sounded good but later Arucard was told he had to marry the Earl of Rochester's daughter, Isolde.
Not to happy and a bit nervous because he has never had relations of any kind with a woman.. Being a knight of Templar didn't allow it. So how would this turn out? Isolde is hated by her father because her mother died in child birth. Her brother and father both are horrible to her and her father beat her most of her life never treating her like a daughter.
She swore he was going to eventually kill her. So when he told her of marriage she was excited. She no longer would belong to him. But at first sight of Arucard was that he was a big man and if he was like her father she would never survive one of his attacks.. As they are married there relationship was starting to really show how they were falling for each other. Isolde couldn't believe how gentle he was but things quickly started to come into action to tear them apart when she learns of her fathers intentions and this frightens her.
Her father is trying to take the crown at the expense of her and Arucard. Will Arucard and Isolde claim their innocence and survive the attacks or will her fathers ploy to destroy them all prevail? Another amazing story by Barbara. I have been in love with this series from the beginning. She made me fall in love with historical romance. Her attention to detail is fabulous. She really does and amazing job with the times..
You can tell how much research is done with each book she writes. Definitely pick up a copy of Arucard! You won't be disappointed. I recommend for the mature reader! Aug 16, Molly rated it it was amazing. After, having spent 5 years in prison, he is summoned by the king, thinking his last day has come and will be executed.
But he soon discovers that his time has not come yet, he is asked to swear loyalty and obedience to the king. The start of the Order of the Brethren of the Coast. Enters Isolde in his life that will change. Just follow their amazing journey filled with tenderness, passion and intrigue. Since, he had made vows of chastity and has a new wife, he started to have feelings of passion and desire, which created some tender passionate love scenes, which he is not accustomed.
But wiill their new life together survive? I really enjoyed this book and I going to read the whole series. Oct 20, RaeLatte rated it it was amazing. Barbara Devlin delivers a breathtakingly sensual introduction into her incredibly popular Brethren of the Coast series, which captivates and entices the heart. Discover the Knights of the Brethren of the Coast in this raw, emotionally charged story. The heroine, Isolde and the hero, Arucard, are challenged from the get-go as to what they hold near and dear to their heart, and challenged every moment as to what they will fight for.
Can these two strangers who are pushed together find comfort in da Barbara Devlin delivers a breathtakingly sensual introduction into her incredibly popular Brethren of the Coast series, which captivates and entices the heart. Can these two strangers who are pushed together find comfort in dark times?
This series is a must read and readers that are loyal to Barbara Devlin have been treated to a sprinkle in each book of the Knights of the Brethren about the founding members. Now we will get their full stories. May 25, Bonnie rated it it was amazing. The nightly devotion continues! As anyone who has read the Brethren book knows it is not hard to fall in love with the knights.
Now we meet Arucard and Isolde and learn of their journey and what an emotional journey it has been. From the beginning I was entranced and had to force myself to put it down and though there was one character that I wished get revenge from I couldn't help but love Arucard,Isolde,and the other knights.
So as not to ruin anything I encourage you all to read this wonderful The nightly devotion continues!
So as not to ruin anything I encourage you all to read this wonderful journey and if you are like me and love the knights you too will eagerly await the next knightly tale!!! Jul 04, Jen Crowhurst rated it it was amazing. My eyes r burning and my house n children r, well less than acceptable I could never have guessed how this was to turn out. Surprises on nearly every page I didn't think I could hate as much as I did for the villain, love the others.
My daughter was laughing at me as I finished the book, apparently I had made several faces, as well as cried Jul 24, Deanna Knope rated it it was amazing. I can seriously say Barbara Devlin out done herself yet again, this was a complete awesome sauce story and I can not wait to read the up coming series. It was fantastic and captivating. A well worth romantic tale and a must read. I don't give out spoilers, but I must say of you like a lot of romance, a little bit of humor and a whole lot heroism then this series will be just right for you Jul 05, Lesia Chambliss rated it it was amazing Shelves: owned-books , reviewed , pirates-privateers-seafaring.
This was a fabulous story about the Brethren origins. If you've read the series Brethren of the Coast, you'll know what I mean, and if you haven't you really need to.
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This is a wonderful stand-alone though. I enjoyed Arucard and Isolde's story, it was full of excitement, intrigue, and a blossoming love story. The bigger they are, the harder they fall in love, comes to mind! That's how I see Arucard. I can't wait for the rest of the Brethren to find their mates and hear their stories. Jul 01, Mary Ann rated it it was amazing. Another excellent love story! I loved it, but you really need to ad a dictionary for some of the more obscure terms and phrases. And, I've wanted to ask this for all of books all five stars, by the way, what does Nautioneer mean?
Our Judi would be proud. Jul 04, Cassandra Brown rated it it was amazing. Great book This is one of the best authors I have come across in a long time. She writes stories that will soon have you immersed in long ago times. I love the fact that she decided to let us into the world of the original brethren of the coast.
The only bad part was I finished the book and now have to wait until November for the next installment of the brethren of the coast. Aug 25, Bonnie Keller rated it it was amazing. Arucard Excellent reading Barbara Devlin had delivered a 5 star book again. I loved it, as I do all of her books. Keep them coming. The love between the main characters builds along with the story. The innocence of two virgins male an female was refreshing to read about.
Read this book and then discover the Brotherhood the Coast Series. Aug 07, InD'tale Magazine rated it really liked it Shelves: steam-4 , october , genre-historical , ratingstar. Read full review in the October issue of InD'tale Magazine. Oct 26, Joann rated it it was amazing. Good balance of action suspense and lovemaking.
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I had a little problem with the verbiage of the time period. Jul 14, Michele bookloverforever rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-romance. I look forward to the rest of the series. Jul 29, Janet Purchase rated it it was amazing. Truly enjoyed the story. I truly love a story with not only drama and intrigue but humor and realism to the characters. Showing both the strong and the soft sides of both characters. I look forward to the next book in the series. Jun 15, Nicole LaBoy added it. Amazing story I would recommend this book to anyone that loves old English setting and can understand language of the time.
I found it realistic and romantic. Nov 28, Laura Simmons rated it it was amazing. Wonderful story! This was a refreshing read. The characters spoke in old English, which was strange at first, but I found myself substituting modern words in my head as I read it. Arucard is the perfect hero, he's deeply spiritual, handsome and brawny, and yet a fierce warrior when needed. It was fun to read about two virgins consummating their marriage and learning about sensual delights together Wonderful story!
It was fun to read about two virgins consummating their marriage and learning about sensual delights together. The cover is beyond beautiful,and I look forward to reading the next book in this series!