Author: Alex Beecroft
Cover Artist: L. C. Chase
Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 12/31/2012
Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)
Genre: Historical, M/M Romance
A timeless love as dangerous as the sea….
For Captain Harry Thompson, the command of the prison transport ship HMS Banshee is his opportunity to prove his worth, working-class origins be damned. But his criminal attraction to his upper-crust First Lieutenant, Garnet Littleton, threatens to overturn all he’s ever worked for.
Lust quickly proves to be the least of his problems, however. The deadly combination of typhus, rioting convicts, and a monstrous storm destroys his prospects . . . and shipwrecks him and Garnet on their own private island. After months of solitary paradise, the journey back to civilization—surviving mutineers, exposure, and desertion—is the ultimate test of their feelings for each other.
These two very different men each record their story for an unfathomable future in which the tale of their love—a love punishable by death in their own time—can finally be told. Today, dear reader, it is at last safe for you to hear it all.
Note: This is a revised, stand-alone edition of the story originally published in the Hidden Conflict anthology in 2009.
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Blessed Isle starts as the journal of Captain Harry Thompson, as you read through the pages detailing his private thoughts and memories First Lieutenant Garnet Littleton takes over the story, then as the pages flow each man writes a chapter. They often overlap an event as they see it through different eyes and this works wonderfully well.
The writing is superb, just beautiful, it doesn’t matter what you were doing before you picked up the book its immediately forgotten as you sink into a bygone age of gallantry and sail. The language is descriptive, and of the times, but this makes it easier to read, it all flows along magically. As each man takes over recounting the events they often get distracted and start on a a different part of the story, or their own thoughts. I loved this, it made the journal feel real, like these events actually happened, but i was never confused it was like listening to a friend tell his story, just wonderful.
I really didn’t want to put the book down until I turned the final page, and when I did turn the final page I just wanted more.
Blessed Isle is a beautiful book, eloquently written and unforgettable, a story of forbidden love, danger, drama and full of period detail. Highly recommended.
This review was originally posted on Mrsconditreadsbooks.com which is no longer online.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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