Blessed Isle

Alex Beecroft
Blessed Isle
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Riptide Publishing
Release Date
December 2012
Historical Romance, LGBTQ

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.

Book Review by drm2115
Jan 14, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
116 people found the following review helpful
BLESSED ISLE was a uniquely told romance I really enjoyed but it lack eroticism and the ending was too abrupt.

Former captain in the British Navy, Harry wants to record his journey of love with his Lieutenant Garnet but the rapscallion Garnet finds the journal and adds his own musings. The men had to go through a mutiny, illness and shipwreck on a deserted island to find their love together.

I adored the unique format of this novel. I loved the distinct voices of Harry and Garnet and their gentle barbs to each other in the journal. It was a very challenging way to tell a romance and I thought it was executed well.

The plot of the illness striking the crew and the subsequent convict mutiny kept my attention and flowed well. The shipwreck was another good plot point.

But I have to say, the total lack of sensuality or eroticism between Harry and Garnet was a huge disappointment. MM romance readers such as myself expect more than the phrase "we made love". We want some details more than that! I liked the emotional intimacy and felt cheated of the sexual intimacy was missing. I also thought the ending happened too abruptly and even thought some pages may be missing from my ebook.

I wanted to love BLESSED ISLE but felt a little cheated out of a fully satisfying read. Still, this is a better MM romance than a lot I've read so I'd still recommend it.
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