False Colors. falsecolors For his first command, John Cavendish is given the elderly bomb vessel HMS Meteor, and a crew as ugly as the ship. False Colors is one of two debut releases (April 12) for Running Press’ new M/M Romance line that is being shelved in Romance in bookstores. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only.

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Alfie knows their mission is futile, and that their superiors back in England will use the demise of this crew as impetus for war with the Ottoman Empire. But the darker secret he keeps is his growing attraction for his commanding officer—a secret punishable by death. With the arrival of his former captain—and lover—on the scene of the disastrous mission, Alfie is torn between the security of his past and the uncertain promise of a future with the straight-laced John.

Against a backdrop of war, intrigue, and personal betrayal, the high seas will carry these men through dangerous waters from England to Colore to the West Indies in search of a safe harbor. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — False Colors by Alex Beecroft. For his first command, John Cavendish is given a ship—the HMS Meteor —and a crew, both in need of repair and discipline. AThe Georgian Age of Sail: Paperbackpages.

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To ask other readers questions about False Colorsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jun 30, Julio Genao rated it it was ok Recommended to Julio by: View all 55 comments. Apr 08, Shannon rated it did not like it Recommends it for: First off, I have to say that I’ve never read anything in this genre before. And by “this” genre I mean age-of-sail historical fiction.

It’s possible that this title isn’t something that a novitiate to the genre should read, however, it’s where I started. Just to get the facts straight though, this isn’t romance. There are romantic elements throughout the story but if you’re looking for some hot sexy men getting it on, then look elsewhere.

I have to say that the first half of this book made my brain numb with all the nautical terms. I don’t think I’m completely ignorant of these things, but there were full sentences where I had no idea what the words meant.

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You’d think you’d at least be able to figure out what’s going on from the context, but no, I was stumped most of the time, and I had to just read on and hope that I’d understand eventually. I suppose I could have looked up the words but I just didn’t care enough. You’re basically thrown into the seafaring world headfirst and the author assumes you’ll understand, and this was frustrating.

In the middle of the book the two main characters tried cplors find just about every possible horrible situation they could get into that would keep them away from each other. Whether it was one being captured and tortured, the other getting gravely wounded, then the other one being captured and tortured, both men finding sexual gratification with other men, the court martial of one of them for being gay, or when they somehow ended up valse the Titanic.

That last bit is a joke, but only marginally so. And then the last three pages of the book they finally have sex with each other. That’s where it ends. It’s not as if I wanted them to jump in bed right from the get-go. And I understand that in those times being gay was an offense that could get you hanged, but waiting until the last chapter for them to finally be with each other was a bit much.


And cllors makes me wonder what they’re going to do now that they’ve had sex. It’s not as if they can live with each other happily ever after. The author ends the book with sex even though the rest of the book is all about the trials and lives of the two men.

Now that they’ve had sex everything is perfect, right, and all their previous troubles go away? Who knows, since it’s left to laex reader to decide. Maybe they get found out and hanged the next week. I wasn’t expecting people being strung up with their arms behind their back so their shoulders “ground out of their sockets,” or how the people being burned alive were trying to escape their cages and had their fingers chopped off. The part that really made me upset was the 9 year old boy that drowned when he went back to save his pet bird when the ship hit an iceberg and the lower quarters filled with water.

And of course we had to have descriptions of how all the livestock had drowned. And then the part when they were visiting the people with the plague in the hospital yellow fever, I think and the officers kept getting puked on.

It would be interesting to count how many times human excrement, urine, and other bodily fluids are mentioned, because I’m sure the results are staggering. And then there was the sexual encounter with the man with the rotting tooth So I have to say that I didn’t enjoy this book all that much.

Maybe it was too “real” for me and it didn’t have enough fluff in it, coors if collors book has the word romance on the cover, I’m expecting at least some romance before I get to the last chapter. I can’t say that I’d never read something from this author again, but I’ll definitely think twice.

View all 8 comments. Oct 30, Karla rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Age of Sail fans who don’t mind Teh Ghey. My first gay historical romance! Are they always this good? Probably not, darn it. While this is indeed a romance in part, there’s also lots of adventure and a fine cast of characters that surround the story’s couple.

There are gritty period details aplenty, along with a gloomy and deadly pall that hangs over men who dared to love the wrong gender.

John Cavendish is the son of a carousing dad and a strict Quaker woman. Because he senses he’s not “normal,” he shuns all sexuality and devotes himsel My first gay historical romance! Because he senses he’s not “normal,” he shuns all sexuality and devotes himself to his naval career.

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He’s stalwart and dependable, traits which give him a mission from the Admiralty to be sitting ducks against the Corsairs in order to provide martyrs and the moral high ground to retaliate.

However, his lieutenant, Alfie Donwell, gets captured by the Corsairs and John’s feelings for him cause Cavendish to go all out to get him back. It’s only what any responsible captain would do for his officers, John tells himself. The ales – Corsair ass gets kicked but good – is quite against the Admiralty’s expectations, and Cavendish finds himself a tolerated embarrassment within the Navy.

He goes about restoring his standing in the priggish and upright beecrofy he only knows, but with the added irritation of the impulsive and handsome Alfie under his skin. The two men are separated for quite a bit of beecrott book, but are rarely out of each others’ thoughts, whether out of anger or longing.

Alfie has prodded into the light impulses within John that he has striven for years to smother, and John seemed like “the one” to Alfie, who is tired of settling for demeaning substitutes for the love he longs for.


John’s revulsion and Alfie’s anger at John and himself for wanting what society will not allow him to have provide the tension throughout the story until the end when they get a hopeful, but by no means certain, HEA.

In an era when sodomy would get you hanged, these two naval officers have no guarantee of a permanent HEA and there is no indication that either of them wishes to leave their careers behind, because the sea is as much a part of them as their love for each other.

The author assails the reader with nautical terminology, but I didn’t find it all that onerous to read through. I don’t know the difference between a topgallant and a staysail, but I didn’t care. The action rips along colorw a good clip, the danger comes at all colorss from pirates, Corsairs, the French, and the Arctic elements, and the drama aboard ship and on land more than compensates for the daze of terminology.

There is no real “villain” of the piece. The back of the book implies that it’s a man from Alfie’s past, but he is a very sympathetic character in his own way.

His defiant and exhibitionist conduct, combined with self-hatred and selfishness, is what propels Alfie through the still and stormy waters of his relationship with Cavendish.

This trio of characters display all the murky, damaged and, quite frankly, heartbreaking contortions gay men went beectoft. Options are limited, so they go through a struggle to settle for what you can get at the cost of your honor and wellbeing, or aspire fale the perfect. The villain of the story is really Homophobia and the Code of Conduct in His Majesty’s Fleet or whatever it was called.

With such a monolith as an enemy, it would have been easy for the tone to get super-preachy. It’s not a “pretty” book by any means. It’s not a fluffy, feel-good read where our ales defy all of society’s laws and do it in the open and convert haters into supporters.

The scene in the “Molly club” where John decides to give in to his lust with a rotten-toothed roughneck made me cringe, but only because I’d already come to care for the guy and hated to see him head down that path.

John and Alfie were characters I could get behind and root for, and every agony they went through made that final scene all the more sweet. They hurt each other with their attraction, with spite and regret, as they try to hammer out what it is they want, expect, and need. Apart from emotional agony, they both go through some excruciating physical tortures! Because there’s going to be lots of blood and mangling.

Normally I can’t abide Big Misunderstandings and the last half of this book hinges on them. While it irritated me at first, I had to remind myself that the relationship in this story wasn’t the usual hetero one where society put no restraints on men and women acknowledging such feelings for one another.

This was a whole different setup, with men acting out of pride, honor, and fear over a very dangerous ebecroft. The lack of communication, exacerbated by separations, seemed right in the end. If you’re willing to try beevroft different kind of romance, and love period detail, then I highly recommend this one.

View all 17 comments. Jan 28, Kazza rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is my second Alex Beecroft book, the first being Blessed Isle. I had not heard of that as a genre before Alex Beecroft.