Reviewed by Heather C
Author: Lee Rowan
Series: Royal Navy #1
Heroes: David Archer/William Marshall
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 276 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 1, 2014 (3rd ed.)
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: An officer, a gentleman… and a sodomite. The first two earn him honor and respect, the third may cost him his life. David Archer realizes how hopeless his attraction to his fellow midshipman is from the moment a newly-arrived William Marshall challenges a sexually abusive shipmate to a duel – and shoots him dead.
To Marshall, the Navy is his one chance to move beyond his humble beginnings. While others spend shore leave carousing, he curls up with a navigation text. When they and their captain are abducted, Archer and Marshall become pawns in a renegade’s sadistic game. To protect the man he loves, David Archer chooses to face his own demons of past abuse returned in a different form. When Marshall learns of Archer’s sacrifice, he discovers what he feels for Davy runs stronger and deeper than friendship. He’s in love, for the first time in his life, and he wants to know all about this new emotion.
But first they must escape. Only then will they find out if they can preserve their love without losing their lives.
It’s always refreshing to discover something new…something that doesn’t follow that same old formula where everything that happens next in the story is totally predictable. I found this book through a recommendation on Facebook and I don’t even think I read the blurb, but I still should have had some idea what was coming from the title and cover alone. Nope, it was one shocking surprise after another for me.
Ransom tells the story of three naval officers who are abducted and held for ransom on another ship. Two of the men are David Archer and William Marshall, best friends and shipmates. The other is their captain…Captain Smith. The three men must organize and execute an escape plan before their psychotic captor decides they are no longer worth the risk.
OhMyGod! I LOVED this book!!
- A lot of things were happening at a very rapid pace, but the story didn’t feel rushed at all! Instead, it was a thorough telling of an intense and scary situation. Even the monotony in the daily routines of their seclusion held the purpose of keeping me ensnared with the story: this is what it would BE like to be held hostage by pirates…this is what it would FEEL like knowing it was three against thirty-eight and escape is all but impossible.
- At first I was thinking to myself “Is this even going to be a romance?” There was a little sexual tension but it all seemed to be one sided, then BAM…OMG William and David were crazy hot together! And I loved how they dove right into each other, but they knew this was something they couldn’t continue once they escaped…of course they didn’t stop there either. It was easy to believe how much they cared and truly felt for one another.
- There were some dark and horrible things happening to one of the main characters throughout the story and it totally hurt my heart to see him so broken down at one point. I can say that I’m glad that maybe 98% of those things happened off the page, but it was still there, right in the forefront of the story and even “told” in some detail of what occurred. The best part of that whole situation was seeing the tables finally turned on the bad guy…except his punishment wasn’t NEARLY harsh enough!
- I was completely captivated with the escape plan. The author is a master of only leaking small details here, a little foreshadowing there…keeping me completely hooked, but still doubting that a happy outcome could ever happen. Even fiive minutes before they initiated the plan, I STILL didn’t know the REAL plan!
- Yep, this is one of those HFN stories that I can’t to see what Will and David get up to in their next adventure! They have sooooo much story left to tell!
I’m gonna knock off half a star because there was no consistent method of name use for the two main characters. One could be referred to as Will, William or Marshall at any given time, and the other as Davy, David, or Archer. And then the villain’s name was Adrian…and I kept confusing him with Archer! Then there was a few scenes near the midpoint of the story where there was back and forth head-hopping between David and Will that I had a lot of trouble following who was thinking and doing what. Luckily, that eventually straightened out and didn’t seem be an issue for most of the book.
I will be diving into Winds of Change and Eye of the Storm VERY soon!
Overall Impression: I Loved It
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*