Reviewed by Heather C
Title: Winds of Change and Eye of the Storm
Author: Lee Rowan
Series: Royal Navy #2
Heroes: David Archer and William Marshall
Genre: MM Historical Romance
Length: 280 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 31, 2014 (3rd edition)
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Winds of Change
Lieutenants William Marshall and David Archer, of His Majesty’s frigate Calypso, have been lovers for more than a year. Because the penalty for discovery is the hangman’s noose, they limit themselves to the occasional night of passion ashore.
But in the Navy, nothing lasts forever. A transfer to a new ship brings with it a bizarre turn of events: their captain orders them to behave as though they are involved in an illicit relationship in order to smoke out a suspected traitor. When their masquerade proves dangerously effective, it threatens to cost Davy his life.
Eye of the Storm
The long war between England and France enters a fragile and temporary truce in the winter of 1802, but the lives of Commander William Marshall and Lieutenant David Archer are more complicated than ever. After almost losing Davy in battle, Will faces the responsibility of command and questions whether he can give orders that will put his love in harm’s way once more.
Doubts torment David Archer. Will walked away once, trying to end their relationship for Davy’s own safety. His physical wounds have healed, but the loss of trust remains. Now, his biggest challenge is persuading Will their love is worth the risk of loss.
Ugh! I’ve put off this review for too many weeks, so I might as well finally get it over with. I really, REALLY liked Ransom, the first book in this series. And usually, I’m not often a fan of reading series continuing with the same established couple, but since Ransom ended with a nice HFN, I was really looking forward to continuing with Davy and Will’s story.
This book is a third edition, and it appears to me that it was once two separate novellas: Winds of Change and Eye of the Storm. Well, it’s still two separate story plots that have now been combined into one…compilation novel.
First up is Winds of Change, and you guessed it: there is a lot of change happening in Will and Davy’s careers…and relationship. The story picks up about a year or so after Ransom, Davy and Will are still hot and heavy every chance they get, which isn’t much considering they are stuck on a ship weeks to months at a time. I liked this story better than the following one even though it is quite depressing!! It does have some nice twists, but I wasn’t too crazy about the scheme they had going on to try to reveal a traitor…then the whole traitor plot was kinda dropped and quickly explained in one or two sentences near the end.
There are A LOT of things happening in Davy and Will’s relationship. Of course they are madly and completely in love with each other, but they each feel like they don’t deserve the other. And that became very tiresome…FAST! Luckily, they both came to their senses at the end of the first story.
Next is Eye of the Storm and it picks up just a few minutes after where Winds of Change ends. Seriously, I almost took a break between the two stories, but I’m so glad I didn’t because it nearly continues on with the very next sentence.
I can’t remember much about this story at all; I guess I should go ahead and say I really didn’t like it and I wasn’t even a little bit interested in their mission. Davy and Will are still having some relationship problems…mostly Will is still being a coward and obviously learned nothing from what all he went through in Winds of Change. Thankfully, by the end, Davy finally sets Will straight and I believed their words of commitment to be genuine. But I still didn’t like this installment of Will and Davy’s journey.
Home is the Sailor is the next book in this series, and I will definitely be reading it to see what happens next with Will and Davy, but I think I will take a little break before I read it. I still love these two together!
Overall Impression: It Was Good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*