Author ~ Cari Z
Publisher ~ NineStar Press
Published ~ 9th May 2016
Genre ~ Historical M/M Romance
In 1803, England declares war on France, staking the fates of two mighty empires against one another. Thousands of men serve in the British navy, hungry for distinction in the battle against Bonaparte.
One of them, Lieutenant Thomas Williams, thinks he knows what he wants out of life: prize money at sea, a career of decent note, and the means to maintain his independence when he leaves the navy. What he finds is service under Captain Christopher Knightly: a tactical genius, inveterate charmer, and the youngest son of a wealthy noble house.
Their unexpected and perilous love affair is a gamble against the odds, for in a time of war, nothing is sure to last. If the French don’t tear them apart, one slip in front of the wrong eyes or ears might. When the demands of Christopher’s family take him from Thomas’s side, he thinks it might be the best thing for his captain. Little does Tom realize just how far Christopher will go to return to him, and when life takes a turn for the worse, how much further he will go to save him.
Hey there readers, I have a little something historical for you. 18th/19th Century guile and gorgeousness. Let’s face it, regardless of the genre, who doesn’t like a man in uniform? To be precise, a naval uniform - his Britannic Majesty’s Royal Navy.
After a period of peace, Lieutenant Thomas Williams (of humble beginnings) was pulled out of the reserves to serve under Captain Christopher Knightly (a member of the nobility) on the Perilous. The men had their orders, but Christopher was a tactician, not a sailor. So, he took charge of land-based operations, while Thomas became his trusted right arm for the sea-bound ones.
The men become well trained and efficient. Manoeuvres to scupper the French are not only eventful, but they unravel a range of emotions. This is when Christopher and Thomas find comfort in each other's arms. The big bad is that; they lived in a time when preferring men was met with lashes of the whip – or worse.
They became the ultimate needle in the French side. And, victims of their success, they are recalled to England. What’s worse is that family interfere in their happiness. Some would say that’s a given for nobility, but I’m sure many will relate to that in the 20th century, too. As a result, events separate Tom and Christopher.
I had a wonderful time reading this story. The imagery and tale transported me back into an historical era that was entertaining and emotional. The story is tight with no holes, though I thought there was a dirty great jump in the story which left me confused until I realized that Tom was having flashbacks – so be warned and ready.
One thing with reading an historical is that some of the old English terms and language were occasionally, unfamiliar - but I got the gist. I had a couple of issues with terms used out of their timeline. e.g. To Jack-off was first known to have been used circa 1916 and is a turn on the original phrase jerk-off, which, according to the etymology dictionary, has only slightly earlier origins. And while the word ‘fuck’ has been used in its sexual technical term since the 1670’s, as a term of slang such as “Fuck, Tom,” its first use was 1874. So if you are a purist on the language side, you may frown on the odd thing or two. On the other hand, some of the more familiar phrases are welcome to the old brain cells.
Tom is modest and bound by duty. Christopher is torn between his station in life and freeing himself from the shackles that position puts him in. The relationship between the men is beautiful, tender and fraught with living in times of ignorance, scandal and non-acceptance. There were times when I had a lump in my throat and others when my tears flowed. For me, I found Tom’s character, moving and captivating.
Perilous is a story of adrenaline filled battles at sea, cannons, interfering families, tactical manoeuvres, grieving, torture (descriptive but not explicit), heroes and love. The heat rating is pretty good, too, with a preference towards blowjobs than anything intimately graphic. It’s only around the 125-page mark which makes it a relative shortie; fast moving and packed with events. A worthy addition to a library for anyone with an historical tendency to their reading habits.