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My Fair Captain Paperback – 29 Apr 2008
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"You absolutely do not want to miss a single book by this author. She is one of the best in the business, and I highly recommend "The Englor Affair"."--Coffee Time Romance
"Sexy, romantic, and fun...but what else would you expect from gay Regency romance in space?"
--Uniquely Pleasurable on "The Englor Affair"
"J. L. Langley does an amazing job of creating a unique world where homosexuality is not only tolerated, it is the norm!"
--TwoLips Reviews on "My Fair Captain"
About the Author
J.L. Langley was born and raised in Texas. Which is a good thing considering that Texas is full of cowboys and there is nothing better than a man in a pair of tight Wranglers and a cowboy hat. She is fortunate to live with four of the most gorgeous males to walk the earth...okay, so one of those males is canine, but he is quite beautiful for a German shepherd. When not writing, she can usually be found with a book in hand and chocolate in the other.
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If your brain is exploding at the idea of Jane Austen writing gay SF, you're not alone. Neurons are still flashing to their deaths in my brain, but I couldn't pass up the chance of trying it out. How does it work you're no doubt asking. Or if you're not, you should be.
Well, it's this way. The planet Regelence has a society based on Regency England; no explanation of why is ever given which is probably just as well. There is one major difference - all or almost all the aristocracy are gay men. They procreate by using some kind of gene splicing/cloning system which is never fully explained. Just as well, as given the standard of this book assbabies would have made more sense.
Those who expect that a planet run by gay men would be a bastion of freedom...well, not on Regelence. For one thing, the age of majority is 25...but they don't seem to have an age of consent and secondly a young man's chastity is guarded just as much as (or slightly more than) a young woman's in 1800 and he is supposed to remain pure until marriage. It is possible on Regelence for a young man to become compromised into marriage by accidentally being unchaperoned in a room with another unmarried man. The comedy opportunities offered by this arrangement are not fully explored.
The characters are attractive, which makes reading this bizarre speculation worthwhile. The lead character (who could have done with being 80lbs lighter and 5 inches smaller than described) is Nathaniel Hawkins, a captain with the Intergalactic Navy (Trek fans think Federation lite) and Earl sent on an investigative mission involving stolen weaponry, who on meeting Prince Aiden, one of the King of Regelence's younger sons, falls violently in love with him. As you do, obviously, when sent on a secret mission.
The ideas are interesting (yes they are, stop giggling at the back) but the book really needed a lighter touch than offered by Langley. It needed the SF-mixed-with-Regency equivalent of Georgette Heyer. She does well enough, though a little heavy handed, until faced with a sex scene, when suddenly Hawkins (he is generally the only one to speak during a sex scene) start spouting pure 21st Century Earth vulgarities. Way to break the fourth wall, there, Langley.
The problem with this book was that I wanted to be charmed - I was prepared to suspend my disbelief sufficient to hang my brain on a hook and be charmed, but in order to be charmed I needed a little more to go on.
It's a different aspect of intergalactic liaisons and there is a sequel involving one of the other sons of the palace, but it is not one that I feel the need to pursue.
Enjoyable? Yes, but there are better in this genre.
These sci/regency books by J L Langley are not meant to be taken seriously they are exactly what they should be - highly enjoyable, fun, hot sexy regency style romps with a twist and I for one love them to bits! They shouldn't be compared to Jane Austen but then neither should any modern day Regency romance but if you enjoy them for what they are then they become classic to you. Just sit back, relax and enjoy. I did and I've never looked back. 5 stars in my eyes. :-)
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