Book Reviews

My Fair Captain (Sci-Regency 1) by J.L. Langley at Yellow Rose Publishing

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Regency / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / Military/Former Military / Other Planets / Outer Space / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-June-2020

Book Blurb

When Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins goes undercover to investigate the theft of an IN weapons stash, the mission raises painful memories from his past. Using a title he fled nearly two decades earlier, Nate once again becomes the Earl of Deverell, heir to the Duke of Hawthorne, in order to navigate the ins and outs of a Regency world. But planet Regelence—where young lords are supposed to remain pure until marriage—has a few surprises for Nate, not least of which is his attraction to Prince Aiden.
 
A talented artist, Prince Aiden Townsend isn’t interested in politics and the machinations of society gentlemen, and he adamantly rejects the idea of marriage and a consort. Aiden wants the freedom to pursue his art and determine his own future. But the arrival of the dashing and mysterious Deverell awakens feelings of passion and longing the young prince can’t deny.

As Nate uncovers a conspiracy reaching far beyond the stolen weapons, his future is irrevocably altered by the temptations of a life he never thought he could have. Drawn into the web of intrigue, Aiden is in danger of losing his life… and his heart. 

 


First edition published by Samhain Publishing, June 2007.

Second edition published by Dreamspinner Press, May 2018.

 

Book Review

What Steampunk is to the paranormal/historical genre, Sci-Regency is to science fiction – at least that is my impression after reading this entertaining novel with more than one level of “weirdness”. The author has basically taken a Regency-era society and transposed it into the far future, aristocracy and all, and, initially, I found the result to be quite jarring. I mean – planets with different rules with relationships like those between countries on Earth, earls and dukes commanding an intergalactic navy, and moral codes straight from the 18th and early 19th century? It is so against what I expect in a science fiction novel that it took me quite a while to get used to the idea. But I do like thought experiments, what-if scenarios, and unusual stories, so I decided to put aside my preconceived notions, think of this as more of a space opera, and explore a world where ancient moral codes are the order of the day.

Nate is from Englor, a planet with a strict moral code including duels and sodomy laws very much like Earth’s, but escaped around eighteen years ago when he killed someone in an illegal duel. He has had a successful career in the intergalactic navy (IN) and his background as an earl makes him the perfect candidate for an undercover assignment to find out who has stolen the cache of weapons the Regelence royal family has been keeping for the IN. In many ways Regelence is like the home he left so long ago, except there is no need to hide the fact that he is gay. Nate fits right in and is soon in far more trouble than he could have envisioned.

Aiden is the second-youngest prince of Regelence, a planet where male/male relationships are preferred. He is a talented painter and has fought hard to be allowed to follow his muse rather than accepting a consort and dedicating his life to running an estate or becoming involved in politics. Aiden is as much trouble as his brothers, but he is a willing helper in Nate’s search for the thief. And while he is completely innocent (young lords are expected to be virgins until they get married), he is not naïve, can be extremely sneaky, and knows exactly what to do once he figures out how deeply he is attracted to Nate.

Set in 4829 (rather than 1829), this is a swashbuckling adventure on a planetary scale. There is political intrigue, there are rogues and criminals, and the balls with their electronic “dance cards” made me laugh. Multiple secondary characters populate the pages, much like in a traditional Regency novel, and the royal family with all the mischief everyone is up to stole my heart. The various planetary societies are well developed and even though they reflect a period in our past, together with the author’s additions and futuristic technology they make for a good overall setting and some interesting reading – once I got into the whole thing. This is definitely a world I had to get used to, but one I am beginning to feel really fond of.

If you like unusual visions of the future that might be tongue-in-cheek or maybe just a playful experiment, if you want to watch two complete strangers from very different societies create their own future, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with lots of twists and turns, conspiracies and politics on a galaxy-wide scale, and some really hot man-on-man action, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. I can’t wait for the next one – especially since the ending left me in suspense regarding the bigger picture.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 236 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 31-May-2020
Price $6.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/My-Fair-Captain-Sci-Regency-One-ebook/dp/B089QVML3M