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Winds of Change (Royal Navy #2)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  191 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
The ruggedly handsome Lt. William Marshall of His Majesty's Navy carries a secret close to his heart, one that is more important than either his loyalty to England or his devotion to duty. His shipmate, Lt. David Archer, is not only his best friend, he's been his lover for over a year. The penalty should their relationship be discovered? Death, by hanging. Both men control ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Linden Bay Romance, Llp (first published January 1st 2007)
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May 22, 2010 Erastes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-historical
“Winds of Change” is the sequel to Lee Rowan’s “Ransom” and continues the adventures and misadventures of Lts William Marshall and David Archer after their capture and escape in the book of that name. And it’s a very good read.

The two men are transferred to a new ship, together with their captain; a “Trouble ship” where there is unrest and sabotage. A method of smoking out the sabateur is proposed but it is not without a great deal of risk for David and William, and for their growing relationshi
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Nov 20, 2014 Lena Grey rated it really liked it
'Winds of Change & Eye of the Storm' by Lee Rowan begins where the first book left off. David and Will are firmly established as a couple but fear that their captain's new assignment will separate them. While they don't want this to happen, they know that it's a real possibility. Instead, they are placed together deliberately because of their loyalty and trustworthiness. Something the captain needs in spades, because there's a saboteur on board and the captain is hoping, with Will and ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Charly rated it really liked it
Not quite as good as the first, but still enjoyable if you like the main characters

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

- The plot here is once again different from those of most m/m Age of Sail books I’ve read. Rowan does well at putting her characters in unusual (and dangerous, of course) situations that involve more than just typical sea battles.
- The formation of David and Will’s romance, which occurs in Ransom, is sweet and tentative, and
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Nov 04, 2014 Benjamin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gay-fantasy
Winds of Change follows on directly from Ransom, where Dave and Will along with Captain Smith endured and traumatic kidnap attempt, and where the two young men Dave and Will realised their love for one another.
It is now 1801 as we rejoin Lieutenants David Archer and William Marshall and they are about to be advised by Captain Smith of their new commission; their captain is being transferred to a larger ship, HMS Valiant, and he is taking the two men with him as his first and second lieutenants.
Mar 10, 2013 Jennifer rated it liked it
SlashReaders: I think that book number two was actually somewhat better than the first one. The plot was somewhat more cohesive and a little better done. Though there were still issues on a whole it came across better than the first one. However, it was not well resolved in the end. They chase the spy around the ship and then find out who it is. But then it's kinda just left there until the spy gets hanged and it's not really resolved past that. I think something a little more would've been nice ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Vera rated it really liked it
Let me tell you about this sweet little corner of the internet called the Age of Sail fandom which everyone should totally join. Its authors are ridiculously talented. Lee Rowan is one of them. Am I allowed to mention the origins of Ransom on here? Because knowing where it came from, I loved Ransom and Winds of Change so much.
First of all, let me profess my undying love for David Archer. Seriously. Perhaps I'm a little biased, but I [i]love[/i] him.
Secondly (perhaps this should have been the f
Dec 03, 2007 Matimate rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2008
When I heard that Rowan produced another book I was quite surprised by it. I got it in my hands and my good mood slowly faded away page after page. I am huge fan of the books inspired by age of the sails and I am also huge fan of slash. This was fatal to that book. I recognized several fanfictions in it, those were from different authors trough the years. I am wondering if it is just coincidence or author was inspired by them, so much that it little stinks. The simple love affair of two young ...more
This is the second book in the Royal Navy series. The story begins with the drama of whether their captain's promotion would separate Will and Davy onto different ships then they draw the assignment to help draw out a traitor. Locating the traitor exacts a terrible price that leaves one in mourning and the separation caused by the fortunes of war.
The book was fairly short and should probably be thought of more as a novella, but it does make good on action, suspense, and drama. The historical bac
Aug 13, 2012 Plainbrownwrapper rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, read-again-maybe
Somehow these books by Lee Rowan hit me just about right. I'm not a big fan of historical romance, and certainly not of naval romance, but I have found the first two novels in this series to be extremely satisfying.

Maybe it's that Rowan writes with intelligence. Her plots are interesting and detailed, and her characters are rounded and nuanced. There are few cardboard cutouts here, and few dull spots to suffer through. There is also plenty of angst for folks like me who appreciate that sort of
Jun 17, 2011 Jerry rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jerry by: Erastes
A lovely continuation of Davy and Will. A cruel twist almost undoes them. Davy is always thinking he doesn't deserve Will and guideline is wrong. Lots of angst. Love the intensive sailing knowledge and what seems like perfect historical detail. The last chapter seems just a bit implausible that someone would know of their love and give the privacy at jay the right moment. But I've purchased book 3 and will start soon. I look forward to reading more of Ms Rowan's work with other settings as I do ...more
Jan 02, 2011 Drianne rated it liked it
Shelves: gay, fiction, m-m, historical, pwned
Sequel to last year's Ransom, this novel continues the story of Davy and William. It still feels like fanfic to me, but it was sweet.
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