My Fair Captain was a nice read with its interesting combination of the historical regency period and sci-fi. The pace of the novel was not too slow oMy Fair Captain was a nice read with its interesting combination of the historical regency period and sci-fi. The pace of the novel was not too slow or overly fast, though the plot and intrigue only touch the very tip of the conspiracy iceberg. In a way, this first in the Sci-Regency series feels as if it serves more as an introduction to a greater climax and story line.
This story mainly focuses on the romance that develops between Captain Nathanial Hawkins and Prince Aiden Townsend of Planet Regelence, with sprinkles of mystery and conspiracy in the background to set the stage for future events in the next novels of the series. Nate and his adopted son Jeremy Hawkins (AKA Trouble the troublemaker) are sent to investigate the theft of several weapons from the Townsend Castle under the guise of a visiting Earl and his valet so as to not alert the perpetrators to their scrutiny. Here Nate and Aiden, the airhead artist and middle son, meet and find an instant attraction to one another. We are also introduced to the lovable ruling Townsend family: King-consort Raleigh (AKA Cony), the dangerous mother hen; King Steven, the laid-back king of Planet Regelence; Prince Rexley, the responsible and serious eldest brother; Prince Payton, the computer whiz and second son (who’s featured in the second novel in the series); Prince Colton, an avid rider and flirt as well as the fourth son; Prince Tarren, the youngest troublemaker and hunter; and lastly cute little Muffin, Rexley’s ward.
J. L. Langley has a way of making characters come alive. There were many times where I couldn’t help grinning, laughing, and aww-ing at the antics and quirks of all of the characters presented in the novel. Even the minor characters shone brightly and made me love them all despite a limited amount of screen time. Every moment was used to its fullest to endear me to these characters, and I sure was glad none of them were killed off as stress relief. XP However, for some reason I came to adore the side characters more than the main characters (I'd really like to read about how Raleigh and Steven met). I wonder if this is a random trend with me lately since I felt the same way with some of the other novels I’ve read.
There are really no significant villains in the story aside from the fleeting flunkies that cause a little ruckus and the mysterious shadowy villains pulling strings in the background, but despite the lack of a deep mystery or thrilling adventure and action, it was a sweet, light novel to read.