I was expecting My Fair Captain to be a pretty average example of your typical scifi-themed m/m romp - something light and silly to pass the time. (Read: ridiculous plot with lots of sex.) Under the right circumstances, with the right mood, this kind of book definitely can be enjoyable. Unfortunately, this novel didn't even live up my somewhat lackluster expectations.
I have enjoyed J.L. Langley's work in the past, and obviously many people have enjoyed this novel as well. So what was my problem then?
1) Bad editing. Problems with grammar grate on my nerves if they are common enough, and they were definitely common enough here. Also, I thought the flow of the story in general could have used some real work.
2) The story itself. Beyond ridiculous, and to be honest, it was sort of hard to follow at times, with clues spread randomly and unsubtly around, and only finally explained much later. (So freakin annoying.)
3) The society depicted. Sorry, but it squicked me out - the whole faux-regency feel, only with boys under the age of 25 acting the part of virginal damsels in need of chaperones and parental approval. Ick.
4) My biggest problem: The so-called "romance" between Nate and Aiden. First, there really wasn't much in terms of romantic development. Second, the sex scenes didn't even do it for me. The dialogue between the couple in bed is crude and terrible. Plus they call each other "sir" and "boy," which also squicked me out. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind reading something with a submissive/dominant theme, but it just didn't work for me at all in this novel.
So there you have it. This book was definitely not my cup of tea, largely due to my own personal feelings about the romantic interaction between the characters. In other words, their "romance" was a major TURN-OFF for me. I guess you don't really have any hope of enjoying a romance novel if the supposed romance is completely unbelievable and unappealing. But that's just me, and certainly not everyone would have those same feelings about the novel. To each his own I say. And I say this was two thumbs down for me.