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Swift for the Sun

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Benjamin Lector imagines himself a smuggler, a gunrunner, and an all-around scoundrel. A preacher’s son turned criminal, first and foremost he is a survivor.

When Benjamin is shipwrecked on Dread Island, fortune sends an unlikely savior—a blond savage who is everything Benjamin didn’t know he needed. Falling in love with Sun is easy. But pirates have come looking for the
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published March 27th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
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In the meantime though, Swift for the Sun is a pretty epic undertaking and I do love some actual history in my historicals so I really appreciated how the author worked that all in to a love story between some pretty memorable characters.

**a copy of this story was provided for an honest review**
Swift for the Sun is a heady mix of Robinson Crusoe, every pirate movie Errol Flynn ever made, a heartfelt tender M/M romance, political intrigue, the Portuguese colonization of the Americas and ... matelots.

Benjamin, the mulatto son of a preacher and himself a fledging gunrunner, survives a shipwreck and washes up on Dread Island - named because no one ever returns from Dread Island. Benjamin is saved by a mysterious castaway named Soli or "Sun" : "The sun rising behind him lit his hair with t
Barbara Cerda
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swift of the Sun by Karen Bovenmyer
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Published by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN13: 9781634777643


The reading held my interest from beginning to end. To say that this book is a period tale of survival through skill and intuition would ignore an underlying theme. In my opinion, it opens for consideration how do we trust the instinct to love. When life suddenly takes away who you are and replaces it with extreme cruelty, and deprivation. Aside from the exciting scenarios from beginning
Steph ☀️
***3.75 stars (rounded-up)***

Warning : There is a brief mention of noncon: "Martio pulled down my britches and violated me." That is basically it.

Overall, I definitely enjoyed this book. It started off a bit rough, but as the story and conflict progressed and revealed itself, it got so much better. I was really intrigued by the espionage and double-dealings in the story and how the author revealed each moment. In addition, as characters are introduced, the camaraderie among them grows and bec
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 Stars rounded up
Full review on the blog:

Thoughts -

I really liked the first 50% of this book and I liked the last 15%. In between were too many names, too many situations, use of several languages and their instant translations that bugged me, and a few info dumps about history in the region that weren’t necessary. They tamped down the innocent and slow-burn chemistry that initially arose between Sun and Benjamin. The author needed to maintain that c
Pianka *call me PIU*
3.75 stars

‘Swift for the Sun’ is a historical gay romance set in the treacherous waters of the Caribbean. It starts out as ‘stranded in an island’ trope but quickly develops into a much bigger and dangerous adventure as ruthless pirates gets involved and the MCs try to fight and survive while also preserving their love for one another.

The writing gives a vivid feel of the setting and the tumultuous times when Brazil was trying to break free from its parent country, Portugal. So along with the ro
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical Adventure on the High Seas!

Benjamin has escaped from an ordinary life to adventure on the High Seas, only he's way over his head. He's jumped into a smuggling scheme where he's posing as a notorious Captain, only he knows about as much about sailing as any lubber. When he finds himself ship-wrecked on a desert isle with a dark reputation, he's not any better off, having only lived in more civilized surroundings.

Sun (an Anglicized version of his name given by Benjamin, rather like Defo
A.J. Bauers
If you ask the author to describe this book, she'll cheerily say it's a "gay pirate romance" and leave it at that. But in truth, this novel is so much more. There's a darkness in this book, so don't expect your standard warm and fuzzy romance story. Be prepared for trials, both of the mind and body, that might have you setting down the book for a moment, if only to fully feel the depth of the situations Ben and Sun are swept into.

The depth and care Bovenmyer takes with the historical details and
Elisa Rolle
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
2017 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Swift for the Sun Karen Bovenmyer
1) This was a fantastic book that was so vivid I almost felt like I was actually there in the story.
2) This was an interesting story. I liked the way the characters grow during the story. A must for those that like historicals.
3) An engrossing tale of survival and love against the backdrop of slavery, freedom, and the search for happiness.
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, lgbtqia
Historical romance is not my usual fare, but I had a really hard time putting Swift for the Sun down. A lovely blend of action and romance with just the right level of levity to make the book thoroughly engaging. I found the story and the characters to be interesting and enjoyable from the get go to the very end. I wish there was more!
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is lovingly and thrillingly crafted, and I was hooked from start to finish. Filled with adventure, romance, and more than a few lovable rogues, Swift for the Sun is a masterpiece. Both of the Benjis, Sun, and especially Marisol were breathed into life, and I couldn't turn each page fast enough. Totally deserving of every star. ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Inge Borg
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Discovered Diamond

In the beginning, the title “Swift for the Sun” conjured up everything from old sailing ships swiftly following the sun - to other flights of fancy involving smugglers and privateers (which it does). At the end of Bovenmyer’s novel, I realized that I was wrong in assuming it to be a rollicking pirate fable or – as one of its genre is listed as gay romance - a man loving another man; it was so much more (even though I, too, have loved men – but then, I am a woman).

Benjamin Swi
Wheee!!! This was a rip roaring, rollicking, aye me hardies, roller coaster pirate ship ride!! A combination of Robinson Crusoe, Gilligan's Island and On The Island a MF read from some years ago), this was an engaging, action-packed story of a guy who is impersonating a pirate ship captain, Benjamin, and Sun, a near savage who's been living on Dread Island after escaping dire circumstances. It's never quite clear, at least initially, why Benji has been impersonating a pirate ship captain and smu ...more
This is a pirate fan's wet dream. Everything you could want and something that often isn't found in the m/m genre at least done in a series fashion. It starts of as a cast a way story with two guys who don't speak a common language stuck on a deserted island. Later we end up with pirates and a little bit of political intrigue thrown in. I liked both characters a great deal. Benjamin is a truly nice guy and deeply caring of Sun. Sun is the killer and protector that has a horrific past. Historical ...more
Oct 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I suppose I am the odd man out, being the first person to give this less than 3 stars. I can't quite put my finger on what I didn't like about this book, but I struggled through it until almost the halfway point before shelving it on my DNF list. I suppose one of the reasons I didn't enjoy it was because I couldn't bring myself to care for the MC. Considering it is a story about pirates, I found it rather dull. And the smut was really awkward to read: manhood, arousal, staff, mast (I know this i ...more
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written

There should be more m/m romance this who written. I look forward to more from this author on any subject, really.
Helen Hollick
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"an excellent fluid read"
Page Crusherz
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my surprise of the season! I LOVED this book, and I know I will reread it again and again. Excellent!
Dec 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
There's a lot of action packed into this one. It felt like way more than 230 pages. It's a fun adventure. ...more
Carrie Martin
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written story with memorable characters and lots of excitement. A little saucier than my usual literary fare in parts, but the romance/love was sweet and believable, and the history was well researched and imagined. I didn't think I was into pirate-y stories, but I'm glad I branched out — it was well worth the ride. ...more
Ash Ellithorne
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Most of my issues with the book could have been solved by starting me just a scene or two, a chapter at the absolute most. Conventional wisdom is to begin as close to the inciting incident as possible and right in the thick of the action, which I usually agree with. For this one, though, I wished that I'd had a little more time to get used to the main before being thrown into the shipwreck that sets events in action. While I clicked immediately with Ben, the problem was that I didn't feel anythi ...more
Aidan Walker
2.5 stars

This book was fine, I didn’t hate it. I might have rated it a bit higher, until they came to the stupid matelot crap. Firstly, “matelot” just means “sailor” so every time they were like “there’s so many matelots” - yeah I bet so, on a boat. It was over-emphasized. If they had just been like “we engaged in a matelotage” and moved on I would have thought it a cute element, but then the author just beat the damn concept into the ground! There’s minimal evidence/information about
Sean Hanlin
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic read that thrusts you into a historical world of love and survival. A story that is quite eye opening to a world of romance that I have not had the pleasure to explore yet. Karen Bovenmyer also makes the reader feel a spectrum of emotions. From sadness, to gut dropping horror, to heart-warming joy. There are characters you'll love, and those you despise, but only because they are well written villains. The ending seems to hint at another story to tell, one that I am greatly looking f ...more
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Karen Bovenmyer was born and raised in Iowa, where she teaches and mentors new writers at Iowa State University. She triple-majored in anthropology, English, and history so she could take college courses about cave people, zombie astronauts, and medieval warfare to prepare for her writing career. After earning her BS, she completed a master’s degree with a double specialization in literature and c ...more

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