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Captain's Surrender

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  454 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Love? Might as well ask for the moon. But a man can dream…

Despite his looks and ambition, Midshipman Joshua Andrews hides urges that, in his world, make him an abomination. Living in fear of exposure, unnecessary risk is something he studiously avoids. Once he sets eyes on the elegant picture of perfection that is Peter Kenyon, though, temptation lures him like the siren c
ebook, 242 pages
Published October 2009 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (first published 2007)
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This is at that stage (roughly 60%) more like 2.5* than 3*. Possible spoilers ahead!


This was edited above average, it had sizable stretches which showed a very engaging prose and the entrance scene certainly was a truly well-written whopper.


Apart from very short passages I never felt truly immersed in the correct time.

Huge, truly enormous main cause of this was the treatment of the female protagonist Emily. She was a modern woman transposed into the 18th century, effectively grumbling
Feb 25, 2019 marked it as probably-not-but-freebie  ·  review of another edition
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Heidi Cullinan
Apr 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Alex Beecroft is an author I sip, and even when I finish the wine, I like to sit and hold the bottle a few days before I write my review. This alone makes her work a treasure to me, because by nature I like to suck books down in one sitting. So someone who I need to read slowly and carefully is a treat for me.

What I love about Alex's work is that you are safe and you are not. She shies away from nothing, and she is true to her period in time (and she knows her RN, thank you, thank you), but she
Aug 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-historical
Now this is what I’m talking about. If you want a taste of what floats my boat when it comes to gay historical fiction, (no pun intended), then this is it.

I’m not mad on the cover, but that won’t be a surprise to any regular reader of this blog. It doesn’t sum up any part of the book (so readers – don’t expect nakedness on a beach somewhere), doesn’t look like the characters and doesn’t explain it’s a historical. I would find a detail of a naval captain (oo all those lovely brass buttons) to be
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Aug 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joshua Andrews is a young Irishman full of equal parts ambition and shame. His love of the sea is surpassed by nothing except perhaps his self-loathing at his sexual orientation. Although he’s come to terms with the direction his desires lie, he lives in the perpetual shadow of the consequences. Those consequences vividly set an engrossing backdrop as the novel opens with a gruesome and riveting scene of a man executed for the heinous crime of being a sodomite. The specter of such cruelty is sti ...more
M. Kei
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Josephine Myles
Sep 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, romance, historical
A beautifully written and gripping historical novel from a writer who's an expert in the era. If you're not sure about trying historicals because you think they might ramble on like a nineteenth century novel, fear not. If anything, Captain's Surrender is almost too fast-paced, concentrating on key events in the lives of the protagonists: the punishments, sea battles, duels, captures and seductions, rather than dwelling too long in the details of everyday life. I'd have loved there to have been ...more
Barb ~rede-2-read~
It took me a few days because I had other things in my life that took priority, but I'm glad I read this little gem that's been hiding on the bottom of my TBR for years. By the time I hit the 70% mark, I had to block out enough time to finish. At that point the adventure on the seas with a battle between the "good guys" and the French around the eastern seaboard and the area of Bermuda was hot and heavy. Plus, at that point, it looked like death was going to be the only acceptable outcome for th ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing in the blurb indicates that this is an incomplete story. The book ends with the words: 'This is the end of the excerpt, I'm afraid. If you enjoyed this and want to read the whole book......' etc etc etc.

No. I don't. This should have been marketed as a 'sample' not -as it appeared to be - a separate novella.

The story itself was okay, although the writing was too flowery and navel-gazing for me and it was one of those stories where the author knows exactly what is happening, but somehow f
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical

The actual romance was fine, had it not been detract by eloborated unfinished sub-plots and characters who took over the main narration and contribute little to main couple's story.
There are things to be loved in this book, but far more numerous are those to be blamed. Some other reviewers have pointed them out, infact.

The plot is the same old, but this does not irk me: it is 1779 in the Caribes (and the east coast of the soon to be United States). The setting is the usual British ship where noble gay men struggle with the requirements of a harsh life in a homophobic milieu.
One reviewer has mentioned the fact that the naval details are inaccurate but I am unable to confirm
Elisa Rolle
When I was young I read a lot of classics and enjoy them very much. Strong stories with well written characters and able to take you awake till late and eager to read more. Sometime romance, cause there were a love story on them, but not erotic cause there were no sex on them. But I didn't miss the sex, cause I could imagine in my mind what happened behind the closed door of a bedroom, usually between a married couple. Captain's Surrender is a such story? in some way yes. In an epublished world ...more
Josephine (biblioseph)
Joshua Andrews is a Midshipman on the Nimrod, where Captain Walker keeps his crew in a constant state of terror and suspense. The least infraction will land a man in irons, flogged for all the company to see. If Walker knew what Joshua was, he'd be hanged. He avoids the attention, which would grant him deserved promotion, as well the keen eye under which he is sure he'd be discovered. When Peter Kenyon, a lieutenant, arrives to fulfill the lately vacated position, once occupied by the man swingi ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I had done a little more research before I invested time in this "book" that is nothing but a tease. This brutal, gory, hate-filled piece builds to a fever pitch then ends with the author writing "I'm guessing if you've gotten this far you want to find out what is next". I thought that this was a contained prequel but it's actually nothing but a cliffhanger. There is only the barest, barest of beginnings of anything between the two main characters. Mainly it's full of gruesome cruelty, ev ...more
Julian Griffith
Now this is what a romance is supposed to BE.

I will admit, Age of Sail is my home ground. And I can't get enough of the forbidden-love trope, so historical m/m is perfect for me, because it's an organic part of the setting, and not achieved by contrivances. But, that said...

Josh and Peter are both engaging, realistically flawed, sympathetic characters. The plot goes along at a crisp pace, with plenty of action, nail-biting tension, and strong emotions, not all of which are related to the develop
I was a bit disappointed by this one, after having enjoyed False Colors by the same author quite a bit.

Yet, I had a lot more problems with the treatment of naval protocol in this one. Captain Walker is nothing but a cartoonish, moustache-twirling super-villain. He is constantly over-stepping his authority. Not in small matters, but in ways that make you wonder why no one had him removed from active service by court martial, yet, or (view spoiler)
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
4 Stars ~ Joshua Andrews had always known what his true nature was, and serving in the Royal Navy in 1794 that meant he had to keep that nature secret for fear of being hanged. When young Lt. Kenyon joined their crew and he was forced to accept him as a cabin mate, Josh also knew he was in trouble. Just one look into Peter's blue eyes and Josh was lost. When he reveals his attraction to Peter, he's amazed that Peter doesn't report him but instead he admits that he's curious and would like to pur ...more
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars.
A alright book, especially in the middle-end of it. It's not a book who idealized treatments of homosexual in this time, no, it's cruel, it's crude, it's harsh. I really love Peter and Andrew.
But I can't give it more stars because of the strange choice of narration at the beginning of the story. I mean, you started with the heroes Peter and Andrews (in the two first chapters) but after that and for a very very long time (too long) you have to handle Emily and her father (who are civili
Mar 22, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, 2009
Tall ships, damper men in British navy uniforms and threat of noose are things which made this genre of gay literature for women the most intriguing. This book was written by woman to women readers who like adventure spiced with two males making it out out of their uniforms. Oh yes in 18th century they made so nice uniforms and ugly laws that being gay in navy means gallows. That is the threat, the major one and masterfully put in the plot.
Joshua Andrews and Peter Kenyon were meant for each oth
Very good historical, though the description of Peter, one of the MCs, as "noble but thick" is applicable to both of them, really. Peter is one of those protagonists that I want to hit upside the head all the time and it nearly got to the point, where I wasn't willing to forgive him again, no matter what Josh thought. But still, it's damn good yarn, the action scenes are good and I enjoyed it very much.
Begins well enough, but then the plot becomes one improbable coincidence after another, the nautical elements are info-dumpy, and the main characters never rise above being blandly appealing. Nice to see a bisexual lead, though.
Richard Derus
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This contented sigh of happy gooshy romantic squooshiness has been revised and can now be found at Exendable Mudge Muses Aloud.

***2018 UPDATE***
The original paperback edition I reviewed no longer exists and I'd like a new generation of MM romance consumers to discover and adore this book. So here's the original review, since y'all're a buncha clickaphobes.

I gave this book to my friend Frank the Fireman, since like the main character, Peter Kenyon, he is an adult out-comer. I wanted him to, in pa
Ottilee B.
I'm giving this a 4 as I believe 'perfection' to be Moby-Dick, or, the Whale but I've never read it, so what-do-I-know?? Anyway, Joshua Andrews was great! As I read I felt more empathy for him and realized I WAS him: I too fell hard for Peter Kenyon and didn't want to hurt him. I'd like to believe my communication skills are somewhat better however. Great adventure-telling! Bravo!
Sasha Ambroz
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, romance, own, so-gay
The love story of two British naval officers (One of them is Irish, sorry), Peter Kenyon and Josh Andrews.
I liked the realism of the story. The historical reality wasn't deformed in order to accommodate the romance. Homophobia - both external and internal - is not only present, it is the main hindrance for the true love. I also must note a very strong female character, which is a rarity for m/m romances.
There were really promising undertakings of a good conflict, but it was rather rushed to the
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mm-romance
Such a bittersweet story with some really excellent passages. Just beautiful writing; passages that really speak to your heart. Some of the battle and abuse descriptions were hard to read but I think that if the author had tried to gloss over the details the impact of the lovely passages would have been mitigated somewhat. There are issues with the storytelling but the themes are beautiful and I'm a sucker for a happy ending.
Book  Minx
This is so close to a four star book. Great bits at sea and interesting use of perspective. Unfortunately the entire book revolves around a dilemma that is presented from a variety of angles but not dealt with in any meaningful way until the last two chapters. Peter is so clueless and everyone gets it but him and I would’ve liked to see some soul searching at the various other opportunities during the story.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read, freebies
It took a while before I got into this book. I actually started it and then read two other books before I got truly into it.

This book was gruesome and hopeful.

There were a lot of characters and lots of POVs to keep track of.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good story for the most part but I had a couple of issues with it that I will come back to when I have more time.
Becky Condit
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Goodread's publication information on this book is out of date. The book is now a Samhain release and has a different cover.

Please leave comments on Josie Goodreads' 5 sweet pea, Recommended Book review at

"I don't think you understand, sir," said Josh in a quiet charged voice. "The world doesn't allow men like me to hope for constancy. I never expected it. You're going to marry. I did expect that. And I'll be glad to see you happy."
He walked down onto th
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Spaceships and galaxy spanning empires, conversations with angels, viking villages, haunted mansions and forbidden love in the Age of Sail... I love a good strong plot in an exotic setting, with characters you can admire, and a happy ending.

If you make a venn diagram of genres, including historical, fantasy, gay romance and mystery, I occupy the space in the middle where they overlap.


BTW, if you