- Paperback: 333 pages
- Publisher: Running Press; 1 edition (April 14, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0762436581
- ISBN-13: 978-0762436583
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,262,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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False Colors: An M/M Romance Paperback – April 14, 2009
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We forget in these modern times, what things must have been like for those who weren’t born into the majority “breeder” population. This book brings it all back to reality and deals with not only the real danger that homosexuals were in, facing death for the crime of “sodomy” but also the religious attitudes and how difficult it could be for these individuals to even accept themselves. And then on top if it, misguided people trying to “cure” their disorder. We have to remember that they only removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses in 1974 by the American Psychiatric Association. And you can still find people on Yahoo boards who claim it IS a mental disorder.
So anyways, the book was great. Great action, great love story, very true to history, and it flowed well. If you like sweeping historical romance, this is definitely a book to consider.
- The characters have more depth than the majority of m/m characters. We see not just their positive traits and the happy times they spend together, but also their flaws and moments of anger, selfishness, and bitter deceitfulness.
- Beecroft obviously researched the time period and the men's profession. She includes enough detail about various settings to create a picture of the men's surroundings without dwelling on minutiae (however accurate and interesting) that would have caused the story to drag. I like detail, but too much of it bores me; the amount in this story was just right for me.
- The sex in this book is tame by the standards of many m/m writers these days. Even so, I found it to be quite a sexy book. Even though the sex scenes (and fantasies) don't contain gritty details, the men's attraction to each other is well established and well expressed.
- John's sexual awakening is wonderfully done--not only in the sense that Beecroft shows his first experiences with another person, but also because we get to see his struggles first to REALIZE that he's attracted to his own sex, and then later to ACCEPT it.
- As is the case with a lot of historical m/m stories, this one left me feeling a little sad. It's no fault of the author's; the facts of life back then simply didn't allow for a very happy life for gay men. The story ends well, but the knowledge that the men's relationship could be discovered at any moment, which would cause them to be put to death, was never far from my mind.
- Because the story is historically accurate, there are some slightly gory/gross scenes involving torture and battle wounds.
- Some of the chapters contain dates so that the story's timeline can be kept straight. I found the dates a little wonky, though: for one thing, it bothered me a bit that some of the dates are month only, some are month and date, and some are month, date, and time. For another, the dates are not all in chronological order. Chapter 12 occurs in "January 1763," Chapter 13 on "New Years Eve 1762" and then in a later scene "12 January 1763," and then Chapter 14 occurs on "10 January 1763."
Overall comments: I bought this book over a year ago and was only recently able to bring myself to read it. Age of Sail books are not my favorite, I have discovered, mostly because of the homosexuality-punishable-by-death reality of that historical time period. This is very well written, though: Beecroft has an admirable command of the language, and her characters are both flawed and admirable.
I do hope we see a male narrated whisper synch version too, I'll buy it on the spot.
I am a big Patrick O`Brien fan and have read a number of similar series novels. What a thrill for me to find this one with central characters who are gay!
I have read a few other gay novels but few have been so well written. There would be only two or three others I would rate with five stars.
I highly recommend this novel.