"Romance readers are crying out for historicals in less familiar settings and Alex Beecroft is stepping up with thoroughly researched, diverse, and immersive m/m stories....This isn't the story if you're in the mood for casual reading with lotsof sexy times, but if you want to enter another world and see falling in love through very different eyes, look no further." - Heroes and Heartbreakers
"You know how some books just have a sweeping epic feeling, where thestory feels like a journey? Well, this is definitely one of them. In The Reluctant Beserker, Alex Beecroft manages to so wonderfully create this world that I wascompletely immersed in it. It is portrayed with such wonderful detail - the settings, the food, the weapons, the language. Every element feels so perfectly part of the time and rings with total authenticity. Wecan completely imagine life under these Saxon lords, with the complexsocial structures and the rules for what makes a man. And Beecroftgives us such a lovely story of two men who don't fit those molds andhow they struggle to find their places." - Joyfully Jay
"Overall, the writing is glorious - lyrical, intelligent without beingarrogant, thought-provoking, nuanced perfectly for the setting withlicence taken where it should be in fiction. It sets a realistic tonefor the period and the characters, and stands up to any literaryfiction written in any genre by any author. I loved Wulfstan andLeofgar, both independently and as a couple. " - On Top Down Under Reviews
From the Author
A m/m historical romance set in Saxon times runs across the problem that attitudes towards sexuality were very different indeed in those days. Rather than ignore that, I chose to make it the focus of the story. Which means that this is a very inward-looking book, quite unlike, for example, Bernard Cornwell's Saxon series.
I'm trying to think what kind of a book it is like, and I suppose it shares a historical immersion and an interest in God with Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion.
Again, you may ask what strong Christian themes have to do with mm romance set in the Dark Ages. To which I would say 'if that sounds intriguing to you, why not read it and find out' :)