Joshua Andrews is Irish. He is a midshipman in the British Navy. The ship he is on is commanded by a tyrant named Captain Walker. Joshua also happens to be gay and in 1779 that could get a man killed.
Peter Kenyon meets Joshua while onboard temporarily the same ship as Joshua. They are headed to Bermuda where he is to pick up a ship of his own to command. Peter has always done what was expected of him, and plans to continue to do so. That means his plans include someday marrying a woman.
When Joshua first spots Peter for him it is love at first sight. The two men are thrown together by the captain who despises Peter on sight. However, it does not work out the way the captain expects, instead of rejecting Joshua because he is gay, Peter accepts and befriends him. Over time the two men form a deep friendship as well as a sexual relationship. Yet, will their relationship be secure enough to withstand society’s scrutiny? Is it strong enough to endure the British Navy’s penchant for murdering gays?
This is a wonderful romance set during a time when the law, society, and religion destroyed anyone who was different. Ms. Beecroft does such a fabulous job of making you feel as if you were there. I enjoyed how both Peter and Joshua had their own weaknesses to overcome; this made the story even more realistic. The journey each man has to take in order to understand himself is equally well thought out and written. The sea battle scenes are so real that you can smell the gun powder and feel the heat from the cannons. I highly recommend this romance. Even if you have never read a gay romance before, you simply must read Captain’s Surrender!
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