Title: Changing Tides
Author: Alex Standish
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Genre(s): Historical Romance
Page Count: 117
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
While most pirates sail in search of riches, Captain Devon Hall, the infamous Phantom of the Caribbean, is driven by vengeance. Devon has sworn to put an end to the corrupt governor of Jamaica and break the ruthless man’s stranglehold in the Caribbean.
When Devon is wounded and stranded on land, an unlikely rescuer comes to his aid. Brett Campbell is nothing like his uncle, the governor, and his goals are not so different from Devon’s. Brett longs for freedom, but his obligations to protect those under his uncle’s control keep him from fleeing. Throwing in with Devon might increase both their chances of success—and survival.
When the governor’s attempts to destroy Devon escalate and place Brett in danger and in the hands of the ruthless and depraved pirate Captain Blackburn, Devon must risk everything to save the man he loves and repay his enemies.
All Devon’s ever wanted is his ship, his freedom, friends who stand by his side through thick and thin, and someone to love. But facing dangers at sea and on land, Devon wonders if they will live to enjoy it all.
Remember watching those great Saturday afternoon matinees with Errol Flynn as the swashbuckling pirate Captain Blood wooing Olivia de Havilland or perhaps Flynn as the intrepid buccaneer Geoffrey Thorpe in Sea Hawk attacking the Spanish Armada? There was a certain elegance about being a pirate in those days.
But, there are pirates …. and then there are pirates, as in the extremely cut six-pack of Captain Charles Vane in Black Sails. In order to enjoy Changing Tides, adjust your expectations. Captain Devon Hall is much more Errol Flynn than Captain Vane, more Treasure Island than Cutthroat Island, aye matey?
Set in Jamaica in 1690, Changing Tides is a rollicking adventure of evil governors, hidden treasure, amazing rescues and shipwrecks, plus a M/M romance between Captain Hall and the governor’s nephew Brett Campbell. There is much more telling than showing in this tale, and I felt some characters’ actions were unrealistic for the times. For example, Brett and Devon’s relationship is accepted in about two sentences:
“In these violent times, you reach for whatever happiness you can find” and “Besides, it would not be any of our business.” […] And you two look… right together.”
I also noted a lot of “who would talk like this phrases” such as “Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Captain Devon Hall, the Phantom himself, rescued by a seventeen-year-old boy. You will never live it down.” and “I look like a child trying his parents’ clothes” or “Patience, my pirate. Patience.” Personally, this story did not work for me, but if you are looking for a fairly low-steam fantastical story of pirates and pirate treasure, Changing Tides may be just the ticket! 3.25 stars.
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