My Fair Captain (Kristin’s Review)


Title: My Fair Captain (The Sci-Regency Series #1)
Author: J.L. Langley
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: May 29, 2018
Genre(s): Science Fiction
Page Count: 244
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Blurb:

When Intergalactic Navy Captain Nathaniel Hawkins goes undercover to investigate the theft of an IN weapons stash, the mission raises painful memories from his past. Using a title he fled nearly two decades earlier, Nate once again becomes the Earl of Deverell, heir to the Duke of Hawthorne, in order to navigate the ins and outs of a Regency world. But planet Regelence—where young lords are supposed to remain pure until marriage—has a few surprises for Nate, not least of which is his attraction to Prince Aiden.

A talented artist, Prince Aiden Townsend isn’t interested in politics and the machinations of society gentlemen, and he adamantly rejects the idea of marriage and a consort. Aiden wants the freedom to pursue his art and determine his own future. But the arrival of the dashing and mysterious Deverell awakens feelings of passion and longing the young prince can’t deny.

As Nate uncovers a conspiracy reaching far beyond the stolen weapons, his future is irrevocably altered by the temptations of a life he never thought he could have. Drawn into the web of intrigue, Aiden is in danger of losing his life… and his heart.

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing Ltd., June 2007

Blurb sums up the book enough that I can launch into my (long) review.

Oh boy.

I love my science fiction, and I like a bit of Regency now and then, but for this book, the combination wasn’t meshing.
Nathanial/Nate is from Englor, a standard het Regency-based planet where being gay is bad. Nate is gay and has fled Englor and his family name in disgrace. He is now a well-respected and feared Captain in the fleet.

Nate is sent to Relegence, a Regency-based planet of gay men to investigate a shipment of missing weapons. Relegence is a patriarchal society, going even so far as to genetically alter their offspring to be male. Young men are “protected” and virginal until age 25, where they are then married to an older man.

Women are basically non-existent and considered very lower class. I think I counted exactly four women and their roles were exceeding minor the 4-year-old Muffin. We are introduced to Muffin when she is running naked through the castle to escape bath time. I…winced a bit at the name.

Upon his arrival at Relegence, Nate is immediately he is overcome by the beauty of Prince Aiden, when Aidan literally falls into his arms falling out of a tree. The weapons become secondary as all thoughts are consumed by the young man.

I struggled several aspects:
I missed the “Regency” part of this novel – the propriety and the decorum. The King and King-Consort were overly casual in the presence of others, the Princes held a competition to lose dance cards at every single ball, and the whole castle felt like bedlam. I was looking for the subtle woo-ing and darting glances, but what I got was lust.

The dual names – everyone had a given name and a “nickname”. For example, Nate’s adopted son was Trouble, and he was Jeremy. Nathanial aka Nate was Hawk, and I didn’t learn until nearly halfway through the book it was from his last name “Hawkins”. Add in five princes with dual names and I spent part of my time scratching my head wondering who was whom.

The attraction between Nate and Aiden was a bit squicky for me. Nate about early 30’s, Aidan is mid teens. Within a day, we have a highly ranked fleet Captain sporting a hard-on just thinking of young, chaste, sexually inexperienced Aidan. In a couple of days Aidan is sneaking into Nate’s room to try and draw him naked (a scene which totally blew the whole “Regency” bit out the airlock). Within a week we have professions of undying love. Aiden came across as about 14-16ish, climbing trees and laying on his stomach to draw…age really didn’t work for me.

I also found it highly unlikely that 14 year old Jeremy/Trouble would be as undisciplined as portrayed under the care of a Fleet Captain. Who lives on a ship. I hate to say this, and I’m flying my geek colors, but Wesley Crusher had more space bearing than Jeremy did. While I despised Wesley Crusher, he at least behaved like a young cadet on a ship.

Ultimately, I would have liked to have seen more of the Regency society incorporated, Aiden being about 10 years older than what he came across as, and less of Nate sporting hard-on’s every time he was in Aiden’s presence. Then I think this would have been a solid Sci-Regency.

The Sci-Regency Series


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I have been a voracious reader from the time I learned how to read. My Motto: “Never leave home without a book (or two or three).” Though once I learned how to knit that became “Never leave home without a book (or two or three) AND a knitting project.”

A long-time fan of science fiction, I’ve since discovered mystery/suspense/thrillers and m/m romance. I love stories that span the universe, paranormal, urban fantasy, mystery, comedy; stories with veterinarian’s (yay! animals!) or a men in uniform, a splash of BDSM or a threesome can be fun, and of course, happy ever afters. IF that’s not a run-on sentence, I don’t know what is…

I’m not a fan of historical, horror, sports, plots with children, and New Adult/Young Adult.

Thanks for reading my reviews!

No two persons ever read the same book Edmund Wilson

8 comments

  • As much as I hate to be devil’s advocate for this book….

    The reason it’s been re-released before the series was finished is because the original publisher, Samhain Books, went belly up and the author, like many others, had to find a place for their books. I can see the reasoning for republishing previous books in the series under a new publishing house’s rules before finishing the rest of it; one needs an accessible backlist for readers to buy when a new book in the series comes out. And according to her website she is very much writing to finish this and a few other series.

    That being said, the only reason I kept reading this book is the perverse hope that it might actually get better. I did not. And I don’t know if this scene is in the new version, but it is mentioned that the parent’s marital night duty is to install their child with a butt plug… EEECH!

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    • I understand about delays when publishers close but Samhaim closed 5 years after the last book in this series was published. I’m not trying to be a trouble maker but this is a sore point for me and not just with this author. At least this is better than when authors write books that end in cliffhangers and never bother to finish the series. I love reading and have a lot of respect for the hard work authors do but readers deserve equal respect. I’ll hush now and get off my soap box. Thanks for patience while I rant.

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    • Kimberly, while that is true, the author stopped writing this series a long long time before Samhain stopped. The last book in the series dated back to 2012. It’s the same with M.L. Rhodes who also has a number of unfinished series.

      Though honestly, I liked this series as long as I kept is a “light” read.

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  • Thanks everyone for your comments!

    Marilenalena – typically I save the one stars for books I don’t finish. 🙂

    Andrea M/Larissa – Ah! While I knew this was a re-release, I didn’t know this was an unfinished series. Bummer.

    As for Aiden’s age – while his written age may have been about 20, he certainly didn’t *act* 20, which added to the squick factor and detracted from the Regency theme. It’s certainly within the parameters of Regency society, acceptable to keep children from society until of age. But the Princes’ were out (going to balls)…so for me, the whole age just wasn’t working, and thus, our conversation.

    Cheers!

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  • I think you’re pretty generous with the stars here. This book was squick from beginning to end.

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  • I agree with your review but I have an additional problem and that’s about the series in general. This is a rerelease of an old series that was never finished and I feel almost insulted when an author doesn’t care enough to finish it before selling the old ones all over again. Maybe she’ll finally finish it this time around? Who knows? Sorry if I sound crabby but that’s the way I feel. The last book written in this series was in 2012 and this one was written in 2007. Why not finish the series before releasing old books?

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    • Andrea, I’m completely with you. To think I read this book 10 years ago and we’re still waiting for the series to be finished. I don’t mind when someone has other obligations or even writer’s block, but finish the damn series and then re-published them in a continuous flow. Not all over again.

      Another icky I have is the fact that this is revised and (a little) added too. Which means the paper edition I have is now a different book.

      To get back to the review, my understanding is that Aiden is around 20 and not mid-teens, though yeah the whole virgin, kept behind locked doors and all that might give someone the wrong idea.

      Thanks for the review!

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