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January 4th, 2008, 12:59 PM
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Captain's Surrender


By: Alex Beecroft
Published By: Linden Bay Romance, LLC
ISBN # 978-1-60202-088-7



Word Count: 60229

Available in: Microsoft Reader, Mobipocket, Adobe Acrobat, HTML

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About the book


Ambitious and handsome, Joshua Andrews had always valued his life too much to take unnecessary risks. Then he laid eyes on the elegant picture of perfection that is Peter Kenyon.

Soon to be promoted to captain, Peter Kenyon is the darling of the Bermuda garrison. With a string of successes behind him and a suitable bride lined up to share his future, Peter seems completely out of reach to Joshua.

But when the two men are thrown together to serve during a long voyage under a sadistic commander with a mutinous crew, they discover unexpected friendship. As the tension on board their vessel heats up, the closeness they feel for one another intensifies and both officers find themselves unable to rein in their passion.

Let yourself be transported back to a time when love between two men in the British Navy was punishable by death, and to a story about love, about honor, but most of all, about a Captain’s Surrender.


An excerpt from the book


“No!” One got used to Peter being still, measured, even stiff, and forgot that he could also swoop into movement like a hawk. Josh found himself seized by both elbows before he’d even registered the beginning of the lunge. “Is that why you follow me? Out of a kind of self-blackmail? Out of fear? I thought...” He swallowed, looking almost sick with nerves. “I thought there was something more.”

Josh breathed in—a breath that seemed to take forever, while his heart paused, frightened, above the great abyss of the future. How easily he could ruin the modest happiness he had attained as Peter’s friend by misinterpreting, by leaping out unsupported into the pit.

“I thought you wanted to gloss over the incident,” Josh said, wiping his hands nervously against the skirts of his coat. Had he missed something? When they came to shore and took lodgings together, they had had a gentle, fearsomely embarrassed conversation about the unfortunate fate of Peter’s rather too well beloved tutor, Mr. Allenby, and then nothing. A few days’ awkwardness and then friendship returning like a balm. But had he read it wrong?

Had the awkwardness been in fact an inept, unspoken invitation? He fought off hope and guilt together. “Frankly, sir, when you kiss a superior officer without invitation you feel unreasonably fortunate even to be allowed to let the matter drop.”

Unexpectedly, Kenyon smirked. “I’ll remember that, next time I accost the admiral.” And Josh laughed, sure that he could now turn away, hide his flushed face in the shadows and let the moment pass, leaving him on an even keel again.

But Peter had not let go. It would have taken a saint to struggle against the grip of those long fingered, elegant hands—and Josh was no saint. Though elbows did not normally feature prominently in his erotic daydreams, when they were separated from Peter’s skin only by a layer of cotton so thin that he could feel the roughness of rope burns, the callous left by a small-sword, he found himself obsessed by them, unable to concentrate on anything else.

“I admit I was a little...taken aback, at the time.”

They moved; Peter’s hands moved, sliding from elbows to biceps, and Josh had to bite his lip against the rush of illicit pleasure, the maddening desire to take the one step forward that would enable him to press himself against Peter, hot and tight together. God, he shouldn’t have thought of that!

“But the more I reflected on the matter, the more I confess I found myself...” Peter’s eyes had a trick of holding the light, as the sea will when the sun is bright, and Josh—oh how he wanted to swim. “Curious.”

No protestations of undying love. It was unsettling—it was almost real. “Curious?” Josh managed in a constricted, breathless voice that was as good as an admission of guilt. If Peter had any sensitivity at all, he must know how far he was pushing; he must have the sense to back off now, before it was too late.

“As to what you are willing to die for. I should like to know.”

There were a number of objections Josh could have made, and he did try. He honestly did. With his blood singing and his mouth gone dry he did say “I...don’t wish to…mistake your meaning.”

Kenyon’s right hand stroked over Josh’s shoulder, came to rest on the back of his neck, the thumb moving slightly, raising the hairs on his nape in a shiver of delight. By themselves, his eyes had half closed, his face tilted up in mute offering, primed and waiting. He made a last ditch defense. “I don’t want you to do...anything you’d…regret.”

And Peter closed the distance between them. They were touching, Josh could feel the planes of that hard chest, was surrounded, invaded by Peter’s heat, his scent. Peter was looking down with wide eyes, his own breath coming ragged now, as Josh’s fever infected him. “I should like to kiss you,” he said, decidedly. “Unless you object?”

Even the man’s voice was like being coated in molasses and licked clean. How was anyone supposed to object to that? “Christ no!” Josh leaned in, surrendering. “I mean yes, sir, kiss me. Oh, yes. Yes, please!”

Karenne
January 4th, 2008, 01:18 PM
Yeah! So lets have a party!

Going to look now..thanks Alex!Bouncy Icon Smilie

alexbeecroft
January 4th, 2008, 02:19 PM
Hee! Thanks Karenne! A party sounds good, but it will have to wait until I'm over the food poisoning I got on new year's day ;)

I hope you like the look of the book. I'd be jumping for joy if I had the energy :)

Thank you!

Linda L Lattimer
January 7th, 2008, 09:16 PM
Oh, Alex, hate that you got ill, hope you get well soon

the books sounds good, congrats on it

Linda

alexbeecroft
January 8th, 2008, 05:30 AM
Thanks, Linda! It did put a dampener on my enjoyment of the release day, but fortunately I'm pretty much OK again now, so I'm catching up on all the celebration I missed out on :)

And really it's doing better than I hoped. It got a Five cups review here, and a Recommended read at 'Joyfully Reviewed', and it should be out in print in 2-3 weeks. Hee! I'm so excited :)

*hugs you*

Thanks!

Karenne
January 8th, 2008, 10:57 AM
Well I am glad you are feeling better!

alexbeecroft
January 8th, 2008, 11:41 AM
Thanks Karenne! Yes, I think I'm pretty much back to normal today. And all the better, of course, because Coffee Time Romance gave Captain's Surrender 5 cups :) Woohoo! It's enough to perk anyone up.

Karenne
January 8th, 2008, 11:43 AM
ohhh..that is EVEN better! Congrats on the 5 Cups

alexbeecroft
January 8th, 2008, 12:04 PM
Thanks :) I've been too overwhelmed with work to tell everyone about it, but I'm absolutely delighted :)

Shazzz
January 20th, 2008, 12:55 PM
Good grief, you're here too! LOL. Only joking. Great to see you and how did I miss the release of your book? Ahh... I know, Christmas, I was away, I've been busy since but I'm seriously tempted and congrats on those five cups!

Dani
January 20th, 2008, 09:53 PM
Now how the heck did I miss this thread when it came out? That is totally weird, but anyway, WooHoo for you Alex!! Congrats on the release of your book and the 5 cup review! Bouncy Icon Smilie

alexbeecroft
January 21st, 2008, 05:08 AM
LOL! I'm everywhere; there is no escape :) I know what you mean about business though - I'm so stressed at the moment I started dreaming I was a member of Torchwood, having to trap an alien parasite in a jam jar. Hm... well, you had to be there ;)

Thank you!

alexbeecroft
January 21st, 2008, 05:11 AM
Now how the heck did I miss this thread when it came out? That is totally weird, but anyway, WooHoo for you Alex!! Congrats on the release of your book and the 5 cup review! Bouncy Icon Smilie

Hee! Thanks IrishWolf :) Not to worry - it only came out in print a couple of days ago, and that was what I was really waiting for. Thank you for the congratulations! I still have to get a copy for myself, but I'm really happy about the fact that people seem to be liking it :)