Author: T.J. Land
Publisher: NineStar Press
Pages/Word Count: 67 Pages
At a Glance: Based on this book, I will read every m/m book this author writes.
Reviewed By: Jennifer
Blurb: The Prayer and her crew have been lost in space for four years. Thomas is lonely and homesick; Zachery is angry and mutinous; Rick is just terrified. And all of them are really in need of a fuck.
The only thing holding them together is their captain, an aloof, sharp-tongued man whose methods of keeping up morale are unconventional, but extremely effective. But now the captain has a choice to make: do they continue their fruitless search for a way home or try to start a new life in this strange galaxy?
Review: This is my first encounter with the publisher NineStar Press, and it’s my introduction to the relatively new author T.J. Land. I like to discover new publishers and authors, so I was thrilled when this book came up because The Captain’s Men looked interesting. I was NOT disappointed. This book… oh so good. SO good.
After being mysteriously transported to an unknown part of the galaxy, the crew of The Prayer is desperate to get home, but after four years of travel, they’ve all but given up hope. Everything is the same boring routine. They keep traveling, HOPING they’ll get closer to Earth, but with no real direction and no contact with any other species. And with a small crew of less than fifteen on the ship, it can be easy to get annoyed by your companions. There’s also the problem of companionship. And when you have a hot captain around, well, there’s only so much time before things get a bit heated.
I loved this book. It was funny at moments, and each of the men have such a different relationship with the captain so I enjoyed reading each one. Thomas was adorable and sweet, Rick is young and a bit nervous, Echo is just awesome, and Zachery is this rough, angry man. There’s a little bit for every reader!
That said, it should be pretty clear that this book features polyamory. Readers learn before the ship is transported away from our galaxy that the captain is in a stable relationship with several men. On the ship, without anyone, he’s managed to repress his sexuality, but once he gets a little taste, he can’t help himself and his insatiable desires come flooding back.
While I liked each of the men, my favorite characters were Thomas and Echo. Thomas because he’s sweet and awkward, and Echo because he doesn’t talk. At all. Ever. I know that might sound strange, but I’ve always had a fondness for characters that others think are weird, and, well, the rest of the crew calls Echo creepy. I found him endearing, especially with regards to his relationship to the captain.
One other fun bonus to this book? There is an asexual character. It’s rare to find that in books, and this character stays true to his asexuality. His dynamic with the captain is fascinating, and I look forward to reading more about him and the rest of the men.
Did I say I look forward to reading more? Yes, yes I did. Because at the end of this book, there was an excerpt from the second book in the Adrift series. I did a little dance in my seat. I cannot wait for it! I highly recommend checking out this title and author. While it might be short, it was an enjoyable read that drew me into a world with great characters and even greater promise.
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