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Changing Tides by Alex Standish at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Historical / 19th Century / Pirates / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 17-August-2017

Book Blurb

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.


Book Review

“Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.” ~ Alice Meynell

When he becomes a pirate, Captain Devon Hall's, of 'Changing Tides' by Alex Standish, ultimate goal is to avenge his father's death by destroying the man who killed him - Governor Campbell. Just imagine his dismay when he wakes up at the governor's estate after being rescued by Brett Campbell, the governor's nephew. Devon is even more surprised to discover that Brett hates his uncle with a passion and wants to join in Devon's campaign to destroy him.

Brett has good reason to detest his uncle. After his father died, his uncle illegally stole Brett's inheritance. His uncle constantly bullies Brett, telling him that he is weak and a coward. Brett wants to leave the plantation but hesitates because he's not sure what his uncle will do with the slaves left behind. Even the slaves know that Brett is a much better man than his uncle; they have a great deal of respect for him. When his uncle comes back to the plantation, he already knows that Brett has had a visitor there who has now escaped.

A delirious Devon unknowingly pours out his heart to Brett while under his care. Devon relays the experiences he had had since Brett's uncle killed his father and burned their plantation to the ground. Devon also tells Brett about joining forces with the pirate Captain Eames, who has already been doing whatever he could to undermine and discredit Brett's uncle. Devon's association with Captain Eames is what makes Devon a criminal. Devon slowly gets better under Brett's tender, loving care; the men feel a special attraction or each other. When they learn that Brett's uncle is headed to the plantation, Devon leaves. Somehow, his uncle has discovered that Devon is there. Devon asks Brett to come with him, but he feels that he can't.

Later, when Devon learns that Brett has been tried and sentenced to hard labor for his part in Devon's escape, he's furious. Immediately, Devon and his crew hunt down the ship he's on and free him, but their troubles are far from over. Upon learning that Brett has escaped, his uncle decides that merely punishing him will not be enough. He makes a deal with a pirate, Captain Blackburn to capture and kill Brett. Unfortunately, Blackburn succeeds in abducting Brett and leaves Devon and his men trapped on an island. Devon fears that he will never see Brett again.

I love stories about pirates, treasure maps, the sea, and, of course, historical romance. All of these elements and many more are in this exciting, adventure-filled story. I can easily see it on the big screen, as an Errol Flynn movie. I loved Devon, the good, bad boy pirate and Brett, maybe not as ruthless as Devon, but every bit as smart and cunning. They are so good together. I loved the “poetic justice” involved and the happy ending for the lovers. Thanks, Alex, for the swashbuckling adventure tale.






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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 117 pages/42356 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 16-August-2017
Price $4.99 ebook
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