Title: False Colors
Author: Alex Beecroft
Publisher: Running Press
Genre: M/M Historical
Heat level: Medium
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Gah, this was such a painful book to read! Not because it was bad or anything. Quite the opposite. It was good in the same way that something like “Fried Green Tomatoes” or “The Philadelphia Story” was good. It hurt to watch as the two main characters, John and Alfred, must endure not only the horrors of naval warfare and being captured and tortured by the enemy, but also the brutal anti-gay laws and attitudes of their age, in 1762. In fact, though books generally don’t make me cry, this one came close.
We forget in these modern times, what things must have been like for those who weren’t born into the majority “breeder” population. This book brings it all back to reality and deals with not only the real danger that homosexuals were in, facing death for the crime of “sodomy” but also the religious attitudes and how difficult it could be for these individuals to even accept themselves. And then on top if it, misguided people trying to “cure” their disorder. We have to remember that they only removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses in 1974 by the American Psychiatric Association. And you can still find people on Yahoo boards who claim it IS a mental disorder.
So anyways, the book was great. Great action, great love story, very true to history, and it flowed well. If you like sweeping historical romance, this is definitely a book to consider.