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The Englor Affair by J.L. Langley

The Englor Affair

The Englor Affair by J.L. Langley

Series: Sci-Regency, Book 2
Published by:
 Samhain Publishing in November 2008
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Prince Payton Townsend is on a mission to find his kidnapped brother and bring him home. To help ensure his own safety and give himself access to information, he’s disguised himself as an Admiral’s assistant. But Payton’s ruse also unexpectedly gives him access to Marine Colonel Simon Hollister. And just as Payton is drawn to Simon, Simon is drawn to Payton in return. But there are things about Simon that Payton also does not know. Like that Simon is heir to the throne of Englor, the planet on which Payton believes his brother is being held. And that the culture of Simon’s planet is unlikely to take as kindly to any sort of relations between them as Payton may be used to at home. Can they manage to find a way to be together? And might Simon be able to help Payton find his brother? And what of Payton when his mission is completed? Will he return home and leave Simon behind?

An excellent follow up to the first book in this series. I enjoyed the way the story dives right into not only the action of the story but the setup for some of the conflict that comes later in the book. Readers can expect to fall right into this futuristic world that J.L. Langley has created that in many ways also seems timeless in the issues the characters deal with and the challenges they face.

With Caution by J.L. Langley

With Caution

With Caution by J.L. Langley

Series: With or Without, Book 2
Published by: Samhain Publishing on November 20, 2007
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Remington Lassiter is still adjusting to his new upside-down world. Overnight, he went from not knowing werewolves existed and that his best friend was one to being one himself. At the same time, Remi finds himself trying to do all he can to protect his younger brother from their abusive father. But Remi also carries some deeply-rooted secrets that he doesn’t even realize are hidden in his past. They will need to be confronted before he can truly be free. And then there’s the attractive and mysterious private detective, Jake Romero, who keeps popping up to help Remi out whenever he needs it. And Jake has his own bombshell to drop on Remi when the time is right…

The character development in this one is pretty solid. Each of these guys is a distinct character with complex backstories that come to bear on who they are and what they do. It’s hard not to feel for Remi at so many points while reading, but I appreciate that he has moments where he can find his strength and try to move things forward at the same time. I also appreciate that the author didn’t rush the relationship here, knowing full well that Remi has other things to deal with on top of confronting the possibility of being in a relationship with a guy. An interesting read, though there are some unpleasant moments in the lives of these characters.

Content warning: discussions of child abuse and domestic violence, virulent homophobia

Without Reservations by J.L. Langley

Without Reservations

Without Reservations by J.L. Langley

Series: With or Without, Book 1
Published by: Samhain Publishing on October 10, 2006
Rating: 3 stars (★★★☆☆)

Chayton Winston has been dreaming of a mate since he was five years old. And despite being part of an American Indian werewolf pack, in his dreams his mate always has blond hair and blue eyes. But his parents always told him he would find his mate in good time, so he forced himself to stop obsessing about it and just let it happen. So when an injured wolf is brought into his veterinary office and he experiences some strange feelings, he’s surprised. Of course, he’s also surprised because if those feelings mean his mate is near, it means his mate is male. He knows that won’t go over well with his mother, but he first needs to figure out how it goes over for himself.

Keaton Reynolds is a powerful wolf who wants nothing more than to leave any fighting in his past. He took a job as a professor in New Mexico, far from his family, to have a new start. So when we wakes up in a strange man’s vehicle after going for a run, he’s not sure what to think. And his thoughts are further clouded when he realizes this strange man is his mate. Not one to force himself on someone, he’s more than willing to walk away from Chay–especially since the man is straight. But the pull of a mate is strong. And Keaton may be in the crosshairs of someone far more dangerous than a mate…

I feel like shifter romances with the whole “unexpected mate” trope aren’t difficult to find. There seem to be several on the market. But the supporting cast and the world in which this takes place are different enough to make this unique. I do wish we got a chance to get to know the main characters a bit better. Once they’re thrown together, it’s all about how they interact and there isn’t much of them alone or with friends or family that might help provide a bit more insight into who they are. And Chay’s decision seems a bit fast for someone who was not expecting a mate like the one he got.

It’s still definitely worth a read, so I give it a recommendation.

The Broken H by J.L. Langley

2033276Title: The Broken H (Ranch, Book 2)
Author: J.L. Langley
Published: September 2006
Pages: 220
Publisher: Loose Id
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Review:
It’s been a while since I read The Tin Star (the first book in this series) so it took me just a bit to get back into the world of this story and remember who was who. Overall, I didn’t find the story here quite as gripping as its predecessor. There are a lot of sex scenes in this one – which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I feel like they dominated the story and took some of the focus from character and relationship development. I do like this world, though, and definitely plan to continue reading to see what happens next.

My Fair Captain by J.L. Langley

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Title: My Fair Captain (Sci-Regency, Book 1)
Author: J.L. Langley
Published: June 12, 2007
Pages: 312
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publisher Website: link
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Review:
I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book and it pretty much blew me away. Regency, space, science fiction, subterfuge, military, romance, fun characters, and so on and so on – many, many wonderful things in one book. I adored all of the characters – especially Nate and Aiden – and found this one to be extremely difficult to put down. Definitely looking forward to what happens for everyone in future books (and how the overall plot progresses, too)…

Title: The Tin Star
Author: J.L. Langley
Publication Date: August 6, 2006

Rating: ★ ★ ★  ☆
Review: 
The Tin Star is a book that has been on my to-read list for some time, and I’m glad I finally got around to reading it. It certainly did not disappoint.

When Ethan Whitehall’s best friend’s brother, Jamie, comes out to his father, he is banished from the family ranch, losing both his job and his family. Ethan, who owns a ranch of his own, reaches out to Jamie and offers him a job and a place to stay, both knowing that Jamie has excelled as a ranch foreman and feeling that what his father has done is wrong. Not long after taking Jamie in, Ethan finds himself attracted to his new employee and quickly facing the question of being more public about his own sexuality. And as people in their small town start to find out about it, there are definitely some who are not going to take it very well.

The Tin Star is not just an m/m romance – it’s a story about family and the true meaning of love. The reactions of the people around Ethan and Jamie, including their friends, acquaintances, and relatives, tell a story of family and support that is truly inspiring.