Perilous

by Cari Z

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In 1803, England declares war on France, staking the fates of two mighty empires against one another. Thousands of men serve in the British navy, hungry for distinction in the battle against Bonaparte.

One of them, Lieutenant Thomas Williams, thinks he knows what he wants out of life: prize money at sea, a career of decent note, and the means to maintain his independence when he leaves the navy. What he finds is service under Captain Christopher Knightly: a tactical genius, inveterate charmer, and the youngest son of a wealthy noble house.

Their unexpected and perilous love affair is a gamble against the odds, for in a time of war, nothing is sure to last. If the French don’t tear them apart, one slip in front of the wrong eyes or ears might. When the demands of Christopher’s family take him from Thomas’s side, he thinks it might be the best thing for his captain. Little does Tom realize just how far Christopher will go to return to him, and when life takes a turn for the worse, how much further he will go to save him.

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Book Info

Author: Cari Z

Release Date: May 9, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-911153-50-4

Format: ePub, Mobi, PDF

Original Cover Artist: Aria Tan
Print Cover: Natasha Snow

Category: Romance

Genre: Historical

Word Count: 40800*

Pages: 124

Sex Content: Explicit

Pairing: MM

Orientation: Gay

Identity: Cisgender

Warning: Instances of violence and torture

*Novella

Excerpt

Perlious
Cari Z © 2016
All Rights Reserved

 

Just before he went over the side, his captain brought his lips close to his ear. “Good luck, Tom,” he said in a voice that drove the shivers out of Tom’s system. Tom closed his eyes for a moment, savoring their closeness, and then slipped quietly into the black water of the bay.

It was cold, bone-chillingly cold. Tom caught his stuttering breath and then began to swim, slowly and silently, toward the distant guard boat. It hadn’t seemed so far away sitting in the cutter, but now that he was in the water, the distance felt interminable. The frigid water sapped his strength, but Tom was built strong in body and determined in mind, and he ignored it, focusing only on his goal as he edged closer and closer. He was within a few feet when he heard his captain’s voice.

Messieurs! Ici, je suis un ami!” It was soft but carrying.

The guards sat up straight, dropping the bottle they were sharing and staring away into the darkness, away from Tom as he crept to the side of their boat. “Qui est là?” One of them called out. “Qui êtes-vous?

Tom couldn’t allow them to keep calling out; the noise would bring unwanted attention. Grabbing his knife, he lunged out of the water and drew it across the noisier one’s throat even as he fought for a place in the boat. The man he held gargled hideously as he died, but the other had time to draw his knife.

1 review for Perilous

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shandra T (verified owner)

    Period pieces are often hit or miss for me. Cari Z’s Perilous blew the genre out of the water for me! I loved how it had the feel of the sea in the height of the Napoleonic War when Her Majesty’s Royal Navy was a fleet to fear. There’s a lot of care taken in the development of Tom and Christopher’s relationship which I absolutely loved as it felt authentic to me; the era of The Perilous was not kind to men who loved men and Cari Z beautifully captured the way ‘discretion is the better part of valor’ while showing the genuine feelings the men had for one another at the same time.

    I wish I could go back in time to shake hands with these men. Their love is the kind which deserves a handshake to recognize the nobility involved in it. It doesn’t hurt Tom is exactly the kind of stoic hero who makes me glad writers share their work since that kind of man? Should always exist somewhere, even if it’s only in the pages of a book. Don’t get me wrong: Christopher is no slouch. He’s charming, smooth, and sweet for a man from a titled family. I wish this piece had been longer only because I’m selfish and didn’t want it to end, but, in all honesty, Cari Z could not have told a more complete story if she’d added another hundred pages to Perilous. It was a solid five stars for me.

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