Book Reviews

The Englor Affair (Sci-Regency 2) by J.L. Langley at Yellow Rose Publishing

Genre Gay / Science Fiction / Regency / Military/Former Military / Other Planets / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 25-June-2020

Book Blurb

Anxious to escape the confines of Regelence society, if only for a little while, Prince Payton Townsend poses as an admiral’s aide to further investigate a dangerous conspiracy.Payton plans only to use his computer skills to help navigate the tangled web of mystery and deceit on planet Englor, then return home, but he finds himself drawn to the charismatic Colonel Simon Hollister.

Simon, however, is no mere soldier—he is heir to the throne of Englor, and his life is meticulously planned to include a bride and heir. Unlike Regelence, the Regency society on Englor disapproves of same-sex relationships, and Payton and Simon’s attraction plays out in a daring secret affair, one Simon never expected would grow into love.

Risking scandal and certain ruin if they are discovered, Payton and Simon uncover more about a common enemy and a deadly plot that imperils both their worlds. But in this game of interplanetary intrigue, love might be the ultimate casualty….

 

 

First edition published by Samhain Publishing, November 2008.

Second edition published by Dreamspinner Press, August 2018.


Book Review

Sci-Regency is a genre all its own. Think of it this way: what Steampunk is to the paranormal/historical genre, Sci-Regency is to science fiction. A Regency-era society that has been transposed into the far future – aristocracy and monarchs are in charge of entire planets, military careers start in the Intergalactic Navy and continue in planetary military forces, and societal restrictions and morals are part of the deal. There is Regelence, where male/male marriages are preferred and procreation is achieved via artificial means. Then there is Englor where heterosexuality is praised and “sodomites” risk banishment. As expected, these differences continue to create friction between members of both societies, but so do the underlying plot, espionage, and political machinations. Picking up where ‘My Fair Captain’ left off, the focus is on Prince Payton, second son of Regelence’s ruling couple, and Prince Simon, sole heir to the throne of Englor. And what a wild adventure they face!

Payton and his computer hacking skills came in handy before, but now they are being put to “official” use to help figure out who is behind the conspiracy that led to dangerous consequences in the first book (and yes, that should be read first or you’ll miss a lot of the back story needed to understand what is happening here). But there is more at stake for Payton than figuring out the conspiracy: he has grown up pretty sheltered, his virtue is intact as is proper on Regelence, yet he suddenly gets “let loose” on an Englor military base where studly men are the order of the day – and there is no chaperone! Payton is much too shy to really take advantage but he finds it impossible to resist the man he only knows as “Si”.

Simon much prefers military life to his existence at his parents’ court, goes by his military title of colonel rather than “His Highness”, and hates the idea of having to marry to produce an heir since he is as gay as his uncle and most of his friends. All in secret, of course, because public opinion is against “sodomites”. Meeting Payton brings the conflict into sharp focus for Simon because, for the first time in his life, he wants more than a secret affair. Once he and Payton establish they are on the same side and begin working together to uncover who is behind the plans that could destroy both their societies, the conflict between duty and love almost tears Simon apart.

Set in 4830, this is a swashbuckling adventure filled with political intrigue, power plays, and a love story that seems to be doomed from the start. A whole cast of fantastic secondary characters fills the pages, some of them (like Nate) the same as in ‘My Fair Captain’ and some of them new. And while there is some progress regarding the threat Englor and Regelence face and an alliance is formed, the solution will have to wait until the next volume – or maybe the one after that. Based on information from the author, there seem to be several more books planned in this series – much to my delight!

If you like unexpected visions of the future that are a touch tongue-in-cheek or maybe a playful thought experiment, if you want to watch two complete strangers from very different societies struggle to create their own future, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read with lots of suspense, political intrigue, and some really hot man-on-man action, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. I hope I won’t have to wait too long for the next installment!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 246 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 15-June-2020
Price $6.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Englor-Affair-Sci-Regency-Two-ebook/dp/B089QV9PPB