I can’t claim to have ever read the Outlander series, but from what I’ve heard, In Shining Armor by E.L. Philips is something like a very gay, very NSFW, less adventure based version of the series. Did I mention that it’s very very very not safe for work?
In Shining Armor’s story goes like this: Krish Nayar, gay Indian American and all around cutie, is on vacation in Wales with his friends when he wanders away from their campsite and sprains his ankle. Lost in the woods, sexy presumable renaissance faire knight Bleddyn ap Rhys comes to his aid and takes him back to the local lord’s castle. But as Krish watches the local people and is offered shelter for the night, he starts to realize that it’s not so much a renaissance faire as actual Wales in actual 1626.
If you were wondering, 1626 in Wales was not a good year to be anything but straight.
Not that the fact ever really stopped anyone. In fact, Bleddyn himself seems to be gay and struggling very much with that fact. Luckily for him, a lot of very good sex with Krish seems to be the key to making him accept himself.
Acceptance doesn’t come easily from others in the castle however, and soon Krish and Bleddyn find themselves at odds with Bleddyn’s father and one of Bleddyn’s old friends.
But wait, doesn’t Krish want to go back to his own time, back to his friends and his family?
No, not really. He seems to get over the fact that he might never see his family again very quickly and settles into 1626 Welsh lifestyle easily. He also seems to be picking up Welsh at an alarming rate…
All smut and a bit of lame character development make this perhaps not a work of literature, but a fun read. Someone will have to let me know how much of the Welsh history going on throughout the story is accurate. I think I’ve made it very clear by now that there is a lot of sex in this book, so if that’s what you’re looking for, you’ll probably enjoy this. Me? I wasn’t quite sure how Krish went from “Oh shit I’m in the past” to “Well this guy’s pretty hot and he’s clearly a closeted homosexual, so—” so quickly, but I guess that’s not really the point of the story.
I give it a C+/B- and a reminder that In Shining Armor might not be a good book to read in public, but is certainly a good book for anyone looking for a good gay historical romance.