Lifeboat by Holly Rennick

Author's Description:
"Them fuckers in the Services get all the credit for winnin' the goddamn war. But who got their asses shot out of the water to get them their shit, for chrissake? Us fuckers in the Merchant Marine. Goddamn sub-bait." - Cookie Rorke
"If you don't like romance, Cookie says go fuck yourself." - Holly Rennick, Merchant Marine Cadet
It's hard to explain when you don't speak her language, but then it would be hard for a guy like Cookie to explain even if he did.
Size: 58 KB ( ~ 10,999 words)
Genre: Romantic
Sex Contents: Some Sex
Tags: Ma/Fa, Consensual, Romantic, Heterosexual

Review by TheMoose63   [other reviews by TheMoose63]

Reviewed: 2008-08-30

Holly has done it again! Lifeboat is a wonderful story about an American merchant marine sailor (Cookie) in World War II who's ship is sunk by a German submarine. In a lifeboat Cookie saves a young (?) woman who speaks only in a foreign language. This story take the reader through their ordeal on the lifeboat through being rescued and much, much further. This is not a stroke story so if that's what you're looking for you should skip this one. It is also uniquely written from the perspective of Cookie, the woman and one other that I won't reveal or it will spoil the story. It is well written as all of her stories are, and, as usual I don't know how she knows so much about writing period pieces. Maybe is is an older woman...hell maybe she's 200 years old and lived through a lot but whatever the secret she always gives the reader a window into the past. If you like love stories please take the time to read this one.

Plot: 10 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 10

Review by Andrew Johns   [other reviews by Andrew Johns]

Reviewed: 2008-08-28

Reviewer's Note: This story was reviewed by request by another reviewer whose reviews I find myself agreeing with. Based on the historical fiction aspect this tale, I would normally skip this story.

In "Lifeboat", we have the story of a merchant marine that survives his boat being torpedoed by a German U-boat, and manages to haul a young woman from the sea to share his lifeboat. He's tempted by her, but what does he do? Read along to find out.

There isn't a lot of stroke value to this story, and it's not the story's purpose. Things happen gently, and that's fine for this story. Don't look to this one for stroke value.

The story itself is interesting. With 3 different POVs telling the story, the reader gets to see various angles of the characters. It's different, and that's a welcome thing here.

Technically, the story is very well written. The various dialects and thinking patterns of the first voice made for interesting reading.

Overall, this was a good story, but I'm not a big fan of historical fiction. This did have a good feel for historical accuracy and believability, so that wasn't a major issue this time. I am also not a big fan of spoken dialects, as they sometimes require more brain effort to follow what is being said. It wasn't too bad here, as the story is short. I was tired when I read this, so it was more effort than I wanted to expend to follow those parts.

Keep in mind those factors when you consider my "Appeal" score, since I would normally pass on this just based on it being largely historical fiction. The fact that it still scored a 7 means it was well done by the author.

Plot: 9 | Technical Quality: 10 | Appeal to Reviewer: 7