I finished reading the first lesbian pirates book (A pirates heart by Catherine Friend) I ordered yesterday - it was the first LGBT*-book (OK, only the “L” was dealt with) I ever read, which was a nice experience and I’m looking forward to the second book with lesbian pirates :) I really enjoyed the pirate-setting and I was positively surprised that one woman of the 18th century couple was black.
I read this book immediately after another one featuring lesbian pirates and I have to say: this one was not just way better but also downright good. It’s well written, the protagonists are funny, witty and likeable and we see their relationship develop in a natural way (both inside and outside their bedroom). I especially liked that the topic of consent is taken seriously even in a same-sex-setting so the ugly trope of “it’s not rape if a woman does it” is consciously avoided. Besides the lovely, sexy and funny storyline revolving around the two major characters there’s also a thrilling plot involving the rescue of two maidens in danger (who were, to my relief, not the usual Damsels in Distress but more than capable of helping themselves), a good old treasure hunt, sea battles with fire and blood and beautiful fighting pirate ladies and a bunch of arrogant and sexist bastards who get what they deserve. All in all everything someone reading with the “female gaze” could want from a lesbian pirates story (except maybe a few more characters of colour, hence only four of five stars).