Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
he Gulf of Mexico, 1702: When pirates of the square-rigger Original Sin steal ashore to abduct a doctor to tend to their wounded, they end up settling for the doctor’s attractive fiancée—Celia Pierce, the town seamstress.
Together with Gayle Malvern, daughter of wounded pirate captain “Madman” Malvern, Celia becomes a reluctant participant in an unexpectedly thrilling journey through the Caribbean. For Gayle, Celia’s presence is at first a welcome and shapely distraction, but as her attraction to the seamstress deepens, she realizes that Celia comes to mean more to her than is almost cerntainly prudent. As Celia and Gayle navigate the perilous territories of gypsies, prostitutes, mercenaries, and slave-traders, they forge a partnership born of necessity that Gayle soon hopes will veer away from insurmountable danger—and instead detour directly to her bed.
[Originally posted on Amazon 4/20/10]
The Sublime and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin is an adventurous romp around the Caribbean in a ship with pirates and a captured wench, taking prizes and eventually looking for hidden treasure, with some double crossing thrown in for fun. What more could you ask for?
The book isn’t perfect, and Moody’s writing has a few rough edges here and there. But at times her writing becomes elegant and she displays a wonderful sense of humor in some of her descriptions and dialogue.
The story is well-paced, with lots of action, drama, suspense, and romantic interludes. The characters are interesting and well-developed, though I think more background for Celia should have been given at the beginning to better explain her reactions once she’s captured. Even the lesser characters give a strong sense of who they are with very little description.
The story takes the Original Sin to several islands and ports of call. Thrown in is a lot of attention to detail of ships, sailing, and how pirates operated. I often do long reviews, but I can’t really think of anything else to say. I bought this book a year ago and have already read it twice, and thoroughly enjoyed it both times. I recommend it to anyone looking for a fun lesbian pirate yarn.