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The Veiled Threat by Sophia Menesini
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bookshelves: adult, epic-fantasy, read-2020

There comes a time when you just need a book about pirates, hate-to-love romance, accidental court intrigue...and oh yes, make it gay. 😌 I really enjoyed this one. Pirates are a total weakness of mine (it was my actual top career choice as a child and tbh I was in it for the hat) and I loved how this combined court politics and pirating. It also has a really strong found-family vibe, which makes my heart soft. Not to mention SHEA and JO and their starcrossed romance.

The storyline is equal parts sea adventuring and on-land shenanigans. It starts of with Shea Tara taking one last job, that miiight be too ambitious for her: kidnap a princess and receive a reward that can take down Shea's archenemy. Shea takes it...and accidentally falls in love with the princess she snatched. As a freed-slave, it goes against Shea's morals to use people as currency, so she has to fight against herself AND her blossoming love for Jo as they head out to sea. Oh and it's has: going to balls in disguise, blowing ships up at sea, bit o' espionage, and plenty of steamy scenes too.

The characters were definitely my favourite part though. Like Shea's caring love for Aster, the cabin boy, was amazing too. 🥺Every time Shea acted like this tough, heartless, sword-wielding pirate...she was just over there secretly being soft to Jo and coddling Aster, and joking with her crew. Touch her crew and she will DECIMATE YOU. Jo was also so gentle and kind, but wholly loyal to her country as well. I spy the GRYFFINDOR and HUFFLEPUFF happening. The main characters are also in their early 20s, so it fits as an NA type feel too.

I flew through this! It was fun, and also tackled some darker topics and gritty scenes, along with passionate romance and swashbuckling adventures.
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Reading Progress

March 21, 2020 – Started Reading
March 21, 2020 – Shelved
March 22, 2020 –
page 133
34.28% "I don't think there's been a single straight character yet 😌 refreshing"
March 23, 2020 – Shelved as: adult
March 23, 2020 – Shelved as: epic-fantasy
March 23, 2020 – Shelved as: read-2020
March 23, 2020 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by rachel ☾ (new)

rachel ☾ you had me at f/f hate-to-love pirates....

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Charley Robson Did you say lesbian pirate shenanigans?

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