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In an effort to broaden my reading horizons, I purchased a purely female/female erotic romance book called, the Pirate Queen, by Susanna Valent.

In an earlier blog entry, I discussed my feelings about Male/Male romances, so I decided to perhaps examine my tolerance for purely girl/girl romances.

Here’s a quickie blurb on the book:

Girl Virgin is set to marry Boorish Canadian Trader who is much older than herself.
Girl Virgin fears that she will probably die in child birth, because that’s apparently what happens to Girl Virgins in 18th Century Canada.
Girl Virgin is at her wits end and doesn’t know what to do (wuss)
In a surprising turn of events, Girl Virgin is captured by Lesbian Pirate (whilst at sea obviously) who is the scourge of the high seas
Girl Virgin learns the beauty and art of Minge Eating with Lesbian Pirate, and eventually falls in love with her
In the mean time Boorish Canadian Trader is looking for Girl Virgin, and is eventually captured back to her absolute horror.

There is a little more that happens in the book, but really, just writing the above gave me writer’s cramp, so I refuse to elaborate anymore.

As to my opinion on the book. What I can I say, for me personally, it sucked big time.
After I got to about page 40 in the book, my eyes started to droop heavily (matches were used in an effort to keep one’s eyes open long enough to finish the book)

At first, I figured that perhaps, I was letting my discomfort with the subject colour my enjoyment of the book (snigger) so I duly endeavoured, and after about ten cups of coffee, a full packet of Ryvita Breaks, and two bars of Cadbury’s Dairy milk chocolate, I finally finished the frigging book. Sheesh!

This book was one HUGE snoozefest, in fact dare I say that if I’d been going for major surgery, I wouldn’t have needed any kind of anaesthetic to put me to sleep. This book would have done the job, all by it’s wonderful self.

What didn’t I like about the book? It was boring.
What did I think of the heroines. They were boring.
What did I think of the plot device? What plot device?
Any Outstanding moments? Yeah, when I got to the last page.

I could go on about how the Lesbian Pirate may as well have been a cad of a man, because of the way her character was written, but I wont. I could go on about how wussy Girl Virgin was, but I wont. I could go on about how the narrative was written in a way that made me think of middle aged men with droning monotone voices, talking about quantum physics, but I wont. All I’ll say is that the book was just not my cup of cha.

I don’t know what I expected, but boredom wasn’t high on my list of expectations.

Have you read any purely female/female romances, if so what was your impression? Did you enjoy them? Even if you didn’t enjoy the book, was it well written?

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  • Sarah McCarty
    June 2
    10:38 am

    Well, I have to say, at risk of labeling myself a prude, I admire your adventurous spirit. M/M or F/F doesn’t do a thing for me. I won’t not read a book because it’s in it as I’m in the read for the characters, but I dont’ think I would attempt to read an entire book of F/F either.

    I would also think it would be a tough book to write without lapsing into stereotypes. Or over stretching on the characters. In real life people are attracted to each other because of personalities and traits. In fiction, we exaggerate the qualities amd traits slightly to heighten the contrast. Making a man more manly or a women more feminine works, but making a woman more “manly” could slip over into a caricature of what’s desired.

    Anyway, sorry you didn’t like the book, but impressed you ventured forth outsisde your comfort zone.

    Sarah

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  • Scott
    June 2
    10:54 am

    I never have read F/F before. Though being a guy, it would be something I would try.

    I did however read a sci-fi book where the lead character was a gay young man. If I had known that before hand I might have passed on the book. Glad I didn’t. It was an great book. There were no overtly erotic scenes, but enough to make someone uncomfortable with the idea to quit reading. What helped it was that the story was great, the writing too, and the characters had a lot of depth.

    Sorry to hear that you read such a stinker. Sounds like your dislike comes more from that and not the F/F thing.

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  • Dawn
    June 2
    12:18 pm

    Well, thanks for the review, Karen. I’ve been looking at that one for a while, and was unsure. Now I don’t think I’ll bother spending my money on it.

    BTW, girl. You’re one HOT mama.

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  • Tammy
    June 2
    2:25 pm

    Lol! Well, I think I’ll stay away from this one thanks Karen.

    I second that Dawn, she sure is HOT, lol! Very photogenic.

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  • Desiree Erotique
    June 2
    6:23 pm

    Hi Karen,
    I tried to post this before, but Blogger acted up just as I submitted, lol. I wanted to say that I read your entry at my blog, and thank you for the visit!
    As to the M/M, F/F issue, as I enjoy them on occasion, and these scenes do come up from time to time in my books. Variety can be the spice of life for some readers 🙂
    Warm regards,
    desiree

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  • Anonymous
    June 2
    10:04 pm

    More power to you Karen, I don’t think I could step outside my comfort zone long enough to try an f/f story, there would have to be at least one man to make me read it.

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  • Jenn
    June 3
    1:37 pm

    All I can say about f/f and m/m is it is not for me

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  • Scott
    June 3
    2:28 pm

    Where is your sense of adventure Jenn?

    😉

    LOL

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  • Jenn
    June 4
    12:01 pm

    NO way Scott. IN this cae my adventure ran away.

    And of course you would like to see a f/f scene.

    Men!

    LOL

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  • Jaynie R
    June 4
    2:42 pm

    Hey dude – I read m/m and I like it, but f/f does nothing for me. I need at least 1 penis in my sex scenes lol.

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  • Karen Scott
    June 4
    6:04 pm

    Sarah, you are soooo right, the Pirate Lesbian did feel like a stereotype, and this put me off a lot.
    As for venturing outside my comfort zone, I prolly wont try another purely f/f book again.

    Scott, I must admit, I skipped over the sex scenes in the book, it gave me too much of an icky feeling. I do that sometimes in a book where the story is too riveting for me to be distracted by the sex.

    Dawn, You’ll hate this book worse than I did, I wouldn’t bother.
    And thanks for the compliment *cue warm feelings of embarrassment*

    Tammy, it sucked big time, and thanks (grin)

    Mel, I haven’t heard from you in a while, I hope you’re ok! The book was bad wasn’t it?

    Desiree, thanks for visiting, I don’t mind f/f scenes, I just don’t think I want to visit a book without there beeing at least one penis involved in the romance. (grin)

    Anonymous, see above comment.

    Jenn, you know you’re lying, admit it, the thought of coochie gets you hot, ROFLMAO!!!

    Scott, she’s so pretending to be a prude!!!

    Jaynie, from now on girl, no more pure F/F for me!!

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