riding aristotle like a pony

Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter eleven

Just assume every chapter once Tristan shows up in this book is a nightmare. Trigger Warnings forever. Prepare yourself: I am super sick. I had to go and look at other posts in this series to be sure was writing the title correctly (because I have such a complicated naming scheme) so this recap may…

Table throw

Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter ten

Content Warning for rape apologia and…stuff. Honestly, I’m unsure any chapter in this book will be entirely safe now that Tristan’s arrived. It’s getting harder to do these recaps, as this book horrifies me more and more. I expected it to be bad. I didn’t expect it to be heartbreaking. So. Johanna Lindsey’s A Pirate’s…

Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter nine

Trigger Warning for sexual assault, sexual violence, and threats of further violence. In the last recap, I’d mentioned that I had an interpretation of this book that was going to make it easier to get through. Now, if you’re unfamiliar with contemporary literary criticism, here’s the cool thing: authorial intent doesn’t have to matter. I…

drinking

Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter eight

No trigger warning this time around. Just a general Content Warning for discussion of rape, torture, etc. FUN STUFF. This is it folks. This is a chapter I do remember. As I recall (remember, I was like ten when I read this), Bettina does not get whipped at all. Tristan comes out and saves her…

Woman kills Viking rapist, gets his stuff.

Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter seven

Trigger Warning for threats of torture, death and rape, jerkfaces laughing over how hilarious rape is. Before I begin the recap, a couple of notes. I asked my mother if this level of blatant sexual violence was common for romance novels written in the ’70s and she said it was not, but that other women she knew…

no god please no

Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter six

TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE, THREATS OF TORTURE, AND RAMPANT MIND-GAMES Welcome to yet another exciting recap of A Pirate’s Love by Johanna Lindsey, a historical romance novel first published in 1978. When last we left Bettina, she was cowering in horror as the pirates took her ship. Hey, do you know what today is? It’s the…

A bunch of pirates.

Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter five

Welcome to yet another exciting recap of A Pirate’s Love by Johanna Lindsey, a historical romance novel first published in 1978. When last we left Bettina, she had just been given the definition of rape. Chapter five now has the Windsong in warmer waters. After a storm, Bettina wants to go up on deck in the…