Not The Fighting Kind

There Is No Place For A Dandy On A Pirate Ship

Nat should be doing what dandies do best: creating fashion, trading information, working on the edges of high society to further their own aims, and flirting with scandal. Instead, they're in the bowels of a ship, captured by pirates intent on ransoming them back to their family as soon as they find out to which family they should send the letter.

Unfortunately for all involved, Nat knows one thing the pirates can never be allowed to find out:
They are unransomable.

Their family has plenty enough money to pay any ransom, but Nat's father sent them to sea in the first place, put them in the path of these pirates, because he wanted Nat out of the way.

Ransoms create scandal. Nat can't afford another.


The dialogue in the epilogue was the very first idea I had for this story and world.

The wordcount of this novel is 40,000 (at the average reading speed, this would take approximately 4 hours to read)

The page count of the paperback is 224 (of which 202 is the story)

Graphic depictions of violence, some implied dubious consent, scenes of consensual intimacy.

Moderate Depcitions Of Violence and Injury: Nat begins the novel injured from violence that is regularly referenced. The pirates come into contact with the navy and old fashioned corporal punishment is doled out. Injuries are stitched and mended.

Implied Dubious Consent: At one point a pirate (Aleksei) is compelled by his captain to use his connection with Nat to try and convince them to spill secrets. He and Nat are already flirting and kissing but it sheds questions over motives.

Scenes Of Consensual Intimacy: There are frank discussions of sex at several points. Nat has sex in chapter 20 (some detail), and 21 (immediate fade to black).

You here for Queer and/or disabled characters? I got you.


This is a nonbinary-inclusive world state, Lieges and Mxs exist within and outside of high society as part of normal society. Gay and bisexual people are also normalised but high society places importance on legitimate heirs from eldest born children regardless of sexuality or gender.

Nat is nonbinary (they/them), their love interests* have all been in relationships with people of different genders to Nat and are of differing genders (Nat is bi and so are their love interests).

Jay and Kajal (pirates) are nonbinary, xe/xem and they/them respectively. Bear has been in love with a man in his past but is currently alone.

*Monoamorous. These are separate love interests who Nat has relationships with at different times from one another.

(this one is hard to do because I can't remember who is in the first book and who is in the second one).


Bear sustained an injury in his past that has left him unable to speak. He begins to use sign during the course of the novel.

Nat is injured for the majority of this novel. Before it begins, they sustain damage to their dominant left arm. Mild spoiler: due to lack of medical attention, it does not heal right and leaves them with chronic pain. They also struggle with mental health and self-worth issues, worsened by being captured by pirates for ransom.

Book Two

A Single Letter Should Not Be So Damning...


This book picks up from the epilogue of the previous one.

Content warnings, word/page count, etc to come closer to release day