Reviewed by Tori (Vicki)
TITLE: Kidnapped by the Pirate
AUTHOR: Keira Andrews
PUBLISHER: KA Books
LENGTH: 280 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 26th, 2017
Will a virgin captive surrender to this pirate’s sinful touch?
Nathaniel Bainbridge is used to hiding, whether it’s concealing his struggles with reading or his forbidden desire for men. Under the thumb of his controlling father, the governor of Primrose Isle, he’s sailing to the fledging colony, where he’ll surrender to a respectable marriage for his family’s financial gain. Then pirates strike and he’s kidnapped for ransom by the Sea Hawk, a legendary villain of the New World.
Bitter and jaded, Hawk harbors futile dreams of leaving the sea for a quiet life, but men like him don’t deserve peace. He has a score to settle with Nathaniel’s father—the very man whose treachery forced him into piracy—and he’s sure Nathaniel is just as contemptible.
Yet as days pass in close quarters, Nathaniel’s feisty spirit and alluring innocence beguile and bewitch. Although Hawk knows he must keep his distance, the desire to teach Nathaniel the pleasure men can share grows uncontrollable. It’s not as though Hawk would ever feel anything for him besides lust…
Nathaniel realizes the fearsome Sea Hawk’s reputation is largely invented, and he sees the lonely man beneath the myth, willingly surrendering to his captor body and soul. As a pirate’s prisoner, he is finally free to be his true self. The crew has been promised the ransom Nathaniel will bring, yet as danger mounts and the time nears to give him up, Hawk’s biggest battle could be with his own heart.
This May-December gay romance from Keira Andrews features classic tropes including: a tough alpha pirate too afraid to love, a plucky virgin captive half his age, enemies to lovers, first-time sexual discovery, and of course a happy ending. 85,000 words.
AHHHH!!!! This was so freaking cool! Holy crap, old school romance meets gay romance.
Nathaniel is the much awaited son of Walter Bainbridge, but unfortunately he has some “flaws”. He has a reading disability, although no one recognizes it as such. He’s very intelligent, but not in his father’s eyes. He has no interest in following in his father’s footsteps, he’d much rather be outside running or climbing trees. But the biggest issue is his much hidden attraction to men. His father has gone off to be the governor of an island in the Caribbean islands, and has finally found a way to use Nathaniel. He’s to be married to the daughter of a wealthy business connection of Walter’s. Nathaniel and his older sister are put on a ship and sent on their way. Nathaniel is miserable, he has no interest in any of this, but has no choice. He is lamenting his life, and wishes something would happen to disrupt the plan, something like, I don’t know, maybe a pirate ship attacking them….
Well guess what? One does! Their ship is boarded by none other than the dastardly Sea Hawk…. the worst pirate of the bunch. The Sea Hawk is not a fan of Walter Bainbridge, and could not be happier to discover he now has the only son of his enemy in his possession. After many threats, he takes custody of Nathaniel, releasing the merchant ship and Nathaniel’s sister to continue on, and deliver a message. One hundred thousand pounds will be delivered by Walter to Hawk’s ship in one month, or Nathaniel will be killed.
Of course much drama occurs between Nathaniel and Hawk, leading t0 the taking of Nathaniel’s virgin ass. Totally consensual, once Nathaniel figures out that Hawk shares his inclinations. Nathaniel refuses to die a virgin and Hawk willingly helps him out… The two banter and bicker, Hawk grows attached but pushes Nathaniel away, cause he’s a salty old fuck. Nathaniel starts off trying to win Hawk’s affection, hoping to save his life later. But he begins to have pesky feelings for the asshole. Drama happens with the crew, and with another ship, all leading to much hand-wringing on my part!
Then the ending! Sigh…. could not have been more perfect.
This was such a fun book! It takes me back to why I loved romance novels in the first place. Total escapism. This is exactly why I started reading bodice-rippers, until I realized that they are all the same dame book. But this is so much better than all of those! Nathaniel is not a weak-willed, flighty female character. He starts off looking a bit on the weak side, but it is clear very early in this story that he is strong, stubborn, feisty, and fierce. He doesn’t take any crap from Hawk, standing his ground even though Hawk is older and bigger. He holds his own with Hawk’s crew as well, especially when a bad thing happens on the beach. Hawk is of course the gruff jaded old pirate, tired of his life, but with a strong back story. There are reasons he is the way he is, and as Nathaniel brings the tale out of him, my understanding and sympathy grew.
Then there is the sex. Virgin sex, hot fucking sex. On the ship, on the beach, in a bed, over the desk, in a tent, sober sex, drunk sex, angry sex…. whew. Is it getting hot in here? So yuh… some really good sex scenes. Even emotional sex scenes! Big bad ass pirate, takes Nathaniel’s virgin ass. (fans myself, while thinking I might need to read this book again…)
Yes, this story is predictable. Yes, it was totally fluffy. Yes, it was a breeches-ripper. Yes, the cover is amazing. Yes, the characters where PERFECT. The sex, the story, the writing, the side characters, holy crap. This book…. If Nathaniel had been a female I would have been rolling my eyes, but thank god he wasn’t and I could just enjoy this one!
READ IT!!!! Even if historical novels are not your thing, read it. Even if pirates are not your thing, read it. Just read it!
And Keira Andrews, write another one of these books PLEASE!!!