Kidnapped by the Pirate (Susan’s Review)

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Title: Kidnapped by the Pirate
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: October 26, 2017
Genre(s): Historical M/M
Page Count: 280
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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.

I think a lot of people will like this book. We have pirates, lots of hurt/comfort, hot sexy pirate sex and a good solid HEA.

Nathaniel is traveling on a ship with his pregnant sister to Primrose Ilse. His father is trying to build a colony there and he has summoned his children to join him. Nathaniel rather didn’t go because his father is always telling him what a disappointment he is, but he has no choice.

Just when Nathaniel is hoping for something exciting to happen, the ship gets attacked by pirates. Now Nathaniel feels sorry for ever wishing it.

Hawk feels lucky he and his pirates stumbled upon such a great price. The son of Walter Bainbridge, what a lovely coincidence. Especially since Walter Bainbridge is responsible for Hawk losing everything and forced him to live as a pirate.

And that’s how Nathaniel finds himself being held captive in the pirate captain’s quarters. He has no idea if his father will actually pay the ransom since his father lost all his money, but Nathaniel hopes he does, or Hawk promised to kill him….

I really liked how most of this book it was just Nathaniel and Hawk together in the tiny room on board the pirate ship. There was enough time for Hawk to find out Nathaniel was not another spoiled 18 year old. And Nathaniel found out Hawk was actually not such a bad person.

I wasn’t too fond of Hawk’s Quartermaster Mr. Snell, who constantly told Hawk he was going soft and that he shouldn’t let the boy influence him like that. I just wanted Mr. Snell to die a slow and painful death, but unfortunately that didn’t happen.

Why not 5 stars? That is definitely on me and not the book. I’m not a big fan of historical. The mentioning of pooping in a bucket gives me hives. I also react very strongly to relationship angst. I don’t like it when a couple fights. I can handle it if the fight is about something I understand, but in this I thought Hawk was just being stupid.

Still this was a lovely pirate story with lots of action and good sexy times.

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