Kidnapped by the Pirate (Crabbypatty’s Review)

review masterTitle: Kidnapped by the Pirate
Author: Keira Andrews
Publisher: KA Books
Release Date: October 26, 2017
Genre(s): Historical Romance, Pirates!
Page Count: 280
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Blurb:

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.


Having read all those “bodice rippers” back in the day, I couldn’t wait to read Keira Andrews’ take on the traditional pirate and damsel in distress. I absolutely adore how this “breech ripper” twists the familiar trope and Kidnapped by the Pirate is a great read!

It’s the year 1710 and virginal Nathaniel and his pregnant sister Susanna are traveling to the fledgling English outpost on Primrose Isle, where their father is the Governor. They are set upon by a pirate ship, led by the Sea Hawk who is tall, dark, handsome and scarred, with a long black coat and hot boots with gold tips. The Sea Hawk plans to hold Nathaniel for ransom because Nathaniel’s father Walter Bainbridge is responsible for the Sea Hawk and his crew being forced into piracy.

Like the virginal heroines of traditional bodice rippers, Nathaniel is locked in the captain’s cabin and subject to his “evil ways” but Nathaniel is more than willing to explore hot very passionate sex with Hawk, because:

He was going to hell for his sinful desires regardless,
so the journey might as well be worth it.

And oh, the journey is very much worth it, with loads of very hot dirty sex in which Nathaniel is a very willing participant …. no virginal swooning here. Just as their relationship is developing, the action kicks in with battles at sea, treachery, daring rescues, heroic actions, and suffice it to say that your swash will be thoroughly buckled, and your timbers definitely shivered!

I thought Nathaniel’s father was very much a caricature and the final rescue seemed a bit anti-climatic, but in the context of the historical period, I like the happy-ever-after that Keira Andrews crafted for Hawk and Nathaniel and I give 4 solid stars to Kidnapped by the Pirate!

I’m a sodomite, and the pirate king fucked me every way you could imagine—and some you likely can’t even fathom. I’m going to rescue him and cleave to him if he’ll have me. I want to live out my days at his side, because even if they are severely numbered, it will be truly living.


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Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.  Frederick Douglas

I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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