Title: Kidnapped by the Pirate
Author: Keira Andrews and Cornell Collins (Narrator)
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Release Date: April 17th 2018
Genre(s): Historical Romance
Page Count: 280
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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.
In the year 1710 Nathaniel Bainbridge and his pregnant sister, Susanna, are traveling to a Caribbean island outpost called Primrose Isle where their father is Governor to reunite Susanna with her husband and introduce Nathaniel to his betrothed.
Before the ship can reach its destination though it’s attacked by the Damned Manta, a pirate ship ruled with an iron fist by the infamous Captain Hawk.
Things go south for the Bainbridge siblings when Captain Hawk realizes who’s aboard. He quickly devises a plan to hold Nathaniel for ransom and revenge on Nathaniel’s corrupt father, Walter Bainbridge, who lied and is directly responsible for Hawk and his crew losing their letter of mark as a Privateer which forced them into a life of piracy.
The plan is simple: if Nathaniel’s father doesn’t pay 100,000 pounds ransom Nathaniel will die.
While initially they are enemies, as time and circumstances change the two begin a sexual exploration. Nathaniel is 18 and Hawk is 41, but their age gap doesn’t impede the closeness that grows between them.
He was going to hell for his sinful desires regardless, so the journey might as well be worth it.
However, their strengthening relationship presents a real dilemma for Hawk – regardless of how much his heart may be engaged by Nathaniel – if Bainbridge doesn’t pay the ransom Hawk will have to keep his promise to his crew to kill Nathaniel.
Kidnapped by the Pirate is a terrific May-December, old-fashioned-bodice-ripper-style historical romance. I enjoyed the dual POV, the story paces quickly, and I loved seeing the tough as nails alpha male pirate fall for his plucky virgin captive. And let me tell you, the sex scenes are SUPER HOT.
Cornell Collins gives an exceptional performance. His timing, pacing, and emotional performance are all on point. He brings out the innocence in Nathaniel’s character without making him a shrinking violet, and the softer side of alpha pirate, Hawk, and makes sure the large cast of characters have easily distinguishable character voices.
Kidnapped by the Pirate is a sexy, sweet captivating listen with some twists and turns and a lovely, and believable, happy ending.
Fantastic narration, lovely story, great ending. *sighs* This made me a very happy listener. Recommended!