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.
It’s official. I am to the point that I don’t need a blurb, a title, or even a peek at the cover…if it’s penned by Keira Andrews *grabby hands* I want it! I just realized the last K.A. book I read also involved a kidnapping and it was a May-December romance too. However, that’s where all similarities end. This time we travel back in time several hundred years. Before I go much further, I should probably note that I am not a historical fan. I typically steer clear of anything set before our current century. I find the dialogue cumbersome and the hardships exceptionally brutal. Oddly, the dialogue and the dangers only added to my enjoyment here. I know, I know perhaps I should reevaluate my previous (snobby) reservations. Because quite frankly, I loved this book….all of it!
Let’s start with the goods: the characters are dreadfully marvelous, their situation daunting but exhilarating and the writing was nothing short of impressive. I was captivated as soon as Nathaniel was imprisoned and quickly discovered I never wished to be released. This was my first pirate story *cherry popped* and I wasn’t the only one experiencing ‘firsts’.
Young Nathaniel is traveling with his sister to his father’s new territory, Primrose Isle, when he is taken hostage by the infamous Captain Hawk. It doesn’t take long for us to discover the disgrace lies with Nathaniel’s father and not the pirate Captain. The governor has proven himself a villain over the years and made the mistake of crossing Hawk. When an opportunity presents itself for revenge, Hawk is eager to get his due. What he never expected was, falling for his prisoner. He has fought and bested a good many things over his career but holding onto his heart is one battle he simply cannot win when it comes to Nathaniel. Soon the bounty increases value by tenfold and Hawk is lost at sea for the first time in his life. There is no peace for a man like him. There is no way to change his future when his course has been set. There is no keeping his ‘Plum’ while keeping him safe. Or….is there?
The steady pace doesn’t allow the story to drag. The notorious pirates have many layers and even more masks. The secondary cast is awesome. The innocence of Nathaniel adds charm and allure. There is a certain level of expectancy and hope amidst the danger and the daggers. Andrews keeps the audience on tenterhooks. I knew she wouldn’t let us down but I wasn’t sure how she would deliver what I was looking for. Never fear! As always, she did. And it was so so good.
This unlikely, impossible, forbidden pairing was…perfect. Hawk and Nathaniel are not supposed to be together for countless reasons yet fate disagrees. It was painful to watch Nathaniel suffer early on. But as uncomfortable as those scenes are, they are necessary. Hawk is supposed to be a monster but Nathaniel quickly sees through his disguise and touches a place in Hawk that has been dormant. Nathaniel awakens Hawk’s heart and in return Hawk arouses a piece of Nathaniel, a piece he was told to be ashamed of. Soon he realizes there is no reason for guilt and what they possess is precious and should be celebrated. Now the challenge is figuring out how to free themselves from the many shackles holding them apart. The struggle is fierce and sacrifices must be made. Is their future together beyond the bounds of possibility? Gahhhhhh! You really need to find out firsthand.
My two favorite parts are two words and two pieces of jewelry. Can’t wait to hear what yours are……
A naughty pirate and a naive young man. The age gap is as large as the feels. A time period where breeches and boots distinguish one class from another. A boatful of men who plunder and raid without remorse…mostly. And an epilogue that will melt your heart.
If you like pirates (even if you don’t) and you like to taste forbidden (but delicious) fruit, you’d better jump on this juicy journey before it sails (off into the sunset) without you.
TITLE: Kidnapped by the Pirate
AUTHOR: Keira Andrews
LENGTH: 280 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 26, 2017
BUY LINKS: Amazon