Saturday, October 28, 2017

ARC Review: Kidnapped by the Pirate by Keira Andrews

Kidnapped by the Pirate
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.

Jewel's rating:

“I’ve determined that three-quarters of piracy boils down to theater.”

Kidnapped by the Pirate has so much deliciousness:

~~ Age gap
~~ Virgin -- determined to experience it all
~~ Pirate -- our swashbuckling anti-hero
~~ Adventure
~~ Angst
~~ Kindle-melting smexy-times
~~ An awesome little Princess Bride reference
~~ Well fought happy ending

Oh, yes, we have it all here, on the high seas!

I truly enjoyed Kidnapped by the Pirate. Keira Andrews knows how to make a historical romance sing. Not to mention how to make a teddy bear out of a big, tough pirate.

I loved both MC's, the historical setting and the lyrical language the characters used. Simply put, Kidnapped by the Pirate was right up my tree.

John Hawk has had to do whatever has been necessary to survive, and sometimes the necessary thing involves violence. He is a pirate, after all. But Hawk is mostly a man of legend; a man who has a fierce reputation, while he tries to live a life of honor. At 41, Hawk feels ready to leave pirating behind. It's time to find someone to maybe share a life with and house with a view of the water he knows he won't want to completely leave behind. Hawk has always been a bit of a dreamer and though he doesn't believe he could ever find love again, it doesn't stop him from wishing.

Nathaniel Bainbridge is a naive 18 year old who ends up in our pirate's grasp in a case of 'be careful for what you wish'. Nathaniel is taken captive by the pirate captain, Hawk who wants to ransom the boy back to his no-good father. Nathaniel figures he is done for, because he's a disappointment to his father and he knows his father, who has squandered every bit of money he ever got a hold of, won't be able to pay. Nathaniel is smart, though and underestimated. He didn't set out to seduce Hawk, but he wasn't going to pass up an opportunity to finally know what it is like to lay with another man -- even a dastardly man like Captain Hawk.

Hawk tried so hard to not care for Nathaniel, first by not acknowledging him by name, and then by ignoring him and being gruff when that didn't work. But Hawk is not the evil-doer that he pretends to be.

In fact, neither man is really the person that others think he is. Nathaniel is seen by his family as a bit of an imbecile because he can't read. My guess is dyslexia, which I don't think they knew about back then. But Nathaniel is actually a quick study where reading and writing aren't concerned, and soon, even Hawk couldn't help but take notice. Also, in spite of his fear, at first, Nathaniel is brave. He pushes past his fears and uncertainties and takes Hawk, and his life, by the horns.

I found the story engaging, the writing strong, the heroes more than likable, and the happy ending well fought. There's nothing like love on the high seas!


ARC of Kidnapped by the Pirate was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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