Friday, May 11, 2018

Review: Kidnapped by the Pirate by Keira Andrews

Kidnapped by the Pirate by Keira Andrews
Amazon, Goodreads, Audible
Novel: 259pgs

4.5 Pants Off

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.

Review

POUNDED IN THE BUTT BY THE PIRATE (Do you think Chuck Tingle will come sue me?)

This is the pirate book I never knew I need. Kidnapped by the Pirate was everything I wanted in a pirate gay romance, with enough sizzle to singe my arm hairs and leave me with a smile on my face. 

 Nathaniel Bainbridge wants a life where how could live and enjoy the things he’s good at. He’s never been one for the books and no amount of tutors have helped with the fact that he’s unable to read. Yes, he speaks like a gentleman and one would never be able to tell that he isn’t educated or was unable to be educated. Running, climbing, and swimming is where Nathaniel interest lies, along with his interest in men. He dreams of the day he can be mounted, he gets lost in cock fantasies quite a lot. So when his dad demands he marries and moves to the new world, Nat knows he’s very much screwed. He’s not meant to be a husband but he will do what he’s told, and make the journey to a place he will never belong and marry a woman he doesn’t want.  

The journey is tedious on the ship because Nathaniel is a man that needs to move, needs to do and so he’s looking forward to getting his land legs back. His trip gets cut short when his ship is boarded by pirates and Nathaniel is kidnapped for ransom by the legendary Sea Hawk. 

He’s expecting to be cruelly treated on The Damn Manta but his treatment comes as a surprise and also his feelings for the pirate that has kidnapped him. Captain Hawk is the type of man that would give Nathaniel a good seeing to, and his virgin everything is intrigued and both scared by the feelings the pirate invokes. Nathaniel has no disillusions that Hawk can be a cruel man but he’s also seen that he is a good man, and he wants to experience everything with this man before he returns to his father and becomes a proper married gentleman. 

First, I really freaking loved this for the sole fact that Captain Hawk is a real effing pirate. There are no rose coloured glasses when it comes to who he is. He walks the walk, talks the talk, and dresses like every dream I’ve ever had in my teenage years about being captured on the sea by a pirate and ravished. 

Secondly, Nathaniel and Hawk are hellfire hot. They did the things and introduced Nat to the wonderful world of man love and Nathaniel soon starts, to realize that now he’s had cock he can never lift a frock. Hawk cares for him start to transform his feelings and he’s dreaming of a life together but everyday aboard the ship proves that he’ll never be accepted and he’s the ticket to a lot of money. 

“Why did I think better of you because you read to me and were kind about my deficiencies?” Hawk tore his gaze away. “I don’t know, since apparently I must remind you I’m a fucking pirate!” 


Thirdly, the wonderful age gap. Isn’t it just true classic historical romance with the na├»ve virgin and the worldly older man. It’s trope as old as time but there is just something about it that’s works so well in a historical setting, and man did it deliver here. Captain Hawk is forward and brusque and Nathaniel’s innocence adds fire to an already burning super hot flame.  

Overall, I really enjoyed the shit out of this. Giving me all I need in pirate feels, delivering amazing fucking on a pirate ship, and giving me a beautiful HEA. I love it, I love it, and am so glad I decided to give it a read. Keira Andrews you most definitely have the sauce (no ketchup). If you’re like me and spent many a days reading Johanna Lindsey, Lisa Kleypas, Elizabeth Lowell, Christina Dodd, Kat Martin etc…in your youth (or even now). Then this book will give you such a delight, and is not to be missed. 

SideNote- I need more freaking gay historical romances in my life!! 

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