DUELING REVIEWS: Kidnapped by the Pirate by Keira Andrews

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Author: Keira Andrews
Book: Kidnapped by the Pirate
Page/Word Count: 280, 85K words
Categories: Gay Romance, Historical Romance, Pirates, May/December
Release Date: October 26, 2017
Publisher:KA Books

Blurb: 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 fledgling 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.

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If pirates were to be the bloody, savage end of Nathaniel Bainbridge, he wished they’d get on with it.

The windswept deck was damp beneath his bare feet, prompting thoughts of the dewy grass of home. What he wouldn’t give for the freedom to run across the fields of Hollington Estate, wind rushing in his ears over the steady thump of his heart, the world falling away in his wake.

Instead he was confined by an endless, restless sea taunting him with its wildness. In England, he’d heard countless tales of villainous pirates and their dastardly deeds. People spoke as if the ocean teemed with the brigands, but the voyage had been mile after mile of…nothing.

Nathaniel shook his head at his foolishness. Not that he actually wanted pirates to attack their ship and massacre them. If only he could move, he would keep boredom at bay.

He gripped the railing, longing for dirt beneath his nails, scratches on his palms from tree bark as he climbed and explored, wonderfully aching muscles from hours in the lake. If he could only run a simple mile. Hardly any distance at all, but trapped on the ship, that much clear land would be a marvel.

He wiped sea spray from his eyes. If only the ability to run and jump and swim was worth anything at all in his world instead of being childish folly he was supposed to have outgrown. Men did not climb trees or swim for hours, and certainly they didn’t run for the sheer pleasure of it the way he had at Hollington.

Of course, the estate wasn’t theirs anymore, sold off to pay debts, so even if he made his way back to Kent one day, he would never return to those rolling hills. Its verdant trees and round, tranquil lake would now be home to another family.

No, for the foreseeable future, home would be Primrose Isle, a new colony his father desperately wanted to see flourish. Walter Bainbridge had found his fortunes in England not the least bit fortunate, and as a governor in the New World had the thing he loved most dearly: power.

Nathaniel’s future bride waited there. Elizabeth Davenport stood to inherit quite a fortune, and for the colony—and Walter—to thrive, alliances had to be made. So Nathaniel would do the only useful thing he could and marry.


4✨s – For a few short hours, Keira Andrews transported me back nearly three decades. If I could, I would have taken my dog-eared paperback to the beach and sank my toes in the sand while I read until I was sunburned. It was like revisiting an old friend and made me want to dig through boxes in my garage for books that no longer fit on the shelves.

Nathaniel is the prize Captain Hawk needs to 1) get his revenge; and 2) maybe, finally, retire. He never wanted to be a pirate, but one bad turn led to another and he did what he had to do to survive (and thrive). The seemingly timid young man would be the perfect means to an end if he would just stay in his corner and not be so alluring. But what fun would that be? And Nathaniel is fun. More than Hawk has had since he was pressed into service when he was still just a teen, and it’s a refreshing change that he cannot ignore.

With his crew alternately concerned by his interest in their captive and impressed by Nathaniel, there’s still the matter of surviving on the open seas and an inevitable ending that Hawk can’t escape. Or can he?

I enjoyed this book very much and the journey back in time was sweet. Highly recommend.


5✨s – My swash has been buckled and my timbers are still shivering! Oh, to be a pirate in this fun, sexy and exciting romp through the Caribbean. Just a little reminiscent of an old-fashioned, Harlequin-type romance, Keira Andrews has reworked a classic trope into MM perfection, adding a yummy May/December element, a favorite of mine! Young, virginal, sheltered Nathaniel becomes the captive of Hawk, a villainous pirate captain bent on revenge, and inevitably, they succumb to lust and love. That’s pretty much where the resemblance to old-school romance ends. There’s not a throbbing member or heaving pectoral to be found! (Also, no Johnny Depp.)

Nathaniel, or Plum as he’s called at first, and Captain Hawk, are marvelous, full-blown characters, fitting the historical period but perfectly balanced with the modern interpretation. It’s not a slow burn romance, as each decides almost right away, to use the other for personal gratification and manipulation. It makes for some sizzling scenes as dirty pirate talk from Hawk removes Plum’s reservations, inhibitions and clothing. Despite Hawk’s alpha-pirate mannerisms, Nathaniel is no shrinking violet, giving as good as he gets, in and out of the Captain’s cabin. The equal weight given from both character’s POV enhances the emotional impact from their growing fears of becoming too attached.

Action and danger abound, keeping the narrative moving and absorbing. This was one that I stayed up all night to read! I wanted Hawk and Nathaniel to reach their HEA so badly, and it was delicious, plus there’s an epilogue with a glimpse of the future. I highly, highly recommend this book and you don’t need to be well-versed in either history or Harlequin to fall in lust and love for this one!

About Keira Andrews:
After writing for years yet never really finding the right inspiration, Keira discovered her voice in gay romance, which has become a passion. She writes contemporary, historical, fantasy, and paranormal fiction and — although she loves delicious angst along the way — Keira firmly believes in happy endings. For as Oscar Wilde once said:

“The good ended happily, and the bad unhappily. That is what fiction means.”

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One thought on “DUELING REVIEWS: Kidnapped by the Pirate by Keira Andrews

  • October 26, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Congrats on the new book release! Thank you for the reviews!


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