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.
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating character POV by chapter.
Regency is often not my thing, so I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this one as much as I did. I will say, for purists, they might find this irritating for the same reasons that I enjoyed it. There’s definitely a broad acceptance of MM relationship in this. There was a lot of we know whats going on & we’ll just all agree to ignore it publicly kind of thing. Maybe that’s more realistic than I realize though.
There is some action/suspense in this, but it is much more relationship-centric. I enjoyed it immensely, but it’s nice to know the balance going in. There were parts that were a little slow and laggy, but overall a good story and I’ve enjoyed listening to it again. We did get to know both characters really well and that’s something I truly appreciate.
As with all Keira Andrews stories, we get an HEA.
I enjoyed a new-to-me narrator in Cornell Collins. I loved his standard reading voice and that he could give each character their own voice. His voice for Hawk sometimes comes off smarmy and curmudgeon-ey instead of merely older than Nathaniel. I got over it fairly quickly and upon relistening it didn’t bother me at all. YMMV.
About the author:
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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My Favorite Quotes
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