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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.
Contains mature themes.
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By SassiKassi on 04-24-18
Another Keira Andrews masterpiece. Adventure and action. Love and super hot smexy times!
It’s been awhile since I listened to a book narrated by Cornell Collins and I’d forgotten how spectacular he is. All the voices were different and distinct, including the female voices. You never had to guess at who was speaking. Add to that his amazing ability to express passion and emotion, and you have a fantastic story that I know will go on my listen over and over again list.
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By Malinda on 05-20-18
Really good pirate m/m story :)
This was a very good story. I liked both Nathaniel and Hawk and enjoyed their story and how they came together in the end.
Nathaniel is the son of a Governor over an island colony in the new world. He grew up in England and had schooling but always had issues with reading and always prefered a more physical lifestyle than what was considered proper for someone of his station. Nathaniel has always had a longing for men but kept his preference hidden because it's considered a sin (as well as a crime punishable by death).
Hawk used to be a good man and Captain of a Privateer ship, legally operating under contract from the crown. Hawk and his crew were screwed over by a evil man (Nathaniel's father) that wrongly invalidated his contract and proclaimed him a criminal to steal his bounty. Hawk and his crew were forced to become pirates because of this treachery.
The book description gives a pretty good rundown of how the story begins so I wont give more details that might spoil the story. I will say that although Nathaniel was Hawk's prisoner, he wasn't forced into anything...it was more a matter of him deciding take advantage of his situation before he is ransomed back to his father and forced to marry a woman for her dowry. Hawk is tough but it is partially an act because of his position and he has a soft side that Nathaniel brings out. There's some angst because of the fact that Nathaniel is a bounty and Hawk's crew want their share of the ransom but that plays out well, if a bit suspenseful. In the end, things turn out well all around and Nathaniel and Hawk are able to find a place they can be together and have their HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. Nathaniel was a very good MC and I liked him a lot. Hawk was gruff and I didn't always like his actions but I liked him as a character. Together, Hawk and Nathaniel made a great couple and I was happy with how things worked out. Overall, I really liked the characters and I though the story was very good and engaging so I'd recommend it. :)
* note - I did find the narration a bit slow though so I turned the playback speed up to 1.20% and it worked really well.
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By RachelM on 05-25-18
Thoroughly enjoyable swashbuckling romp on the high seas. As always with Ms Andrews' books the romance is sweet, the sex is hot and the story gripping.
Loved the narration by Cornell Collins.
By edga on 04-17-18
Excellent all round.
I have to say that I'm not a massive fan of historical fiction , but since this was written by Kiera Andrews, one of my favourites, I couldn't wait to get my grubby little hands on it. I must say that I absolutely loved it! The story was brilliant! But what really made it for me was the two MCs, sweet and naive Nathaniel and Big Bad Hawk. I fell in love with them both, but Nathaniel stole the show. He was an absolute delight to read, the way his character developed throughout the book was so satisfying. He is one of the nicest, sweetest, funniest, entertaining, congenial, captivating heroes I think I've ever come across. The way he handled crusty old Hawk, whose vulnerability where Nathaniel was concerned was endearing , was as charming as it was masterful. The story was exciting and certainly swashbuckling, as it should have been, pirates and all that, but these two stood out as the show stoppers. In every scene together, they sizzled, and were perfect for one another. There is a big age difference, but it worked well, Hawk's experience and jaded personality being off set by Nathaniel 's youth, charm and enthusiasm. I don't want to give away any of the story, you really need to listen to it, I can't recommend this enough. The narration is first class. I'd give it more than 5 stars if I could.