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Prince Gavin is powerless to refuse when his father demands he secure an alliance with a distant kingdom. At first, he sees the journey as a chance to prove his worth and indulge in the grand adventures of his dreams. Yet nothing seems right about his father’s paranoid insistence he travel by merchant ship while disguised as a diplomat. Once out on the open sea, Gavin learPrince Gavin is powerless to refuse when his father demands he secure an alliance with a distant kingdom. At first, he sees the journey as a chance to prove his worth and indulge in the grand adventures of his dreams. Yet nothing seems right about his father’s paranoid insistence he travel by merchant ship while disguised as a diplomat. Once out on the open sea, Gavin learns he’s been tricked into boarding an infamous pirate ship: the Ebon Drake.Captain Marcas Drake is delighted to discover the courtier he’s kidnapped is really a prince. Acquiring such a hefty ransom will prove once and for all he’s a brilliant pirate in his own right, not riding the coattails of his father’s fame. And using his charms to seduce his prisoner makes for an entertaining pastime. But unfortunate events turn the Ebon Drake’s crew against their captain before the ransom can be carried out.Marooned, Marcas and Gavin’s new equal footing turns the pirate’s sensual game into something else entirely. However, being stranded on a tiny island becomes the least of their worries when rescue arrives in the form of the bloodthirsty Crimson Queen, a pirate who’s been chasing Marcas for years. Working together to escape the queen is their only hope of freedom and a chance their growing love might outlast their misadventures....

Title : Prince & Pirate
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ISBN : 9781370986156
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Number of Pages : 120 Pages
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Prince & Pirate Reviews

  • Chelsea
    2019-03-14 16:44

    3.5 heartsThis is going to be one of those reviews that makes no sense. So be warned. I’m sure I’ll be going back and forth over what was good and what was average. The thing is, the good was very good, but there was a lot of average so I found it hard to rate. Hence the middle of the road rating.Okay, so story: Gavin is the Prince and only heir to a kingdom in a fantasy universe that is very similar to the 1600’s. His father is going senile and decides to send Gavin across the seas on a mission which will undoubtedly end in Gavin’s death. It doesn’t of course, but it does end in his capture by the notorious pirate, Captain Marcus Drake.The best way to describe this book would be: Adventure! There are sea creatures, commandeering ships, kidnappings, marooning, pistols, swords and blood and of course escaping the clutches of psychopathic bad guys. It was just so much fun, and something was always happening. Marcus and Gavin escape from one misfortune to fall into another.Marcus was also a real pirate, even though he describes himself as a terrible pirate… which I kind of have to agree with in the end. I don’t want some goody-two-shoes sailor, I want someone who kills and steals, which is want Marcus does. He’s nothing compared to Deckard’s Baltsaros so don’t expect that dark, but it's not fluffy and light.So the romance is really what makes or breaks an adventure story for me. It's so easy for the adventure to overtake the romance and I think that did happen here, but it's not that simple. Marcus and Gavin had a really well written build up to their relationship, and it’s a constant presence in the story. They start off as enemies, turn to allies, then friends and then lovers. Each step of the way we are shown how their relationship progresses, not told, if that makes sense. However there was a weird development, when Marcus suddenly confesses his love… it came much sooner than I was expecting and it felt misplaced. The couple seemed like they were both in the stage of friendship and lust, when suddenly there was a forever kind of love mentioned. I liked how Gavin didn’t reciprocate it automatically, he was at the same stage as me it seems. This was good because the author did justify the suddenness of Marcus’s feelings. It just felt a little… rushed.Also, here I go again on the sex rating, but there was only a blowy and then some frottage at 95%... boo! I really wanted more, especially because I could tell Gavin wanted more as well! Come on Marcus, just give it to him!!Then there was the ending. It was most definitely an excellent HEA, I struggled to pick how it was going to end until it actually happened which was good. However, it was sudden and I wanted it to end on a more romantic note for Marcus and Gavin, not so much a political one.Do I recommend this book? Yes, if you're ok with minimal sex and maximum adventure. The relationship between these men was certainly well done and unique, despite my little niggles here and there. It's an excellent voyage adventure.

  • Christina's Bookshelf
    2019-03-16 12:42

    4.5 *Prince and Pirate is a captivating tale of two unlikely souls finding peace with each other and courage to do what they've never done before. Prince Gavin is in an improbably mission by his father. He quickly becomes prey to the infamous Captain Drake. Drake is hoping that his current plan will boost ship morale, only everything he desires back fires. You can see my full review on my YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/BBVPOuCG_xg

  • Joyfully Jay
    2019-02-25 12:44

    A Joyfully Jay review. 3.75 starsPrince & Pirate is an enjoyable historical fantasy that builds in a lot of nice adventures for our heroes. What I liked most was following along with the journey these guys take together as there are a lot of different twists and turns, as well as at least two total surprises that keep the story interesting. I liked both Gavin and Marcas and rooted for them together. They make a nice contrast with the royal prince and the rogue pirate, but at the same time, these guys quickly find common ground.While I did enjoy the adventure, I think this is a story that should have been more exciting than it was. We have disguises, kidnapping, chases by insane pirate queens, marooning on a deserted island, and perils at sea. This should have been a high octane story, but things are much more staid than I think they could have been for a pirate adventure. I think this is partially the writing style, as there is just a lot of talking and describing, especially in the early parts of the book. We needed more showing and less telling. Things were interesting, but even when these guys are in peril, I never really felt the full excitement or intensity.I think there is also a lack of depth to the characters that meant it was hard to connect with them. Marcas’ backstory is more developed, though we learn about it later in the book. But I never really feel like I had a great handle on either of these men, and at times they too felt kind of flat. Their romance is a little slow to build and we don’t get either fiery hatred at the enemies stage, or strong love in the romantic stage. It seemed like at some point they just kind of were together, but I didn’t feel like the romance really builds.Read Jay’s review in its entirety here.

  • Ami
    2019-02-27 13:43

    Unfortunately I feel this story lacks sufficient background for me to be able to enjoy reading it. The romance wasn't able to engage me either. Plus the appearance of Crimson Queen made the story caricaturish.A lot of skimming happened *shrugged*

  • Hart
    2019-02-22 13:33

    I've really liked all of this author's work so far, and I love pirates, so I was very excited to read this book. I enjoyed it a lot. Gavin's father, the king, sends him on a diplomatic mission to a neighboring kingdom. The king insists that Gavin travel in disguise, which makes his trip much more dangerous. He very quickly becomes the prisoner of a notorious pirate, Marcas Drake, and they have a series of adventures together.It's set in a fantasy world, with light (but adequate) world-building. There's a good amount of action, and it's all very exciting. But the book mostly focuses on how Gavin and Marcas change over the course of their adventures: on their feelings about each other, about their families, and about their hopes for the future. They're both somewhat introspective, and the romance is slow and sweet, and not really lust-driven, although they are attracted to each other from the start. I couldn't predict how they would find their happy ending, and it was great to see them reach it together.

  • ItsAboutTheBook
    2019-02-28 14:19

    Review can be read at It's About The Book3.5 stars I have loved previous short stories by this author. I can’t say I hate the idea of a pirate and a prince falling in love either so this one had me intrigued. This book was very much a romance that revolves around a forbidden love story. There’s some violence and blood shed. One of the MCs is a pirate after all. I thought the most interesting parts were how the MCs navigated their way through the politics and danger thrown their way. The love story itself was a bit quick and angsty for my personal tastes but it fit the trope of captor and captive falling in love.Prince Gavin is sent on a voyage to a neighboring land to work out the details of his sister’s potential marriage to their prince. His father who is or has started losing his mind thinks it’s a brilliant idea to send his only son, the heir to the thrown, on a ship by himself under the guise he’s just a normal man working for the king. Despite Gavin’s protests the arrangement is made and he boards the ship. Only to realize he’s been taken captive by the notorious Captain Marcas Drake. Drake thinks he’s kidnapped a normal man. When he realizes he has the Prince he thinks his retirement is near because a Prince brings a hefty ransom. Drake doesn’t particularly want to be a pirate forever. He’s made a name for himself but he wants more out of life. Drake feels an attraction to Gavin that he’s open to giving into. Gavin has more shame when it comes to being with a man. The guys get to know each other under stressful and dangerous situations. They fall in love. If they’re being honest with themselves there’s no chance to escape the danger and get the HEA they wish they could have. Or is there?I think if you’re fine with the pirate/prince or captive/captor trope you’ll enjoy this story. I thought at times the pace was too fast. Skimming over the build of the guy’s relationship. The moments Drake realizes he wants more than just sex with Gavin were missed. I couldn’t help but question his judgment when handling his crew at times. I saw their issues coming a mile away. I liked the MCs together. Their struggle was a bit too angsty at times for me but I did like how they stuck together through everything. The bad gal was crazy. I can see why people feared her. She wasn’t quite right but an amazing pirate. Gavin’s sister was adorable. I liked that he had her because his father was awful. Basically this was a pretty good read but I can’t say I loved it. It was nice for a change of pace. This author is for sure one to check out.

  • Chasia Lloyd
    2019-02-28 13:22

    This adventurous tale features a trope that often makes me nervous - a romance between a captor and captive. The imbalanced nature of their relationship worried me, but I was intrigued by the premise of the book. Fortunately, Gavin and Marcus's relationship evolved to more equal grounds, allowing me to fully appreciate their romance against the actiony, political backdrop of the plot.

  • Jane Harper
    2019-02-20 17:18

    This book wasn't bad, it was just kind of dull. I never really felt the love (or even the lust) between the two MCs. The pirate action parts were exciting and enjoyable, although I felt the plot lacked cohesiveness.

  • Em Ali
    2019-03-07 20:31

    Very fun adventurous about a gay prince who gets kidnapped and the gay pirate who falls for him. Didn't like the ableism.

  • Nova
    2019-03-15 13:28

    2.5 stars

  • Mari Cardenas ~ Bayou Book Junkie
    2019-02-26 16:32

    ***Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by NineStar Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.***I have to admit I wasn't too sure how I felt about this book until I was around 25% or so. While it's labeled as historical, I think it's more of an historical fantasy, as it takes place in a fantasy world. Anyway, if as me, you feel a bit lost at first, please hang in there, I promise you it does get much better. Prince Gavin has noticed the decline in his father's mental health for the last five years, but he never expected King Malcolm to send him, the crowned prince, away on a sea trip without any guards to look out for him. However, even if he knows it's a suicide mission, it's not like he can say no to the king. What he didn't expect was that he'd find himself kidnapped by the infamous Pirate Drake within hours of boarding the ship that was to take him to the kingdom of Highbron. Pirate Marcas Drake is not your usual run-of-the-mill pirate, though, and when he realizes that Gavin is not just a diplomat sent to Highbron by King Malcolm, but the crowned prince, he decides that he'll exchange Gavin for a ransom, but in the meantime he can seduce him. He didn't count on his crew to be so supersticious and thinking that Gavin, being a redhead, would be a threat to them all, turning on him and leaving both Gavin and Marcas stranded on a small island. Gavin isn't too certain if giving into Marcas' seduction attempts is a good idea, but the attraction between them continues to grow, even when faced with a new and bigger threat than they'd had to face until then... the Crimson Queen.I really liked Gavin and Marcas, even if at first I wasn't sure what to make of the pirate. Marcas ended up growing on me, though, and he ended up being my favorite of the two of them. I loved seeing Gavin grow up throughout the book, until he was a man that could actually rule the most powerful kingdom in this world. They had great chemistry and I just loved their interactions. I also liked Gavin's sister and the Crimson Queen was so entertaining, even if she was completely insane (or maybe because of that?) This is not quite a romance, it's more like an adventure book with some romance. It's filled with turns and twists that kept me at the edge of my seat and I was swept away to this fantastic world Elliot Cooper created. Very recommendable!Rating: 4 Stars

  • D.
    2019-03-01 14:30

    This was a saucy, often explicit, tale of a Prince getting kidnapped by and falling for a pirate. There was a bit of a slow start to set up the book, but the pace picks up fairly quickly. Nine Star Press lists this under the Historical Fiction genere, but Cooper’s site lists this as Fantasy. If you’re not into SciFi/Fantasy I can assure you that you won’t even notice that it is Fantasy. It was more of a new world based off of pirates and royalty than anything stereotypically thought of when the word Fantasy comes up. I’d say if you want a pirate romance you should look into this.Pirates aren’t really my thing (probably because I’m a historian and read about real pirates, which makes you not want to read about them having sex with anyone), but I have to say that I really enjoyed this. It was believable that the prince would get involved with a pirate despite them being from two different worlds. That’s an important part of writing that I feel gets ignored a lot, so I like to give kudos when books pull it off.This didn’t bother me, but this might be a let down if you want a bit of pirate world-building. You get a vague sense of this world, but the book is focused more on getting Marcas and Gavin from point A to point B (both geographically and romantically). If you’re looking for something that has more of the inner workings of a ship or piracy I’d say this isn’t for you, but if you’re more into the idea of 'a pirate and prince together' than accouterments, then I’d say go for it.The plot wasn’t super involved or super deep, but I mean it’s a pirate romance. He goes in and plunders and carries a sword. I liked the characters and I liked the romance and the traipsing around in a boat, and didn’t really care what else was going on to be honest. Usually I like more novelesque books but this worked for me. There was enough plot to fill your imagination and put a backdrop to their romance.The only thing I didn’t really like about this book was Marcas’ sister. She was annoying and every time she showed up I totally understood why Marcas was trying to avoid her. I understand that she was a plot catalyst but I was like GO AWAY ALREADY.Originally posted at justlovereviews.com

  • SheReadsALot
    2019-03-03 18:19

    A Hearts On Fire Review to come...

  • Sneath
    2019-03-01 17:36

    I liked the story but there were parts that seemed anticlimactic so whatever endeavors the MCs experienced didn't feel impactful.