Prince & Pirate, by Elliot Cooper
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: November 28, 2016
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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 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.
Historical Fiction / Fantasy
Stranded on a Desert Island
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.
Elliot Cooper writes speculative fiction featuring queer characters. His novels and novellas come with hopeful and happy endings, though his short fiction runs the gamut of styles and genres. He strives above all to make his readers feel, while also increasing positive representation of LGBTQ characters and their stories.
Find out more about Cooper and his books over at http://www.elliotcooperwrites.com
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.