Clockwork Pirate is a unique story done in a steampunk setting. Alex is a lord of a crumbling home/business. Their tobacco shipments keep getting stolen so he decides to go on the ship with the current one. What he doesn't plan on is getting taken captive by pirates. Fortunately for Alex he gets taken by a pirate who is drawn to him. Beche is a little more honorable than most pirates and he realizes there is something about Alex's gentleness and kindness that appeals to him. Soon Beche's life is at stake and it's up to Alex to save him.
I liked the unique setting of this story. The mix of pirates and machinery was really interesting and well done. What a cool world the author set up. I liked both of the main characters. They were very different from each other but you could understand what it was that drew them to each other. The author didn't water down Beche's pirate character. He was a guy who did bad things but he also had a side that loved and cared for his friends and his shipmates. These two were really sweet together. My only complaint was that I would have liked to see them get together a little sooner in the story. This was a very slow burn relationship and there were no sexy times until close to the end of the book.
All in all I found this to be a really creative and different type of story. If you like steampunk you will definitely enjoy this. If you haven't tried this genre before this is a great story to start with.
Alex hid his unnatural attraction to men for many years. That changes when the pirate Beche takes Alex after capturing his ship. At first Alex believes his fate is death and the only question a matter of how he might die. However, the longer he is on the ship, the more he realizes that Beche hates the world because it is unfair in ways Alex never understood. As Alex begins to respect this strong, independent man, Alex’s dormant desires begin to reassert themselves.
Beche hates the titled classes and their government enforcers. They might have outlawed slavery on paper, but they never came to the islands to free him or his family. Since his skin is black, society has little respect for him. Beche expects no more of this latest captive, but soon Beche begins to realize that Alex is a naïve and beautiful man who values family and struggles with his own place in society. That poses an even larger problem because Beche does not want to send Alex back to a world that will mistreat him, but he has no place for a lord on a ship full of pirates.