The Pirate's Willing Captive
By Lyra Brooks
Published: August 25, 2012.
Kai was orphaned as a baby and grew up on the streets with his best friend and protector, Ajal with whom he is very much in love. When the dark-skinned boy disappears one day, everyone assumes that he's dead.
Years later, Kai is working as a cook aboard an interplanetary cruise ship when the ship is attacked by pirates! And one of those pirates bears a striking resemblance to his old friend...