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A Pirate's Love [Mass Market Paperback]

Johanna Lindsey
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Book Description

1 Jan 2009

A Pirate's Love

Sailing westward toward the Caribbean sun, young Bettina Verlaine obediently sets out to fulfill the promise made by her father--but not by her heart -- a prearranged marriage destined not to be...once the notorious Captain Tristan's pirate ship appears on the horizon.

Abducted by the bold and handsome brigand, the pale-haired beauty surrenders her innocence in the warm caress of the tropical winds -- detesting her virile captor for enslaving her. . .yet loving him for the passionate spell he casts over fragile, yearning heart.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (1 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380400480
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380400485
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 10.5 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 497,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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With more than 56 million copies of her books in print, and translated into twelve languages, Johanna Lindsey is one of the world's most popular authors of romance. She has written over thirty novels, each one has been a bestseller, with several New York Times number ones. Johanna Lindsey lives in Hawaii with her family.

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One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting reading 13 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After seeing all the bad reviews I was curious to read this one. It turned out to be very good, despite the rape scenes. It has some unexpected turns and Bettina's character is refreshingly fiesty. But this book also shows the truth of that time period. I enjoyed it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK WAS VERY GOOD 10 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
AFTER READING THE REVIEWS THAT THIS BOOK RECEIVED, I HAD TO READ IT MYSELF. THOUGH IT IS TRUE THAT THE HEROINE WAS RAPED IT IS ALSO TRUE THAT SHE DID NOT MIND IT BECAUSE THE HERO WAS GENTLE WITH HER AND TRIED NOT TO CAUSE HER UNDO PAIN.THE BOOK IS VERY GOOD AND IN MANY WAYS ABLE TO BE BELIEVED.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I quite enjoyed this book 17 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I didn't think this book was as bad as some readers have made out. Okay, so there was bits of the book where Tristan (raped) Bettina but this is fiction. There are some funny moments, I especially liked the part when Bettina meets her real father you can just picture the look on Tristans face.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Sexy pirate and a not so willing lady! 28 May 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After reading all the bad reviews i had to read this book myself. I can't belive they didnt like the book. I really enjoyed this book. Ok so the heroine wasnt verra strong. She gave in a lot. But that is life. Everyone is NOT strong. She did have quite the temper though<g> Basically, its about a noble girl from France setting sail to marry a count she has never met. She is abducted by a pirate who wants her verra badly. He falls in love with her but doesnt know it. She does the same but tries to escape him numerous times. It has a few sub plots that are suprising. It was a refreshing story to read.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Why justify rape as "romantic"? 16 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Coercion and an amount of force used in making love has been an element in at least one other Lindsey book, I have read (Fires of Winter), and when used with strong character description and plot it can be a spicy dimension in a romantic fantasy. This early Lindsey novel, however, only manages to paint a revolting picture of rape as something women have to accept to be loved.

We are presented with a man who repeatedly rapes the woman he has captured and then blames her for resisting and therefore not enjoying it. Rather than offering support and comfort, the woman's own mother and her nanny recommend she get used to being raped and also suggest she should accept it as a fact of life and let the man get on with it. The theory put forward by both women and men is that it is only "rape" if the woman resists and is beaten while trying to avoid sexual intercourse. If she is threatened into submission it is "making love".
You do not have to be a rape victim to see the distinction!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I am proberbly biased as Joanna Lindsey is my passion. I can't see what the fuss is about, every book that came after was brilliant. So her one lapse from 5 star to what ever, is forgiveable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stockholm syndrome or love? 27 May 2013
By Dannixr
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I usually never write reviews...however after reading all the negative feedback from this book. i was hesitating buying this book, turns out i had nothing to fear.

The fact that this book was based around the 1600 and a "pirate" kidnapped a young woman SHOULD show that he has means to use her for pleasure. after all pirates rape and pillage or so they have been made out in history books and so forth. So what did the readers expect? that she would willingly want to have sex with her captor? NOPE. then a majority of reader disregard the book and say it was rubbish and unrealistic. One reader even wrote as a headline "Is Rape Really So Different in the 1600's?"...WELL YES IT WAS. women were OBJECTS and property of men. the only use a woman had then was to conceive an heir and for pleasure. Even when married your husband could force you to have sex with him because it is his right as a husband. the girl (Bettina) in the book is a spoils of war, meaning he (the pirate- tristan) could do anything he pleased with her. women raped back then were not considered a victim, however the woman would be forced to marry her rapist and he would have to pay a fine for damaged property (breaking her maiden head-virginity). Don't let flimsy stories of true love and all that lead you to assume life in the 1600 was all romance and fairy tales.

I personally liked this book. Although I was a little worried during the rape scenes i felt more assured that he meant her no harm because he never raised his hand to her. He only ever physically forced her to have sex with him when she was being completely unreasonable, yet he did try to make it less unpleasant for her...but she spoiled that option herself causing more pain than necessary.

the characters lacked depth for me...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Lindsey's usual standard 24 Oct 2011
By Quills
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The reason why I love Johanna Lindsey's books is the strength of the female characters that she creates. Bettina, though? Never before have I been more tempted to toss a book out of the window in such utter despair. Unrealistic, one-dimensional and irritating are the kindest words I can use to describe her.

Why Tristan wants her is a mystery to me - were I him, no amount of 'beauty' could convince me to tolerate her. And as for Bettina wanting him after all that he puts her through? Incomprehensible.

Do yourself a favour and mentally chalk this one off the list of Lindsey's books. There are many others she has written that far outstrip this offering - I recommend that you check those out instead and give this one a wide berth (ahem).
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars aweful
hands down the worst book i have ever read. pathetic plot that at no point was in any way believable, irritating to the extreme, innacurate in the most basic details.
Published 16 months ago by C. Kitchin
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
its not so much the raping and hating of each other that goes on throughout the book right up to the end but what bothered me more is that even if we were expected to think thats a... Read more
Published 22 months ago by allana
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pirates Love
I loved this book. Once again Johanna brings her characters alive, so you feel what they are feeling and lose yourself totally.
Published on 28 Dec 2009 by Mrs. S. L. Bridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
This is my favorite Johanna Lindsey book! I can't believe some of the bad reviews I found it excellent!
Published on 19 July 2009 by Mrs. Rosalind A. Brennan
2.0 out of 5 stars please do not bother
this book was quite poor. it was a waste of time and money. captive bride was much better and highly recommended.
Published on 17 Feb 2008 by kilo
2.0 out of 5 stars Uhhh...not bad..
::Tucks book into bookshelf:: "Alright...you wanna know what i thought? ..i thought that it wasnt very horrible...But wouldnt recommend ppl to buy it.. Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2004 by J. Al-Naimi
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible writing, horrifying plot (spoilers inside)
I thought that the writing itself was bad enough. It was very childish and badly worded, but the worst part was the fact that this pirate kept raping this woman over and over and... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best
The first book of JL i ever read, and is still one of the best she combines passion intrigue and drama all rolled into one. Read more
Published on 31 July 2001 by anmimilton@aol.com
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