Looking for a Hero

Looking for a Hero

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by Patti Berg

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Pretty Kate Cameron was looking for a man to sweep her off her feet, but she never expected him to be wielding a cutlass and claiming to be the infamous Morgan "Black Heart" Farrell, a pirate captain who lived nearly three hundred years before. Danger may have followed him from the past, but he's not about to leave while Kate needs him.


Pretty Kate Cameron was looking for a man to sweep her off her feet, but she never expected him to be wielding a cutlass and claiming to be the infamous Morgan "Black Heart" Farrell, a pirate captain who lived nearly three hundred years before. Danger may have followed him from the past, but he's not about to leave while Kate needs him.

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One of the best spinners of tales the genre has to offer.

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Chapter One

I had a dream which was not all a dream.


Into the present ...

A monstrous wave rose from the belly of the ocean, churning and foaming as it sped toward the strand. The teeming water crashed into the shore, tossing a bedraggled body mercilessly onto the beach. Salt water swirled over and around the man's legs, chest, and head, and slowly his limp, nearly lifeless fingers reached out and clawed at the sand to keep him from being dragged back into the cruel sea.

Black Heart gasped for air, crawling inch by inch up the familiar beach as he fought the pull of the ocean and the push of the hurricane winds which wanted to claim his last ounce of breath. But he refused to give up.

Stabbing the cutlass he hadn't relinquished to the sea into the sand for leverage, he struggled further from the water, then used the sword as a crutch to pull his weary body up from the ground. His legs wobbled beneath his weight. He'd exhausted most all his strength fighting for life in the raging Atlantic. He had little energy left to make it to shelter, but he'd find the power somewhere.

The wind blasted him from all sides as he pressed against the storm. Shielding his eyes with his hand, he could make out the grove of palms where he'd sought refuge many years before. Further inland was the fortress of rock, shell, and mud secluded in an oasis of moss-draped cypress, wind-twisted pines, and palmetto palms. If he could just make it to his hideaway, he could rest. There was rum stashed inside which would quench his thirst. If he drank enough, it might also numb thethrobbing ache in his head and force him to sleep.

When he reached the palms that bent as easily as blades of grass in the wind, he wrapped his arms around a prickly trunk. Resting his cheek a against the surface, he waited for the howling storm to calm. He prayed for just one moment of peace, one minute of rest.

Instead, nausea overwhelmed him and a dizzymg array of colors swirled before his eyes as the earth spun around and around. Pain pulsed at his temple. He didn't need to reach up and touch the spot. He could easily envision the swollen, bloodclotted gash beneath his hair. The wound should have killed him. Hell, he should have drowned in the angry sea, but he was too stubborn to die. And he'd be damned if he'd meet his Maker, or the Devil himself, before wreaking revenge on Thomas Low.

'Twas that vengeance that drove him onward. Taking a deep breath, he pushed away from the tree and stumbled as he fought the wind, the bite of drifting, pelting sand, and the palm fronds and cypress branches that flew helter-skelter through the air.

Suddenly he halted. The pain in his body swept to the center of his heart as he surveyed the ravages before him. Dear God Almighty. Like the rest of his life, his home had been destroyed. Portions of the roof were gone and the walls looked as if they'd been blasted by cannonballs. The place where he'd hidden from his enemies was now just a skeleton, only a meager frame of the stronghold he'd built with his own two hands.

He raised his fist and his eyes to the darkened sky. "I won't let this defeat me. I swore revenge and I mean to get it, no matter what obstacles You or the Devil shove in my way."

Thunder bellowed, and a heavy sheet of rain crashed down from the clouds.

Meet the Author

Always a romatic, Patti Berg spent her childhood dreaming about being whisked away by a knight in shining armor, a devil-may-care swashbuckler, a sheik on a shiny black stallion, or a broad-shouldered cowboy with a Stetson tilted low on his brow. Now she spends her days making up stories in which her heroes do whatever she wants them to. It's almost as good as a dream coming true, she confesses.

Currently working on her next book for Avon Books, Patti hopes she'll have a long career sharing her dreams and fantasies with others.

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Looking for a Hero 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading so many serious historical romances, I needed a break. I was looking for something with fun, intrigue, and steamy romance....And I got it! This is a really fun book about the famed pirate, Black Heart, who is not what he seems. In the year 1702 he is taking his enemy, Thomas Low, to the queen to be tried for the murder for Black Heart's family. During the journey, a hurricane strikes, and Low is freed. When Black Heart wakes up he is crawling up to the island he buried his sister on years ago and find that things are not what they were when he left. Kate and Casey Cunningham are stranded on an island in the Bermuda Triangle in the year 1998. Kate is a widow whose husband was killed a few years ago, and now she is trying to find buried treasure on the island. Casey, who is 6, is praying for a pirate from God. To her mother's dismay, Casey's prayers are answered. Over the next few weeks, Kate and Casey nurse Black Heart back to health, while he is trying to find a way to get back to 1702 and bring Low to justice. Kate and Black Heart learn a lot about each other, and about love.... ENJOY!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a good book, it was a little predictable but... it was funny and entertaining for a light enjoyable fantasy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the first couple of chapters, I could almost predict what the story would bring. Sure enough... it wasn't a suprise. I've read much better time-travel romances and I have multiple bookcases to prove it. This is one of those you don't keep to read again.