The Pirate and the Pagan

The Pirate and the Pagan

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by Virginia Henley
     
 

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Wild as a pagan goddess, Lady Summer galloped her stallion along the Cornish coast.  She had dabbled in the smuggler's game to save her family estate, but a wealthy marriage would better serve her purpose now.  Lord Ruark Helford seemed the answer to her reckless prayers.  But as his hot, hungry kisses drew her toward deception and

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Wild as a pagan goddess, Lady Summer galloped her stallion along the Cornish coast.  She had dabbled in the smuggler's game to save her family estate, but a wealthy marriage would better serve her purpose now.  Lord Ruark Helford seemed the answer to her reckless prayers.  But as his hot, hungry kisses drew her toward deception and irresistible acts of love, she had to hesitate.  Would this arrogant, handsome lord be her ticket to heaven—or hell?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gratuitous cursing and fatuous one-liners abound, and from its tasteless double entendre opening to its predictable ending, Henley's ( The Falcon and the Flower ) romance slogs through 17th-century England with all the wit and originality of a mud-wrestling match. The impoverished Lady Summer St. Catherine and her brother Spencer live in the family's ramshackle country house until, during a brief trip to London, Summer catches the eye of Lord Ruark Helford, her wealthy neighbor in Cornwall. Upon their return to the country, Summer conceals her poverty as she charms Ruark, who proposes. Their idyllic happiness ends in a major row when Ruark learns the truth and concludes he's been used by Summer for his money and his power as a magistrate to free her brother who has been imprisoned on smuggling chargesp. 277 . Summer flees and finds romance, mystery and financial assistance in the arms of a dashing pirate called Rory (obviously Ruark in disguise). Subsequently, Summer romps at court, sports with ``Rory,'' clashes with Ruark and even gets herself tossed into prison on her way to a final happy reconciliation. (Dec.) RED WOLF put into 1019

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440206231
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1990
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
264,937
Product dimensions:
4.16(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.19(d)

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Pirate and the Pagan 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read many other romance novels before this, to the point where it was becoming very repetitive. You have your perfect female lead who is usually forced into an arranged marriage to an equally perfect male lead, some petty squabbling ensues, though eventually they come to truly love each other, ect... yeah right. I truly enjoyed this book. The heroine is bold, daring, and has the courage to do what ever it takes, be it forcing herself to act like a lady when she lives the life of a street urchin, holding up coaches and robbing nobles, or cavorting with pirates. Yet she is also has her soft side, which truly shows through in caring for her brother. The male lead is handsome, and truly a gentleman, yet has his faults, from his dark destructive temper to his tendency to force his will on others. While this is some slapping and practically forced sexual encounter, I find that very true to the time and place the story is written in. He never seriously abuses or hurts her. Their relationship is very dark and volatile, but is also refreshing in that they were truly in love when they married, and unlike SO many romance novels, their marriage was consensual, not arranged, and their love was so full or passion and energy, with nothing ever held back. The main conflict happens after the marriage, when Raurk find his new wife deceived him, which leads to an estrangement, and even more shocking, an affair on the FEMALE'S part, which then continues through most of the book. That definitely caught me off guard. I have not found something like that in any other romance novel. Furthermore, no petty squabbling. Their fights are explosive, if sometime over simple misunderstandings, where they again display all the passion and fire each is capable of. They hold nothing back. I would definitely recommend this book, but I don't think it would be for the feint of heart. If you truly want a breathtaking romance with two very strong passionate leads, unexpected twists, daring acts, and most of all, a burning love that almost scorches, this is the book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sopped reading VH for awhile because the books were getting repetitive and stupid. I came back to my regret. Its always the same. The women are always the most beautiful women in the history of the world, and the men are so virile and well hung its a wonder the don't get women pregnant just by walking in the room. The women are always si childish and immature, and they are always so 'daring' meaning VH has them doing things that would never happen in their own time periods. The men are so arrogant that that they become unlikable, and although there is lots of sex in the story, I'm always confused as to when they actually fall in love. Skip this trash and just rent a porno.
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OSfanbook More than 1 year ago
very entertaining. feisty heroine, strong hero, historical setting and some great love scenes. Great romance novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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This is my favorite of this authors. What a fantastic story with lots of twists and turns. Love it!
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These were by far the most complicated, passionate, stubborn, jealous, possesive, amusing, impulsive, complex characters Ive ever met lol. This was a wonderful read that pulls you in and keeps you fully engaged from beginning to end! Two very proud leads make for an extremely complicated relationship that keeps you on your toes. I had the brother pegged almost off the bat, but you find yourself second guessing and questioning why? This book will stick with you wayyyy after the read! To better understand these characters ill probably read again in the future...
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