The Pirate and the Pagan

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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 ...
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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440206231
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1990
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 807,185
  • Product dimensions: 4.16 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2008

    Refreshing New Take Romance - The Darker Side of Love

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2012

    Gag me!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2014

    very entertaining. feisty heroine, strong hero, historical setti

    very entertaining. feisty heroine, strong hero, historical setting and some great love scenes. Great romance novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Loved it!

    Loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2012

    My Favorite of Henley's

    This is my favorite of this authors. What a fantastic story with lots of twists and turns. Love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2012

    Dont Miss Out!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    Very Intense Book

    From the beginning, you're pull into a very intense plot where there's manipulation, attration and danger. The two main charcter are very bold, completely stubborn and are made for each other. It's a wonderful book, long but definetely worth every page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2006

    Good Read And Here's The Description

    '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? A bold lord with only seduction in mind- Both a ruthless privateer and King Charles II's confidant, Lord Helford was a mysterious and dangerous man. Lady Summer's sensual innocence captivated him. When she suddenly appeared at court, he thought she'd be an easy conquest, a willing student of his brazen, skillful desire. But when she managed to steal his heart he vowed she must submit, obey, and never deceive him or by God's tears, he'd tame her not as a gentleman but as only a pirate could...'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Dont' Let The Title Fool You - Little Pirating in This Story

    I was an avid romance reader for over 20 years. I stopped reading a few years back as I simply got bored with the plot lines and characters ¿ everything started blending after awhile. I returned to reading last year and found a handful of interesting and talented authors to fire up my interest and imagination again. I picked up Virigina Henley again. I thought I¿d try her again all these years later and remind myself of her ability. Sadly¿memory came flooding back within 1-2 chapters of reading ¿The Pirate & The Pagan¿. I remembered clearly why I stopped reading VH books. 1) Although her heroines are feisty, full of passion and beautiful¿they often have serious potty mouths, attempt the most unusual activities, go over-board in everything they do and are usually self-centered chits ¿ they are simply NOT believable or truly likeable main female characters 2) Although her hero¿s are often hot looking, well built, clearly well endowed and passionate leads¿they are also hot headed, violent, angry, and a bit on the condescending side of things ¿ not likeable traits in our main male leads and finally 3) sex occurs early and often and many of the love scenes border on the female being smacked around and/or being taken by force or worse ¿ not appealing at all. In this book, Rory/Ruark slapped Summer one too many times for me. He forced her into sex scenes after dark arguments and heated fights. He never apologized for his actions. She got angry each time but, almost seemed to accept this behavior because ¿she loved the man¿. Yuck! Smacking a woman around was never in fashion ¿ whether this book was written in 1880, 1990 or 2006! Some readers felt the twist of the twin brothers ¿Ruark¿ and ¿Rory¿ was great. I thought it was poorly written, easy to see around and wasn¿t believable in the least. Each time one brother was around, the other was missing. They looked like each other, acted like one another and she was attuned to each the same. So Rory laughed and joked and Ruark was deep and serious ¿ you mean a woman who loves you beyond all else couldn¿t see past this until the very end? Summer was clueless along with beautiful and self-centered. I could go on and on about this book but, really it was simply about two people hot for each other. They fought, made up, had hot sex scenes, got mad again, misunderstandings abound, a few smacks occur now and then and it¿s back to fighting again and again and again. If you are looking for a stimulating, imaginative and emotional read ¿ this is not for you. Especially if you have a strong sense of self-esteem. If you just want some heavy sex scenes and a few man dominating woman passages, this is for you. I would recommend you don¿t waste your money on this book. It¿s outdated, boring and predictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2005

    Don't read too many in a row

    I've read a lot of romance and I've excepted the formulaic nature of the genre. In truth is't like watching a Disney movie, part of the fun is knowing there will be a happy ending! However, I have a marked tendancy to like an author and gorge on her works. I was disappointed because this book is so similar to some of her others. I found myself tired of the heroines many 'oaths' and the 'game' of love the protagonists played out. I appreciate the factual information that Henley includes in her work, as it makes history much more interesting! However I found myself skimming this book, it is simply too much like some of the other books of Henley's I've read previously. Additionally, I had a bit of an epiphany as I read. I was bothered by something in Henley's work, akin to Coulters tendancy to include force, coersion or trickery in her initial sexual encounters between the main characters. In no instance that readily comes to mind are Henley's characters rewarded for prudence, constancy, compassion, or respect. The female characters are temptuous and overblown, the male characters are capable of great brutality and dominance. While that may be ok for a few bodice rippers, I have to agree with another reviewer that sometimes it gets so out of hand, it's tasteless. I'd recommend this as an isolated read, when you're in the mood for a bit of history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    Its one of those books that you guess...but aren't really sure

    This book was great. Summer was what i picture as a great female historical romance protagonist. It was like a pretty-woman-historical day story. I loved it. Plus the way the plot twists with the 'brother pirate' keeps you really wondering...hmm...is it really his brother? I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2003

    My God....

    This book was exceptionally beautiful and the dramtic part of the book is soooo captivating... usually when im reading a book i ask myself if id read it again... i dont think i'll read this book again because it leaves your heart in such desperate measures because of the hero and heroine..... Ruark is a hard man... and Summer is not timid but bold and in love... God, if you ever find your self looking at this book either online or on a bookshelf PLEASE pick it up and read it... you'll finish the book with your mouth open and tears..... of happiness in your eyes.... i hope Ms. Henley writes more books like these i would pick them up without even questioning my choice.... Some of the small details that happen between Summer and Ruark are remarkable...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2003

    Great Ending!!

    Don't let the first chapter fool you, it was an unusual beginning chapter...you must keep reading, it gets better and better as it goes. I loved it so much by the end I wanted to read it again just so I could soak up even more details I may have missed the first time! I LOVED IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2003

    BE YOUR OWN CRITIC

    Critics are notoriously good at trashing good novels with such rubbish,as trite cliches etc. Henly is one of the most riveting authors I've ever come across, you will never sleep or get bored while reading one of her books, on the contrary you will be wide awake and totally caught in the plot and the descriptive versitility of the author. she is nothing if not original if not in general plot in the style of writing. she can never be mistaken with another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    Well.......

    I very much enjoy Virginia Henleys books. The only objection i have is the way she goes into dirty little details. As a teen reader, I can honestly say that it can sometimes ruin the romantic mood of the story, especially her kinky, unrealistic portrayal of love. But overall, it was an ok? book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    Excellent, Excellent, Excellent

    Henley is the best, and this book proves it. Sex, adventure, romance, and susppense. I Love romance books but I am a very picky reader, however V.H. meets all of my romance requirements.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2001

    Couldn't put it down!!!

    So often I start reading a book and half way through, I am so bored that I am ready to skip to the ending to get it over with. That all changed when I bought 'The Pirate and the Pagan' last week. This was exactly what I was looking for! I absolutely COULD NOT put this book down! Thank you so much, Ms. Henley. I didn't even think of skipping to the end, because I didn't want to miss a single sentence. I went back yesterday and purchased three more of your titles. I cried, I laughed, then Cat and Ruark took my breath away. I simply didn't want this book to end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2001

    The Best

    I have never read romance novels before, but this book has hooked me. I tried other authors after, but none like Virginia Henley's books. I'm going to read only her novels from now on; all her novels. She's the best author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2000

    An Ingenious Pair of Lovers

    This book is absolutely fabulous!! It will have u hooked from the first page. The feisty Summer, and the sexy, bold Ruark will steal your heart, and have you cheering for what you know is inevitable. A witty, sensual romance that will live in your heart for all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2000

    ***********Fabulous************

    This book is TERRIFIC! I had an absolute blast reading this one, I hope Virginia Henley gives us more like it! This is one of the few romance novels I've ever finished, I'm sure I'll read this one again and again!

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