A Pirate's Love

A Pirate's Love

by Johanna Lindsey

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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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ISBN-13: 9780062106629
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2011
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 154,817
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

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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Chapter One

Bettina Verlaine was more than apprehensive when she entered the sun-filled drawing room that morning and stood before her mother and father. It wasn't often that André Verlaine summoned her so early, and never before had he warned her to be present a day ahead. She knew that he must have something very important to tell her, something that would affect her life. She'd had the whole night to worry about it, but deep inside of her she knew what it would be. She was nineteen and marriageable.

She had expected to be married off three years ago, when she had come home from the convent school. Most girls from wealthy families were betrothed when they were only children, and married at the young age of fourteen or fifteen, as Bettina's mother had been. Many suitors had come to call on Bettina's father, though she had not been allowed to see them. But her father would consider none of the young men who sought her, for none was rich enough to suit him.

Bettina was sure that her future had now been decided. Soon she would be told the name of the man she would marry.

André Verlaine was seated at his desk and hadn't bothered to look up when Bettina entered the room. Could her father be deliberately putting off the task of telling her his decision? Perhaps he was feeling a trifle guilty about it now. But then, how could he? He was the same man who had sent her to the convent, saying she had become too troublesome to handle. She had spent most of her nineteen years away from home, and now she would be sent away again, forever.

Jossel Verlaine looked at her daughter anxiously. She had tried desperately to dissuade Andréfrom choosing Bettina's husband and thought she had succeeded until last night, when André had offhandedly informed her of his decision. Bettina wasn't like most girls; she was too spirited and too beautiful to be just given away. She might have chosen a good husband for herself, if only André had been reasonable. But no, André had to find a wealthy and titled husband for his daughter, and didn't care if Bettina found him repulsive or not.

Jossel sat before the open doors that led onto the terrace, as she did every morning, but today she hadn't been able to take one stitch in the tapestry before her. She couldn't stop thinking of the fate that awaited her daughter.

"Well, Bettina, this will not take long," André Verlaine finally said brusquely.

But he didn't alarm Bettina. Her father was never one to show tenderness or love for her, or for her mother, either. He treated them both as he treated the servants. André Verlaine was a cold man, obsessed only with increasing his wealth. And this consumed nearly all his time and thoughts, leaving little for his family.

"Why don't you sit down, ma chérie," Jossel said tenderly, before her husband had a chance to continue.

Bettina knew that her mother loved her. But she refused to sit, not wanting to appear relaxed and make it easier for her father. Bettina was feeling rebellious, and knew she had no right to be, for this was the way of things in the year 1667. It had been the same for centuries, and would probably never change. She just wished that her mother -had not talked so much about falling in love and choosing her own husband.

Mariage de convenance was what daughters were for, at least daughters of wealthy parents. Besides, no eligible men lived in their small hometown of Argentan, only peasants and petty tradesmen. If Bettina had chanced to fall in love, her father would never have consented, and she had been kept isolated from young men of her own class.

"I have arranged for your marriage to Comte Pierre de Lambert," André continued. "It will take place soon after the beginning of the new year."

Bettina flashed her dark-green eyes at him angrily, one last show of defiance to let him know what she thought about his crude announcement; then she bowed her head meekly as a good, obedient daughter was expected to do.

"Yes, Papa," Bettina said quietly, amazed at her own self-control.

"You will leave in a month. This will not give you much time to make your trousseau, so I will hire dressmakers to help you. Comte de Lambert resides on Saint Martin, an island in the Caribbean, so you will travel by ship. Unfortunately, it will be a long and tedious voyage. Madeleine, your old nurse, will go with you as chaperone and companion."

"Why must I go so far away?" Bettina exploded.

"Surely there must be someone here in France I could marry.

"By the Blessed Virgin!" André shouted, his otherwise milky complexion turning quite red. He stood up and glared at his wife. "I sent her to that convent to learn obedience! But all those years were wasted, I can see. She still questions my authority."

"If you would only take her wishes into consideration, André Is that too much to ask?" Jossel ventured.

"Her wishes are of no concern, madame," said André "And I will not stand for any more of your opposition. The betrothal has been arranged and cannot be undone. Bettina will marry Comte Pierre de Lambert. I pray God he can curb her defiance where I have failed!"

Bettina bristled. Did her father always have to talk as if she were not even present, as if she were of no consequence at all? She loved her father, but sometimes-in fact, most times-he made her so mad she could scream.

"May I be excused now, Papa?" she asked.

"Yes, yes," he replied irritably. "You have been told all that you need to know."

Bettina hurried from the drawing room, wanting to laugh, for what had she actually been told? She knew the man's name, where he lived, and that she would marry him after the new year arrived, that was all. Well, at least her father hadn't married her off fresh out of the convent. No, it had taken him three years to find her a husband, a man who could make it possible for him to increase his own wealth.

Bettina was full of conflicting emotions as she quickly ran up the stairs. She was angry with her father for sending her to a man who lived so far away. She would be in a new land, a land of strangers, and this terrified her. She wasn't really angry with him for arranging the marriage, for she had expected no less, and she was relieved in a way that it was finally done. She felt deep sorrow that she would be leaving her mother. But to counteract these feelings was a kind of joy-joy that she would not be completely alone on this journey. Madeleine would be with her, dear Maddy, whom she loved as much as she loved her mother.

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A Pirate's Love 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 159 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally, I love all of JL's books. I havent come across one that i thought was complete trash. The controversy surrounding this book Is the fact that Tristan rapes Bettina. Bettina was completely ignorant in passion,sex,love. Yes, it was rape. But she didnt want to be involved. She wanted it to be that way. It tells you in the book, she purposely pushed his buttons, so she wouldnt have to be humiliated by her bodies own responses. Can we not grow to love people despite their faults? or the past? You also have to consider this was indeed written in a different time. Pirates arent supposed to be suave and debonair, I think its JL's almost accurate characteristics of pirates that actually made me enjoy the book. The plot is good, and the book is humorous. She didnt even know she cared until he brought his exflame to his house. IT just goes to show you how blind love can really be. and to explain a bit more on the question 'how could she love him?' , Same concept could be applied today. How can women love husbands that beat them? You cant choose who you love, or why. It just happens. It might be wrong, it might not, Its your opinion and no one elses. I personally enjoy this book, does that mean you will ? no. I have my own tastes and so do you. So before people go trashing the book, think about it. Dont turn people away because you hated it, others may like it. Give them a chance to. You'll never know if you dont try.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally, I find it hard to see what's NOT to like about this novel. I bought this book on a four hour car ride home and finished it cover to cover. It's amazing the perceptions of other's in having read this book and disliking it. It was one of the BEST historical romance 'reads' I have ever had the pleasure of finding! As a matter of fact, my own personal copy has now been passed on to the fifth person in my book club. Throughout the year, we read serious novels, but as soon as the summer months approach we pick up our romance Beach 'reads' and drift away...this is definately a transcending piece. I highly recommend this book if you're looking for love in all the RIGHT places. Anything writen by Johanna Lindsey will almost ALWAYS carry you to far off places, with endings that leave you searching for more of the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first picked up this book because it was by an author whose books I generally love. This was not the case with A Pirate's Love. I actually had to force myself to finish the book, only because I felt obligated to finish what I start. The characters had no redeemable qualities except for Bettina, but even she falls short when she starts to love Capt. Tristan. I did not understand the love story. He rapes her repeatedly then wonders why she resists him. Is he an idiot or what? Then there are the stupid side characters that keep asking her why she hates him so much. Hmm... let me guess, it wouldn't be the fact that he continually rapes her would it? Not only that Tristan has seen his mother be rape repeatedly when he is a child, you would think that he would look upon rape as immoral. Oh then there is the question of is he a pirate or a privateer? It is horrible and I definitely do not recommend it. I wouldn't have even given it one star, but that unfortunately is not possible.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I cant believe people actually loved this book, I mean Tristan takes her to his cabin and rapes her over and over all the while telling her lies to get her to do what he wants, people tell her not to hate him because she has no reason to, and she ends up falling in love with him, what a load of bull
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all of johanna lindsey's books except this one, it starts out with him raping her on the first encounter and then he rapes her every time they are in a room together. then she falls in love with him I don't think so! I threw it in the trash it was so bad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a record of how far Johanna Lindsey has come since she wrote this book. I have read most of her books and came across this one wondering why I had not read it. Now I know. It's very poorly written pedantic prose. Of all she's written this is one of her worst novels. I read a few chapters before eventually resorting to skimming. I was simply unable to understand why any woman would fall in love with a murderous rapist. Neither the hero or the heroine have a single redeemable quality which has as much to do with the way they were written as their characters. Skip this old novel and grab one of her newer ones.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book I was a bit apprehensive but decided, what the heck, how bad can it be? The answer is, pretty bad. Normally I'll finish a book, even if it's not the best, but with A Pirate's Love I couldn't even last a hundred pages. Not only was the book extremely stilted, but I felt like I was reading sentences from a child. I am usually not very critical but there is a point when one must draw the line and say enough is enough. I also didn't enjoy reading about the Bettina being raped continually by the 'hero.' In conclusion, what can I say? One must reevaluate the merits of a novel when someone who usually isn't the least bit picky or judgmental thinks that this Lindsey novel makes better fire kindling than reading material.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read several of her books and putting aside the constant raping, this book is not good. There is no humor found in her later books and the characters are flat. Be wary of her earlier books.
kaitebop14 More than 1 year ago
i usually love johanna lindseys novels. but this one was terrivle to say the least. 3/4 of the way through the book and the heroine and the hero still hate each other. when i buy a romance novel i would actually like to read romance. but instead i read hatefilled words between the two main characters almost until the very end. if i could get my money back trust me i would be demanding it. i was extremely disappointed with this book and hope all other lindsey novelss are much better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The worst romance novel I have ever read! Tristan rapes Bettina over and over again, then she falls in love with him? No way thats so gross! I would hate the guy for life not marry him! This is the only book I have ever read by this author and it's going to stay that way!
ba0wey More than 1 year ago
Now I know that there are a lot of controversies regarding the “rape” contents in this book. Many will say that our male hero Tristan repeatedly rapes our heroine Bettina throughout the story, therefore, how can she manage to fall in love with him in the end? Well in JL’s defense, this book is set in the 1600s and for a pirate to properly court lady until she is willing to give in is quite frankly, extremely out of character and would not make for a good read. However, I would like to clarify that although rape is not ok in any way shape or form, in this story in particular, due to the lack of details and overall poorly constructed writing coming from JL, the rape scenes are less gruesome and terrifying than the actual though of “rape” itself. Unlike some of JL’s more recent works, A Pirate’s Love definitely showcased the earlier years of JL’s writing career. The story itself lacked realistic dialogues and descriptive visualization that make for a good read. You do not feel a sense of connection between the two characters, especially whenever they would speak. JL’s usage of simple sentences and vague descriptions of their encounters make you feel as if a child was writing the book. Even the way she portrays how the characters would act, speak and respond to a situation is very childlike. It does not give you a sense of completion to the story whatsoever. For someone who loves to read, I always try to give the books I am not feeling for a second change. But in the case of APL, I had an extremely difficult time mustering up the endurance to read this book. No matter how hard I tried, I could not fully visualize the story to make it a decent read. Her writing style, in my opinion, is just not up to par. If you are worried about the rape, do not be. It is poorly constructed and is not as gruesome as one might think. I give APL two stars for a good storyline, if only it could have been executed much differently.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my all time favorite Johanna Lindsay novel. I have read this book at least 4 times over the last few years. I do not in any way condone rape (and yes, there is a lot of rape in this book), but in real life, pirates raped women! This is the first romance novel I have read in which the pirate is a true pirate. If the heroine had been a sappy, insecure girl, this story would not have worked. The heroine, however is a strong, confident girl with attitude who not only knows herself, but is also not afraid to push the limits with her captor and fight back. Don't be put off by the initial rape though. It is historically correct and the feelings evoked from it do soon after lead to a true attraction and love.
Hakufu More than 1 year ago
Once again another great book by Johanna Lindsey! This is one of my favs!! I like the way JL makeshl her heroes and heroines strong characters but emotional, makes u wana cry. I love it!
KitDreadlow More than 1 year ago
Wow. That's a whole lot of rape. Like, not even the she wants it but she's too shy kind of rape. Straight up rapey rape. Then she falls in love and marries the guy. It was a lot of rape is what I'm getting at. The dialogue reads like it was written by children. The plot was okay, I guess. If you can get past the rape and the dialogue.  Also, Bettina is a stupid stupid ugly name. (I apologize to all the Bettina's reading this.) And rape. Don't forget the rape.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not her best book. Love all the others but not this one. I wanted romance not trash with all the rapes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Johanna Lindsey romantic novels since I was fifteen.If you love romance you have to read the "Malory Series".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the first of Johanna Lindsey's books I ever read, I actually got a copy of it years ago from my local library. This is the story of a young woman growing up outside of the privlidged world she was raised in and going through the journey of learning the truth of her family heritage. It is the story of a man thrust into the role of Pirate trying to convert his world to one of trade and peaceful cohabitation. I have seen some reviews here saying that Bettina was raped and then falls in love however, I would much more align this story with a typical swashbuckling story. When a female was captured by pirates she was litterally considered his property to do with as he pleased. This story is a stubborn young woman not realising what she is feeling for this handsome man she has suddenly become a part of her life. We also learn the story of the Pirate Tristan and how he comes to love and protect the beautiful captive he has acquired. I think it's a lovely story, certainly not for children as it does have some graphic scenes in the book. Wonderful descriptions of island locations and a few rescue's and some unexpected twists thrown in for the fun of it.
MMMGirl More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Lindsey books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this s the sickest book i hve read its just rape after rape after rape.i think johannalindsey mit be a psycho to write a book like this and me an unfortunate pyscho to read it and waste my valuable time.this book is NOT romantic.it shouldnt fall under the romance genre.it should nt fall under any genre for tat matter.crazy ...... take my advice dont waste time reading this crap.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a fan of Johanna Lindsey's Mallory Family series so I then read A Pirate's Love and If I had read this before I started the Malory Family series I would have completely given up on this author and would not have bothered with the Malory Books which are superb. A Pirate's Love is sick! It's absolute trash!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel shows nothing but utter stupidity! It was not written well and the storyline was pathetic! It is impossible for a woman who was RAPED dozens of times by the same man to fall in love with him in the end. Do not read this book you will hate it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read only a few of Lindsey's novels and unfortunately chose this one which depicts women as nothing but sex objects deserving of abuse and disrespect--all in the name of romance? I cannot see how the heroine could fall madly in love with her rapist. I found myself terribly annoyed at the female characters who clearly accepted their fate.
pamkaye 20 days ago
Bettina Verlaine leaves France to travel across the sea to her betrothed, whom she has never met. On the voyage, her ship is overtaken by pirates. They steal her for their captain's pleasure. Tristan is a man full of hate. His parents were murdered in front of him when he was young, and his only thought is to find the man who did it. Until Bettina that is!! She invades his senses. This book of full of rape scenes. Tristan will not allow Bettina to deny him her body. He begins to awaken her desires. Reading this one is a guilty pleasure.
StacyLHanson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of JL's earliest books. If I had read this first I would not have continued to read her books. She definitely got better as the books came.
saltypepper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first Joanna Lindsey novel was A Pirate's Love which was chock full of "forced seduction" (aka "rape her again and again until she falls in love with you." Hello, Stockholm Syndrome?!). To be fair this was written in 1978, just after The Flame and The Flower had made that a prominent theme in romances, but to modern eyes this is not the stuff of romance. Spare yourself. There are better pirate romances out there.