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Pesona Sang Bajak Laut (A Pirate’s Love)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  5,500 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews
Bettina Verlaine, seorang gadis Prancis yang cantik, dijodohkan oleh ayahnya dengan seorang bangsawan Prancis yang belum pernah ia temui. Ia pun berlayar menuju Kepulauan Karibia untuk memenuhi janji ayahnya itu, meskipun hatinya tidak rela.

Di lautan, Kapten Tristan, yang kapalnya berpapasan dengan kapal yang ditumpangi Bettina, langsung terpukau melihat kecantikan Bettina
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 2011 by Dastanbooks (first published 1978)
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Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
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If you extremely loved this book, or a die-hard Johanna Lindsey fan, please do not continue.

Welcome, welcome!

Do you honestly think that your life is seriously fucked up?

Then please come on down and take the Bettina Verlaine My-Life-Sucks meter! This is an effective way to measure if you’re luckier than the rest or if your life sucks enough that you should contemplate suicide.
Following questions are answerable by yes or no only:

1. Are you unloved by either or both of your parents?
2. Do you have t
mark monday
Sep 03, 2011 mark monday rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
do you like to read about rape? lots and lots and lots of rape? is rape an act of such little consequence that it is more similar to getting pinched or yelled at - rather than being an actual assault on a person's physical and emotional self? are you able to justify the constant use of rape, rape, rape as somehow being historically accurate and therefore not much of an eyebrow-raiser? have you managed to convince yourself that rape was so common back in the Bad, Sexy Old Days that it really just ...more
Rebekah Weatherspoon
Oct 09, 2012 Rebekah Weatherspoon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: whaaaaaa
This book should be called A Dread Pirate Raperson from Rapeytown's Rapey Love... As He's Raping you. This is what happens: a girl gets kidnapped by a pirate. He rapes her for 300 pages. They get married. The end.

Bettina...I wasn't wild about your name there, sweets. Bettina, Godblesser, tries to escape 75 times. She is thoroughly pissed for most of the book. Why? Because Rapey McRaperson WOULD NOT STOP RAPING HER. I wish I was joking. I'm not. Then every single woman in her life is like WHATS T
Mar 13, 2012 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


Maybe I read it to see if she could turn around this horrible story. Unfortunately for me, she did not even attempt it.


Stacey O'driscoll
Okay. To start with. LOL! What a funny book. I don't think it was meant to be funny but god it was. Basically a girl is kidnapped and taken onto a pirate ship where the main romantic interest "rapes" her. I say rape in quotes as a lot of the time I am unsure to whether it is. First off he kind of blackmails her. Then the unsureness begins. I mean rape is sick and wrong but in this book I couldn't stop laughing. First off. Her first time he rapes her. "I found it quite pleasent" okay lol. Her fir ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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Regan Walker
Superbly Told Bodice Ripper—a Privateer and the Woman He Seized and Would Not Let Go

Set in the 17th century beginning in France in 1667, this is the story of Tristan Matisse whose family was brutally slain by a Spaniard who plundered the coastal towns of France, and Bettina Verlaine, who was betrothed by her father to a wealthy count living in St. Martin. On her way to meet her betrothed, who she does not know, Bettina’s ship is seized by the privateer Tristan who sails for England plundering Sp
Jul 09, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely love, love this book. It was the first historical romance book I ever read at the age of 13. 34 years later, it still remains my all time favorite book. It will always have a very special place in my heart. It was the start of my addiction for historical romance novels.

I have seen all the negative reviews because of the rape scenes, but this book was written back in 1978. Back then, in the romance writer's world it was called forced seduction, not rape. Forced seduction was the norm f
Katherine 黄爱芬
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Not Now...Mommy's Reading
Johanna Lindsey has been a favorite author of mine since I first read, "Say You Love Me". I've taken in to consideration that this book is supposedly one of her earlier writings. All in all, the book was a fair read. The plot was interesting enough but I soon tired of the interaction between Tristan and Bettina. Granted, a lot of readers were turned off by the whole "rape" thing but having been made an avid reader of historical romances after reading "The Flame and The Flower" and "The Wolf and ...more

Came across this book one more time.
I read it million years ago, I guess.
It's still pissed me off to read every and each 1 star review, because mine was also ONE. And I still couldn't understand the high rating, where's the beauty of this "RAPE FESTIVAL" book????
Grrr... NONE!

This book summary,

Legalized RAPE.

RAPE is okay.

RAPE is legit

So it's okay to make a rapist as a hero, and yeah, the TSTL heroine seemed fall in love with that 'bad boy rapist' ... *puke*

This is the worst of the worst book I
Sep 16, 2011 Nazia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dont-try-it-ever
Do you think raping someone is romantic....? If you think so then you can enjoy this book immensely because it contains rape rape rape rape rape and rape.I can't think rape as romantic in any way because it's the worst crime possible on earth so i am sorry i just hate this book immensely.This book is fucked up horribly.......I was a fan of johanna lindsey after i read once a princess,secret fire,loving scoundrel but now after reading this grotesque book i hate her to the core. This book showed r ...more
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I am not a reader that enjoys tender romance. I like it hard! But he rape her a thousand of times. If you like that, then it's your book! LOL
OH MY GOD! AWFUL , JUST AWFUL. Normally i like a book with an overly macho alpha male, who is in love with the heroine to the point of obsession, but this was just soo terrible , i wish i could go back in time and un-read it.

Firstly i would like to clarify that i get that this is a 'Bodice ripper' and the heroine is supposed to be physically violated.The low rating is NOT because my inner feminist is appalled at the idea of rape in the book.I knew it would be there , so i was prepared. Also havi
Maureen Feeney
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Anita Osifo
Oct 27, 2012 Anita Osifo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Ewwwwwwww... I love Johanna Lindsey's books but this one disgusts me. If u think rape is romantic, go for it. I don't recall a scene where the heroine actually consented to sleeping with the hero without being threatened. She made it clear he was raping her but everyone kept making excuses for him.

The most annoying thing is that he saw his mother get raped and was on a revenge mission to kill the man yet he did the same and his line was "I may have raped her but I did not kill her husband in ord
Indah Threez Lestari
Bettina Verlain, the heroine of the story, is abducted by the hero of the story (or maybe we can call him the main villain?) Captain Tristan, a sexy and handsome pirate. And the hell begins... (just for Bettina, cause for Tristan it's a wonderful voyage).

Abundant with numerous rape scenes, no wonder feminists despise this novel.

But this story is just another case of Stockholm Syndrome. Eventually, Bettina falls in love with Tristan, and vice versa.

A good romance novel usually makes female reader
Laurie Garrison
Jun 09, 2010 Laurie Garrison rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laurie by: Cathy Bogle
I really didn’t like the biggest part of this book. The sad part is I really liked the setting in this book with the storyline. The only thing I couldn’t get past was the stubborn of both the hero and heroine. He continually rapes her while she antagonizes him more. I mean get a life Bettina at least you didn’t follow through with the brothel and had to deal with a mistress because he would have had one. Anyway they got their HEA and all things were good in the end.
♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
You have to read this just because it's so bad!

This is a classic crap novel written in 1978! I bought it for $2 somewhere. It looks brand new, so I had no idea it was bad until I saw the reviews last night that drove me to this LOVELY novel! I have the yellow cover book. Where was Fabio? I have no idea!

This was sooo bad! This is a pirate who is not a pirate, who sees a girl he absolutely has to have. He snatches her off of her ship along with her maid. She was on her way to her betrothed in St.
Mar 07, 2008 Slayermel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any one who enjoys historical romance
I had originally read this book quite a few years ago and really enjoyed it. This time around I think I enjoyed it just as much.

This book is about Bettina Verlaine who is being sent to Saint Martin to marry her betrothed who she has never met. On her way there the ship she is traveling on is taken by Pirates and Captain Tristan takes Bettina as his prize and is determined to have her. Tristan is a bit of a damaged soul as he has spent his whole life searching from a man named Batista who is res
Tutti Dolci
Eh. Outside of the rape-her-til-she-loves-him part, this story lacked the usual mutual contempt (or downright hatred) from BOTH protagonists that is typical in most Bodice Rippers. Because of that, the hero in this story (Tristan) seemed emotionally submissive from the onset, even though the reader was constantly reminded of how large and fearsome he was. However, the fact that this wisp of a girl (Bettina) was able to best him again and again, utillizing emotional manipulation and his own desir ...more
Jan 15, 2012 Ririn rated it did not like it
pertama2 saya ingin membaca buku ini untuk... riset O_o so i actually bought it, but then O________________________________________O


kata hero-nya: bukan perkosaan kalau kamu tidak melawan. WHAT THE HEEEELLL??? LU UDAH NGANCEM HEROINE-NYA BILANG AKAN MEMBUNUH TAWANAN (yg sebenarn
Oct 19, 2011 Melowin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Written in 1978, the era of "rape romance", and it shows. I swear, the words "rape" "raped" etc. have got to be in this book over a hundred times. I'd venture to say that the pirate romance genre has got to be my least favorite, as I've read two books in the last month with that theme, and both were awful for the same reason - women are the spoils of war. Sure, the heroine is supposed to be the one that transcends the label for her pirate man, but that doesn't make it any easier to read scenes w ...more
ETA: Maybe I should re-read this one. It looks like many of my friends who like bodice rippers love this book. It wasn't that it didn't keep me interested, it's just that the H made me so ANGRY. Guess I'll put it in my re-reads shelf and maybe eventually get back to it.

***original review***
I am one of those who like the captor/captive, forced seduction, noncon type of romance. It's a guilty pleasure and doesn't reflect my RL attitudes. BUT this is not one I liked. The hero is far too selfish and
Brenda Dyer
I originally read this book back when i was a teen--swiped it from my mom.

I hate to admit this, but back then I liked it. AHHHHHHHHHH, please don't throw tomatoes at me--I was young and didn't know much about sex and romance...and stuff.

Well, I recently read this book again and I'm horrified. I know what was acceptable in romance novels back when this book was written is different from what is acceptable in romance novels today, but seriously? Rape? And lot's of rape?

I have read other reviews fr
more like 2.5... it had its moments, the idea was really interesting... but i didnt like the writing, nor the plot, nor the characters... sometimes Tristan was good... but Bettina i didnt like at ALL... the scenes wernt interesting, the dialogues too... sometimes they were so stupid i felt like crying... i waited for more from the author of "Malory family"...
Aml Haggag
I never thought for a moment that I would love a novel that includes raping! Or accept that kind of love cause never thought that there's such thing !. But maybe that's kind of love that we're not used to, we are used to fairytales and the charming gentleman, we wouldn't like to picture or accept that it could be real or exist. How can she love someone who constantly rapes her! .. I think the whole problem is that she exposed a different kind of love that doesn't necessarily have to be in a hero ...more
Harini Nayak
May 26, 2017 Harini Nayak rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Harini's Version of A Pirate's Love

Scene 1

Bettina : Heya ! I'm Bettina ! I'm so sad my father doesn't love me , ya know ? He sent me away to a convent at such a young age ! *whines *

*Enter the father and mother *

Father : I've got someone for ya to marry . Pack soon and I'll ship you off right away

Mother : ....

*walks out Bettina *

Bettina : They are planning to pack me and send me away to a man I've never seen . And ya know , that doesn't BOTHER ME AT ALL . I'm a girl , I'm supposed
A Debut Author's Dubious Attempt at an Adolescent Bodice Ripper
Be warned that this book is both a Politically Incorrect Bodice Ripper AND an Amateurish Debut work by the author Johanna Lindsey.

Romance Books follow trends, just like anything else, and A PIRATES'S LOVE, published in 1978, was clearly an attempt to follow the Historical Romance bodice ripper trends of that time.

Fortunately for me, I cut my historical romance bodice ripper teeth on some of the best of the bodice ripper authors of t
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Johanna Helen Howard was born on March 10, 1952 in Germany, where her father, Edwin Dennis Howard, a soldier in the U.S. Army was stationed. The family moved about a great deal when she was young. Her father always dreamed of retiring to Hawaii, and after he passed away in 1964 Johanna and her mother settled there to honor him.

In 1970, when she was still in school, she married Ralph Lindsey, becom
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