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A Pirate's Love

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  6,453 ratings  ·  379 reviews
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With languid tropical breezes caressing her breathtakingly beautiful face, Bettina Verlaine stood before the mast, sailing westward to fulfill a promise her heart never made--marriage to a Count her eyes had never beheld. Then in a moment of swashbuckling courage, the pirate Tristan swept her away and the spell of his passion was cast over her heart forev
Paperback, 384 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by Avon (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
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
Jul 15, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Yikes. I love historical romances and I love Johanna Lindsey, but this was not it. At all. The entire premise of this book is Tristan kidnapping Bettina while she's on her way to meet her intended husband, and then proceeding to rape her for the rest of the book until Bettina realizes that she actually loves Tristan.

I cannot condone a hero who is a rapist. And they REPEATEDLY discussion how Tristan is raping Bettina, but he just can't control himself and he "knows" that Bettina enjoys it. No. T
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💙 I read this for the Unapologetic Romance Readers' New Years 2018 Reading Challenge, for the category of: Pirate Romance. For more info on this challenge, click here. 💙

Highbrow this is not, but that didn't stop me from buying it and enjoying it. A PIRATE'S LOVE is a 1970s bodice ripper, which you can usually take to mean that it contains a whopping dash of WTF and a hero who quaffs misogyny like he's trying to get drunk on woman-hating.
Rebekah Weatherspoon
Oct 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 13, 2012 rated it did not like it


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)
Oct 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Reader who doesn't mind the bodice ripper romances, Pirate romance fans
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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
Not Now...Mommy's Reading
Jun 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
Lelyana's Reviews

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
*Contains Spoilers*
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
Sep 16, 2011 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
Ari Reavis
2.5 Stars

The heroine annoyed the ever loving crap out of me. The hero was a rapist, I mean come on. There's no way to sugarcoat that. Everyone called it that, even when he would say 'I'm going to make love to you... whether you want it or not.' Uhh huh? The only part that really interested me was Bettina's pregnancy and whatever Tristan getting his revenge on Bastida.
I read this book as part of my 2018 Across the Ages challenge, Pirate Book. I knew it was really infamous. I wanted to experience it for myself. That's also why I finished it. But it wasn't even bad in an over the top crazy way, it was just not good. And a bit boring.

This book is truly awful. But not because of the massive amounts of rape and the casual way it is thrown around. Seriously, it was like the men had a to-do list that had rape listed somewhere between picking up their pirate dry clea
Jan 16, 2021 rated it liked it
1.5 for the setting
Maureen Feeney
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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
Indah Threez Lestari
May 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Anita Osifo
Oct 27, 2012 rated it did not like it

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
Laurie Garrison
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
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.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Trashy, but enjoyable.
Alecia Reads
Jan 21, 2021 rated it did not like it
I would give this book zero stars. The heroine is repeatedly raped and it is just normal. I felt yucky while reading it and kept going because I wanted to see if it turned around but it did not.
♡ 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.
Pretty much sums up my feelings about this one.

I was hoping something would make up for the lack of graphic details but sadly everything was pretty meh.
Mar 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
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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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