A Pirate's Love Mass Market Paperback – Nov 25 2008
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"A dreamspinner extraordinaire." -- -- Romantic Times
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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I have read other reviews where people say rape is a standard thing in a lot of romances. Maybe. But what I like about romance novels, is that usually, the man, while aggressive, has a modecum of decency. Meaning, if they know a woman has never been with a man before, they won't just hump on her day and night! The won't just ram themselves into her! But of course, this guy was a pirate, so I guess he had no manners.
This is what went on in 'A Pirate's Love'(by the way, it also went on in 'Fires In The Winter' and 'Captive Bride'). Another reviewer here said it best: 'Bettina was nothing to Tristan but a body to relieve his lust upon'. I never grew to like him and of course, he was never sorry. What's romantic about that?
I have to also say, I didn't feel too much sympathy for Tristan's little 'childhood trauma'. He watches his mother get raped repeatedly as a child, then grows up and inflicts the same kind of pain on a young girl?
A woman wants to feel what the woman feels in romances. There is no way I'd want to be Bettina. I thought the pregnancy was sick and I would've thrown myself in the ocean the minute I got the chance, before some scuzzy pirate put his hands on me again! Like I said in my title, maybe Johanna Lindsey was on crack at the time she wrote this book.
The storyline has enough to keep you reading but one reading was enough for me. I'll not likely be pulling this one out of the bookcase again any time soon.
At least the Lindsey driver's manual would be plausible.
The plot is thrown together cliche by cliche, held together with bubble gum, and easily blown over by the slightest breeze. I mean we've got childhood trauma, childhood trauma II, the wise and gentle nursemaid, the lust for a woman (little girl) because she's the most beautiful creature ever created and nevermind her sour demeanor, the wise sidekick, the nefarious fiance, everything but a petulant pet. I think there's a theme here--Bettina will give her heart to a man she has never met. Unfortunately, this happens only after she's had to give over a lot of other things to Tristan, every man's varsity pirate. Don't mind the characters as there really aren't any--they have as much depth as the print on the page.
On to the big issue--can a woman fall in love with a man who continually raped her? I suppose one could argue that it was the manifestation of fate with a timing somewhat odd to human readers. Maybe one could argue that Bettina was somehow sexually repressed and needed to be taken by Tristan to attain her true womanhood. But please, these arguments are out on a limb. Tristan's treatment of Bettina as nothing but a body to relieve his lust upon is disgusting. Since this isn't the disgusting genre, I'm left to conclude that Lindsey wandered astray with this particular work.
I ask you this...if two cardboard cutout characters fall in the forest, does anybody care?
I find it interesting that some reviewers were mortified by the rape ad nauseam (count me among them) while others couched it as dark romance. The true test of any novel is time. Can it be picked up 20+ years later and still have the impact it had upon publication? Let me get this straight...we're supposed to ignore the whole rape issue because, well, the book was written a while ago, and back then rape was somehow acceptable? Can we get a reality check here?
There was so much wrong with this book beyond the rape and mistreatment of Bettina Verlaine--crappy writing, bland characters, ridiculously quick pacing, false emotions. But I will say that here in 2002, Johanna Lindsey is a fine novelist who has obviously learned a lot over the years. So I pan this particular early novel of hers, but still praise the author for her later work. Don't let this keep you from giving Lindsey a try.
Most recent customer reviews
I saw all the negative reviews for this book before I bought it but I was feeling nostalgic for a Johanna Lindsey novel and I wasn't interested in any of the plots of her newer... Read morePublished on April 3 2011 by Blaine
This is Lindsey's second novel ever written, and it shows how poor of a writer she was back then (makes you wonder how she EVER got published). Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Dakota
This book is terrible and a total disappointment after reading the books in Ms Lindsay's Mallory series. Read morePublished on June 17 2004
This book is NASTY and absolute trash!
I thought the whole rape thing was twisted and gross!
Any woman who enjoys it when the heroine is raped, clearly needs to get some... Read more
I think people should read this book and judge for themselves. I loved it! It wasn't at all what I thought it would be.Published on June 7 2004
I am so glad I didn't go by the reviews of this book and decided to buy it anyway. I loved it! The "rape" scenes were not what I thought they would be. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Pebbles
I gave this book three stars precisely because the plot was quite different from that of most romances, thus less predictable. Read morePublished on June 5 2004 by TSmith
This book was okay. The plot was interesting and I liked the little secondary romance with Bettina's mother. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004