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A Pirate's Love
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on April 3, 2011
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 books so I decided to read it and judge for myself.

Well, it's not her best work but that's probably because this is one of her early novels. I love how Bettina is strong-willed and full of temper. I love how Tristan is indulging of her temper and and so determined in his intentions. BUT...the dialogue between the characters were repeated over and over and over again. There is no growth in their relationship, just a constant test of wills which always end with Tristen on top for about 2mins before he puts his breeches back on and leaves her angry. In any other book, the hero would be embarrassed to be done so fast. And this same scenario occurs about 5 times with always the same arguement, always the same results. Eventually, Bettina's stubbornness is just tedious, stupid, and wreckless.

I HATE how the word "rape" is CONSTANTLY used on almost every other page. It's a nasty word associated with violence & violation. Bettina accuses Tristan of constantly raping her but her reaction to the so-called rape is not consistant to a rape victim. Tristan witnessed a real raping when he was a child so it does not make sense that Tristan would allow Bettina to think of him like that or that Tristan would ever do this to a woman. The first time was rape but Bettina was more angry about being lied to than the actual act.

But this is a romance novel and eventually the couple is happy but I would have liked to see the relationship grow. Tristan realizes he loves her but Bettina was too stubborn to know it.

I'll give the book 3 stars...It was an easy read and because it was so repetitive I finished it in 2 days. It was an okay book but I'm still glad I spent the money for it and added it to my Johanna Lindsey collection.
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on June 5, 2004
I gave this book three stars precisely because the plot was quite different from that of most romances, thus less predictable. I've read several romances lately where I've been able to accurately guess plot developments long before I reached the point where the author revealed them, which ultimately disappoints. This book, I can safely say, is most definitely not a predictable formula romance.
One does not necessarily need to like or approve of the characters in a book in order to be engaged by the story. This was, after all, a work of fiction, not a prescription of how romance should be.
Though the writing style in this book is not as polished as that of some of Lindsey's more recent works, she pretty much avoids the trap of anachronism I see in many romances: characters with modern sensibilities placed in historical settings.
This book is most definitely not politically correct and those who are offended and distressed by reading about rape even in a fictional setting would do well to avoid this book.
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on October 27, 2001
"A Pirate's Love" is definitely not Lindsey's best work but is worth reading. It is a romantic love story that will touch your heart! It takes a long time for Captain Tristan and this beautiful French young lady to listen to their hearts and finally find their own true love.
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on May 30, 2001
i liked the book,enough to finish it. it wasnt the best of her works, but not the worst (so far). tristin did treat her badly, but i believe that is how it was back then, but toward the end they fall in love with each. the ending saved the book.
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on March 9, 2001
To be quite honest, the book had potential. The only thing that would have made this book a 4 or 5 star would have been if the hero didnt keep on raping the heroine. I didnt quite understand its purpose. I mean, people find rape repulsive, not sexy. This is definitly not a typical Lindsey book. Even though this book was much of a failure, I still continue to read her other books. We also have to keep in mind that this was one of her earlier books.
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on May 30, 2000
The story of Tristan and Bettina, was most Unfulfilling. He treated her badly and I could not find any reason for love between the two of them. I belive the story had enormous potential and could have been handled a lot better. However, the plot somewhat redeemed itself towards the end. I love the author, so don't let this put you off.
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i agree with the comment below about being a dark romance and then turning sour. This was one of the very first books I ever read by Lindsey, but I found the rest to be great. I didn't come away from this book feeling anything but irritation with Tristan and annoyance with Bettina. he treats her bad, but then loves him? And he still treats her bad until the end! And she still loves him! Make sure you are prepared for the rape scenes and violence, this book has plenty. I only gave this 3 stars because I love the author and am being nuetral, comparing her other work.
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on April 3, 2000
PL's rape scenes didn't bother me as much as disjointedstoryline, and there did seem to be a lack of "connection"between the main characters. This *is* one of Lindsey's earlier ones, so don't judge her entire work by this book. She's done much better and she's worth reading - her later stories aren't as "violent" or masochistic. The last few scenes are definitely overkill, I will agree on that point. It's a book that I'd pick up if I were bored, but luckily I'm not frequently bored :-) END
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on August 3, 1999
I think Johanna Lindsey writes very well especially in developing her characters, their relationships with each other and their dialog. However, I thought the romance between these two characters was a bit dark. The pirate (Tristan) continually raped her and up to the end he was not ready to marry the herione (Bettina) even though he realized he loved her. Also, how could he have left her again only weeks before she was about to have a baby? I like to have conflict between two characters because it makes it exciting but when there is too much conflict (as the case in this book), somehow the romance goes sour. I found myself intrigued by this book and I read it fully without being bored, but I really liked the other book I have read by Johanna Lindsey much better (Once a Princess).
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After reading the reviews for this book I had to read it for myself. I have read almost every book Johanna Lindsay has written. I enjoy her work so I had to read this "terrible" book of her's to see for myself. Ok, so it's not one of her better ones. Almost everything in the other reviews is true. I like to judge things for myself. I do not reget giving it a "read". It was entertaining in a strange stort of way. Too much packed into one book for the story to really grip you. Far from reality but hey, it's fiction right? If readers want only true stories and reality they probably should not read fiction.
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