By Johanna Lindsey

"**A Pirate's Love**

Sailing westward towards the Caribbean solar, younger Bettina Verlaine obediently units out to satisfy the promise made through her father—but no longer by means of her center — a prearranged marriage destined to not be...once the infamous Captain Tristan's pirate send appears to be like at the horizon.

Abducted by way of the daring and good-looking brigand, the pale-haired good looks surrenders her innocence within the hot caress of the tropical winds — detesting her virile captor for enslaving her. . .yet loving him for the passionate spell he casts over fragile, craving heart.

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She stepped over the reduce plank and into the corral. The white stallion was once a tender grey within the darkness, and Bettina edged very slowly towards him. He shied clear of her, and the entire horses moved dangerously with reference to the hole within the fence. She feared for a second that they'd all break out, yet then they settled down back. This used to be not likely to be effortless, Bettina proposal, virtually able to quit. She had no saddle, no bridle, no longer even a rope. She must seize the pony by way of his mane, then pull herself up and wish she may perhaps remain on his again. fortunately, he wasn’t this sort of huge animal, yet how used to be she going to capture him if he stored shying clear of her? She attempted back, relocating extra slowly this time, beckoning to him sweetly. She reached her hand out slowly and lightly touched the stallion’s neck, speaking to him the entire whereas. Then she moved nearer and rubbed his velvety nostril, letting him scent her. Bettina persevered to speak to him for it slow as she stroked his neck, hoping that he could chill out and never rear up whilst she attempted to mount him. She coaxed him the few toes to the outlet within the fence. the opposite horses shied away as she handed them, and he or she prayed her stallion wouldn’t movement away whilst she diminished the remainder plank to the floor. yet he stayed in the back of her, or even remained completely nonetheless while she took carry of his mane. With a leap, she hoisted herself up, lifted one leg over his again, and sat up instantly. Bettina had already made up our minds opposed to remaining the fence, hoping that the opposite horses could break out in the course of the evening. Then Tristan might don't have any horse to stick with her with. With a sense of feat, Bettina accrued her skirt up and tucked it below her legs, then instructed the stallion ahead. She approximately fell whilst he took his first step, and she or he grabbed his mane speedy, nearly finding out back to flee taking walks as an alternative. however the horse persevered to stroll slowly down the trail, and he or she observed that it used to be now not too tricky to stick on his again. in retrospect, Bettina observed the remainder of the horses leaving the corral and following at the back of her. She was once convinced now that her get away used to be attainable, and proposal the place she may still cross subsequent. the most obvious position stands out as the contrary facet of the island, yet Tristan might additionally ponder this. in order that left her with choices—either the left or the proper facet of the island. yet first she needed to find the village. there has been no aspect in looking for support there, and along with, the village could most likely be the 1st position Tristan might glance. however it may take every week or perhaps longer ahead of she may well hail a passing send, and he or she had to be distant from an individual who may possibly see her and tell Tristan of her whereabouts. the trail became sharply to the left, however it used to be nonetheless extensive sufficient to permit moonlight to damage via openings within the bushes. Bettina appeared again. She may perhaps now not see the home or the corral, purely thick black darkness threatening her on either side. the opposite horses not trailed after her, yet had wandered off into the woodland. Bettina felt as though she have been the one individual at the complete island.

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