Only with Your Love

Only with Your Love

by Lisa Kleypas

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Overview

Celia Vallerand fears for her life as she stares into the deep, arresting eyes of the dashing man who purchased her from the brigands who had abducted her. But it soon becomes clear that it's her virtue, not her life, that's in danger. The rugged, powerful renegade known only as "Griffin" arouses desires in Celia as dangerous as they are forbidden. And though she knows she must resist him, she fears she may be unable to do so.

But the magnificent adventurer is a man trapped in a perilous deception. And the shocking secrets he guards could deny him the love of the fair captive lady who has enslaved his reckless heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380761517
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/05/2002
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 212,004
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas graduated from Wellesley College with a political science degree. She’s a RITA award-winning author of both historical romance and contemporary women’s fiction. She lives in Washington State with her husband Gregory and their two children.

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Chapter One

Before ten minutes had passed the sounds of combat died away and hundreds of footsteps seemed to pound the deck. Celia remained in the cabin, longing to open the door and see what had happened. But all she could do was wait with terrified anticipation.

She stiffened with alarm as heavy feet walked the length of the companionway and the door rattled. "Locked," a voice growled. Celia jumped as a blunt object crashed against the other side of the door, splintering the fine paneling. Swiftly she readied the gun to fire. Another sharp blow, and the hinges creaked in protest.

Celia used her palm to wipe at the cold sweat on her face. She raised the barrel of the pistol, pressing it to her temple. At the touch of the metal to her skin, thoughts raced through her mind. If Philippe had died, she would not want to live. And if she did not use the gun on herself now, she would face a horrifying fate at the hands of the sea bandits. But something inside rebelled at the thought of pulling the trigger. She took a deep breath and steadied her hands.

The door crashed open. Frozen, she stared at the two men who stood there, both swarthy and unkempt, their matted hair held back with kerchiefs, their faces sunburned and stubbled. The shorter of the two held a cutlass in his hand, while the other clasped a bloodstained boarding pike.

Dropping his cutlass, the small but sturdily built man stepped over the sill at the bottom of the doorway. He licked his lips and watched her with keen eyes. "Put it down," he muttered in a thick American accent, gesturing to the gun.

Celia couldn't utter a word. Now, her mind insisted, end it now ... But her armlowered to her side. In a flash of self-hatred, she realized she was too much of a coward to take her own life.

"I'll stake me share of th' spoils now," one pirate said to the other. His mouth split in a yellowtoothed grin as he walked toward her.

Automatically Celia raised the gun and squeezed the trigger, feeling as if some force outside herself was guiding her actions. The bullet that should have ended her own life buried itself in the man's chest. A crimson flood spread over his unwashed shirt. Blood spattered everywhere, and Celia heard herself scream as the body crumpled at her feet.

"Little bitch!" Enraged, the other pirate grabbed her and threw her against the wall. The pistol fell from her hand and clattered to the floor. Her head hit the hard surface, and she halffainted, sinking into a world filled with gray mist. She moaned as she was dragged through the companionway and up to the main deck, where she was dropped to the yellow planking. The ship rang with the sound of voices, and barrels and boxes being moved across the deck. There was a strange smell mingling with the scents of salt water and sea air.

Blinking hard and pushing herself up to a sit ting position, Celia saw one of the pirates drop a crate of chickens, some of the live cargo taken aboard to allow the crew of the Golden Star occasional rations of fresh meat. The crate broke open and the frightened birds scuttled in every direction, causing an outbreak of laughter and swearing. As she looked at the scene around her, Celia put a hand to her mouth, afraid she was going to be sick.

There were bodies everywhere, with gaping holes, partially severed limbs, and glassy stares. The deck was coated with blood. She recognized some of the Iifeless faces ... the ship's Cooper, always so cheerfully busy with his hoops and staves; the sailmaker; the cook; the boy who had served as tailor and cobbler; some of the officers with whom she and Philippe had shared meals. Philippe ... Frantically she crawled toward the bodies, desperate to find her husband.

A booted foot shoved her back to the deck. She cried out in pain as a hand tangled in her hair and jerked her head back. Motionless, she stared into the cruelest eyes she had ever seen. The man was smooth-shaven and darkly tanned, his jaw thin, his nose a decisive point in a sharp-featured face is hair was dark reddish-brown, pulled back in a neat braided queue. Unlike the othersof the boarding party, he wore well-made clothes that had been tailored to fit his wiry body.

"You cost me a good man," he said in a crisp voice. "For that you'll make amends." He inspected her slim-hipped, small-breasted body with an asexual glance. She tried to push down the hem of her gown, which had ridden up to expose her bare feet and calves. He smiled, revealing a jagged line of teeth. "Yes. You'll serve as entertainment for my brother André." His hand tightened in her hair, bringing tears of pain to her eyes. "André needs a steady supply of women. Unfortunately they never last long with him. "

One of the pirates approached them. He was a stocky young man with heavily developed arms and chest. "Captain Legare, the best of the cargo should take well nigh an hour to unload. Not much gold, sir, but some fine dry goods, cinnamon, brandy, oil in jars --"

"Good. As for the remainder of their crew, lock them in the hold. We'll set fire to the ship when we put away for the island." Legare shoved Celia at the young man. "Bind the wench and put her in with the spoils. We're taking her with us. And tell the men not to touch her. She's for André."

At the mention of the Star's crew, Celia had begun to struggle. "There are some still alive?" she gasped.

The young man dragged her away, seeming not to hear her.

Only With Your Love. Copyright © by Lisa Kleypas. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It pains me to give a Lisa Kleypas book one star. It really does. Normally I LOVE her. I've read almost all of her books and this is the first one I haven't liked.. In fact, I was a little horrified by this book. Brace yourself...This is spoiler-y but I think you'll want to know before you buy this book that...... The hero rapes the heroine in the first hundred pages. Rapes her in an almost pseudo ode-like fashion of the romance books of the 1970's and 1980's. It made me feel queasy. I mean she says "no" several times. Has classic reactions of rape victims, (tries to mentally detach herself from the situation, for example.) But you know it's OK that he forced her to have sex with him because afterward (and mind you, heroine goes through a hell of lot of trauma even BEFORE the rape) she "liked" it. *Blec*...I almost threw my nook across the room. Besides the rape scene, I also wasn't a big fan of the hero (obviously) or the heroine. he was a gigantic A-hole who really didn't have any redeeming qualities, although he was a very consistent character, I'll give him that. And she was a wimpy heroine who lacked a back bone...And may also have been borderline manic. Overall it was just not an up to par Kleypas book, for me. I really liked the prequel to this one though. That is a great one, but the follow up...wasn't much a follow up.
pattigr More than 1 year ago
I love Lisa Kleypas, and have enjoyed all the books I have read of hers. I was a bit dissapointed when I found out that the Vallerand series was set in New Orleans vs. the UK - but it didn't take me long to be googleing information about History of Lousiana. I think that this book is great - obviously there are people who don't agree. I very muched loved the characters and was very attached to them - hated to see it end in many ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read each and everyone of Lisa Kleypas books and this one is probably my favorite. I love the character of Ceilia and loved Justin even more. Love how they come together in the story, and the love scenes are wonderful.
Eternal--Love78 More than 1 year ago
In this Swashbuckling Erotic Romance-Adventure, lie hidden just above the surface, intrigue, deception, and mysteries that will have you gasping until the actual conclusion. The perilous passion Celia & Griffin posses will ignite your concealed Swashbucklers Fantasy to be unfastened at the very seam. As you've been languidly lying upon your bed, just satisfied from your own release. Who needs a knight in shining armor? When you can experience your own devilishly wicked pirate instead. I haven't read a Lisa Kleypas novel that has displeased me, thus far. As soon as I think I could escape to another author, she manages to suck me back in, and entangle me within another STUPENDOUS, RIVETING, CARNAL, ANIMALISTIC NOVEL. This novel has my seal of approval, and as usual, ALWAYS DESERVING WELL BEYOND A 5 STAR RATING!!
angied21 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Liked this book a lot. About a woman just married on her way to LA with her new husband when pirates attack, kill everyone, and take her hostage. On the island, she is saved by her husband's twin brother, who is a pirate, and brought to LA. On the way he ravishes her. She is accepted into her husbands family. Months later, her husbands twin is delivered back to his family's home almost dead. She nurses him back to health and they fall in love. Only to find out her husband is alive. Anyways, it leads to a happy ending.
Hazel0814 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first and only historical romance book i love to read over and over and over again. The previous member did an injustice by posting spoilers but if you are reading this book it has untiring adventure, love, lust and seduction... key ingredients for a full packed historical romance book.About the rape thing, the story called for it as he was known to be a savage pirate of the 19th century. Of course, today he'll be thrown in prison.Imagine, pirate adventures, kill the bad guy, rescue the damsel :) all other historical romance books became boring by comparison
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a PIRATE romance! Which is very cool, because I inadvertently read it on Talk Like a Pirate Day. And I didn't know until I started reading it that Only With Your Love was a pirate book. There's a pirate god out there somewhere, isn't there?Celia Vallerand is on her way to New Orleans with her new husband Philippe when their ship is attacked by pirates. More than that, they're just about to make love for the first time when the attack comes. Celia is taken by the pirate Legare to be a "treat" for his brother--whose women don't tend to live long.Back ashore, as she's pleading for her life, she swears that the Vallerand family will ransom her. Hearing the name Vallerand prompts rival pirate captain Griffin to fight for her, then to rescue her.I really can't go any further into the plot, because there are surprises around every turn.Suffice it to say that both Celia and Justin (Cpt. Griffin) find themselves in impossible situations, both emotionally and otherwise. Only With Your Love has the type of emotional impact I truly enjoy--when it seems that there's no good choice for the characters, and I can't guess how the author's going to manage to give them an honest HEA.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
? I enjoy different plots not the same old same old. This one was quite different and I am sure I will be reading it again. A keeper for sure! Love Lisa's originality! ?
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Very annoying
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kleypas knows how to create hot chemistry! Very romantic read with lots of drama. Loved Justin... seriously he was to die for.
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I am a great fan of Lisa Kleypas and this book pleased me to no end. However, this book had elements that set it apart from the others. The main difference is that the main characters are french, the setting is both France and the United States. The plot involves pirates and a lot of violence including rape. But my God, I love it. This book was raw bonned and exciting. I would like to see it as a movie. It was swoon worthy.
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I loved this book...talk about action, it would make a great movie. Dont read this without reading When Strangers Marry first. Otherwise the character of Justin wont make sense. Poor Phillipe doesnt get the attention his character deserves in this book. I love the way Justin brings Celia to life. This transformation is very true to life although the plot of this story is truly outlandish. Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorites. Julie Ann Long is another.
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bevstar More than 1 year ago
I really, REALLY liked this book!!!!! It stared out great in almost every aspect, except I kind of thought that Celia was a little two weak and snobbish for my tastes (I tend to like more bold and strong willed, but still kind and still totally feminine, women) but Lisa did a total switch on me. Celia had a back bone after all!! I thought the book progressed nicely. Celia and Justin first really couldn't stand each other but had an unexplainable desire for one another, then they start developing feeling for one another (feelings they both fought naturally), then they finally give in and admit that they love one another. I also loved that Justin was such a hard son of a gun at the beginning of the story but because of Celia he starts to soften and become a better man. It's the ultamite bad boy reformed story! All the girls know that it's hard to resist the bad boys and I don't think I have met one girl who tried to at least once, change a bad boy, a lot of time without success. It was nice to read that, even though fantacy, bad boys can change for the love of the right woman. READ THIS BOOK!!!!! You wont be disappointed.
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