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Hanya satu kontrak kerja lagi, dan lengkap sudah kerajaan bisnis sang jutawan Rusia, Kiryl Androvonov. Namun ia diadang lawan bisnis yang kuat, Vasilii Demidov. Beruntung bagi Kiryl, Vasilii memiliki kelemahan: Alena, adik tiri yang sangat dia lindungi. Demi mendapatkan keinginannya, Kiryl merayu gadis itu dan memanfaatkannya untuk memeras Vasilii dan merebut kontrak bisnis Hanya satu kontrak kerja lagi, dan lengkap sudah kerajaan bisnis sang jutawan Rusia, Kiryl Androvonov. Namun ia diadang lawan bisnis yang kuat, Vasilii Demidov. Beruntung bagi Kiryl, Vasilii memiliki kelemahan: Alena, adik tiri yang sangat dia lindungi. Demi mendapatkan keinginannya, Kiryl merayu gadis itu dan memanfaatkannya untuk memeras Vasilii dan merebut kontrak bisnis. Sang taipan Rusia akan meraup untung besar dari situasi tersebut, sementara Alena akan menjadi hadiah terindah yang pernah dimilikinya. Hingga gadis itu menyadari betapa kejam Kiryl selama ini. Dan saat itu, Kiryl telanjur jatuh cinta padanya…


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Hanya satu kontrak kerja lagi, dan lengkap sudah kerajaan bisnis sang jutawan Rusia, Kiryl Androvonov. Namun ia diadang lawan bisnis yang kuat, Vasilii Demidov. Beruntung bagi Kiryl, Vasilii memiliki kelemahan: Alena, adik tiri yang sangat dia lindungi. Demi mendapatkan keinginannya, Kiryl merayu gadis itu dan memanfaatkannya untuk memeras Vasilii dan merebut kontrak bisnis Hanya satu kontrak kerja lagi, dan lengkap sudah kerajaan bisnis sang jutawan Rusia, Kiryl Androvonov. Namun ia diadang lawan bisnis yang kuat, Vasilii Demidov. Beruntung bagi Kiryl, Vasilii memiliki kelemahan: Alena, adik tiri yang sangat dia lindungi. Demi mendapatkan keinginannya, Kiryl merayu gadis itu dan memanfaatkannya untuk memeras Vasilii dan merebut kontrak bisnis. Sang taipan Rusia akan meraup untung besar dari situasi tersebut, sementara Alena akan menjadi hadiah terindah yang pernah dimilikinya. Hingga gadis itu menyadari betapa kejam Kiryl selama ini. Dan saat itu, Kiryl telanjur jatuh cinta padanya…

30 review for The Most Coveted Prize - Hadiah Terindah

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vintage

    Purple prose alert as Penny Jordan channels the spirit of Barbara Cartland! In the land of blithering idiots, this chick is Czarina. Ye gods, if money can’t buy taste, neither can it by intelligence. The euphemism sexually curious, virginal 19 yo heroine is so overwhelmed with lust at one glance at the Ruskie hero that she loses the few brain cells she has. Honestly, that is it. She's just a lust filled virgin in search of a sex with delusions of a grand romance. Sing that to "Just a Gigolo." http Purple prose alert as Penny Jordan channels the spirit of Barbara Cartland! In the land of blithering idiots, this chick is Czarina. Ye gods, if money can’t buy taste, neither can it by intelligence. The euphemism sexually curious, virginal 19 yo heroine is so overwhelmed with lust at one glance at the Ruskie hero that she loses the few brain cells she has. Honestly, that is it. She's just a lust filled virgin in search of a sex with delusions of a grand romance. Sing that to "Just a Gigolo." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUsWi... This next part happens at lunch. The second day they have ever seen each other. Is this good for you? Is it what you want? Tell me, Alena. Tell me that you want the caress of my mouth against your naked breasts, the taste of your sex against my lips. Alena shuddered wildly as his words unleashed shockingly intimate images inside her head, accompanied by unbearably intense surges of desire. With each word he was taking her deeper into a world in which he was her only compass, her lodestar, her only point of rationality, her guide, her leader, her saviour and her all. Tell me that you want my touch, my need, my desire for you. Tell me that you want me, Alena, Kiryl demanded of her. Although he wasn’t even touching her Kiryl still possessed her senses, and through them her body. Her breast ached in torment where he had drawn her desire for his touch there to its now frantic throbbing peak. The hot swelling of her sex was something she felt with every step she took. Her whole body shook with the knowledge of how he had transformed her and how much she wanted him. So very much. Now and for always. Part of her was glad. On the second day! The hero is awful, really awful. He cold-bloodedly sets out to charm and seduce the heroine. The plan is he seduces her just so her brother can pay him off as a bad suitor so the H can get the business deal so he can prove to his horrible father what a bad decision it was to get rid of him. The father that had a Romany mistress, oh horrors, then kicked her and his doppelgänger to the curb. Literally. Too bad Daddy is dead and probably won’t appreciate the wolf in dad’s clothing the H has grown into. Back to the Czar of Awfulness and his plan to dominate the world business arena. He has nothing but contempt for the h their first meeting because her lady parts are making her desire so obvious (see above), and later there's a little pity measured with more contempt because she was loved but he grew up poor and broken. When the real seduction kicks in either PJ remembered the H is supposed to be in love or her editors reminded her the character starts to wonder why he is sooo attracted to this particular girl. She must be special, oh NO, he has to clamp down on FEELINGS. Hmm, could the desire be because she’s 19, beautiful and connected stated the bitter, cynical reviewer? Steps to Charm and Seduce Blithering Idiot Overwrought and flowery compliments that only a girl raised on Barbara Cartland would appreciate. When we sacrifice our individual selves to become united as one I want it to be somewhere very special… 2. Rushing to see her under the guise that he can’t stand to be away from her one minute longer. 3. Sweeping her away to a Russian island because they can’t sully their lust love with a mundane experience. 4. Manipulate her by putting her off so she has to be more of an aggressor so he can say, “I never forced you into this…” It was unfortunate that her brother had texted when he had. It was a very necessary part of Kirylâ’s plan that he had Alena completely under his spell sexually, and that meant not just arousing her but possessing her as well, winning her total confidence, her total subjugation to him, so that his will mattered more to her than that of anyone else including her half-brother. It meant giving her the very best sex she could imagine having or ever would have. It will be for you to decide whether or not you wish to invite me to your bed or exclude me from it. That is why I have given you your own room. This is my gift to you. Should you choose to give yourself to me that will be your gift to me, given freely. The emotional chord struck deep within her by Kiryl’s words brought Alena close to tears. He was so special, so wonderful, so perfect and so everything she wanted. So nauseating. So stupid. 5. Reproduce her closet down to the underwear, no excuse me - lingerie, on the Russian island for their dirty weekend. Instead of thinking, “Wow, he really had me investigated, the lowdown skunk,” it’s the slightly more girlish He is the most thoughtful stalker a girl could EVER have… Okey dokey, after all this and knowing the h was going to find out, the h and I were sabotaged when the brother pulls the rug out and makes the H marry her in the most anachronistic moment. Her reputation will be sullied… oh who cares. I hated the hero. I hated the hero. And I hated the heroine. The h and I were denied months of angsty groveling, and apparently I am the only one who cares. Yeah, the h gets in a few home truths, but so what. This is a good one for OTT professions as love and lust, but I am really getting tired of heroines that just roll over. Girl, get the skillet and apply to your brother and the hero. Or come to the wedding in a black wedding dress and mourning veil. Get a red dress, get drunk and go flirt with a social climbing, boy toy and scare the bucks out of your brother and your Russian fiancee. Get a job!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    I was really excited when Penny Jordan released her two book Russian Rivals series. Russian heroes are an Achilles' heel of mine, after all. Pulled this one out of my bookcase as an impulse read yesterday evening as part of my Harlequin Presents Read-a-thon. Overall, pretty good, but not great. First of all, I think the late Ms. Jordan (who is a long-time favorite of mine) went overboard with the metaphors in which she compares the emotions and the characteristics of the main characters to aspect I was really excited when Penny Jordan released her two book Russian Rivals series. Russian heroes are an Achilles' heel of mine, after all. Pulled this one out of my bookcase as an impulse read yesterday evening as part of my Harlequin Presents Read-a-thon. Overall, pretty good, but not great. First of all, I think the late Ms. Jordan (who is a long-time favorite of mine) went overboard with the metaphors in which she compares the emotions and the characteristics of the main characters to aspects of Russia. Don't get me wrong. I love Russian-ness in my Russian reading, but it felt kind of awkward and excessive the way she does it. For instance, she refers to Alena's eyes as the silver of the frozen River Neva a couple of times, and there are other instances where she inserts these awkward metaphors. Okay, we get the idea that this book is about Russian characters and don't need to be beaten over the head with it. One thing I appreciated is that Kiryl is actually a very credible villainous hero. It was hard to see his deliberate seduction of Alena, knowing his goals. She was like a fly in a spider web, and that wasn't comfortable to read. However, I could see how he wasn't unaffected by the powerful attraction between them, even though he uses it to his advantage against Alena. He does feel a bit conflicted about his cold-blooded plans towards Alena, but they really don't stop him from doing something that dirty to her. In the end, he comes around, and that was much more meaningful, because I saw how he really did change because of her love. Her words to him were pointed and harsh, but needed. He had fixed his whole being on proving his father wrong, and in the process forgot all the good that his mother had instilled in him. Alena told him exactly right, and that took a lot of courage to do. Alena is a very young heroine, which might not work for some readers. Nineteen-years-old and very sheltered by her older brother. You feel like Kiryl is kicking a puppy. While I can understand her brother's desire to protect her, he did her a disservice allowing her to be so naive that she fell so easily for Kiryl's ploys. Despite her young age, she does show some self-determination and a maturity that transcends her young age and the mistakes she makes along the way. In the end, I ended up liking Alena a lot more than Kiryl, although he showed some strength of character in the end. This wasn't a fantastic book. It was pretty decent, but I was disappointed with the unnecessary metaphors, which bogged down the narrative instead of enhancing them. More than anything, I was intrigued with Vasilii, Alena's older brother, and it made me want to read his book immediately, which I ended up doing. I think it's a good read for fans of Russian heroes who are not nice guys until love changes their hearts. The Russian scenery is really great as well. Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars.

  3. 4 out of 5

    StMargarets

    Sweet little courtship story of a hero who sets out to seduce and use the heroine in order to gain a contract. When the duped heroine over hears him bargaining with her brother, her poor heart is broken. After she tells off the hero, he realizes he's in love and wants her unquestioning adoration back. He grovels nicely. HEA That's the bones of this very frothy tale. The rest of the story covers the meals they ate, the clothes she wore, the sex they indulged in, and the places they visited during Sweet little courtship story of a hero who sets out to seduce and use the heroine in order to gain a contract. When the duped heroine over hears him bargaining with her brother, her poor heart is broken. After she tells off the hero, he realizes he's in love and wants her unquestioning adoration back. He grovels nicely. HEA That's the bones of this very frothy tale. The rest of the story covers the meals they ate, the clothes she wore, the sex they indulged in, and the places they visited during their courtship. As fluffy as swan's down.

  4. 5 out of 5

    boogenhagen

    If you're missing the old skool PJ with really awful Hero's who basically lie, manipulate and bully in the immortal vein of PJ's classics like Taken Over, Marriage Without Love, Long Cold Winter, and The Caged Tiger and also missing the standard PJ TSTL doormat heroine who is very sweet but kinda dim, then this is a refresher book for you with the bonus addition of the H actually begs very nicely for a second chance. I do think this is for the diehard PJ fan but I have to say I did enjoy the tri If you're missing the old skool PJ with really awful Hero's who basically lie, manipulate and bully in the immortal vein of PJ's classics like Taken Over, Marriage Without Love, Long Cold Winter, and The Caged Tiger and also missing the standard PJ TSTL doormat heroine who is very sweet but kinda dim, then this is a refresher book for you with the bonus addition of the H actually begs very nicely for a second chance. I do think this is for the diehard PJ fan but I have to say I did enjoy the trip down memory lane.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Hero, Kiryl, is a Russian tycoon whose only dream is to acquire a contract that will make him and his business empire a legend. His only rival is a ruthless billionaire whose only weakness is his younger sister Alena. Kiryl's plan is to seduce the innocent Alena and then blackmail her brother so as to give him the contract. Alena being so sheltered and naive falls hard and fast for Kiryl and starts dreaming of marriage, babies and happily ever after. But will she ever forgive him when she finds Hero, Kiryl, is a Russian tycoon whose only dream is to acquire a contract that will make him and his business empire a legend. His only rival is a ruthless billionaire whose only weakness is his younger sister Alena. Kiryl's plan is to seduce the innocent Alena and then blackmail her brother so as to give him the contract. Alena being so sheltered and naive falls hard and fast for Kiryl and starts dreaming of marriage, babies and happily ever after. But will she ever forgive him when she finds out she was a pawn to be used and then discarded? I adored both the hero and the heroine. I liked hero's emotional darkness and bitterness and how he fought his feelings for sweet Alena. I loved how Alena got under his skin and into his black heart. I never thought she was a doormat, just a beautiful girl both inside and out! Romantic love story and a to-die-for dark and damaged hero who's healed at the hands of a warm, loving and flawless heroine. PJ was the best!

  6. 4 out of 5

    lily waheed

    miss u penny jordan ♡

  7. 4 out of 5

    KC

    3.5 stars Kiryl and Alena are classic examples of the ruthless, alpha hero and the naive, virginal heroine. Both behaved within the parameters of their archetypes, which totally worked for me. Kiryl, having been rejected by his wealthy father at a young age, was driven to succeed at all costs and prove his father wrong about him. So much so that hurting sweet, young things like Alena is just par for the course. The joke's on Kiryl, however, when he falls for his pawn. Alena was a very young heroi 3.5 stars Kiryl and Alena are classic examples of the ruthless, alpha hero and the naive, virginal heroine. Both behaved within the parameters of their archetypes, which totally worked for me. Kiryl, having been rejected by his wealthy father at a young age, was driven to succeed at all costs and prove his father wrong about him. So much so that hurting sweet, young things like Alena is just par for the course. The joke's on Kiryl, however, when he falls for his pawn. Alena was a very young heroine, 19, for a modern Harlequin Presents book, but I believe this was a deliberate move on the the author's part to highlight the evilness of Kiryl's plan. I didn't find Alena to be immature or annoying, just a little naive and trusting, so I gave her a very big pass for not recognizing Kiryl's deceit in advance. Alena's naïveté was balanced with a strong will and compassionate, independent nature. In particular, I liked her dedication to her charity (she could have had dedicated her life to becoming a vapid socialite, but instead sought to improve the lives of others). A satisfying romance about an embittered man who learns that the love of a good woman—not vengeance or financial reward—is the true coveted prize!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    3.75 This was a sweet, angsty read with, as most reviewers said, a good, warm-hearted heroine and a ruthless. embittered alpha man. I could just imagine how shattered Alena must have felt when she walks in on Kiryl making a deal with her brother using her as a pawn, the man whom she'd fallen in love with, to whom she'd given her innocence and everything. And, I liked how Kiryl had to constantly tussle with his conscience and heart as he went about doing what he'd planned to do, ending up as miser 3.75 This was a sweet, angsty read with, as most reviewers said, a good, warm-hearted heroine and a ruthless. embittered alpha man. I could just imagine how shattered Alena must have felt when she walks in on Kiryl making a deal with her brother using her as a pawn, the man whom she'd fallen in love with, to whom she'd given her innocence and everything. And, I liked how Kiryl had to constantly tussle with his conscience and heart as he went about doing what he'd planned to do, ending up as miserable as Alena, knowing that he was the cause of her pain. Even after he'd achieved what he wanted he found no joy, no euphoria in it. I liked the house scene where Alena tells Kiryl he is undermining his late mother by giving importance to what his late father thought about him and thereby becoming just like the father he'd hated all these years. I also liked the communication of pain between them in the eye-contact when she was about to get in the cab and he is looking at her from the house window. What I didn't like was too much emphasis was given on every outfit Alena wore or bought, what they ate, etc. There was not much interaction between the two after they'd agreed to marry. In fact, they hardly met. Would have loved to see a little more of the two having no choice but to be with each other thereby battling anger, pain and attraction for the other. I nevertheless liked the book. I liked Alena and Kiryl. They made an awesome pair. I liked Vasilii too.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "The Most Coveted Prize" is the first book of Russian Rivals, Demidov vs Androvonov and the story of Kiryl and Alena. Kiryl wants a contract that Vasilii Demidrov is sure to get- and in order to obtain that he decides to seduce his innocent half sister, Alena. Alena is barely 21, and wants to take over her mother's charity even though her brother finds her young. She is surprised when she's swept off her feet by Kiryl- and falls head over heels for him..only until she discovers his real motives.. T "The Most Coveted Prize" is the first book of Russian Rivals, Demidov vs Androvonov and the story of Kiryl and Alena. Kiryl wants a contract that Vasilii Demidrov is sure to get- and in order to obtain that he decides to seduce his innocent half sister, Alena. Alena is barely 21, and wants to take over her mother's charity even though her brother finds her young. She is surprised when she's swept off her feet by Kiryl- and falls head over heels for him..only until she discovers his real motives.. Typical revenge plot about an naive heroine caught between ott chauvanistic males. There was nothing special about it, but Im glad Kiryl started having feelings for h while she was falling for him too. Also it was good to know that the H felt at least an ounce of regret for what he did. Safe 3/5

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sapheron

    Who is this new author? Why does she suck? Why does she have the same name as one of my go-to HP writers but none of the other essentials? This is mightily confusing; so confusing it created its own new shelf "wish i had a tardis for time travel". Oh would I like to go back in time (risking a paradox and all) to warn myself. Who is this new author? Why does she suck? Why does she have the same name as one of my go-to HP writers but none of the other essentials? This is mightily confusing; so confusing it created its own new shelf "wish i had a tardis for time travel". Oh would I like to go back in time (risking a paradox and all) to warn myself.

  11. 5 out of 5

    RLA

    The hero Kiryl is desperate to land a business deal that will cement his status as a powerful businessman, something which he has been working towards ever since he was cruelly rejected as a child by his powerful father. When he learns that he is competing with an enormously powerful businessman Vasilii, Kiryl vows to do everything and anything he can to force Vasilii out of the deal. He discovers that Vasilii has a young sister Alena, the heroine, and decides to use her as his pawn. Alena has b The hero Kiryl is desperate to land a business deal that will cement his status as a powerful businessman, something which he has been working towards ever since he was cruelly rejected as a child by his powerful father. When he learns that he is competing with an enormously powerful businessman Vasilii, Kiryl vows to do everything and anything he can to force Vasilii out of the deal. He discovers that Vasilii has a young sister Alena, the heroine, and decides to use her as his pawn. Alena has been sheltered for the majority of her life by her older brother and is overwhelmed by Kiryl's attentions. As she and Kiryl spend time together she falls in love with him and gives him all of her, blissfully happy and unaware of Kiryl's true reasons for pursuing her. Kiryl planned to seduce Alena and charm her into falling in love with him then to confront her brother with the threat of Alena losing her reputation. He is pleased that she has done exactly as he hoped, but also finds himself feeling a little too much for her. Yet, he continues on with his plan and goes to see Vasilii with his ultimatum, not knowing that Alena is witness to this and how much she is hurt. I really don't like being negative about things, so before I go further with this I just want to say that this is my opinion and I understand that what *I* don't like, someone else may love. So first of all - The plot of this book revolves around dirty tricks (dirty and unethical business tactics), which, quite frankly, is unacceptable for a 'hero' to do. You may think that I'm being a little silly by taking offence to this (after all, it's only a book!), but I don't see how I could relate to a book that includes something that is so duplicitous. This immediately made me have an intense dislike for both the book and the hero. The hero, by the way, is a bastard, there is no other way to describe him. And as for the heroine, she was bloody naive that it was almost unbelievable. I found this book VERY difficult to read, I almost gave up on it twice. Not only is the plot and 'romance' totally unappealing, but the writing is also quite frustrating. There is so much internal monologuing that I was expecting the characters to start quoting a Shakespearean soliloquy, or something! Overall, I have to be honest and say this is a very bad book and has left me thinking that I will no longer bother with Penny Jordan's newer books, as compared to her brilliant older books they are just awful. Apologies for the diatribe. Originally posted at http://everyday-is-the-same.blogspot....

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sim era6

    Firstly,This heroine was by far the most TSTL heroine EVER...(the heroine’s immaturity annoyed me and ruined it for me. I just wished the entire book she would grow up.) 2. there was so much inner dialogue .I skimmed so much of it.And the book had a sex scenes that was so god awful... 3. I didn't like any of the characters at all I am genuinely dissapointed in the entire book.I can not believe Penny Jordan submitted this book for publishing. Firstly,This heroine was by far the most TSTL heroine EVER...(the heroine’s immaturity annoyed me and ruined it for me. I just wished the entire book she would grow up.) 2. there was so much inner dialogue .I skimmed so much of it.And the book had a sex scenes that was so god awful... 3. I didn't like any of the characters at all I am genuinely dissapointed in the entire book.I can not believe Penny Jordan submitted this book for publishing.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kiki

    VINTAGE'S REVIEW SAYS IT ALL. VINTAGE'S REVIEW SAYS IT ALL.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Grace Harwood

    This is the first of the "Russian Rivals" books by Penny Jordan. I actually read the second one first, but both books work as stand alone stories, so it doesn't matter if, like I did, you read them out of order. Like the second book, the main male lead, Kiryl, in this first story, has that little bit more substance to him than your average Mills and Boon hero. He's got a darker side. Consider his early thoughts on himself as we are introduced to the character: [he had] "darkness within him that h This is the first of the "Russian Rivals" books by Penny Jordan. I actually read the second one first, but both books work as stand alone stories, so it doesn't matter if, like I did, you read them out of order. Like the second book, the main male lead, Kiryl, in this first story, has that little bit more substance to him than your average Mills and Boon hero. He's got a darker side. Consider his early thoughts on himself as we are introduced to the character: [he had] "darkness within him that he had never wholly been able to control..." [that] "would unleash itself and seek a victim. Over the years Kiryl had taught himself to think of that darkness as something of a mental vampire, an echo of himself that, when aroused, could only be calmed by feeding off the emotional pain of others." (p. 17) He's very sexy, but he's not a very nice person at all. Unlike Jordan's early works which are expressly told from the female point of view, we get to see quite a lot of Kiryl's thoughts, and as a result he is a much more rounded character than the usual M&B hero. Alena, on the other hand, is standard Jordan fare. She's gullible, naïve, innocent, easily-led, overly romantic. The problem with her really is her age. She's only 19 and as a result one can't help but feel that she's a bit young to end up getting saddled with an experienced man of the world in his 30s. She's also a bit stupid in the early part of the book. During their first "date", Kiryl plies her with vodka because he knows he wants her to loosen up enough for him to seduce her. Any normal person would be refusing neat vodka absolutely, but not Alena. (However, I suppose she is only 19 - all that's missing is some red bull and you've got a trip to A&E as the end result). Where this story comes into its own, however, is during the scenes in St Petersburg, which are impossibly romantic and pure escapist pleasure for your romance reader. Some of the Russian descriptions were a bit stilted indicating "research" rather than actual experience, but then I've never been to Russia either, so what do I know? Also, the part when Alena realises what Kiryl's true motivations are behind his interest in her. Suddenly, Alena grows up into a fully mature, wise, intelligent woman. Implausible, yes, but it makes her a lot more likeable as a character. It's a M&B, so there's the inevitable happy ending when Kiryl realises the error of his ways, vows to give up being a mental vampire and they get married and live happily ever after. Or do they? This is the first time I've ever finished a Mills and Boon and questioned the future of the heroine. Normally, I don't give them a second thought once that book is over. After all, they've got a future of private jets and fantastic sex ahead of them, whilst I'm still stuck in the call centre where I was reading the book. However, this time, I felt a bit sorry for poor Alena. She's only 19 after all and stuck with Kiryl for the rest of her days. I know if I'd have married someone when I was 19, I'd have been utterly sick of them by the time I was 21, especially if he was some old git in his thirties, private jet or no. Still, this is a M&B, and like most Jordan novels, this has just that little bit more substance than average. Definitely recommend it - I passed a very pleasant shift in the call centre escaping into it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tali

    This book is horrific. It's the only way to describe it. The characters are all appalling with no clear redeeming features that I could see. The rivalry between the two Russian businessmen Kiryl and Vasilii is practically non-existent and isn't really a good enough excuse for the supposed-hero's behaviour, and the degradation and selling of the heroine despite her rather pathetic protests is the final straw. There's no love or romance here, just the pretence of it (very similar to the plot) and This book is horrific. It's the only way to describe it. The characters are all appalling with no clear redeeming features that I could see. The rivalry between the two Russian businessmen Kiryl and Vasilii is practically non-existent and isn't really a good enough excuse for the supposed-hero's behaviour, and the degradation and selling of the heroine despite her rather pathetic protests is the final straw. There's no love or romance here, just the pretence of it (very similar to the plot) and it's presence is very thin indeed. I hated this book and it's probably only because it's short that I actually got through to the end. A horrible, horrible story. Don't read it!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Misnoawl

    Terribly boring book. I was tired of having it drummed it into my head that the h & H are Russian (about 20 references in the 1st chapter alone - I counted). Her eyes were the color of a Russian river, his were like the malachite in a Russian palace blah blah blah, they ordered tea only in samovars & so on 🙄. I’ve no issue with navel gazing usually, but if the same 2-3 thoughts go around in the heads of the MCs in a loop, it gets very tedious. Seems like the author wrote the bare bones of the plot Terribly boring book. I was tired of having it drummed it into my head that the h & H are Russian (about 20 references in the 1st chapter alone - I counted). Her eyes were the color of a Russian river, his were like the malachite in a Russian palace blah blah blah, they ordered tea only in samovars & so on 🙄. I’ve no issue with navel gazing usually, but if the same 2-3 thoughts go around in the heads of the MCs in a loop, it gets very tedious. Seems like the author wrote the bare bones of the plot and said it 10 different ways to make up the page count. A thoroughly disappointing book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Helen Moulden

    He is in his early 30's she is a naive 19 year old. He gets an opportunity and grabs it. But to deliberately seduce and use her to get at her 1/2 brother was just NASTY. If you took out all the descriptions of the rooms etc there wouldn't be much left. An empty and dull story. He is in his early 30's she is a naive 19 year old. He gets an opportunity and grabs it. But to deliberately seduce and use her to get at her 1/2 brother was just NASTY. If you took out all the descriptions of the rooms etc there wouldn't be much left. An empty and dull story.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kenna Reed

    Easy to read, entertainment for an afternoon.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mtve41

    Zero stars. Just a suicidally long yabber of the thoughts between the h and H. Barely a sentence exchanged between chapters. Worst of its kind.

  20. 5 out of 5

    ReadToBreathe

    This book was really bad I didn't love anything about it and I don't know why they even fall in love with each other both of them were boring. This book was really bad I didn't love anything about it and I don't know why they even fall in love with each other both of them were boring.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    This is a story of rivals who try to 'one up' each other. In this two part story. In this story Kiryl is after Vasilii, how better to get at him but thru his sister, Alena. Now is the set up suduce her to get at the brother. But does it work? Will Kiryl find his salvation in the hands of Alena? I have enjoyed Penny Jordans work in the past but this series of two books was not my favorite. This is a story of rivals who try to 'one up' each other. In this two part story. In this story Kiryl is after Vasilii, how better to get at him but thru his sister, Alena. Now is the set up suduce her to get at the brother. But does it work? Will Kiryl find his salvation in the hands of Alena? I have enjoyed Penny Jordans work in the past but this series of two books was not my favorite.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Noura

    I'd give it a 2.5 star. To be fair, the premise of story is decent enough. Could've been a bit more complex, more things going on, more emotional roller-coaster ride but then can't ask for much coz this is a HR...guess it's meant to be light reading. So, story's ok. standard issue. The hero, i would say is a classic reformed SOB. He's good looking, successful, ambitious, filthy rich, arrogant, bla bla bla....hero requirement fulfilled. BUT! What really gets me is the heroine. OMG!!. Lame, lame, l I'd give it a 2.5 star. To be fair, the premise of story is decent enough. Could've been a bit more complex, more things going on, more emotional roller-coaster ride but then can't ask for much coz this is a HR...guess it's meant to be light reading. So, story's ok. standard issue. The hero, i would say is a classic reformed SOB. He's good looking, successful, ambitious, filthy rich, arrogant, bla bla bla....hero requirement fulfilled. BUT! What really gets me is the heroine. OMG!!. Lame, lame, lame - her character was under developed and her change after the deception was just....sudden. Not enough. She's still lame except for the part where she told him off (for a few minutes she was worthy of a hi-five). She's sheltered and naive, sure....but has she been living in a cave or what? Can a girl be that innocent nowadays? This book was written in this century right? This decade? It was painful to read her thoughts in the first half of the story. I think the only cool character here is the brother Vasilii. I'm am imagining that he's a hotty. a hottier hotty than Kiryl. But i have yet to read his story, so i'll spare my comments for now. So, reaction to story: Aaaaaghhh!!! Note to self....leave off the harlequin romances once you've moved on to "stronger stuff". These books just don't cut it anymore. But if you are just starting out on romance novels....this book would be great. No icky (?) and overt descriptions of sex (some books out there are overdoing this...!). Just plain. i'll-leave -it-to-your-imagination kinda stuff.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Shayna

    so far i think this book is okay but some things are definitely rubbing me the wrong way. for instance, the guy is a total douche and the girl is completely stupid at times! i was reading chapter 4, and they had their business lunch and celebrated the donation he was making. as she was going to leave, dude stops her and looks at her and asks if she remembers saying when they first arrived at his suite that was unafraid about being alone with him. now this is supposed to be a, i'm guessing, a rom so far i think this book is okay but some things are definitely rubbing me the wrong way. for instance, the guy is a total douche and the girl is completely stupid at times! i was reading chapter 4, and they had their business lunch and celebrated the donation he was making. as she was going to leave, dude stops her and looks at her and asks if she remembers saying when they first arrived at his suite that was unafraid about being alone with him. now this is supposed to be a, i'm guessing, a romantic kind of moment that changes their relationship right? but then he says to her "perhaps you should have a wise virgin and afraid after all", now i read that and immediately thought "run for life, he's a killer/ rapist!!!!" i'm assuming that's not how that statement was meant to come across but it did. page and half of inner monologue later, they're about to kiss and he demands she keep her eyes open and says something about her inexperience and calls her "little virgin". this pissed me off because for one, who keeps their eyes open while kissing? that always seemed weird to me. two, i would be beyond pissed if some guy kept calling me "virgin" like it was a bad thing or rubbing it in my face. honestly, i'm reading it so far thinking how stupid is the young girl for liking this dude who talks to her disrespectfully and is an asshole, and where is her self-respect at to realize how he's talking to her and put him in his place?! so far, not impressed with story and pretty upset with how it portrays women to be weak and at the mercy of our hormones toward the male species!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    (adult situations, sex) pp. 186 Like many others, I had serious problems with this book. First, the heroine starts out with about three pages of lustful thoughts one would not expect to find in a 19- year old virgin, but then she switches into immature, naïve mode for the rest of the book. Her brother is supposed to be keeping tabs on her (hence the reason she is still a virgin), but he does the worst job I have ever seen an over-protective, rich, powerful character do. And then there is the her (adult situations, sex) pp. 186 Like many others, I had serious problems with this book. First, the heroine starts out with about three pages of lustful thoughts one would not expect to find in a 19- year old virgin, but then she switches into immature, naïve mode for the rest of the book. Her brother is supposed to be keeping tabs on her (hence the reason she is still a virgin), but he does the worst job I have ever seen an over-protective, rich, powerful character do. And then there is the hero. If he is really all that suave, why does he insist on trying to get her drunk in order to get her in bed. At every turn he is constantly offering her something to drink. The characters actions aren't believable. There is a whole lot of lust but very little love on the part of either main character. There is the constant repetition - really, just give the "mother's charity" a name because that phrase is clunky when used three times on the same page. I know I had read one Penny Jordan a long time ago, and I didn't remember it being this bad. This book made me not want to read another.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rexanne

    I wanted so badly to likethis but I didn't. Coming from one of my favorite Harlequin writers, this sucks :/ -The heroine seems immature. She's also too naive and gullible. I don't like her. :/ -The hero is an ass. There was a time when I thought he can redeem himself but those scenes weren't executed properly.I hate him :/ -The setting is lovely but they didn't explore it enough to make me rave. I hate that :/ -The steamy scenes were meh. Maybe it's because I dislike the protagonists haha. I hate t I wanted so badly to likethis but I didn't. Coming from one of my favorite Harlequin writers, this sucks :/ -The heroine seems immature. She's also too naive and gullible. I don't like her. :/ -The hero is an ass. There was a time when I thought he can redeem himself but those scenes weren't executed properly.I hate him :/ -The setting is lovely but they didn't explore it enough to make me rave. I hate that :/ -The steamy scenes were meh. Maybe it's because I dislike the protagonists haha. I hate that :/ -The "i love you" declaration wasn't timely at all. It was too hurried and absolutely illogical. I absolutely hate that :/ ...Despite these, I'll still continue to Book 2 later. Damn I hope I like it better :( I din't recommend it to anyone who hasn't tried a Penny Jordan work before. You might get turned off by her based on this book and miss her other great ones

  26. 5 out of 5

    RomLibrary

    He seduces her for revenge on brother but repents and ends up marrying her instead. Russian oligarch Kiryl Androvonov has one rival: billionaire Vasilii Demidov. Luckily, Vasilii has an Achilles' heel—his younger, overprotected half sister Alena.… Kiryl's master plan is to seduce the tantalizingly beautiful Alena. Then, once he's had his fill, he'll use her to blackmail Vasilii for the contract that will complete his business empire. The Russian tycoon can't lose—this might be the business deal of He seduces her for revenge on brother but repents and ends up marrying her instead. Russian oligarch Kiryl Androvonov has one rival: billionaire Vasilii Demidov. Luckily, Vasilii has an Achilles' heel—his younger, overprotected half sister Alena.… Kiryl's master plan is to seduce the tantalizingly beautiful Alena. Then, once he's had his fill, he'll use her to blackmail Vasilii for the contract that will complete his business empire. The Russian tycoon can't lose—this might be the business deal of the century, however it's Alena he covets most of all. But then she discovers just how ruthlessly Kiryl has been using her…

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    I think that the description of this book gives too much away, because I went into this knowing the bad and just expected it and was really jaded about the characters. I found the heroine way over the top naive and the hero overly cold. I also didn't find the hero's excuse for being cold all that great. I think that the description of this book gives too much away, because I went into this knowing the bad and just expected it and was really jaded about the characters. I found the heroine way over the top naive and the hero overly cold. I also didn't find the hero's excuse for being cold all that great.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Booklover

    Just could'nt finish it,it was boring,left it after reading few pages Just could'nt finish it,it was boring,left it after reading few pages

  29. 5 out of 5

    Famma

    It was a typical story... Didn't enjoy reading at all. The story was more about the russian lineage of the hero. It was a typical story... Didn't enjoy reading at all. The story was more about the russian lineage of the hero.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Aly is so frigging bored

    This chick fell in love with the dude in 3 days, and I didn't even mention that she went with him in a forign country after knowing him about a day... Gave 2* from witch 1 is for the cover :D This chick fell in love with the dude in 3 days, and I didn't even mention that she went with him in a forign country after knowing him about a day... Gave 2* from witch 1 is for the cover :D

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