Sweet Revenge

Sweet Revenge

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by Nora Roberts
     
 

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At twenty-five, Princess Adrianne lives a life most people would envy.  Beautiful and elegant, she spends her days dabbling in charities and her nights floating from one glamorous gala to the next.  But her pampered-rich-girl pose is a ruse, a carefully calculated effort to hide a dangerous truth.

For ten years Adrianne has lived for revenge

Overview

At twenty-five, Princess Adrianne lives a life most people would envy.  Beautiful and elegant, she spends her days dabbling in charities and her nights floating from one glamorous gala to the next.  But her pampered-rich-girl pose is a ruse, a carefully calculated effort to hide a dangerous truth.

For ten years Adrianne has lived for revenge.  As a child, she could only watch the cruelty hidden behind the facade of her parents' fairy-tale marriage.  Now
she has the perfect plan to make her famous father pay.  She will take possession of the one thing he values above all others--The Sun and the Moon, a fabled necklace beyond price.

Yet just as she is poised to take her vengeance, she meets a man who seems to divine her every secret.  Clever, charming, and enigmatic, Philip Chamberlain has his own private reasons for getting close to Princess Adrianne.  And only when it's too late will she see the hidden danger...as she finds herself up against two formidable men--one with the knowledge to take her freedom, the other with the power to take her life.


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"Move over, Sidney Sheldon: the world has a new master of romantic suspense, and her name is Nora Roberts."—Rex Reed

"Her stories have fueled the dreams of twenty-five million readers."—Entertainment Weekly

“You can’t bottle wish fulfillment, but Nora Roberts certainly knows how to put it on the page.” —New York Times

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307568366
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/30/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
28,501
File size:
2 MB

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The sun was high and white when she woke. There was an ache, dull and somehow sweet, through her body to remind her of the night. She wanted to smile, to snuggle back in bed and hug it to herself like an accomplishment, like a bag full of the finest diamonds. But there was still a part of her, a part dug deep, that believed a woman's submission in bed meant submission everywhere.

He was sleeping beside her. She hadn't thought he would stay the night, or hold her throughout it. Nor had she known how comforting it could be to lie awake in the dark and listen to his steady breathing. She knew now how good it felt to study his face in the morning sunlight.

Tenderness. She felt it, fought against it. Her fingers itched to run along his cheek, to comb through his hair. It would be so satisfying to touch him now, as if what had happened in the night had been real and important.

Cautious, she uncurled her fingers from her palm and started to reach out. Her fingertips just brushed his skin when his eyes blinked open. Adrianne snatched her hand away.

Even in sleep his reflexes were quick. Philip wrapped his fingers around her wrist and brought her hand to his lips. "Morning."

"Good morning." Awkward. She felt foolishly, miserably awkward. "We slept later than I intended."

"That's what vacations are for." In one smooth move he rolled on top of her to nuzzle at her neck. "And other things."

She closed her eyes. It was harder, much harder than she ever had believed to fight the need to give. If possible, she wanted him more now than she had during the night. Love, like any indulgence, was craved more after the first taste.

"Like breakfast?" she said, willing her voice to be light.

After nibbling on her lips, he drew back. "Hungry?"

"Starved."

"Shall I ring up room service?"

"Yes—no," she said, and already hated herself for the deception. "I'd really like to shower and change, then I'd been toying with the idea of diving, going out to Palancar."

"Have you hired a boat?"

"Not yet."

When he sat up she shifted, just slightly, so their bodies no longer touched. "Why don't I see to it? I'll go have a shower myself, then meet you in the dining room in an hour. We can take off after we eat."

"Perfect." She managed a smile. "I might be a bit longer than that; I need to call Celeste."

"Not too much longer." He kissed her, and because she was already regretting, she poured herself into it. With a murmur of approval he drew her closer. "A person can go for days without food."

Her laugh was only a little strained. "Not this person."

She waited until she was alone to bring her knees up and drop her head on them. It shouldn't hurt. Doing what was necessary shouldn't hurt. Oh, but it did. Tossing the sheets aside, she rose quickly and began to move.

He gave her an extra quarter of an hour as he sat by the window in the dining room and watched the sun worshipers oil up. He knew there were women who did not value time. But, finally, he reminded himself that Adrianne wasn't one of them. Holding back impatience, he lingered over a second cup of coffee. A man was in bad shape when he started counting the minutes. Philip picked up the rose he'd set beside her plate. He was in very bad shape.

More had happened to him the night before than passion and release. Things had clicked inside him, and settled unalterably into place. He hadn't been looking, hadn't even wanted to look for someone who fit him so perfectly. But there was no going back. For her either, he thought as he lit a cigarette. She might think she could pick up her life where she'd left it off before him, but he was going to prove her wrong.

He'd made his decision, perhaps the first in his life that hadn't been self-serving or with an eye to profit, but he'd made it. And dammit, he wasn't going to waste the rest of the morning waiting to start convincing her it was the right one.

He crushed his cigarette, leaving it smoldering and his coffee cooling as he strode out of the dining room. He was feeling uneasy by the time he got to her door. Lovesick fool, he called himself, with not a little disgust. He rapped, harder than was necessary, then tried the door when she didn't answer. It was locked, but he had his door key in his pocket, along with a credit card and a thin coin. He didn't bother to glance around as he went to work.

When he opened the door, he knew. He was already swearing when he went to the closet to pull it open. It was empty, but for her scent. There was a trace of powder on the vanity counter, but the bottles and tubes were gone.

He let the closet door slam, then jammed his hands into his pockets. For a moment there was only rage and impotence. Never a violent man, he knew then what it was to anticipate murder with relish. Subduing his emotion, he walked to the phone and dialed the front desk.

"How long ago did Lara O'Conner check out?" He waited, fantasizing violence and retribution. "Forty minutes? Thank you."

She could run, he thought as he replaced the receiver. But she'd never run fast enough.

As Philip vowed his own revenge, Adrianne buckled her seat belt. Her eyes were hidden behind dark glasses. They weren't red-rimmed. She hadn't allowed herself tears. But there was regret in them. He would be angry, she thought. Then he would go on—as she would, as she had to. Emotions, the kind he could pull out of her, had no place in her life. Until The Sun and the Moon was in her hands, there was no room for anything but revenge.

From the Paperback edition.

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the first writer to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. The New York Times bestselling author of such novels as Sacred Sins and Divine Evil, she has become one of today's most successful and best-loved writers. Nora Roberts lives with her family in Maryland.


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Brief Biography

Hometown:
Keedysville, Maryland
Date of Birth:
1950
Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland
Website:
http://www.noraroberts.com/

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Sweet Revenge 3.9 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 222 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful to the end solid storyline
Sheilags More than 1 year ago
Everything Nora writes is pure pleasure to read. Loved the characters and the story line. This one has the added bonus of being longer than her more recent books. That's my only complaint, ever, is Nora's books need to be longer!
AngelicAngel More than 1 year ago
At first it was hard to stay interested in this. The first few chapters were a little lack luste but then it really gets interesting and snowballs from there. I couldn't put it down once i got pass the first few chapters.
Colleen Smith More than 1 year ago
i thought this book had a great story line and it kept me reading. however, i did not like the ending at all nor did i understand why there were so many gramical errors and typos. this is supposed to be professional books... arent they? i hope not every nook book is going to have errors. this was my first nookbook and enjoyed the story very much. the errors were the main issue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C book by Nora! It kept me on the edge of my seat. I was so hooked that I find myself falling asleep with it!
OutofAfrica More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down till it was done. I found myself rooting for her and holding my breath. The right balance of intrigue, suspense and romance.
Cyraen More than 1 year ago
I lost myself in this book. The characters were striking, spunky, and you are rooting for them from the beginning. The story itself covers several decades and does not suffer for it. Perhaps some of the richness of this book and its success for me comes from the deep relationships the main characters have with others, and some of the tragic reality found in those relationships. This is definitely a worthy pick if you are looking to escape into a new world of customs and emotionally driven purposes. If you are looking for heavy sex, this won't be your novel, but if you are looking for a wonderful romance and a satisfying story with some sensuality, you will be well pleased with Adrianne and her remarkable journey.
Janice Knox More than 1 year ago
Another engaging tale by Roberts but with many errors in spelling and syntax.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was my first time reading Nora Roberts book, she has so many books were to start. Well, I am very happy that I picked Sweet Revenge, great details. I so could feel for Abby and what she felt she needed to do, I wish there were more pages in this book. I did not want it to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book. Can't put it down. You totally feel for hte charactor and want revenge as much as she does.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK WAS ONE OF THE BEST BOOOKS I HAVE EVER READ. I WILL HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND WILL CONTINUE TO READ BOOK BY THIS AUTHOR.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The abuse of Adrianne's mother disturbed me and made me sad. I was waiting for her father to get his but the revenge just wasn't enough for me. I loved the book but felt cheated in the end.
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What a long, unrealistic and boring read this book is. I am very surprised at and disappointed with Nora Roberts.
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Perfect title for the perfect book. I read this book years ago and it’s certainly worth a second read, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was full of action, intrigue, culture and suspense. Very good read did not want to put it down. Thought about it all night wondering what would happen next. Enjoyable from cover to cover.
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I haven't had time to read this book yet. I'm a faithful NR fan & I know it will be great!
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Great story