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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. As a child, she could only watch the cruelty hidden behind the royal facade of her parents' fairy-tale marriage. Though nothing will bring her legendary film star mother back,...
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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. As a child, she could only watch the cruelty hidden behind the royal facade of her parents' fairy-tale marriage. Though nothing will bring her legendary film star mother back, Adrianne is consumed by one thought: to make her father pay. In his possession is one of the world's greatest treasures, a fabled necklace beyond price - the Sun and the Moon. But not for long... For Adrianne has made it her business to develop some unusual skills. And now she's about to take a final, irreversible step. Yet just as she is poised to taste the sweetness of her long-sought 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553105148
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/1996
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 1.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts
Nora Roberts is a bestselling author of more than 209 romance novels. She was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. As of 2011, her novels had spent a combined 861 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, including 176 weeks in the number-one spot. Over 280 million copies of her books are in print, including 12 million copies sold in 2005 alone.
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    1. Also Known As:
      J. D. Robb; Sarah Hardesty; Jill March; Eleanor Marie Robertson (birth name)
    2. Hometown:
      Keedysville, Maryland
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Silver Spring, Maryland

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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 firsttaste.

"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.

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  • Posted July 5, 2010

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    A wonderful story with beautiful, memorable characters.

    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.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Intriguing

    Suspenseful to the end solid storyline

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    Fantastic read

    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!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2011

    alright...

    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.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Fantastic

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    More proofreading errors

    Another engaging tale by Roberts but with many errors in spelling and syntax.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2010

    Loved it!

    Loved it!

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    Great Read

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2011

    A great detailed story

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Good Read

    I really enjoyed the book.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2010

    SWEET REVENGE IS SWEET

    Love this book. Can't put it down. You totally feel for hte charactor and want revenge as much as she does.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2009

    GREAT BOOK!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2008

    Sad

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    Perfect title for the perfect book. I read this book years ago

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2014

    Highly recomend

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    I know i'll love it!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    Sham span postings as reviews are annoying

    And the more there are the less you look for a real one why dobt they just post a real email address asking to exchange "reviews

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2014

    A favorite

    Great story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Really holds your interest. I couldn't put it down.

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