When We Meet Again (Effington Family & Friends Series)

When We Meet Again (Effington Family & Friends Series)

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by Victoria Alexander

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Pamela is a mystery Alexei is determined to solve ...

Prince Alexei of Avalonia is a master at the art of seduction, butwhen a mysterious young woman he meets at a masked ball spends the night in his bed, he finds he is touched in ways he cannot forget. Still, he wonders if she was real or a dream spun of moonlight.

Alexei might well be a temptation

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Pamela is a mystery Alexei is determined to solve ...

Prince Alexei of Avalonia is a master at the art of seduction, butwhen a mysterious young woman he meets at a masked ball spends the night in his bed, he finds he is touched in ways he cannot forget. Still, he wonders if she was real or a dream spun of moonlight.

Alexei might well be a temptation Pamela cannot resist ...

And Miss Pamela Effington is no dream. Certainly, succumbing tothe prince's seduction was madness. Now she's come to her senses and is thankful their paths will never cross again. Even if they do, he had never truly seen her face.

But they are both in for the shock of their lives. For back in London, determined to lead a blameless life, Pamela finds Alexei occupying her home -- a townhouse she's only recently inherited -- and he refuses to leave. A feigned courtship seems an excellent idea, and soon the mystery and temptation begin all over again.

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Bestseller Alexander (A Visit from Sir Nicholas, etc.) is at the top of her game with her latest Effington family Regency romance. Her anonymity guaranteed by a mask, English miss Pamela Effington spent an unforgettable night of magic in the arms of the Avalonian crown prince. In the four years since, Russia has annexed Avalonia, sending Prince Alexei into exile in London. Through a mishap, the prince and Pamela end up living in the same town house; through her aunt's strategizing, they become entangled in a false betrothal. Their hearts refuse to believe the engagement to be fake, and soon Alexei and Pamela privately admit to their mutual love. An old flame from Pamela's past, plus Alexei's belief that a bitter prince without a country has nothing to offer the woman of his dreams, cause Pamela a great deal of frustration-but a determined woman can always show a man the error of his ways, even if she has to do it at sword point. Pamela and Alexei's verbal clashes are a hoot, delivering generous doses of humor that balance the more touching scenes. Skillfully paced to deliver readers breathlessly to the finish line, Alexander's newest adventure is light historical romance at its most entertaining. Agent, Meg Ruley at the Jane Rotrosen Agency. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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When We Meet Again

Chapter One

When I see London again I shall be the
picture of propriety. I shall behave in a
respectable manner always. And I shall
try very hard to hold on to the woman I
have become.

Miss Pamela Effington

Four years later ...

"Well done, Clarissa." Pamela Effington pulled off her mask and grinned at her opponent. "You nearly had me for a moment."

"Nearly is an understatement, dear cousin." Clarissa, Lady Overton, drew off her own mask and shook her dark hair free. "Another few seconds, and the point would have been mine."

Pamela laughed. "Fortunately, there was no time left."

"Fortunate indeed." Clarissa slashed the blade of her fencing foil through the air. "Next time, I shall claim victory."

"As you did in our previous match." Pamela shook her head with good-natured humor. "We are well suited, cousin."

"Indeed we are." Clarissa studied the foil thoughtfully. "But is it really necessary, do you think, for a woman to be skilled with a sword? It's not as if we should ever be forced to fight a duel for our honor."

"I'm not certain a woman can ever have too many skills or too much knowledge. Besides, it stirs the blood, or at least mine, and is excellent for the body and the mind. And I, for one, find it both stimulating and quite enjoyable."

Clarissa raised a brow. "You sound precisely like Aunt Millicent."

"I'm not the least bit surprised as I quite agree with her about a great many things." Pamela handed her mask and foil to Monsieur Lucien, the fencing master, with a nod of thanks.

"Of course you would." Clarissa handed her own things to Monsieur Lucien. "Fencing, doing anything women do not typically do, makes you more of an -- "

"Don't say it." Pamela's voice was firm. "I am not in the mood for yet another discussion of my character flaws." She started toward the grand entry in the ornate ballroom they had used for their fencing lesson.

The ballroom occupied a good portion of the first floor of an impressive house in the very best part of Vienna that belonged to an Austrian count, an old and dear friend of Lady Smythe-Windom, their Aunt Millicent. Of course, there didn't seem to be anywhere in the world where there wasn't a very old and very dear friend of Aunt Millicent's. In all the years of their travel together, not one such friend of their aunt's had ever failed to invite them to stay for as long as they wished. It was a grand way to live even if, on occasion, the unsettled nature of their lives had bothered both Pamela and Clarissa. Still, it was what each woman had chosen for her own reasons.

"Nonetheless, I am going to say it." Clarissa trailed after her cousin. "You like fencing and anything else that's unconventional and a shade scandalous because it's precisely what an Effington female would enjoy."

"I am an Effington female." Pamela stifled a longsuffering sigh. Clarissa had brought this subject up over and over again in recent months and over and over again, Pamela had managed to deflect the discussion. She headed down the corridor that led to a series of salons designed for music and games and whatever else the residents of a house like this desired.

"The flaw isn't in being what you are but rather in trying to be something you aren't," Clarissa called after her.

"Indeed," Pamela muttered.

It was easy for Clarissa to make pronouncements. She simply didn't understand and probably never would. Clarissa was Pamela's cousin on her mother's side and hadn't the least idea what it was like to be an Effington. Especially a quiet, reserved, shy Effington.

Oh, certainly, Pamela's cousin Delia had been considered "quiet" until scandal broke around her head. And then Delia's twin sister Cassandra, who everyone thought was headed for the worst kind of scandal, well, wasn't.

And of course, there was Pamela herself, whose behavior no one had ever worried about, who, at the advanced age of twenty, when she certainly should have known better, had fallen deeply and passionately in love with George Fenton, the son of Viscount Penwick. At least she had thought she had, and had, with rapt abandon and no consideration to the consequences, lost her virtue to him. It was, as her brothers had muttered in a dark and forbidding manner once her ruination was known, the quiet ones you had to keep your eye on.

It wasn't simply her nature that had set Pamela apart from the vast numbers of Effington relations. She had never particularly looked like a member of the family, who were all in all an attractive lot, the women universally pretty, some of them quite beautiful, the men typically handsome and dashing.

When We Meet Again. Copyright © by Victoria Alexander. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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When We Meet Again 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One night in Venice with the alluring Prince Alexei of Avalonia and Pamela Effington was in trouble. For the next four years, no other man had the pleasure of sharing intimacies with her because not one of them came close. Pamela thought she would never see him again but was proven wrong when she enters a mansion she has inherited from a distant relative and finds none other than His Royal Highness lounging in the grand hall. Pamela¿s frivolous Aunt Millicent decides that Alexei will be the perfect gentleman to participate in a farce engagement with her niece to promote her back into the respectable arms of London society since a scandal that ruined her reputation. In order for the engagement to look real, the two must spend time together to keep up the pretense of two people in love. But the pretense soon turns into veracity when Alexei realises that Pamela might very well be the masked woman in Venice that had captured his heart and soul. He had never forgotten that one magical night with the elusive `Serrenisima¿ and since he did not have the pleasure of seeing her face or knowing who she was he was unable to find her. Since then, he was forced to love in exile when his country was invaded by the vile Russians. Pamela¿s wicked and loving spirit has him vying for her love but Alexei acknowledges the miserable truth that he was a prince with no country and thus has nothing to offer her. To add salt to the wound, Pamela¿s old lover Lord Penwick, recently widowed, starts hounding her leading to a duel in the break of dawn for the love of a headstrong woman determined on marrying for no other reason but love. WHEN WE MEET AGAIN, a tale of two obstinate people finding a second chance at love will delight readers as the author provides scenes filled with touching, thoughtful and amusing dialogue and romantic conducts that allow readers to grip on tightly to the belief that the protagonists were made for each other. Add in a great cast of secondary characters with their own amusing anecdotes and we have a historical romance masterfully written.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Well written with lots of entertaining characters and laughs.
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I started this book at 12pm n was hooked finished the book at 2am as even though had to put it down to do a few things...it kept calling me back to it. I loved Pamela as I so related to her character n know that would so be me if I lived in that time frame. Keep up the great writing!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been an avid reader of historical novels for over 20 years now (since my high school days). I got burnt out on this type of writing and story lines (they were all blending together after awhile) so...I took time off for about 3 years. I came back this year and looked for new authors. I found Victoria Alexander and 'When We Meet Again' and saw good reviews. I am pleased to share that the feedback was accurate. This was a good read. The characters of Alexi and Pamela and their entourage of people and relatives all believable. The story line was fun and not too deep or contrived and it worked itself out well. Mind you, my only criticism and it's a small one at that, is it took almost the entire book for each to know for sure the other was their 'perfect' one night stand from years ago and to admit it to each other.I find the names of characters important and would have preferred something more romantic and appealing than 'Pamela' for the heroine in the 1800's. Alexi of course was fitting for a russian style prince. This was a fun read - it moved fast and the characters kept you interested in them and the story line. The intimate parts of this book were fine too - not too abrupt or coarse - just right. I would recommend buying this one as you'll probably want to add it to your permanent library of the good ones you'll find over the years. Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Reading Victoria Alexander is like enjoying my favorite wine - subtle, complex, predictable - but completely enjoyable. Alexander has again delivered with compelling characters and sparkling dialog. But I thought Prince Alexei was particularly - as was written - 'very', unusual because I usually think of Alexander's heroines as story-stealers. I also had a few good chuckles - particularly with Pamela searching the house looking for someone to talk to about her worries and Aunt Millicent was a scream. And yes, therewere major sighs for the love scene and the near-love episode in the library. But I was a bit frustrated about the motivations for the hero / heroine not revealing they know one another from before - a nice Cinderella touch. Pamela's reasons were more understandable than Alexei's. But then, Alexei is a man and do we ever really comprehend men's motivations? (WINK!) I recommend this book for a nice late summer escape reading. Have it with your favorite wine. It is a great combination. Keep writing, Ms. Alexander!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Charators were very likeable and the dialog between them was very well written. I wasn't so sure about Valentina roll in the book, but it didn't take away from the fact that this is a good choice for a relaxed read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous novel and it grabs you right from the very first page of the prologue -- that is so deliciously romantic and wonderfully enthralling, it will make you sigh blissfully as you imagine meeting your own prince charming. .................. WHEN WE MEET AGAIN is a delightfully enchantingly story about a mysterious young woman who meets a handsome prince at a masked ball in Venice, Italy. They spend one memorable night filled with incredible passion together, and then part with the sunrise. Neither expected to see the other ever again. Victoria Alexander creates a thoughtful, intriguing and superbly romantic story about what happens when the two actually meet again in England--- four years later........................................ The hero and heroine of this story are marvelously complex life-like characters. They aren't perfect -- they each have their own issues to deal with, and that¿s what makes them so appealing. The chemistry between Alexei and Pamela sizzles and the banter is exhilarating, as they try to come to terms with the undeniable attraction they feel for each other. The reader can't help but wish that these charismatic and endearing characters achieve their happily ever after ending. The novel also has an engaging cast of secondary characters that are clever, vivacious and so irresistible that you will find your self laughing out loud, as they too steal your heart. ..........................................................The main theme of the story is a second chance at love, but there is also an underlying optimistic theme about personal growth -- accepting the foolish mistakes or poor choices we make in our lives¿ learning from them, putting them behind you, and moving on with your life..................................... Ms. Alexander has again crafted a fast paced, fascinating story that showcases her dynamic style of writing vibrant prose and scintillating dialogue -- that is intelligent, as well as, splendidly entertaining.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ever since I read the first chapter online I couldn't wait for it to come out. I was at the store the next morning to get my copy, when I got home I read every page til I was done. (5 hours later) I will probbly reread every page again til the next book comes out.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1818 Naples Pamela Effington and Prince Alexei meet at a masquerade party and are immediately attracted to one another. They slip away from the gala to spend the best night of their respective lives making love before going their separate ways. --- Four years later Alexei and Pamela meet again in London where due to circumstance they share the same townhouse. The attraction remains as strong as the memory of that blessed evening, but both know scandal could ruin them. They agree to pretend to be betrothed but soon both desires that their temporary sham become the real thing as they are in love, but will either risk their heart by courageously confessing their feelings as he is a royal with no kingdom and nothing to offer and her reputation is shattered by him? --- The tenth Effington Regency romance is a fine entry in the series due to the strong lead couple having a second chance at love, but neither is prepared to take the key first step towards the other. Though Pamela is similar in tone to previous Effington females (it must be in the genes), and Alexei is the male equivalent to previous stars coming out of The House of Pruzinsky, their relationship keeps the audience off balance. Sub-genre fans know the Effington clans are some of the best historicals and WHEN WE MEET AGAIN holds up that banner of quality. --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prince Alexei Pruzinsky of Avalonia is arrogance personified, dangerously charming, and a master at the art of seduction. He meets a mysterious young woman at a masked ball and spends one night in bed with her. His heart is touched in ways he has never felt before. They both know that marriage is impossible due to their stations, however, Alexei is upset that she refuses to take off her mask or tell him her name. ............................................. Miss Pamela Effington fled London six years ago rather than face scandal, thanks to George Fenton, son of Viscount Penwick, bragging to his buddies. She lives and travels with Aunt Millicent, who uses her widowhood and vast wealth to live as she pleases. It seems that Aunt Millicent is known world wide by all who matter. Pamela knows it is not safe to succumb to Alexei, yet she now has takes with her a glorious memory to cherish forever. Imagine Pamela's surprise when she finds Alexei and his staff occupying the London townhouse that she has recently inherited. ............................................. Aunt Millicent suggests that Pamela and Alexei pretend to be engaged. This would help ease Pamela back into Society's good graces. After all, no one could think badly of her if a PRINCE wishes to wed her. When she breaks the engagement later, every eligible man will beg for her hand in marriage. However, Alexei finds himself drawn to Pamela without knowing why and Pamela is desperately keeping her secrets. .................................................................... ...................... ***** The author includes a character named Valentina. She is Alexei's traitorous cousin. She has spent her life trying to kill Alexei, for Avalonia's own good of course. Valentina resides in the townhouse as well, claiming to have changed. As much as I really wanted to hate Valentina, I simply could not! The author did such a fantastic job on this character that she actually steals the show often. I dearly hope that Valentina gets her own story. The very idea is tantalizing! ............................................. Author Victoria Alexander has done an outstanding job in this tale. The heroine is someone that today's ladies can easily look up to. For best results, read this novel just before going to bed. Guaranteed to give you some memorable dreams. I tell that from experience. *****