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You Belong to Me
     

You Belong to Me

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by Johanna Lindsey
 

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In all the world, no man exists who can tame Alexandra Rubilov. A fiery and beautiful free-thinker, Alex's steadfast refusal to marry has frustrated her hapless father. And so he creates a "long-forgotten" agreement and sends his rebellious daughter away, ly maintaining that Alexandra has been promised since childhood to the handsome, insufferable libertine whom

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In all the world, no man exists who can tame Alexandra Rubilov. A fiery and beautiful free-thinker, Alex's steadfast refusal to marry has frustrated her hapless father. And so he creates a "long-forgotten" agreement and sends his rebellious daughter away, ly maintaining that Alexandra has been promised since childhood to the handsome, insufferable libertine whom she must now accompany to his homeland to wed.

Dismayed to find himself suddenly engaged, Count Vasili Petroff plans to repulse his unwanted fiancee by acting the perfect cad, unaware that wily Alexandra plans to follow a similar path. But the road to deception is a rocky one and its many unexpected turns can lead two reluctant companions to a most unanticipated destination: that place called passionate love.

Editorial Reviews

Romantic Times
Johanna Lindsey creates fairy tales that come true.
Newport News Daily Press
Johanna Lindsey has a sure touch where historical romance is concerned.
Cincinnati Enquirer
Her books are well-pacead and well-written, filled with strong characters, humor, interesting plots — and, of course, romance.
San Diego Union-Tribune
Johanna Lindsey transports us....We have no choice but to respond to the humor and the intensity.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
With anger and bitterness permeating nearly every page, it's doubtful Lindsey's sequel to Once a Princess will attract any new readers. Set in 1836 Russia-though the novel is conspicuously short on historic atmosphere and long on contemporary terminology-Baroness Alexandra Rubliov is a woman beyond her own time, something of a female cossack who wields a whip and breeds and trains her own line of white horses. Her unconventionality and blunt way of speaking her mind make her undesirable in the marriage market. Her desperate father presents what he swears is a long-standing betrothal between Alexandra and Count Vasili Petroff. It is, in fact, a contract of his own creation, but conveniently indisputable because Vasili's father is dead. Alexandra is incensed but honor-bound to comply. Only if the count should break the contract would she be free. So she sets out to insult and ridicule him at every turn and strives to be as physically repulsive as possible, eating like a pig and going for days without bathing. Vasili is a too-handsome man who beds women as easily as elephants eat peanuts. Of the two, however, Vasili is the more sympathetic, especially as Alexandra proves time after time, by word and deed, that she is a better man than he. Reminiscent of the movie The War of the Roses, the couple scrap it out all the way, but in the very last pages they declare a semi-peace and hope for love and romance looms on the horizon. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380762583
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/2001
Series:
Cardinia's Royal Family Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
281,671
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.08(d)

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You Belong to Me

Ukraine Province, Russia, 1836

Constantin Rubliov stood at the window in his drawing room, his hands clasped behind his back, watching the dust cloud in the distance slowly approaching. The window, located at the front of his house, looked out on the road that wound past his country estate and led to the Dnieper River in the east. From the second floor of the house, you could just make out the river on a clear day. From his vantage point in the drawing room, the road to the west was visible as far as the eye could see, and that was where the dust cloud was approaching from.

If he hadn′t known that there was going to be a horse race today, the sight of all the people crowding both sides of the road just beyond his house would have told him. His Cossacks loved a good race as much as they loved a good fight. They were a tough, volatile, high-spirited people, always laughing, singing, or fighting--and fiercely loyal.

But they weren′t exactly his, although he had always thought of them that way because they had been so long associated with his, family. And they, too, thought of him and his as theirs. But Cossack meant "free warrior," and these Cossacks were certainly that. Since his great-great-grandfather had given them permission to settle on his land and raise their families in peace, they had worked for the Rubliovs, in whatever capacity was required. They staffed Constantin′s house, they bred his horses, they guarded him and his family ′in their travels.

The settlement they had started all those years ago was now a thriving town less than a quarter mile to the west of his estate. The Razins, who had supplied the town with its leaders for all these years as well as populated three-fourths of the town with the many branches of their family, had grown as prosperous as the Rubliovs.

With their help, Constantin now supplied horses to the Czar′s army, and thoroughbreds to aristocrats who could afford them. His sugar beet crops filled the markets of Kiev and the settlements along the Dnieper, and his wheat brought fine prices along the Black Sea coast. He was growing richer by the year since he had taken an active interest in his horses and fields. Ever since his wife had died ten years ago, he had stopped being an absentee landlord, as most of the Russian nobles were. Only his sister still made use of their town house in Moscow and the Rubliov palace in St. Petersburg.

"You aren′t going to like this, darling."

Constantin didn′t glance at the woman who had spoken. Anna Veriovka stood only several feet away at the next window, watching the same scene in front of the house. Anna was one of those rare women who never seemed to age. To look at her with her dark brown hair always perfectly coiffed and her even darker brown eyes, the fine bone structure that was going to make her an eternal beauty, no one could guess she had seen thirty-five years.

Right now it was her tone, rather than her words, that made Constantin brace his hands on the window ledge and stare more intently at the oncoming horses.

Deep in his gut, he knew what he would see. It wouldn′t be the first time, or, he feared, the last. But for a moment all he could see was that dust cloud, nearly reaching the house now, and in its midst the vague shape of six thoroughbreds crowding one another on the narrow road. Fur hats, long coats flapping, sleek legs stretching for the finish line at the nearby village, and the large white wolfhound racing along beside the road, barking, urging the animals to a little more speed. And wherever that dog was ...

"Alex will win," Anna said in a smug voice.

"Of course Alex will win," Constantin grumbled, watching the lead rider crawl up on the saddle, squat there, slowly rise to standing, then toss off a fur cap, laughing, with the other riders following suit.

His eyes were squeezed shut as he added, "She always wins--and I wish you wouldn′t call her that. It only encourages her to act the hoyden."

His longtime mistress merely clucked her tongue, but after a few more moments he felt her breasts press against his back and her arms circle his waist. "You can look now, darling. She didn′t break her neck."

"Thank God," he whispered, and then the anger came, for the scare he′d just had was no less severe than it always was. "I′m going to beat her this time, I swear I am."

Anna chuckled. "So you always say, but you never do. Besides, the Razin boys wouldn′t let you."

"Then I′ll get their father to do it. Ermak will do anything I ask of him."

"Except hurt a hair on that sweet child′s head. He adores Alex as much as you do."

Constantin sighed as he turned around to do some hugging of his own. "Anna, my love, that ′sweet child′ is twenty-five years old, too old for the foolishness we just witnessed. You know it as well as I do. She should be married and nursing babies. Her two sisters had no difficulty in that respect. Lydia has given me five granddaughters. Elizaveta had three before she was widowed. Why has it been so impossible to get my youngest daughter married?"

Anna thought it prudent not to mention Alexandra′s outrageous frankness that had caused such a stir and had made Czar Nicholas unofficially ban her from St. Petersburg. If Anna reminded Constantin of that, she was afraid she would laugh, which she did every time she recalled that scene at the Romanovsky dinner, when Princess Olga had lamented to the twenty or so guests sitting near her that, however much she tried, she couldn′t keep from gaining weight that season.

Alexandra, hearing her, had suggested quite helpfully and with complete sincerity, "Why, ma′am, if you would just stop stuffing your mouth with blinis and sour cream, you might lose a pound or two."

You Belong to Me. Copyright © by Johanna Lindsey. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

One of the world's most successful authors of historical romance, every one of Johanna Lindsey's previous novels has been a national bestseller, and several of her titles have reached the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Lindsey lives in New England with her family.

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You Belong to Me 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from start to finish. I loved the unconventional, stubborn Alex, and as for Vasili, well, I just loved the way he was so sure he could easily get rid of Alex - only to find out he was very, very wrong. Some vry good sexual tension, too, but what I loved most of all was the battle of the sexes that raged throughout the book - I just couldn't help thinking 'Zinggggg!' every time one of them scored a point off the other one. Loved it, loved it, loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first and only book so far that I have read and I literally couldn't put it down. I forgot I had to go to work that day becuase I was so into this book. I hate reading I really do, but out of bordem I picked this one up I saw in a relatives house and had to keep reading it! After reading this book I have to go buy more of her books! I read what Once A Princess was about and I'm going to go and get that book soon becuase a different couple in You Belong To Me (Stefan and Tanya) has their story told in Once A Princess! I can't wait and you have to read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of JL's books, and this one is one of the best. there was a lot of humor in this as well as romance. and the characters were HOT. i just love the way the two main characters deny the attraction between them with pure stubborness.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Johanna Lindseys books and this one is one of the best. The loyalty and love that Alex has is outstanding. Its an absolutely great book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is Johanna Lindsey and I love her there really isn't anything she has written that I do not like or recommend. If you like historical romance she is the author for you!
survivorCM More than 1 year ago
Johanna Lindsey is one of my very favorite authors. I have read every book she has written....You Belong to Me is a wonderful addition..I would recommend this book to everyone....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book and love this authors endings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alexandria is strong, funny, and independent. She is one of my favorite characters. I love the witty, snarky banter that flows easily between the two main characters.
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This is my Absolute favorite Lindsey book. I bought the paperback, and the online version and reread both at twice.  I wish Ms. Lindsey would write a follow-up maybe on  Serge. 
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thebookwormNJ More than 1 year ago
I was looking for a nice historical romance to fee my new Nook Tablet with, but I didn't enjoy this one too much. There was just oo much bickering between Alexandra and Vasili. It soon became boring and repetitive. I won't rule out this author though, I have heard good things about her work.
Momov4 More than 1 year ago
I keep coming back to this couple. They're just wonderful, beautiful story.