Friday, June 10, 2011
BEHIND THE PALACE WALLS - Lynn Raye Harris
I can certainly see why Prince Voronov's Virgin was chosen as the Book of the Month by Mills and Boon. Lynn Raye Harris has again, out done herself with this ruthless Russian hero, Prince Alexei. June finds this book released under BEHIND THE PALACE WALLS.
Alexei and Paige met in a most interesting way as Paige was roaming Red Square looking for her sister. He heard a scream, then foot steps and found a woman frightened and alone. When he learned some men were after Paige, Alexei came up with a quick plan......."Kiss me,’ he growled… ‘And make it believable." He had decided they wouldn't be bothered if they acted like lovers, so he hauled her into an embrace. Nothing like that had ever happened to Paige. Later on after their hot kiss, Alexei found out why Paige was in Russia, she worked for Russell Tech and his American cousin.
What a coincidence; the very same Russell family he hated and wanted to destroy. Years earlier after his father died, he, his mother and terminally ill sister needed help. Alexei went to his uncle for financial assistance and was denied it. That's when they lost their family home and everything including his sister. Revenge was what he wanted now, he wanted them to suffer as his family once had. He'd restored his fortune, gained back the family palace but in the end the only thing that mattered was taking down Russell Tech. When he found out Paige worked there, he decided to use her.
All of her life Paige always thought of others first, especially her sister Emma, the very same sister she had to raise when their mother died. Now the man she had a crush on, her boss was having an affair with Emma and wanted to marry her. Broken hearted, Paige took a chance and let the handsome Russian prince take her to dinner at his palace. He was so handsome and the palace was incredible. But still she felt she was betraying her boss by seeing him. Then something she didn't expect happened. She slept with him. However, on the way back to her hotel she found out Alexei had won the bid and Russell Tech had been destroyed. She was furious with Alexei, felt used and returned home to Texas.
Talk about a shock when Paige found out weeks later that she was pregnant! On top of that, who should arrive at her door step and witness her with morning sickness? You guessed it, Alexei! He was determined to take her home to Russia, marry and take care of them. However, he would never love, never care again because he had failed his mother and sister. She saw things in Alexi, things that no one else had and that made him vulnerable. It was easier not to need nor love anyone and so he left her alone again. He wouldn't take that chance again and so he made a decision. He would leave her at the palace, only returning occasionally to check on her. What a lonely life and existence for Paige and she was miserable.
The ending chapters of Prince Voronov's Virgin were difficult to read. Paige told her husband she loved him. However, Alexei was too afraid to tell her he felt the same. Because love meant loss to him. He was a coward because he didn't want to face his feelings and his fears. However, Paige was determined and she followed him to Moscow and everything came crashing down upon them. He was afraid he would loose his wife and/or baby, just like he had lost his sister, Katrina. Paige wanted it all and I couldn't blame her. Even though she loved him, it wouldn't be enough unless he loved her back. It was time for the people in her life to put her first! Sometimes in life, it takes a near tragedy as a wake up call. Well the Prince got his and in the end, gave his Princess his love and all of her dreams came true!
Lynn Raye talks about Prince Voronov's Virgin over at her website
At I(Heart)Presents here
Kiss me,’ he growled… ‘And make it believable.’
Alone and scared on the dark streets of Moscow, staid, bespectacled Paige Barnes has no choice but to comply with the handsome stranger’s command…
Little does Paige know she’s been rescued by Alexei Voronov—a Russian prince and her boss’s deadliest rival. Now he has Paige unexpectedly in his sights, Alexei is prepared to play emotional Russian roulette to keep her close and discover her true motives. But in his splendid gilded palace his game of chance spins out of control and passion takes over…
It’s only when she’s back home that Paige realises she’s pregnant with the Prince’s baby…