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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.
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"Her books are well-pacead and well-written, filled with strong characters, humor, interesting plots -- and, of course, romance." -- -- Cincinnati Enquirer

"Johanna Lindsey creates fairy tales that come true" -- -- Romantic Times

"Johanna Lindsey has a sure touch where historical romance is concerned." -- -- Newport News Daily Press

"Johanna Lindsey transports us....We have no choice but to respond to the humor and the intensity." -- -- San Diego Union-Tribune
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Product Details

  • Series: Cardinia's Royal Family (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 422 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (April 3, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380762587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380762583
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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johanna Lindsey is one of the most popular authors of romantic fiction, with more than sixty million copies of her novels sold. World renowned for her novels of "first-rate romance" (New York Daily News), Lindsey is the author of forty-three previous bestselling novels, many of which have been #1 New York Times bestsellers. Lindsey lives in Maine with her family.

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This was a very fun book to read - the characters are very well written and the dialogue often had me laughing out loud.
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I LOVED this book - of the ones of hers I've read, this is probably my favorite Johanna Lindsey so far.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "shell30" on May 26, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
You Belong to Me is a wonderful story, which is a sequel to Once A Princess. Alexandra Rubliov and Vasili Petroff are forced to honour a betrothal agreement that their fathers 'supposedly' arranged. Neither are happy about it and do their damndest to get the other to break the engagement. Set in Russian times, you can just imagine the expolsive tempers that they both have. I loved the manner in which Alexandra tried to disgust Vasili and found myself laughing as I thought that Vasili was a bit too full of himself and definitely needed taking down a peg or two. The passion that flares between them was consuming. Neither were prepared to give an inch. Most definitely a keeper, as are all of JL's books (even the odd bad one). This is yet another JL book that I read over and over again.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dakota on June 23, 2004
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Vasili was so nasty and arrogant in "Once a Princess," he was downright charming! I fell in love right away. I couldn't wait for Johanna Lindsey to write his sequel, and am quite pleased with the results.
To summarize quickly, "You Belong to Me" throws together gorgeous Vasili with wild Russian Alexandra, a tomboy and horse breeder. They are duped into a betrothal by Alexandra's father and plot endless amusing ways to force the other to break it before the actual wedding takes place.
Vasili is simply exciting - the "peacock" is so insulting and contrary it's a pleasure to once again see him in action. As for Alexandra, she's his match in spirit and temperament, returning his barbs and hot air with equal passion. Plus, she is so jealous she threatens to cut off the ears of all of Vasili's "women," which makes for a fun scene or two.
Speaking of "other women," Lindsey also spices up the story with Alexandra's refusal to give up hope that her first love, Christopher, will marry her. Add to that Vasili's numerous conquests - including his own personal concubine - and you find grounds for a few serious arguments between the unwillingly betrothed pair.
The passion between them is fun, whether it's love or hate, and the setting allows for a lot of action. After all, they are traveling by horseback and wagon from Russia to Cardinia, Vasili's hometown, for the wedding. This allows bandits to sneak up on them and other fine messes to follow. Plus, everyone from "Once a Princess" makes a welcome appearance.
The only negative things I can say about "You Belong to Me" is that Russia wasn't used as much as a setting.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
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Johanna Lindsey never dissapoints me in all of her magnificent compassionate romance stories.Romance runs wilded in 'You Belong to Me', especially between Alexandra and Vasili. Many parts of the story are emphasised in various ways showing so much unexpressible relatively explanations. I was so much inclined with this book that led to a sense nothing could be done while reading 'You Belong to Me', except placing yourself as the main character, Alex. Romance is the key to enticement. I strongly recommend EVERYONE to read this story. Positively,I am sure that little regrets will remain.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michelle888 on June 7, 2005
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If you have read ONCE A PRINCESS, then you're already familiar with most of the characters in this book, particularly the hero Vasili Petroff, that arrogant peacock that had women falling at his feet. Now we finally get to see his downfall.

In the kingdom of Cardinia, no man is more sought after than Count Vasili, the devilishly handsome cousin of King Stefan. Women, married and single alike, all clamor to get into his bed. Thus his arrogance is without limits. But after years of sowing his oats and avoiding marriage, he is slapped with the news of a supposed betrothal arranged by his father. Bound by honor, he is given no choice but to fetch his bride from Ukraine, Baroness Alexandra Rubliov.

Now Alexandra is also not pleased when her father breaks the news to her. Little does she know that the betrothal was fabricated by her father who has grown tired of waiting for Alexandra to get over her obsession with an Englishman she met seven years ago and whom she had since fancied herself in love with.

As they say, great minds think alike for Vasili thinks to make Alex cry off by acting like a total cad and treating her callously, while Alex swears to act unlady-like hoping to turn him off completely and cause him to break the betrothal. And so when Vasili finally fetches her and they journey back to Cardinia, what ensues is a pretty hilarious battle of wills as each try their utmost to disgust one another in fervent hope of preventing the wedding.

In this sequel, it was finally great to see Vasili meet his match in Alex, a vibrant, sharp-tongued and strong-willed twenty-five-year-old. I enjoyed her antics especially during mealtime, when she behaved like a total barbarian much to the disgust of everyone around her. Those moments provided some good laughs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Susan Shams on February 10, 2000
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Set back in Russian times, this book is a beautifully written historical romance. The "drop dead" gorgeous Count Vasili, must honor his deceased fathers so called wish, for him to wed. His mind is set on making his bride to be loathe and despise him. Little does he know that, the stubborn though well bred, Alexandra (his bride to be) has the same thing in mind. Known for her manner of always saying "the truth", this is a "no holds barred" battle between two stubborn Fools. You will love the misunderstandings and humour that goes on between these two. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys lighthearted and hilarious banter between two people who are obviously made for one another. I recommend this book wholeheartedly!
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