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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon; New edition edition (Dec 5 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0263833437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263833430
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 10.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 100 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,448,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A great book! Nov. 29 2004
By Anza Carrillo - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
French model Xandra Fortune's world came crashing down in a matter of hours. Her lover, Dimitri Petronides, dumps her because he is going to marry another woman, evicts her from their apartment, and denies that he is the father of her child. Heartbroken, Xandra leaves Paris and her modeling career behind, and becomes plain old Alexandra Dupree once more. She doesn't think that she'll ever see the man she loves again - until he shows up at her sister's house, offering marriage!

Dimitri knew he had made a horrible mistake when he threw Xandra out of his life, all in a misguided attempt to appease his ill grandfather. As soon as Xandra leaves Paris, he attempts to find her, but he searches for months and comes up with nothing. It's not until fate, and a little help from Xandra's brother-in-law, brings them together again that he realizes he can't allow Alexandra to leave again. He wants her, he wants their son, and he'll do just about anything to keep them in his life!

Although the little summary on the back of the book intrigued me, I didn't really think I'd like this book too well. Specifically, I didn't think I would like the character of Dimitri, throwing out his pregnant lover so he could marry someone else. But it didn't take me long to realize that there was so much more going on here than meets the eye. There's Dimitri's childhood, his perceptions of love, his grandfather's illness, and emotions that he can't put a name to. There's also Alexandra's belief that love is always conditional, that she must protect herself from being hurt, and that no one will really want her for herself.

There is not a saint in this book - the characters are both flawed, but the reader grows to love them both in spite of those flaws (or, maybe even because of them). The author manages to weave together such a convincing, wonderful romance full of ups and downs, promises and disappointments, that you can't help but fall under the author's spell. What an incredible, emotional book - I didn't want to put it down, and when I finally finished, I immediately wanted to read it again. This book deserves more than 5 stars, and is a wonderful tale of second chances.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Could have been better but he was hard to like IMO Feb. 16 2005
By baltimore0502 - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like many readers, I'd never even heard of this author until The Real Deal came out and everyone gushed over it. So I read TRD and I really enjoyed that book and thought I'd check out some of her other books. This one sounded intriguing so I started here. It could have been a good book, but I just never really warmed up to the "hero".

He is Greek tycoon Dimitri Petronides and he has been living with fashion model Xandra Fortune for the past year. They have a very steady but superficial relationship in which the emphasis is on living in the moment, sharing steamy sex and some level of affection. But not sharing each other's deepest thoughts, hopes, dreams or even discussion of respective families, etc. One day Dimitri's ailing grandfather imposes an ultimatum: he will not have life-saving heart surgery until Dimitri agrees to marry Phoebe Leonides the nice Greek girl he has been expected to marry. And so he must end things with Xandra to save his beloved grandfather. He figures she won't be devastated, afterall she's totally focused on her career and often put it ahead of him. No, she'll be just fine - that's what he tells himself, anyway.

But Xandra Fortune is not what or whom he assumes. She's got good reasons for working so hard but she's never shared them with Dimitri. But things change when one day she discovers that she is pregnant. She is in the midst of debating herself over how to tell him when he abruptly (and not too kindly) tells her it's over. That he's getting married and that there is no longer a place in his life for her. Contrary to Dimitri's expectations she is devastated. He walks out before guilt can overwhelm him and leaves her to her tears. Days later they meet again and she tells him about the baby. He freaks out and refuses to believe that the baby is his. The next thing she knows, she's being evicted from their shared apartment, thrown out like so much garbage.

So Xandra, whose real name is Alexandra Dupree quits her job, closes all her accounts and goes home to America leaving no trace of Xandra Fortune behind. Alexandra winds up in NYC living with her sister and brother-in-law. Meanwhile, Dimitri has had second thoughts and is now desperate to find her. But there is no trace of Xandra Fortune - it's like she's dropped off the face of the earth. Will he ever find her and if he does can he ever win her back?

Okay, IMO Dimitri would have been hard to like under any circumstance, but his character really suffers because so little of the story is told from his perspective. We get pages and pages of Alexandra's feelings and thoughts but little of his. The result is that the reader has the impression of an extremely selfish, overbearing, almost cold man determined to have his own way no matter what Alexandra wants. And that's a shame because I think he could have been yummy with a bit more development. I like Alexandra's character, though she did let him push her around a bit more than I would have liked. But she was realistic about the kind of man he was and her feelings for him and she definitely had her pride. If you like pushy alpha's maybe you will like Dimitri's character more than I, but if not, this likely is not the book for you.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Made no sense April 18 2013
By StScho - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jumping right in: from the get go, this book made zero sense and this is coming from someone who has been reading romance novels since (never you mind) and I have forgiven A LOT of odd plot lines in the name of HEA.
The story reminded me of those old Loveswept series circa 1980s. I saw that it was published in 2004 but that can't be right. It had to be a reprint.

First off, Xandra (Xandra?) Fortune is a French supermodel (working only in Europe) who only took a modeling job because her family's old money has turned into no money. Her mother is humiliated enough that her daughter even has to work for a living much less as a model who is practically next to being a hooker in her eyes. (WHAT?!)

So she hooks up with a billionaire Greek hottie (no complaints here) who she gives her virginity to... (huh?) Gets pregnant (hence the title) but he doesn't believe her so he throws her out of their home (not cool). Heartbroken (understandably) she goes back to her real persona as a broke American and promptly disappears. Having a change of heart, the Greek Hottie decides to look for her but cannot find her because Xandra is not even her real name and he has no idea who she really is.

Everything in this book was over the top. When I read about the restaurants they ate at, the places they stayed, the sidewalk they trampled I kept hearing Robin Leach in the background. It was BEYOND ridiculous. You can describe opulence without being so....opulent about it.

To top it all off, the Greek Hottie's grandfather refuses to make a life-saving operation until the Hottie marries a proper girl because the family needs an heir. This was the main reason why he got rid of Xandra in the first place (Xandra not being good wife material because she was a model).

If Mystery Science Theater 3000 did romantic novels, this would have been in it. If I had known the direction this story was going, I would have had a grand old time with it like those old hecklers from The Muppet Show. As it was, all I got was a headache from rolling my eyes so much.

Writing: Don't get me started.
Dialogue: Archaic (I saw fossils)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
RealReader Aug. 31 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Billionaire's Pregnant Mistress This book was fantastic from start to end and worth every dollar. The author understands the heart of a romance reader and MADE sure every question was answered. I had only one tiny quarrel with the writer and it was the tidbit in which the hero had Xandra kicked out of the apartment by his managers and that act orchestrated by him crossed the line between pain and lacking character and you never want to question the hero's character. The writer was able to salvage this with all of the remorse and explanations and did an amazing job--but even on his worst day it would have been a better if the breakup scene was modified differently so that the hero looked like he wasn't capable of EVER doing anything like that to her no matter what. If the writer insisted on haing him kick her out, then we needed more pain coming from the hero at that point. For ex: If tears sprung into the hero's eyes when he denied it was his baby--that would have helped since it would have shown how hurt he was at what he perceived to be her betrayal. The writer made up for it later with all of the explanations, but as a result of doing that got dangerously close to overkill. She pulled it off though. In general i must state: I have literally read hundreds of harlequin's and this is one of the best. I give the book five stars and encourage any reader to absolutely buy it--it does not disappoint.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Loved it! Aug. 28 2010
By Flo - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Although I generally like many of the harlequin novels, I tend to forget some of them unless if I quickly flick through the novel again. This story isn't one of them! Dimitri gives up Xandra as he's expected to marry, but little does he know that Xandra is actually pregnant with his child and genuinely in love with him even though she barely shows it. He breaks up with her before she has a chance to tell him that she's pregnant so she changes her name back to her original name (Xandra Fortune is her model name) and moves back to her home town. Without giving too much of the storyline away, he goes looking for her once he finds out she's pregnant. She's got a backbone and I love her! He's your typical alpha male but at the same time you can tell that he cares a lot about her. I loved this book, it was well worth my money!

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