You Belong to Me Mass Market Paperback – Apr 3 2001
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From Publishers 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.
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Since she has no interest in marriage, she displays terrible table manners, etc., hoping Vasili will end a betrothal neither wants. But I think Vasili was smitten the moment he began to call her "Alex", her preferred name, whether he realized it or not.
Vasili was a true standout, a great man, and a wonderful match for Alex. And, as I remember from ONCE A PRINCESS, his loyalty to his friends, especially Stefan, was unquestionable.
I liked the way Vasili seemed to momentarily stand aside while Alex threatened - in an understanding way - other women interested in him. A losing battle, that, since Vasili was so handsome. There were no men, or women for that matter, as perfect and beautiful as Vasili. Alex eventually understood this and realized she couldn't spend the rest of her life worrying about it.
It was a joy to read more about King Stefan, although Tanya could have been in it more.
Most recent customer reviews
...I have no clue when they actually fell in "love" all they did was fight. They were nice to each for like to seconds before their malace for each practically dripped off the... Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2003
Didn't enjoy the prequel, Once a Princess, but absolutley loved this one. Really witty. I loved the interaction between the 2 characters. Definitely reccommend this one. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2003 by Lealing
this was one of my all time favorite JL books. In once a princess Vasili was very cocky and sure of himself. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2003 by pamela b. Perkins
I thought that the heroine Alexandra was horrible! She would walk around and WHIP (YES I MEAN W/ A HORSEWHIP)any woman who flirted with Vasili. Read morePublished on Dec 4 2002 by Diane
As soon as I realized that Once a Princess had a sequel, I ran out and found this book as soon as possible. And I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed it immensely. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2002 by allie-kat
Who wouldn't want their own personal Vasili Petroff? Incredibly handsome Vasili never met a woman who can resist him. Read morePublished on Oct. 30 2002 by Amazon Customer
I believe this was one of Lindsey's best... Alex and Vasili constantly fight and fight... But it could have been better... Read morePublished on Oct. 5 2002 by Juli
I haven't been reading Johanna Lindsey lately, so I had forgotten how good she writes. I read it straight through in one day since I didn't want to put it down. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2002