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  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reissue edition (Nov. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380762587
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380762583
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #410,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Dakota on June 23 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
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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By A Customer on Feb. 11 2003
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I reread ONCE A PRINCESS after reading this, and I got a better understanding of Vasili. I found him to be very endearing, whereas the first time I read about him, I thought he was too arrogant. He's not, actually. Too handsome for his own good, it kind of works against him where women are concerned. All of his relationships to date have been superficial - until he meets the lovely and spirited Alexandra.
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.
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By A Customer on Feb. 3 2003
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After I read "Once a Princess" I decided to read this book because Vasili, Stefan's cousin, is in it. I expected better after reading "Once a Princess." Although I did enjoy catching up with Tanya and Stefan, I found I simply could not like Vasili. His arrogance is unbelivable! When they have their wedding night at the end of he book, Alex gives him her prized horse to thank him for that night. Vasili thinks she gives him the horse because she loves him, and says "Why didn't you tell me Alex?" She says "What" and he goes "That you love me." She hasn't admitted that he loves her yet, and then he says "Admit you love me" and "You love me! Say it!" He is arrogant even when he thinks she is going to admit she loves him! On a higher note, I really did like Alex,for her stubborn, blunt ways, and how she brings Vasili down a notch or two. She is also the first woman to ever resist him, and he is, of course, shocked! This book is a book you can get through, but I think "Once A Princess" was much better!
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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. Alexandra's father has faked a betrothal contract between his daughter, Alexandra, and his deceased best friend's son, Vasilli. Neither party has any interest in getting married, yet both feel bound by honor to uphold the terms of the betrothal unless one of them breaks the contract. Each tries to convince the other to cancel the betrothal - and they go to great lengths to accomplish this. Alexandra forgoes bathing and manners, and refuses to dress in anything other than men's clothing. Vasilli pretends to be as arrogant and lecherous as possible, and tells Alex that should they marry, he has every intention of getting her pregnant with a heir, then leaving her for several mistresses. During a long journey from Russia(Alex's home), complete with Alex's herd of prized white stallions, to Cardinia (his home), they have many occasions to feud and bicker,yet despite this, they manage to fall in love along the way. If you are looking for a fun story, filled with lots romantic tension and very little sex, then you will enjoy this book. I had a really hard time putting this book down and was captivated until the very end.
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