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Sweet Revenge (original 1988; edition 2009)

by Nora Roberts

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Title:Sweet Revenge
Authors:Nora Roberts
Info:Bantam (2009), Paperback, 384 pages
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Good not great. Fairly typical contemporary romance. ( )
  lesmel | Jul 14, 2013 |
A Nora Roberts classic, it's the first book I've ever read from this author. Although fairly dated by now, 'Sweet Revenge' is a well-written and entertaining story, far better than much of Roberts' more recent work. ( )
  TheBooknerd | Aug 20, 2009 |
Good to read if you want to be entertained ( )
  trish4 | Jan 27, 2009 |
I remember almost loving this book when I read it first time many years ago, but after reading it again I can't understand why. It's very basic Roberts, and although I still like the whole "two great jewel thieves together" theme, the characters seem a bit plain. Especially Adriana and the way her traumatic experiences are emphasized in every possible situation is boring. Still, as all Roberts' books tend to be, this one is also readable and enjoyable. Not great, but readable. ( )
  Serayna | Nov 12, 2008 |
Roberts, N. (1989). Sweet revenge. Thorndike, Me: Thorndike Press. 0-89621-931-5

Princess Adrianne of Jaquir is as multifaceted as the jewels she has been stealing for a decade. The daughter of a fallen Hollywood star and a Middle Eastern king, the notorious thief “The Shadow”/ Adrianne plans to avenge the atrocities done her mother, Phoebe Spring, by Adrianne’s father, King Abdu of Jaquir. Playing the part of the very public celebrity philanthropist, Adrianne essentially steals baubles and beads from the fabulously wealthy to give to the poor (charities for abused women, orphans, the destitute, etc). Adrianne aims to pull of The Shadow’s biggest feat, taking The Sun and the Moon, Abdu’s wedding gift to Phoebe. The Sun and the Moon is a phenomenally costly necklace bearing a large diamond (The Sun) and a large pearl (The Moon). Yet, will Adrianne be able to make the biggest heist of the Twentieth Century? Will she be intercepted by Interpol’s reformed thief of legend, Philip Chamberlain?

Like a Western hero/heroine, the thriller’s hero is a loner. Since Adrianne is a cat burglar wanting to make her father pay, she works alone. Adrianne does tell her Godmother, Celeste Michaels, some of what she is doing. However, Adrianne’s alter ego – The Shadow, is kept hidden from all others. When Philip Chamberlain comes into Adrianne’s life, Adrianne does not trust Philip. Sweet revenge definitely falls into the crime/ caper sub genre. The reader is given great detail of how Adrianne goes about relieving people of their jewelry. Due to the fact that Adrianne’s mother, Phoebe, was abused and her wedding gift was kept from her, Adrianne is a sympathetic character. Her efforts to regain what belongs to her mother seems justified. Additionally, Adrianne’s “victims” seem to deserve to have their gems taken.

I decided to read Sweet revenge for two reasons: it was recommended by Saricks and it was written by Nora Roberts. Saricks recognizes the book as a crime/caper thriller. Also, the prolific Nora Roberts knows how to tell a story. Nevertheless, I did not enjoy this book much. In the beginning of the book, Roberts employs sins such as rape and violence to evoke sympathy from readers. Yes, these actions do make Abdu quite despicable and Adrianne appears right in her actions. Such things as rape and violence make my stomach turn. However, I found it sad that Adrianne was so fixated on hurting her father. Also, I did not care for ugly light in which Islam was presented in this book. While Roberts does bring in non-Islamic characters behaving abominably, I found Roberts’ treatment harsh and cruel. I did appreciate that Roberts provided years throughout the book. As in Sue Grafton’s series, the current action takes place in the late 1980s. This book was written in the 1980s and was not hampered by technology. Thus, Adrianne and others had a lot of leeway within the book.

I might recommend this book to people who enjoy Nora Roberts and romantic suspense. While I would prefer to read other books, even some other books by Roberts, I can see that female fans who enjoy page turners would like Sweet revenge. ( )
  rhymeswithlisten | Oct 12, 2007 |
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Les femmes sont votre champ. Cultivez-les de la manière que vous entendrez.
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IT'S NEVER TOO LATE FOR REVENGE...
Adrianne, daughter of a fabled Hollywood beauty and an equally fabled Arab playboy, leads a remarkable double life. The paparazzi and the gossip columnists know her as a modern princess, a frivolous socialite flitting from exclusive watering spot to glittering charity ball. No one knows her as The Shadow, the most extraordinary jewel thief of the decade. She hones her skills at larceny as she parties with the superrich, stealing their trinkets and baubles just for practice. For she has a secret plan for the ultimate heist--a spectacular plan to even a bitter score. The Shadow is intent on justice--and sweet revenge. Her secret is her own... until Philip Chamberlain, once a renowned thief himself, now the smartest, toughest cop on Interpol's team, closes in for the kill. The, only mistake he makes is to fall under Arianne's seductive spell.
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At twenty-five, Princess Adrianne lives a life most people would envy.  Beautiful and elegant, she spends her days dabbling in charities and her nights floating from one glamorous gala to the next.  But her pampered-rich-girl pose is a ruse, a carefully calculated effort to hide a dangerous truth.

For ten years Adrianne has lived for revenge.  As a child, she could only watch the cruelty hidden behind the facade of her parents' fairy-tale marriage.  Now
she has the perfect plan to make her famous father pay.  She will take possession of the one thing he values above all others--The Sun and the Moon, a fabled necklace beyond price.

Yet just as she is poised to take her vengeance, she meets a man who seems to divine her every secret.  Clever, charming, and enigmatic, Philip Chamberlain has his own private reasons for getting close to Princess Adrianne.  And only when it's too late will she see the hidden danger...as she finds herself up against two formidable men--one with the knowledge to take her freedom, the other with the power to take her life.

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For ten years Princess Adrianne has lived for revenge. As a child, she could only watch the cruelty hidden behind the facade of her parents' fairy-tale marriage. Now she has the perfect plan to make her famous father pay. She will steal the one thing he values above all others - The Sun and the Moon, a fabled necklace beyond price.… (more)

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