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The Petrov Proposal

by Maisey Yates

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My first book by Ms Yates. The plot couldn't be more corny if it tried but, once again, the Harlequin imprint maintains a solid level of quality and among the better-than-average books are one or two unexpected gems. This is one of them.

The story is about a wildly successful Russian jewellery designer and his super-efficient virtual PA. Inevitably, they meet in person and, inevitably, the fireworks start. Both are suffering from the after-effects of human-relation traumas and we end up with the, yet again, inevitable push-pull, attract-repel affair.

A few hours after finishing [b:The Petrov Proposal|12757447|The Petrov Proposal|Maisey Yates|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327980934s/12757447.jpg|17899253] I'm still not sure why I enjoyed it so much or found it refreshingly different. The character of Aleksei, the playboy Russian designer, is forgettable, but there's something hauntingly memorable about Maddy, the female lead. A line of unexpected dialogue here and there, or an out-of-character action, imbue Maddy's personality with realism and originality.

I'm rating this book four stars instead of five for the totally unnecessary 'Epilogue'. It's as gooey as corn (that word again) syrup. The heavy hand of the Harlequin editorial staff at work? ( )
  skirret | Jan 2, 2015 |
Yesterday on Twitter, I was talking to Jane from DA about Harlequin's new Kiss line, which debuts next year. I said that "if they're like HP's with non-asshole heroes and grown-up heroines, I'll be in heaven." That basically describes The Petrov Proposal to a T.

The hero is commitment-averse, but so is the heroine. He's never arrogant or overbearing and she's never overmatched or passive. She's sexually inexperienced, sure, but she's no naive ingenue. She's a grown woman with an adult's understanding of sexuality. There's verbal sparring, hot makeouts, hotter sex, endearing vulnerable moments and a heartwrenching climax. If it didn't have that worthless epilogue and that Grand Gesture, It'd have been a 5* book.

Still, this one was really, really good. I'd call it a 4.5* Presents. ( )
  Ridley_ | Apr 1, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037313052X, Mass Market Paperback)



The first time Maddy Forrester heard her boss's mesmerizing voice barking orders down the phone, she knew he was a force to be reckoned with. But nothing prepared her for the sight of Aleksei Petrov. He is the last thing Maddy needs, but the first thing she wants!

Aleksei is determined not to mix business with pleasure, but he struggles with the irresistible sparks his feisty secretary ignites in him—she's a problem he does not want.

The proposed solution? One unforgettable night to fulfill their every wicked desire.

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"The first time Maddy Forrester heard her boss's mesmerizing voice barking orders down the phone, she knew he was a force to be reckoned with. But nothing prepared her for the sight of Aleksei Petrov. He is the last thing Maddy needs, but the first thing she wants! Aleksei is determined not to mix business with pleasure, but he struggles with the irresistible sparks his feisty secretary ignites in him--she's a problem he does not want. The proposed solution? One unforgettable night to fulfill their every wicked desire"--Publisher.… (more)

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