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The Highest Price to Pay (Chevalier #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  137 ratings  ·  29 reviews
“While it has been reported that I’m missing my own soul, I have no interest in yours. This is about money.”

When Ella’s failing business comes wrapped up as part of Blaise Chevalier’s recent takeover, he plans to discard it – as is his usual way with surplus goods. Then he meets Ella! Cast from the same fiery mould he is, she makes an intriguing adversary. Perhaps he can h
Paperback, 187 pages
Published July 15th 2011 by Mills & Boon
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Alex is The Romance Fox
The front cover of the book surprised me… last….Mills & Boon have actually published a bi-racial love story.
The heros tend to be either Greek, French, Italian and even desert sheiks so why not an African billionaire who meets a fabulous, gorgeous blonde heroine???
Okay, it’s almost 3am….a good idea to catch up on some sleep….but….maybe just read a page or two…..and then …….found myself on Chapter 5 ... having read non-stop…forgot about the time….all I wanted to do was turn the next page……
Ella had quite a nasty shock when Blaise Chevalier walked into her store and informed her that he now owns it. Luckily he wants to help her to improve her struggling business. She accepts his help (after all she really doesn't have a choice), but she knows she can't let herself fall for him. Of course making a decision and sticking to it are two different things.

Blaise made a mistake that included a woman and since then he didn't let himself care for anyone. He's more or less estranged from his
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: July 15, 2011 (UK), August 1(US-iBooks)
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Imprint: Modern
Author’s Website:
My Source for This Book: Won in a contest
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy

Ella is a talented fashion designer, determined to find success with her own line and small boutique. Though technically an “heiress” of a famous family, she relies only on he
This is the story of Blaise and Ella. Blaise is an infamous business man known for his ruthless attitude and playboy existence and Ella is a fashion designer and fiercely independent as well as physically scarred and determined to make a success out of herself. When Blaise takes over her floundering business, Ella is convinced he is going to crush it but she is surprised when he tells her her is going to help her reach her potential. There is instant attraction between them, which only gets more ...more
I tend to usually rate this author's books much higher,but unfortunately,not this book.It was an okay read for me,I did not like this hero,he seduced away his brother's fiancee away from him and lived with her for a year.She left him to move on to greener grounds.He hurt his brother and father with his selffish actions.
Three years later he meets the heroine when he takes over her loans on her business. The heroine had suffered severe burns on her body due to a fire in her parents home when she w
Fiona Marsden
Mar 19, 2012 Fiona Marsden rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any romance fan
Recommended to Fiona by: Enjoyed other books by author
In a romance world where the highly sexed alpha male who dabbles in women for pleasure without committment is commonplace, Maisey Yates has added a nuance of guilt and regret in this particular male that makes him lovable even before we get to know the full story. Feeling rather jaded by the parade of male supposed heroes who apparently cannot survive without sex on demand it was a pleasant surprise to me to meet one who was reevaluating his lifestyle in ethical terms. What a perfect time for Bl ...more
Aug 29, 2011 Ridley marked it as to-buy-harlequin  ·  review of another edition
Black man + white woman = need this book.
J.L. Campbell
Ella Stanton, designer and shop owner, has her business taken over by Blaise Chevalier, who buys her debt as part of a package. She’s resentful of Blaise and the takeover, and he’s only going to give her business the time of day if he thinks it is viable. The attraction between them complicates matters to another level.

I liked the rich characterization in The Highest Price to Pay. These are both strong, yet vulnerable characters and so I was deeply invested in seeing them get together. I enjoye
Jennie -  Webbweaver Reviews
This was a lovely story about 2 scarred people who eventually find that a life half-lived is no life at all. Both are scarred in different ways but the end result is the same.

I so enjoyed reading about a non-perfect woman and a man from as exotic a place as Malawi. I don't believe there's been another story featuring a Malawan man. Considering Malawi is the poorest country in the world, I wish there really were a Blaise Chevalier to build roads, hospitals, schools and empower the people of this
Nas Dean

THE HIGHEST PRICE TO PAY is an August 2011 release by HM&B Modern series and is the latest presentation by author Maisey Yates.

The Book Description reads…
'While it has been reported that I may be missing my own soul, I have no interest in yours. This is about money.' When Ella's failing business comes wrapped up as part of Blaise Chevalier's recent takeover, he plans to discard it - as is his usual way with surplus goods. Then he meets Ella! Cast from the same fiery mould as he is, she makes
This is no light read, you have to be in the mood for a very intense & emotional read. This is the story of two tortured people who hid their vulnerabilities behind a mask of indifference and erect barriers to protect themselves from hurt & disillusionment.
Blaise & Ella are complex & damaged characters. Blaise appears callous, with no honor or decency - he took his brother's fiancée away from him - he is the bad boy of the business world , a first rate womanizer. But what saves
Doris O'Connor
I have been looking forward to reading this and as usual Maisey does not disappoint. Brooding, tortured hero, who slowly reveals his soft side, equally tortured and scarred heroine, who comes to accept herself and heal the scars of the past, if not her physical ones, by seeing herself through his eyes - it doesn't get much better than this. :-)

I shan't give the plot away but I found it nigh impossible to put this book down. In fact dinner ended up being terribly late, because I just had to finis
Wonderful emotional read,liked Ella-Blaise a lot,both are estranged from their family,they have scars from past Ella has it outside,Ella is strong yet vulnerable,Blaise is gentle caring and understanding he heals Ella from her past pains and makes her see that inspite of her scar she is a beautiful person,Ella falls in love with Blaise but he keeps himself in denial & pushes Ella away,but he has an epiphany with himself accepts his feelings and goes to Ella ,both take the leap towards HEA

Melissa Jolley
This was my first foray into a M&B Modern, and I couldn't have chosen better. Blaise and Ella are fantastic characters and I loved their story. The story had a very natural unforced progression. I highly recommend this.
Lisa Hendrix
Love the way this book explores perfection vs imperfection and how people's perceptions of themselves play into how they look at others and what they expect from life.
The hero slept with everything that moved, but what made this book even worse was the fact that he still till the end of the book loved his former girlfriend. And he brought Ella to the house he bought for his ex and spoke how much he loved her and how he suffers that she left him. And yeah he stole his ex from his brother. Sorry, waste of time and money. and of course Ella was a blushing virgin.
Stevie Carroll
I picked this one up thanks to a review on The Good the Bad and the Unread which gave a far better description than the official blurb, or even the cover. Ella has scars, some of which she displays to the world, while wearing dresses she has designed, but most are hidden: both the physical ones and the emotional damage from the physical damage, its cause and its after effects. Blaise, meanwhile, has madesome morally questionable decisions in the past and gone on to regret them. So lots of source ...more
Vampress Bathory
4.5 stars !!! Had this on my shelf for months and I really can't imagine why I haven't read it sooner! Loveeed it !!! The story flows so beautifuly and you can't help but fall I love with the characters.
this is probably the only m&b that has such a different cover....saying that the story was crap!
Lupita Figueroa BookLoverRomantic
This is a gorgeous novel. I love it beautifull. I recommended totally
Loved it! First Mills & Boon set in my homeland!!!!
At the beginning, I was worried that the heroine would be fawning over the hero in all that sizzling attraction, but as the story progressed, there was beauty in how both characters developed. I thought the "break-up" point was really unnecessary but then again, we all need to lose to value what we had, and of course, strive for redemption.

The sexual tension was a little lacking, but I guess it was understandable since coupling wasn't totally central to the story.

All in all, it was an enjoyable
Dinou R
Nice story: the story is interesting and although its end is of course predictable I found both characters to be quite endearing. And don't forget only in a Mills & Boon world can you fight bankruptcy as easily ;)

I enjoyed it!
Becky Black
A typically sexy and glamorous Modern story, but with an extra edge and emotional depth due to very realistic and uncontrived issues the heroine has after a disaster in her past. Very enjoyable and emotionally satisfying.
Great novel, decently written, which surprised me given the crap novels coming out lately.
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