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Alessandro's Prize

3.11  ·  Rating Details ·  141 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
"He'd longed to claim her..."A vacation in Milan sounds ideal to Lily Parisi. Her world was rocked to its core when she found her fiance cheating on her, but now she is determined to get on with her life--on her own! But not for long... She bumps into someone she knows--Alessandro del Marc--and her plans come a little undone...

Darkly, smolderingly enigmatic, Alessandro has
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This book was a middle of the road read. I didn't hate or love it. I ended up giving it 3.5/5.0 stars because of its good and not-so-good points.

What I liked:

*I love a good hero in pursuit. I have an issue with player heroes, so I was feeling tough towards Alessandro at first, thinking he might view Lily as another conquest. However, he proved himself that his intentions were sincere towards her. There were several moments where he could have pushed her into sexual intimacy and he refrained, kno
Jul 31, 2011 RLA rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The heroine Lily goes to visit her godmother after breaking off her engagement. There she meets the hero Alessandro, whom is her godmother's sort-of adopted son. Alessandro is immediately drawn to Lily's gracefulness and calm nature, and wants to get to know her more. As he does he realises that he wants more with her than a short-term relationship. Lily is not interested in a relationship especially after the disaster of her engagement and she is trying to make a new life for herself in Milan. ...more
Jul 09, 2011 LoveRomance rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely review the Harlequin Presents books, because well, really, they are so formulaic, you sort of get what you pay for. Some are better than others, and all follow one of about 6 predictable plot lines. That is what I like about them. When I need to escape, I can always count on a Harlequin Presents.

Until now. This is the most disappointing one I've read yet. I didn't feel the heat. Didn't understand the attraction. Did not enjoy the detail and complete lack of dialogue.

Helen Manning
May 29, 2016 Helen Manning rated it really liked it
Not her best but still a good quick read. This time a rotten ex-fiancée (caught in bed with his long-time lover) follows his meal ticket to Italy in order to con his way back into her affections. Lily; broadsided by betrayal, goes to visit her Godmother in Italy and starts planning a move to Italy once her substantial business issues are settled in Australia. Her only complication is Alessandro a street-smart self-made business man who is like a son to her Godmother. Lily is disturbed by his ...more
Jul 18, 2011 Emma rated it did not like it
I don't really have much to say about this particular Harlequin Presents, other than I really just didn't like it. The storyline seemed to progress so very slowly and with the most mundane of everything. Breakfast time, okay. Shopping time, okay. Bed time, guess so. I had to speed read through this just to get it going. Usually I like to spend some time with the novels, read it slow and imagine the situations, but this one just did not catch my interest. It only got interesting at the end, but ...more
Aug 29, 2011 Cassie rated it did not like it
Shelves: past-history
Honestly, I've read better. Just saying. I thought that the dialogue between the two main characters was very dry. I thought that it dragged on way to much about her and her ex. It felt like the story happened in her head. The thing that really got to me was how the book started off in his point of view, but after that, we only got bits and pieces of what he was actually thinking. The rest was just her saying no, i shouldn't be attracted to him, but i am, but i don't want to be. She probably ...more
Oct 25, 2015 Yas rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
One of my favorite authors. I just enjoy her stories,you read a lot of her books and you just know there is a formula to her charaters. They are always rich and accomplished (most of the time at least the ones I have read. ) This book I like because the Hero is just so sweet and patient. The Heroine has past love problems to get over. But her loving new environment was just what she needed to get her to find that love can truly come in the most unexpected moments. Plus she had an ex who was ...more
Apr 20, 2013 Amy rated it liked it
About 6 dates with chaste kisses at the door step all the way until Chapter 12. Most men in real life would probably have given up by then because she doesn't seem serious about the relationship. I couldn't really get serious about the story, as a result, either. I think the author was way more obsessed about food in this book than anything else; she should have written a cookbook instead because the sex was so bland.
Tonya Warner
Apr 19, 2012 Tonya Warner rated it it was ok
A very, very slow story. More info about the food made than about the characters.

Liliana Parisi is back in Milan and back in the life of Alessandro Del Marco. Al grownup, Lily has returned to Milan to try and get her life back on track after finding out about her cheating, no ex, fiance. Having to face Alessandro is difficult. More so because she is drawn to him, but knows he is more man then she can handle.
Oct 15, 2015 Teresa rated it liked it
This was not my favorite book by Ms Bianchin but was an enjoyable read none the less. Typical mass market romance, woman in need meets unlikely hero who rides in to save the day and they fight, kiss and make up and live happily ever after. Predictable story line but an enjoyable read none the less.
Dec 04, 2012 Meetu rated it it was ok
The story moved so slow It wasn't fun to read. The wooing was sweet but there wasn't a lot of chemistry between the two characters.
Laura's Book Addiction
I didn't like this book at all and had a hard time finishing it. If I never hear the word "bade" again it will be too soon.
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Helen was born on February 20 in New Zealand, where she grew up, an only child possessed by a vivid imagination and a love for reading. She wrote stories for amusement in her early teenage years, and when she left leaving school, she took a secretarial job at a father-and-son legal firm.

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