Too Proud to be Bought
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The humble waitress and the Russian billionaire…

Waitress Zara Evans doesn’t belong in glittering high society. That is until she finds herself unexpectedly at an exclusive party and manages to captivate the most soughtafter man in the room – Russian oligarch Nikolai Komarov – by attracting his undivided attention…

For Nikolai, there’s something about Zara’s beauty that ma

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Kindle Edition, 195 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2011)
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Kate
Overall rating -- 3.5 stars

I really liked that the heroine stayed true to herself throughout the book. Even though she succumbed to the hero sexually, she refused to let him take over her life. She kept her waitressing job, refused to let him buy her a new wardrobe and jewels, and never asked for his help in paying off her debt. And the fact that the hero seemed to be perfectly fine with this arrangement (although he offered many times to support her) and didn't let it affect his masculinity.

But...more
RLA
I'm a big fan of Sharon Kendrick's books, she is master at writing romances and her books are fantastic examples of what the 'Modern' line is all about. This is another classic and brilliantly written example.

The story begins with the heroine Zara being persuaded by her friend to gatecrash a high profile party in order to try and get her friends clothing designs noticed by Russian millionaire Nikolai, the hero. Nikolai is immediately intrigued by Zara as she is so different in comparison to all...more
Jacqueline
Decent story that kept my interest. But nothing really stood out. It skirted the edge of angsty but wasn't really. It seemed like the story was a bit on the surface. I did like that the heroine was pretty independent though.
Ann Keller
Waitress Zara Evans was on a mission. Somehow, she had to find rich Nikolai Komarov at the party and convince him to purchase her friend’s beautiful fashion designs for his stores. It was all too easy. Nikolai was as handsome as she’d heard and he was captivated by Zara’s beauty. Nikolai assumed that Zara was simply leading him on, as had several other females before her. Then she threw him a curveball. She was independent and proud, a pearl beyond price.

The more Zara got to know Nikolai, the mo...more
Kirill Problyad
Do you enjoy the idea of a strong, independent woman getting the dicking of a lifetime? I don't mean physically, I mean emotionally, since really the sex is just foreplay for the weeks-long tantrum that the hero throws after he gets sufficiently laid. And of course the little lady must passionately refuse all expensive presents because never mind that her whole life just got derailed! -- A man needs help. Writing is pedestrian. It took me a while to place that the book started in England, as eve...more
Alison
Really enjoyed this one - love a Russian hero, and this one was particularly formidable.
Carmen
The humble waitress and the Russian billionaire…

*For Nikolai, there’s something about Zara’s beauty that makes her stand out from the first class crowd. Experience has taught him all women have their price,

but he has never encountered anyone like Zara – a young woman who is too proud, too independent, too willful to be bought…*

Again, the insecurities of the hero regarding "women" weighs down this HP, even though there is a very strong willed heroine to prop him up.
Farah
This kind of plot has been used over a hundred times before but this book managed to be fresh and intriguing with the characters.

I really liked Zara .. she's strong , down to earth and true to herself .. she also has a way with words. Nikolai was very intriguing .. his arrogance and superior act was provocative yet there was something a little vulnerable beneath. I enjoyed the romance between Zara and Nikolai.

Overall it's very entertaining and romantic.
Roub
well, it's the kind of book u will like if u like cinderella's kind of story. it's not dat i dunt like dat kind but zara was so cheap. she cud not leave him even after all the insults. she just came coming back 4 more. n she was really silly insisting on keeping the waitress job !! as 4 nikolai, he was ruthless n i did not see him falling 4her. it was just sex on his part.
Tonya Warner
Zara gatecrashes an up-scale party to meet ultra-rich Russian oligarch Nikolai. A waitress by neccessity, she feels out of her depth when faced with the steamy Nikolai.

Overall, an OK story. The constant repeating of shock whenever Zara did not conform to Nikolai's thoughts was grating. Sex scenes were ok, but I just didn't feel like there was a connection for me.
Caylie (Team Jacob)
This is one of the first "adult" romance books I've ever read. I got it at the library, and I read it in less than a day. It's a little smutty and graphic, but I enjoyed it while I was on vacation. It was a borderline cliche love story, but it was definitely a guilty pleasure read. I really can't remark on anything else...
Fabiola Chenet
J'ai adoré. Les deux héros étaient supers, le fait que le héros ait souhaité une aventure malgré ce qu'il pensait d'elle me l'a fait bien remonter dans mon estime et le fait que la fille soit si déterminée était super. J'ai adoré ce qu'elle lui dit avant de partir et j'ai adoré les déclarations du héros. Un bon petit Azur. :-)
3houd
I rate this novel 2 and a half stars. It was readable. The typical Harlquin novel. But both leads were not likable.
Anna
It was good. Wasn't very memorable, but I enjoyed the brief ride. Would read again.
Kelsey
Russian billionaire, waitress, history with the man
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