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Heir to a Dark Inheritance (Secret Heirs of Powerful Men #2)

3.49  ·  Rating Details  ·  241 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
They say that Alik Vasin's heart is carved from the hardest diamond and the coldest ice…

Alik is powerful, ruthless and incapable of love. But when he discovers he has a daughter, nothing will stop him from claiming the child as his own.

Jada Patel will do whatever it takes to keep little Leena in her life, even if it means a convenient marriage. Though there can never be a
Mass Market Paperback, 190 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2013)
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Lisa Kay
Man-oh-man! After the first few chapters, I was sure Miss Yates was going to let me down. I thought this was destined to be a two or three star read. But, nope; she pulled out her magic pen – or computer – and managed to redeem the hero, as well as the implausible situation.

It was nice to read about a heroine from a different heritage than is typical of Harlequin Presents, too.

I just don’t know where Attar is located, since it is a fictional country.

I received this book free of charge from Ha
Nov 24, 2013 Dalia rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
As always, MY writes a very emotional story with her elegant style. And as always she creates a damaged beyond-repair hero who wouldn't know love even if it hits him between his eyes. Alik may be an unemotional mercenary, but when it comes to his daughter and her adoptive mother, Jada, he feels his walls crumble. After having a real marriage, the last thing widow Jada wants is a marriage of convenience on paper, but it's the only way to keep her daughter. The irrepressible attraction be
Fiona Marsden
Apr 02, 2013 Fiona Marsden rated it it was amazing
Alik is a bad bad man. His only redeeming feature is his loyalty to his friend Sayid, from the companion book Heir to a Desert Legacy. He's not anyone's idea of good husband and father material. But he is, reluctantly, a father.
Widowed Jada has been caring for his child since the death of the mother. All she wants is to be Leena's mother. She's already been a wife and being Alik's wife would only be bearable because of baby Leena.
Watching these two make a convenient marriage is like watching gun
Angelina Neale
Feb 10, 2013 Angelina Neale rated it it was amazing
I just have to pull myself together so I can form a coherent sentence and then I'll be back to review.
Apr 08, 2013 Desere rated it it was amazing
I have often had the thought that when a woman has a child the only way she could not know is if she has memory loss, but for a man it is totally different, he can be the father to many and have no clue what so ever.

In the new Maisey Yates read this is what happens to Alik he has a heart as cold as ice and as unbreakable as a diamond, and this of course makes the man no picnic to be around, no ladies this is the type of man that you will look at and immediately realise he spells trouble and it w
Jun 03, 2013 Veena rated it really liked it
Shelves: mills-and-boon
Maisey Yates has done it again!! this is the second book i am reading of hers. the first one was extremely delightful. and this one also is no less. its and answer for those who say that mills and boon romances are all plastic!!

the story is about a woman who has lost her husband and has no other family. Jada Patel adopts a baby girl and after a year or so her real father comes to claim her. Jada is all shattered when the court decides the case in favor of the real father, Alik Vasin. Alik is a
Mar 16, 2013 Jan rated it it was amazing
Bad boy Russian aka Alik is a tough character who just found out he has a child he knew nothing about and was about to be adopted by Jada, he goes to claim his child. Jada has loved his child and wants to make her hers. Two worlds collide, sweet, loved woman against hard cold unmoving sex on legs. Just one thing to say Maisey Yates wow! Another brilliant read. some hot sizzling scenes, never be able to go to an opera without thinking about those two, one of many. Lust or love? Can one overcome t ...more
Από τα πιο απογοητευτικα βιβλια της Μεισι Γειτς.
Ενας τραχυς ρωσος με περιπετειωδη ζωη μαθαινει ότι απεκτησε κορη από μια εφημερη περιπετεια. Αν δε θελει να χασει καθε δικαιωμα στη ζωη της, πρεπει να βρει τροπο να συννενοηθει με τη θετη μητερα του μωρου (καλο κουραγιο θα του ευχομουν)
Η εν λογω θετη μητερα είναι μια συντηρητικη και καταπιεσμενη χηρα που θελει να πιστευει ότι η πραγματικη ζωή οφειλε να είναι ροδινη και, αν αυτό δε γινεται, καλα είναι να ζει εκτός αυτης , σε ένα ζαχαρενιο συννε
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Miniseries: Secret Heirs of Powerful Men
Category: Passion
"Yates' tale of loss, pain and love's salvation is simply incredible. Jada and Alik are day and night - she's soft and quiet, he's amoral and broken. Yet, they are perfectly matched, and their progression to love is searingly intense." RT Book Reviews. rated 4 1/2 stars
May 10, 2013 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: challenge
This book had me crying in chapter one, but rooting for the hero and heroine to find a way to make their situation work. Cold-hearted Alik was not going to let a child of his grow up without a father, since he knew what being an orphan was like. Jada wanted to adopt the little girl to help fill the void in her life left by the death of her husband. She had raised the child from birth and was moments away from being given the adoption when Alik shows up.

After seeing that he just can't rip the lit
Tamara Martin
Feb 21, 2014 Tamara Martin rated it it was amazing
Loved this. This is one of those titles that will have you converted to the romance genre in a second. Could not put it down, was reading while veggies were boiling, while walking to answer the door, was totally captivated. There was no cheesiness here, no wasted words or boring filler scenes, it was an emotional journey full of angst and heat and emotional development and of course that beautifully, broken, dangerous and sexy man, Alik. Will definitely be adding more from Maisey Yates to my col ...more
Katy Beth Mckee
Sep 06, 2013 Katy Beth Mckee rated it it was amazing
Jada plans to adopt and go on living after the death of her husband. But suddenly there is the dad and he wants his little girl. Jada is devastated and makes what seems like a bargain with the devil to stay in her daughter's life. All of this seems like a very typical Harlequin plot but where this one takes off and becomes different is seeing into Alik and see all the secrets, struggles, and fears he is dealing with. There is deep emotions and we are allowed to see their grief. And no matter how ...more
Tanya Mayes
Apr 21, 2013 Tanya Mayes rated it it was amazing
OMG This book is great. The author did a wonderful job. Alik and Jada was exactly what the other person needed. As I read this book I went through every emotion by the end I felt a tear drop. Alik was a man who never had love. never felt love until Jada and Leena came into his life. Jada was married before her husband died she wasn't ready to let go of the past but being with Alik made her different and she was afraid because he made her forget her past. In the end love conquered all.
Alexandra Isobel
May 27, 2013 Alexandra Isobel rated it it was amazing
This book was a great sexy read, and included some very funny, laugh aloud scenes.
The hero is a business minded alpha male and way to pragmatic for the heroine, who runs on emotion.
Looking forward to reading another book, most likely the previous one to this story. This book refers to another couple, who I'm guessing are in another book :)
Jun 20, 2013 Shannon83 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this book. I found at times I just wanted to stop reading it and skip to the end so I could start a different book. Not one of Maisey best books.
Aug 31, 2013 Patrice rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, climb-the-stairs
Yes, this story was a romance and you always route for them to get together or stay together by the end of the tale and you are just along for the ride. I liked the ride. This was a wonderful story about two people thrown together by circumstances. Alix Vasin is a powerful man used to living on the edge and almost always available for hire if the price is right. He is used to living only for himself and what his money can buy him. Until, one day, he is informed that he is a father and about to ...more
Margaret Fisk
Jul 08, 2015 Margaret Fisk rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Originally published on Tales to Tide You Over

I’ve been reading Harlequin romance novels since I was a young teen, and in that time, I’ve built up some expectations and preferences between the various lines. While Romance is my favorite because it focuses the most on the people, which is why I read romance amidst my science fiction ideas and fantasy cultures, I have always had a soft spot for the Presents line. This was where Harlequin would place novels about faraway places with rolling deserts
Sep 19, 2013 Dorine rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Alik Vasin is a shrewd businessman who does each job without attachment, much like his personal relationships. Without a family, with a wealthy sheik as his best friend, there’s no one else that he cares about other than the sheik’s family and even that surprises him. He has become a very self-centered man, choosing his pleasure when he needs it but never getting emotionally involved.

Jada Patel has spent the last year caring for her one-year-old, soon to be adopted, daughter. She is anxious to g
May 09, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
Another new to me author, Maisey Yates. I had run across her on Twitter and found her to be entertaining so I was really excited when I got a chance to try one of her novels. I really liked the premise, icy Russian trying to do right by the daughter he never knew he had. Young single mother who’s raising this daughter as her own. Jada may not be Leena’s mother by blood but she’s her mother in any way that counts. When Alik proposes a marriage of convenience so that Jada can stay in Leena’s life, ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it
In Heir to a Dark Inheritance by Maisey Yates Alik Vasin is “broken beyond repair”. There is no room in his life for emotion, there never has been. As a youngster on the streets of Russia, he did what he had to do to survive.

When Alik finds out he has a 1 year old daughter he knew nothing about, who is about to be adopted, he stops what he is doing and goes to claim his daughter, Leena. Widowed Jada has had Leena with her from the moment she was born. As far as she is concerned, the adoption pro
Mar 29, 2015 Marjorie rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
When Alik Vasin finds out he has a daughter, he decides he will give this child everything he never had. However, Jada Patel was trying to adopt Leena and when the courts award Leena to her father, she just sits on the courthouse floor and cries. Alik sees her and since the child wants her mother, he soon proposes that Jada come with him. She knows Alik is a hard man, but she soon sees that he has a heart of gold.

Great easy read.
The companion to Heir to a Desert Legacy is the story of Alik Vasin. Best friend to Sheik Sayid, Alik learns that he has a daughter and if he doesn't return to the US immediately, he will lose all rights to her.

Alik meets Jada, the woman trying to adopt his daughter, Leena. Jada is Leena's mother since her birth mother gave her up at birth, and was attempting to finalize the adoption when Alik was found. Now Alik has shown up and wants his child. Jada is about to lose her baby forever.

This was
Book Him Danno
This is a thin quick book to read. The plot was OK, I think that the way they got together in the first place is a bit strange, but oh well if you can think it…it can happen…I guess.

The characters are interesting and yet that same problem in all romances is that both leads are gorgeous, perfect and extremely driven at their choice of careers, and the sex is the best either had ever had in their lives even Alik who admits to sleeping with more women than he can count. I realize this is the autho
May 08, 2014 Tawnya rated it really liked it
This is a good book, Alik is almost child like in his emotions because of the lack of care he had growing up. Even unable to comprehend that he might come to love his own daughter. Jada doesn't want to move on from her past except to raise her daughter. Together they learn to love.
Lupita Figueroa BookLoverRomantic
Otra deliciosa novela de Maisey Yates... Me encantó. Ella, tierna y encantadora. Él, con un pasado muy oscuro para mi gusto, pero lo soporté. La tensión y la sensualidad, como en casi todas las novelas de Yates, me atrapó y conquistó.
Aug 15, 2013 Gemma marked it as did-not-finish
Got free for being part of the Harlequin reader panel. Tried to read this one, but could not force myself to finish it.

I cannot stand stories where the hero insists on ripping his biological child away from a loving home just because "she's my blood!" when he has no actual interest in the child herself. When he plans to take the child away from a loving adoptive mother and dump her off to be raised by nannies and not have anything to do with her apart from taking responsibility financially. It's
Apr 19, 2014 Ada rated it really liked it
Inicie a leerlo en la mañana y la historia me gusto, los personajes son fuertes y bien manejados
Aug 31, 2014 Kesha rated it liked it
I actually liked Alik because I understood how he grew up and how it impacted his life. I wish there were more scenes with him interacting with his daughter.
n.r. lines
Sep 03, 2013 n.r. lines rated it liked it
Another cabin read from the long weekend. I don't normally read the Harlequin Presents imprint, but found a few at the small town grocery so decided to see if things had changed from the extreme alpha hero and virginal heroine storylines of the 80s. I eas pleasantly surprised with this strong willed and nurturing heroine and the icy, domineering but able to develop and grow hero. Yes, the stories are still far fetched and full of machismo along with exotic locales but the heroines have backbone. ...more
 ~♡~ Unsolved Mystery ~♡~
Jul 19, 2015 ~♡~ Unsolved Mystery ~♡~ rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Romance lovers
Recommended to ~♡~ Unsolved Mystery ~♡~ by: Given to me for an honest review

- My Description -
Jada adopts a little girl, Leena.

Later, Leena's father is found.

He wants to do the right thing and take Leena to live with him.
Leena and Jada are a package deal and he can't have one without the other.

To ensure her future with Leena, Jada decides to marry Alik.

A purely platonic relationship. (Yeah, right.)

It certainly started off that way....

- My Review -
This was just an alright read.

The story-line was original and something different which I liked.
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