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Taming Natasha (The Stanislaskis: Those Wild Ukrainians #1)

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Broken promises, shattered dreams

Natasha Stanislaski left youthful indiscretions far behind when she settled in rural West Virginia. Her way with children made her toy store a success; her fiery temperament kept men safely at bay. Then brash Spence Kimball and his adorable little girl joined forces to nudge their way into her shop...and her closely guarded heart.

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Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published 1990 by Silhouette
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Marisa Sauco
May 14, 2016 Marisa Sauco rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dulce... Muy dulce ...more
Lizzy
May 27, 2016 Lizzy rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
It’s been a long time since I read a pure romance. Yes, that’s what Nora Roberts’s Taming Natasha is. There is no paranormal, science-fiction or mystery suspense twists in the plot, so popular today. You could say that it’s an old time kind of tale (not because it was published in 1990). But it does not come out as an outdated story at all.

Spence Kimball is a famous composer and college professor, and a widowed father. Natasha is a former ballerina now a toy store owner. Both had difficult re
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Jacob Proffitt
Feb 27, 2013 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, steamy
This is on the high side of Roberts' 1990s books. It's nothing stellar, with characters a little too predictably emotional and a plot that doesn't quite gel, for me. Spence is a bit too... commanding for the rest of his personality as a professor and composer and single dad. Natasha is a bit too... passive for the rest of her personality as an entrepreneur and dancer and with strong family support.

That said, this is one of Roberts' best depictions of a dependent child with Freddie (Frederica) st
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Saly
Rating 3.5

I enjoyed this book, it was sweet and nice.
When the heroine Natasha meets the hero, she has a very bad impression of him mainly because she thinks he's a married man hitting on her while buying a toy for his daughter but she soon learns differently when she see him in class. The hero is a famous musician and composer and a widowed father who moved to give his daughter a new life and unexpectedly found a woman who awakens deep passion in him and is very prickly.

The moves are made by the
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Cruth
Author: Nora Roberts
First published: 1991
Length: 2871 kindle locations
Setting: Contemporary Small-town. Shepherds town, West Virginia.
Sex:Explicit. Infrequent.
Hero: Composer / teacher.
Heroine: Russian former ballerina now toy shop owner.
Trigger: (view spoiler)
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Ivonne
Gostei de ver a árvore genealógica ao início - mas ao mesmo tempo acaba por ser um spoiler.
Gostei da mensagem deste livro - amar e perdoar, não esquecer o passado e não ter medo de arriscar.
Maria
Sep 14, 2010 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The thing is that I started The Stanislaskis series beackwards with Waiting for Nick/ Considering Kate, and realized there were two othe books. I absolutly loved Taming Natasha because it's so heartbreaking what both Tash and Spence go through, and it's all about regaining one's sense of self. I think so far it's my favortie of the series. I loved the setting and the atmosphere very small town, and cozy and comfortable kind of like the McCade Brothers series. I loved The Fun House and how passio ...more
Valeria
Лека, забавна и романтична книга, която без проблеми допринася за един хубаво прекаран следобед.
Kari
May 11, 2016 Kari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, 2016
Set in the early 1990s, this story is a very bittersweet straight romance. I liked the characters as well as the love story. Natasha own a toy store in a small town in West Virginia. Spender and his daughter "Freddy" have just moved to town to start a new and slower paced life. For Spencer, it was instant attraction.

I loved Spencer. He was just too cute as he went about wooing Natasha to give in to their attraction. I loved that they ended up becoming friends. first and took things slowly. I wil
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Tania Martins
Jul 11, 2011 Tania Martins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nora-roberts
Uma história de amor engraçada, gostei do Natasha mas acho que faltava força à protagonista, irritou-me algumas das atitudes dela relativamente ao Spence mas tendo em conta o contexto em que foi escrito (década de 90) acho que está uma história bem conseguida.

A Freddie era muito engraçada, proporcionou momentos engraçados com a Natasha, a relação que elas criam é muito fofa! A familia Stanislaski é demais, todos muito peculiares...
Sandra
Creo que darle 4 estrellas es demasiado, pero 3 estrellas no son suficientes, así que se queda en 3'5. Es un libro muy bonito, ligero y que se lee rapidísimo (apenas lo leí en unas horas!). El amor entre Spence y Natasha es precioso... eso sí, es más o menos un instalove, más por parte de él que de ella, porque Natasha lo odia desde que lo ve por primera vez jaja también hay que tener en cuenta la extensión del libro, que es bastante corto para lo que estoy acostumbrada leer de Nora Roberts. Per ...more
Arantzazu
Entretenido, escrito con la solvencia de la autora , que por algo es quién es dentro del género. Sin más pretensiones que una historia típica. Recomendable para un par de horas de asueto
Quinn's Book Nook
There is nothing quite like rereading old favorites, and I've been loving every minute I've spentlistening to the Stanislaski series via audiobook. Taming Natasha by Nora Roberts is the first book in the Stanislaski series, and while I don’t love it like the later books in the series, it really is a great start.

Taming Natasha starts off with a misconception, which leads to Natasha and Spence not getting off to a great start. Natasha is the owner of a toy shop in a small town in West Virginia. Sp
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Filipa
Esta parece ser outra saga bastante interessante. A Nora tem uma mão talentosa para lidar com famílias numerosas.
Viktoria Thuresson
Perfekt som lättläst sommarläsning.
Livia
Sep 05, 2016 Livia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have always been a huge Nora Roberts fan however, one of her romance series, The Stanislaski's has been very hard for me to read. Book One, Taming Natasha just never held my interest. I've picked it up and started it so many times only to set it aside. This became a habit over the years and while I bought all the books in the series, they just gathered dust. Recently I decided to give it another shot. I finally got through book one and I still just found it so-so. At least I did finish it! Now ...more
Pam
Aug 26, 2014 Pam rated it it was amazing
Taming Natasha is book one in the Stanislaski series by Nora Roberts. It is a great book and an easy read. The characters are realistic as are the events in the plot.
Natasha Stanislaski had moved from New York City to a small town. She has all she wants and needs with her toy store and her home. She consistently refuses to have anything to do with men. What happened in her past to cause this? That perhaps is the reason she reacted to uncharacteristically when a gorgeous man came in with a woman
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Lisa
Apr 19, 2013 Lisa rated it did not like it
If you enjoy complicated plots and well developed characters, perhaps you should look elsewhere. When I reached the end of this book I was shocked ... because almost
nothing happens. Frigid toy store owner meets handsome music professor, he pursues her, she eventually acquiesces, she gets pregnant. Honestly, I picked this book up only because it was one of the few immediately available for download from my library as I was preparing for a long plane flight.
Jen
Jun 13, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: nora-roberts
From the first moment that Spence Kimball set eyes on toy store owner Natasha Stanislaski, he was floored by her beauty, and wanted her more than any woman who came before. Natasha took one look at Spence and the wanting in his eyes and found herself drawn to him and at the same time disgusted. Thinking he was married and wanted an affair, Natasha convinced herself Spence was a cad.

Taking a class at the university, Natasha was incensed to discover her professor was Spence Kimball. Being moved by
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Danyelle Ferguson
Jan 02, 2012 Danyelle Ferguson rated it it was amazing
One thing that's good about being sick, is getting to curl up with your favorite books. The Stanislaski series by Nora Roberts is one of my all time faves. I've read and reread this series over and over since my teen years. I was so happy to find it out as an ebook! Now I'm hoping my Nook will charge quickly so I can continue the series while I recover from the flu.
Esra
Oct 16, 2014 Esra rated it really liked it
Shelves: harlequin
Bu kadının yarattığı ailelere bayılıyorum.. Her bir üyesi birbirinden tatlı oluyor :D
Bir Nora Roberts klasiği, yine çok hoştu.. Acaba yeni bir MacGregor ailesi mi geliyor diye düşündürdü.. Umarım o seri gibi harika devam eder bu da..
En çok ilgimi çeken kardeş şimdilik Mikhail..
Xiki71
Jul 01, 2014 Xiki71 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
Me ha gustado mucho para ser un libro corto. Desde luego voy a seguir leyendo la serie. Nora Roberts como siempre, ha sabido llevarnos por la trama de forma estupenda.(Sin ser una novela demasiado complicada en cuanto a argumento.)
Jenny E
Totally melodramatic and cheesy in places, but I LOVED IT! The best Nora Roberts I've read! Sometimes cheese and predictability is just what I need.
Kyra
Dec 06, 2014 Kyra rated it liked it
I adore Nora Robert's family books and this is an old favorite of mine, it was one of the first of her books I ever read and it was a nice and very light read.

The Stanislaskis have a special place in my heart, and I loved the book even more when I read it for the second time.

This one is one of my keepers and I usually tend to go back to this world whenever I feel down or am getting down for some R&R, it isn't very plot related and those of you who want big character development and action,
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Jessica
Jan 06, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook, children
this is hands down my favorite series by roberts and I've lost count of how many times Ive read them all and they still manage to wrap me up in them every time. that being said this is probably my least fav in the series though I do still enjoy it. natasha has all this passion inside her that I feel is underutilized and her story is so tragic that I wish we got more of it sooner rather than a tidbit here and there them everything three fourths of the way through. I like spencer I don't love him ...more
HÜLYA
Sep 10, 2013 HÜLYA rated it it was amazing
Nora Roberts'in Yeni Serisi Stanislaski Ailesinin ilk hikayesi idi..Amerika'ya göçen Ukraynalı bir bir ailenin serisi..En az MacGregor Serisi kadar güzel..Ondan daha duygusal...Çok güzel bir aile sıcaklığı temalarında işlenmiş güzel bir roman..Bu romanda aradığınız her şeyi bulabilirsiniz..

Olağanüstü duygu sağanağı olan bir kitap okudum..Bu nasıl bir kurgu duygu anlatımıdır..En çok sevdiğim temalar vardı..Aşk ve Müzik..Hem de Klasik Müzik ..Bir de bu güzel müzikler uyan şahaser bir aşk romanı ok
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Yenile
Aug 23, 2013 Yenile rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nora-roberts
WOW simply BEAUTIFUL, almost brought tears to my eyes. Pure love was there but so was fear right in between fear of having her heart broken, fears of losing what she most loved Natasha feared these things because she'd experienced them before and knew how much it hurt and she knew she that she didn't want to feel that pain ever again she knew she wouldn't bear it. Them Spencer and his daughter Freddie came along and though it was a slow and patient process though not TOO patient they changed thi ...more
Deirdre
Jul 18, 2012 Deirdre rated it liked it
Shelves: fromlibrary, romance
Spence Kimball has moved to a smaller town to teach, anywhere is basically smaller than his former residence in New York. He's trying to create a more intimate life for himself and his young daughter, a chance for her to have more freedom and maybe grow up a little less sheltered. In the town there is a Toy Shop owned by Natasha Stanislaski. When they meet there's some confusion and attraction when Natasha mistakes Spence's sister for his wife and is annoyed when he chats her up. They have to ov ...more
Kate Millin
Mar 12, 2016 Kate Millin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying my Nora Roberts reading marathon. I like the strong characters and the way they interact. In this story Natasha has a toy shop in a town in West Virginia. Spencer, a composer, moves there to make a new life focussed around his daughter Freddie after he has discovered how much he loves her. They clash from the beginning due to misunderstandings but Natasha learns more about him through going to his evening class about music history at the college.
Arieana
Apr 24, 2014 Arieana rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
It about tame a stubborn young girl, Natasha Stanislaski into another relationship. The challenge was held by Spence Kimball, a single father of Frederica. However, Natasha's plan to keep distance with two other people failed when Spence is her professor in college. Finally Natasha, the former ballet that was scarred by lost her baby and her past relationship trying tho accept that Spence is not like her ex-boyfriend.
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