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Sweet Revenge

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  7,818 ratings  ·  189 reviews
At twenty-five, Princess Adrianne lives a life most people would envy.Beautiful and elegant, she spends her days dabbling in charities and her nights floating from one glamorous gala to the next.But her pampered-rich-girl pose is a ruse, a carefully calculated effort to hide a dangerous truth.

For ten years Adrianne has lived for revenge.As a child, she could only watch the
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ebook, 400 pages
Published December 30th 2009 by Bantam (first published 1987)
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Jasmin
Apr 02, 2010 Jasmin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who wants a little thrill plus romance on the side
This book was sitting on my shelves for so long, I completely forgot I ever bought it. And it was completely my loss. Have I known earlier that this book would make me love it so much, I would have devoured it in one sitting.

This is also the first ever Nora Roberts book I ever read, and I have to say, I completely loved it. Once I started reading it, I had a very hard time trying to put it down. Instead of sleeping really early, I opted for reading it more, trying to finish it sooner.

This book m
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Raiysa
I LOVED IT!!! Okay, so I am a muslim, and I am so glad that I dont live in a place like Jaquir where woman have no rights at all and are only good for following orders of men and giving birth. I mean, that would so totally SUCK! Where I live, men and women have equal rights and the hijab and abaya arent really imposed on us that way. Anyway, back to the book now....
The summary instantly got me interested and I wasted no time in starting to read it. From the beginning to the end, the book was wel
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Amanda
THIS WAS AN AWESOME BOOK! after reading this book,im glad i dont live in a place like Jaquir. women have no rights, and they dont do anything. all they're good for is serving men and giving birth to more men. now i appreciate the freedom women have in America. *WARNING..CONTAINTS SPOLERS*** anyway...im glad for Addy. her dad was cruel, and he hated her just becase she was half american. but HE is the one that married the american. he thought Addy was a punishment for marrying the American actres ...more
Maryam Rahmouni
While it needs to be acknowledged that atrocities have been committed against women overseas in the name of Islam, it also needs to be acknowledged that such practices have no basis in the religion itself. More than 1400 years ago Islam afforded women rights comparable to those in our contemporary international human rights documents. It is not Islam but other factors, notably cultural practices alien to the religion itself, which are the cause of the mistreatment of women. (Sydney Morning Heral ...more
Titinha Scaeiro
Uma excelente surpresa, peguei neste livro com relutância, já que é um livro muito antigo da autora.
Para quem gostou de A Dama Negra e Jogo de Mãos, vai de certeza gostar deste livro tb, admito que dos 3 três, Tudo o Que ficou para Trás, foi o que mais gostei... :)
Sinfonia
Tenho lido alguns livros da Nora Roberts e nunca fico decepcionada. Depois de ter lido "Começar de Novo", fiquei com grandes expectativas em relação a este novo livro lançado pela Chá das Cinco (Saída de Emergência). No entanto, tenho de admitir que os primeiros capítulos, para além de me provocarem um ódio imenso por uma das personagens, não me *agarraram* desde o início.
O livro começa por nos dar a conhecer um pouco de Philip Chamberlain. Um ladrão famoso, agora reformado e ao serviço dos Ser
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Tina
An early book by NR and a favorite.

Celebrated actress Phoebe marries King Abdu of Jaqir. He falls insanely in love with her, gives her a precious, celebrated jewel, the Sun and the Stars, marries her and whisks her away to live in his country. But what first attracts him to her also, strangely, repulses him. Her sexiness is unseemly in his muslim country and, worst of all, after the difficult birth of their daughter Adrienne, Phoebe can't give him a son.

What follows is years of abuse and misery
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Sol  Gonzalez
Un poco de romance para el día a día.
Me gustan los libros de romance de esta autora porque casi siempre están enfocados a una carrera y le da importancia a esta fasceta de los personajes.

En esta ocasión tenemos a dos ladrones de piedras, así como una parte de la trama que se desarrolla dentro de un harém. Esto hace que veas parte de lo que sucede en estos dos aspectos, por un lado la decadencia de la vida dentro de una jaula de oro y por otro el aprecio de las joyas, cómo se tasan, qué es lo que
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Dawid Piaskowski
I am not pregnant nor planning to be in the near future, but I was interested in reading about how these children are different from others. Picked it up and didn't put it down. The cadre and adult-centered child rearing sounds practical and do-able. It makes me believe that I could hypothetically raise children guilt-free, without feeling I'm doing it "wrong", but somehow I get the feeling that raising kids the French way is practical if you are actually in France: if nurseries or day-cares are ...more
Duncan Mandel
At twenty-five, Princess Adrianne lives a life most people would envy.Beautiful and elegant, she spends her days dabbling in charities and her nights floating from one glamorous gala to the next.But her pampered-rich-girl pose is a ruse, a carefully calculated effort to hide a dangerous truth.For ten years Adrianne has lived for revenge.As a child, she could only watch the cruelty hidden behind the facade of her parents' fairy-tale marriage.Nowshe has the perfect plan to make her famous father p ...more
Romanticdryad
While compelling enough to keep me reading to the end, this one left me wincing at multiple points. One note tyrannical muslim dictator in nondescript "middle eastern" country is married to an American movie star and forces her to keep up appearances while he rapes and ignores her for having a girl instead of a boy.

She and her daughter escape back to the US and she attempts to re-start her career but the damage is done and she is consumed by addiction.

Her daughter, Adrianne witnesses all of thi
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Kristina Jo
While there were elements of the typical icky romance, this novel also included some elements of (fictional) political maneuvering and hypothetical thievery. It was kind of fun, and raised the question of whether or not the end justifies the means. Is a thief who donates the profits of their work to charity just a thief, or an open-minded philanthropist? Etc., etc. So while this book is somewhat vapid, it also has some redeeming qualities.
Tori
At best this book was ok. I got it as a birthday present so i promised to read it( I never was much into Norha Roberts). I don't know why but i felt like i had to suffer to get my way through it and finally gave up. I gave it a chance and it bored the hell out of me. I've read much better. I don't really plan on reading her again anytime soon.
Cindi
One of her best stand-alone books. I read this many years ago and just got around to rereading it. I had forgotten how great the story is. I love how everything came together.

Great book!
Farshana Sihab
I have always been a Nora Roberts fan and this book is no different.the story is exciting and thrilling, and Islamic cultures that was followed in some countries have been explained well, but somehow the religion is the most misunderstood among people. Islam offers women more rights and freedom than men but somehow it has been twisted and convoluted to suit few ppl around the world.

Just fell in love with Philip and his mom, beautiful and interesting even though i would have loved to read more ab
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Lesley
An absolutely brilliant book, a little sad, but well worth reading.
Mari
Prinsessan Adrienne är dotter till shejk Abdu av Jaquir och den amerikanska skådespelerskan Phoebe Spring. Hennes föräldrars romans var en saga som intresserade hela världen, men efter giftermålet har egentligen ingen hört något om henne. Phoebe lever under stränga regler i palatset och är väldigt olycklig, hennes första och enda barn var en dotter (vilket Abdu avskyr henne för), men för Phoebe är hon allt. Under en resa till Paris när Adrienne är 8 år lyckas Phoebe fly med sin dotter till New Y ...more
Stasha
I have been buying books for the last year from a used-books seller, and I had passed it over on several occasions before I finally decided to buy it over the summer. Then I put off reading it for a couple of months before finally starting last month. And it was definitely worth the wait!

"Sweet Revenge" gave me a glimpse into the life of an aspect of Muslim culture that I've heard a bit of but never have really understood. Phoebe Spring,an American actress at the height of her fame, becomes enam
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Audrie Cruz-Sealey
I like Nora Roberts! I think she is a great story teller and I think that she develops the wittiest relationships in her stories.

This one is about a King of the Middle East who married a Hollywood Actress (kind of a Grace Kelly bit). Well when the King took his Queen back to the middle east, everything changed when she gave him a daughter and then could not bare any more children. She could not give him an heir. He turned cruel. He raped and physically abused his wife and had no love for his dau
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❀ Mary ❀
Great book!! Entertaining, dynamic, thrilling and romantic, like only Nora Roberts can. A history full of mixed feelings, and also so opposite at the same time, develop in differents countries and during a long period of time (Adrianne's entire life). With a muslim culture and the way they treat women; family issues or more specific father issues and of course a romantic history that develops in the middle of a revenge plan.

I like the characters: I feel sympathetic with Adrianne, as I usually do
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Maria
This was my very first Nora Roberts book, and I can frankly say, she had me from the first sentence. After I picked up this book, I have read tons of Nora books, in fact I'm currently half way through the 44 book In Death Series. Well the books starts on a sad note, but we get motive, good motive, we get a clear picture. Then the books jumps to Addy being 25, and since in the beginning of the book she saw what she saw, we now understand what she does, steal. Steal for her mother, for preparation ...more
Jillian (NetGalley Addict)
Adrianne is a princess, with jewels, power and lots of money. She also happens to be one of the world’s greatest thieves and she has been practicing for years to take revenge on her father. Philip used to be a thief and now he is a cop, he catches thieves, but he can’t seem to stop wanting Adrianne. When Philip finds out that Adrianne plans to steal what was supposed to be her mothers’ dowry back from her father, he decides to help her. Now he and Adrianne have to decide whether they want to mak ...more
Zunaira Ghazal
Alright.

Um. There are no words to describe the awesomeness of this book. I had no idea it was going where it went. The second half was my favorite. But before I say anything else I’d like to mention that I’m a Muslim and I love my religion. In some parts of the world, men have taken and warped its beauty to their advantage. Its tragic. Even though everything written in this book about Jaquir is right, and things like that happen for real, Islam, as a religion, does not approve of it. It is men,
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yoksan
The essence of this book summarized in one sentence: Adrienne was angry that her father abused her mother, then she went and fell in love with a man who thought he's better than her and wanted to control everything about her life.

So many pet peeves, so little time (to list them all)...

I hate Philip. I absolutely hate him. If it's in the author's intention to make me hate him, then good job. I read the second half of the book grinding my teeth every time Philip showed up on screen which, unfort
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Wendy
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Cyrisse
Oct 21, 2008 Cyrisse rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers
Recommended to Cyrisse by: n/a
Shelves: nora-roberts
From the moment Phillip Chamberlain saw gorgeous, chic, twenty-five year old Princess Adrianne, he knows she is the one behind all the robberies going on. The question is, why? She certainly doesn't need the money. Adrianne only knows one thing: revenge. Revenge for the fairytale that really wasn't a fairytale that her movie-star mother had to endure while married to her father, the king. Beatings and sexual molestations were what her mother had to live with when she married the king that believ ...more
Malarvini Vesualingam
After 5 years searching this book in hardcopy I finally had my on revenge reading it online :P
The "Sweet Revenge" was indeed sweet. I loved it as no life was taken but in turn helped Princess Adrianne earn something she longed for years. When the ego and ignorance of men shown by her father's character and the sacrifices of her mother do give only the best for her daughter brought tears to my eyes. Desperation turned her into The Shadow who is the greatest thief of all times, even envied by many
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Sue
Quite an education from a women's POV of being raised as Muslim royalty...obviously drama...but the restrictions and boredom are very real in some places. Three parts....young, royal, traumatized and saddened, part 2 The cycle changes with death and a desire for revenge. Part 3 a partner, an equal...and sweet revenge. The thefts were very entertaining and had some great unexpected moments. Loved Phil, couldn't have picked a better mate for Addy.
Sethie
I didn't enjoy this book that much. It took me longer to finish reading this book compared to the other NR books I've read because I was struggling to grab the story, I had a hard time deciding to finish it or not. It's like 80% of the book was about the past of the hero/heroine, there are so many fillers, *sigh.
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“it taught me, that when a woman lets herself love, she loses. it taught me that to survive, you rely on yourself first and last." -adrianne

"It should have also taught you that sometimes love has no threshold." -philip”
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“love wasn't the soft, silky words the poets spoke of. Love,with it's twin edges, was the one factor that weakened so many women, that pushed them to compromised their own wants, their own needs for the needs and wants of another.” 34 likes
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