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From Dirt to Diamonds

3.3  ·  Rating details ·  243 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
He'll stop at nothing to settle old scores!

When Angelos Petrakos spies supermodel Thea Dauntry in a swanky London restaurant, he knows she's not really the effortlessly elegant woman she seems to be...

For Thea, Angelos's reappearance is disastrous! Dining with a viscount on the verge of proposing, the last thing she wishes to be reminded of is the street-smart, quick-tempe
ebook, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Harlequin Presents
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James is one of my go-to authors for angsty romance reads, but I have mixed feelings about From Dirt to Diamonds. On the one hand, I devoured it in one gulp, totally riveted. And it was interesting to see a Harlequin Presents heroine from the seriously bad side of the tracks, who genuinely deserves (to some extent) the hero’s poor opinion of her. On the other hand, the heroine’s scary situation sometimes moved beyond angsty into heavy, to the point that I would barely have been surprised if the ...more
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book,the reader will either love it or hate it.This is not a soft ,fluffy read .The book is dark,sometimes I just wanted to throw Angelos Petrakos,the hero of this book down the hill.I really did not like him at all.The story opens with Thea aka Kat having lunch with the man she hopes to be her fiancee,Giles,an aristocrat.She is seen by a man from a past that she would rather forget untill that past is thrown in her face by Angelos.Her past is a heartbreaker.Her mother was a drug addict,dri ...more
If this is love,what is hate?
I am afraid to ask.

This book had an unhappy ending because the heroine and the hero ended up together. Was that not the point, you ask me? Yes, it was. But this hero is in the uber crazy league! A rabid monkey is less of a threat. Really. So why would I wan him to be happy?
And when it comes to retaliations? I think of the film Valentine's day. I am thinking he is the kind of man that would go on a killing spree 10 years later if you told him no on junior prom night.
I had to wait until I was in the right mood to read this. It sure was a different sort of book. Steam kept coming out of my ears because she was so helpless against him. He just used his money and power to steamroller right over her. In both the past and the present she was trying so hard to better herself and he had totally no respect for her.

There was quite a bit of angst at the end and he did a major bit of grovelling but I do have to say that he needed to be even sorrier for destroying her l
This was one of the most unromantic M&B's I've ever read. More like a hate story than a love story. If not for the 'I love you's' in the end, this would have been an interesting revenge drama (because I did like the writing).
I missed the part where they fall in love; the spend the entire book distrusting/trying to destroy each other. The hero is a arrogant, vindictive psycho who acts more like a like power-mad gangster than a love interest (and the heroine didn't seem to any tender feelings
Aug 23, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Like many reviews said there was too much hate/negativity between them. It was impossible to believe in their HEA.
Fanniny Moreno Zavaleta
I'm lazy (shocker!) so I'll just leave the link of StMargarets review.

Why did I give 1 more star than StMargarets? Because I love geology (it's an important part of my career, plus I even have my rocks collection 😉), that and his buying her chocolates (BTW did she eat them?) rested my hate for the H considerably, not that he didn't deserve to have his nails pulled for what he did to the h.

Anyways, tell Giles if it doesn't work out with the family friend he can call me... Meaning, I want to know
Carol Storm
Mar 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd only read one other Julia James book before this, PAINTED THE OTHER WOMAN. It was pleasant, but nothing out of the ordinary. But this book, I'm going to take a chance and say it, was a classic.

I can see why a lot of experienced readers hated it. The hero ruins the heroine's life -- twice. But it's made very clear that she has lied to him, stolen from him, and responded to his indignation with seething contempt. We can debate endlessly whether anything Kat says or does justifies Angelo's bru
This was an intense book,Angelos-Kat/Thea hate each other,Angelos thinks Kat is a woman who will go to any lengths to gain her goal,move up in career and Kat she hates Angelos cause he detroyed her completely,through her life Kat worked hard to gain respect and become something,climb out of pit of poverty and never look black but Angelos took it from her and she was again in that pit

Now its been 5 years Kat has adapted a new name Thea and has again climbed up from nothing to becoming something,s
Lynsey A
Surprisingly this turned out to be a pretty good story. I wasn't sure at first while reading this one. At first the heroine annoyed me a bit but then the hero took the cake as a class A jerk.

However, as the story progressed I began to like both the hero and the heroine. Once they were in the Swiss mountains the story really got better. It was nice to see a peaceful time between the hero and the heroine with no fighting, etc.

There were some nice angsty moments near the end after the first love
Alexis-Morgan Roark
This is one of those times where I have to remind the reader that the rating system on Goodreads is a reflection of whether or not I liked the book, and the ending just left me so darn cold and angry and...depressed. She deserved better. I can't see him grovelling enough if he gets down on his knees daily for the next decade.
Debbie DiFiore
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Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-hp, hp

the novel lost steam after chapter three and fell flat from there on. Everything from the hero's PoV was not reasonable.
Oct 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

At the begining of the book, the heroine Thea is dining with her boyfriend and he proposes. Thea is happy as she finally feels like she may be safe for the first time in her life. But this comes crashing down when she sees the hero Angelos and reminds her of both her difficult life and of the devastating events of five years ago. Angelos has never forgotten those events and vows revenge on Thea. We discover that Thea and Angelos met at a model casting for Angelos's business, at that time Thea wa
Tonya Warner
Oct 27, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Uggh! Such a struggle to read. The constant repeat of the same information over and over and over. I could understand a mantra, but really, you take out the constant trying to get a grip on herself crap and you might have an antaganistic short story.

Kat Jones had struggled to not become what her mother and grandmother had been. She tried to use modeling as a way to dig herself out of poverty without turning to sex, drugs, and alcohol as a way of earning a living. A run in with Angelos Petrakos l
Dianne Owens
Dec 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read the synopsis before I started reading this novel, which is just as well given how misleading it was. I wasn't expecting the the male protagonist, Angelos, to be such an arrogant and presumptuous ass, or the heroine, Kat/Thea, to be so raw. It reminded me of "My Fair Lady", for about five seconds... You need conflict for there to be resolution, to which this story had an abundance.
The story began as a sort of revenge tale, but it became apparent that the division between these two
lily waheed
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read it a couple of years ago and reread it last month and forget to review it
I know it's a dark book with a jerk hero but I loved it ( I know I am a weirdo) !!!!!
Jun 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: 3.5 stars

The book was quite a good read. I haven't read romance awhile now (a few months).

I found it incredibly sweet but almost cringe worthy how sweet the hero and heroine were near towards the ending. At first I wasn't too keen on the heroine, she seemed a bit like a gold digger- she had agreed to marry a man she didn't love, but was rich.. So you can understand why I wasn't too keen on her at first. The heroine did start growing on me though. I was a little confused about the hero
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, hp, romance
the heroine is a woman who has clawed her way out of poverty and despair once and knows she can do it again. the hero is an entitled rat who wants to teach the heroine a lesson she will never forget, not once, but twice, but in the end he is the one who learns
May 06, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
2.5 stars
Lupita Figueroa BookLoverRomantic
Historia dramática y preciosa. Me partió el corazón.
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Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its a romance novel. Thea is hoping that Giles was about to ask her to marry him. Her dream that she has worked hard for. Before Giles could get the question out Angelos's came up to their table and rudely gave Thea his card and said, "Call me"Then went back to his table. Giles said how rude and finally got the question out. Thea said,"yes"

When Angelos did not recieve the call next day he went to her apartment with his bodyguard, He bullyed his way in and threatened her with the name Kat. Angelo
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning, the way the story started out, I have to admit that I absolutely did not like this particular Presents at all. There was so much animosity, so much hatred that it transcended the pages and I, as a reader, felt the sheer loathing from the characters to the point that I could not stand the way the Hero/heroine treated each other. Yeah, love and hate are two sides of the same coin and whatever, but geez, what kind of masked love is that? I honestly had to set the book down and sto ...more
3.5 stars means I didn't like the story that much.

The story starts with Thea coming across Angelos again after five long years. She whose life was ruined by Angelos once. Then, we go to the past and realise that to some extent, the girl did deserve it (from hero's POV) but we also share a hatred of Angelos with Thea. In the present, Angelos commands (who does he think he is?) Thea to break up with Giles and she does. To make the breakup more credible, he takes her to many places, one of them bei
Sheyla ✎
Aug 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thea Dauntry is enjoying a nice dinner with the Viscount Giles St John Brooke. She knows he probably will propose tonight. Just when he is about to, her worst nightmare appears in front of them telling her "Call me". She can't believe that after five years this cruel man is back in her life.

Angelos Petrakos can't believe his luck. Kat Jones is back in London, using a different name and a different attitude but he recognizes her and wants revenge. She lied to him and stole a very special watch fr
Feb 22, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fluff
This was a terrible book. They were so busy resenting each other through the whole thing, I don't even know why they stuck together for 150 pages, or why they ended up together. It seems the author created characters that were so busy being obstinate, she had to strong arm the plot and force them to be together in the end.
Christine Glover
At first the shifting points of view threw me off a bit, but the author's heroine lulled me into the story with her inner determination and strength to reinvent herself. If readers love Alpha males, then this hero is one that readers will grow to love despite his high handed arrogance in the beginning. The language is very lovely and the settings enhance the mood of the story.
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