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Scorpio Rising

(The Scorpio Series #1)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  158 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Set in New York and Paris amid the glamorous and competitive worlds of art and real estate, Scorpio Rising takes the reader from the late 1940s to the 1960s through the tumultuous lives of its heroes. There is Alex Ivanov, the son of a Russian immigrant and part-time prostitute. He yearns to escape his sordid life and achieve fame and fortune. His dreams of becoming a worl ...more
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Published September 15th 2011 by Lansen Publishing
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Monique Domovitch
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
hey, this is my book, so of course I love it. When it comes to my own writing, I like to give it the test is time. If I still love the book when I re-read it months after having finished it, then I did a good job. And when I re-read Scorpio Rising, I once again got completely swept away in the lives and passions of the characters.
Please read it, and let me know what you think,
Jan 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
* Format: Kindle Edition
* File Size: 466 KB
* Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
* Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press LLC (December 1, 2011)
* Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
* Author: J.W. Baccaro
* Cover art: Love it, if there is a horse, it's always good!
* Over all rating ***** out of 5 stars
* Obtained: Sent from the author.

*This is information of the kindle version, I have a paperback*

“Darshun Luthais—Nasharin warrior and chosen Guardian of earth, continues his journey
Melissa Storm
What a read! The very first word that comes to mind in my attempt to summarize Scorpio Rising is HUGE--huge characters, huge setting, huge story, huge. This novel spans two continents, two primary characters and several colorful supporting cast members, and two very large dreams.

I found myself in both Alex and Brigitte, which is a feat by this author considering I'm a Sagittarius ;-) Alex's drive to work harder than any sane person would to pursue his dream of building skyscrapers that stand pro
I want to start by stating when I signed up to read this as part of the Book Club Bash, I had not realized I had at one point begun to read it last year when it came out. The opening scene turned me off and I was not interested in reading about a male protagonist at the time mainly, from what I can remember, because of the way she does character building. I did not like Alex at first so I had put it aside and never did finish it. Boy I could not have been more wrong, the beginning may bother you ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This is an incredibly fast-paced book that tells the story of Alex Ivanov and Brigitte Dartois — two different people in two different parts of the world. They both start out with rough lives, but constantly work hard and their ambitions pay off. Throughout the story, we see these two characters’ lives change and evolve, and finally intertwine.

I don’t normally read books that are this fast-paced. A few hundred pages covers a time spa
Samuel García
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ll be completely honest here: I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up for reading and reviewing. Judging by the title I figured it was some sort of spy novel, or any other sort of adventure driven piece.


But the comedy of errors actually began when I started reading The Sting of the Scorpio and wondered why the hell the story seemed to begin right in the middle of a scene. It wasn’t until Chapter Three that I re-checked the Scorpio Rising tour e-mail and realized I was r
Marie Kuhlman
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any John Grisham or Nora Roberts fans
A picture is worth a thousand words - or so the saying goes right? This cover certainly speaks volumes, it is a perfect illustration of the themes in the book... and it just looks awesome. As I read the book I thought about the themes(greed, money, love, power) and how the two main characters (Alex Ivanov and Brigitte Dartois) illustrate them.

Alex Ivanov, GREED (&Money)
This book challenged my personal definition of greed - or rather my understanding of it. The general definition of greed is: an
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Full review can be found here.

Right as of the first chapter, this book hit me with its blunt approach to events and sex in particular. This actually worked really well in the story’s favour. It was refreshing to see a blunt and rather detached view of sex rather than flowery “love’s milk” or treading lightly around the subject. One quote in particular really got to me: ‘“This will be our little secret,” Lucien told her when she opened her eyes. “If you even think of telling anyone, I’ll kill you
Dec 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Diverse cultures intertwine as Monique Domovitch sets the stage for a very spectacular read. Set in the 1940's, the book catapults us into the lives of Alex Ivanov and Brigitte Dartois, two people who have no idea, as of yet, that they exist within each others worlds. Told between the perspectives of each of the characters, we're able to glimpse their triumphs and defeats, their loves and their losses, and the determination that rumbles throughout their very cores as they seek to establish thems ...more
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
The stories of Alex Ivanov and Brigitte Dartois are told in alternating narratives which is not an uncommon format for novels, but in this case it was effective for the progression of the story. On a subjective note, I tend to enjoy plot lines in which seemingly unrelated parts tie together nicely in the end, and it was one of the aspects of Scorpio Rising that I appreciated. The element of surprise in the novel is not the inevitable overlap between Brigitte and Alex but rather, the way in whic ...more
Carmen Shaw
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This scrumptious blend of cultures and times formed an engrossing read!

Scorpio Rising begins with a brief glimpse into Alex Ivanov's life. He is the son of a Russian immigrant and prostitute and grew up outside of Manhattan, New York. Needless to say, he was never handed anything in life; he constantly had to pick and save for everything that he acquired, which made him tough. As time progressed, Alex learned that he wanted to be the absolute best at whatever he chose to do. He
Kevin Carey-Infante
Dec 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Kevin by: Melissa Storm
Scorpio Rising is like getting two books for the price of one!

Scorpio Rising is a tale of two separate and distinct lives: Brigette Dartois and Alexander Ivanov, both on a collision course with destiny. First we meet young Alexander Ivanov, Alex to his family and friends. Alex is born and raised in Brooklyn, New York—the end of world, as he tells us. He is the son of a single mother, an immigrant from Leningrad, who must resort to prostitution to keep a roof over her son's head and food on the t
Reminiscent of Jeffrey Archer or Barbara Taylor Bradford novels, Monique Domovitch’s Scorpio Rising tells the separate tales of two wounded young people in the 1950s, one in America, one in France. The reader knows from the start they’re destined to meet, and the moment young Alex enters an architectural competition culminating in Paris there’s an eager sense of anticipation. But the path to meeting, even the path to survival, is strewn with challenges. In Brooklyn, 12-year-old Alex dreams tall ...more
Jaclyn Cotton
Review: Scorpio Rising by Monique Domovitch

Scorpio Rising by Monique Domovitch

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Scorpio Rising is the first of two novels about the lives of Alex and Brigitte by Monique Domovitch. Alex was born and raised in Brooklyn while Brigitte was grew up in Paris. While they grew up thousands of miles apart both faced many challenges in their early youth.

I liked how the chapters alternated from whose point of view in which they were told from. Not long into the book I figured out wh
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Set in the 1950′s, Scorpio Rising tells the story of two ambitious people: Brooklyn born Alexander Ivanov and the French Brigitte Dartois. Desperate to escape his impoverished upbringing, Alex sets out to take the New York architecture world by storm. Equally desperate to escape abuse, Brigitte discovers her artistic talents and becomes the talk of Paris. Their paths cross unexpectedly, and under unlikely circumstances, love begins to bloom.

I was drawn to this blog tour because of the book title
Dec 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
They say that adversity makes you stronger. If that is true then the characters of Alex Ivanov and Brigitte Dartois are two of the strongest characters you’ll likely ever meet.

I really enjoyed Scorpio Rising and read it in a couple of days. I would have read it in one sitting had the laptop been at home, because I immediately felt varying emotional pulls for these two.

You just want things to work out for these characters.

I guess it has to do with our urge to root for the underdog.

Many writers ha
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
I have often said that Sidney Sheldon was the only author who had little to no inner monologue with his characters that I could still read to completion and hunger for more (please note that this does *NOT* include the books he wrote the last decade he was "with us"). If you're a fan of Sidney Sheldon then you will love this author who has captured his unique rhythm of telling a story. In fact the entire time I read this I was constantly reminded of the old Sheldon's style.

Conversationally, if y
Jenn (Booksessed)
This was a fantastic debut! I love that this book is set in the 50's and there's an entire story line that is set in Paris. I will read anything that is set in Paris.

I had been initially saving this book for a personal readathon, but picked it up as a transitional read during a reading slump. I had planned to read a chapter or two and go back to my original read, but I couldn't put it down. I finished it in two days. It was that amazing.

I loved that there were two very distinct storylines, one t
Christine Cunningham
Nov 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Scorpio Rising is about two characters a world apart, both yearning to escape the horrors of their daily lives. Alexander Ivanov manages to escape through some shady dealings and his counterpart Brigitte Dartois has no choice but to flee her current circumstances. Each in their own way climb the ladder of success only to be shot down time and time again. They both refuse to give up and finally begin to enjoy a measure of achievement. This brings them at last within arm’s reach of each other.

I fo
Paula Acton
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
From the outset these two damage children grab your attention and demand their stories be heard. Opposites in the way their abuse has affected them, you are aware from very early on they are destined to meet, but the intricate web that is woven around them as they draw closer leaves you spellbound. For me the mark of a good book it that you are content to follow the journey without feeling the urge to skip ahead to see what happens and I can honestly say I read this start to finish without once ...more
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Scorpio Rising details the lives of two rather compelling characters; Alex Ivanov, a young man born to a part time prostitute in Brooklyn who longs to live in Manhattan and become an architect and Brigitte Dartois a girl in France abused by her stepfather who runs away to Paris only to be saved by another predatory man. She runs again to find salvation in her talent as an artist.

Both characters are fascinating and flawed and are, of course, destined to meet.

Their stories are told in alternating
Samantha March
Oct 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Monique Domovitch is on tour with CLP Blog Tours. Scorpio Rising is set in the 1950’s, and follows the lives of Alex Ivanov and Brigitte Dartois. Alex lives in Brooklyn and is determined be rich and successful after growing up in poverty. Brigitte resides in Paris, and has endured horrific childhood abuse. She tries many times to start over, to find her footing, but new challenges keep appearing and holding her back. The lives of these two different individuals are written with fluidity and ease ...more
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, 2012
I went into this expecting a crime thriller, based on the name, and then a romance, based on the description, and what I got was a work of literary fiction consisting of an engaging story and intriguing characters.

Given the time period and locations of Scorpio Rising, it gave off an enjoyable Mad Men vibe with much of that same ambition, drama, and sex. Come to think of it, Scorpio Rising would make an interesting TV show.

The characters were very well-written, especially the main characters, Bri
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Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Monique Domovitch has clearly shown herself to be a shining star within the genre of Romance. This captivating read provides it's audience a front row seat from which to witness the drama that seems to permeate the lives of both Alex Ivanov and Brigitte Dartois.
Though each tale presents a separate story told from both a different vantage point as well as from opposite sides of the globe; the haunting shades of despair and desperation coupled with fiery hues of passion, hope, and determination pa
Nancy Silk
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novel is powerful and well written that follows two major characters. Alex Ivanov, raised by a poor mother in Brooklyn, NY, dreams of going to Manhattan where he becomes rich and successful as an architect. The other character is Brigitte Dartois, raised in Paris. At 16 years of age she is repeatedly raped by her stepfather and escapes to live on her own. She, too, has goals of being independent and able to take care of herself through her own efforts. The avenues each take are suspenseful ...more
Aug 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I will do a thorough review later but I just finished reading and wanted to give a brief review. I loved the building up of the characters Alex and Brigitte. The whole of the story is giving the reader a detailed look at who the characters are and what drives them to do what they do. I loved knowing the characters so well. The story built to such a point that it was inevitable that the two main characters, Alex and Brigitte would meet and come together. Alex and Brigitte each had a drive to be m ...more
Juliette Swett
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-romance
I just read this book in one day. In other words, I couldn't put it down, although I don't know if it's for everyone. It was set in the 1950's and even the writing had almost a detached literal essence to it that dramas in the 50's used to have. I enjoyed that style, but some people might not. It reminded me a bit of Glitter Baby by Susan Elizabeth Phillips--in other words, it was a sweeping saga with lots of heroes and villains.
I have to admit that I haven't read very many books that were self
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this story of two people living an ocean apart, struggling to survive, and making new lives for themselves. Throughout my reading, I couldn't figure out how their lives would intersect. When they did, it was worth the wait.

The attention to detail of the two different worlds of Alex and Brigitte, New York and Paris, architecture and art, added such dimension to the story. I found the characters interesting and their lives unfolded through fascinating experiences. I'm looking forward to
Sep 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I have to admit that I bought it because of the price, 99 cents, and it did sound interesting. Wow! I loved it. I couldn't put it down. I started reading it on a Friday night, thank God, and I finished it before going to bed. And then I had to get the sequel right away. I love, love loved it. ...more
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
With an extremely well developed plot, "Scorpio Rising" is a true page turner that you'll find hard to put down. Monique pens her characters so realistically believable that they stay with you after you finish the book. A must read for all romance/drama fans.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
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MC Domovitch is the author of multiple novels. She writes cozy mysteries as Carol Ann Martin (The Weaving Mystery Series for Obsidian, an imprint of Penguin) and as Monique Domovitch (The Chef Landry Mysteries series for Carina Press).
She also writes suspense thrillers as M.C. Domovitch for Lansen Publishing. Her tenth novel, Seeing Evil, the second in her Mindsight series is due out on November

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