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The Mistress

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Incomparable storyteller Danielle Steel illuminates rarely glimpsed precincts of unimaginable wealth and power, where love and freedom are the most dangerous desires of all.

Natasha Leonova's beauty saved her life. Discovered on a freezing Moscow street by a Russian billionaire, she has lived for seven years under his protection, immersed in rarefied luxury, while he pursues his activities in a dark world that she guesses at but never sees. Her home is the world, often on one of Vladimir Stanislas's spectacular yachts manned by scores of heavily armed crew members. Natasha's job is to keep Vladimir happy, ask no questions, and be discreet. She knows her place, and the rules. She feels fortunate to be spoiled and protected, and is careful not to dwell on Vladimir's ruthlessness or the deadly circles he moves in. She experiences only his kindness and generosity and believes he will always keep her safe. She is unfailingly loyal to him in exchange.

Theo Luca is the son of a brilliant, world famous, and difficult artist, Lorenzo Luca, who left his wife and son with a fortune in artwork they refuse to sell. Lorenzo's widow, Maylis, has transformed their home in St. Paul de Vence into a celebrated restaurant decorated with her late husband's paintings, and treats it as a museum. There, on a warm June evening, Theo first encounters Natasha, the most exquisite woman he has ever seen. And there, Vladimir lays eyes on Luca's artwork. Two dangerous obsessions begin.

Theo, a gifted artist in his own right, finds himself feverishly painting Natasha's image for weeks after their first meeting. Vladimir, enraged that Lorenzo's works are not for sale, is determined to secure a painting at any price. And Natasha, who knows that she cannot afford to make even one false move, nevertheless begins to think of the freedom she can never have as Vladimir's mistress. She cannot risk her safety for another man, or even a conversation with him, as Theo longs for a woman he can never have.

From Moscow to the Riviera, Paris, and London, The Mistress is a riveting tale of vast fortune, cruelty, creative genius, and daring courage, as uncompromising individuals chart a course for collision.

©2017 Danielle Steel. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22/03/2017

Absolutely Wonderful

Really liked this very different cast of characters from her usual novels. Unpredictable in many ways. It is now one of my favorites from Danielle Steele.

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  • Ailene W. Ross
  • 07/01/2017

Repetitious

An astonishing amount of repetitions. Very annoying! Disappointing that the writer and the editor dropped the ball on this book.

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  • Taylor Kinney
  • 28/03/2017

Flat characters that perpetrate aweful sexism & stereotypes

Women are portrayed as weak creatures that can't think for themselves and live to service men's sexual hunger... ugh. I thought that view was left in the past. The character are all so 1-dimensional... no depth.

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  • Amazon Customer3
  • 24/01/2017

It could have been summed up in a short story

This was my first Danielle Steel. For me, many parts of it was redundant. There was little dialog and way too much repetition. I will try her again because there was some story. I liked the depth of the mother and father figure storyline. But they had more depth than the main characters. It wasn't the best read but it was not a huge throw away.

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  • Ora
  • 22/01/2017

Narrator stoic

Narrator told the story like a news reporter. This was why the overall rating was low

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  • Annie
  • 23/10/2018

Cheap romance

This book was very disappointing. If you’re in to cheap mindless Romance, still, be warned that it doesn’t have much of a story that it is extremely repetitive and the characters are insipid and shallow.

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  • s braiman
  • 19/10/2018

Repetitive . . . same descriptions over and over!

I hadn't read any Danielle Steel in years, so I took a chance on this one. The story line was OK, but the descriptions of the characters were very, very repetitive . . . . I struggled to get to the end. The narrator was good narrator, but I didn't care for his female voices.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25/01/2017

Could have been better but Enjoyed it

The characters and story was enjoyable though the beginning was much too wordy. Intending to read more from this author.

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  • Ashley
  • 08/01/2019

Mediocre story, and I couldn't stand the narrator

The story itself was only okay. It was too full of clichés for me, and there were some parts that were over-described. The author continuously used the same phrasing to describe things, and often repeated herself. The POV was sometimes hazy as well and we would be bouncing back and forth between two characters' minds without much guidance.

I could have gotten over the mediocre writing if not for the narrator. His voice was so irritating to listen too. It sounded like he was trying to fake a sexy voice and failed miserably. His inflection was sometimes over dramatic and it sounded very pretentious at times. I was not a fan at all.

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  • YBM
  • 20/11/2018

ughhh Painfully stupid

This is the worst book I have ever read! It could have been a short story because there is absolutely no substance to this stretched out, the overly descriptive nonsense of a story. This is not a story for an intelligent individual. Stay away from this cringe-worthy novel! I vomited in my mouth (in my head) several times while trying to get to the end of a very predictable ending.