By Danielle Steel
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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 starving 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 a world of freedom she can never experience 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, London, and Paris, The Mistress is a riveting tale of vast fortune, cruelty, creative genius, and daring courage, as uncompromising individuals chart a course for collision.
I enjoyed it, but…3By jfern08It ended so abruptly and was lacking depth. Definitely not worth $14.99.
Come on...really?1By Star maker formanI took a chance on another one of her books. I won't make that mistake again. Totally predictable and unoriginal. I mean really? How many time can you write the same thing over and over and over and over again? Don't waste your money on this one or any others. Wake up Dannielle!
The Mistress.5By Sherlyn AnnReally good story. Enjoyed it very much.
Is that it?2By Jlow21002Characters overly developed and separately face endless challenges only for the book to end one or two pages after they 'find each other'. I've read all her books but this is the first I've written a review for. I'm so disappointed. The story could have gone further...
The Mistress5By Mama WoschI fell in love with the characters and cried when the novel ended. I didn't want to stop reading.
Disappointing1By LilrredI really wanted to like this book. However, it was extremely predictable. Actually kind of child like . Certainly , not one her best reads.
Entertaining4By GubstopperEasy read. Enjoyable.
Worth the cash4By Jimmy452Good book, something worth giving a shot
The Mistress5By Astro 1962Always have loved her books and this one did not disappoint. Read it in one day!! Highly recommend!
Horrible1By Larraine123Don't purchase. Books are poorly written and boring