Nom de Plume Rating: ★★★★★
Reading Time: 3 minutes
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. Now she has the perfect plan to make her famous father pay. She will take possession of the one thing he values above all others–The Sun and the Moon, a fabled necklace beyond price.
Yet just as she is poised to take her vengeance, she meets a man who seems to divine her every secret. Clever, charming, and enigmatic, Philip Chamberlain has his own private reasons for getting close to Princess Adrianne. And only when it’s too late will she see the hidden danger…as she finds herself up against two formidable men–one with the knowledge to take her freedom, the other with the power to take her life.
First line: “New York, 1989 Stuart Spencer hated his hotel room excessively.”
Sweet Revenge is a contemporary romance of a forbidden love.
Phoebe Spring falls in love with Abdul, King of Jaquir. American girl falls in love with a King… swoon, right?
Phoebe gives up her thriving acting career in America and moves to the middle east to raise sons and live a life of luxury. However, Phoebe and the King have a daughter, Adrianne, and she is unable to bear more children. Abdul HATES her for not giving him a son. His first love is essentially incapable of securing his family line. So he resents his wife, and marries more who can give him what he wants. He shows nothing but hatred towards his first born child as she grows up.
This story follows Adrianne and the first quarter of the book sets up the reasoning behind her actions. The novel is set in both Jaquir and the USA (predominantly in the US). She is angry at her father for ruining her mother’s life, and seeks revenge to take what once belonged to her mother. Pride. Life. Happiness.
Adrianne becomes a thief and trains so that she can steal the Sun and the Moon from her father. As depicted in the synopsis, this is a necklace and it was given to Phoebe as a “bride gift” essentially to buy his wife. You know, “I’ll buy you for 50 camels!” (That sort of thing.) The idea behind this is that if there were to be a divorce, then Phoebe would keep the necklace and all that she entered the marriage with… but when things actually go bad, she doesn’t get to keep anything. Abdul takes everything and anything from Adrianne and Phoebe, and Adrianne makes it her life’s mission to get revenge.
Philip, the male lead of this novel, is introduced early in the novel, but Adrianne and him don’t fully interact until she is an adult. Ok, now THIS is swoon worthy! Their connection and odd circumstances make this my absolute favorite Nora Roberts book (other than Sea Swept).
Tantalizing. Swoony. Revenge-y. Everything a ★★★★★ should be.