Monday, March 4, 2019

Book #Review: Luring A Lady (The Stanislaskis 2 ) by Nora Robers

Book Title: Luring a Lady ( The Stanislaskis 2)
Author:  Nora Roberts |WebsiteFacebook
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Romance
Series/Standalone: Series Book 2
Format: Mass Market
Cost: $7.99
Pages: 250
How I got it: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble |
Publication Date: December 01, 1991
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Nothing in Sydney Hayward's background of wealth and privilege had prepared her to take the helm of her family's corporation. Her overflowing new responsibilities left no room for complications--and Mikhail Stanislaski was definitely a complication. Sydney had learned the hard way that she could never love anyone--least of all, this earthy, disturbingly masculine stranger who came from a world so different from her own.

Still, the way she felt when he put his hands on her--strong, work-hardened hands--made her doubt her resolve to remain alone. This gifted man seemed to have a rare talent for luring a lady, even a very reluctant lady, into his arms....
Told from the dual perspectives of Mikhail and Sydney we get a great romance where the man falls first and makes it his mission to win the hesitant and slightly nervous Sydney into falling in love with him.  What starts as a miscommunication leads to a steamy romance filled with lots of great moments that challenge the characters and their perceptions of the world around them.

Sydney inherits her grandfathers' business on his passing, with everyone around treating her as if she didn't deserve the business; she knows one stumble and the board will find a way to remove her. She's going to fight to hang on to this chance because out of her whole family her Grandfather thought her capable, she's here to prove him right.  She's not too happy when Mikhail comes barging in making demands and calling her out for failing to take care of one of the many buildings in the company portfolio.   Mikhail for his part is frustrated about the way his building and his neighbors are being treated has had enough of trying it the pleasant corporate fill in these forms way and decides to confront the owner head-on. He's unaware of the old man's passing and is unprepared to meet Sydney when he does.

From the moment they meet the sparks fly and they are wary of each other and where they can go from here.  As we read we learn that Sydney had been previously married and she's angry and afraid because she failed so miserably at it and she refuses to fail at something else.  Mikhail comes from an immigrant family that has struggled to make it's way and has finally begun to carve a place for itself among the community.  Having stepped back to help his father create a business that made it possible for his siblings to succeed Mikhail has quietly built himself a reputation in an unexpected field.

Mikhail is a contractor with many hidden depths, he's the big brother from the previous books who looks out for the family and is close with his siblings. When he meets Sydney, he knows he wants to get to know her better but she's wary of him and so he sets out to use all his talents to win her over.

I absolutely loved that Mikhail just knew she was it for him. I loved how they went back and forth as the story progressed. I loved how Sydney confronts her past and her fears before she can face anything else with Mikhail. I loved how Mikhail's immigrant experience made him a wonderful character who understood both sides of the coin of what success looked like and how it impacted families and the people within.  It made him a really relatable character. I loved that he was such a proud immigrant and loved his family traditions.

This story was great due to the way in which they circled each other trying to find a way to make their pieces fit.  I loved that even though Sydney doubted herself when it came to her family she was willing to fight for them even when they doubted her capabilities.

Mikhail's family is always fun to read and their Sunday dinners remind me of my family dinners as well the noise, the seven different conversations going on at once and yet the love that is communicated at all times.  I loved the positive interaction expressed here between the siblings and the love the parents shared and how they enfolded Sydney into their mix.

It's so good to read not just a functioning family dynamic in the story but one that showcases the love they all have and how this base has been a great springboard for each of the children to find love and to succeed.

Another great addition to the series and I can't wait to read more
Happy Reading my loves, 

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