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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An astonishing amount of repetitions. Very annoying! Disappointing that the writer and the editor dropped the ball on this book.
"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.
"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.
Narrator told the story like a news reporter. This was why the overall rating was low
The story was very easy to listen to but I didn't get that much fun out of it like not mususpense and knowing where the story was going
how the story was going to end.
I really did enjoyed the book.
"Not A fan of this book."
I am a big Danielle Steel fan but not of this book. It lacked plot and character. Was actually quite boring.
very easy to listen too. i usually dont like books that are not bazed in the US. Book was ennoyable
"Danielle Steel does it again!"
This book was another masterpiece by Danielle. i always enjoy her books. My all time favorite remains Palamino though.
"A good read. Thumbs up to the Master."
Beautiful storyline, great descriptive power, but a rather abrupt ending. Still it was a very enjoyable read and I couldn't keep it down till the end.
It is very slow moving and struggled to keep my attention. I have read many Steele books, and this is the first one I was disappointed with.
"The price paid for romance, or not?"
I don't tend to listen to stories again, but that doesn't mean this isn't worth listening to. Its a story you wished never ended or certainly had a sequel to it. Probably one of my all time top favourites from Danielle Steel and I've read or listened to them all!
It has a variety of plausible stories running side by side that at times are interlinked. It has plots you just don't see coming and descriptions that take me back to when I lived in France. The story line is deep and whilst its possible to guess what may happen, its how you get to the end that takes you on a fantastic journey.
Too many to mention but probably the parts about the art work as I knew very little and found this fascinating.
The cost of freedom
It's a must read or listen to.
Another enjoyable book from this author. Very easy to read and can recommend because you won't be disappointed.
Good book. Loved it. Interesting story for women and maybe for some man aswell
"Book at Bedtime"
A Danieiie Steele fan I did not enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed others. Repetitive , slow and actually hard to finish. My personal view others may disagree.
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