Prisoner ePUB Ú Paperback

Prisoner ePUB Ú Paperback


  • Paperback
  • 188 pages
  • Prisoner
  • Vanessa James
  • English
  • 09 October 2018
  • 0373109377

10 thoughts on “Prisoner

  1. boogenhagen boogenhagen says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Re Prisoner This one requires a huge suspension of disbelief If you can make it past that wall and the fact that the romance is very much an insta lust thing, this is a very dramatic book The h is in Italy doing Italian translations and takes a job with an old friend of her father s escorting his rambunctious 15 going on 45 daughter around to various cultural sites in Rome The babysitting job is a way to earn a bit extra so she can stay on in Italy The girl s family is very rich and there Re Prisoner This one requires a huge suspension of disbelief If you can make it past that wall and the fact that the romance is very much an insta lust thing, this is a very dramatic book The h is in Italy doing Italian translations and takes a job with an old friend of her father s escorting his rambunctious 15 going on 45 daughter around to various cultural sites in Rome The babysitting job is a way to earn a bit extra so she can stay on in Italy The girl s family is very rich and there is a lot of security measures as the h is repeatedly warned about kidnapping attempts.The 15 yr old also has a brother who is very enad of the h She really wants nothing to do with him, but he is in puppy love and he plots with his sister to get the h alone She completely tells him off The 15 yr old is shocked that the h would tell her brother off, but she does promise to behave better now that she understands the h isn t an evil tart golddigger Unfortunately the girl s reformation comes a little too late when she and the h are kidnapped The h had thought someone was following her around, but she couldn t pinpoint anything and so while she reported her suspicions to the local police, not much could be done The h assumes that they are after her charge and she tries to figure out a way to get them both out of what looks like a bad situation One of the kidnappers is a very handsome man who accuses the h of all sorts of promiscuous things and makes her write a letter to her estranged mother and stepfather to try and get a ransom out of them The h explains that they will haveluck with her charge s father, but the man doesn t want to hear it Then the h makes an escape attempt that fails, one of the other kidnappers is very violent about this and the lead man kicks him out The h is starting to feel an attraction to the lead man and it seems that feeling is returned There is some kissing and some passion and finally the lead man tells her he will release the girl if she will marry him The h agrees and they are married and the girl is removed from the h s presence A journalist friend of the lead man shows up but the h doesn t take the opportunity to let him know she being held hostage Something about the man she is marrying is preventing her from seeing him punished The h manages to escape the next morning and realizes too late that she loves her kidnapper She calls her charge s father after visiting the police, but he is acting very strange and agrees to meet with her Then she sees a newspaper and finds out that her charge was released the evening she married her kidnapper When the father shows up, he brushes off the entire incident, givse the h a huge check and tells her to leave the country.The h figures something is very wrong and is set to go back to England, but she has to write one last letter to her husband saying she regretted not verbalizing her feelings for him She also calls and leaves a message of goodbye with his mother The h wants the letter delivered by a friend she can trust She goes over to his her friend s flat to leave the letter with him, but when she gets there she is attacked by the other kidnapper The H comes in to save her from violent assault and she is saved in the nick of time.Let the explanations begin The h had made a lot of acquaintances during her time in Italy and a lot of them were male That, plus the fact that the babysitted girl s brother was all ready to break off his arranged marriage business merger to be with the h made the woman s family call the wealthy H in to arrange the h s kidnapping She was set up because the brother told everyone he was going to marry the h even though she never went out with him or encouraged him The H married her because her escape attempt impressed him, she turned out not to be a gold digger and he wanted the brother to be aware that the h was now out of bounds He tells the h that he fell in love with her, and supposedly she loved him back and they will now be married together for the HEA Even when I first read this one, the story did not sit well Robyn Donald sPrince of Lies Dangerous Liaisons and Tiger Eyes and Penny Jordan s Desire s Captive also have the kidnapee falling in love with the kidnapper trope to much better effect IMO But then all three of those books really build the relationship between the couple, so it was feasible that a real love affair could happen, especially when the finer details are added like those H s weren t going to harm the h and in two cases were actually rescuing her by being an inside plant Tiger s Eyes has the h kidnapped by the H cause she won t tell him where his brother is This one had almost no build up of h and H relationship, except he stalked her for weeks at his wealthy friend s request The story goes from the h being afraid they were going to be killed and offering anything up to and including her body to be released or at least for the kidnapper to let the 15 yr old go, to the h being wildly in love and the kidnapper feeling the same I just couldn t get past the disbelief factor, even back in the 80 s kidnapping was serious and most of the time it did not end well for the kidnapee and there was a definite threat of death in tone of this one The phrase Stockholm syndrome comes to mind, and that is compounded when you add in the h s aloneness in a foreign country and her complete lack of anger or really much of a response when she finds out this whole thing was done because of a young man s foolish infatuation that she had thoroughly shot down Especially when no one in either family even bothered to talk to her at the very least the father of the young man could have given the h a check and sent her home Instead the whole incident is written off as the instigators being Italian and inclined to intrigue, drama and passion and the h accepts this without a qualm or a protest there should have been a lotanger on the h s part, her passive acceptance just did not fit her character I like VJ but this one was not a win, the suspense was excellent but the love story to balance it was non existent Frankly while that emo angst drama works well for Penny Jordan her h s are neurotic anyway, so no one was surprised when she married her kidnapper it did not seem in character for this h, who was pretty rational and resolute in a very dangerous situation Also, there should have been a big redemption scene from the H Saving the h from a violent attacker that he put into her radius just wasn t good enough to get us to a believable HEA There should have beenrelationship between the H and h to make this work and VJ just did not have the page count or the scenes set to do so


  2. Megzy Megzy says:

    Clear case of Stockholm syndrome The hostages exhibited a shocking attitude considering they were threatened, abused, and feared for their lives for over a week Julia bonded emotionally with their captor and she protected him against the police I don t care if he was the most gorgeous man ever lived or he was richer than Croesus. in my opinion he was a thug Don t even start me on Julia s employer or what a scumbag he was.


  3. KC KC says:

    Prisoner is the first book I ve read by Vanessa James I was looking forward to trying a new to me author writing during this time period in HelPlessland , but unfortunately wasn t impressed Dislikes1 Raphael and Julia don t spend any quality time together until almost halfway into the book A good portion of the first half is spent with Julia and her employer s daughter, Christina, and setting up the story s plotline We see brief glimpses of the hero, but not much he has no speaking lines, Prisoner is the first book I ve read by Vanessa James I was looking forward to trying a new to me author writing during this time period in HelPlessland , but unfortunately wasn t impressed Dislikes1 Raphael and Julia don t spend any quality time together until almost halfway into the book A good portion of the first half is spent with Julia and her employer s daughter, Christina, and setting up the story s plotline We see brief glimpses of the hero, but not much he has no speaking lines, nor do we have access to his point of view.2 When the protagonists are finally together they talk a bit about her captivity, but Raphael spends most of his time kissing or groping his hostage whom he barely knows Julia loves his attentions despite hating him When Julia realizes she s in love with Raphael I couldn t believe this change It just happened too quickly without much basis to support her turn of heart Blame it on Stockholm Syndrome 3 Finally, the reasoning behind Julia s kidnapping is a bit ridiculous Like she states, they could have talked to her beforehand But Raphael claims being Italian makes them inclined to intrigue, drama and passion, and thinking with cold northern logic didn t occur to them Frankly, if I were Italian I d be a bit offended The premise was interesting but poor execution, especially the development of a convincing romance, failed to make this a good read for me I will give one of her books another try though and see how it goes


  4. RomLibrary RomLibrary says:

    Nothing about the situation made sense Julia loved living in Rome And in her job as companion to Christina, the daughter of a wealthy Italian businessman, she had adjusted to the elaborate security precautions surrounding them.The kidnapping, when it came, was not exactly unexpected What was surprising was the fact that though both girls were captured, it was Julia they were concerned about holding.Most surprising of all was the captor, Raphael a charming, attractive, sophisticated man, who d Nothing about the situation made sense Julia loved living in Rome And in her job as companion to Christina, the daughter of a wealthy Italian businessman, she had adjusted to the elaborate security precautions surrounding them.The kidnapping, when it came, was not exactly unexpected What was surprising was the fact that though both girls were captured, it was Julia they were concerned about holding.Most surprising of all was the captor, Raphael a charming, attractive, sophisticated man, who did not conceal his feelings for Julia and who, under other circumstances, Julia knew she could have loved


  5. Crystal Crystal says:

    Review based on re read This was one of my favorite romance books when I first started reading them, 20 something years ago It s been at least 15 years since my last read of it, and my how things have changed If I were reading it today for the first time, I would have probably gone with 3 stars I m keeping my 5 star rating because that s what I felt when I first read it.


  6. sbf20112011 sbf20112011 says:

    3.5 stars, maybe 4 if I d been in a different mood Living in today s world, with terrorism and violent kidnappings, it s a little hard to view this premise as romantic I couldn t help but think that the hero s advances early in the kidnapping would seem creepy and a real kidnapping victim would be terrified of rape, not aroused But, the story was decent and I liked the hints we got of the hero s feelings I think in another mood I might have liked this one .


  7. April Brookshire April Brookshire says:

    3.5 STARSThis book had a way better plot than most Harlequins and some actionThough, I have to say, the reason for the hero kidnapping the heroine could ve been resolved without an actual kidnappingVery dramatic and unnecessary but it added to the story


  8. Beth Beth says:

    Two wordsHot Mess


  9. Tia Tia says:

    Vanessa James has become one of my absolutely favorite authors within two books She is definitely close to Penny Jordan in writing skill I can t wait to readby her.


  10. Mae Manongas Mae Manongas says:

    I am disappointed of the reason for kidnapping The whole book not until the last pages I thought its because of the revenge against our heroin or something muchdeeper But, well, it was a nice read though.


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Prisoner[BOOKS] ✬ Prisoner Author Vanessa James – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Nothing about the situation made sense Julia loved living in Rome And in her job as companion to Christina, the daughter of a wealthy Italian businessman, she had adjusted to the elaborate security pr Nothing about the situation made sense Julia loved living in Rome And in her job as companion to Christina, the daughter of a wealthy Italian businessman, she had adjusted to the elaborate security precautions surrounding them The kidnapping, when it came, was not exactly unexpected What was surprising was the fact that though both girls were captured, it was Julia they were concerned about holding Most surprising of all was the captor, Raphael a charming, attractive, sophisticated man, who did not conceal his feelings for Julia and who, under other circumstances, Julia knew she could have loved.


About the Author: Vanessa James

aka Sally BeaumanSally Kinsey Miles graduated from Girton College, Cambridge MA in English Literature She married Christopher Beauman an economist After graduating, she moved with her husband to the USA, where she lived for three years, first in Washington DC, then New York, and travelled extensively She began her career as a journalist in America, joining the staff of the newly launched New York magazine, of which she became associate editor, and continued to write for it after her return to England Interviewed Alan Howard for the Telegraph Magazine in in an article called A Fellow of Most Excellent Fancy Daily Telegraph Supplement, May th Apparently a very long interview The following year they met again, and the rest is history After a long partnership Sally and Alan married in She has one son, James, and one grandchildSally had a distinguished career as a journalist and critic, winning the Catherine Pakenham Award for her writing, and becoming the youngest ever editor of Queen magazine now Harper s Queen She has contributed to many leading newspapers and magazines in both the UK and the USA, including the Daily Telegraph from and she was Arts Editor of the Sunday Telegraph Magazine , the Sunday Times, Observer, Vogue, the New York Times and the New Yorker She also wrote nine Mills Boon romances under the pseudonym Vanessa James, before publishing her block buster novel Destiny in under her real name It was her article about Daphne du Maurier, commissioned by Tina Brown, and published in The New Yorker in November , which first gave her the idea for writing Rebecca de Winter s version of events at Manderley an idea that subsequently became the novel, Rebecca s Tale In she was one of the Whitbread Prize judges for the best novel category.