Published: January 29th 2016
Genres: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Scorpio’s Kiss is set in New York and Paris amid the glamorous and competitive worlds of art and real estate, Scorpio’s Kiss takes the reader from the late 1940s to the 1970s through the tumultuous lives of its heroes. There is Alex Ivanov, the son of a Russian immigrant and part-time prostitute. He yearns to escape his sordid life and achieve fame and fortune. His dreams of becoming a world-class builder are met with countless obstacles, yet he perseveres in the hope of someday receiving the recognition he craves. Half a world away, Brigitte Dartois is an abused teenager who runs into the arms of a benefactor with an agenda all his own. When she finds out that her boss has an ulterior motive, she flees again, determined to earn her living through her art. This career brings her fame, but also the unwanted attention of her early abuser. M C Domovitch’s debut novels are compelling tales filled with finely etched characters and a superb understanding of the power of ambition. Scorpio’s Kiss promises to resonate with all who once had a dream.
(This was originally published as Scorpio Rising and The Sting of the Scorpio.)
**I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my review at all.**
I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I held the book in my hands, before I had opened the front cover, but I definitely wasn’t ready for an adventure full of intrigue, mystery, well developed characters, and an extremely interesting plot. Taking place in New York and Paris, this story takes you on a long adventure following Alex and Brigitte as they live their lives and have to come to grips with their difficult childhoods and growing up. For Alex, his life as a part time prostitue overshadows his yearning to become a world class builder and escape his”prison”. For Brigitte, her troubled childhood full of abuse sent her into the arms of a benefactor who was sneakily hiding his own plans, even though she dreams of selling her art. Scorpio’s Kiss shows us how the world isn’t always fair, but people can rise above their unfortunate beginnings.
There were parts of the book that were a bit slow for me to get through, but I really enjoyed the writing and it would always pick up pretty quickly. Brigitte’s story was interesting, and at times, heartbreaking, but I loved her personality and how she would react to her surroundings. It was quite the journey following Alex on his many adventures. Reading about his dreams and aspirations of becoming a world class builder was enthralling. He was truly driven even when his life wouldn’t go in the direction he wanted. The entire book was full of surprises and ups and downs and really kept my attention hooked.
I am glad I had a chance to read and review this book and I am interested in reading the rest of M.C. Domovitch’s books! She has quite a different take when writing and I enjoyed it.
I gave this book 4 stars!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Monique was born in the small town of Hearst Ontario, the oldest of ten children. “You can’t imagine the pressure,” she says,laughing. “Anything I did wrong—and I did plenty—was sure to lead my siblings into a life of sin. I therefore accept the blame for any wrongdoings by all member of my family.”
When she was twenty years old she moved to Montreal, where she became a successful model, winning the prestigious Modeling Association of American Contest and continuing on to an international career. During this time, she worked with many top photographers and graced many designer runways. “Modeling was a wonderful career,” she says. “I met so many interesting and talented people. I travelled all over the world. After ten years of facing cameras and audiences, I became very comfortable with the public. I had no idea at the time, just how much this ability would serve me later in life.”
When Monique retired from modeling, she founded Beauties Modeling Agency in Montreal. Through her tutelage, many Canadian models gained international renown. “I wanted to accept my age rather than try desperately to look young for an unforgiving camera. That was the main reason I retired from modeling when I was still young.”
Later, she became a financial adviser and planner, and soon found herself hosting her own national television show about personal finance. After four years on the air, the series ended and Monique soon retired from her financial career, remarried and embarked on her new career in writing. Her success was almost instant. She was signed on by an agent within months of finishing her first novel and soon signed two contracts for a total of six books. She is now hard at work on her ninth, due out in winter of 2015.
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