Though badly hurt, Nell emerges from the nightmare a woman transformed. Delicate surgery gives her an exquisitely beautiful face, and rehabilitation gives her a strong, lithe body. Nicholas Tanek, a mysterious stranger who compels both fear and fascination, gives her a reason to go on living: revenge - at any price.
With his shadowy past and more secrets than Nell could ever imagine, Tanek knows far more about the attack than he's willing to confess. Yet when he divulges the identity of her assailant, he makes the biggest mistake of his life. For as Nicholas gets closer to his quarry, he'll find his carefully laid plans jeopardized at every turn by a bold woman daring to strike out on her own. And Nell will find her mission imperiled by Tanek - a temptation to which she cannot afford to surrender.
©1996 Iris Johansen; (P)1996 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.
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I really enjoyed this book, it was some what predictable in parts but a entertaining read and it made my day go much quicker, I would suggest this book for anyone who thinks on the power of women that don't think they can change there lives until they are in situations beyond there control and then they see the power that is inside and take charge of life again or for the first time. this was also a fun romance a little different but a good change
The main character in the book felt as many of us do a lot of the time because of what someone says to us. I liked the tenacity of the character in pursuing her goal. Book recommended by my sister-in-law as the best she had read. It lived up to her recommendation. I enjoyed the book very much.
The Ugly Duckling is the story of Nell Calder, a plain, plump, shy woman whose life revolves around her 4 year old daughter. Nell's life is altered one night when her husband and daughter are killed, and her face is badly injured in a fall during the attack. Reconstructive surgery makes her more beautiful than she'd ever dreamed, and rehabilitation gives her the strong lithe body she'd never had.
Nell would rather give up on life without her daughter until Nicholas Tanek gives her a purpose, revenge. Nell begins to train her body and mind for the task, and enlists Tanek's help. Tanek is bent on revenge of his own, and together they lay a trap for the killer.
I have a beat up paperback version of this book, so I purchased the audiobook to listen to at work. The audiobook is missing A LOT. None of the essential plot points are missing, but any conversation that doesn't drive the plot forward has been cut out completely. All banter, scene setting, and internal dialogue are gone. As a result, you miss out on what made the book great, most notably the change that Nell undergoes inside. The romance element also suffers, because you don't see the attraction between Nell and Tanek form.
An example of this is a side plot where Nell runs away to a boot camp for training. The men there are rough and intent on harming her the moment they get a chance. While there she meets Paul Drake, a mentally handicapped boy, and they form a friendship. He protects her from the men there until Tanek arrives to rescue them. That scene encompasses about 50 pages in the novel, from Nell arriving and convincing them to train her, to the friendship she forms with Paul, to the descriptions of the officers and men at the camp, to the horrors she endures and internal strength she demonstrates, to the eventual rescue by Tanek. The scene is only a few minutes in the audiobook, and cuts it down to the bare bones. She arrives, she climbs a wall, she says hi to Paul, Tanek shows up, it's over.
I would 100% recommend the full version of this book, it's wonderful. The audiobook in the abridged form is a pass for me.
"An Old Favorite"
That stands the test of time. Tanick(sp?) reminds me of Rourke of J.D. Robb's In Death series. Born in the gutter, rescued & taught thievery by an older man then when his success outstrips his teacher, he brings the older man along with him on the rise to the top. Thimbs up!
I liked the book but the audio version cuts out half of the book and does not give the reader the complete story. Very disappointing
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