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    Alexandre sighs, exasperated. “But you war reporters are all the same. Egotistical at best, egomaniacal at worst.”
    “So then what are you accomplishing?” Alina snaps. “What, tangibly, is the UN? An umbrella that comes down when it rains?”

    Alina has cut her teeth on war zones and crises. She can write an article and file it in under 20 minutes. She can decipher multiple languages; she can get people to divulge precious information with ease. So why, then, can she not handle Ambassador Morozov?

    Ambassador Aleksander, War Reporter Alina AU

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    17 Oct 2021

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    Another low laugh. The ice in his drink clinks against the glass. It makes her stomach tense. 

    “Probably for the best. I didn’t think you wanted to go home with someone living in a flex space in Murray Hill, anyway. Let me buy you a drink.”

    “One drink,” Alina says, willing stern warning into her voice. Unsure if it’s directed at herself or him. “Are you going to try and explain shorting to me?”

    He grins, incisors gleaming in the dim light. 

    “Only if you ask nicely.”

    Alina gets more than she bargained for with Wall Street tsar Aleksander Morozova.

    Or: Astrology GF Alina, Stockmarket BF Sasha

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    17 Sep 2021

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    He arrives at the orphanage in the midst of a violent, early-winter storm — torrential rain pounding at the windows, frigid wind lashing at the trees, lightning cracking open the sky and turning the empty fields bone-white. When Alina answers the knock at the door to see a tall, dark stranger, her first thought is that she has wandered into a children’s tale. Perhaps this is Morozko, heralded by a magnificent crash of thunder, come to collect her for some slight she has forgotten committing.

    But no, he is just a man, Alina sees when the lightning fades away and the meager candle in her hand illuminates his face. Sodden and shivering from the rain, and dangerously handsome, but just a man.

    Refused enlistment in the First Army, Alina Starkov languishes in Keramzin until a mysterious stranger blows into town.

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    15 Sep 2021

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    You don’t need love to get married.

    You don’t even need lust.

    You just need two families where everybody is getting tired of the constant bloodshed, authorities who are poking their noses a bit too close for comfort and two people from the younger generation of appropriate age.

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    Alina marries Mal as part of the peace deal between their families.

    After a year of misery and a stubbornly flat stomach, Uncle Sasha steps in to rectify the situation.

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    11 Jul 2021

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    “So, Alina Starkov, risk-taker, how did you end up being editing’s newest wunderkind?”

    Alina Starkov is rising in the publishing world. Singlehandedly responsible for editing (see: rewriting) the hottest book of the year, she lands a coveted spot at Morovoz Publishers. It's the position she's always wanted, at the biggest publishing house in the country. Life is perfect. That crush on her boss though, that's gotta go.

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    23 Jun 2021

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