Friday, 8 April 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #27
The Virgin's Choice - Jennie Lucas
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2010
From the back cover:
"If anyone here present knows of a reason why this marriage may not lawfully take place, please declare it now...
Xerxes Novros is about to do more than just voice his reasons why Rose's marriage should be stopped...
He's going to steal this beautiful wife-to-be and whisk her away to his private Greek island! Now the kidnapped virgin bride has a choice...or does she? Xerxes certainly knows what he wants - he's determined to give Rose the wedding night she's been denied..."
I have had this book on my TBR list for months and was excited to start reading it, Jennie Lucas is a great author and I have always enjoyed her books. This one certainly lived up to expectation!
The story begins with the heroine Rose being taken from her wedding to Swedish baron Lars Växborg by ruthless Greek businessman Xerxes (the hero). He takes Rose to his Greek island, where he informs her that the marriage is fake, Lars had hired actors to marry them, and that Lars is already married. Xerxes plans to use Rose as a trade in order to find out where Lars's actual wife is as she is suspected to be seriously injured after a car crash.
When Rose finds out her marriage was a sham she is desperately hurt and betrayed. All she has wanted her whole life is to find a man to love and to love her. She begins to think that this is getting less and less likely to happen.
There is an attraction between Xerxes and Rose, and after he knows that she is not the gold-digger he thought and instead an innocent (in every way) he begins a seduction, however makes it clear that there is no future for them.
One thing I really enjoy about Jennie Lucas's books is that they always begin with a really exciting scenario, and it's certainly the case in this book as well. Xerxes is a fantastic Alpha-male (even if I can't say his name!), who is just dripping with testosterone, but he also has a very gentle side to him. The chemistry between to two characters is intense and I really enjoyed how Rose's honesty and warm heart kept breaking down all of Xerxes barriers. Rose's character was really warm hearted, however I did have had a hard time believing that she could get to 29 still a never-been-kissed virgin.
As with the start this book also had a really exciting ending!
I definitely recommend this book!