Monday, 11 April 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #31
The Greek's Convenient Mistress - Annie West
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2007
She Can't Say No to the Greek Tycoon By Request
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"A handsome Greek millionaire, a little girl who needs
help...Sophie can't say no...!
Sophie Paterson is shocked when Costas Palamidis turns up on her Sydney
doorstep. Costas's wife is dead, and his precious little girl's life is in
grave danger - Sophie is the only person who can help...even if it means
returning to the long-lost family who turned their backs on her...
Costas wastes no time in moving Sophie into his luxurious Greek villa. She
struggles to fight the explosive attraction that fizzes between them while
they also battle to save Eleni's life. When their forced proximity leads to
a night of unforgettable passion, Sophie has to make a choice: aware that
Costas's priority will only ever be his daughter, she can leave the man she
has fallen in love with...or stay, knowing she will never be more than the
After not enjoying the last book I read I was really pleased to read this book, as I really enjoyed it. Annie West is one of my 'go-to' authors as I have not yet found a book of hers that I have not liked! And this book is certainly no exception.
The story begins with our hero Costas arriving at the heroine Sophie's home. He is looking for her mother, however he is unaware that Sophie's mother died only a couple of days before and Sophie buried her yesterday. We discover that Sophie's mother came from an influential Greek family, however she was estranged from them after she refused an arranged marriage and married instead for love. Costas asks for Sophie's help, his young daughter needs a bone marrow transplant and Sophie is the only person left to test for compatibility (Costas was married to Sophie's cousin). Sophie agrees to help and travels to Greece with Costas. During the time she is in Greece, Costas gets to know Sophie and is very attracted to her, yet he fights the attraction and warns Sophie that she will never mean anything special to him.
This was a really intense and emotional read. I really felt for Costas, he is really struggling to hold everything together through the stress of his daughters illness, yet he constantly tests your opinion of him; he goes from tender and kind to controlling and offensive. I thought this was a really great element by Annie West as it made the story have lots of depth. Sophie is also a great character, she is a genuinely kind-hearted person, and she knows that an affair with Costas would be bad for her yet she just can't help herself.
The settings of the book were beautifully written and really helped to intensify this deeply emotional story.
A fantastic read!