Saturday, 23 July 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #116
The Greek Tycoon's Ultimatum - Lucy Monroe
Mills and Boon Modern, 2003
Reprinted in 'His Wife, His Revenge' Mills and Boon Special Releases
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2008
From the back cover:
"Savannah has returned to Greece with the intention of making her peace with the Kiriakis family. But Leiandros Kiriakis still believes the lies about Savannah and is set on making her pay for the past.
Savannah is reluctant when Leiandros demands that she share his home. As for Leiandros, now he has Savannah right where he wants her. And in a short time he'll be giving her an ultimatum: if she doesn't want to lose everything she holds most dear, she'll agree to be his wife!"
I have read quite a few of Lucy Monroe's books in the past and always enjoyed them, this one is no exception. I also discovered after reading it, that this one was actually her first for Mills and Boon!
The heroine Savannah is finally free after her abusive husband's death, but there are still unresolved issues with her late husband's family, whom he had poisoned against her. The hero Leiandros is the head of the family and harbours a bitter resentment towards Savannah for the lies he believed about her and that he has always wanted her. He summons her to Greece so that her daughters have a chance to get to know their family, and Savannah reluctantly agrees to go. However what she doesn't know is that Leiandros plans to make her stay there by becoming his wife. He believes Savannah owes him for his years of wanting her and for the pain she caused his family. Savannah soon realises she has no choice and feels her freedom slipping away again, as well as the fact that she tries desperately to hide her growing feelings for Leiandros.
I enjoyed this book from the very start, and it kept me riveted throughout. The combination of deep emotional moments and intense passion really made this book stand out. I couldn't believe that this was Lucy Monroe's debut book, it is written beautifully, as though she had been doing it for a very long time! The characters are both really well developed and matched each other perfectly. Oh, and the ending is simply wonderful.