Tuesday, 30 August 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #161
The Marriage Betrayal - Lynne Graham
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2011
From the back cover:
"Careless passion, pregnancy surprise...
Sander Volakis goes his own way. He’s forged his reputation in business, rather than relying on the family fortune, and indulges his darkly passionate, wild streak – he has no intention of marrying... He doesn’t do country weekends, either. Pitching up at Westgrave Manor is a favour to his father and a bore... until he sees Tally Spencer, so pretty and voluptuous that he can’t resist her.
Sander’s looking forward to casually seducing her... little knowing that one night with the innocent Tally could end his playboy existence...
THE VOLAKIS VOW A marriage made of secrets..."
This is the first part of a two part mini-series by Lynne Graham 'The Volakis Vow'. I have been looking forward to reading it, and was waiting for part two to come before reading this one. I will be reading part two straight after, just so you know!
The hero Sander and the heroine Tally meet at a weekend party. Tally is only there in order to keep an eye on her half sister, although she has to pretend to her her sisters assistant. Due to the circumstances of her birth Tally has never been able to acknowledge that she is the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Greek businessman. Sander is part of a powerful Greek family, as well as being successful in his own right. He enjoys his freedom and doesn't ever plan on settling down despite pressure from his family. He is immediately drawn to Tally and fiercely desires her, he also recognises that Tally doesn't seem to have any ulterior motives that most women in his acquaintance have. But he doesn't expect Tally to be innocent and despite his attempts to stay away they begin an affair, with Tally constantly challenging him and his own surprise at how much he likes being with her. All that comes crashing down when Tally discovers she is pregnant. Sander is furious thinking she has done it deliberately, especially after he finds out the truth of her parentage and her father blackmails him into marrying Tally.
I really enjoyed this book. As expected from Lynne Graham the plot is very intense, deeply involving and fantastically written. The details of the plot are really well thought out and added to the overall 'angst' of the book. The hero and heroine are brilliant; Tally is a wonderful heroine, she is smart, feisty and genuinely nice. Sander is a great alpha-male, although I was surprised that at 25 he is younger than your typical Modern/Presents hero. The chemistry between them is literally scorching.
What I really like about this book is that even though it is part of a duet, this book ends on a [seemingly] HEA. Which I think adds suspense in wondering what will happen in the next book.
This is a intense and passionate, a fantastic Modern.