Monday, 8 August 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #135
The Tycoon's Pregnant Mistress - Maya Banks
Mills and Boon Desire 2-in-1
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2010
From the back cover:
"Greek hotel magnate Chrysander Anetakis's former mistress was pregnant? And had amnesia? That meant Marley Jameson didn’t remember betraying him by selling company secrets. Or that he’d thrown her out of his life. So he told her a little white lie: they were engaged. Then he swept her away to his Greek island to await the birth of his baby and enjoy her sudden devotion...before tossing her out.
But he didn’t count on Marley regaining her memory so soon."
I have never read any Maya Banks books before and have heard good things so I thought I would give this one a go. I enjoyed it.
At the start of the book the heroine Marley has just found out she is pregnant and although she and the hero Chrysander have been together a while, Marley doesn't know where their relationship is going. Before she gets the chance to tell him about the pregnancy he confronts her and accuses her of stealing information from his company and orders her out where she is then kidnapped. Three month later Chrysander discovers that Marley has been held hostage since they last saw each other and she is pregnant. As a coping mechanism for the trauma she has suffered she seems to be suffering from amnesia. Although he is still reeling from her supposed betrayal Chrysander knows it's his baby and also knows he needs to take care of her. Marley is confused over her feelings about Chrysander and she recognises that on occasions he seems angry towards he. But as they spend time together they get to know one another and even though Marley's memory still hasn't returned she is very happy, and so is Chrysander. However when more information is stolen and Marley's memory returns their happiness comes crashing down.
I enjoyed this book, the plot is rather predictable but interesting and really well done. Although, it was obvious who was responsible from very early on and that was a little frustrating. I really like the authors style and the story flows really well, the characters are both well developed and the chemistry between them is intense. The book has a wonderful mix of emotion and passion that kept me interested. I do think that the story could have been taken further to make it really great, it certainly had potential and there are a few issues left unresolved that disappoints the book.
Overall though, this is a quick and enjoyable read.