Friday, 16 September 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #174
The Greek's Forced Bride - Michelle Reid
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2009
From the back cover:
"Virgin mistress…reluctant wife!
Greek billionaire Leo Christakis is convinced the prim and proper shapeless suits worn by Natasha are simply a cover for the gold-digging harlot that lies beneath. Thinking Natasha’s been stealing from his company, Leo commands her to be at his beck and call – in and out of the bedroom. Natasha is thrown into his world of unimaginable luxury, until Leo discovers she’s innocent – in every sense!
Now she has no choice: she must become the Christakis bride!"
I found this book in my local library and picked it up. I am a fan of Michelle Reid's books so I was hoping for a good read.
The heroine Natasha is devastated and humiliated when she walks into her fiancé's office and finds him and her sister having sex. Her humiliation is only made worse that her fiancé's stepbrother Leo, the hero, was also witness to the scene. Leo had just discovered that his selfish and irresponsible stepbrother has been stealing from his company. He had been on his way to confront him when he discovered the compromising situation. Leo offers comfort to Natasha even though she has always made it look like she doesn't like him. Plus he has always been attracted to her. However just as they begin to get close, Leo discovers that Natasha is involved in the theft from his company. He tells her that he wants her with him, as his mistress, until the stolen money can be accessed or she will face the authorities. Natasha has nothing left, her engagement is off and her sister and parents have turned their back on her, so she agrees to go with Leo. When Leo takes her to Greece with him, his desire for her soon overtakes his need for revenge. But when he realises that Natasha is a virgin he soon finds that he wants more from her.
I really enjoyed this book. As usual from Michelle Reid, the story is very emotional with the perfect blend of angst and lightness. I really liked the character of Natasha; she is written with honesty and never acts like the martyr of feels sorry for herself. Leo is a brilliant Alpha-hero and really made this story. Both characters 'grow' as the story progresses, which is very satisfying to read.
The writing is beautiful, this has a great story and sizzling chemistry.