Wednesday, 12 October 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #188
The Santorini Marriage Bargain - Margaret Mayo
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills & Boon, 2009
From the back cover:
"From the Greek's secretary...
When fresh-faced Rhianne Pickering agrees to work for masterful Greek Zarek Diakos she knows it's a mistake - no man ha ever made her heart quicken and her body quiver like this! But with her life in tatters she needs a job.
To his convenient wife!
Zarek thinks Rhianne makes the perfect secretary But on a business trip to the beautiful island of Santorini he decides her skills are undervalued, He's in need of a bride: under the warm Mediterranean sun he'll show Rhianne it's a position she can"t refuse!"
I'm on a bit of a Modern/Presnts roll at the moment, as you may have noticed! I found this one in my local library.
The heroine Rhianne has had an awful morning. First she was made redundant, then came home to discover her fiancé and her best friend having sex, and now she has been hit by a car. The driver of the car is Zarek, the hero, and he takes Rhianne back to his to make sure she is OK. Rhianne opens up to Zarek about everything, and Zarek feels very drawn to her. He offers her a job, which she is extremely grateful for, but he is slightly disappointed when she makes it clear that as she will be working for him then nothing will happen between the,. Despite the attraction between them, Zarek and Rhianne become close friends and when Zarek needs to return home he asks her to go with him as he feels she deserves a holiday. Zarek's father is ill and he tells Zarek that due to a codicil in his will Zarek will not inherit the business unless he is married. Zarek asks Rhianne to marry him, telling the truth about the reason why, and although she is very reluctant she does eventually agree, on the condition that it remains a marriage in name only. Rhianne tries to ignore the desire between them but eventually gives in, even though the marriage is only temporary.
While this book is perfectly enjoyable, it's unfortunately 'same old, same old'. The story is well written with two good characters, some nice sexual tension, and a good ending, but there is nothing new done here. I was reading it waiting for a twist or something, but it didn't come. Not that this makes it a bad book, it's not, it is just a little boring in it's predictability.
I'm sorry, I can't really think of anything else to say about this book because... well, there isn't really anything else to say.
A good book and enjoyable, but a little too samey for me.