Wednesday, 5 October 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #185
The Good Greek Wife? - Kate Walker
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills & Boon, 2010
From the back cover:
"The return of the proud Greek husband...
He was declared missing at sea - but now notorious Zarek Michaelis is back and ready to take control! First he'll see to his business, and then to his wayward wife... For two years Penny has struggled to come to terms with Zarek's disappearance. But enough is enough. It's time to move on...
Her proud Greek husband is still as darkly handsome as ever, and the attraction between them is just as potent. But Penny can't trust Zarek's motives - does he just want her body and the fortune he left behind...or to try again?"
I have been wanting to read this for a while, so when I found it on the shelf at my local library I immediately grabbed it.
The heroine Penny is feeling very sad after realising it's time that she accepts that her husband has gone. It's been two years since her husband Zarek was kidnapped and supposedly killed by pirates but Penny has never truly been able to believe it. When she is getting pressure from her husband's family to have him legally declared dead, in walks Zarek, alive and well and just as powerful as ever. Zarek is back and just in time judging by what he has recently discovered. He has suffered greatly over the two years he has been away, and now plans to take his rightful place back.
But first he and Penny have some issues to deal with. Before he had been kidnapped, he and Penny had hit a rough patch in their marriage and those problems are still there. Penny is pleased beyond belief that Zarek is back, but her pain over their marriage problems stop her from showing her true feelings to Zarek. She has always been deeply in love with him, whereas Zarek only married her in order to have children. And having been apart from each other for two lonely years it doesn't seem like there is a chance they have a future.
I really enjoyed this one, it's very intense and intriguing. This is a classic example of what Kate Walker does, and does best. I love that Kate has managed to create such a maelstrom of emotion that her characters experience even though the story only takes place over a couple of days. The questions the story raises over the importance of communication in marriage is also something that is done very well. I love the hero; Zarek is so perfectly crafted, he epitomises everything great about an alpha-hero, but also has a wonderful sensitive and vulnerable side. I found the heroine's almost hysterical switching of moods a little frustrating, but it suits her character.
This is an emotional book that had me hooked right from the start. Recommended.