Tuesday, 3 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #253
A Shameful Consequence - Carol Marinelli
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK 2011
From the back cover:
"Nine-month wedding night scandal!
Nico Eliades is back on the idyllic Greek island of Xanos to uncover long-buried family secrets. He can't help but notice a bride in a crumpled wedding dress sitting on the steps of his hotel...
Constantine's orchestrated marriage is over before the wedding night. A humiliated virgin bride, she longs to feel desired, and at Nico's skilled hands she experiences white-hot passion.
But their one night brings more than just shame on Constantine and her family... Constantine has no choice but to reveal her bombshell to Nico - yet still her fingers tremble as she dials the number for Eliades Enterprises... THE SECRET OF XANOS Two brothers alike in charisma and power' separated at birth and seeking revenge..."
I have been looking forward to for this book finally making it's way to the top of the TBR Pile!
The hero Nico sees the heroine Connie for the first time as she is about to get married. There is something about her that he can't stop thinking about and when he sees her again, crying her eyes out, he offers her comfort. Connie is feeling humiliated after discovering the truth about her new husband, and doesn't know what to do, fearing disapproval from her family should she decide to end the arranged marriage. But one thing she is sure of is that she wants to take the comfort that Nico is offering in his arms. They spend a wonderful night together, indulging in the fantasy of what it would have been like had they met each other first. Although it is a difficult decision, her night with Nico gives Connie the confidence to end her sham marriage, however she is left abandoned by her family and pregnant. Nico finds her a year later where she is struggling to cope with caring for her baby and making a living. In the year since they have been apart Nico has discovered shocking secrets about his life and throughout it all he has never forgotten Connie. He takes her back home with him to help her recover, and although he is not ready to acknowledge that Connie's baby is his Nico knows the truth in his heart and that he and Connie belong together.
I loved this book, it had me hooked from the very first page. The plot is original and enjoyably unpredictable. Carol Marinelli has managed to include a wonderful blend of happiness and darkness that really creates depth in this story. The journey that the hero and heroine go on, both individually and together, is simply spectacular. It is a true masterpiece! And, this book has, hands down, the best love scene I have ever read (and I have read a LOT of love scenes!), it is hot and so very romantic, I couldn't help but sigh at the beautiful and evocative writing.
This is a brilliant book; full of emotion and is Carol Marinelli at her best. Recommended.