Wednesday, 4 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #262
An Offer She Can't Refuse - Emma Darcy
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2012
From the back cover:
"She’s got the one thing he wants – the Zavros heir
Magazines regularly devote gossip column inches to Greek magnate Ari Zavros and the supermodels gracing his arm – and his bed – each week! Tina Savalas is nothing like Ari’s usual playmates, but this ordinary girl hides the most scandalous secret of all: four years ago her red-hot fling with Ari left her pregnant…
Her bombshell revealed, Ari can see only one solution: the innocent Tina is perfect for the role of Good Greek Wife… And it seems marriage into the Zavros family isn’t a choice – it’s a command!"
This is my first book of the new year!
The heroine Tina is on her way to her sister's wedding with her mother and son, and she is shocked to run into Ari, the hero. Six years ago, Tina and Ari had a fling, which meant much more to Tina and she was left heartbroken when Ari ended it saying it meant nothing to him. She was also left pregnant and made the decision to raise her son Theo alone. When Ari learns about Theo he knows her wants to be a part of his son's life, and the best way is for him and Tina to be married. However, Tina refuses as she knows all about Ari's lack of staying power and will not put herself, or her son, in that position. Ari tries to manipulate Tina into agreeing, and the more time he spends with her the more he sees how perfect she is for him, and that he was a fool to let her go. Eventually, Ari realises that manipulation will not work with Tina, and instead he offers her a deal that would mean complete security for her should their marriage not work out. Tina is tempted, but worried that she will end up heartbroken again. Although she can't deny or ignore the desire that is still between them.
This is a very strange book, and I'm not quite sure if I liked it or not. I didn't really believe the love story between the hero and heroine, it felt a little forced. The hero, in my opinion, is a bit of a dick. He is too manipulative, and acted like he never did anything wrong. Plus it was never very far from his mind that if their marriage turned sour, or if the heroine couldn't satisfying him, then he could cheat - that is not what I want to read from a hero. I liked the heroine though, she had a backbone, thank goodness.
The closing chapters took place over a period of a year, yet so much happened that it ended up feeling very rushed and rather odd. I wonder if the book should have started at this point and these events being the main focus of the book...
Not a great book, but quick to read and OK.