Saturday, March 13, 2010
Author: Lynne Graham
Line: Harlequin Presents / Mills and Boon Modern
Release month: North America: Mar 2010 / UK: Feb 2010
The S-Factor: Sensual
Lindy was amazed when shipping tycoon Atreus Drakos made her his mistress. Her—with her fuller figure and lowly lifestyle making candles and potpourri! However, Atreus seemed enchanted by her curves when he made passionate love to her at his country retreat.
But Lindy came down to earth with two bumps, first when Atreus revealed she was just his weekend mistress; his bride would be selected from the upper echelons of Greek society. The second bump she wouldn't be able to hide…because she was carrying Atreus's baby!
Lynne Graham has created the perfect ending to her Pregnant Brides series with Greek Tycoon, Inexperienced Mistress. It was brilliantly crafted with emotions running high between Atreus and Lindy.
To this reader it was evident that the Greek billionaire shipping magnate Arteus Drakos was going to have a problem with the sweet Lindy he found naked swimming in the river on his property. He was a private man who didn’t like his privacy invaded nor did he like to be inconvenienced and this woman was trespassing on his property and her curves and her body kept him sleepless for days. He was used to dating petite blonde models and was never in a long term relationship. And then he finds out she is his tenant, more to drive him crazy.
Lindy was an inexperienced young woman, a very sweet one who worked hard to support herself. Of her two college friends who were featured in earlier books, she was probably the most naive and she certainly had never met a man who made her feel like she would like to spend time in his bedroom. During her college years there had been one man she had a crush on and now he was just her friend. However, he was a critical one pointing out flaws he thought Lindy had. And there was her new landlord who she found conceited and rude and she almost wished she could move because he irritated her. And then the most unexpected thing happens, she sees his mansion on fire and goes to warn him and almost dies in the fire herself saving a trapped cat.
Arteus only spent the weekends at his country home. When he saw a woman he couldn’t seem to get out of his mind rushing into his kitchen which was about to collapse, he saves her and then the most remarkable thing happened, he kissed her and everything changed for them both. It was a series of events, taking her to a hotel because the power is now out in both their homes, then acting on their passion, she fascinates him and he’s not ready to let her go. She was a breath of fresh air, she was strong, discrete and honest qualities he valued. So their sensual affair began only on weekends when he came back home to relax from his busy business and social life. He made it clear that he didn’t do love, absolutely didn’t want children and secretly he was determined that when he married it would be to a woman from his social circle and that she would have as much wealth as he did.
Lindy’s in trouble in more ways than one. She’s in love with Arteus, she’s insecure because she read about him in the gossip magazines and he was seen with beautiful models. It got to the point where Lindy didn’t feel he valued her because he didn’t take her out in public, they had a fight and she realized all she had ever been to him was a mistress, not someone he actually cared about, just someone for the weekends who catered to his every whim, every need, who arranged her schedule for him. And they part in a bitter and very heated argument.
Then a series of events happen; his business manager demands she move out for back rent, she finds herself pregnant with no where to live and to add to the entire mess, his name appears in a newspaper on the arm of a beautiful Greek woman with the hint of an upcoming marriage. It’s like a domino affect and could it get any worse? The only stable thing in her life were her two friends, one of them offers her a cottage on their estate to live in and also run her business from, plus have the security to know that she and her baby would survive without him, because she was a survivor. She was a young woman who watched her father die in a fire, she had to drop out of college to take care of her ailing mother until she passed away and her little business was thriving. She would get through this ordeal as well because she loved her unborn child and had the wonderful support of friends.
Arteus was furious, he was so mad he couldn’t see straight because a story had broken just when he thought everything in his life would work out as planned, a story which claimed his ex-mistress was pregnant which caused a scandal for him and his Greek family. He couldn’t believe it even when he confronted her and it became messy. So much of his past as a child had shaped him to the man he was today; his parents behavior, the way he was raised not to feel nor show emotions. While reading about his struggle and taking into account that he was going to be a father was very emotional to read. The ending chapters were brilliant, how Lynne Graham tied all “The Pregnant Brides” together….the three friends, their husbands and their second chance because from the beginning I knew it would have the perfect ending, from this very amazing author!
Hero Hotness Factor♥♥♥♥♥
Heroine Lovability Factor♥♥♥♥♥
Stickability Factor ♥♥♥♥♥
Reviewed by: Marilyn
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Greek Tycoon, Inexperienced Mistress was a USA Today Bestseller!