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After the Greek Affair [Kindle Edition]

Chantelle Shaw
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Billionaire tycoon Loukas Christakis has learned the hard way never to trust a woman. The only female he cares about is his soon-to-be-married little sister. And that's why he's reluctantly allowed struggling designer Belle Andersen to make the wedding dress on his private island—where he can keep an eye on her!

Alone together as she works, innocent Belle becomes an unexpected temptation to the virile Loukas. But what should just have been a short paradise affair has consequences. And, as Belle is about to find out, Loukas will do whatever it takes to secure what he feels is rightfully his….



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Chantelle Shaw enjoyed a happy childhood making up stories in her head. Always an avid reader, Chantelle discovered Mills & Boon as a teenager and during the times when her children refused to sleep, she would pace the floor with a baby in one hand and a book in the other! Twenty years later she decided to write one of her own. Writing takes up most of Chantelle’s spare time, but she also enjoys gardening and walking. She doesn't find domestic chores so pleasurable!

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Belle Andersen extracted her mobile phone from her handbag and skimmed the text message she had received from Larissa Christakis, explaining how to reach her brother Loukas's private Greek island.

As I'm getting married on Aura, it would be wonderful if you could come to the island to work on the designs for my dress so that you can get a feel for the setting. You can catch the ferry from the port of Lavrion in Athens to the island of Kea. Let me know what time you plan to arrive and I'll make sure a boat is waiting to bring you to Aura.

The ferry had arrived at Kea ten minutes ago and the last of the passengers were disembarking. Further along the quay several fishing boats rocked gently on a cobalt sea that reflected the cloudless blue sky above. The little port of Korissia was a picturesque place. Square white houses with terracotta-coloured roofs lined the harbour and gleamed brilliantly in the sunshine, and behind them green hills swathed in a profusion of brightly coloured wild flowers rose in graceful curves.

Belle's artistic eye appreciated the beauty of her surroundings, but after a four-hour flight to Athens and another hour on the ferry to Kea she was looking forward to reaching her destination. Perhaps one of the fishing boats had been sent to collect her, she thought, lifting her hand to shield her eyes from the sun as she stared along the quay. A group of fishermen were standing around chatting but no one paid her any attention. The other passengers from the ferry had dispersed into the town. With a sigh she picked up her suitcases and began to walk towards the fishermen.

The May sunshine was blissfully warm after the grey, unseasonably chilly London Belle had left behind. Her lips twitched when she recalled her brother Dan's reaction to the news that she would be spending the next week in Greece while he remained on their old houseboat on the Thames, which had sprung a leak.

'Spare me a thought while you're hob-nobbing with a Greek billionaire on his paradise island, won't you?' Dan had teased. 'While you're topping up your tan I'll be patching up the boat—yet again—before I head off to Wales for a photo shoot.'

'I'll be working, not lazing in the sun,' Belle had pointed out. 'And I don't suppose I'll have much to do with Loukas Christakis. Larissa told me her brother spends much of his time at his company's offices in Athens, or visiting his many business projects around the world. Even the date of Larissa's wedding was determined by Loukas's schedule. Apparently the last week in June is the only time he has free.'

A frown wrinkled Belle's brow as she continued along the quay. During her conversations with Larissa the Greek girl had frequently mentioned her brother, and it was clear she adored him. But Belle had gained the impression that Loukas Christakis was a man who was used to having his own way, and she suspected that Larissa was slightly in awe of him.

The very fact that she had been asked to design and make Larissa's wedding dress, as well as dresses for her two bridesmaids, in five weeks rather than the six months she would usually expect the commission to take was due in part to Loukas, Belle mused. Of course he was not responsible for the fact that the first designer his sister had commissioned had suffered some sort of personal crisis and disappeared—Larissa had been rather vague about the details of what had happened—but Loukas's insistence that the wedding should still go ahead at the end of June as planned must have put Larissa under enormous pressure. She had been close to tears when she had visited the Wedding Belle studio a week ago, and clearly relieved when Belle had assured her that she could make her a dress in time.

Her frown deepened as she recalled the tremor in Larissa's voice when she had explained that she needed Belle to come to Aura and begin working on designs for the dress as quickly as possible. She hadn't even met Loukas Christakis yet, but she instinctively disliked him, Belle thought with a grimace.

She gave herself a mental shake. It wasn't fair to allow her dislike of domineering John Townsend—the man she had grown up believing to be her father—to colour her judgement of all other men. Larissa's brother was probably charming. Certainly enough women seemed to think so, if the reports in the gossip columns about his energetic love-life with a bevy of beautiful mistresses were to be believed.

A flash of movement far out to sea caught her eye and she halted and watched a speedboat streaking towards the harbour, churning up twin trails of white froth in its wake. It slowed as it approached the quay, the low throb of its engine shattering the quiet. Sleek and powerful, the boat was eye-catching, but it was the man at the wheel who trapped Belle's gaze and caused her heart to jolt beneath her ribs.

When Larissa had said someone would pick her up from Kea and bring her to Aura it hadn't crossed Belle's mind that that someone might be Loukas Christakis himself. The pictures she'd seen of him in newspapers and magazines did not do him justice, she thought dazedly. Sure, the photographs had faithfully recorded the thick jet-black hair swept back from his brow, his chiselled features, square jaw and the innately sensual curve of his mouth. But a photo could not capture his aura of raw power, the magnetism that demanded attention and made it impossible to look away from him.

'Are you Belle Andersen?' His accented voice was deep and gravelly and so intensely male that the tiny hairs all over Belle's body stood on end. Heat surged through her and her skin suddenly seemed acutely sensitive, so that she was aware of the faint abrasion of her lacy bra brushing against her nipples.

'Y…yes…' To her embarrassment the word emerged as a strangled croak. Her heart-rate quickened as she watched him steer the boat broadside against the harbour wall, and throw a rope around a bollard before he jumped onto the quay.

'I'm Loukas Christakis,' he announced, striding towards her. Supremely confident and self-assured, he moved with surprising grace for such a big man. He was well over six feet tall, Belle estimated, and narrow-hipped, his long legs encased in faded denims that moulded his powerful thighs. Through his close-fitting black tee shirt she could see the delineation of his abdominal muscles, and the shirt's vee-shaped neckline revealed an expanse of bronzed skin and wiry black chest hair.

Dear heaven, he was something else! Belle swallowed. Never in her life had she felt so overwhelmingly aware of a man. Her heart was racing and her palms felt damp. She wanted to speak, make some banal remark about the weather and break the tension that gripped her, but her mouth felt dry and her brain seemed to have stopped functioning. She wished he wasn't wearing sunglasses. Perhaps if she could see his eyes he would seem less imposing, although somehow she doubted it.

Professionalism finally came to her rescue and she held out her hand to him, thankful that her voice sounded normal as she murmured, 'I'm pleased to meet you, Mr Christakis. Larissa spoke of you when she visited my studio in London.'

Was it her imagination, or was there was an infinitesimal pause before he grasped her fingers in a brief handshake? His grip was firm, and once again she was conscious of his power and strength. He towered over her, his big body silhouetted against the bright sunlight, and unbidden she found herself wondering what it would be like to be crushed against his broad chest.

He released her hand, but to her surprise instead of stepping away from her he took hold of her arm. 'I am delighted to meet you too, Ms Andersen.' The greeting was perfunctory, and Belle detected a faint edge of impatience in his tone. 'I need to speak to you. Shall we find somewhere to sit down?'

Without waiting for her to reply he picked up the larger of her suitcases, slid his hand beneath her elbow and steered her across the road to a bar, where tables were set beneath a striped awning. Belle struggled to keep up with his long stride in her three-inch heels. She felt like a recalcitrant child being dragged along by an impatient parent and she glared at him indignantly, but before she could say a word he pulled out a chair and she found herself guided firmly down onto it.

No doubt tourists found it a charming place to spend an idle hour watching the boats in the harbour, she thought with a frown when Loukas rounded the table and lowered himself into the seat opposite her. But she had come to Greece to work and she was eager make a start.

'Mr Christakis—'

'Would you like a drink?' A waiter materialised at their table, and without waiting for her response Loukas spoke to the youth in rapid Greek. The only word Belle understood was retsina, which she knew was a Greek wine.

'Make that a fruit juice for me, thank you,' she said quickly.

The waiter glanced at Loukas—almost as if seeking permission to bring her the drink she had ordered, Belle thought irritably. She checked her watch and saw that it was eight hours since she had left home that morning. She felt hot, dishevelled, and in no mood to pander to a man with an oversized ego. 'Mr Christakis, I don't actually want a drink,' she said crisply. 'What I would like is to go straight to Aura. Your sister has commissioned me to design her wedding dress, and with a deadline of just over a month it is imperative that I start work immediately.'

'Yes…' Loukas lifted his hand to remove his sunglasses and subjected Belle to a cool appraisal. 'That's what I want to talk to you about.'

His eyes were the colour of flint, hard and uncompromising. Disappointment swooped inside Belle when she noted the distinct lack of welcome in his expression. What on earth had made her think that her intense awareness of him was reciprocated? she asked herself im...


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  • File Size: 290 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin Presents (May 1, 2012)
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  • Language: English
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CONTROLLED BY THE GREEK BILLIONAIRE October 12, 2011
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Belle Anderson is a wedding dress designer, she owns her small business "Wedding Belle" totally devoted to making it a success, she has landed a prestigious greek client Larissa Christakis. Flying out to Greece to meet with Larissa as arranged, she is waiting for someone to meet her to ferry her over to Aura island home of Larissa's billionaire Brother Loukas. When the small motor boat approaches Belle realises that Loukas Christakis is coming to meet her himself, recognising him from pictures on the internet, which did not do this man justice. Unfortunately Loukas has not come to collect Belle but instead to send her away with a cheque for her trouble. Furious Belle tries to phone Larissa, but her phone is snatched away by Loukas. After some argument Loukas agrees to let Belle accompany him back to the island. Loukas did not only want to get rid of Belle as having checked out her business, which he learnt was struggling, but the hot sexual tension between them could only mean trouble. Now he worries how long he will be able to keep his hands off her.
This was a fairly good read, Loukas distrusts all women after getting his fingers burned three years before. The only woman who has his heart is his baby sister Larissa. Belle grew up with a controlling father, who turned out not to be her real father, only being told the truth after her Mother's death. Her stepfather was a nasty, overbearing control freak. And she was not going to allow Loukas Christakis to control her. A nice read even though the characters were somewhat cliched.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A romance junkie July 9, 2012
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I thought this book was good even though is was predictable. Loukas was rich, handsome and had been in love before and he swore never to do that again. Belle is hired to design his sister's wedding gown and sparks are flying all over the place for these two. So they decide not to fight it and just have a nice mutual affair two consenting just having a good time. Well Belle gets a little pregnant and Loukas kidnaps Belle because he's not taking a chance with Belle having an abortion like his last lover. Like I said predictable but I enjoyed it and recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet book! February 23, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book. Belle is a wedding dress designer. She met with Larissa and agreed to fly to Greece to design Larissa's wedding dress. Larissa sent her handsome brother Loukas to pick her up and take her on a motor boat to the private island of Aura. Loukas tried to send Belle back to the states, with a check saying her services were no longer needed. He wanted some famous designer to design his sisters wedding dress. Belle held her ground, and didn't back down. She ripped up the check. Even though they were having a disagreement, they could both feel the sizzle between them. Some reviewers said this book was predictable. I have to say some parts were, but the story line was very entertainer. This book was different than most I've read with this story line. The two main charactors actually talk their problems out. They don't guess when they are mad, and run away from the problems. They face them head on. I love belle she is innocent, but don't confuse that for weak. She is a very head strong lady, not afraid to say what is on her mind! As you can imagine Loukas being the rich man he is, is not use to anyone talking to him and not giving in to his will. I hope you enjoy this book, for I thought it was a sweet book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars An afternoon away... September 15, 2013
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Just a great staycation in a book... Just add a glass of wine and a comfy place to read and you are all set...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet lovely read March 30, 2013
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This book was very romantic and shows the softer side of the main character who is a ruthless business man love at first sight are my favorite kind of romances
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5.0 out of 5 stars After The Greek Affair March 10, 2013
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This is the best book I have read in a long time. This book is perfect in every way. I will read every book I can find by this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars mills & boon : after the greek affair December 30, 2012
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I liked this book. It is like some other books that I have read. It gets you in. It is nice to read about things that work out in the end.
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