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McMurray has added an interesting twist to the green card marriage theme in The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom. Not only are both partners in the marriage men, but the money exchange is far above the “going rate” and the American groom, by all appearances, doesn’t need the money. Unbeknownst to the public though, Archie Katsaros’s business is failing due to his father’s poor decisions. As such, both men have something the other needs – an American spouse for Ondrej and money for Archie’s business. What neither man knows is that they both want the same thing from their new spouse – the chance at a real relationship. Granted, in the beginning, the sexual attraction seems easy enough to admit to and indulge. Yet as they spend more and more time together at the office, at home, and in bed, they each learn that there’s more to the man he married than he ever expected to find or dared to hope for.
My biggest issue with the book was Archie. I understand wanting to protect one’s heart, but there are times when he is so bullheaded and convinced he’s right, that he forgets that Ondrej isn’t America. There was one scene when Ondrej was having trouble explaining himself, goes so far as to tell Archie that he’s having a hard time saying what he means, yet Archie gets his feelings hurt and sulks. That peeved me off, but what really ticked me off was that when Ondrej tried to explain it better, Archie blows him off, refusing to listen. It’s as though Archie forgets that despite Ondrej’s grasp of the English language, English is not Ondrej’s native language and things get lost in translation. As a man who engages in international business dealings, his failure to give his spouse the benefit of the doubt regarding his misspeaks seriously irritated me. However, despite Archie’s “the world revolves around me” attitude, the romance between him and Ondrej was enjoyable, once Archie got out of their way and let it finally happen.
In regards to the narration, once again, Rusty Topsfield has impressed me. I had completely forgotten who was narrating The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom until I reached the end of the audiobook and it was announced again. His vocal talents are such that I don’t always recognize his voice and there have been times I haven’t been able to listen to an audiobook because the characters’ accents were too good, too realistic, and thus, too annoying (for me). Topsfield did a great job creating voices for Archie and Ondrej, as well as all the side characters, making this a truly enjoyable listening experience. I found The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom audiobook to be very entertaining and I look forward to experiencing more of McMurray’s and Topsfield’s work.
That's because they were heirs to very special European cultures, and they showed it in every way. Most especially they seemed so much alike and different at the same time that I could not figure out who was on the cover. I decided it had to be Archie because it really was his story.
Archie is a stereotypical Greek-American second-generation man--raised by a powerful and volatile father, forced to show that persona when he inherits control of the family's failing real estate empire--even though those who know him best consider him to be a "marshmallow."
Ondrej is a native of the Czech Republic who escaped his family's displeasure over him being gay to spend his formative business years working at his grandmother's winery in France. Ondrej is a perfect Czech: besides being gorgeous, he is practical, not exactly trusting, and very conscious that he could be in control of his future if he plays his present correctly--or wind up divorced and struggling to gain a new traction on life. The Czechs are the Italians of Eastern Europe in that respect.
Not exactly a match made in heaven. Yet they get married for reasons that are explained in the blurb, and even though they are smitten with each other they take virtually the whole book to let each other know that salient little fact. The result is that they seem cold characters where they could have been extremely warm and very sympathetic.
They manage to melt a few candles in the last 15% of the book, but by then I had decided that it would be best to split the difference and give them 3 1/2 stars.
A marriage of convenience, two sexy guys, and a company on the brink of collapse are the premise of Kate McMurray's newest book, The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom. This is the next book in Dreamspinner Press's Dreamspun Desires line and while I loved the blurb and the idea of this, unfortunately this one fell just a bit flat for me. Which is so disappointing because I absolutely adore Kate McMurray's books.
Archimedes (how fabulous is this name, though?!) Katsaros or Archie as he's called is in trouble. His family's company, the one left to him by his beloved deceased father, is about to go under. The poor economy coupled with years and years worth of less than savvy business decisions has Archie struggling for a way to right the sinking ship. Enter gorgeous, and suddenly without a valid green card, Ondrej Kovac ... who just happens to be quite wealthy. As you can guess, a plan is hatched, the two get hitched, and everyone wins ... or do they? While Archie and Ondrej are definitely attracted to one another, there are plenty of road blocks on their way to wedded bliss.
For me, this is where the issues arise. There is little, and I'm talking close to zero, chemistry between Archie and Ondrej. I liked both these guys, separately, and for the most part, but when they're together, there's something off. Maybe it was Ondrej's inner dialog that left me confused most of the time and the rest with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. Some of his thoughts and his feelings toward Archie were pretty cold. And Archie ... his Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde flip flopping did little to endear me to him, either. One minute Archie can't imagine his life without Ondrej, and the next, he's telling Ondrej he needs space and wants to sleep alone.
The ending though, that saved the book for me. Sweet and romantic and what I wanted from a Dreamspun Desires book. As always, Kate's writing is stellar, it's just too bad this story didn't quite have that usual McMurray touch.
Reviewed by Erin for Diverse Reader
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