- File Size: 405 KB
- Print Length: 192 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Presents (May 1, 2006)
- Publication Date: May 1, 2006
- Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000MAH9JS
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The Greek's Bridal Bargain (The Greek Tycoons Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Our heroine, Bryony, was thoroughly unlikable, and her parents despicable. Kane was, hell, I'm not sure what Kane was. I guess there was some amount of nobility in him. We are led for most of the book to believe that he married Bryony to get his revenge on her and her family. Afterwards we find out that was not the case. Of course, we were deliberately led to that assumption by his own thoughts which I found to be a cheap ploy on the writer's part to manufacture angst between the protagonists. Unnecessary and pointless in my opinion.
We are also supposed to believe that Kane has been in love with Bryony for most of his life. I'm still trying to figure out how that is possible. Even without her nasty I'm-a-rich-girl-and-you're-nothing attitude, neither of them ever spent enough time with together to engender any real emotions towards one another. Add to that his mother (whom he loved completely and was his only family) committed suicide over the way Bryony's father treated her, and that he had his life destroyed as a teenager (again, by Bryony's father) and I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out where this abundance of love is coming from.
There was nothing remotely likable or redeemable about Bryony in my eyes, and when you have a heroine you want to see get her just desserts instead of her HEA, it makes it hard to enjoy a novel that is supposed to be about romance. Quite frankly, I am not even sure if this is deserving of 2 stars, but we have a hero who came in to save the day, and wasn't an a$$ which is so usually the case in these books.
Harlequin Presents # 2538 - May 2006
The Greek Tycoons themed series
Home from boarding school and soon to start college, Bryony Mercer shared her first heated kiss with their family's housekeeper's son, Kane Kaproulias. This set off a chain of events that Bryony had no idea of until many years later. Bryony's father has lost everything due to his weakness for gambling and has placed himself in a position where he and Bryony's mother could be convicted of crimes. She's shocked to discover that Kane is now wealthy and has purchased all the Mercer assets and is about to pay off all of Bryony's father's debts under one condition, Bryony must marry him. She's positive this is all about revenge for the way Kane and his mother had been evicted by her father. Although Bryony has little love for her emotionally abusive father, she can't bear the thought of her mother suffering.
I really enjoyed this one. The innocent history between Bryony and Kane softens the harsh reality of Bryony's father's betrayal. Ms. Milburne allows us to see the man Kane has become and that revenge has nothing to do with their marriage. Bryony is a strong woman, who has vowed never to allow a man control her like her father controls her mother. And yet while she believes she hates him, she can't help but see that he's truly not a cruel man and this confuses her. Kane and Bryony make a great match, and I loved reading their story. Great chemistry too! Ms. Milburne has a lovely writing voice that made this story flow and come to life.
I was disappointed on the choice of male model for the cover. Though he is very attractive, he certainly doesn't look 32 or mature enough to be a Greek Tycoon. In fact, it looks as if he was a last minute stand in, as the shirt they've put him in appears two sizes too big.
So this story might sound a bit like many of the other Harlequin stories. The typical storyline. Those don't typically do it for me but this one was different. I could tell from the beginning that Kane was angry and bitter but his genuine feelings for Bryony shine through in almost everything he did and said. Sure he was brash at times but he really restrained himself because his ultimate agenda was not to hurt her but to protect her. I loved that!!! I was only frustrated that he took so long to admit it to her. But then again, she was just as stubborn about it!
I LOVED the love scenes. Very romantic and intense. The feelings they were trying to hide came through no matter how they tried to hide them. Ultimately a very satisfying love story. People didn't have to be constantly cruelly mistreated for agonizing chapters on end in order to show that there were true emotions involved on BOTH sides. That is very gratifying. Great job Melanie!
I liked it was a simple quick read
She was the little rich girl, he was the poor housekeeper's son, and their innocent affair was cruelly crushed. But now Kane Kaproulias has Bryony Mercer in the palm of his hand...
She's been bought with cold, hard cash... Kane will take her and his revenge on her family!
Bryony's family is now penniless and she's at Kane's mercy. He's waited a long time to get Bryony right where he wants her -- in his bed, as his wife!