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The Petrakos Bride Mass Market Paperback – Large Print, August 1, 2007

4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
Book 47 of 55 in the Greek Tycoons Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin; Lgr edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373234171
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373234172
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,734,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melissa VINE VOICE on July 13, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had mixed feelings about this romance. At times, it was tightly woven and the characters were behaving much as couples do when they are in the beginning stages of romance. Other times though, the heroine acted totally out of character.

Maddie is a temp working in the Petrakos empire subsidiary in London. She has little money but big morals. She was raised by her grandmother and lost her sister to cancer when she was only fourteen. She has stayed a virgin at 23 because she believes sex is special and should be within bonds of more than sexual gratification.

Her infatuation with hero Giannis Petrakos is understandable. He showed a kindness to her sister by granting her a wish to meet a boy rock star before her death. Giannis does not remember this but it has affected Maddie tremendously. He became her hero.

Maddie meets Giannis in the boardroom. As she is serving refreshments, she clumsily trips and breaks a computer hardrive. Giannis is sexually attracted to her. Maddie tried to apologize the next day for her actions in his private office and finds herself in bed with him. This seemed way out of character for the wistful and idealistic heroine but not out of character for Giannis. He has two mistresses and a fiancé. His womanizing was certainly a factor in my dislike of him.

Giannis pursues Maddie but never tells her he has a beautiful fiancé back in Greece. His arrogance is off putting and even Maddie was astounded by it. Giannis just cannot understand why any woman would not want to lay her scruples aside to be his mistress. He must think he is the world's greatest lover.

What saves this book is Maddie. She is resilient and noble. She absolutely will not change her stance on adultery. She is sick at heart to realize that she was the other woman. She really deserved someone a lot more sensitive than Giannis.
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The Greek tycoon's unsuitable wife...
Maddie idolized Giannis Petrakos, who had lavished money on the charity that had cared for Maddie's twin sister-and was sinfully gorgeous. Now Maddie has a lowly job at Petrakos industries.

Soon Giannis demanded she be his mistress, for as long as he wanted her. Because when Giannis finally married he wanted a wife more suited to his wealth and class...

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Maddie had a crush on Giannis because of the way he treated her dieing sister almost 10 years previous,couldn't resist him and became pregnant after their first time together. Maddie finds out that Giannis is engaged and plans on going forward with the marriage, but wants to keep her as his mistress. She is disgusted by his intentions and lets him know it. Giannis can't understand why she isn't happy about his proposition because every other woman would be.

Maddie is a great heroine because she is strong and isn't intimidated by Giannis' wealth and position compared to her who is basically penniless.

I Enjoyed reading this book, but kept feeling that Giannis was bit of a jerk for being engaged, but continuing to have affairs and because of his intention to have Maddie as his mistress even after his marriage to someone he didn't love and didn't love him, but was deemed "suitable". My opinion of Giannis did warm a bit as I read more of the book.
I enjoyed the pre-nup situation, which was another show of Maddie's strength; I won't go into detail so not to ruin it for others.
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I would rate this a 6 if I could. The storyline was fantastic. The characters made this book for me. They were both great. He was of course the alpha male,with a sense of mischief and total tunnel vision. The king of self preservation. Yet he could acknowledge when he messed up. He was unashamedly sexual, even when in a critical argument with her. It was so sexy and funny. She was smart and honourable. She was able to hold her own against him. She sucked it to him good. In any argument she called him out on his arrogant crap and stood firm. She was no wimp. Thank god, I hate when the heroines are foolish cry baby walk overs.
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I normally don't like books with cheating, However I really enjoyed this book. Ginnis was engaged to get married. He treated his upcoming marriage like a business proposal. When he met Maddie, everything changed. Maddie showed him what he really wanted out of life. She was kind, sweet, and beautiful. His fiancé on the other hand just wanted to be seen. The more eyes on her the better. she also wanted his money, and his name. She made me sick the way she acted. and the things she did throughout the story.

When Maddie found out he was engaged she left. Ginnis was frantic. He knew then that he had to break off the engagement. You will have to read to see if Maddie, and Ginnis had a second chance. This book is a keeper. I loved it.
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from the back cover:
The Greek tycoon's unsuitable bride.... Maddie idolized Giannis Petrakos, who had lavished money on the charity that had cared for Maddie's twin sister - and was sinfully gorgeous. Now Maddie has a lowly job at Petrakos industries. Soon Giannis demanded she be his mistress, for as long as he wanted her. Because when Giannis finally married he wanted a wife more suited to his wealth and class...

I liked it even though it is a familiar theme with Lynne Graham. It doesn't matter. The characters are likable and believable. They have good chemistry and good dialogue. There is passion and romance. It is a keeper for me and I recommend it.
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