The Greek Tycoon's Tarnished Bride by Rachel Lyndhurst
Series: Men of the Zodiac #10
Also in this series: Impulse Control, The Millionaire's Forever, The Millionaire Daddy Project
Published by Entangled Publishing on October 5th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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He loves power, material success...and sex.
Erica Silver has never done things the "usual" way. A single mom working towards a degree in psychology, she's paying her way as an exotic dancer. No one can tell Erica how to live her life...especially not some handsome, arrogant Greek stranger, who wants to take her son away from his "unfit" mother.
Successful entrepreneur Tito Makris has no choice but to fulfill his best friend's last wish. He must bring his friend's son to Greece to claim a multi-billion euro legacy. Still, taking the boy from his mother-however tarnished she may be-is pretty much the last thing Tito wants. So he offers Erica a radical choice: marry him and stay with her son...or lose the boy-and him-forever.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I think I’m giving up on Entangled Greek Millionaires’ stories.
If I can be honest and a little bit rude, this one sucked (apologies to the writer who put all her efforts into writing the story… I’m just frustrated).
So, Erica once had a romantic fling with some Greek dude and she got pregnant. But after the first trimester, all contact with him was severed: AKA he disappeared. She had the baby and was living the way she could: AKA being an exotic dancer.
Little did she know that her baby’s Daddy was blown to tiny little pieces by a bomb along with his grandfather, father, and uncles, basically eradicating the whole male side of the family, and now her little baby Nick is the sole heir to a multi-billion euro fortune.
In waltzes Tito, Erica’s baby Daddy’s best friend. He finds out about their existence along with the rest of Nicky’s father’s relatives and they decide that the heir of such fortune should be raised in Greece with all the appropriate cultural heritage that entails.
They have also decided that Ericka is unfit to be a mother because she dances at a gentlemen’s club, her mother is a prostitute and well, she is not Greek and she was unmarried when she became pregnant. They pin her as a stupid, gold-digging harlot, never mind that she never knew about the money or the social standing of her son’s paternal family.
So Tito, after being disgusted and repulsed by the women in the strip club (insert utterly disbelieving scowl here) at first wants to take the baby away from her. But then he decides it would be best if she marries him, so she can stay with the baby in Greece, as he comes to realize he can’t tear them apart… and if this has the bonus of pissing his mother off who wants him to marry an appropriate socialite Greek girl… well that’s just the cherry on top.
Well, besides everything being completely unbelievable, Ericka seemed to have a multiple personality disorder… or at least very sudden and completely incomprehensible mood changes. She goes from worried to crying, and from immature tantrums to raging and yelling in the blink of an eye.
Tito was a git.
The depiction of the Greeks didn’t sit well with me, all the stupid generalizations of a people’s general culture wore thin and it was not pretty.
So we had insults spat left and right, strange illnesses with hospital stays and feinting, a supposed budding romance between Tito and Ericka which I didn’t feel at all… it was a mess. And not a hot mess… just your garden variety mess that was not enjoyable. Sigh. I should have followed that first impression that a book called The Greek Tycoon’s Tarnished Bride when it isn’t a historical was quite the gamble.
Sparkles’ Rating: 2 because-the-writer-invested-her-time-writing-or-I-would-give-it-less Stars
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