Pretending with the Greek Billionaire by Kira Archer
Published by Entangled Publishing on August 29th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Always the life of the party, Luca Vasilakis needs to prove he’s capable of taking over his father’s billion-dollar corporation. The perfect opportunity falls in his arms in the form of the reserved but sexy social worker Constance McMurty. What better way to improve his reputation than to get engaged to a do-gooder who is raising six orphans?
Constance wants nothing to do with Luca. But a poorly timed paparazzi photo lands her in the middle of a media nightmare, and Luca is her only way out. He proposes an idea that will help them both—be his fiancée to gain him some respectability and he’ll make a huge donation to her organization…and save her reputation.
But when their lie starts feeling like the truth, and the chemistry just won’t stop, they have a hard time separating what’s real and what’s fantasy…
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
After having experienced some disillusionment with the last few Greek hunk stories I had picked up, I wasn’t really sure about this one. Fortunately, Luka and Constance were so good together I’m more than glad I took a chance on Pretending With the Greek Billionaire.
Luka has lived in the spotlight for a long time now. Tired of the paparazzi making up stories about him no matter what he does, he’s decided to be the party animal they report him to be. Now his spot as his father’s heir is at risk unless he can pull himself together and start acting like a responsible adult.
The Gods must love him as he gets exactly what he needs in the form of Constance and her six charges trespassing on his property at exactly the right moment. Photographs of the misunderstanding and seemingly compromising situation soon are everywhere putting Constance’s job in jeopardy. Being House Mother (something akin to a foster mom but more permanent) to her six beautiful girls is the most important thing to her, but a seemingly improper conduct might mean losing them all.
Thus Luca and Constance come to an arrangement: she’d pretend to be his fiancée giving him respectability by mere association and he’d smooth things over with her superiors. After six weeks, when everyone had gotten what they needed, they’d part ways and everything would go back to normal… Ha! I love it when they’re so sure nothing’s gonna change.
Luka was the incorrigible party boy, sexy, fun, and used to following his every whim… which wasn’t as easy with seven females suddenly flooding his home. His steady change into a family man was simply lovely and the way his feelings for Constance developed was inspiring.
Constance was a force in her own way. Dedicated and caring to the girls, I found her a lovely and sweet leading lady. That she had a backbone and didn’t take any shit from anyone impressed me too. The ease at which she was able to make quick judgments which were not always accurate bugged me a little bit, but near the end I don’t think anyone could have reacted differently given the circumstances.
I liked how both Luka and Constance changed a little throughout the story, although Luka was the most active in reinventing himself. I wish all the little girls could have been involved more in the course of story, and there was certainly more to be explored with both their father’s threads and the whole “leak” issue. The fact that Luke didn’t seem Greek but for a couple of words of endearment didn’t really affect my enjoyment of the story.
As it was, Pretending With the Greek Billionaire was a steamy, sweet and sexy read I had a great time reading.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3.5+ “With great power comes great responsibilities” Stars
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