The Antonakos Marriage (HARLEQUIN PRESENTS: Greek Tycoons) (英語) マスマーケット – 2006/8/1
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Skye Marston is being blackmailed into marriage. But she'll have one night of passion first, with a man she'll never meet again.?
Theo Antonakos isn't used to rejection. His passionate partner has slipped away without a word. When he arrives on his father's private Greek island to meet his stepmother-to-be he discovers they already know each other, in the most intimate way. Theo wants Skye back in his bed?as his wife!
While entering an English cocktail lounge Skye and Theo Antonakos have eye contact and the sparks fly. However, she is detained by a group of noisy men and is rescued by Theo. The sexual pull between these two is electric and it turns out they overnight together in an evening of pure passion. However, they only give their first names and Skye flees the next morning.
She flies to Greece to get ready for her wedding and on the third day Cyril's son arrives for the event. But to Skye's amazement who should the son turn out to be but Theo Antonakos and from that moment there is such tension, anger, turmoil and it's so passionate as only Kate Walker can write.
Skye's and Theo's journey is a rough one but so intense, emotional and passionate you won't be able to put this book down. Kate Walker has such an incredible way of bringing her characters to life and giving her readers hours of reading pleasure.
First of all, I dislike this particular forced-to-marry plot. I may have read one or two of these that work beautifully, but it's just plain silly that a 21st century girl would be "forced" to marry anybody to save her Daddy, or her brother, or her uncle, from the jail time they so richly deserve.
Theo showed glimpses of being a nice yummy hero, but the heroine, Skye, was hampered by her complete lack of initiative and common sense. Picking up a stranger in a bar, even if he is great sex on legs, doesn't engender my respect.
I realize that readers are supposed to suspend belief when reading Harlequin romances, but gee, I don't want the suspended belief to hit me in the face, chapter after chapter. There has to be a LITTLE reality mixed in the plot and the characters for even a light read like this to be readable, and enjoyable.
The author also has the terrible habit here of having a character speak one line of dialog, and then there's seven paragraphs of the other character's thoughts before the other character makes a verbal response. It makes a story drag terribly when its characters aren't even allowed a simple conversation without "thoughts" (and usually just the heroine's) intruding at ridiculous length.
THE ANTONAKOS MARRIAGE was just not fresh or creative enough in either the characters, the plot or its writing to hold my interest. (I should give it one star, but I did rather like the hero, Theo. Not enough to keep this book, however.)