I have a soft spot for Harlequin Presents. They got me started on my romance reading journey. Well, specifically, it was my aunt’s secret stash of HPs that got me started on reading romances back when I was 12 years old. I have since moved on and read other types of books in the genre but from time to time, I still go out of my way and read a couple of HP books.
For this month, I’ve read two. The first book is by Abby Green called the Delucca’s Marriage Contract. It is the tenth book off of their Chatsfield Series. The second book is from Sarah Morgan, who is one of my fave HP authors. It’s entitled Playing by the Greek’s Rule, and it’s a prequel to her Puffin Island Series.
Anyway, here’s my review for the Delucca Marriage Contract and Playing by the Greek’s Rule.
Delucca’s Marriage Contract (Chatsfield #10)
Author: Abby Green
Rating: 4 stars
Release Date: February 1, 2015
Giancarlo Delucca has one aim; to go global. Even if it means marrying the O’Connor heiress to secure the contract.
Keelin O’Connor wants a place on the board and no part in this business “arrangement”! Gianni may have vowed to seduce his wayward bride, but Keelin is fighting him every step down the aisle.
Happily-ever-after was never part of the bargain, but Gianni finds himself intrigued by Keelin’s feisty defiance. And suddenly he’s determined to turn the beautiful Irish redhead’s “I don’t” into an “I do”!
Welcome to The Chatsfield, Rome!
The marriage of convenience trope is a staple when it comes to the HP line. Some work while others don’t. This book, though, worked for me. Thanks to the heroine who wasn’t about to let herself get railroaded into a marriage without a fight.
Keelin O’Connor’s worst mistake in life is being born a girl. Her father neglected her and keeps telling her she’s not good enough to be a part of their company because she is a woman despite being smart and capable. But while she might not be suited to the boardroom, according to her father, she is more than suited to become a wife to one Giancarlo Delucca.
Giancarlo Delucca is tired of dodging the whispers of a mafia connection thanks to his mob boss father. He wants respectability. What better way to gain some than to marry the daughter of a well known business man. It’s the perfect solution. Except that Keelin is having none of it.
When her father threatened to disown her if she won’t follow through, Keelin devised a way to make herself the most unsuitable bride for Giancarlo Delucca. Her attempts to undermine him and his confusion and niggling suspicion of being duped was hilarious. It was the most enjoyable part of this book.
Despite the sizzling attraction between them, they took their own sweet time getting to their HEA. After the initial funny moments, this book turned a bit angsty nearing the end. I just wish there had been more grovel though. But other than that, can’t really complain.
Playing by the Greek’s Rule (Puffin Island 0.5)
Author: Sarah Morgan
Rating: 4.5 Stars!
Release Date: January 20, 2015
It’s time to throw away the rule book…
Idealistic archaeologist Lily Rose craves a fairy-tale love, but in her experience it always ends in heartbreak. So now Lily’s trying a different approach—a fling with her boss, infamous Greek playboy Nik Zervakis!
Anti-love and anti-family, Nik lives by his own set of rules. There’s no one better to teach Lily how to separate sizzling sex from deep emotions! But while Nik has the world at his feet, he also has dark shadows in his heart…
It starts as a sensual game, but can Lily stick to Nik’s rules? And what’s more, can he?
Another fantastic read from Sarah Morgan.
Lilly Rose is a young, optimistic archeologist who is moonlighting as an assistant to Nik Zervakis to pay off her student loans while on an archeological dig in Crete. She just got out of a relationship after she found out he was married and vowed to change her ideas about relationship a bit. Nik is a handsome cynical billionaire who doesn’t believe in love after witnessing his mother walk out on him and his father.
After a hilarious first meeting, Lilly and Nik embarks on a purely sexual relationship with a lot of laughs along the way. Lilly with her undying optimism, managed to get under enigmatic Nik’s skin. And their journey to HEA was really fun and sweet.
This book was 192 pages but Sarah Morgan managed to pack so much witty banter and character development into it it feels longer, in a good way. Meaning, this doesn’t read like the usual HP line.
Loved that the heroine was non-virgin, and was hilarious, and honest about wanting love and a family. Plus the chemistry between the two leads was just awesome.
I’m definitely looking forward to the other two books in the series featuring Lilly’s friends. I got to say Sarah Morgan continues to write stories that I want to read. She hasn’t failed me yet.
***Recommended for readers who wants some light romantic read.