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Painted the Other Woman (Mills & Boon Hardback Romance) [Hardcover]

Julia James
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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5 Oct 2012 Mills & Boon Hardback Romance
Athan Teodarkis knows her type well: women for whom designer dresses and priceless jewelry are paid for only in kind. But he's never been distracted by one--until now. Suspecting his sister's husband of having an affair with the dangerously beautiful Marisa Milburne, Athan determines to put a stop to it.Confident the Teodarkis millions will easily divert this gold digger's attentions, Athan has a simple plan--seduce, then discard. But contrary to what the merciless Athan believes, shy Marisa is no home wrecker, and with her innocence she is powerless to resist his vengeful seduction....
--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon; Library ed edition (5 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0263228045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0263228045
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars SKp 9 Nov 2012
By nicpen
Format:Kindle Edition
This book was so boring I started hoping as I turned the pages it wld get better but it just went he opposite way. All this book did was just told u what they where thinking nothing else - was really disappointed wishes I cld of asked for a refund for my time reading the book as well as what it cost to buy it - sorry
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1.0 out of 5 stars Painted the Other Woman 21 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really love Julia's books. I think she does the wounded heroine very well. However I was very disappointed with this one. I agree with a previous review that the book seemed to spend a lot of time explaining what the main characters were thinking which got to be a bit tedious. Sorry wouldn't recomment this book but do try some of Julia's other books which I think are good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good 10 April 2013
By Deeday
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
With mills and boon the stories ten to match after a while but I enjoyed this book. I tend to get a load of these books just for quick reads for when I only have a little while to read. I enjoyed this one and I think it's worth a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. 24 Dec 2012
By mary
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Another great read from this author. Always look forward to her next book. She has not let me down yet.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Emotions run true but plot falls flat 20 Oct 2012
By The book lady - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
*Spoilers throughout*

Synopsis:

Marisa recently moved to London and found a brother she never knew she had, Ian. They start to have a relationship, but have to keep it secret because she is the daughter of their father's mistress and Ian's wife, Eva, is his own mother's goddaughter and the discovery of his father's love child could destroy the family. Enter Athan, Eva's brother. He has been having Ian followed because he suspects he might be unfaithful to his sister. He discovers his meetings with Marisa and decides she is his mistress and the only way to break them up is to seduce her and leave her. But only for his sister's benefit of course.

Thoughts:

The first almost two-thirds of the book is basically a set up for the last third which is quite powerful. But the problem I have is that the set up makes no sense at all. The basic set up reminded me of the movie "Sabrina" but in the movie they do the logical thing and try to buy the woman off. It makes no sense that Athan would take a month out of his life as a high powered CEO to woo some woman when offering her money to go away would make SO much more sense, not to mention be infinitely more convenient.

But instead Athan managed to get Marisa to go to a tropical island with him and have an affair. When they get back he informs her she is to stay away from Ian and basically treats her like used up garbage, telling her how he used her and how he never cared for her. All the while the author is going on and on about how he doesn't want to do it and also doesn't want what they have to be over. But it makes no sense again! If he didn't want their "relationship" to be over then why not just ask her for an exclusive relationship, he thought she was willing to be mistress to the highest bidder. That would have solved all the problems. But instead he walks out without actually ever accusing her of being Ian's mistress so she thinks it's because she's his sister and she's not good enough. (Stupid misunderstanding!)

Another problem I have with the set up is that Marisa goes on and on about how her mother would tell her about what a selfish user her father was and how she warned her about men. But that does nothing to even make Marisa blink about going away with a man she's only known a few weeks, one offering no commitment. It is also STRONGLY alluded to that she is a virgin but when they finally have sex it's never mentioned, either to not have him question if she really is chasing a married man or because what he was going would be so much worse to a virgin.

The third half of the book is very compelling. I love how Marisa refuses to go back with such a jerk and it was very emotional and intense. I do believe that part is worth reading if you want an angst filled read. But I highly disliked both Athan assuming he could pick up where they left off at the drop of a hat, being to me he is totally disregarding her feelings and treating her like something to be bought and sold. I also disliked the end when Marisa admitted she was MORE stupid than he was for almost destroying their relationship. To me he was 95% to blame. He also never groveled to get her back, he just shows up and looks sad and pathetic but he never actually tries to win her back. He makes no sacrifice, except to let her go.

The problem I have is that the author wants Athan to be a good guy, when he obviously isn't. I firmly believe that some behavior is just not acceptable! Athan thought Marisa was a low class woman so he treated her like one when he dumped her. It bothers me to no end that he is supposed to be a good person yet he would even contemplate doing something so premeditatedly despicable as what he did to Marisa. You can't have it both ways. He can't be this good guy and yet act this way. I hate this idea in romances that some people deserve respect and others don't so obviously the hero isn't wrong in disrespecting someone who is a low class person. Ugg! YOU SHOULDN'T TREAT ANYONE THAT WAY!

I am not quite sure how to rate this book. It had so many flaws, but at its heart the angst and emotion were real. If you can get over the afore mentioned issues that require a suspension of disbelief you will enjoy an angst filled read. Otherwise skip it.

2 1/2 stars.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Painted the other Woman 23 Nov 2012
By kitabo - Published on Amazon.com
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God!this was so boring. The author kept the relationship between heroine and her brother a secret up the last few chapters! It was hard to like these characters. They just kept talking to themselves. I kept saying, enough already, tell us what these two mean to each other! God it was awful. I kept skipping to finally get through it. I was trying to see if I could return it but it was more than a week since I purchased it. What a waste of money! It was as boring as that cottage that was her home.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I'd rather watch paint dry than read this book ever again 22 Feb 2013
By Mel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't even know how to start my review. Good grief. This book was bad. Bad. Bad. Very bad. The only reason I gave it 2 stars is because there are some books out there way worse And I try not to give 1 star, because that is just cruel.

But back to this wretched book. Here we have Marisa. Poor girl, meets a man who puts her up in a penthouse, buys her nice things, and takes her out to eat.
Enter the brother in law of the guy who's giving Marisa access to a better life. Athan. He's Greek. He's powerful. He's sexy. He wants what he wants, and he gets what he wants. He can't allow his sister to be married to a womanizer with a mistress. So, he decides to *date* her. And he woos her, gets her to go to some island paradise with him, sleeps with her,(the sex was just OK.), and then when they return to London, he dumps her and tells her she can never see his BIL again. Ridiculousness. Fast forward, he can't stop thinking about her. Regrets not keeping her as his mistress. Yada Yada Yada. Well, the big secret relationship (which I figured out in the first chapter) is finally revealed. And Marisa has to decide if she will forgive Athan. Athan has to come to terms with his mistrust and control issues. Frankly, he needs therapy (which they never addressed in the 100+ pages of this book). And Marisa needs a life coach. She's so sheltered, she wouldn't know an abusive relationship if it smacked her in the face.

Don't even look at the cover of this book. It's a waste, and you'll never get back the 10 seconds it takes to read the title.

SKIP IT!
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for the plot 2 Nov 2013
By Melissa - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Painted the Other Woman had a plot which felt forced and a hero who was too arrogant and a heroine who never came across as particularly brainy.

Athan is convinced his sister’s husband, Ian, is having an affair with heroine Marisa. He moves into her posh London apartment and begins a wooing campaign to get her away from his brother-in-law. He is pretty successful in appearing as the charming Greek guy down the hall.

Marisa is attracted to Athan and falls very quickly for him only to be shocked at his motives for showing interest in her. Marisa has internal conversations about how wonderful Ian is and she just loves all her new clothes and her wonderful London flat supplied by savior Ian. These internal conversations grew old. I got the impression Marisa had very limited experience with men which made it surprising she would jet off to the tropics with Athan so speedily.

I found both of these characters to be less than likable. Athan is controlling but unable to confront his brother-in-law. Also I found the need for secrecy between Marisa and his brother-in-law too far fetched to be plausible in light of today’s modern times. It isn't the 1800’s.
1.0 out of 5 stars Very slow 17 Feb 2013
By Amy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
There was nothing holding this story line together. It was a very slow read. The intimate parts weren't even very good. It was a very boring and staid book. Very disappointed in this harlequin book.
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