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At the Greek Boss's Bidding (Harlequin Presents) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 2007
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Riddled with guilt for not saving his brother and best friend Andreas first before saving others, he lost the will to live. He refused therapy, was a very difficult patient to care for and none of the nurses sent to him lasted more than a few weeks. In no time there was no nurse left and the head of the agency -`First Class Rehab' - Elizabeth Hatchet had no choice but to undertake the task herself.
Elizabeth Hatchet, a petit blonde beauty aka beautiful heiress Grace Stile, has no patience for spoilt rich Greek tycoons who wallowed in self pity and she was not afraid to tell Mr. Koumantaros what she thought of him. She was firm and strict with him, would not molly cuddle him and was not afraid to stand up to him and his threats. She let him know that life was a gift and not a right and that he still had that gift.
Finally the ray of light reached Kristin and he wanted to live. He became determined to walk again and to undergo his physical therapy. In time a friendship and companionship developed between them and before they knew it they were falling in love. She felt guilty because she thought he was spoken for, he felt unworthy of her because of his disabilities. They spent an unforgettable passionate evening in one of his homes and everything went horribly wrong when they ran into her ex-lying and cheating husband Nico who had married her for her money.
She went back to London heart broken, and madly in love with a man whose child she may be carrying, afraid of what he will do if he found out. Kristin underwent a very dangerous eye surgery in London just so that he could regain even a partial sight, as he wanted to be the best man he could become to be worthy of her. For in the depths of his soul, he knew that her courage and compassion; her strength and kindness; and her tough love saved him from the brink of the abyss. She deserved the best he could become. It was such an emotional but a worthy ending to a great story. I loved this book on a lot of levels; it is not only a romantic tale but a tale of unflinching compassion, love and the will to survive.
Both of these characters came from extreme wealth and position. Kristian Koumantaros was in a horrible accident and not only in pain due to physical injuries but he had lost use of his legs and eye sight. His disposition was so miserable he went through several nurses and sent them all running. Now the owner of an English nursing firm has come to an isolated location in Greece make sure she gets the job done and helps this angry and desolate man heal.
Elizabeth Hatchet suffered her own pain from a failed marriage, and hiding secrets about her past. She has been hired by a woman she believes to be Kristian's fiancé and if she does not help him to get on his feet, Elizabeth fears she will loose her nursing business. She also becomes aware of just how handsome, rugged and sexy this Greek billionaire is and vows not to succumb to his charm.
However, the tables are turned on both Kristian and Elizabeth as the attraction between them sizzles, a friendship develops and they share an evening of passion. But it doesn't just stop there......they run into Elizabeth's ex-husband and her true identity is exposed!
This is a wonderful story about finding peace, respect, joy and love during an incredible healing process. Bravo Jane Porter for again, entertaining your readers with a strong and powerful love story set in beautiful Greece.
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Recovering from a horrifying accident, Kristian Koumantaros uses a wheelchair and is blind. Despite his physical limitations, Kristian is a powerful and seductive force who would match and better any walking man. When he sends away every nurse Elizabeth Hatchet sends him, her small company is nearly bankrupt from expenses. She decides that the only solution is to deal with this impossible patient herself even if it means a trip to Athens and a donkey ride up through winding paths to the remote monastery-turned-estate in Taygetos. Explosive banter, sexual attraction, plot twists, emotional twists and quite a few underlying secrets lead to excitement. Elizabeth is a source of frustration to the hero because she is a physical therapist and enforces a rigorous rehabilitation plan on this powerful Greek tycoon. Kristian is powerful and used to being in charge and having people obey his commands. Unlike all his other nurses, Elizabeth is strong and independent. She refuses to be wound around his finger. As the sparks of frustration and passion grow between Kristian and Elizabeth, will the electricity heat up enough to ignite or will they somehow find a way to their hearts? When their past secrets are exposed, can romance win or will the past overshadow their passion?
At The Greek Boss's Bidding is a wonderful romance that is superbly written and a delight to read. The prologue hooks in the reader from the beginning and never lets up. The emotions range from tense drama to moments of tenderness. Both characters are dynamic, strong and independent. Just when the two reach a calm, an exposed secret or a person, enters. Kristian and Elizabeth are both faced with challenges that heighten the passion and expose the person beneath. Jane Porter's writing is magnificent in all the ways that count: careful attention to setting, character development and plot development. Whereas the reader experiences a face paced roller coaster ride, Jane Porter creates each detail with sharp meticulous precision. Magnificent!
When his small plane crashed in the mountains, Kristian made a fateful decision. Rather than save the brother he loved, he'd saved his brother's fiancee--and didn't make it back in time to help his brother. Now he's filled with self-loathing, and a sense of self-esteem that's heavily damaged by his blindness, his inability to walk, and the disgusting mix of aged and grouchy nurses Elizabeth Hatchet's company has sent him. Still, he finds himself responding to Elizabeth herself.
Elizabeth's secret is that she was once an American heiress--and married a Greek tycoon who destroyed her reputation and took a good chunk of her money. She's put that mistake behind her, but she certainly doesn't want to repeat it. Still, Kristian is not her ex-husband. But does she dare trust her heart--and her secrets--to this man?
Author Jane Porter plays with the Beauty and the Beast fantasy--with injured and angry Kristian serving as the beast. Porter dangles the 'other woman' just enough to give the reader a bit of suspense, without really wasting time on her. Elizabeth's ex-husband also plays a cameo role, helping to drive Kristian and Elizabeth apart just as it seemed they could make their way through their differences.
I found the end to be a bit of a let-down. I would have liked to see Elizabeth and Kristian resolve their future before Kristian learned whether his final eye operation had a chance of being successful. Still, AT THE GREEK BOSS'S BIDDING is a strong work with two damaged but engaging characters, a fun play at retelling fairy tales, and the obligatory billionaire (with a bonus this time).