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on 20 January 2015
This is a really modern Mills & Boon with changing attitudes clearly visible in the story. The story is as follows:

Lizzie, an interior designer, is in loads of debt but responsible for her sisters and her twin nephews. The house is about to be repossessed and they’re struggling to put food on the table. It’s all down to the credit crunch, you see, and Lizzie’s business failing during that time (who needs an interior designer when everybody’s skint?) One of Lizzie’s ex-clients can’t pay her and offers her a deal in a Greek apartment block instead. It turns out to be a fraudulent deal and she ends up face to face with Ilios Manos, with him saying she owes him a lot of money (money she hasn’t got). How is she to pay him? We-e-e-lll…. it’s a Mills and Boon, so quelle surprise! Ilios decides he needs a wife and that she’ll do. He’ll also pay her £100k to pretend to be his wife until he has concocted some dealings of his own and then to go away again. This seems like a better option than the local food bank/homeless shelter to Lizzie, so she accepts. The problem is that Lizzie finds Ilios very attractive – the inevitable happens and she ends up pregnant (probably with twins). There’s no spoiler here when I say that by p. 189, they’re all set to live happily ever after.

It sounds like a traditional romance – but there is something a bit different about this one. Whereas previous Jordan heroines would have gone all out to fabricate fibs about their desire for the hero, Lizzie is a truly modern woman, embracing her animal nature and admitting she wants him. She’s not afraid to admit her emotions either telling Ilios she loves him and not obsessing about it. Indeed, Ilios is the damaged one in this text – reluctant to accept love from anyone and hating her (briefly) when she gets pregnant. (Apparently that was all her fault.) In fact, it’s hard to see why Lizzie loves Ilios so much. Okay, he looks like a Greek god, but he’s just not very nice. He admits he’s done time in prison, and has basically cheated his way to being a billionaire. He repeatedly accuses her of having no honour and harping on and on about what an honourable chap he is; but really, it’s a case of the pot calling the kettle black. When he does eventually admit his love for Lizzie, she really has redeemed him and saved him from himself. In that case, this is no longer such a patriarchal romance (as Mills and Boons tend to be), but is, in fact, a feminist text. Amazing, hey? Who would have thought it? And what it does show is the adaptability of Jordan to be a thoroughly modern author – she may have written 187 novels across three decades but she adapted her heroines and plots to change with the times. It’s just one of the reasons why I like her work so much. This is a great example of her work – the romance in it is well developed and one can really relate to Lizzie’s heartaches. Great for a good emotional read. (Just one criticism – the kindle edition has LOADS of typos in it – annoying, but it’s still a good story)
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on 31 January 2014
Typical Penny Jordan style book -
the male lead is the stereotypical dominant male who wants everything but is prepared to compromise on nothing.
Bit sad really!, when we are in an age of women that have more back bone .
Shame the female lead could not have shown more !!!!
Have read more historical books where the females have more sprit in far difficult circumstances with none of the modern advantages -
needs to be more up to date -
would have preferred to see more of her family.
How can someone from such a close family disappear for that length of time without Skype-Ing each other a txt would not be enough!!!!!!
Not very modern .....!
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on 28 October 2012
The late writer Penny Jordan lives through her Modern Romances. She is/was an incredible story writer spinning craftily all the ingredients of s Romantic, Modern genre of love and happy endings.All the three stories take us to a world of passion, repartee and love which conquers all the struggle one faces in reality and then it ends leaving the reader with a good feel factor and a big smile on the face.A must read book for all the romantics at heart.
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on 22 November 2012
Another great book by Penny Jordon. Downloading to my Kindle is so easy, as soon as I see a book I would like to read, one click and I can start reading. Highly recommended.
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on 27 March 2013
Greek hero and all round stud muffin, needs a wife to gain inheritance, our heroine crosses his path due to financial loss. It's supposed to be a marriage of convenience however hearts and passion result in a real marriage.
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on 18 June 2013
A story of loves triumph over wrong first impressions. A great way of a love tail prevailing over stature or family ties. Very descriptive and enjoyable to read! Loved every minute of it!
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on 28 July 2013
well found this really boring and predictable. wish I hadn't gone ahead and brought book 2 at the same time because I wouldn't have bothered
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on 27 September 2013
Not good very dull. No real storyline, boring characters. I would not recommend wasting money on this book, I have read better free books.
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on 1 September 2013
Good read. I like Penny Jordan as a writer I have read many of her books and would highly recommend them.
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on 31 May 2013
Great book but did think it would of been a better book but still a very good read thanks again
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