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Unfortuntely Lynne Graham did not save the best of the trilogy for last...
on 10 February 2010
I'd been highly anticipating this book as after a good while, 2 books on the trot in a trilogy from LG had been pretty decent (apart from the editing, see my review of her previous book), but this wasn't as good as it could be:
Lindy rents a small home on an estate owned by Atreus, a Greek shipping magnate and he first comes across her when she is skinny-dipping (or, pardon the pun, in her case plump-dipping - well, she is described as having curves like a violin, and being nothing like the models Atreus dates) and accuses her of trespassing. Their first meeting does not go well, but on their second, after his home starts to burn down and she rushes to the rescue (of him, and an elderly pet - already seen in other LG novels), they end up at a hotel for the night and fall into bed. Unlike most LG male leads, Atreus is paranoid about protection, and whilst there's never any mention of any accidents on their weekend trysts, Lindy ends up pregnant.
By then, she has split from Atreus when she realises that in their 18 months of seeing each other she has never been out with him, has never been to his London flat and he has no intention of marrying her, as she is not from his background nor is she wealthy(a limo comes to ferry her and her 2 dogs from the rented house up to the big house/mansion on Fridays). Eventually a busybody from the estate leaks news of her pregnancy to the media, and for the first time Lindy shows a little backbone and says no to Atreus's proposal for the sake of the baby, but she does then agree when the baby is born, and in true LG fashion, they get their HEA. And we get to see into the HEA of Jasim & Eleanor and Alyssa and Sergei, leads from the other tales in the trilogy.
What made this book so unrealistic is that LG made lindy sound like a total frump and kind of freakishly-bohemian, yet Atreus, man of the world, billionaire etc. etc. went overboard with lust for her. And, though she'd only been living on his estate for a short time, she had managed to cultivate enough roses and lavender that she was running a pot-pourri business from these alone?? And then when she got booted from the estate, good old Sergei and Alyssa offered her their coach-house on their estate, and from the time she moved in there, when she was 5 months or so pregnant, til she left when she was about 8.5 months pregnant, she had miraculously managed to plant another forest of lavender and roses, which were already ready for harvest and production into pot-pourri - I don't think so! I'm a keen gardener and it has taken me years to get my roses and lavender to flourish. Oh, and yes, Atreus and Sergei know each other and the latter offers his assistance if Lindy needs to fight Atreus...yawn...
Not a great book, topped off by the fact that I think there were only 2 love scenes in the entire book, and not even one on the wedding night. Still, I have her next on pre-order, but after that, it it's not up to scratch, LG will become a library-offering for me, and not an auto-buy.