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Claiming the Drakos Heir
(Greek Island Brides #2)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
June 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance

The rebel bachelor is back…

To claim her baby!

In this Greek Island Brides story, pregnant surrogate Popi Costas is faced with raising her late sister’s child alone, until the baby’s wealthy uncle arrives to take charge! Apollo Drakos is distractingly handsome, but Popi won’t let that stop her from fighting to keep the baby. Yet as she gets to know the man behind the wild card reputation, Popi’s reconsidering welcoming Apollo into her new little family…

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One dance led to another. The bride and groom were all smiles, as they had eyes only for each other. Popi considered this wedding a success. She took her first easy breath.

And the next thing she knew, she was being led around the dance floor by the best man, Roberto, who was also Xander’s close friend and second-in-command. She’d met him more than once, and though Lea was anxious for them to hit it off, it wasn’t going to happen. Popi couldn’t put her finger on why. He was definitely handsome and successful, but neither one was into the other. They were becoming fast friends, but that’s all it would ever be.

Partway through the song, there was a tap on Roberto’s shoulders. Popi’s gaze followed the finger up the arm and then her gaze settled upon the sexy stranger’s face. Apparently it was time for their talk. She had to admit that she was anxious to learn his identity and what he had to tell her.

“Can I cut in?” The stranger wore a serious expression.

Roberto, looking caught off guard, stopped dancing. “Um…” His gaze moved to her and she nodded. “Thank you for the dance.” Roberto turned back to the other man. “She’s all yours.”

The man took Popi in his quite capable arms, but there was no escaping their closeness with her protruding abdomen. No one had long enough arms to allow for much room between them—not even this man.

“What are you doing?” Her voice came out in a heated whisper.

“Dancing. With you.” He led her around the dance floor.

“But I don’t know your name. I don’t even understand why you’re at the wedding—”

“Shh… I’ll answer all your questions after one dance. That seems like a fair bargain, doesn’t it?” He smiled at her, but it didn’t quite reach his eyes.

His words were smooth, but she got the impression there was more going on here than him trying to pick her up. Although, a man with his striking good looks being interested in dancing with a woman almost nine months pregnant was an offer she couldn’t turn down.

She nodded her consent.

His muscled arm moved to her waist while he took her hand in his and held it to his chest. Her heart was racing madly. She assured herself it was the physical activity and nothing to do with the handsome man holding her in his arms.

His gaze met hers and held it. She wasn’t able to read his thoughts, but that didn’t keep her heart from continuing to race. Was it wrong to acknowledge that he was the sexiest man at the wedding? On the island?

I’m a sucker for babies and pregnancy stories but Ms. Faye takes to another level.  Putting two very wounded people together that shouldn’t be with one another but really do.  In other words, they belonged together.  Just took them a while and the bonus was the baby.  The journey was long with some issues along the way but I totally understood the story arc from the first book til this one.  Do you have to read the first one to understand this story?  No, you don’t but I did review it and it’s a good one.  Here’s the link: Review link

What sets this book apart from the pack is the emotional connection that I felt for both Popi and Apollo from the start.  I could immediately tell that getting these two together would a tough road and Ms. Faye doesn’t make it easy for them.  They are both emotionally scared from the deaths of her sister and his brother.  Oh yes, we finally get a backstory on Nile and Adrina.  It’s a fascinating story that could only be told through Apollo and Popi’s eyes.  In the end, I felt like their deaths were necessary for Apollo and Popi to find each other, let go of the hurt that they had experienced with them and finally be able to find love.

The setting is again lush and exotic.  The gardens at the estate sounded just wonderful and I especially liked how Ms. Faye wove Apollo’s adventures to his tending the overgrown gardens.  Their relationship is intense from the beginning with the storm, the birth of the baby and then finding their footing when it came to just living in the estate once the baby is born.  Anna, the housekeeper is a great secondary character that helps Apollo, in the end, understand his relationship with Popi.  While this is on the sweet side, the romantic build up is well done.  The chemistry is palpable and emotional.  Again, don’t discount Harlequin Romance. 

Overall, this is a great addition to the Greek Island Brides trilogy.  We get to see Xander and Lea, which is a bonus for me.  I can’t wait for Stasia’s story.  Should be a doozy.

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In this Greek Island Brides story, for jaded tycoon Xander Marinakos, renowned wedding destination Infinity Island is just another opportunity to expand his empire. Until he’s captivated by its beautiful owner, Lea Romes… When their one night together has unexpected consequences, Xander must negotiate the deal of a lifetime, and put his guarded heart on the table to convince independent Lea they can be a family…for infinity!

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An inconvenient attraction!

In this Greek Island Brides story, widow Stasia Marinakos is learning to enjoy life again aboard a Mediterranean cruise. Her chemistry with gorgeous Greek tycoon Roberto Carrass is a pleasant surprise—until she’s mistaken for his fiancée! Nevertheless, the guarded bachelor asks Stasia to continue the charade to stop his family from matchmaking. As their attraction grows, their fake romance feels ever more real…but what will happen when the vacation ends?

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Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

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Carrying the Greek Tycoon’s Baby
(Greek Island Brides #1)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
March 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance

From one night…

To nine months!

In this Greek Island Brides story, for jaded tycoon Xander Marinakos, renowned wedding destination Infinity Island is just another opportunity to expand his empire. Until he’s captivated by its beautiful owner, Lea Romes… When their one night together has unexpected consequences, Xander must negotiate the deal of a lifetime, and put his guarded heart on the table to convince independent Lea they can be a family…for infinity!

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Greek Island Brides
Finding love that lasts to infinity!

All marriages that take place on renowned wedding destination Infinity Island are guaranteed to last forever!

And the picturesque Greek island is about to weave its magic for friends Lea, Popi and Stasia. They dream of finding their own happy-ever-afters… And they’re about to meet three billionaires who will sweep them off their feet—and down the aisle!

Follow Lea’s journey from surprise pregnancy to dream proposal in
Carrying the Greek Tycoon’s Baby

And coming soon…

Book # 2 – Claiming The Drakos Heir (releases June 2019)

The rebel bachelor is back…

To claim her baby!

In this Greek Island Brides story, pregnant surrogate Popi Costas is faced with raising her late sister’s child alone, until the baby’s wealthy uncle arrives to take charge! Apollo Drakos is distractingly handsome, but Popi won’t let that stop her from fighting to keep the baby. Yet as she gets to know the man behind the wild card reputation, Popi’s reconsidering welcoming Apollo into her new little family…

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What can I say?  Another winner from Ms. Faye and the Harlequin Romance line.  Why are you not reading this line?  Because it’s not hot enough?  Think the storyline will be too sweet for you?  Trust me, the romance is there.  The smexy times build up is there; it’s just behind closed doors and the story isn’t too sweet.  Ms. Faye has written a brilliant billionaire story that will tug on your emotions, have you believe in a true love romance with a bit of magic woven in.

I adored Lea from the beginning.  Finding out about her heritage the aftermath with her parents is relatable.  Not all people are happy with their roots and her mother was not happy.  The island brought up bad memories for her and I could understand that in some way.  But to withhold that from Lea and then subsequently “rule” her life afterward?  No.  Again, relatable.  Lea has a backbone and she uses it.  She is very uncertain of Xander in the beginning but slowly warms up to him.  Her friendship with Popi is fun and I can’t wait to see what is in store for her.

Xander is the typical billionaire.  Yes, he is Greek but Ms. Faye has written him to be a good guy, not your typical alpha jerk.  He really does care for Lea and the baby to come, he just doesn’t know how to achieve that true happiness.  He’s worked most of his life and really hasn’t thought about marriage and a family.  His backstory is interesting and I adored his relationship with his sister, Stasia.

I never felt like the story was rushed.  The romance moves at a leisurely pace and the setting for the story is great.  An island that guarantees that if you get married there, it will be forever?  Loved it.  I really didn’t want the book to end.  Lea and Xander were a perfect couple and I can’t wait to hear more about them in the other books.

Again, why are you NOT reading this line?  It’s fun, romantic, has the lush settings and heroes to swoon for in the end?  Tsk, tsk.  Plus, billionaires.  One of Harlie’s favorite heroes.

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Book #3 – Wearing The Greek Millionaire’s Ring

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Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers’ Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.

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Canadian romance writer Rebecca Fairfax thinks a few months living in an English castle will allow her to test out her research theories about the castle and get new material for her writing. Oh, and she’ll be able to carry out her Brass Ring Sorority sisters’ dare to kiss a duke, too. Only, the whole experience ends up changing her life in a way she could never have seen coming…

Ash Piers isn’t interested in peerage and titles. He’s a freewheeling playboy who’s adopted a hedonistic lifestyle after a disastrous love affair. He thinks the upstart Canadian is a gold-digger of the worst kind, kissing his father, the Duke of Piers, on first greeting, then getting engaged to him a moment later! But, damn, he’s attracted to the woman who’s living in his home for the summer. How’s he, a red-blooded Englishman, supposed to keep his hands off her as propriety and family demand?

But with the castle lurching from one crisis to another, Ash and Rebecca have to work together to ensure his family make it through events that threaten to tear everyone apart. And when an ancient and deadly danger looms, both Ash and Rebecca are forced to conquer all fear—physical and emotional…

Part madcap caper, part serious treasure hunting, the Brass Ringers never fail to entertain or get their way!

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“Perhaps I should carry you?” he inquired, his plummy voice tinged with concern.

“Perhaps that would be best.”

She looked into his eyes. Oh my, what a lovely shade of melting chocolate. Then she caught sight of the thief from the corners of her eyes.

“Stop him! The thief—he’s getting away.”

“I thought the matter had not been decided yet?” He raised a sardonic eyebrow, his mouth twitching. Strange, he seemed less worried about the real thief than she did.

“Your tour guide can vouch for me. He pointed the way before I gave chase. Plus, this guy”—she pointed at the slippery culprit still moving with obvious discomfort down the tunnel, holding onto the side while hopping on his one good foot—“gave the game away by announcing what was in the package. The Fabergé egg. How could he know that if I was the one to steal it?”

Hmm, those melting pools of chocolate. Are those flecks of gold? Hard to be certain in the dim light. He paid her words homage and his expression softened. “Of course, that does make a great deal of sense. Though he still might have seen you take it.”

“Duh, of course, it does.” She slipped into defensive mode. “And I did not take it—I’m not the one trying to sneak away.”

“Right you are.”

“You can let me go,” she said with reluctance. “And nab the guy.”

“Are you certain? I don’t want you falling and suing us.”

“For goodness’ sake, I’m not going to sue your ass. Though, on second thoughts, perhaps I should consider suing you for slander.”

He pulled away from her, leaving her instantly colder and bereft of the lovely sensation of being in La-La Land. She tugged off her helmet, letting her fair hair spill out over her shoulders. She fluffed it out with one hand for added emphasis.

“You wouldn’t happen to be a duke of something or other, would you?” she asked at his recoil, praying it was so. That would even make up for slugging through water and ruining her best pair of motorcycle boots.

“No, just an earl. The Earl of Craigmere to be precise. My father’s the duke, so I don’t inherit until he’s gone, which I hope is a long way off—at least most days. He can be a real ballbreaker about my life at times, though perhaps he has reason.” He ran a hand through his hair, disheveling the arrangement and only managing to look even more fetching. “Excuse my language. Ash Piers at your service. Why did you want to know if I’m a duke?”

The first book by a new to me author and it will NOT be my last.  OMG!  This book was just too much at times for me.  The humor alone is what sold me.  Now, I will tell you that since this is from a publisher that normally usually promotes their hotter stuff, this book didn’t have that.  Instead, you had a sorta love triangle (and no, it’s not sexual) and a slow building romance that leads to our hero and heroine to the path of true happiness.

Ash is a great man, not just a hero.  He loved fiercely, loyalty is his middle name, very much a family man but throw in a very bad relationship and that would lead the best of men to be a rake.  He had the most to lose in the book and definitely needed the growth that is shown until the very end.  I love that Ms. Bain took her time with him.  We needed to see his growth slowly and at times, painfully to make us really cheer for the hand of the fair Rebecca.

Rebecca is the heroine that I could sit down with and have a great time with just drinking water.  She is fascinating, funny, determined and genuinely just a special person.  Life didn’t deal her the best in the beginning but she never let it get her down.  It only made her stronger and more determined.  I loved that she was a writer and knew what she was going to do after her last romance book.  Hence the trip to England and doing her “research”.

I have to admit that she Ms. Bain is a new to me author, I didn’t know much about the back story in regards to the sorority and the dares that will eventually lead them to true love but the concept is great.  I will be on the lookout for the next book in the series.  Those girls, in the end, were awesome.  It’s like the rallying of the troops and it worked.  The villain in the story is interesting.  I loved how Ms. Bain put a paranormal spin on it which tied in nicely with all of the research that Rebecca was doing.

Honestly, its been a while since a new to me author give me all the feels.  Ms. Bain is truly a gifted author that brings what could be mundane and puts her own spin on the tropes.  Yes, tropes.

I would be remiss to not let you in on a secret…the dowager is a HOOT!!  A bit naughty but a heart full of gold.  You will love her and wish she was your own grandmother.

About the Author:

January Bain has wished on every falling star, every blown-out birthday candle, and every coin thrown in a fountain to be a storyteller. To share the tales of high adventure, mysteries, and thrillers she has dreamed of all her life. The story you now have in your hands is the compilation of a lot of things manifesting itself for this special series. Hundreds of hours spent researching the unusual and the mundane have come together to create books that features strong women who live life to the fullest, wild adventures full of twists and unforeseen turns, and hot complicated men who aren’t afraid to take risks. She can only hope her stories will capture your imagination and heart as much as they do hers.

If you are looking for January Bain, you can find her hard at work every morning without fail in her office with two furry babies trying to prove who does a better job of guarding the doorway. And, of course, she’s married to the most romantic man!

If you wish to connect in the virtual world she is easily found on Facebook, her second home. Oh, and she loves to talk books…

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