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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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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!

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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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Book #3 – Wearing the Greek Millionaire’s Ring

A convenient engagement…

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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About the Author

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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#Review of That Guy and That Girl by Natalia Albrite w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #Debut Author #contemporary romance #New Adult @NAlbrite

That Guy and That Girl

by Natalia Albrite

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GENRE:   New Adult Contemporary Romance

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BLURB:

Olivia Meadows is excited to finish her senior year of college as a volleyball national champion beside her teammates and best friends. A complication arrives in the form of John Hunter, that guy, her brother’s best friend whom she has had a secret crush on since she was eleven years old. Effortlessly charming and handsome, with a body honed by years of playing football, John initiates his charm offensive and Olivia finds herself unable to resist him.

John Hunter is pumped to finish his senior year of college as a football national champion beside his teammate and best friend. The only thing missing is that girl, Olivia Meadows, his best friend’s little sister. He needed to sow some wild oats before settling down with Olivia but now he is ready for something serious with the girl he has always admired. 

Be careful what you wish for. John and Olivia find themselves dealing with adult consequences very quickly and wondering if their young love can endure the pressures of adulthood. Will they find deeper love or implode from the pressures of their own making?

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Excerpt Three:

“Hey, I’ve missed you and I’m really glad to see you,” he says as he looks deep into my eyes. Simple words that say everything I want to hear right now. This is exactly what we need: to keep it simple and direct.

I want him to kiss me and I want him to do it now. I want to say ditto so we can get to the good stuff faster but just as quickly I decide to be as clear as he was, “I’ve missed you too and I’m so glad you’re here.”

We both stare at each other for a few seconds and then eventually smirk. He nods and says, “I’m gonna kiss the shit out of you now.”

I nod as he pulls me in closer. One arm moves to my lower back. I place my hands back on the pecs I want to appreciate more fully. He touches his lips to mine so gently. In some ways I want him to rush. I want him to deepen things quickly. But in more ways, I want him to take it slow and let this burn slow between us. It feels like forever since we have appreciated each other in this way.

He is clearly taking the slow route and eventually adds the slightest bit of tongue to his kisses. It’s subtle and I both love and hate the slowness in escalation. I involuntarily moan quietly. He knows how to build the tension. He pulls back and looks into my eyes again, “I love you.”

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Yall this book.  New Adult, debut author and she hits it out of the ballpark.  I’m in awe of Ms. Albrite and her talent.  Plus, the setting is in Texas, Austin to be specific to the places that the story takes place, I can relate to.  And I just fell in love with John and Olivia.  I won’t go into the set up of the book or the plot but I will, however, share my thoughts about specific things.

  1.  Olivia – biracial and she reminds John of this fact.  Ms. Albrite doesn’t skim over this but the topic is discussed between them due to John’s parents.  Trust me, they are the typical country club type.  Olivia is smart, funny and her own person.  She has a tribe that she can count on and her relationship with her brother, Marcus is fantastic.  Olivia is just your typical college senior trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life after she FINALLY picks out what her major is.  Her conversations about the picking of her major are hilarious and spot on.
  2.  John – is a delight.  He has been biding his time with Olivia and his feelings for her.  He’s not a player or douche either.  Just an all-around guy that has had his eye on his best friend’s sister since high school.  His conversation with Marcus is typical “bro” stuff yet, serious.  Did I mention that he is white and from a country club family?  Typical Dallas suburbs.  Trust me, I grew up there.  Ugh.  I hate parents like that.
  3.  This is a sweet romance for the most part.  The beginning was a bit hot and heavy but nothing your grandmother couldn’t read.  As the story unfolds, the bedroom stuff is completely unnecessary.  This book is about the characters John and Olivia and how they deal with something very major that changes their lives and relationship forever.  Not going to tell you what it is except that Ms. Albrite, again, tackles it head-on and lets her characters figure it out.  I will tell you that Olivia near the end of the book deals with something that a lot of women go through and I applaud Ms. Albrite for broaching the subject matter and letting Olivia and John in their own ways deal with it.  I had tears at one point.
  4.  Austin, TX – I will admit that I CAN.NOT.STAND. the University of Texas.  I’m from Oklahoma so there is that.  I did, however, like how Ms. Albrite uses the setting of the campus and sports has the backdrop for their story.  I could see The Drag, the stadium, and even where the house party is in my mind.  Trust me, I’ve been all over that town.  However, I would have liked to see the bats but that’s just me.
  5.  The emotional tug of war in the book.  One moment I was gasping, then getting misty-eyed and then laughing.  My emotions were all over the place with this book and normally, I don’t get that emotional when I read a book. This one just grabbed from the beginning and never let me go.  And yes, its NEW ADULT.  Who knew, right?

The payoff from the beginning is beautiful.  You will watch Olivia and John forge through the ups and downs, tears and triumphs on and off the playing field.  You get the parental involvement that is not heavy-handed but just right for the guidance that these two need at times.  You get Marcus and John’s relationship break down and then have to re-build it.  You see a beautiful love story that began when they were kids and see it grow into adulthood.

Ms. Albrite has a fan for life with her rich storytelling, amazing characters and a realistic plot that made me miss Olivia and John when the story was over.  I can’t wait for Marcus’ story later this year.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

Natalia is a lifelong reader and lover of romance novels. Before finally tapping away at her keyboard to create her own stories, she tried all sorts of professions: elementary school teacher, barista, seller of make-up, baker, and the list goes on. When she isn’t pursuing the arts, she’s hanging out with her husband, two wacky children, and full-figured Corgi.

 

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Excerpt from Vivi’s Leading Man by Emily Mims w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @emilymimsauthor #contemporaryromance

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EXES AND OHS

The marriage was one of convenience. She had status and he had money. But… there was something there, and both of them felt it. After three years of him working long hours and her spending too much time at the Durango Street Theatre, Miguel Abonce and Vivienne Heiser called it quits. One year later, they are forced to work together to save or sell the theater. In the process they discover things they never knew about each other and they learn there’s more between them than burning up the sheets. They might really love each other after all.

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He should pull away. Instead, tightened his hold while he plundered her sweetness. They clung together for long moments, their moans the only sound in his ears. When he pulled back, he looked into her eyes, dimly lit by the streetlights and a waxing moon in the night sky. “Well,” he murmured softly as he took in her swollen lips and her glazed expression. “Was it as good as it used to be?”

His question seemed to snap her out of her trance. “Yep. Best empty, meaningless kiss I’ve ever had.” Her words were biting, but her expression screamed sad. She pulled back and he let her go, even though every muscle in his body was dying to hold onto her.

She got into the Beamer and in typical Vivienne fashion pulled out of the parking lot a little too fast. He watched her go, his fingers pressed to his lips. It stung more than he cared to admit that she thought what he craved was empty and meaningless.

It had never felt that way to him.

About the Author:

The author of over thirty romance novels, Emily Mims combined her writing career with a career in public education until leaving the classroom to write full time. The mother of two sons, she and her husband split their time between central Texas, eastern Tennessee, and Georgia visiting their kids and grandchildren. For relaxation Emily plays the piano, organ, dulcimer, and ukulele for two different performing groups, and even sings a little. She says, “I love to write romances because I believe in them. Romance happened to me and it can happen to any woman—if she’ll just let it.”

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