May Contain Spoilers
The Greek’s Pleasurable Revenge features two of my favorite tropes – revenge and second chance at love. Parts of the story worked better than others, and I don’t think I ever warmed up to Lukas. He started out a jerk, and he stayed a jerk far longer than he should have. He also took every opportunity to jump to the wrong conclusion about Callie, and at times it was rage inducing. More on that later.
Lukas was sent to prison for four years, framed by Calista’s father, Aristotle. His father’s friend and business partner, Aristotle started living a little too large, and got himself involved in a gun running scheme, using their shipping company to move the arms fort highest bidder. When his father, Stavros, confronted him on Callie’s 18th birthday, the ensuing argument caused Stavros to suffer a fatal heart attack. Lukas blames Callie, thinking that she was colluding with father. Why? While their fathers were arguing, Callie was seducing Lukas. His still hasn’t forgiven her, for either being sent to prison or for the death of his father.
Lukas, of course, has all of this wrong. Callie has been in love with Lukas for as long as she can remember, and when he didn’t show up at her birthday party as promised, she took matters into her own hands. Borrowing her brother’s car, she inexpertly drives across their private island to Lukas’ house, where she promptly jumps his bones. She had been waiting to show him that she’s a woman now, but after learning of his father’s death, Lukas thinks that she was just diverting him so Aristotle could make Stavros so angry he had a heart attack. Oh, yeah, and since they didn’t use protection, Callie ends up pregnant. She keeps the existence of their daughter, Effie, a secret for four years, and when Lukas finds out, he is livid.
While second chance at love and revenge tropes are among my favorites, secret babies are not. Secret babies are among my least favorite. This story made me like them even less. Lukas has all the power here, and he doesn’t hesitate to use it to get what he wants. He constantly threatens to sue for full custody, and since Callie has cut herself off from her family and has no money, she can’t afford to fight him in court. Giving in to his demands to take Effie to his private islaned for a vacation, once she’s there Lukas informs her that they aren’t leaving. Kidnapping isn’t a favorite trope of mine, either, and the way Lukas kept dangling the threat of taking Effie away and not letting Callie have a part in her life pissed me off. Yes, I guess you could argue that maybe, just maybe, she deserved a little pay back for keeping Effie a secret, but Callie thought that Lukas was an arms dealer, AND he was in a Greek prison, so it’s not like they could have celebrated birthdays together anyway.
Lukas treats Callie horribly through most of the book, and at one point, having his conscience inconveniently kick in, he is upset with Callie for making him feel bad. Really? You act like a complete douche nozzle and blame her for making YOU feel BAD? How do you think Calista feels, jerk! I admit that I almost DNF this, but I have liked Brock’s previous books, so I persevered. In the end, while I didn’t hate the story, I also didn’t love it. The emotional connection I usually feel with Brock’s writing never clicked this time around. Lukas continually thought the worst of every motive for Callie’s behavior, and most of the time, it was his atrocious behavior that caused her to have second thoughts about having Lukas in Effie’s life. I found that frustrating that Lukas, who knew Callie since she was a young girl, didn’t trust her enough to listen to his own instincts about her true personality.
Grade: 3 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
The last person Calista expects—or wants—to see at her father’s graveside is arrogant billionaire Lukas Kalanos. Five years earlier, after an affair that stole her innocence, Lukas betrayed her family and disappeared, leaving Callie with much more than a broken heart…
Seeking vengeance on the Gianopoulous family for framing him, Lukas finds Callie ripe for his seduction. She will pay for past wrongdoings—between his sheets! But discovering that Callie has had his child is a surprise that changes Lukas’s pleasurable plans for revenge…into a hunger to make her his own!