Title: Kidnapped by the Greek Billionaire
Author: Rachel Lyndhurst
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
May Contain Spoilers
Or that’s what it feels like to Kizzy Dean when a business disagreement with arrogant Greek lawyer Andreas Lazarides leaves her no choice but to accompany him to the Greek Isle of Rhodes. It doesn’t help matters this sexy brooding stranger, who is unaccustomed to the word No and the very idea of commitment, shows her what it feels like to be truly desired.
Amidst the ancient myths and alleyways, tensions run high as Kizzy feels an immediate attraction for the man she wants to both ravage and strangle.
Accustomed to gold-digging women, Andreas is mesmerized by Kizzy’s feisty nature and Gypsy beauty. Guilt and sorrow have been his only bedfellows since his sister’s death, but Kizzy stirs up a desire he’s unwilling to succumb to… until she makes him an offer he simply can’t refuse.
I love series romance, so it’s exciting to see a few new faces in the field. The latest entrant into the world of wealthy alpha males and headstrong heroines is Entangled Publishing, with their Indulgence line. For shorter reads, take a look at their Flirts and Ever Afters lines.
I usually don’t like stories with billionaires, because I have a very hard time relating to the heroes. They are richer than Midas, and don’t have to worry about things like paying their utility bills or stocking the pantry with food. They don’t even have to think about cleaning the house or doing their own laundry; they have domestic help to take care of stuff like that. While I would love to experience the thrills of having someone else clean the bathroom, I admit to having a certain respect for a guy who will scrub his own toilet.
Kidnapped by the Greek Billionaire starts off with protagonist Kizzy making an awful first impression on uber busy rich guy, Andreas, a Greek billionaire who is about to ruin her life by demolishing both her home and her dreams. Having invested most of her life savings into a restaurant in London, she is dismayed to learn that the new owner is going to have it torn down to make way for a new housing development. Timi’s has been her safe haven since her mother’s death, and the previous owners were like family to her. When they retired, they sold their business to Andreas, assuming that he would keep the business operating with Kizzy as the new manager. Nope! That plan was never on Andreas’ agenda!
Desperate to change his mind, Kizzy is soon swept into a fiery affair with the passionate Andreas. Despite her misgivings, Kizzy can’t resist Andreas’ bold advances. Their relationship is stormy and steamy. Andreas is Kizzy’s first lover, and as he introduces her to sensual pleasures she hadn’t even dreamed of, she finds herself falling in love with him. This leads to lots of angst and self-recrimination on Kizzy’s part. She doubts that Andreas will stay faithful to her, and she knows that he doesn’t want a permanent relationship. He marriage ended disastrously, and he’s not about to trust another woman. He’s keeping his tragic past firmly to himself, and Kizzy despairs at his secrecy.
I liked Kizzy from the start, but Andreas was harder to warm up to. Early in the story he chastises Kizzy and rebuffs her efforts to keep the restaurant open. He tells her everyone is suffering with the poor economy, and that remark just grated on my nerves. Here is a guy with a luxurious yacht, a private plane, and several residences, and he is lecturing a woman who can barely afford to pay her rent about the realities of a bad economy. Er….right. Sorry, Andreas, but it made you sound like a pompous ass, especially when you insisted on purcahsing a whole new wardrobe for Kizzy instead of letting her pop home to pack a suitcase after dragging her off to Greece because you are afraid that she will tell the former owners of the restaurant that you’re going to have the building torn down. Ugh.
Despite a weak premise and a hero who was occasionally hard to like, I enjoyed my time spent with Kizzy and Andreas. I loved the exotic setting and probably wouldn’t have protested much if I was dragged to a Greek island. I think that Andreas should have groveled a bit more before Kizzy forgave him, but because she jumped to conclusions too quickly and refused to communicate with him, I’ll cut him some slack. Kizzy acted immature near the end of the book, and the wedge that is driven between the couple is based solely on her inability to talk to Andreas. This was frustrating for me, because it showed that she hadn’t developed much from the start of the story.
Grade: Waffling between a B & B-
Review copy provided by publisher