A Stormy Greek Marriage by Lynne Graham

A Stormy Greek Marriage by Lynne Graham
Author:
Lynne Graham

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On January 11, 2012
Last modified:January 19, 2013

Summary:

Books like this are the reason I stopped reading category romance in my mid-20s. I hope I don't come across too many more of them in the near future. DNF.

A Stormy Greek Marriage by Lynne Graham (The Drakos Baby, Book 2) - Australian edition

Books like this are the reason I stopped reading category romance in my mid-20s. I hope I don’t come across too many more of them in the near future. DNF.

I have five more titles in my Lynne Graham glom pile, but I’m not sure I can bear to go on. On one hand, I knew getting into this book that Graham writes domineering heroes of the 80s alpha kind. I thought I could cope with it, but this book is such a trainwreck I gave up halfway through.

Surprisingly for a category romance, this is part two of a series. (Perhaps Graham should have just written a full length book, did anyone think of that?) The back story is explained well enough to get the gist—I’m fairly sure I wouldn’t be prepared to slog through an entire book to basically learn that Alexei finally slept with his personal assistant, Billie, taking her virginity. She’s pined for him in secret but felt she was no match for the dazzling beauties that naturally flock to her rich, handsome boss.

Unfortunately, Alexei tripped and hit his head and managed to conveniently forget the two nights they were together. More unfortunately for Billie, the oblivious Alexei tried to rekindle a childhood romance as Billie coped with the consequences of their nights together—yes, the old secret baby.

Anyway, back to this book. Billie and Alexei ended up together at the end of book one, but on their wedding night at the start of book two, Alexei magically divines that Billie is no virgin. He’s enraged and walks out on her. Or so she thinks. He doesn’t think it was walking out. More like having a tantrum because she lied. Except she tells him the truth about their child, Nicky, and he thinks it’s a lie. DNA is taken, Alexei realises she was telling the truth, but even then Graham refuses to bestow any sort of power on the heroine.

When Billie threatens to divorce Alexei, he whisks Nicky off to a different country, deliberately making Billie think he’d been kidnapped. Way to go to convince a woman to spend the rest of her life with you and her son. There’s nothing redeeming about a man who lets his wife think he’s kidnapping their son to convince her not to get a divorce.

At that point I put the book down. In many ways, I can see the appeal of Graham’s story to an older generation of women and in women today who are products of different cultures, who may have had to endure marriages rife with infidelity, lies and an enormous imbalance of power. I feel sorry for them, and a book like A Stormy Greek Marriage may be a way to express their frustrations while providing a glimmer of hope that love and dedication and faith might result in a happy ending.

But I’m not from that generation, and Alexei’s actions are abhorrent to me. A man who refuses to listen to someone he purports to love, who puts the principle of honesty before compassion by refusing to listen to her explanations, is not a hero in my mind. He’s an immature bully undeserving of the wealth and power and good looks with which fate—or the author—has gifted him.

Yay or nay?

Books like this are the reason I stopped reading category romance in my mid-20s. I hope I don’t come across too many more of them in the near future. DNF.

Who might enjoy it: Martyrs

Who might not enjoy it: Potential paperweight targets

This book is no longer in print.

A Stormy Greek Marriage by Lynne Graham (The Drakos Baby, Book 2) - Australian editionA Stormy Greek Marriage by Lynne Graham (The Drakos Baby, Book 2) - UK editionA Stormy Greek Marriage by Lynne Graham (The Drakos Baby, Book 2) - US edition

Title: A Stormy Greek Marriage
Series: Drakos Baby (Book 2)
Author: Lynne Graham
Publisher: Harlequin Mills & Boon

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9 comments

  1. MS says:

    Lynne Graham is a respected author, every bit as Penny Jorday who recently passed.  Giving a respectful review is one thing but your “mean girl” comments revolt me.

  2. Kat says:

    I have every respect for Lynne Graham as an author, but I deeply disliked this particular book for the reasons I outlined above. Feel free to refute my arguments, but citing ‘mean girl comments’ is a fairly unproductive way of expressing one’s disagreement.

  3. Kaetrin says:

    The hero sounds like a jerk. I don’t think I’d have finished either. I can certainly understand why you had no interest in seeing whether the author could redeem him somehow. I’ve DNF’d books where I had the same issue and couldn’t have cared less about the hero getting an HEA. I didn’t think your review was mean at all FWIW, just honest about why this book did not work for you.

  4. Mia Loveless says:

    Honestly, I wasn’t able to read this book, A Stormy Greek Marriage by Lynee Graham. But as I read the blog and the other comments, I also thought the same thing. Hope I can have a copy of this book so I can prove if your comments guys are really true :)

  5. Tasha says:

    Thanks for the true review. I got this same feeling from the reviews on Amazon. And I got this feeling from the first book. Which Ms. Graham could have just concluded and given us an epilogue. I was surprised by the cliffhanger ending and then to read the second part wasn’t good. Disappointing.

  6. Kat says:

    Mia, you might be happier just picking a different Lynne Graham novel. Even a friend of mine who usually loves Graham hasn’t read this one.

    Tasha, I was going to read the first book but I didn’t want to put myself through it anymore. From the little that I skimmed, I think it may have been better than this one, cliffhanger ending notwithstanding. 

  7. Fiona Marsden says:

    Hi Kat
    I started reading the first book and as soon as I realised he was sleeping with another woman after making the heroine pregnant it totally lost me.  I put it down and still haven’t picked it up or read more than a few pages of part 2.
    I am a Lynne Graham fan from way back and up until that book had read everything she wrote.  Now I’m terrified to pick one up.  Her new duet has the hero sleeping with another woman during their marital separation and apparently making her pregnant according to reviews so that has just made it harder.  I can live with sleaze if it is pre heroine but not after.  It just makes me nauseous.
    I still read her old ones that I’ve read before and enjoy them.  Just not her new ones.  I’ve bought a couple but they just keep slipping down the TBR pile.

  8. Kat says:

    Fiona, I don’t have a hard limit on the hero sleeping with others during a separation with the heroine but it has to be done exceptionally well for that plot to work for me. I just don’t think category romance gives enough room for an author to do it justice. It’s always a disappointment when a favourite author goes down a tangent in their writing that you’re not prepared to follow.

    That said, do you have any particular titles from Graham’s backlist that you’d recommend? I have a friend who loves her work, and I’d like to give her one last try. 

What do you think?