I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Beauty and the Greek Billionaire by Stefanie London
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on October 29, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Entangled Publishing
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Marianna Halsey has the most boring life in the world. With seven overprotective older brothers, she’s even ended up a virgin at twenty-four. But when a dark and sexy male prevents her from getting her wallet stolen on a Greek vacation, she decides it’s time for some adventure. She’s read a gazillion romance novels. How hard can it be to score a hook-up?
Greek billionaire and stock market whiz, Nico Galinas has built an empire from nothing. Literally. Orphaned as a baby, Nico trusts no one. Especially not the quirky, attractive woman using the worst pick up tricks in history. She wants something, and Nico decides to play along, even when she invites herself back to his place.
But what happens when the beast accidentally knocks up the beauty?
Marianna Halsey is on a business trip with her brother on one of the Greek isles. While her brother, Daniel was conducting business, Marianna had her own business to attend to. She is all set to lose her V card…yes that’s right, her virginity. It’s tough growing up the only girl with seven overprotective brothers. One would think Marianne would know all about men, but she knew nothing of what they wanted in a woman. She really did not have any girlfriends or people she could talk to about sex. Everything she knew came from the romance books she loves to read. But, Marianna is prepared and has her checklist handy. All she needs is a sexy Greek man, a private location, sexy panties and last but not least some liquid courage. While on the hunt she comes close to being pick pocketed, but is saved from plundering by the sexy Nico Galinas. One look at Nico and she knew romance book heroes really ARE true. Greek man found…..check! Fast forward two months later Marianna finds herself pregnant and back on Nico’s doorstep ready to take their relationship from one night stand to forever. But, can Nico give her the happily ever after she seeks?
Marianna is such an easy heroine to love. She is quirky, often spouting fun language facts when she gets nervous (which is all the time). She is a terrible flirt, but it makes her all the more endearing. She is shy around men. She has only been kissed once and it was a complete disaster. Men did not go for women like her. Marianna’s only romantic experiences came from books, so when she decides it high time to change her status quo she takes a huge gamble when she chooses the sexiest Greek man she has ever seen. She fumbles and boy does she fumble, but Nico is enraptured by her innocence and shyness. He finds himself attracted to Marianna even though he doesn’t want to be. Nico is a hermit. Sure, he is a billionaire, but work is work. His private life is just that…private and lonely. Nico had a rough start at life growing up in an orphanage and he was alone for a very long time and established major trust issues as he was growing up. When Marianne announced her pregnancy and how she wanted them to become a real family, Nico had other ideas in mind. The only thing he is capable of giving is a marriage of convenience only for the sake of the baby. Marianne has other ideas though, and she sets out with the hope of changing their marriage of convenience to a marriage based on love, trust and commitment. Nico is in so much trouble!
Have we seen the marriage of convenience, surprise baby, shy virgin heroine tropes before? Yes, in many many books, but no one writes a story quite the way Stefanie London does. She has such an easy knack for drawing you right in with her humor and heartfelt moments with a story full of angst. I found myself deeply invested in Marianne and Nico’s story right from the first page. London’s humor sucked me right in and then she changed the script to a story full of so much love, acceptance, tender moments, and yes, even some moments where I wanted to bop Nico in the head with a bat. Gah, men! There is also a big misunderstanding which had me grumbling because I know if they just talked it would all become clear, but in this case with this story it was more believable because of Nico’s history. I felt that Nico stayed true to character.
One more thing I would like to add is this story is HOT…like bring on the fan you are about to be sensory overloaded (in a good way!). London sure does bring on the steam and if she brought it even harder, I think my glasses might have fogged up. I think I may have melted a time or two…okay maybe more, but who’s counting!
Beauty and the Greek Billionaire blends humor, charm, and pure sexiness into a wonderfully written character driven story. I fell in love with Marianna and Nico and I know you will too. I highly recommend this charming and heartfelt story.