Pretending With the Greek Billionaire by Kira Archer

30741416.jpgAlways the life of the party, Luca Vasilakis needs to prove he’s capable of taking over his father’s billion-dollar corporation. The perfect opportunity falls in his arms in the form of the reserved but sexy social worker Constance McMurty. What better way to improve his reputation than to get engaged to a do-gooder who is raising six orphans?

Constance wants nothing to do with Luca. But a poorly timed paparazzi photo lands her in the middle of a media nightmare, and Luca is her only way out. He proposes an idea that will help them both—be his fiancée to gain him some respectability and he’ll make a huge donation to her organization…and save her reputation.

But when their lie starts feeling like the truth, and the chemistry just won’t stop, they have a hard time separating what’s real and what’s fantasy…

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My Review:
3.5 stars — I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

I am a self-confessed Harlequin book lover.  Before the days of my Kindle and my discovery of Indie authors (b/c I’ve always been an underdog kind of girl, so Indie books are right up my alley), I used to consume Harlequin books at an ALARMING rate.  Cheap books individually, but with the number of books I read it was an expensive habit.  And one of my favourite lines was the Harlequin Presents line…so this is a LONG introduction paragraph to say that this book reminded me so much of the books I used to read in that line — European Billionaire Playboy?  Check.  And so I totally requested this book with that kind of nostalgia in mind.  And it definitely fulfilled what I was looking for from that.

I loved the chemistry between Luca and Constance.  It was a very sexy book, and they definitely had a palpable connection.  And the progression of the romance was exactly what I was expecting, and I’m ok with that.  It definitely followed a pattern that I’m used to, so there weren’t any surprises, but again, sometimes I want a book that gives me exactly what I’m expecting…  A bit tropey, definitely, but I wanted that push and pull between a hero and heroine that don’t really fit together, but somehow bring out the best in one another.

It would have been a full 4 stars if it weren’t for the completely useless children characters.  I honestly don’t know why Ms. Archer even bothered with 6 foster children in this story, they really only focused on the one girl throughout the story, and it was like they barely interacted with the other girls…they had the other people taking care of them.  It just felt like a plot device, but it didn’t really add anything of substance to the story.  The author really could have done a bit more with that storyline, or else just had the one orphan girl or something.  I was disappointed.

So all in all, a great light romance read.  Definitely what I was needing in this moment.

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