Unpleasant 'romance' about a young woman who goes to Crete to join her brother on vacation, and gets kidnapped by a Greek billionaire. The hero is intent on revenging the unwed pregnancy of a young girl from his village -- allegedly, the father of the baby is the heroine's brother. The billionaire's oh-so-intelligent notion of revenge is not to go to the police, or even just to find the guy and beat the snot out of him - no, he decides that honor must be restored by kidnapping the virginal heroine and making her his house servant/love slave.
The heroine, whose name escapes me even though I just read the book, is just lame enough to fall in love with her kidnapper after *ONE DAY* in his company. I guess when the forced seduction, a/k/a rape, is being performed by a handsome Greek billionaire it's supposed to be OK with the reader. There's even more disturbing elements when, more than once, the hero tells the heroine that no one will believe her if she goes to the authorities, because he's so rich he can make her look like a gold digger/scorned woman.
Blah! I know I'm supposed to suspend belief when I read a Harlequin Presents but this was too much!! Would give this story zero stars if I could. Am writing this review as a warning to fans of older Harlequin Presents and/or Sara Craven to stay away from this one. I've read many other Cravens & know the author can write better than this.
There was no excuse for her response. The ruthless Andreas Nikolaides had lured Gemma to his remote villa in Crete with a single purpose in mind: to punish and humiliate her in revenge for her brogher's seduction of a local girl. He was a man Gemma had cause only to hate, a man who was using her as the instrument of a vengeance she could barely understand. And yet within hours she was falling into his arms, begging him to make love to her exactly as Andreas had so arrogantly promised she would.
when revenge turns into love...