A Greek’s Christmas Bride: Lynne Graham
Shotgun weddings might be a thing of the past but what happens when one man decides to highjack in this own special way a young girl and make her his token wife? When Apollo Metraxis wants to remain a bachelor forever. No strings attached, no one permanent to run his life at least that’s what he thought until meeting Pixie Robinson. What would you do if your father’s will stated that in order for you to get your inheritance you had to get married, have a child and that was the unthinkable for Apollo. Meet sharp, sassy, gorgeous and definitely a match in many unusual ways for this man, Pixie is his choice for a wife. But, why would anyone agree to the terms that she has to follow his rules, listen to his every word and get pregnant within a certain time frame? In exchange he would payoff her brother’s gambling debts and give her rich life. But part of the stipulation was that her brother Patrick whose girlfriend was pregnant had to enroll in a rehab program for gamblers. Pixie is not one to cower and take to blackmail of this sort but she does agree because anything is better than her brother winding up hurt or worse. Brass, crass, yet some might say unsuitable for him, Pixie somehow manages to change this male self-absorbed man into well you will have to read it to find out. Their wedding night is a challenge and his behavior not quite what it should have been as Pixie does not reveal something about herself that surprised him. Will she change him into another man? Will the dark places in his heart see some sunlight? Friends with Holly and Vito that are close to him she becomes part of a world that is filled with servants, bodyguards, personal makeup artists, personal shoppers and more.
Apollo promised to be faithful even though he is like a female magnet and so many are drawn to him. Yet, for some reason Pixie is different and although he loves his freedom, his job, his family riches, his island and more somehow Pixie manages to get under his skin. The rules required were no strings attached and he would help her brother out of his financial and dire straits which he does. But, why does she think he has been unfaithful? A misunderstanding might separate them for good as Pixie jumps to the wrong conclusion and decides she wants out of the arrangement and marriage for good causing Apollo to leave, take up a new residence and then the fire starts burning and things are about to change.
With the holiday’s approaching and his commitments coming about Pixie is forced to face certain harsh realities as she learns she is about to have his twins. What she does next surprises the reader and will she remain apart from him or will they both realize that some things are hard to change, personalities will clash but in the end they might both find some unexpected happiness. But, his rules are set and his regime does not vary yet Pixie finds herself dealing with the new residence, making decisions and then something might happen to change it all.
The author making readers wishing they were going to live there too vividly describes his private Island of Nexos. The grandeur, the opulence, the beauty of the scenery is so well defined you can picture it in your own mind. Dealing with the media she was told to not answer any questions and with the bodyguards in toe Pixie was able to avoid any interactions. With Dr. Flores information and having to settle in on her own will Pixie be okay? Will she realize how she feels about Apollo? What about the fact that she thinks he cheated on her? Would she attend the party that was planned and how wills she deal with Izzy Jerome who appears to be more than interested in her husband?
This is on Greek guy who won’t back down and one Pixie who is feisty, smart, and sassy and won’t allow anyone to bring her down. From where they both came from and their pasts as they tell is hearing what Apollo dealt with as a child at the hand of two many stepmothers and Pixie fighting poverty and having to deal with her brother what will the final scene be like? The ending is surprising and the epilogue makes you wonder if the author is going to continue their story. The final scene is touching and the perfect gift bestowed. A great book to read on a cold snowy night to warm up the embers and bring some joy and holiday spirit into your heart.
Fran Lewis: Just reviews/MJ magazine