Title: The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom
Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 15th 2016
Page Count: 218
Reviewed by: Ele
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Marriage gets less convenient when love is involved.
It started simple: Ondrej Kovac marries Archie Katsaros so Ondrej can stay in the US, away from his judgmental family in eastern Europe. Archie marries Ondrej in exchange for the money to bail out his failing company. It’s a fraud neither man is convinced he can pull off.
But as Archie introduces Ondrej to New York society and Ondrej proves his skill in the office, they start to discover a connection between them. Can they overcome the rocky foundation their relationship was built on, meddling immigration agents, gossip columnists determined to out their deception, and an aggressive executive set on selling Archie’s company out from under him? Only if they can prove to each other their love is worth fighting for.
The premise of this book had me really, really excited. Harlequin romance is so not my thing, but A) once upon a time, the 15 year old me stole one of my mom’s books, and it was my first time with romance . It was this one:
and B) Greek MC y’all! Just so you know, MF is brimming with Greek Tycoons. It’s unfair that we don’t have any in MM.
Well, I was very disappointed regarding the second reason. There is nothing remotely Greek about this story, except the MC’s name, or references to Archie’s roots at all. Except the failure of the Greek economy, that is. But this was just my wishful thinking , and it’s not the author’s fault that I didn’t get what I expected.
This really had all the elements of a Harlequin romance: The “marriage of convenience” trope, the miscommunication between the characters, the assumptions that the MCs make about each other’s feelings, and the sweetness.
But in my opinion, this story lacked heart. I felt zero connection or chemistry between the MCs, and no character development whatsoever. Archie, in particular, was one-dimensional and acted like a robot at times. And I’ll have to disagree with this:
“Do you have any notion of how difficult it is to honor the memory of a man who thought loyalty to his home country and his family was more important than practicality? That the utter failure of the Greek economy means a good chunk of his money is basically gone? All I want is to get most of what’s left moved to a more stable bank.”
Archie, my man…this is a very, very good reason to honor the memory of your father. I hope Archie’s dad wasn’t dead in this story. It seems that I would have liked him more than his son.
But the ending was truly wonderful, and the reason I’m rating this with three stars.
Overall, although well-written, this was just meh for me, mostly because I know how talented Kate McMurray is, and this didn’t come close to what I ‘ve read from her. But I already have a bad record with Dremspun Desire Series. If you have enjoyed it, you might like this more than me.