Words to that effect. Her eyes swept over him again. Dear God, but he really was jaw-dropping. Not French, she thought. He was powerfully built, tall, but with a kind of casual continental elegance to him that was almost sensual in its effect.
The last thing she needed was to give any male—even this one! He seemed undeterred by her coolness. His accent had changed suddenly, with his second sentence, from normal English to the old-fashioned speech of a pre-war film. Vanessa glanced up at him—he really was very tall, and she was no muppet herself heightwise. Humour was sparking in his eyes. The irrelevant observation distracted her a moment. Then the expression in his eyes got her. For a second it hung in the balance.
There was something wrong with her speaking voice. It was sounding breathy, and more high-pitched than usual. She swallowed. I really am very respectable. He smiled down at her, and Vanessa found herself searching his face. There was nothing in it except a bland politeness. For a moment she felt—quite ludicrously, given the situation—disappointment.
She bit her lip, eyes dropping away from his face, and thus not seeing the way something flared in the dark grey depths of his eyes. When her gaze went back to him his expression was bland once more. He was a businessman, she realised. He was wearing a business suit, very smart, very formal. And very respectable. Markos glanced down at the glorious red-gold head averted from him, focused on whatever the audio guide was describing to her.
She really was, he mused as they made their slow way around the cathedral, quite exquisite. Everything—from the fantastic sunburst of her hair, the tender line of her throat, the delicate curve of her cheek, the silken translucence of her skin, to the unconscious grace of her slender, yet shapely body—was exquisite.
And that she seemed unconscious of it was enticing all on its own. She seemed to have no idea just how beautiful she was. Was the girl mad to walk out in Paris, of all cities, with her breathtaking looks, and then be surprised that she was a honeypot to every male around?
Including, he thought cynically, himself. A self-mocking expression fleeted in his face. Picking up females on the street was not something he made a habit of, not even to stave off boredom. But… His eyes wandered over her again as she stared, face lifted, at the radiance of the rose window.
For a beauty so exquisite, so unselfconscious, he was definitely prepared to make an exception. His gaze moved on downwards, taking in her tall, slender figure, the beautiful swell of her breasts, her narrow waist and hips and her long legs.
Even in the chainstore clothes she was wearing she was exceptional. As to what she would look like properly gowned—Markos let his imagination play pleasurably over how much her beauty would be enhanced by couture clothes. And jewellery, of course. Paris boasted some of the best jewellers in the world, but if he wanted something special for the girl he knew just where to turn. His cousin, Leo Makarios, had just informed him—as smug as you like, thought Markos—that he had become the owner of a fabulous cache of Tsarist jewels, come to light in the former Soviet Union.
Surely something amongst the treasure trove of the Levantsky collection would be suitable to adorn the rare beauty of the woman at his side. Sapphires or emeralds? Vanessa has spent most of her life sheltered and is a little flustered by Markos's attentions, yet she quickly falls for him. Six months on and Vanessa feels blissfully happy and has more or less devoted herself to him. Markos is also happy with things the way they are with Vanessa, and even the pressure from his father to marry suitably doesn't get to him The heroine Vanessa and the hero Markos meet in Paris, Markos is immediately attracted to her and soon discovers that she is perfect for him.
Markos is also happy with things the way they are with Vanessa, and even the pressure from his father to marry suitably doesn't get to him. Vanessa is shocked and hurt when Markos lets it slip that he only considers her as his mistress, and will never offer her more. Initially Vanessa thinks that it is a mistake, but his actions show her the truth. She leaves without a word and with a secret and begins to build a new life for herself.
Until Markos tracks her down and confronts her with his angry accusations. I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't stand either of the characters. The hero was such an ass, he seemed to have so little respect for the heroine and that always frustrates me beyond belief why do authors write hero's like this! And the heroine is literally the definition of doormat, even worse than the hero's lack of respect for the heroine is the heroine's complete lack of self respect.
Although she did manage to find her backbone eventually, when she finally stood up for herself were some of the best moments in the books, so she is slightly redeemed. The story is also a little similar to other Julia James books, and while some of those worked, this one just did not.
Sep 30, Margo rated it it was amazing Shelves: superbaby , lovely-grovely. Upping this one to five stars because it is possibly a perfect execution of the "I'm a mistress? In additional, it was unintentionally comical, which is always a nice gift. He basically wanted the h, on his terms, and the second she said something he didn't like he had monster tantrums and drew the wrong conclusions.
He said terrible things, not out of cruelty, but out of sheer wrongheadedness, which was actually worse in a Upping this one to five stars because it is possibly a perfect execution of the "I'm a mistress? He said terrible things, not out of cruelty, but out of sheer wrongheadedness, which was actually worse in a way because she finally saw where she fit into his world.
Up until then he put up with a lot from him, largely because she was living in a dream world and wasn't very sophisticated, but once her eyes were opened and to be honest, I was wishing the H had some specialized hand puppets to explain it to her, because nothing else seemed to work , she gave him the heave-ho and stuck with that decision.
She really did a great job of getting her life together and planning for her baby, even if emotionally she was still devastated, so major points for that. The H got everything wrong, and he, too, could have benefited from specialized hand puppets to explain to him what was obvious to everyone else.
May 28, Melody Cox rated it really liked it Shelves: celibate-couple-during-separation , evil-parent-family-member , extra-safe-reads-only , story-dragged-slow-moving , harlequin-presents , hero-strong , mistreated-mc , hp-challenge , hero-brooding , heroine-virgin.
This is a good book however the first half of the story moved along slowly and it either needed to be sped up or the story length reduced. There was an overabundance of very detailed info I could have skipped or done without.
There was also a very commendable grovel scene where he explained why he was the way he was and what had transpired between his This is a good book however the first half of the story moved along slowly and it either needed to be sped up or the story length reduced. There was also a very commendable grovel scene where he explained why he was the way he was and what had transpired between his parents and how it turned him into such a pessimist so against relationships, marriage and children.
It was a sad situation! I have my print set on a larger size but in my reading program he groveled and explained for about ten pages! Loved it and it was clear to see his love for her!
A deep abiding love that he was no longer afraid to voice. It was actually quite beautiful. It certainly made up for the frustration of a slow moving story. This hero is really slow witted maybe dense is a better word! Several times I wanted to tell whomever he was talking to to slow down their speech and say the words very slowly.
I dearly loved his cousin Leo and his new bride Anna. What a treat those two were! I was so hoping for an epilogue that would include us in on the birth of their child. May 10, Mareli rated it it was amazing. I don't know exactly the reason why but I'm i love with this story. Maybe that's because she's good, no weepy kind but a girl with a backbone but I cannot resist. I read it a lot of time and never got tired. Nov 05, AvidReader rated it really liked it. I loved how the heroine rejected him continuously.
No much needed epilogue so I cut half star. Apr 26, Roub rated it it was amazing. Model Vanessa is vacationing in Paris and keeps getting hounded by lecherous strangers. She is rescued by the Greek billionaire Markos, who hides his identity but falls instantly for her beauty.
Soon he seduces her and they begin a passion filled "relationship". But while the h finds herself in love "Tell me, little cousin, does it ever occur to you that you are mentally deranged? But while the h finds herself in love with him, she soon realizes the H thinks of her merely as a mistress.
Then some fertilization realization happens.. Typical HQN trope with a virgin heroine, scarred-because-of-past mean hero, some antibiotic mishap, and a surprise baby. What I am totally baffled by is how stupid the hero was!
Always saying the most lovely foot-in-the-mouth things, he muttered the most unfeeling things to a distressed heroine; and while she initially was blinded by love, I did like when she finally spoke and gave back all the verbal smack down she could to the pompous hero.
Yes there are steamy love scenes from HQN standard- but I really hated that there was no grovel at the end.. Safe Meh 2. Sep 04, Crystal rated it really liked it. Tycoon Markos Makarios and Vanessa met each other in Paris and Markos had to have her and made her his mistress. Vanessa never scents that anything is wrong six months later and ask him where their relationship is going.
Markos has been with Venessa for six months and she is the perfect woman for him, she does everything for him and is only his. So when she asked him that he warned her that they would never get married. I just knew that he really broke her hear. The only thing she could do is leav Tycoon Markos Makarios and Vanessa met each other in Paris and Markos had to have her and made her his mistress. The only thing she could do is leave. She doesn't see him until one day he comes on the set that she is modeling on and screams at her wondering who she cheated on him with.
She gets a backbone and tells him off. Her baby only needs her. These are the kind of books that I love to read. A man acting all alpha until something goes wrong with his plans and finds out the woman is gone when he gets back and he finds out that she's pregnant. He wants her so bad but she won't take him back. He has to grovel and do other things to make her come back. Some people don't like this kind of book. It's better than my home life.
I love happy endings. Dec 27, Cady Lorenzana rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite , hpchallenge. Vanessa was so head over heels in love with Markos and despite the fact that he branded her as his mistress Okay, she did got confused but she doesn't let the word damaged something beautiful they had.
I feel so sad for her I well I know, I should hate Markos. But I can't. I love how the author had his POV that you'd really Vanessa was so head over heels in love with Markos and despite the fact that he branded her as his mistress I love how the author had his POV that you'd really feel that he can't live without her and he was completely smitten over her.
And thank you for the last chapter, where the author discussed Markos acted that way. View all 6 comments. Jan 09, Jasbell76 rated it liked it Shelves: virgin-heroine , heroine-adores-the-hero , hero-is-a-jerk , hero-seeks-heroine-as-mistress , hero-one-and-only-lover , hero-i-wanna-smack , greek-hero , english-heroine , alfa-male-hero , heroine-inexperienced.
This is my first book of Julia James. I wanted to give a chance to this author since I have read some good comments about her so It was a nice book. There were some moments between the main characters that I loved, specially at the end when she treated bad the hero and refused his "help" to raise her child.
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