Conveniently Wed To The Greek by Kandy Shepherd
I enjoyed this book and read it in two sittings. The story centres around two characters, Dell and Alex.
The two dislike each other at the start of the book due to Dell publishing a scathing review three years earlier of one Alex's beloved restaurants which resulted in him suing the newspaper she worked for, however, the judge ruled in her favour. Alex then threatened to ruin her career.
Alex and Dell bump into each other and try and be civil with one another. Alex is a changed man from how he was three years earlier, after losing his Fiancée in a tragic situation and with his life spiralling out of control his Father intervened and sent him back to his native Greek village to be among his family, here he gained a new perspective and realised he needed to change.
After bumping into each other again, Alex overhears that Dell has lost her job at the newspaper in Sydney and only has her Blog for income. Feeling bad and wanting to make amends, Alex offers Dell a job working as his Publicity Director at his new exclusive well-being resort on a private island. Reluctant at first Dell then excitedly agrees until Alex mentions the resort is in Greece! Dell then has to decline as she is carrying a secret.
There is a chance Dell could be pregnant due to having a final round of IVF after her marriage ended in divorce. After declining Alex's offer of a job Dell thinks that her period has started and that the IVF has failed once again. She calls Alex and asks if the job is still available and accepts.
Two weeks later she lands in Greece ready to start her new job. Within a few weeks, she starts getting terrible seasickness on her daily commute by boat over to the island where the resort is. Worried, Alex sends her to the Dr to ask for some sea sick tablets. However, the Dr tells Dell she is in fact pregnant. Shocked but happy, Dell tells Alex that if he'd like her to go back to Sydney she will. However, he persuades her to stay and work for him instead.
As time goes by the attraction between them grows and they share a kiss, but neither of them wants to pursue a romance after their past and there is the baby to think about. So they both agree to never talk about it again. At a family birthday party, Alex's parents tell him that his Father has cancer and his last wish is to see his son married. His whole family assume that he and Dell are a couple due to the amount of time they spend together and that her growing baby bump is his!
Wanting to grant his Fathers last wish, Alex asks Dell to marry him as a business arrangement and in return, he will help her with much-needed money that she needs to pay off debts and look after her baby. All they have to do is stay married for a year and keep their true feelings out of it...
I really enjoyed reading this. I haven't read anything by Kandy Shepherd before but I am keen to read more. From the title, I assumed the two would have a fling and Dell would get pregnant and they'd get married for convenience. So the twist of her being pregnant by IVF was an interesting twist. The change in Alex through the book from being quite cold at the start to being more open was nice to see, I felt he had been on a huge journey. I also enjoyed how the importance of family played a huge role in the story too.
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* I was kindly sent this book in exchange for an honest review. However this didn't effect the outcome of my review. All views are my own.
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