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The Marriage Betrayal (Volakis Vow #1)

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  405 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Careless passion, pregnancy surprisei 1/2 Sander Volakis goes his own way. Hei 1/2s forged his reputation in business, rather than relying on the family fortune, and indulges his darkly passionate, wild streak i 1/2 he has no intention of marryingi 1/2 He doesni 1/2t do country weekends, either. Pitching up at Westgrave Manor is a favour to his father and a borei 1/2until ...more
Published July 1st 2011 by Mills & Boon (first published January 1st 2011)
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The last time they did this two parter thingy I promised myself I wouldn't read the first book until I had the second one ready to go. But I thought I would read the first few pages - you know - to get a sense of LG's latest. Hah! So much for that trick...she sucked me in.
I found her latest a real departure from her recent offerings and harkened back to her earlier great books. Certainly a wonderful thing, only sad because I can't say I loved it.
I was intrigued by Tally. She's the illegitimate d
Jess the Romanceaholic
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Expected Release Date: July 19, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Harlequin Presents
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My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Volakis Vow
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Hot
Years ago, Tally’s mother tried to trap a tycoon into marriage by intentionally getting pregnant. Unfortunately for her, he didn’t succumb to her machinations, and instead
I couldn't get into this book from the start. The heroine seemed like a door mat the way she was treated and talked to by her 17 year old sister, and to tell you the truth I couldn't see what the hero saw in her. There was nothing special about her that would make me believe that a guy like that would be into her. Her personality was so bland and uninteresting. If I can't get into the leads after 30% into a book it's no use I continue to try, so goodbye.
Aly is so frigging bored
Main characters:
Tally Spencer
Sander Volakis

Why I added the book: I don't remember why... I think I was in one of my "Oh, billionaires! Cool." moods.

About the book: The book started well, Tally is a 20 year old college student who comes from a broken family. Her dad kind of orders her to go with her younger half-sister to a house party to keep her out of trouble. There every girl behaves atrociously since he's the "hired help" but she meets the attractive Sander who wants to bed her. They have
This is very much a book of two halves and if I judged it by the first half, I would be flouncing the entire book and giving it a 1 star review. Luckily, it does get better. The problem with the first half of this book is that in order to make the heroine, Tally, seem innocent and naive and kind, Graham has populated the novel with a series of vile characters that take advantage of Tally. I know it's supposed to show the difference between the 'good' poor and the 'selfish' rich, but as the hero, ...more
Nicole About Town

It has been a very long time since I read a straight up romance book. After reading this one, I remember why I stopped. The story is a familiar one. Woman is self-reliant and from a broken home. As a result she is looking for love, but holding out for the one. Man is a spoiled playboy who is not used to hearing the word no. Man likes the thrill of the challenge that woman brings and wants to sleep with her, but doesn’t want to have a relationship. Woman puts up half-hearted attempts to resist wh
The hero Sander and the heroine Tally meet at a weekend party. Tally is only there in order to keep an eye on her half sister, although she has to pretend to her her sisters assistant. Due to the circumstances of her birth Tally has never been able to acknowledge that she is the illegitimate daughter of a wealthy Greek businessman. Sander is part of a powerful Greek family, as well as being successful in his own right. He enjoys his freedom and doesn't ever plan on settling down despite pressure ...more
I had low expectations going into this one, so I surprised that I liked it as much as I did.

Even though the hero is a unapologetic alpha male, I actually kind of liked him. Yeah, he was a jerk, but at least he owned it. What other hero tells the heroine that he has no plans on being monogamous (although he does immediately agree to an exclusive relationship when the heroine says she won't sleep with him otherwise).

And if I think back to when I was 20 years old, think about how I would have react
Carol Storm

Lynne Graham used to be my all-time favorite Harlequin Presents author. AN ARABIAN COURTSHIP just about fried my brains when I first read it twenty-some years ago.

But this new one was just sort of meh. A girl gets pregnant. Her hunky guy mopes a lot, but marries her. Her parents are no good schemers. She cries. She packs her bags. He stops her at the airport. Everything felt bland and warmed-over.

Where was all the luxury? Where were the exotic locations? Where were the sizzling love scenes
Subathra S
how could someone become accustomed to marriage. I can accept marriage without love and discovering it as the time proceeds. But sander is trying to get back tally because he was accustomed to her in his life. that sucks.

Take a strong, independent young woman, throw her into a romance novel, and suddenly she forgets everything. I couldn't help being disappointed.

Disclaimer: A copy of the book was provided by the publisher.
Susanna Carr
Aug 02, 2011 Susanna Carr added it
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Tally Spencer, the heroine of this story, reminds me a lot of Cinderella. She's innocent, hard-working and a poor relation. At the beginning of the story, Tally is looking after her glamorous and spoiled half-sister when she meets Sander Volakis. Sander could have any woman he wants and he can't fight the instantaneous attraction he feels for Tally.

Sander is also an unrepentant playboy and a powerful businessman. People will go to great lengths to grant Sander his every wish and he's surprised w
I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would because I knew it was two books to complete the tale of Sander Volakis and Tally Spencer. Now I can go get the next one and read it.
Tally is almost done with college when her father asks her to go to a house party in the country with her half sister. ( The father she has only seen less than 10. and doesn't acknowledge her.) Her sister does not want anyone to know they are sisters so she plans to say she is her assistant. Tally is 20 and a virgin an
Şantaj-Lynne Graham

Bu ayki Harlequin High Life serisinden Lynne Graham'ın Şantaj isimli romanı btirdim.. ama romanın yarım kaldığını hissettim ki..Ben serinin ikinci kitabı Bride For Real'in ayrı bir macera olacağını tahmin ettsemde değilmiş..Keşke bu ayki High Life serisini yazarın iki kitabı ard arda verilebilseydi..

Kitaptaki erkek kahramana biraz gıcık oldum..Çünkü gelecek seferki macerada sanırım bir ihanet söz konusu ama şunu belirteyim ki yazarın farkı hissedilyor ne kadarda stilini biraz
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The Marriage Betrayal
Lynne Graham

I love he-did-her- wrong novels! Sandor is attracted to Tally Spencer when they meet at a weekend house party. She is unlike most of the girls he beds but never weds. Their attraction and desire grow as they spend the next several weeks together. When she discovers she is pregnant, the relationship starts to fracture. Sandor is secretly blackmailed into marrying Tally who jumps at the chance to marry him. Their secrets begin to unravel their fragile marriage but
Reviewed at: Library of Lights
Review date: 16 July 2011
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Reading Lynne Graham books is like eating a box of sinful, dark chocolate pralines, and this one is no different. ‘The Marriage Betrayal’ by Lynne Graham is sinfully delicious to read and makes you feel that you could moan out of pleasure. I love the intensity of this book, and I regret the fact that the book actually had to end at some point.

This book is wonderfully written and I can’t wait for the
Sander Volakis is a man's man. He does what he wants, when he wants. Right now, he wants is Tally Spencer. She, knowledgeable to what a player he is, wants no part of what he's offering. Unfortunately, her heart overrules her brain and she and Sander begin to see each other. Soon, Tally finds that she is pregnant. Sander offers her a decent financial package and a 'we're done' edict. Soon, his tune changes, after Tally's absentee father decides to throw his weight around. They are married and, s ...more
I think the statement made on page 80/82 maybe about halfway down, turned him into a donkey's butt instead of just a plain ole donkey. I really liked the heroine who showed a strength of character but of course let the hero completely mush her brain.
In contrast to the second book in the series this one did not make me want to slap Sander's face although i thought him very imature in his behavior. A plus was that both the hero and the heroine was a little younger than the typical harlequin.
Jerk hero, weak heroine, poor storyline. Two part series and that I don't care to read the next book. These characters should not be bringing a baby into their lives. And twenty years old? Gimme a break, here! Ugh!
This novel was quick and I need to be honest in some aspect so pathetic and sad. I didn't like the gaps that we miss. I didn't like how it was written.
Bridie Coleman
Truly loved this book and cannot wait for the sequel - very like Lynne's older style of books which I love. Roll on July for Part 2
Book followed typical Alpha male, always assuming, never asking, which of course leads to a breakdown an any relationship.
Hoşuma gitti bakalım devamında neler olacak.. İlk defa birbirini takip eden bir seri okuyorum harlequinde sevdim bunu :D
Lily Herondale
Entretenido, nada del otro mundo; ideal para una resaca literaria o después de leer una saga traumante!!!!
That was a dirty trick! I didn't know this one was a two-parter. I hate waiting.
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Lynne Graham was born on July 30, 1956 of Irish-Scottish parentage. She has livedin Northern Ireland all her life. She grew up in a seaside village with herbrother. She learnt to read at the age of 3, and haven't stopped since then.

Lynne first met her husband when she was 1
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