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An Offer She Can't Refuse

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  284 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Magazines regularly devote gossip column inches to Greek magnate Ari Zavros, and the new supermodel gracing his arm—and his bed—each week.Tina Savalas is nothing like Ari's usual playmates, but this ordinary girl hides the most scandalous secret of all: four years ago her passionate fling with Ari left her pregnant….

Her bombshell revealed, Ari can see only one solution—the
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 21st 2012 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 22, 2015 Leona rated it liked it
Shelves: hqn-presents
I have mixed emotions about this book, so I'm giving it a middle of the road rating of 3 stars.

* I didn't like that the hero thought it was okay to seduce a young, naive, 18 year old girl who happened to be raised in a very traditional culture (his culture) then justifies dumping her because he feels its time to go off and live his own life. It would have been more forgivable, if she had been older and more experienced. But she wasn't, and the heroes actions were wrong on many levels. His justi
ETA - reread 6/2015. I wanted to see if I could feel the love the H had for the heroine and no, I felt it even less. So, I dropped this a star. This book makes me sad because I want the h to be loved for herself and I think the author did a good job of conveying her angst.

On re-read I'm even more convinced that she was just a convenience in every way who was elevated to wife via having the H's child and therefore gained a position of respect/affection due to that. Maybe it's cultural and I'm not
Jan 04, 2012 RLA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The heroine Tina is on her way to her sister's wedding with her mother and son, and she is shocked to run into Ari, the hero. Six years ago, Tina and Ari had a fling, which meant much more to Tina and she was left heartbroken when Ari ended it saying it meant nothing to him. She was also left pregnant and made the decision to raise her son Theo alone. When Ari learns about Theo he knows her wants to be a part of his son's life, and the best way is for him and Tina to be married. However, Tina re ...more
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Wonderful sweet quick read enjoyed it very much,adored Ari-Tina,what really made book so good was how importance of family shown,Ari is totally a family man will do anything for his family,an experience had left him cynical when it comes to Love but as stort progresses we see Ari repeated the same mistake that happened to him,once he realizes it he regrets it and does everything to win Tina back.Absolutely loved the way their relation blossoms and surpass all the hurdles and they get their HEA.

Actual rating 1.5 stars

I had just finished reading an article from a popular author bagging people who give bad reviews. Along the lines of one should only review if giving a five star rating. You have no idea how much I have had to bite my tongue in not responding as that is so "stepford" and PC to the max it is not funny. Personally, I am VERY VERY skeptical of any book that only gets 4 or 5 star ratings (especially if there are not many reviews) because let's face it "you can't please all the
Ari and Tina had a brief afair that ended with Tina pregnant, alone and heartbroken. Six years later they meet again and when Aris learns about his son he wants them to become a real family so he offers her marriage. Tina wants to accept his offer of marriage but she is scared the past will repeat itself.

I adored this book. I loved both hero and heroine. Their chemistry was insane and little Theo was adorable. The final chapter with Tina having their daughter and lying in a coma broke my heart
Apr 22, 2012 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Overall rating -- 2.5 stars

Up until the last two chapters, this book was an unsurprising, generic Greek-hero/secret-baby HP. If the HEA had been wrapped up with (view spoiler), it would have been a solid three-star book for me.

However, the last two chapters kind of ruined the rest of the book for me because it was nearly a deus ex machina ending (maybe it should be called a deus ex tragedia ending?). (view spoiler)
Alexis-Morgan Roark
I DO NOT like the "secret baby" plot device as a general rule. Rarely was the secret a valid one kept from the father as in this case. TSTL

Anyway, the hero took it well as did his family.

What I liked about this book was that the hero admitted he messed up once he looked at things from the heroine's perspective. You almost get the sense that he wasn't entirely comfortable breaking things off the first time but he had rationalized himself into the decision. It wasn't hard to like him despite his o
Feb 20, 2012 Tia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Tina met Ari again, she was clearly in shock. After six long years she hasn't saw him. Not when he walked out of her life with barely a goodbye and not when she gave birth to their son Theo but things are going to change now. Ari was both he and Theo, he doesn't know it yet but he loves them both DESPERATELY! So he will do anything to have her and Theo. Tina is scared, she was left alone pregnant and struggling with her life and that of her sons. Now that Ari is back, she's doing everything ...more
3 Decision Making Stars

“You made me believe what wasn’t true … for your own ends.”

At 18 Tina met the man of her dreams, Ari Zavros. They shared three wonderful months together until Ari, walked away telling Tina that it was a “charming episode”. To her shame, Tina soon found that the charming episode left her pregnant with Ari’s child.

Six years later, on the way to Greece to her sister’s wedding, Tina, her mother and son visit Dubai where she runs into Ari and his latest lover. She drops the b
Mar 24, 2015 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed the setting. The majority of romance novels are set in the big three time periods/locations; Regency England, the American West, or present-day America. So it was nice to step out of those zones for a change and I'll probably look for other books by this author just for the international setting.

Unfortunately the story itself didn't really do it for me. The pacing was off, I didn't believe the romance and nothing was brought to a sat
Apr 15, 2012 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Offer She Can’t Refuse is the 68th stand-alone romance novel by Australian author, Emma Darcy. This is the much-told secret baby story: innocent virgin (Tina Savalas) seduced by rich playboy (Ari Zavros), falls in love, is discarded, left pregnant (unbeknownst to Ari) with baby Theo. However, Darcy manages to give it a bit of a modern twist by setting his first re-encounter with Tina and Theo at the magnificent Burj Al Arab in Dubai, and then forcing the couple together again on the beautiful ...more
Hace 6 años que Tina había tenido un apasionado romance con Ari,un magnate griego al que las mujeres perseguían debido a su gran fortuna y belleza.El fue su primer amor y pensó que el también estaría enamorado de ella,pero no fue así Ari la dejo y le dijo que no la amaba.

Paso el tiempo y ellos se encuentran en un viaje que Tina hace con su madre y para sorpresa de Ari,Tina no había cambiado solo el corte de su cabello si no que también era madre de un Theo de 5 años.Ella le confiesa que es hijo
Lynn Hamm
Apr 25, 2015 Lynn Hamm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid secret baby romance.

Good enough read to not let you think you are wasting your time. This is not as good as Emma Darcy "Secret Baby Revenge". The hero in this book was kind of shallow. The heroine wasn't much better. I guess you ask why 4 stars? Emma Darcy. Her writing moved the story along nicely and was entertainment enough for a hour or two. She's a hall of famer in the Harlequin Presents genre. You can't go wrong in reading one of her books.
Andrea Moreno
Aunq bastant cliché la historia al menos no retomo la relación solo con lujuria sino q fue el tiempo el q les permitio subsanar su relación y aclarar sus sentimientos... dándole algo d profundidad y realismo.
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Apr 26, 2012 Shh I'm reading! rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Two issues.
1. It was really short which threw off the pacing of the book. The last 15 pages cover almost a year period. And not by going into an epilogue but in paragraphs so terse, it's like the author was running out of time on an hourglass.
2. Also slightly disturbed that the one love scene included conversations like "Did you breastfeed [my son]?" Really? I support breastfeeding mothers as much as the next person, but when you're taking off my pants, I don't want to talk about anything relat
I never thought I would say this, but it could have used a little more angst.

Apr 10, 2016 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this story outlines very well that happiness is all about trust
May 04, 2016 Nhef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apr 22, 2012 Kesha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I cannot understand why someone would suggest marriage to somebody they haven't seen or heard from in 6 years just because a child is involved. I also didn't understand how Tina did not know that George, her sister's fiance and Ari, her baby daddy, were cousins until a couple of days before the wedding. I know this is fiction, but come on, this is just unbelievable.
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I'm giving this 3,5 stars. It's a beautiful love story with two great characters it's a quick read. B
heroine and child meet up with so-called hero who wooed and won and then left her years ago
May 01, 2012 Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh terrible. The ending was different. I couldn't stand either character.
Dec 14, 2012 Kelsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: l-amour
Secret baby, family pressure, Abu Dhabi, Australia, prenup
Feb 11, 2012 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was an exceptional story line, very enthralling.
More like 3.5*
Odessa Nance
Aug 02, 2012 Odessa Nance rated it it was ok
The book was okay.
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