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Baby of Shame (Greek Tycoons #34)

3.42  ·  Rating Details ·  802 Ratings  ·  64 Reviews

Will one night of unforgettable pleasure lead to a lifetime of hatred and desire...?

Rhianna has struggled against the odds to survive since that fateful night. But she knows that, one day soon, the secret she carries will cost her....

Sure enough, Greek tycoon Alexis Petrakis has discovered that their shame-filled night created something beautiful...a baby that he will do

Paperback, Harlequin Presents, 187 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Harlequin Books (first published December 1st 2005)
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Val ⚓️ ShamelessBitchySkanky ⚓️ Steamy Reads
3 Best Title Ever Stars

So first off, I wanna give a shout out award to the title maker for this bad boy, whomever that may be.

Because AWESOME.

"Baby of Shame."


Then I would like to take a shout out award away from myself for continuously reading books with titles like "Baby of Shame" - and spending $4.50 on them to boot.

Idiocy, I tell you.

But what can I say...



Now, enough of that.

On to my "review."


This was one of those books which employs what I like to call the "Soap Opera S
Preeti ♥︎ (Romance She Reads)
If you’ve read one one-night-stand turned you-tramp-here’s-the-money-for-your-services followed by a secret-pregnancy and 'grinding-poverty', then you’ve read them all. And we know the h will face some more accusations, trials, sneering before the sperm donor will deign to offer marriage. But our girl will throw it back in his face once for the record before all’s well in parents-make-best-mates-topia.

This book had nothing new to offer but for the description for the h when she’s sick and scrawn
Aug 07, 2012 LibraryDanielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
This book was as fantastically awful as we expected. I only read it because we found it at work and the title was too much. Baby of Shame? Really.

The heroine, and I use that lightly, is quite frankly a moron. We start out with a disjointed scene where she is waking up in a hospital after being in a hit and run. We find out(flashbacks) that five years ago she has a (stupid) plan to accost a business tycoon (Alexis Petrakis) at a charity dinner with a business plan only to fall into bed with him.
High drama. Vitriolic, conclusion leaping hero. Heroine fell in bed with him at first sight and now 5 years later, she doesn't melt at his touch! What's up with that? I enjoyed how she didn't just tumble back t into his arms. He says hateful things to her and she defends herself and doesn't let him touch her even though she is very ill. The end bit was a bit contrived since only a true moron would say what he did to her after finally getting her in bed. But he does a bunch of grovelling so it's ...more
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Burned-out heroine has been taking care of her illegitimate young son & emotionally-unavailable father who recently died after a long illness the past 5 years. She gets hospitalized after a car accident & is further traumatized with her son being taken away from her by a suspicious social worker who thinks she's a drug addict. She feels even worse when her son's wealthy father tries to take full-custody of their son after he finds out about his existence from the social worker. Both Hero ...more
2.5 stars.
It was not until after her illness when she started looking better (clothes and make-up) that he realized he still had feelings for her. I really dislike that plot element.
Alexis-Morgan Roark
Oct 03, 2010 Alexis-Morgan Roark rated it did not like it
I wanted to jump in this book with my rocket launcher and wipe them all out! Ok. Not really, but pretty darn close. My goodness, talk about people who are simply TSTL!
My first Julia James and I'm not disappointed. It's a very intense book, truly, and I was most impressed at how believable Ms. James made all the emotions and motivations we get from our leads. Both of them are scarred and hurt by their parents and those old wounds create GIANT problems for their future.
I might admit that the HEA came a little suddenly (it felt that way a bit), but really, at < 60,000 words, and with the low opinions both leads had of each other at the beginning, there would
May 02, 2012 Leona rated it really liked it
Shelves: hqn-presents
I actually had a little bit of trepidation about reading this one, but I am glad that I did. Mostly because Alexis is just one ruthless and obnoxious Hero, and I typically shy away from those types of books. If I don't, I quickly wish I had! But somehow this novel worked for me. Alexis really grows and you get to see how he grapples with all his ill conceived opinions. I really admired how he admits to having gone too far and that his actions have ultimately damaged and ruined his chances of eve ...more
My My....I normally don't give that type of heroes my time of day, but the book had such emotional punch I could not pull away! The author writes well "showing you" instead "telling you"

The hero is everything that represents the worst in an A$$ole..he's ruthless,cold, crass, dispassionate, judgmental and many more....still I was still engaged in this overwhelming drama that this pathetic hero created for himself and along the way, the author made me feel more "comfortable" with him after his ad
Oct 12, 2014 Tishke rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

She had daddy issues, He had both mommy and daddy issues. He was an idiot for 2/3 of the book but he grow in character and admitted all the wrongs he did. She was a mom in true form. The case worker part was a bit unrealistic or at least I hope it was. Nicky was the best part of the book and I was super happy for him (view spoiler)
Jun 30, 2010 Paige rated it did not like it
After one night with Alexis Petrakis, Rhianna Davies became pregnant. Never telling Alexis the truth, he is shocked when a social worker calls to tell him they have his son b/c his mother is a drug addict and is violent. Right away he takes Rhianna and his son to a private Greek island. Alexis has no patience for Rhianna, believing right away what the social worker said about her. He threaten to take their son and makes sure she knows that she is only around for their son and under his control. ...more
I can totally understand the criticism that heroine wasn't very logical and was a big martyr but so what? I'm looking for angst, drama, passion, and there was plenty of each...very few HPs are realistic. The implausible plot points of social worker entering her home and her raising her request the morning after allowed H to think ill of her and be harsh, so he would later have to apologize. He thought she was a gold digger and drug addict. His misinterpreting of their night together was even a l ...more
Aug 24, 2012 Tia rated it liked it
A decent novel but let us face it the hero was the biggest asshole out there. He tortured and abused the heroine so much she had a fricken mental break down. I was all exciting for this novel because it was on of the 'pregnant' ones but I have to admit, some of this novel was hard to stomach due to all the rudeness.
Short version: Rhianna sleeps with billionaire Alexis, who curses her existence for daring to discuss business after coitus. Alexis discovers their secret baby when Rhianna almost dies!

Long version:
In a last ditch effort to win her father’s love, Rhianna buys a fancy dress and goes to London to persuade Greek billionaire Alexis not to block the sale of her father’s yacht building company to a company he’s buying. She’s capable enough to wrangle an invite to a fancy dinner, and alter the seating
Book – Baby of Shame
Author – Julia James
Publication Date – February 28th 2006
Type – Harlequin Presents
Genre – Contemporary Romance
Rating – 4 out of 5 Stars

In an attempt to save her father's failing company after his heart attack, Rhianna Davies decided to talk to the only man who could help her save it, Alexis Petrakis. She attends a charity dinner where she meets the gorgeous Alexis. She is overwhelmed by her reaction to him and unwisely, has a tad too much to drink. She asks him for a private
Amanda Sheila
This book is ridiculous.

I know I know, I brought this to myself from the moment I purchased this kind of Harlequin. Well, I just can't help it! I even have a very own 'forced' shelf which contains this kind of books.

I always love angst. Especially stories about misunderstanding and hero-hurting-heroine. I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed gooey romance.

But this book is simply ridiculous. Why? Because the hero is a douche who refuse to believe the truth and the heroine is a weak lady with a meek
No bueno.

If you love insta-love, cruel ass hats that won't listen to reason, heroines who shriek, heroines that roll over at the first kiss then this is the book for you.

The H is so horrible to the heroine it is scary. I just don't know where to go with this as for some readers it would be a 4 star due to the angst. Angst can be okay, even great, but there has to be something more than a one night stand to get you through it. I never bought it from either side.

Plus, there was a serious case of m
Jun 12, 2015 Loata93 rated it it was ok
2.5 I read this thinking it was a grovelling book because those are my Bleh* it wasn't. I actually dislike it when the heroine doesn't tell the hero about having a kid together, I think the father has a right to know if he has a kid even if he is an a**. That is unless he specifically said go have an abortion then I'm totally for the heroine keeping the kid away from the Dad. This story I thought the heroine and the hero both made mistakes, and nothing especially interesting happened. ...more
Jan 07, 2012 HÜLYA rated it liked it
O GECENIN SIRRI-Julia Julie James

BU hikayede gecmiste yaşanan acılarin bireylerin ikili ilişkilerini etki boyutlarini açık şekilde gösteren bir hikaye idi 
Bu hikayede ise cok aci ceken bir kadın karakteri vardi ki okurken içim parcalandı. Rhianna Davies onu kücüklügünde terkedip giden maddi durumu bozulan babasi icin milyarder Alexis Petrakis ile konuşmak için gittigi yemekte isler bir anda cigrindan cikmis kendini bu adamın yataginda bulduktan sonra bir de aşagilanmisti. Babasina yardimci da ol
Sep 04, 2011 Crystal rated it it was amazing
I have read books by this author before and when I saw the name I had to see how a baby would be called a shame.

There was a connection between Rhianna and Alex. One night of passion can turn to shame and you never know what the consequences are. Rhianna knew she was pregnant and knew when Alex found out everything would be hitting the fan. She spends the next five years taking care of her son and her ailing father. After her father dies she has really taken care of everyone else but not herself.
...another book by Julia James...another great story.

It wasn't short nor long. The story was emotional and heartbreaking.

So many misunderstandings but I loved the protagonist, she was brave.

As for the hero, Alexis Petrakis was hard to like. He was too alpha, too hard to please and an asshole.

Oh he was... There were times when I wanted to just rub his nose on the ground. Yes, there were reasons for what he did but as I said before, he was hard to like. I couldn't like his behaviour, his way of
For an angsty read where the hero misjudges the heroine and makes up for it in the end, this delivers. Also, I think that this variation of the Big Misunderstanding is more believable as it was all about misinterpreting actions and words. Each had their own understanding of what occurred that was really inbedded in how they viewed the world due to their childhoods. It wasn't merely something that could have been cleared up by asking a question or for clarification of the other as many Big Misund ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Angel rated it really liked it
Shelves: harlequin
When i first started reading this novel, i was quite frustrated i wanted to strangle Alexis for he has been so rude and very bad to Rhianna ...

But at the end i was totally in love with him ... i mean you can understand where all that hatred come from ... why he would believe all the bad things he thought of her ... each of them had thought of their one night together five years ago by their own way ... and now it's time for you to know the truth ....
so for people who loves Harlequin romant
Oct 30, 2015 Widala rated it really liked it
Nothing like a good old HP to start your day. And this book had it all. Angsty drama with tons of misunderstandings.
Like most of HP heroes, Alexis could use a good slapping. But to give him his credit, once he learned about the evidences of Rhianna's innocence, he owned up to his misconceptions of her and apologized.
And I applauded Rhianna for her strength. Although the circumstances of her first meeting and got in to bed with Alexis was a bit pushing it, I chalked it up to she's being out of he
Apr 04, 2016 Jenny rated it did not like it
First of all who those who care heroine's virginity is unclear. It is implied that she is not. Other than that neither of the characters is likable and the hatred, the bitterness between them was too much.

Wow all the latest harlequins I've read are 1 star books. Fingers crossed my luck will change.
Jun 23, 2013 rm2h rated it it was ok
I did not feel that either the hero and heroine were in love with each other. They certainly did dislike and distrust each other. What you expect out of a one night stand???
May 24, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it
Shelves: harlequin
I liked this. High drama at its best.
Oct 12, 2013 Missy rated it really liked it
An intensely passionate romance full of misunderstandings and the struggle to defeat them to win true love and a happy family.....
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