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Second-Best Bride

3.31  ·  Rating Details  ·  89 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Angie didn't know all the facts!
When her sister, Cilla, decided not to marry Terzan Helios after all, Angie was persuaded to go to his Greek island to break the news.

Cilla had described Terzan as "sinfully wealthy and wickedly attractive." But she had neglected to tell Angie one thing--Terzan was now blind. Angie's heart soon went out to the proud, enigmatic Greek.

Yet she
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Published 1981 by Harlequin Books
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Sep 25, 2010 Verity rated it it was ok

Key players :
Cilla = the spoiled witch aka flaky user
Angelina = the weepy limp bizkit cum long-suffering older sista
Terzan Helios = Not-so-smooth manipulator, who gets a double whammy : Blindness from an accident & dumped by Cilla da brat

MR is obviously fond of the A-ending names : Crisulla, Cilla, Lira, Angelina, it’s surprising Cruella wasn’t included in the mix. She has a flair for overwrought, poofy style that dealt a stinging blow to my senses. My head is still spinning & my eyebal
Aayesha Khatri
I'm not sure how to rate this book. While on one hand it had all of my favourite tropes; a blind hero, a compassionate, sympathetic heroine, a deliciously evil OW and a marriage of convenience, I found myself perplexed because it also had the thing I hate most - a dumb, doormat heroine who was too blind and caught up in her own insecurities to look past herself. I hated how she allowed willingly and happily let her sister (aka OW) walk ALL OVER HER. And God she felt 'hurt' about almost everythin ...more
Sep 22, 2010 willaful rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: diehard fans of crazy drama
I realized almost immediately that this was the same author as the immortal King of Kielder. That forced, artificial combination of purple prose and info-dumping is pretty distinctive. The main difference was that instead of Scottish-flavored WTF we get Greek-flavored WTF.

It almost doesn't matter that the plot is ridiculous, the heroine is a martyr/doormat, and the hero has absolutely nothing to recommend him. Another HP author could've made that work. But none of the crazy was worth the chore o
LOL, this was the first ever Harlequin romance I ever read (way back in the early 80's when it came out) and even though it totally represents EVERYTHING I loathe about romance:

1) The clueless ingenue who doesn't know what sex is and is also way too good to be true;
2) The asshole hero who's uber-rich and mondo-damaged which explains why he's a jerk;
3) The bitchy other woman (in this case a glamorous and 'prettier' sister) who tries to thwart the course of TWU WUV.

Somehow this book has been one o
Fiona Marsden
Sep 06, 2013 Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it
This is a sweet and emotional read. Angelina comes to Greece to break the news that her selfish and ambitious younger sister is not willing to marry Terzan Helios, a rich man she met on holiday. Cilla neglected to mention that Terzan is now blind, from an accident on the race track where he attempted to rescue another driver.

She pities him but soon grows to love him and agrees to marry him and be his help meet despite believing him still in love with Cilla.

The relationship between Angelina and T
Apr 07, 2014 Crystal rated it really liked it
This was an exciting book from a great author. I read a little about this book and had to get it. Angie is a great character that takes what Terzan Helios gives her. Only because her sister was to marry him and left him when he became blind. She is always there to get her sister out of trouble. Seems she doesn't know what her sister is really like.

Terzan wants to use Angie but there is something about her that makes him feel better. He is a man that is used to getting his way and that is what ma
Mar 04, 2015 Roub rated it liked it
not a bad one, but hero was so cruel and mean I rated it one star at first. on second thoughts, this is worth a 3 star. I just wish Terzan had been nicer because Angelina gave her best for him. she supported him all the way. I especially felt hurt for her when he told her she was plain but der were other compensations about her. Angelina was really gorgeous but had no idea of her worth. she and cilla were infact quite the same in appearance, just cilla was bubbly and a social animal. so I dunno ...more
Jul 24, 2013 Gege86 rated it it was amazing
Where do I begin with this one, to say it became one of my favorite oldies is understatement, really. It was soooooooo amazing and I adored it. There was some parts that reminded me a lot of Chateau of Flowers, another one of Margret Rome's novel and another favorite of mine, but that didn't detract from the novel at all. The heroine Angie, went to Greece after her sister persuaded her to go and break her engagement to a Greek man. Once she gets there she discover what a selfish girl her sister ...more
We have doormat and alpha tycoon. He is blind. She is Mother Teresa. We have victory for kind plain Jane over vivacious glamourpuss. What's not to love? PS- also hubby buys clothes without asking. I know. Only in fairy tales.
Dec 27, 2014 Katie rated it liked it
3 or 4 stars - didn't like how badly he treated her and then says he loves her, and she says she loves him; he did nothing the made me feel he was worthy of her love.
Victoria Darkins
This book is ok, a quick read. It has very flowery prose and I really couldn't get a feel for the era it was set it as the dialogue was very old fashioned. Enjoyable enough to read. The plot didn't quite match up at the end.
re-read this today on; it's amazing how my tastes have changed over 25 years!
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