She slipped aboard his yacht, but can he keep her out of his heart?
Egyptian heiress Rania Ghalli is desperate to free her political prisoner uncle before it's too late. Hoping to make it to North Africa, she stows away on the yacht of Greek millionaire Demetri Christodoulou. But when Egyptian agents board the boat, she can either jump overboard...or claim she's Demetri's new bride.
Tired of being no more than the bastard disgrace to the Christodoulou name, Demetri intends to build a luxury resort below his grandfather's house so the old man has no choice but to acknowledge that Demetri has made something of himself. But first, he needs a wife to complete the land purchase.
With Rania now at his mercy, a plan comes together. He'll play along, protecting her and helping to free her uncle, but in exchange, he demands a real marriage. But keeping the vivacious heiress out of his heart will be a lot harder than keeping her on his ship...
A former world wanderer, Alexia Adams writes contemporary romance stories that reflect her love of exotic destinations and diverse characters and cultures. She currently lives near Vancouver, Canada with her husband and four children and dreams of a world without housework. As a flight risk mom, romance is her escape and she can often be found with her nose in a book, pretending she’s somewhere else. Check out her website: http://alexia-adams.com to sign up for her newsletter for a monthly escape plan and visit her blog on inspirational destinations.
This was an entertaining read, especially because of Rania. She is adventurous, spontaneous and a very intriguing character. Nothing about her is simple or straightforward. Demetri on the other hand is quite the opposite, always in control and believes in planning before doing something. Although that changes when he meets Rania. Some how she manages to aboard his yacht without notice and then pretends to be his wife. As it so happens Demetri was also in need of a wife and Rania seems like the perfect candidate for this job. Besides it was going to be a very temporary wedding. As soon as they both got what they want they will move on with their lives. No heartbreaks and no fuss. Things didn't go Demetri's way though. Rania is a force to be reckoned. His wife refuses to follow his rules and soon things start spiralling out of Demetri's control. In my opinion the best thing about this book is Rania's character. After a long time I have come across such an entertaining heroine. Through out the book her actions kept me on edge, wondering what she is going to do next. What new scheme will she con cote next. It was quite an experience. This is great contemporary novel for all romance lovers. P.S. I received a complementary copy of this book via NetGalley.
Book Review For: The Greek's Stowaway Bride by Alexia Adams 'The Greek's Stowaway Bride' by Alexia Adams is the story of Rania Ghalli and Demetri Christodoulou. Demetri has come to the decision that he will marry as his family would want. But he didn't know that a women who invalid his world so quickly. Rania is trying free her uncle and she is using everything she can to do so. So she tries to stowaway on Demetri ship. When Egyptian agents comes on board with guns to take her she says she is married to Demetri. Which starts Demetri and Rania love story! "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."https://www.amazon.com/gp/profile/A2H...http://sissymaereads.blogspot.com/https://romancebookreviewforyou.wordp...https://www.tumblr.com/blog/romancebo...
So cute. Demetri and Rania were a cute couple. Rania was able to show Demetri what it was like to love. I really enjoyed the story. One of my favorite parts was when they caught Kosta destroying Demetri's grandmothers garden. So funny. And, of course, the blue pills for grandfather. Loved the story. 4 stars because I thought the ending could have been better. Seemed rushed and not all ends were tied up. There should have been a reunion we could have experienced with the uncle she loved so much. Also, I was hoping Rania would have had a little one coming. Or better yet, had a little girl and they both drove Demetri insane. Highly recommend. Enjoy!
This is a fast paced thriller from the very start!
Demetri Christodoulou is a self made man, determined and wealthy. He's on board his latest acquisition, a custom built ship, on his way back to the island of his birth, Gavdos, when a naked woman joins him in the shower. That is surprising enough but she's immediately followed by two gunmen who demand to take her into their custody! All that happens in the first few pages and the all action novel continues in this manner, with plenty of unexpected events adding turmoil and danger to the romance in this story. Trying to give you key facts without revealing any spoilers is difficult, so I'll just add that the naked lady is Rania, the gunmen are Egyptian and they are after her because she is desperate to free her beloved Uncle Faroud, who has been imprisoned without trial for political reasons. Demerit and Rania strive for Faroud's freedom, with secret agents, family drama, settings ranging from Gavdos, Crete, Athens, Turkey and, of course, Egypt, all playing an important role as the story unfolds.
This thriller is packed with suspense, humour and romance. It is an enthralling read that anyone who enjoys these genres is likely to enjoy.
Thanks to the Author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I don't remember "opposites attract" to be such an entertaining notion, at least until I read this book. You have to admit that the hero's need for control was no match for the heroine's unpredictability. And that's a good thing. Everybody needs to let loose sometimes, and everybody also needs a little control and discipline in their lives. In this case, the main characters' contradictory personalities actually worked the best for them.
This is a sweet and fun book to read. It is easy to love the heroine because she was different from any other female main characters. I think she was the star of the book. I liked the hero, too, but I'm sure if he had another heroine, I wouldn't have liked it as much. On the other hand, if the heroine had another hero, I would still love her the same way because she was great to read.
This is actually my first book from this author, and I am pleasantly surprised to have enjoyed the book this much. If I find a new book from her in the future, I'd be sure to pick it up as well.
What started with Demetri showering and being surprised by a naked Rania. Who then claimed she was his wife to the two thugs that broke in on them, was just the warm up for this story. She needs him to help get her uncle free and he needs her to make a deal happen. Neither had plans for anything other than a fake marriage to help them reach their goals but even the best laid plans go awry. Don't want to give away to much of this very entertaining and sometimes laugh out loud story. I will say not only will you enjoy both of them finding out what they thought they wanted isn't even close to what they get but Demetri's family and Rania's ex boyfriend add another level to the story. There is enough in this story to satisfy your need for suspense, love and heartbreak and a happy ending. The author does a great job of pulling you right into the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Greek billionaire Demetri Christodoulou is minding his own business on his new yacht, when all of a sudden he has a woman literally throwing herself at him!
Egyptian heiress Rania Ghalli has been boisterously trying to get her Uncle Fouad freed from his captors, and now has heavily armed men trying to capture her to imprison her as well. She has snuck on board Demetri's yacht, hoping to stowaway and get out of the country, but unfortunately they have followed her. She convinces Demetri to play her new husband and to protect her.
After getting her out of trouble, Demetri convinces her a real temporary marriage will be advantageous to both of them. Will they go their separate ways in a year as planned or will the feelings they start having for each other change things?
Warm, sweet, emotionally gripping I received this book in a giveaway and I am more than happy to give an honest review. This is my first encounter with a book by this author and I am so very happy that I read it. I found this story to be so delightful and entertaining that when I picked it up to read I had difficulty putting it down for even just a few minutes. The characters were open with their personalities and I loved the different moments that fell between them. They could be debating an issue or laughing about some decision or joke or even when there was a moment built on seriousness, it didn't matter, I fell in love with them both. My heart even broke during the right times.
If the beginning of this book doesn't grab your interest nothing will!! Rania and Demetri meet in a very unconventional way but it definitely works. Loved them together and the author did a great job of taking their relationship forward at a very believable pace. Rania's strength, determination, and love of family make her a very endearing character. Demetri took me a little longer to warm up to but his passion and kindness for his family (well most of them) won me over. They are very different but a perfect balance together.
I really enjoyed this book by Alexia Adams. Rania and Demetri sparked right from the beginning, and I liked how they both made the other character stronger, like it should be in real life. I enjoyed their romance, the plot, setting, and even the minor characters. Everything built the story and made it an enjoyable read. The sex scenes were steamy without being too explicit, which I always appreciate. I have read all of Ms. Adams books, and she is an author I will actively look for more from.
The Greek's Stowaway Bride is a sweet and fun fast paced read. The author takes an old trope and gives a new coat of paint and you can just sit back and enjoy the ride. Rania makes the story fun despite the fact she is in dire straits she retains he spunk and sense of fun. This book is truly a fun escape. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.
Heiress Rania Ghalli is determined to free her uncle from prison before it's too late. But every effort has led her to the trouble she finds herself in when agents climb aboard the boat she's hiding on to arrest her. Claiming she's the wife of Greek millionaire Demetri Christodoulou is her only chance to stay free and able to achieve her goal. However, when Demetri suggests they marry for real in exchange for his help in getting her uncle free, will Rania agree to his proposal or will their chance at happy ever after be over before it ever really begins?
This is only the second book I've read by Ms. Adams, and I've got to say she has a mesmerizing and addictive writing style that once I finish one of her books, I want to start reading another one straight away and that was especially true after getting to the end of this book. The way this story started had me liking both the main characters immediately, as the heroine is resourceful, persistent and I liked how determined she was to free her uncle. Even knowing how dangerous things could become if she didn't have Demetri to protect her, because he's a high-profile man that could bring a lot of unwanted attention down on those that are after her.
The dialogue was well-written and a delightful combination of intense moments due to the main characters back stories and teasing banter between the main characters that ups the sexual tension so much until it spills over onto the pages in hot sex scenes that do this couple's chemistry justice. No way is Demetri about to allow Rania to get away with her lies without getting something in return, and I liked that he makes certain the only answer she can give is yes to his proposal. Talk about being backed into a corner with no escape.
As for the main characters, Demetri was a totally captivating hero and I loved what he did to convince Rania to marry him for real, even if he did have to use dirty tactics to get her to say yes. I also like how he helped the heroine to find a way to free her uncle, although what they did in the end was more dangerous than any of them expected. However, what I liked most was the close relationship he had with his mother and how Rania helped to bridge the gap between he and his grandfather, because the hero believed the old man didn't think much of him growing up and Demetri was determined to prove him wrong. While the heroine, she's feisty, a quick-thinker and I liked how determined she was to convince everyone that she and Demetri were in love and happily married. I also liked how kind and caring the heroine was and how she won Demetri's family over. They certainly took a shine to her.
Overall, Ms. Adams has delivered a fantastic read in this book where there was plenty of chemistry between the main characters that didn't make it easy for either the hero and heroine not to get attached and want to change the time they had together since Demetri decided to put a time limit on their marriage. The way this story ended had me worried for this couple's happy ever after because of the lies and betrayal. Would they be able to forgive each other? However, I liked how Demetri made things right between them. His words and his actions prove that he loves Rania and I loved the part he says about Rania being like a butterfly. Besides, how could he not make things right with her, especially when he's holding information from her that will make her extremely happy? I would recommend The Greek's Stowaway Bride by Alexia Adams, if you enjoy the fake relationship trope, the marriage of convenience trope, or books by authors Virginia Nelson, Carmene Falcone, Sarah Ballance and Naima Simone.
Demetri is rich, very much so, but he's always been lacking in one area, at least in his opinion. He's always felt his grandfather felt he was less than due to the circumstances of his birth. To make himself feel better, Demetri plans to purchase land near his grandfather's and turn it into a resort. The catch, the seller requires Demetri be married. While it's not something he wants to do, nor is the woman more than a friend in all honesty, he's planning on proposing to his "girlfriend," Christina. Who also happens to be the niece of the man selling the property. He's not looking forward to the marriage, knowing he doesn't rhink of her that way. Now the gorgeous naked woman that just appeared in his bathroom while he's showering? Oh yeah, she definitely has an immediate and intense impact on him.
Raina needs help. Her beloved uncle has been imprisoned in Egypt, wrongfully so, yet she's unable to garner his freedom. She needs someone with connections and upon hearing Demetri's destination, she ensures she'll be in the same place. Prior to boarding his boat, she stalked, err researched him, and knows he's a good man, willing to help others. However, her plan to hide quietly until she can leave the boat at the next stop isn't possible and she convinces him to play along as her new husband. Of course, the two men with the guns don't look convinced.
When Demetri realizes the extent of Raina's dilemma, he knows the solution. He wants them to get married for real. This way, he can purchase the property, Raina can use his connections and influence to free her uncle, and they can explore the intense chemistry between them. He figures a year should be long enough to accomplish all of that. So why then, when he envisions letting her go in a year, does his chest ache?
Raina knows she probably isn't Demetri's usual type. She's spontaneous to his planning. But she begins to see the man he truly is, the one he doesn't seem to want others to see for some reason. She knows she's falling for him and that their time together is temporary. So why is she beginning to fantasize about a future with him?
Will Demetri and Raina admit that there is nothing temporary about their feelings for one another? Will Raina's uncle be freed? Will Demetri's family accept his new wife? Will Demetri let Raina be herself? What happens when Demetri misreads a situation, jumping to conclusions where Raina is concerned? Has he lost her forever? Can Raina ever forgive Demetri? Do these two have a chance at a HEA?
One-click now and follow along as two people embark on a journey by mutual need only, then realize all they truly need is one another. Psst...for those, like me, concerned with safety issues...Yes, Demetri had planned on proposing to Christina. No, they weren't intimate aside from sharing a few chaste kisses, none of which we ever see. No, he never thought of Christina in a romantic way, but he was fond of her as a friend, her family being friends with his.
On a purely personal note, Demetri referring to Christina, the woman he at first planned to propose to in order to purchase the property, as his girlfriend makes no sense because he then thinks how they're only casual and don't even keep in touch in between his visits to Gavdos. Those are contradictory statements. If they're casual, then she isn't his girlfriend, she's essentially a friend he visits from time to time that he's fond of. Plus, I really didn't care for the fact that the rings he and Raina used were the ones he'd purchased for he and Christina. That's pretty tacky. Thankfully, he did rectify that. Also, I got tired of him mentally comparing Raina to other women in the beginning. For example, "Most of his previous women bad been refined to the point of stuck-up. Raina was a breath of fresh air--intoxicating, addictive air." Yes, she always came out the victor, but the numerous references were unnecessary. With all that being said, I enjoyed this book aside from the things I just mentioned. I will read this author again.
**I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.**
She makes him lose control but he can’t let her be the butterfly she is but first he has to admit that he fell in love.
I fell in love with this book!! The storyline was brilliant.
Rania Ghalli was a strong woman that knew what she needed to do and that was find a man that she could trust and not turn her into the Egyptian officials. She had been following a man that could help her but first she needed to make sure that he was safe. Once she was satisfied she was going to be sneaking on his yacht and then she would leave when they docked again. But she never would have thought that the she would have to jump into the shower with him in order for him to save her.
Demetri Christodoulou knew he needed to go back home and propose to a woman that he didn’t love in order to buy a property to stick it to his uncle. He already had the rings and then it was just a matter of time before he got what he wanted. But then his world got turned upside down when a woman joined him in the shower but what was disconcerting was when gunmen entered. When things settled down he knew he needed to find out why she had appeared in his yacht but what was also disconcerting was that he felt the need to protect her.
Demetri devising a plan that will give her what she wants but what will get him what he needs also. She needs his connections and his money to get her uncle out of prison and he needs a wife so he can buy the property he wants. He knows that his mother and grandmother are going to give him a hard time so he lets her know that they are going to have to get married for real this time. They will remain married for about one year before they divorce. What Demetri doesn’t know is that his life is about to spiral out of control because of his lovely wife. He doesn’t know that she doesn’t really follow rules and she loves listening to people and giving them advice that will better their lives. He has no idea that when he goes on a trip to deal with one of his resorts but has no idea that when he returns he will have some angry townspeople waiting for him. Dimitri will have lots of changes in his home and all thanks to Rania.
Now as for Rania she is going to do what she can to get her uncle out even try to sneak away from her bodyguard. She ends up seeing and old friend and knows just how to get him to help her. When it’s time for her to sneak away to meet with him something goes wrong. He is not willing to put her in danger and Demetri is fuming. When Demetri wants to go to save her uncle she doesn’t want for him to go but he ends up leaving. She knows that she loves him and wishes for him to come home. Things spiral out of control things are said that can’t be taken back and hearts are broken. Rania will soon find out the truth but will she be able to forgive Demetri.
The Greek’s Stowaway Bride was a wonderful read. I love it when I get lost in a read and I’m at the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going to happen. Rania was a breath of fresh air and love her with Demetri. She took him out of his comfort zone and made him live. The chemistry between these two characters is electrifying, passionate and sizzling HOT. The writing was clear and focused. I loved Ms. Adams creativity.
I can’t wait to see what she writes next!
Received ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an Honest Review
I have to say that I was really surprised by this story and I fell in love with the characters from the very beginning. I really thought that this was going to be your typical rich guy marries a woman or pretends to marry a woman for his benefit and that is all. I was totally wrong though. I love Rania's character and gradually fell in love with Demetri.
Demetri is on his boat on his way back to find a way to purchase the land that he wants to prove to his grandfather that he has made something of himself. Demetri needs to come up with a wife in order to be able to purchase the land. Demetri has a plan but when Rania shows up on his boat claiming that she is his wife to throw off some agents that are on her path, his plans begin to take a turn. Demetri goes along with Rania's plan to avert the agents, but he has plenty of questions for her after they leave. I love how Rania was so quick to react on her feet. She never had a problem coming up with a good story to avert the agents. I was actually laughing at the first part where they were pretending to have intercourse so that the agents would think that they were really married. Great comic relief there!
When Rania and Demetri form a plan to help each other out, things begin to heat up between them. Will Demetri be able to avoid Rania and keep from falling for her to fulfill their agreement? Will Rania fall for Demetri? This story was such a great read and was full of twists and turns that I was not expecting. It was pretty fast paced and kept your attention through the whole story! Thanks Alexia Adams for a great read and I can't wait for more from you soon!
Given to me for an honest review. Demetri plans to shower and then check on why the very expensive custom built yacht stopped. Next thing he knew he has a female shower partner. She is Rania and she needs help. Now there are 2 men with automatic weapons in the bathroom with them. Rania yells at the men in Arabic. Demetri knows he has never seen Rania before even if she tells the men that they are married. As he gets buried deeper and deeper into Rania's story he wonders if he will still marry the sweet and innocent Christina as he planned? If so, he needs to extricate himself from Rania and her plans. Or will he try to help Rania free her uncle from prison? Little does he know what is ahead of him in the next few weeks and what happens to his very well planned future.
Demetri has three days to himself on his custom-built yacht. Then he would purpose to Christina, as she would do what he wants. Rania had tried to free her uncle from prison and ended up stowed away on Demetri's yacht, but two gun men were also there. Now she needed Demetri to go along that they were married. This was an excellent story. I loved the ups and downs of the story. I loved for Rania to finally want to settle and to have found happiness. Demetri also went through ins and outs to find love. I loved the overall story as well as the plot and characters. I highly recommend. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review
This book was a pleasant change from what I usually read. I fell in love with Rania Ghalli from the beginning and enjoyed her witty, bold, take charge personality throughout the story. Her quest to free her beloved uncle from prison in Egypt was her main goal, but she never intended to develop feelings for stuffy, domineering, rigid Demetri Christodoulou.
This was a fun story set at a fast pace and I would recommend it to anyone!
I received a free copy from Entangled Publishing through Net Galley.
I received this from Netgalley/ Entangled in exchange an honest review. In the beginning of this we have a yacht owner that finds an unwanted stowaway on his boat along with two armed men trying to kill a beautiful woman. This was a tale of a marriage of convenience. We have two people that need a cover story and a Greek millionaire that needs a wife in order to prove to his grandfather he is better than his birth. I loved the romance and story and just could not put it down.
A great sexy, fast read. I love a good marriage of convenience romance. Demetri and Rania were a sexy couple from the moment they met in the shower. The plan for them to be married worked for both of them until they each realized they wanted a real marriage but were afraid to tell the other. This book had a little bit of suspense in it which kept the book fun and interesting. I really enjoyed Demetri’s ma and yaiyai, those two ladies were a hoot.
Whimsical romance between a Greek millionaire and an Egyptian femme fatale. Also my second novel by Alexia Adams. Very exciting!
Plot Demetri is just doing the do, taking a shower on his expensive cruise boat, when Rania crashes his cruise, running right into the shower with him. And then the shower is further interrupted by a group of men with large guns here to arrest her. Except Rania claims she's Demetri's wife and therefore innocent of any misdoings. Demetri plays along because between sexy lady and men with guns he's bound to side with the sexy lady. Turns out she is not so innocent. Her uncle's a political prisoner in Egypt and she's scheming to find a way to free him. Demetri offers to help her if she'll marry him for real for the time period of one year, long enough to buy a piece of land which will only accept offers from a married couple. A plot of land which is oddly important to him. And so the fake marrying and real marrying begins.
Things That Were Good -It starts with a bang. In fact, I would say the beginning is probably the best part, full of bustle and excitement. And strangers in a shower together being confronted by men with guns. -Rania had some moments I really loved. Plotting to free her uncle, her boldness with Demetri both in bargaining and in sexual situations, and all the little moments when you realize: Demetri thinks he's an alpha, but Rania's the one on top. -Such as when she makes him realize his obsession with proving himself to his grandfather is really kind of immature. -Also the sex scenes were pretty good. I liked how both Rania and Demetri took charge in turn, and all the torturously slow foreplay. Fun stuff. :)
Things That Were Not So Good -I realize this is not a spy or adventure novel but I would have appreciated more focus on Rania's quest to free her uncle. It's mostly used as a plot device and in the end the task is handed off to someone else and mostly glossed over. It's RANIA'S quest, and she should have followed through with it to the end. She's just as capable as Demetri is, at least. -Rania empowering just about everyone in Demetri's life without giving those actual characters basically any development really just sets her up as some kind of angel. Could have done with a bit less of that. Having her bond more meaningfully with just one person would have been more powerful. -Demetri at some points is sort of a jackass. -The plot can be kind of unfocused.
Overall Good book, lots of fun and lovely heroine. Would recommend to someone looking for an easy read with a badass heroine and lots of shenanigans. And of course for the marriage of convenience trope. I think Adams might become one of my new favorites. I received an ARC on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Rania wants to get her uncle out of an Egyptian prison. She sneaks aboard Demetri 's yacht to get his help. They get married. I like their relationship. Rania is strong and likeable. Demetri is nice, but likes perfectly ordered life. He has some self-doubt about himself. Rania made me angry when she attempted something which endangered her life, and her uncle's chances of escaping. I like Demetr's family. I like the color Rania chise for the outside of their home.
This is a lighthearted read. The beginning was definitely cheesy, but it was also different, which was refreshing. The relationship building between characters was surprisingly good for how briefly the fem MC spent time with her in-laws. I’m not saying they came off as ride or die after two pages, but the author definitely captured the playful, loving, affectionate relationship. That was truly delightful. I’m not usually one to enjoy the climactic llama drama of romance novels and this time was no different, though it wasn’t as painful as some others have been. All around, it was okay, and I wouldn’t mind reading others like it.
Interesting premise but I…just wasnt super impressed.
Reminded me a lot of maya banks’s greek anatakis books maybe its the same narrator in the audiobook? Not sure but the story dialogue just doesn’t feel mature enough to be an immersive novel… not sure if its a common theme of greek novels but so far just very lighthearted and im having a hard time believe they have feeling for each other.