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The Innocent's Shameful Secret

2.97  ·  Rating details ·  143 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Claimed by his touch...

Alexis Constantinou haunts Selena Blake's every memory. Before his expert touch awakened her, she was nothing more than a naive schoolteacher. Now she dreams every night of his idyllic Mediterranean island, and the scorching affair that stole her innocence...

Left carrying his child!

But their brief time together left Selena with a shameful s
Mass Market Paperback, Secret Heirs of Billionaires, 216 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Harlequin Presents
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Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Over a year ago Selena Blake (from England) went to Greece to talk to her younger sister (Millie) who had gone to Greece with some of her girlfriends and she didn’t return back home to England. (The girlfriends told Selena and her Aunt Nora that Millie met a handsome barman, Kostas, and she didn’t want to leave him.) While Selena is in Greece she meets hero Alexis Constantinou in the bar of the hotel and mistakes him for Millie’s male friend. Alexis tells Selena that Kostas is his employee and t ...more
Sara Craven really knows how to write an old school Harlequin Presents. Lena and Alexis had an affair during her trip to a Greek island but when Lena finds out Alexis is engaged to be married she leaves him. She returns back to England heartbroken and pregnant. She is depressed and when her child is born she gives it up for adoption until she recovers. When Alexis finds out about the birth of his son he brings her back to Greece and confronts her.

I loved this. I despise a heroine giving up her
May 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who like to get outraged.
Sara Craven once again tortures a tiny h into near oblivion. She also populates this story with so many crappy people it boggles the mind, but, hey, it's Sara Craven.

Tiny h has two foul female relatives: the manipulative and arrogant bitch of an aunt and the manipulative and selfish bitch of a sister. Auntie wants the h to got to uni to get a teaching degree. That's nice. Not really. Auntie wants her to do it so the h can be a cheaply paid teacher at the aunt's snooty and expensive school. No tr
Sneha Jaiswal
Apr 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
its always a delight to read Sara craven books and this book was again very beautiful!I loved it,especially the heroine and the heartache she suffered on having to give up her son.I liked the hero as well.but my only complain was that I found the ending too abrupt unlike other Sara caraven books where there is proper closure between hero and heroine.what I didn't understand was why the hero took 2 years to contact the heroine and his son.I mean he knew that she didn't take the money so why didn' ...more
Kaycee ❤️

It was on my tbr and I'm not planning to read it yet when I saw one of my friend's review here in goodreads. (Hi, Sandra!) But I learned that it was part of a series, and since I'm kinda OC, and like everything in order, I downloaded and read first all the previous books in the series. So I was really excited to read this one and I unconsciously set high expectations on it. Unfortunately, I found myself disappointed. I mean that it was just an okay read and I didn’t love it. But still, I have no
lily waheed
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god , the heroine serena broke my heart , she made me cry ,great story from the amazing Sara craven .
In an attempt to save her sister from an unscrupulous Greek bartender, Selene, takes a trip to Greece where she meets Alexis, the owner of the hotel where her sister's barman works. Alexis offers his assistance in finding Selene's sister and her boyfriend.

Selene soon falls under the spell of the sexy Alexis and finds herself in love and making future plans with him. Then she learns that he is engaged to be married and she believes that he has sent his father to pay her off. She leaves Greece wi

¡Madre mía, como analizar esto!

1. Ella está más preocupada por la ropa que llevará a Rimnos -al volver en el presente- que en su hijo. Un hijo, que está con una familia de acogida en Inglaterra y que tiene un horario para verlo. Ella sufre cuando está en Romnos por su hijo, pero luego es como: A tomar por el culo, que tengo niñera para mi niño y mientras voy a ver a mi hermana. Con decir que a Selena parece preocuparle más el comprarse un bañador nuevo
Nazish Ahmed (Nazish Reads)
I rate this 2.5 stars.

Adult romance novels are a guilty pleasure of mine. I now that there are problems with some of them and that most contain love at first sight (which I usually hate), but there's just something about these novels that is so addicting.

I enjoy romance novels where the girl is hard to get throughout at least half of the novel and it seems more realistic instead of falling for the guy the minute you see him. Does that even happen in real life, is that even possible? Also, I've n
Jan 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
16th read of 2018

I just finished reading Amanda Bouchet's Hearts on Fire and I love it so much that I found it hard to get into the next book that was on my list to read.

So, as always, I put the new book down and picked up one of these quick, guilty pleasure reads for a reading palette cleanse.

Why did I do that? This was so bad. So bad. Have I mentioned this was bad? Very unlikable (and naively stupid) young lady who seems to sacrifice everything in her life for a very unlikable sister and aun
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not one of Sara Craven's better stories. Selena is surrounded by unlikable characters. Her Aunt Nora is nasty and uses her, her sister Millie is self-centered, her sister's fiance is without a backbone of his own, Alexis's father and his lawyer are despicable. I'm also confused as to how Selena can afford all these plane flights back-and-forth between England and Greece without any kind of salary. And there are many parts of the story which are absolutely boring.
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Innocent's Shameful Secret

This story was about marriage young woman who went to Greece to bring her sister back to England. But found her own love. As with lots of these stories she is met with resistance from all sides. No good Greek man would marry a command English girl. She and her sister had an argument that tire them apart for a couple of years. Till her sister asks for help. But what if the man of her dreams?
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was annoyed by the characters in this book from main character's sister Millie to the evil aunt and the guy Millie shacks up with in Greece. (Pillow friend?) And the plot line of Selena having to put the baby in foster care then the foster parents telling Selena that the baby would be traumatized if they didn't get to adopt the baby?

Not one of my favorite Harlequin's.
Biggaletta Day
Jun 10, 2017 rated it did not like it
Normally I like a good harlequin to sink my teeth into but.....did not finish, it felt like a re-write or update of an old mills & boon manuscript. Why? The heroine wrote a letter on a blue airmail. Not email? text? Facebook DM? Please, these are supposedly young women in their twenties. Also I found the heroine too stupid and her sister too manipulative to get into the story.
May 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very predictable

Very hard to read. Couldn't not get into the book at all. Had to force myself to finish it. Very predictable and over done topic. Then magic fairy tale rushed ending. Could have been so much better.
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Although I looked forward to reading this, in the beginning , I found it difficult to follow. It took effort to get midway through and then I was getting antsy to be done. However, the storyline itself was good.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The story jumped from present to past with no warning.
Annie Burrows
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: modern-romances
really, really enjoyed this one. A classice Sara Craven!
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
The story was okay. I didn't like the hero at all, was hard to like him as he was so secretive and obnoxious.
This seems like a very short read with not a whole lot to it. Told in flashback (which really wasn't necessary), Selena is sent by her aunt to convince Selena's 17 -year-old sister to come home from Greece. Unfortunately, Amelia has decided to marry a Greek hotel worker. In the process, Selena meets the hotel owner and billionaire Alexis and proceeds to fall in love with him.

The flashback format really didn't work for me. It would have made more sense in the flow of the story to tell it from sta
May 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Very surprised about the turn that's story got.
Very interesting and original development about the baby.
I was a bit put off by the beginning, I found the h very annoying to be so rude with the H.
While reading some passages, I was thinking that the H is a professional séducteur. I must say he seduced me totally.
And for once he is not horrible to the h. Although that role was supported by some other characters.
I liked that book. I might reread it.
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