I am on page 44 of THE GREEK TYCOON’S UNEXPECTED WIFE by Annie West. I picked it out of the others on the rack because I enjoyed Annie West’s HIS FOR THE TAKING, which had a male lead who wasn’t a complete jerk.
But in this one, he has just decided that the reason the chick is completely emaciated is that she has been starving herself in a ploy to raise his sympathy and have a larger divorce settlement. (You see, they were in a situation where — to help her escape from a prison during an uprising in South America — they had to have a hasty marriage, but within a day they were involved in an explosion that he believed had killed her.) Her claims that she also thought him dead? Seen as a play for his billions.
Anticipated solution to his assery: she tells him that she’s been lost in South American jungles the past four years. It will take one conversation on page 180.
Added bonus: a variation of the line “Oh why did she bother? Nico never believed her anyway” has already shown up.
Am I putting it down?
I just hit page 57, and she told him. Oops.
I have hope again.
Page 58, and he’s decided she’s lying. Sigh.
Page 59, and she reveals she’s been living with a nun the past four years. His response:
A nun? She was asking him to believe she’d been living a life of unblemished innocence with a nun all this time?
Next she’d claim to be a virgin.
New anticipated solution: Sister Mercedes shows up, wondering how her friend is doing, and he realizes how wrong he’s been.
Hopeful solution: Sister Mercedes shows up, he finds out they’ve been having wild nun sex the past four years, and the heroine and the nun run off to find their HEA.
Done. Nothing unexpected, but the angst was all ratcheted up at the end and I COULDN’T STOP!