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Feature book: Seducing His Convenient Innocent

26 August 2020

Seducing His Convenient Innocent by Rachael Thomas

Subgenre: contemporary
Release date: 1 Mar 2019
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Format: ebook and print
Length: 256 pages
RRP: $5.99 (ebook); $7.99 (print)

Lysandros Drakakis has lived the life of a playboy since the end of his disastrous engagement ten years ago. Then he met Rio Armstrong and she transformed him into a gentleman whose desire for her is threatening to overwhelm him. All he can think about is being with her even when she is using her talent as a classical pianist to entertain his business associates. He thinks his dreams are coming true when she asks to spend the entire night with him after attending a meeting with her conductor.

Rio is filled with happiness by her decision to be with Lysandros and is eager to join him. Her plans are thrown into disarray when her conductor sexually assaults her, and she is unable to face Lysandros. She breaks off their relationship and hopes he can move on while she struggles with her decisions. Six weeks after their breakup, her best friend and Lysandros’ sister, Xena is in a car accident. Her injuries include amnesia and when both rush to her side, she believes they are still together. Reluctantly Rio agrees to travel to the family’s island villa in Greece and pretend the relationship is still intact to help Xena recover.

As soon as Lysandros joins Rio, Xena and his mother, on the island, he proposes to Rio. With no other option, she agrees to marry him and reluctantly goes away with him for a romantic weekend on his yacht to celebrate. She asks him if he has considered what will happen when they break up but he insists that for now they should just concentrate on keeping Xena happy and relaxed by letting her plan their engagement party, so she can heal.

Wanting the best for her friend, Rio is forced to continue the charade and while Lysandros is a gentleman in private, the strong physical attraction between them makes it hard to keep her distance. Lysandros still wants Rio and is trying to find out why she ran away from him. Will the forced proximity bring them back together and allow them to open up to each other? If so, will the secrets that are buried in Xena’s memory cause another breakup?

It took me longer than usual to warm to this couple and at times, Xena, was in danger of overshadowing them. However, this is a good read and touches on some current issues.

reviewed by Tracey

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

One Comment
  1. 29 August 2020 7:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing superb post.

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