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The Highest Stakes of All This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Mostly undecided about this one To put it simply, the plot was Greek mythology meets Indecent Proposal with a little bit of Jane Eyre thrown in the H hides his daughter away although to play devil s advocate, he didn t quite know if she was his or not but still, the neglect was unforgivable There s also a healthy amount of reference to the Onassis saga setting the mood for the Greek billionaire plot line Together, these elements made for a dramatic story and I quite enjoyed most of i Mostly undecided about this one To put it simply, the plot was Greek mythology meets Indecent Proposal with a little bit of Jane Eyre thrown in the H hides his daughter away although to play devil s advocate, he didn t quite know if she was his or not but still, the neglect was unforgivable There s also a healthy amount of reference to the Onassis saga setting the mood for the Greek billionaire plot line Together, these elements made for a dramatic story and I quite enjoyed most of it However, this is not your typical Harlequin romance, and the love story itself has many emotional elements though not so much to do with the H and the h You see the attraction between the protagonists but it s not something they give into straight away and it sof a slow burn happening between the H Vassos and h Joanna While some parts of it felt a little dated like it should have been written in the 70 s 80 s , I liked the fact that Vassos didn t make a huge deal about Joanna being a virgin except to exonerate her from whatever crimes he though she was guilty of And then, instead of raving at her for not telling him before as most harlequin heroes do as if they re the wronged party , he chooses to show her how beautiful the act of making love can be Which brings me to the one big flaw in this tale the physical was highlightedthan the growing emotional bond between the hero and the heroine so when they do confess their love for each other it seems a little rushed and abrupt Like they could have probably taken a couple of weeksto get to that point Also, there are too many things diverting attention from their connection like the mystery of the H s ex wife and child and the h s father s antics and the hero s disappearance most nights I also didn t like Vassos s housekeeper Hara who behavedlike a bawdy house madam than a faithful servant of old for the Gordanis family Or Mrs Vernon On the other hand, I loved loved loved Eleni and my heart went out to that little girl, so neglected and abused for no fault of her own I was really happy she found her HEA possibly happier than when the H and h found their HEA Nonetheless, I liked this one and of course, I absolutely love Sara Craven s writing style although, this does not quite measure up to some of her other releases so three stars and a commitment to readingof her stuff whenever possible Two words Stockholm Syndrome.This Harley had it all gambling, virginity, revenge, rape, parental betrayal, lots of great sex followed by indifference Hey, what s not to love.I have a love hate relationship with Harlequins, but in this case I may go to simply hate In Harley world, it s not that a heroine can t be so stupid as to fall in love with an abusive alpha male, but these two NEVER relate on any level but sex Great sex, but still.Even after he hurts her while taking her virginity Two words Stockholm Syndrome.This Harley had it all gambling, virginity, revenge, rape, parental betrayal, lots of great sex followed by indifference Hey, what s not to love.I have a love hate relationship with Harlequins, but in this case I may go to simply hate In Harley world, it s not that a heroine can t be so stupid as to fall in love with an abusive alpha male, but these two NEVER relate on any level but sex Great sex, but still.Even after he hurts her while taking her virginity he does not re evaluate the situation What kind of a Greek alpha billionaire is he, that he is not overcome with remorse for taking the virgin s virginity This is simply not done in a Harlequin The hero always regrets taking the heroine s virginity H needs to read the rule book.The heroine is deadly Never speaks up for herself, caves at the first opportunity, and wears a doormat quite nicely.All I wanted her to do was go the poolhouse, get a floaty and paddle herself away from his private island Yes, his own private island Once Upon A Time And Far Away, Joanna Vernon Found Herself As The Ultimate Prize In A Dangerously High Stakes Card Game When The Last Hand Had Been Revealed, The Knowing Curl Of Vassos Gordanis S Lip Told Her He Had Every Intention Of Claiming His WinningsThough No Setting Could Be Beautiful Than Vassos S Private Island, To Joanna The Aegean Sea Was Merely A Turquoise Hued Prison Wall In The Gordanis House, A Woman Was Expected To Know Her Place, And This Gorgeous Greek Knew This Was Exactly How He Planned To Settle The Score 3.5 starsSara Craven pens a romance that alternates between sheer fun for its 70s pop culture references and angst for its revenge by sexual enslavement plotline To make her narrative eveninteresting, the author serves it in an amalgamation of the Persephone myth, Charlotte Bronte s Jane Eyre, and the vintage romance this one is set in 1975, which also happens to be the same year the author started writing for Harlequin Mills Boon My favorite references to the latter had to be the h 3.5 starsSara Craven pens a romance that alternates between sheer fun for its 70s pop culture references and angst for its revenge by sexual enslavement plotline To make her narrative eveninteresting, the author serves it in an amalgamation of the Persephone myth, Charlotte Bronte s Jane Eyre, and the vintage romance this one is set in 1975, which also happens to be the same year the author started writing for Harlequin Mills Boon My favorite references to the latter had to be the heroine s skimpy crochet dresses and VHS cassette tapes, but in a disappointing twist the hero doesn t wear a gold medallion necklace All isn t lost, though, as he and the heroine do engage in a slinky dance which is the hallmark of any self respecting 70s romance See Love At First Bite or Airplane LOL While not campy, Vassos and Joanna s dance to Donna Summer s disco hit Love to Love You Baby is anticlimactic, clean fun because poor Jo doesn t even get a kiss, much less a full blown lovemaking session that evening But I m rounding up to four stars because I can t stop thinking about the brief yet oh, so sensual scene told in flashback format So on to the revenge plot Joanna is an unhappy accomplice to daddy dearest s gambling cons because he needs her and, well, she s a Sara Craven heroine They re martyrs when it comes to family, and that s the way it is She and Daddy of the Year are in for a surprise, though, when one of their past tricks comes back to bite them in the form of the wrathful Greek hero, Vassos He s out to avenge his family by leveling the score the biblical way view spoiler Joanna didn t have sex with Petros, hero s cousin s son, but she had led him on and could have had warned him about the trap her father and his cronies had set up for him hide spoiler I wonder, though, if Vassos would have been as dedicated to his scheme of turning the beautiful heroine into his sex slave if he d found her unattractive Would he have fantasized about his profit margins instead Laid back and thought of Greece Because the way Vassos put it, his revenge just HAD to mirror Joanna s apparent crime of pumping and dumping her victims Joanna states she wouldn t have been in that exact situation if she d been ugly, so I m left pondering.Anyway, I enjoyed the delicious angst and longing on Joanna s side But the meaningful interactions between her and Vassos were too scarce, as was the lack of deeper insight into hero s feelings Instant love is fine, but the theme still needs to be significantly developed to deliver a swoonworthy romance Vassos does, however, deliver a nice grovel and this ultra sweet line at the end, so all s well that ends well Our need for each other did not flower slowly and gently from trust and liking, as it should have done I wish with all my soul it had happened that way but it is no less real And, no matter how it began, it is ending well She is my woman, I am her man, and nothing can change that. Oooff I need to think.Okay, there are several problems with this, hence the time I needed to think First and foremostly this is not tongue in cheek satire or some nod at former bodice rippers by a young author No, this is an actual bodice ripper, written in 2010 by a woman who wrote them already in the 1970s Sara Craven was 72 when she wrote this book, and the purplish prose as well as the unmitigated bodice ripping aka rape apology and male supremancy obviously are a result of her own id Oooff I need to think.Okay, there are several problems with this, hence the time I needed to think First and foremostly this is not tongue in cheek satire or some nod at former bodice rippers by a young author No, this is an actual bodice ripper, written in 2010 by a woman who wrote them already in the 1970s Sara Craven was 72 when she wrote this book, and the purplish prose as well as the unmitigated bodice ripping aka rape apology and male supremancy obviously are a result of her own ideology.Given this I have a very hard time being amused by this book, even though I actually was amused at times Read from a modern vantage point I might agree with Loederkoningin s take of this being sort of a D s non con slavery scenario sprung at unwary romance readers Had it been written as such, with a certain tongue in cheek attitude and routing all the FSoG derivates and Twilight wannabes at the same time, this would have certainly commanded a high rating and my applause.Unfortunately I am convinced it isn t this Instead I think it is a genuine article written many years after its heyday Therefore it gets 1 for being rape apologist and 2 for being amusing And I rounded up rather than down here on Goodreads for the plot bunnies it gave me I realize this book will not be for everyone but I liked it Maybe it s because it is an extremely old school Harlequin and I have a soft spot for those Hero is very alpha, heroine is his victim but she is also a con artist so she s not entirely innocent Her kidnapping didn t bother me and her rape didn t bother me either because I didn t see it as rape at all She was clearly smitten with her captor and she definitely enjoyed their lovemaking.In my opinion the real villain of the story was I realize this book will not be for everyone but I liked it Maybe it s because it is an extremely old school Harlequin and I have a soft spot for those Hero is very alpha, heroine is his victim but she is also a con artist so she s not entirely innocent Her kidnapping didn t bother me and her rape didn t bother me either because I didn t see it as rape at all She was clearly smitten with her captor and she definitely enjoyed their lovemaking.In my opinion the real villain of the story was her father Talk about a major bastard I wanted to slap him silly for using his daughter nonstop and basically prostituting her What made me evenfurious was that the heroine forgave him for being such an asshole She should kick him to the curb but alas she has a kind heart If non consent scenarios are a trigger for you, I would advise staying away from this one If viewed in aserious light, this would be highly disturbing If, however, you re willing to read this sort of thing and able to put on your crack colored glasses, this was truly one crazy ride withtropes than I can count I can t believe it was written in 2010, it definitely has an old school feel to it There was even a Gothic element with the secretive islanders and the mysterious, sullen li If non consent scenarios are a trigger for you, I would advise staying away from this one If viewed in aserious light, this would be highly disturbing If, however, you re willing to read this sort of thing and able to put on your crack colored glasses, this was truly one crazy ride withtropes than I can count I can t believe it was written in 2010, it definitely has an old school feel to it There was even a Gothic element with the secretive islanders and the mysterious, sullen little girl who always wore a party dress Anyway, no one could possibly do a better review of this glorious trainwreck than Julz did, so check her review out for all the particulars on the cray cray Too bad the rating list doesn t allow for negative stars Rated it a 1 as that s as low as it goes Horrible, horrible book Offensive How are kidnapping, rape, and child neglect romantic Does HQ even READ what it publishes Vasso, the male character, doesn t deserve happily ever after , he belongs in prison Does setting the book in 1975 somehow make the things okay Oh, and even better he tells her that once she starts to bore him, Vasso plans to sell her to a new owner, making a handsome Too bad the rating list doesn t allow for negative stars Rated it a 1 as that s as low as it goes Horrible, horrible book Offensive How are kidnapping, rape, and child neglect romantic Does HQ even READ what it publishes Vasso, the male character, doesn t deserve happily ever after , he belongs in prison Does setting the book in 1975 somehow make the things okay Oh, and even better he tells her that once she starts to bore him, Vasso plans to sell her to a new owner, making a handsome profit I m a long time HQ Presents fan and naturally I ve read HQ books that were less than stellar, boring, and not my cup of tea But I never read one before that made me sick to my stomach This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I gotta confess I like this book NO, I don t advocate rape, selling women or bitch slaps But I still fondly remember the Sara Craven s and other HP s from the 70 s that were my very first romances These were seekrit modern bodice rippers that my mum felt were muchage apropos than The Flame and the Flower or Sweet Savage Love which is what she was reading at the time which I did read BTW, just under the covers at night Fortunately, she never really picked up one of those little forced I gotta confess I like this book NO, I don t advocate rape, selling women or bitch slaps But I still fondly remember the Sara Craven s and other HP s from the 70 s that were my very first romances These were seekrit modern bodice rippers that my mum felt were muchage apropos than The Flame and the Flower or Sweet Savage Love which is what she was reading at the time which I did read BTW, just under the covers at night Fortunately, she never really picked up one of those little forced seduction sold as a sex slave complete with bitch slap gems cause then I probably would have got foisted off with Nancy Drew Complete Series Set, 1 64 And that would have been a terrible waste of flash light batteries.So that explains my fondness for the book But what really makes this one stand out is how SC modernizes the H at the end See,in the 70 s it was all rape forced seduction, with the sneaky h outwitting the domineering H by doing something hespecificallyforbade her to do and then the H having a HOLY COW Hissy Bitch slap fit and then the h s shattering realization that she really lurves this primitive manly man.The H acknowledges that he lurves her too by a manly grunt and a loogy hawk as he hauls her by her hair back to his usually fabulous in Harvest Gold and Avocado Green man cave there to live in her mindless lust induced adoration with his acknowledging grunts forevah and evah world without end amen.Sara Craven takes a bold step forward in this proud 70 s tradition and actually has the H in this one explain himself including appropriate begging and actual flowery declaration of true lurve and the H even OMG Gaspasksthe h to marry him This ending with H manly explanations and an actual proposal would have caused a riot back in the day The wails and complaints of having an H actually talk about his feelings would have rung around Romancelandia and probably would have ended the HP line Nowadays we areevolved of course, and can enjoy the nostalgia of forced seduction dragging by the hair with the added bonus of the last three pages of Sudden H Personality Transplant to A Sensitive New Age Kinda Guy Who Can Talk About His Feelings in Words Of TWO Syllables instead of one grunt and mind control I appreciated the difference with this one and fondly recalled the many, many nights under the blankies with my trusty flashlight and a forced seduction A glorious trainwreck of the old skool variety that really shook everyone up when it came out in 2011 SC set it in 1975, but as Boogenhagen points out her review, the hero grovel was not standard for the 1970 s.Anyway, this one has it all a virgin heroine exploited by her gambler father A revenge filled hero who buys the heroine because she supposedly caused his nephew to lose a lot of money By the end of chapter four he promises to use the heroine and then sell her to some other guy The A glorious trainwreck of the old skool variety that really shook everyone up when it came out in 2011 SC set it in 1975, but as Boogenhagen points out her review, the hero grovel was not standard for the 1970 s.Anyway, this one has it all a virgin heroine exploited by her gambler father A revenge filled hero who buys the heroine because she supposedly caused his nephew to lose a lot of money By the end of chapter four he promises to use the heroine and then sell her to some other guy The stakes are high as the title suggests.Hero does forcibly seduce rape the heroine Instead of softening toward the heroine, he is angry he s been duped, and he doesn t let the heroine off the hook He ll teach her to enjoy sex Meanwhile heroine befriends the hero s neglected daughter and decides she loves the hero.When the hero realizes his daughter is really his daughter long story , he discovers his inner feminist and realizes he needs to give the heroine her life back Heroine is heart broken to leave this prince of a man Heroine s father finally shows up to blackmail the hero, but heroine pretends to be pregnant so she can stay with the hero Declarations and grovels ensue.For all the hero s bad behavior and it was very bad , I think daddy dearest was the biggest villain in all of this Plus his new wife is pure evil It almost makes sense the heroine wants to stay with the H almost LOLFor trainwreck lovers only

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