Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Sarantos Secret Baby - Olivia Gates

All I can say is Olivia Gates always delivers a spectacular and emotional read and The Sarantos Secret Baby was no exception.

Selene Louvardis, her father and her brother's were the arch enemy of Aris Sarantos.  For years they had been competing against each other for contracts.  In some small way, her father had known what sort of man Aris was and she even remembered overhearing him once way that Aris should have been his biggest ally but was his enemy.  Now her father was dead and this rich Greek billionaire was paying his respects at her father's funeral and her brother's weren't happy about it one bit.

Selene had always been attracted to Aris and seeing him at her father's funeral socked her.  On her way home, she saw him just outside the estates gates and offered to give him a ride to his hotel.  The attraction was so strong between them, so much so they ended up spending the weekend in bed together.  As a result months later, Selene found herself pregnant.   She needed to remember she was the one who had walked out of that hotel room, secretly hoping he would come after her; but he didn't.   She wasn't a fool, she knew he wouldn't have any time or want to be a father, so she kept it a secret.

Now eighteen months later, Aris is back in town and at Louvardis estate because Selene and her brother's were trying to take an ax to his shipping business and take him down.  So he was attending an evening event at their estate.  However, her brother's wanted to through him out.  Aris was reminded of the bitterness they both shared and of the importance for them to take him down.  However, nothing ever shook Aris until again he heard her speak, watched her walk across the room and he knew he still craved her and would definitely bed her again,  The sensual tension was still there for both of them and Aris argued with her that he wanted her back in his life and wanted to have an affair.  And then she walked away and he watched her to straight to a woman holding a baby, a baby that he realized was his!

All of his life from the time he was seven he took care of his mother and siblings.  Their father would come and go and each time making his mother pregnant.  He never got emotionally involved with them but felt a financial responsibility to them all.  He even built his family a huge compound where they could live or come to visit whenever they wanted.  However, after seeing his son Alex, something shifted inside him and he actually wanted to be a parent and he definitely wanted Selene back in his life.  All I could think of was how emotionally depraved he must have felt as a child and how would he deal with all of the emotions he was feeling for this woman and his son?  A trip home to Greece.  In the end that's what he proposed for the three of them and to take her to see his homeland and family.  While there, Aris shared a lot of his childhood with Selene, why he had built the compound and she began to see him for the man he was but she was concerned as well.  Because what if Aris wanted his son but not her?

Her need for him was every bit as strong as his need for her.  In the end he gave one of the most romantic proposals I think I have ever read.  Just plain breathtaking!  If one you definitely won't want to miss.  He felt so blessed because of her need for him.  She was his home.  And then everything came crashing down upon them from their son being rushed to emergency to Aris receiving a phone call which made him doubt Selene and she knew just by the look on his face because he shut down.

They returned home only to find her brother's at her condo, furious and ready to take down her lover, Aris.  The ending chapters for her family and Aris were a roller coaster.  However, all I can say to those who will read The Sarantos Secret Baby is hold on to your seats because the ending was so unexpected.  It was brilliant, thanks to Olivia Gates.

Back of the Book

He was as tall and dark as the devil…and was her family's hated adversary. But that didn't stop Selene Louvardis from wanting Aris Sarantos with her every breath. Or grabbing her one chance for a forbidden night with him.

He was never supposed to learn she'd borne his child. But when Aris stormed back into Selene's life and discovered the truth, nothing would stop the ruthless billionaire from claiming his own. Not her family, not the billion-dollar contract at stake and certainly not something as inconvenient as love.

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