Sunday, September 27, 2009

Review: The Latin Lover by Lucy Monroe and Trish Morey

Title: The Latin Lover
Author: Lucy Monroe, Trish Morey

Read copy: eBook
Published: October 1, 2009
Publisher: Harlequin
ISBN: 142684087X
ISBN-13: 9781426840876

The Greek Tycoon's Inherited Bride by Lucy Monroe

Phoebe's betrothal to Spiros Petronides' brother meant she was forbidden, and honor was the code the Greek billionaire lived by. But with one kiss Spiros knew he had to claim her as his!

Back in the Spaniard's Bed by Trish Morey

Leah left Alejandro Rodriguez because she'd overstepped the boundaries of a mistress and fallen in love! The Spaniard's arrogance angered her, but his touch ignited her. So when Alejandro storms back into her life, how can Leah deny him?

My rating:

I've never encountered an anthology so "nicely" proportioned.

The first story was the absolute worst I've read recently (and that's saying a lot). It didn't sound like something happening in this century, no matter how traditionalist Greeks can be. The hero was an idiot and the heroine even worse. I literally wanted to jump into the story and slap her silly, and grab her by the shoulders and shake her until her teeth rattled.

I hated this story.

The second one was the complete opposite. I loved it, despite the traditional hero-bent-on-revenge-because-she-dumped-him theme Harlequin Presents authors are so fond of.
It was a combination of several elements that made me like it despite the cheesy and so overly-done theme. The writing was good, the story flowed nicely, the H/h had a great chemistry together, the hero was simply drool-worthy (all tall, dark, handsome with a Spanish accent that makes you all tingly inside), and the bitchy sister was just bitchy enough for me to dislike her with a passion and gloat when all her well-laid plans went up in smoke.

So let's make some rudimentary math... 1 star and 4 stars make an average of 2.5 stars, but since the second story is still so fresh and nice in my mind, I'll give this unfortunate two-story collection a 3 stars and add a note to self that the next time (if that time comes) I read this, I'll skip directly to Ms. Morey's story.


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