Friday, July 15, 2016

Release Day Review: The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray #Review #Giveaway

Author: Kate McMurray
Book: The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom
Series: Dreamspun Desires
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: July 15, 2016
Length: 218 pages

Reviewed by Erin


Marriage gets less convenient when love is involved.

It started simple: Ondrej Kovac marries Archie Katsaros so Ondrej can stay in the US, away from his judgmental family in eastern Europe. Archie marries Ondrej in exchange for the money to bail out his failing company. It’s a fraud neither man is convinced he can pull off.

But as Archie introduces Ondrej to New York society and Ondrej proves his skill in the office, they start to discover a connection between them. Can they overcome the rocky foundation their relationship was built on, meddling immigration agents, gossip columnists determined to out their deception, and an aggressive executive set on selling Archie’s company out from under him? Only if they can prove to each other their love is worth fighting for.

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A marriage of convenience, two sexy guys, and a company on the brink of collapse are the premise of Kate McMurray's newest book, The Greek Tycoon's Green Card Groom. This is the next book in Dreamspinner Press's Dreamspun Desires line and while I loved the blurb and the idea of this, unfortunately this one fell just a bit flat for me. Which is so disappointing because I absolutely adore Kate McMurray's books. 

Archimedes (how fabulous is this name, though?!) Katsaros or Archie as he's called is in trouble. His family's company, the one left to him by his beloved deceased father, is about to go under. The poor economy coupled with years and years worth of less than savvy business decisions has Archie struggling for a way to right the sinking ship. Enter gorgeous, and suddenly without a valid green card, Ondrej Kovac ... who just happens to be quite wealthy. As you can guess, a plan is hatched, the two get hitched, and everyone wins ... or do they? While Archie and Ondrej are definitely attracted to one another, there are plenty of road blocks on their way to wedded bliss. 

For me, this is where the issues arise. There is little, and I'm talking close to zero, chemistry between Archie and Ondrej. I liked both these guys, separately, and for the most part, but when they're together, there's something off. Maybe it was Ondrej's inner dialog that left me confused most of the time and the rest with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. Some of his thoughts and his feelings toward Archie were pretty cold. And Archie ... his Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde flip flopping did little to endear me to him, either. One minute Archie can't imagine his life without Ondrej, and the next, he's telling Ondrej he needs space and wants to sleep alone. 

The ending though, that saved the book for me. Sweet and romantic and what I wanted from a Dreamspun Desires book. As always, Kate's writing is stellar, it's just too bad this story didn't quite have that usual McMurray touch.


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