Sophia Andreou has always done as her father asked, or rather told her to do. She may have questioned his decisions in her mind, but she never voiced those opinions out loud. Until her father tells her she is going to marry Dion Kourakis. She’s had enough of being the ‘good daughter’ and when she voices her opinion her father tells her that she doesn’t have a choice. The family company is in debt and the only way to save it is by marrying her off to Dion in return Dion will buy the company. Sophia has other plans in mind when she heads to Corfu to be with Dion.
Dion doesn’t believe in love, after all look what it did to his family. He was orphaned as a child and is now a successful businessman. He has his own reasoning for wanting to buy the company from Sophia’s dad and the stipulation of marriage in order to complete the deal is fine by him. After all, marriage isn’t something he feels deeply about anyway. When Sophia lands in Corfu she throws Dion for a loop, he isn’t prepared for her eccentric dress and hobbies, Baroness Sasha Foxington III for example. As he tries to convince her that marriage won’t be so bad to him and she can have what she craves, she is trying to figure out a way out of it. When the two come to an agreement and Dion gets to know the real Sophia they begin to enjoy each other. When tragedy strikes can the two keep up the façade or will the part ways forever?
This is my first book by Stefanie London, and I have to say I really enjoyed it! When I first started reading I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel, but by the end I was hoping for more pages. The attraction between Sophia and Dion was beautifully written and the quirky things that Sophia did were a riot to read about. I was laughing so hard at some parts, while other parts slowly broke my heart. I couldn’t get enough of Sophia and Dion. I felt so bad for Sophia at some points but Dion was just what the doctor ordered. Well done Stefanie!
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He expected some hesitation from her over the marriage thing. Hell, he’d hesitated himself. It had taken him a full two weeks to process her father’s offer—or rather, ultimatum—and come to grips with the idea of marrying a stranger. Seeing his mentor, Elias, hooked up to half a dozen different machines after having a fall in his home, with tubes coming out of every orifice, had finally pushed him over the edge.
Closure was now within Dion’s grasp, he could shut the final page of his father’s book. He wanted that feeling so bad he could taste it…so bad he would marry a stranger.
“We have plenty of time to get to know one another.” Dion motioned for her to follow him outside. “Your father told me that you’ve been working in the family business.”
“That’s right. I’ve been doing some general admin,” she replied. “And I have my own virtual assistant business, too.”
The sun had set some time ago, but the lights dotted around the garden brightened the front of the house. He unlocked the car and held the door for her.
“Ah, so you’re a businesswoman. I’m sure we’ll have a lot to talk about, then.”
“Sure, although it’s not real passion in life, to be honest.” She looked at him expectantly, as though wanting an invitation to elaborate.
“What would you rather be doing?” he asked.
The car’s engine rumbled as he pulled out of the circular path in front of the four-car garage. A warm breeze carried the salty tang of the ocean into the car.
“You know, I’m really passionate about taxidermy.” Sophia nodded as though this was the most normal thing to say. “There’s just something about animals that fascinates me.”
“Taxidermy?” He frowned. “Like, stuffing dead animals?”
“Stuffing or mounting,” she said. “It includes both.”
Was she for real? Her expression didn’t reveal even a sliver of amusement.
“I see it as a way to prolong an animal’s life,” she explained. “I know it might seem a little strange, but trust me. When I bring my collection over, you’ll see how wonderful it is.”
He gulped. “Your collection?”
“Yes, I have a huge collection. Squirrels and racoons and a couple of cats that I found. Strays, you know. Lots of people think they have time for a pet and then they just dump them. I even have a fox. She’s a real beauty. I was thinking we could put her in the living room. Or maybe the foyer, so she can greet guests.” She clapped her hands together. “Baroness Sasha Foxington III would absolutely love that.”
Baroness. Sasha. Foxington the fucking third.
Was he in a nightmare right now?
USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance with humour, heat and heart. Also llamas.
Originally from Melbourne, Australia Stefanie now lives in Toronto, Canada with her wonderful husband. She loves to read, collect lipsticks, watch zombie movies, and drink coffee.
Her bestselling book, Pretend It’s Love, is a 2016 Romantic Book of the Year finalist with the Romance Writers of Australia.
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