His Pregnancy Ultimatum (Harlequin Presents #2433)

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However, as far as Nikolos is concerned, Mia's resistance is only temporary. He will have again what he enjoyed before—Mia—using his exceptional seductive skills to place her at his mercy!

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Overview

Mia Fredrickson has no idea what possessed her to share the bed of a complete stranger. Her handsome lover turns out to be Greek tycoon Nikolos Karedes, and when he discovers Mia's secret he insists they marry. But Mia refuses!

However, as far as Nikolos is concerned, Mia's resistance is only temporary. He will have again what he enjoyed before—Mia—using his exceptional seductive skills to place her at his mercy!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373124336
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Series: Harlequin Presents Series , #2433
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.22 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen grew up in New Zealand, an only child possessed by a vivid imagination and a love for reading. She wrote stories for amusement in her early teenage years, and when she left leaving school, she took a secretarial job at a father-and-son legal firm.

Helen's hobbies are tennis, table-tennis, judo, reading. She loves movies, and leads an active social life.

At age twenty-one Helen joined a girlfriend and embarked on a working holiday in Australia, travelling via cruise ship from Auckland to Melbourne. Alas, no shipboard romance, as she spent all four days in her cabin suffering from sea-sickness!

After fifteen months working in Melbourne, Helen and her friend bought a vehicle and took three months to drive the length and breadth of Australia, choosing to work in Cairns in order to fund the final leg of our journey to Sydney. It was in Cairns that Helen met her future husband, Danilo Bianchin, an Italian immigrant from Treviso. He was a tobacco sharefarmer from the tobacco farming community of Mareeba. His English was pitiful, and her command of Italian was nil.

Six months later they married, and Helen was flung into cooking for up to nine tobacco pickers, stringing tobacco, feeding 200 chickens, a few turkeys, ducks ... plus killing, cleaning and cooking the same!

Her knowledge of Italian improved, and there were hilarious moments in retrospect. Some of what she endured was cooking on a wood-burning stove, having no running hot water, a primitive shower and toilet facilities, washing uniforms for two soccer teams during the soccer season...floods, horrendous hailstone damage to tobacco crops, hardship, and the stillbirth of their first child.

Then, to their joy, Helen's daughter, Lucia, was born. Three years later the couple returned to New Zealand, where they settled for sixteen years. During those early years, they added two sons, Angelo and Peter, to the family, and, on telling anecdotes of farm life in an Italian community to friends, the idea of writing a book occurred. A romance, set on a tobacco farm in Australia's far north, Queensland, featuring an Italian hero. Helen says, "the background was authentic, believe me!" However the hero was rich and owned the farm...artistic license!

It took her a year to complete a passable manuscript, typed on a portable typewriter at the dining room table. That first effort was deemed too short with insufficient detail. Helen rewrote it. This time it was considered too long with too much extraneous detail. She revised, then sent it to London. Four months later she received a telegram from Alan Boon to say they intended to publish and a contract would be sent in the mail. It was the most wonderful news!

Helen wrote ten more books while living in New Zealand, then in 1981, her family resettled in Australia, on Queensland's Gold Coast. She has since published twenty-five more books. She loves creating characters, giving them life and providing a situation where their emotions are tested and love wins out.

Today, with computer technology, the mechanics of writing are much easier. However, the writing process doesn't change. Helen says that she's having a good day if she can achieve 5 good pages, which she is likely to change, edit and rewrite the following day.

For her, the greatest praise is for a reader to say they couldn't put the book down... then Helen knows that she has achieved what she set out to do—"create a moving enjoyable story which holds the reader entertained from beginning to end."

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His Pregnancy Ultimatum


By Helen Bianchin

Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.

Copyright © 2004 Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-373-12433-3


Chapter One

"MIA!"

A slender form almost identical to her own burst forward the instant Mia emerged into Sydney's airport arrival lounge, and within seconds she was engulfed in an enthusiastic hug.

"Hey," she protested with a musing laugh. "It's only been five months."

A sisterhood of two, no parents since their untimely death a decade before, the girls had been the best of friends for as long as they could remember. Sibling rivalry didn't exist, never had, and each was sure it never would.

Petite in height, sable-brown hair, dark brown eyes, their likeness was such they had on occasion been mistaken for twins.

Yet Alice was the elder by two years, divorced with a nine-year-old son.

Mia caught hold of her sister's arm. "Let's get out of here."

It took a while to collect her bag from the carousel, clear the busy terminal and join the flow of traffic heading towards the city.

It was great to be home, although home was something of a misnomer, for she no longer had a home as such. During the past few years she'd lived on university campus studying for a pharmacy degree.

Mia rolled her shoulders in a bid to ease the lingering tension from too many sleep-deprived nights leading up to end-of-year exams, the lack of caffeine, and aweariness that had little to do with either one of them.

"So, tell me," Alice begged. "What's new?"

Hell. Where did she start? Not at all might be best, she decided, while her sister was negotiating busy inner city traffic. It would take a while to reach the northern suburb of Manly, and the kind of news she had to impart was better told seated at Alice's dining-room table while sharing a pot of tea.

"The exams went okay," Mia reiterated cautiously, aware she'd said as much via email.

"And?"

"It's good to be back."

Alice gave her a searching look as the car drew to a halt at a controlled intersection. "You look pale. Tired," she elaborated.

Mia offered a faint smile. "Thanks," she managed ruefully. "Just what I needed to hear."

"Nothing some home-cooked food and a good night's sleep won't cure." The brisk tone was accompanied by a competent smile.

Alice was the ultimate earth mother, taking pride in producing wholesome hearty meals, home-baked cookies and bread, charity bakes. She sewed, stitched, crocheted, knitted, and took pottery classes. It didn't stop there, for she also took art, sculpted, and set oils on canvas. She served on her son's school committee, ran as president of the parent-teacher association, and excelled in organisation of all things.

Ask Alice was an invisible bandana her sister wore with pride, for helping had become a mission in life. It made up for the five years of Alice's marriage during which her husband conditioned her to believe she served little purpose and possessed no self-worth.

Mia took in the familiar sight beyond the wind-screen. Old buildings merged with new, dull, well-worn red brick jumbled together with renovated terrace houses, newly lacquered ornamental iron railings vying with broken wood palings. An endearingly eclectic mix that marked inner-city suburbia.

Traffic, as usual, maintained a hectic pace in a never-ending river of vehicles jostling for position in a bid to catch the next set of lights and minimise road time.

City smells, combining aged buildings, fuel fumes, summer heat. Trees with spreading branches bordering a green-grassed park, and, above, a cloudless blue sky.

Mia turned her attention to her sister.

"How's my favourite nephew?"

"Great. Matt is doing well in school, enjoyed a terrific soccer season, and is heavily into tennis for summer," Alice enthused. "He's studying piano, guitar, and is a whiz at chess. He began martial arts classes this year."

Maternal love was unconditional, and Alice believed in the 'busy mind, active body' theory ... totally. Fortunately her son was an enthusiastic advocate who viewed each new venture as a conquerable challenge.

"I can't wait to spend time with him." They shared a mutual affection that dispensed with the generation gap, a love of sports, action movies, books. Pals, she accorded fondly, and hoped the friendship part of their relationship would never change.

"He has plans," Alice warned, and Mia offered a wry smile.

"Uh-huh. I take it para-gliding, bungee-jumping and all other dangerous activities are a definite nono?"

Alice made a sound that was part sigh, part groan.

"Don't," she warned. "Even in jest."

Traffic was heavy as they crossed the harbour bridge, and only began to ease as they cleared the inner northern suburbs.

There were coves with moored craft, a marina, and heavy greenery hugging the elevated rock-face where luxurious homes perched high sharing magnificent views of the inner harbour and city.

Sun-dappled water, stunning architecture ... a place where she'd been born and spent her formative years. Excelled and survived, loved and been betrayed, only to emerge as a strong, determined young woman whose focus became unwavering in pursuit of her goal.

Except for one little blip that had the power to change her life for ever.

Alice's home was situated in a wide tree-lined street, a solid double-brick structure with mediumsize rooms her sister redecorated with considerable flair at regular intervals.

Externally it was similar to many houses in the established suburb, but indoors it held an air of homeliness that was both inviting and relaxing.

"Coffee, tea, or something cold?" Alice queried as she preceded Mia down the hallway.

"Tea would be great." There was only one guest room, which she occupied during university vacations, and she deposited her bag, released her knapsack, then she quickly freshened up before joining her sister in the kitchen.

Aromatic tea steamed from two cups, and there was a selection of home-made cookies set out on a plate.

"We have an hour before I need to go collect Matt from school," Alice declared, indicating a chair opposite. "So ... out with it."

(Continues...)



Excerpted from His Pregnancy Ultimatum by Helen Bianchin Copyright © 2004 by Harlequin Enterprises, Ltd.. Excerpted by permission.
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    Feisty hot sassy

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    The story is no bad but Mia is so unreasonably fiesty for a third of the book and Niko has done nothing wrong to earn it. I found myself angry for him and unable to like Mia enough to feel the love.

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    Ok ok

    It is a good read for anyone looking for less drama romance story. I don' t understand her feistiness in the beginning though which sorta irritated me. It seems uncalled for especially if the man is not even being a jerk. So just for that I rate this as 3 stars.

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