Love was never part of his plan...
Kate Burrows is crushing on her boss big time. Aleksei Aleksanou is tall, dark, and every inch the image of a classic Greek god-if said Greek god was incredibly sexy, rich, and a complete player. The only way she can get over him is by quitting her job and seeing the world...once she indulges in one wickedly-hot night with him.
Only now she's pregnant.
Aleksei is furious when Kate arrives on the small Greek island of Naxea and tries to hide the truth for him. He takes matters into his own hands-by announcing the pregnancy to his family and asking her to marry him. Now Kate must decide if she can marry the man of her hottest, sexiest dreams...knowing she will never be the wife of his heart.
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A Wife in Every Sense
Europe's Hottest Billionaires
By Joanne Walsh, Liz Pelletier
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Joanne Walsh
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We could talk about it over dinner this evening ..."
The blonde sitting opposite Aleksei Aleksanou leaned forward as she breathed her suggestion. If he read the invitation in Denise Ferguson's heavily made-up eyes correctly, she was hoping they could seal the deal later in his bed. But he was not interested. For a start, there was no need; they'd already reached an agreement without having to mix business with pleasure. And anyway, he had more important matters to attend to.
"That would have been very pleasant, but I'm already otherwise engaged."
"What a shame," she pouted. She sat back and flicked her bleached, streaked hair extensions over her shoulder, her sharp eyes roaming hungrily over his muscular physique. "Got a hot date?"
Aleksei smiled and shook his head. "I'm taking my personal assistant to dinner. Kate's leaving at the end of the week to go traveling, and I want to show my appreciation to her and thank her for all that's she done for me."
Denise's penciled eyebrow shot up. "Appreciation?" She dragged out the word suggestively. "She's a very lucky girl."
Aleksei waved a conversational hand, deliberately misunderstanding the innuendo behind Denise's words. "No, I'm the lucky one. Or maybe unlucky. Kate's been a gem — she's going to be a real loss to my team." He needed to turn the conversation back to business. "Okay, we have a deal. I will arrange for the contracts to be sent to you as soon as possible for your signature." He stood up, signaling that the meeting was over.
"Put me through to Aleksei — now!"
Kate tried her hardest not to bridle at the demanding female voice and replied as calmly as she could, "Miss Jones, as I explained to you, Mr. Aleksanou is in a meeting. But if you would like me to take a message for you, I will make sure he gets it as soon as he is free."
"I know he's there!" The already shrill tones of supermodel Phoenix Jones raised another notch. "And I know you're stonewalling me! You didn't pass on my message after I called yesterday."
Kate swallowed down a sigh. She had given her Greek boss Phoenix's message yesterday afternoon, but clearly Aleksei had chosen not to return the call. Kate knew the score: Aleksei's affair with Phoenix had run its course, but she was finding it hard to accept. No doubt the supermodel would shortly be the recipient of a beautiful gift of an exquisite necklace and matching earrings from one of London's most upmarket jewelers. Kate knew just how gorgeous the good-bye gifts he gave were — she'd ordered a number of sets for his cast-off women during her time as his PA.
Right now, Phoenix was being treated to the same discreet silence that Aleksei always employed when he decided his relationships were over. He was not a man to involve himself in messy emotional situations. And from what Kate had observed of the tall, lithe, impossibly lovely-looking brunette, when her farewell of fabulous bling arrived, no doubt Phoenix's anger would disappear quicker than a champagne cocktail.
"Miss Jones," Kate responded, her voice pleasant but firm, "Mr. Aleksanou is very, very busy at the moment. He already has yesterday's message, and I will be certain to tell him that you called again today."
"You'd better, you stuck-up little cow. Well, one thing's for sure — you won't be blocking me next time I call. I hear that he's ditched you."
If only she could tell Phoenix Jones that, actually, she'd handed in her notice, but she held her tongue. "Thank you, Miss Jones. I've made a note of everything you've had to say and I'll make sure Mr. Aleksanou receives it."
She replaced the handset firmly in its cradle and got up, taking the message slip into Aleksei's office and placing it on his desk. It was strange to think that after Friday she'd no longer be in these familiar surroundings. She glanced around the room, her attention drawn again to the huge oil painting that depicted a sunlit Greek bay surrounded by creamy yellow sandstone cliffs and dark green pines. The focal point of the painting was a small rock island in the middle of the aquamarine sea, on which stood a small classical six-columned marble temple.
The painting had always intrigued her — she found it be deep and otherworldly. She'd once asked Aleksei about the artist — who'd signed the initials "I.A." in one corner — but he'd been unwilling to reveal much about him or her, except to say quietly, "It's by an artist from the island where my family lives, who died some years ago."
He'd seemed reticent, meaning that he didn't want to talk about what could be a favorite retreat on his beloved home island of Naxea. Aleksei was an incredibly driven man and, apart from an endless stream of women passing through his life, he had to find his peace and relaxation somehow.
However, he was more willing to talk about the framed photos that also hung on his office walls, of bespoke, luxurious, architecturally cutting-edge Aegean villas, through which he'd built up his family's property business and made millions. He'd used his prowess to beat the economic crisis in southern Europe and sold or rented them to wealthy Americans and northern Europeans who sought spectacular second homes in the sun.
Shaking her head, she picked up the expensive tailored suit jacket he'd flung carelessly on the sofa where he'd met with his last clients. She laughed, thinking how much his informal manner belied his killer business instinct.
They used to meet daily, early in the morning, for him to brief her on what he needed done each day. She'd miss the way he leaned forward, sleeves rolled up, tanned forearms resting on the desk. He'd tug his tie loose, as though he couldn't stand it being tight, and unbutton the collar buttons. Even though he was all business, he kept in shape.
Her tummy flipped. In a couple of days, handsome, enigmatic, brilliant Aleksei would no longer be a part of her life.
This dynamic man she'd worked for over the last two years would have to be put behind her as she embarked on a new phase of her life.
Nostalgia had her turning away, but she stopped to straighten a pile of papers threatening to topple off a side chair. She tapped the last of the papers together and swung around, nearly bumping into Aleksei.
He reached out to hold her steady, but the warmth seeping through her thin blouse made her stiffen.
"Careful. It wouldn't do for you to have an accident and miss our dinner this evening."
His deep tones, flavored with his Greek heritage, washed over her. She raised her head and met his deep brown eyes, and a rush of heat bloomed in her cheeks. Wanting to cover her feelings for him, she laughed and retorted, "Oh, I'll be there, come what may, even if my leg is in a plaster cast and my arm is in a sling. I'm so looking forward to eating at Odyssea. They say the menu there is marvelous!"
His eyes crinkled into a heart-stopping smile. "Hopefully you'll make it through the next couple of hours in one piece, then," he said wryly. "The food at Odyssea is the best Greek cuisine in London."
He dropped his hands away from her and raked a hand through his thick ebony hair, a gesture she knew only too well meant he was moving into business dynamo mode again. "Did that call come through from Athens while I was in the meeting with Denise Ferguson?"
"No, not yet." She changed gears and responded with the efficiency and focus that he demanded. "But I did take another call from Phoenix Jones. I've left a note on your desk."
"Na pari i eychi! Another call? Can't the woman let it go?"
He paused, his jaw clenched, annoyance flaring in his dark eyes. But she had to tell him the truth. "I think Phoenix needs to be told that the relationship's over," she ventured carefully, giving a small grimace that conveyed her sympathy for both Aleksei and the uncomfortable task in front of him, and for Phoenix, whose pride was about to take a denting.
He surveyed her, his face a mask of control. Gusting out a heavy sigh, he held his hands up. "Yes, you're right. I'll speak to her now. After that, you'll deal with it in the usual way?"
"Yup. Let me know when you've talked to Miss Jones, and then I'll get on to it." Good, finally taking my advice. "What stones would you like?"
His features relaxed, and he chuckled. "Definitely rubies this time. She's one fiery lady. Set with diamonds, of course."
"Got it." She couldn't hide a rueful smile, agreeing with the fiery part. "Would you like some tea? I'm just about to make some for myself."
"Efcharistó. That would be most welcome." He paused and gave her a meaningful look. "You know, I'm going to miss you very much. I doubt if I'll find anyone as trustworthy and reliable as you ever again. Or as honest with me."
Her cheeks warmed again. "Oh, I'm sure you will." Suddenly shy, she batted away his compliment. "Susan Jenkins seems very professional and straightforward. She had no issues coping with the work when we did our handover day last week."
He pursed his lips. "She seems like a bit of a dragon to me."
"Don't you think she looks a bit unapproachable and scary?"
She thought of Susan, a rather formal, starchy woman in her fifties, with her severe, short hairstyle, boxy suit, and clipped way of speaking. Even Phoenix Jones would have the devil's own job getting past her. "I think Susan will be perfect for what you need. She has years of experience working with CEOs of international corporations. I handpicked her specially," she said diplomatically, adding hopefully, "and she can't be that scary. She told me she breeds cats in her spare time."
"Cats? That is all right." He rubbed the back of his neck. "But I will miss you, Kate, very, very much." He paused. "Will you miss me?"
She hesitated. Longed to tell him that, yes, she would miss him with all her heart. But that kind of revelation wasn't part of their relationship and would do her no good at all. She fell back on humor to hide her sadness. "I think you'll miss me and my tea- and coffee-making skills more," she retorted sparkily.
For short seconds, his eyes lingered on her, then his mouth quirked into a smile. "We've made a good team, you and I. There will always be a place for you here, Kate. If you ever decide you want to return."
She nodded, tears gathering in her eyes. Hurrying out, she dabbed at her eyes. "I'll go make that tea."
Aleksei watched Kate's departing back. She would be irreplaceable. Bright, calm, and highly professional when the heat was on, there was no other woman in the world whom he could trust to be so open and direct with him. Many were the times he'd wondered what really went on under that capable, amusing exterior. A beautiful woman, with a creamy complexion, auburn hair, and sparkling aquamarine eyes, she held herself well — in a proud, determined, almost defiant way. But she was also something of a puzzle; her emotions were so very tucked away.
His body hardened, and he wondered once again what lay beneath her neat, quietly fashionable office outfits. What would it be like to undress her, to reveal her long, slender, exquisitely pale limbs, to kiss and caress her small, firm breasts? There was nothing false or fixed up about Kate.
He wanted her. But he'd never gone there, even though he could tell she wanted him as well — the way she broke eye contact too quickly, jumped like a nervous rabbit if he got too close, and tried too hard to be breezy and nonchalant if the conversation meandered to the personal. At times, the tension flickered between them like an elusive butterfly, and he could tell she found it hard to deal with.
No, she was classy, had been too valuable a colleague, too genuine a person, to lose because of a passing affair. Lovely as she was, it was better for a man like him to look but not touch. He preferred short- lived involvements with women who knew the score: sex, but no intimacy allowed.
Since she'd told him she was leaving, his physical desire for her had increased; what had once been an itch was spreading like a rash. But there was nothing to be done about it. It would be easy to seduce her now that her employment with him was coming to an end, but also dishonorable and messy.
He would not take advantage of the attraction he felt for her — or she for him. Though he had been wondering recently about the real reason she was leaving. His intuition signaled that she was inexperienced with men and, probably, she took things a little too much to heart. Perhaps he should probe a little further this evening, and reassure her that he was not the guy she should be wasting her affections on.
He sighed and went to sit at his desk. His cell lit up, showing that his stepsister was calling. He knew what about.
"Marina. How is it going? How are you feeling?"
"I'm very well, though getting bigger by the day."
Aleksei chuckled. "But that is good. The baby must be thriving. How is the proud father-to-be?"
"Still very proud and getting very excited. He can't stop buying things for the nursery. He's worse than me!"
Aleksei pictured his brother-in-law. He would be fine father material. He envied Adrastos. Here he was at thirty-five, and wishing more and more that he had children of his own. But he needed a permanent partner for that. "Are you calling to find out when I'll be home?"
"I am." Marina put on her stern voice. "Don't tell me that you won't be able to find time to return to Naxea this summer and greet your new nephew, Aleksei."
He laughed again. "You'll be amazed to hear that I have reserved the month of August as vacation time in my calendar, as usual. I'll be around for when you give birth. After all, this is a major event — the arrival of the heir to the Aleksanou dynasty. I wouldn't miss it for all the ouzo in Greece."
"Oh, that's terrific. I'm so glad." Marina's voice softened with relief. "But what if the baby comes a little early?"
"It's no problem. Like I said, I just can't miss it."
He chatted with Marina some more and then ended the call. He was looking forward to going home to the island of his birth, being with family and having a break. Though all their childhoods had been difficult, he and his half-sisters were close. Sometimes he thought about relocating back there.
He brought his mind back to the present. Kate would be back with his tea soon. He had other calls to make — the first was that conversation with Phoenix Jones, which he'd rather not have, but, he was forced to concede, he owed her — before the close of business. Another woman who needed to be persuaded that he was not commitment material.
Lost in thought, Kate prepared a pot of tea in the small kitchenette adjoining their offices. She was going to miss her job at Aleksanou Associates, and Aleksei, a great deal, but it was right that she move on now. In her position as the gatekeeper of Aleksei's affairs, she'd become close to him in a certain way. She'd watched this man and learned the complexity of him: his passion for his business, his loyalty to his family, his humor under pressure, his ruthless determination to have exactly what he wanted — which included flexing his skill as a practiced seducer. He knew exactly how to stroke the female ego and make it purr. But at the first sign of real intimacy, it seemed, the shutters would come down; he bedded and discarded.
For a long time, Kate had relished their working relationship, which had been characterized by a shared, focused approach to business during long working days and an easy professional friendship. But, in the last six months, teamwork with her darkly handsome boss had become a trial, and even sometimes a torture, as she'd realized that she had fallen for him.
Being so near to him and yet so far away was confusing and too painful to handle. So, when the opportunity had arisen for her to travel for a few months, she'd decided that she needed to seize it with both hands. She was like a pressure cooker waiting to explode, and there was nothing to be gained from mooning over him.
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It was good read, short but cute
Kate is Aleksei's personal assistant. She has feelings for him that only go one way. He is a bigtime player and she knows there is no future there. She decides its time to leave his employ. Aleksei will miss her. He knows the attraction goes both ways. He sees it in her eyes. They have never acted upon it due to their professional association. He cannot stop the wanting of her, though. Then the unthinkable occurs and Aleksei becomes her hero. Kate never thought he would rescue her, much less kiss her. Now what will she do? There is no future with him. Such an amazingly sweet, yet hot book! I found myself eagerly turning the pages. This is a couple I would be excited to hear about again. I look forward to the next book in Europe's Hottest Billionaire's series. ***This ARC was given by Netgalley and its publishers for an honest review.
Reads as an Old Harequin Presents from the past I did not like this story very much and I am someone who LOVES a good Billionaire Pregnancy romance story . Unfortunately this felt so very wrong because of how the hero treated the heroine until the very end and that didn’t make up for the first 80 % of the book. Kate Burrows has a huge love crush on her womanizing boss Aleksei Aleksanou for a long time; Kate had decided it was better for her to leave-to quit and travel the world in order to get over her boss. Prior to leaving she has an intimate date with Aleksei that ends up with them hooking up. Kate ends up going to Greece and spends her entire vacation sick and after a run-in with a thief and a subsequent trip to the hospital, Kate learns she's pregnant. Aleksei is on the island visiting family and sees Kate and helps her out of a jam roughly about the same time. They both discover she's pregnant about the same time but in different ways. He's very happy about it even before she knows that he knows. So Alesksei proposes marriage and Kate accepts. Going from business associates to marriage partners is hard but they do it. Then by the end, Aleksei does admit he has feelings for her. But it was a sort of soft book, no real passion. They got married because she was pregnant. I guess I was looking for the passion, the chemistry, the electricity and it was missing here. Not really a good book and it was not impressive in that sense. The Heroine did not really come off as strong til the every end and the Hero was harsh and cold feeling and I didn’t get that was warm at all. Usually the Hero has some warmth to him but I didn’t get a feeling of passion/warmth to this character. *A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for my honest review* My rating: 3.00 stars ***
Not having read any other works by Joanne Walsh, I was immediately drawn to the cover, I mean who wouldn’t? It fits the title and the synopsis really well that I just couldn’t pass along. Anyway, I really liked reading the book, the story as a whole is not completely new, but the author does bring a couple of fresh ideas to the plot that made it that much more enjoyable to read. From the very beginning we meet Kate Burrows, assistant to a very powerful man that is just about to quit her job after working for Aleksei for a couple of years. Not because she doesn’t like her job, because she actually loves it, but she has also developed a crush for her boss and that has made things difficult to keep working for him knowing that they will never end up together. Now Kate has decided very suddenly to quit her job and go on vacation with her best friend. But on the very last night before leaving her old life behind, she ends up sleeping with her boss, now she is traveling abroad only to discover that she might be pregnant with Aleksei’s baby. That is when all hell breaks loose and Aleksei comes to her rescue, but all to soon he is proposing her to get married and move to Greece with him. It all sounds great to her, but knowing that he is only proposing marriage so that he could be close to the baby makes Kate’s decision that much more difficult to make. Aleksei Aleksanou is great at what he does, he is not only handsome, but also a very powerful Greek millionaire who can get just about anything that he wants. Ever since Kate started working for him, he has desired to make her his, but his lifestyle has prevented that from happening. Known to be a complete player, he never commits to a single woman, and to those that he doesn’t like anymore he sends expensive jewelry to them, and through his PA, Kate. So she knows that he will never commit, and that has prevented him from trying to make a move on her. But on their last day together, he can’t resist any longer and kisses her, soon things move quickly after that and she is gone. Now he is in Greece to meet his family only to discover that Kate is there as well and she is also pregnant with his child. Now he has to convince her that marring him would be great for the both of them and the baby. It is evident from the very start that both characters are attracted to each other, but it’s interesting how their relationship changes as the story progresses. Now that they are going to be parents, they are not just thinking about themselves, but about the baby as well. The biggest decision that Kate has to make is whether or not she is going to move to Greece and be part of Aleksei’s life there. Overall the author did a good job in terms of the plot line, though there were times when I felt that the story wasn’t moving fast enough. But I still liked it and would recommend it. : ) *ARC provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.*
3 stars When I first read the blurb for A Wife in Every Sense I was really looking forward to reading, it sounded like my kind of read. Unfortunately I didn't love it, while parts were good and kept me reading I found myself not connecting to either Aleksei and Kate. Overall this was a quick read with a good storyline.
Aleksei Aleksanou, Greek billionaire, was Kate Burrows' boss. She developed a slight crush on him and decided that it would never go anywhere because he doesn't do love or commitment. So, she quit her job and was going on a two month vacation. The day before she left he came to her apartment and they ended up in bed. Ten weeks into her vacation, she starts to put two and two together because she's sick all the time and she's very tired. When she tells Aleksei what's going on, he decides marriage is the best thing. Will she be able to change his playboy ways? Can she live her life married to someone that will never love her? Aleksei is Greek and his English is not always perfect. Kate is English and her English might be worse than his. I didn't feel much emotion from Kate until the end of the book. I also didn't like the way she allowed to Aleksei to talk to her sometimes. The whole fight with Phoenix in the hotel room and how Aleksei made it seem like it was Kate's fault, was ridiculous. I don't think he was mad enough. An ex-girlfriend sneaks into your hotel room and attacks your pregnant wife? He should have been livid!!! I think I was looking for more emotion from these characters and stronger feelings considering their circumstances. Also, the entire situation with Eleni seemed a little out of place in this story. The idea of this story line is good but the delivery could be improved. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
Alesksi was Kate's boss, but she's leaving to travel and she also desires him. Her best friend is Lydia and they will be traveling together for three months. Kate had one night with Alesksi and a development that occurred that changed her life. I loved how she handled herself and all the many changes in her life. Alesksi also had many changes in his life and it was a delight to watch him grow as the story went on. It was a great plot, overall story and characters. I highly recommend it to anyone that likes this genre. **I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review**
A Wife in Every Sense by Joanne Walsh is an enjoyable romance, complete with lovely descriptions of Greece's landscapes. This is the love story between gorgeous Aleksei Aleksanou, an extremely wealthy businessman, and Kate Burrows, his very capable and witty personal assistant. Aleksei and Kate have worked well together for the past two years, while harboring lustful feelings for each other. Aleksei is a womanizer with commitment issues, while Kate doesn't date because she is unable to trust a man with her heart. In order to get over Aleksei, Kate decides to quit her job and backpack through a few countries with her friend Lydia for a short while. A day or two before Kate's departure, she and Aleksei spend an amazing night together, which results in a pregnancy. They accidentally bump into each other in Greece, which opens up a huge can of worms and a new future for both of them. I found the first half of this story to be totally engaging and interesting. The second half, not so much. The plot became predictable and elementary. I did enjoy the connection between Kate and Aleksei, and that both characters were strong, smart and sexy. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
ARC A Wife in Every Sense begins when Kate leaves her job of two years to take a vacation and find something else to do with her life. She's had a major crush on her boss for a long time, and knows that they will never be together so now is the time to move on. The only problem his their attraction is awakening, and things are getting a little complicated. Especially after they spend one glorious night together. Now, with trouble on the way she must figure out what to do next, even though his choice may not be the one she thinks is best. This book was pretty enjoyable. I liked the story line over all, and I enjoyed both of the characters. At times, it felt like something was missing though. Maybe there just needed to be a little more trouble between them or something... But I did like the book, and I liked the end as well.
3.5**** Aleksei and Kate's story is a quick fun read. The transformation of the characters from the beginning of the story to the end was very satisfying. Both had their insecurities and vulnerabilities, but grew from them due to the other person giving them what they truly needed. It was a beautiful hinge to read as Aleksei grew to love and see how important Kate was to him. And it was nice to see Kate mature, get a little self-confidence and go for what she wanted. There was a little drama, but neither shied away from it and worked it out. Very nicely done. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
The romance of Kate and Aleksei was one of pure adoration and respect. The way he truly proved himself all awhile healing and putting his past to rest is what secured their future. I was happy that Kate stood up for herself but also allowed him in too. It was humbling but I was on the edge of my bed thinking of the tragedy that was to come. That scene was intense.
Kate Burrows is crushing on her boss big time. Aleksei Aleksanou is tall, dark, and every inch the image of a classic Greek god—if said Greek god was incredibly sexy, rich, and a complete player. The only way she can get over him is by quitting her job and seeing the world...once she indulges in one wickedly-hot night with him. Only now she's pregnant. Aleksei is furious when Kate arrives on the small Greek island of Naxea and tries to hide the truth for him. He takes matters into his own hands—by announcing the pregnancy to his family and asking her to marry him. Now Kate must decide if she can marry the man of her hottest, sexiest dreams...knowing she will never be the wife of his heart. Review: I am always up for an "Oops, Pregnancy" story, so when this was offered I picked it up. Plus, I had not read the Author before and thought "why not?" This is not a redefining a troupe story, but it was thoroughly enjoyable and I lost myself in the story for an afternoon. I found the writing good and the story had a good balance to it. The characters were interesting, both had commitment issues shaped from their past experiences. I liked the tension throughout the story. I have always been fascinated by Greece and loved the backdrop of the Greek Isles. The story has a sexy Greek Billionaire, what else could you ask for? One thing I really liked was that the love story unfolded slowly, that just because she was pregnant they did not immediately fall head-over-heels. Not that the story was long, it is a quick read and like I said before I finished it in an afternoon. It says this is part of Europe's Hottest Billionaires, so as far as I can tell it is the first(?) in the series(?). Either way this story is totally wrapped up by the end and you are not left with unanswered questions. Some things are cliche, but honestly it was good escapism, I liked it. 3.5 Stars *Received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
When I first started this story, I thought that it would be the typical woman gets pregnant and the man doesn't want to have anything to do with her, but I was so wrong. I love that Joanne wrote this one to where the man took on the responsibility that he had left the woman with and did everything he could to provide for her. Kate was a young lady working for Aleksei. Kate had a huge crush on Aleksei, her boss but she knew she had to get out of that job before something ended up happening with Aleksei. Kate knew how much of a player that Aleksei was because she always sent gifts to the ladies that he was dating or wanting to end their relationship with. Aleksei was sad that Kate was leaving his company because she was such a good worker. At Kate's going away party, she had a little too much to drink so Aleksei made it his priority to make sure she got home and was safe. He spent the night with her and took care of her. Kate was supposed to leave on a vacation with her friend but she has doubts about going. When she gets to Greece, she runs into some trouble one night. Aleksei was originally from Greece and that was where Kate had gone to visit. When the two ran into each other, Kate admitted that she thought she was pregnant with Aleksei's baby because of their one night stand. Aleksei is happy about this and takes on Kate to be his wife and provides everything for her that she might need. There are of course some trust issues there for Kate as Aleksei continues to travel, but she soon realizes that Aleksei is very committed to her and their relationship. When a turn of events happen with Kate and the baby, you are on the edge of your seat wondering how thing are going to turn out. You finally get a glimpse of Aleksei's love for Kate during this situation as well. I think Joanne Walsh did a great job with this story and making it unique. I really enjoyed it!
I really loved both of these characters - they had real life issues that rang true, and they were just good people that you enjoyed cheering for. But some of the aspects of their relationship just didn't ring as true as the characters themselves did. And I never quite understand the accidental pregnancy story these days. People - use a condom - have the conversation - it just makes it that more believable. Kate is gun shy with ALL men. After a horrible experience in college where she was humiliated, she has sworn off dating completely. While I get that a little bit, you would think eventually she would find someone she couldn't resist - and maybe that time has come in the form of Aleksei and just not sooner. I loved her honesty with herself. She didn't always like what she thought, but she acknowledged it and tried to deal with it. She was a fun spirit that liked to take reasonable risks and have a good time without going crazy. Aleksei is a nut you just want to crack. He's got this super tough business persona, but we see a softer side with his family and with Kate. You just know there's something going on and when you finally find out, you'll just love him even more. His family is amazing, and I loved how we got to get to know them a bit so they weren't just names on a page. This was a fun romance, with some great characters, just the beginning concept threw me off a bit. *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
This was just an OK read. I found the plot very predictable without anything new in the story line to make it interesting. What I did like very much about this one was the very descriptive writing style of the author. She was able to bring the Greek isle to life in my mind and take me on a great journey with her writing. Kate and Aleksei were great characters but their relationship just did feel as passionate as it could have. Again, not a bad read just nothing new.
Joanne Walsh' story of unrequited love may not have been original but still was a wonderful read. It started off strong with characters that I found to be well developed and interesting. Further into the story the dialogue started to slow down and the story started to drag along. I received an ARC of A Wife in Every Sense in exchange for an honest review. Despite minor issues it proved to be a good read.
Kate Burrows has been Aleksei Aleksanou’s assistant for a couple of years, and they are attracted to each other, but they are both dedicated professionals, so they never acted on their attraction. It’s taking its toll on Kate, so she hands in her resignation because she fears she’ll succumb and her heart will be broken; she’s been burned before and Aleksei is a known playboy. She will be travelling for 3 months, and going to Greece, to Aleksei’s native island Naxea, because he has told her so much about it. However on her last day on the job, Aleksei takes Kate out to dinner, and Kates gets plastered and when she starts making a fool of herself, Aleksei takes her home. And nothing much happens, apart from Kate seeing him naked when he comes out of the shower. But during her drunken bout, she had forgotten her shoes and when Aleksei brings them back to her, that’s when sex happens. They simply cannot resist any longer, but in the heat of the moment they forgot to use any sort of protection, and Kate is pregnant. What impressed me the most, and from the very beginning, is Ms. Walsh’s magnificent prose; what a splendid writer! A WIFE IN EVERY SENSE is so easy to read, both the corporate world and Greece seem real. Kate and Aleksei are very engaging and believable characters, and even though Aleksei is commitment-phobe, he is honest about it, and yet he is looking forward to having a family one day. The pregnancy issue is perfectly plausible, and I’m not easy to convince when it comes to that kind of trope. Ms. Walsh succeeds where many authors, in my opinion, fail: A WIFE IN EVERY SENSE features elements that I often find difficult to digest in contemporary romance, but this extremely gifted author makes everything work perfectly, because the characters are so well-drawn, the plot is air-tight, Kate and Aleksei are honest with each other, and the chemistry they share feels real. Nothing feels convoluted, there are no misunderstandings; everything is perfectly paced, and I simply fell for both Kate and Aleksei. I will definitely be looking forward to future books from this author because I definitely loved A WIFE IN EVERY SENSE, and Joanne Walsh is a tremendous writer! A very pleasant surprise and an excellent read!
A beautifully written story about two very different people falling in love gradually. I loved reading it, Story moved very smoothly and there were many interesting and romantic moments between Kate and Aleksei. Their sad pasts kept them at distance from each other but now they shared a future and for that reason they were willing to take a leap of faith, trying to built a relationship based on mutual respect and understanding even if not love. But soon enough Kate felt herself falling head-over-heals in love with him. And it becomes more and more difficult to stay with him when it's clear that he didn't return her love.. The best thing about this story was how they both dealt with their trust issues and still never let each other down. It portrays their struggles as a couple and give life to the story. Characters are also well-developed. Ending was simply epic, all in all a good book which, in my opinion, every romance lover will enjoy reading.
A Wife In Every Sense is by new-to-me author Joanne Walsh. I'm a bit torn with this book, because there was so much liked about it, however I found a few things missing for myself personally. This book itself is well written, in alternating third person, and can be read as a stand alone novel. It also does have an HEA. Going into this book, the cover is what caught my attention. Not even the abs, although those are rather distracting. ;) No, it was the look on the guys face. After I read the synopsis, I figured, why not? As for the synopsis itself, I was drawn in by that as well. Here is where my problems began. The synopsis for me was misleading. The last bit about Kate trying to "hide" her pregnancy and Aleksei being furious didn't add up. He wasn't furious in the book to me? And Kate didn't even know she was pregnant when they first met up on the island. (That's all the spoilers you'll get, there was just no other way to explain that. Again, the book itself is extremely well written, so don't judge the book by the synopsis.) Not to mention, she was there before Aleksei even got there. Things just didn't add up in that department for me. Aleksei himself isn't a bad guy. I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with the character. He goes through women like the typical playboy boss, but he doesn't come off arrogant about it. I liked that. Even though Kate is his employee and he is attracted to her, he won't touch her. It showed integrity to me. Kate is obviously attracted to him, but she won't go there either. They are able to firmly keep the work relationship very non personal. It was a refreshing change from most boss/employee trope books. Kate herself was very sensible. Not even remotely flighty. Aleksei and Kate did butt heads, but it was often more misunderstanding. I had to chuckle a few times at the foot in mouth moments like. Eeeh... you two need to learn to bend with each other. Stubborn, I'd put that on both their lists. They are attracted to each other though. One other part, and it could possibly be me with this, was that while they have a connection, and you know they have it, and you read it... I didn't completely feel it from them at times. Aleksei could come off cold, which was slightly jarring. Other then that.. it was a fantastic book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Solid three stars from me or hearts if you'd like. ;) I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for a short read, or something to read on the bus, plane, etc.