The Sarantos Baby Bargain (Harlequin Desire Series #2301)

The Sarantos Baby Bargain (Harlequin Desire Series #2301)

by Olivia Gates
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The Sarantos Baby Bargain 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Loved the main characters and the chemistry between them
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
First Impressions... I will admit that I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I have never read this author. The synopsis interested me, though the cover was confusing. The man with the baby on the cover didn't sound like the uncaring man Noami described. I knew there had to be more to the story and I was right. The Characters... I love Andreas. From his Greek looks, his accent and Greek endearments, his awaking heart to his mysterious past. He's definitely got that international tycoon thing working for him too. He's an enigma wrapped up in the desire and passion he has with Noami. The first part of the book is from Noami's POV and I don't get Andreas at all. But then we get some snippets from his POV and I begin to think there is more going on that Noami realizes even if she was married to the man. And when he finally explains to her, my heart aches and I want to hug him. I adore him. Noami and Dora are sweet and I enjoyed them. Noami is certainly not to blame for not understanding Andreas. He never told her. I found her patient. She loved him from the start and leaving him hurt her. I admired her for doing it. Based on what she knew, it was the right thing to do. But when she learns more about the man she loves, her love grows deeper and it was truly sweet. The Story... This book is less than 200 pages and that was the perfect length for me right now. Not overwhelming in details or length, the story unfolds with passion and mystery. I didn't guess what could be up with this guy. He had me baffled. I kept closing the book to look at the cover. I'd smile and go back to reading. And yes, that really is Andreas and Dora together. Having never read this author, I was delighted with her style. The story sweeps by without the pain of waiting too figure it out. The pages just kept turning and it was an easy read. I, also, really enjoyed how the story went down to the wire. It was good to the very last page. Could I Put It Down... Once. I read the first 40 pages or so and then quite for the night. I was trying to figure out Andreas and was confused by him. Probably the only thing that I would change about this book was a bit from his POV in those first 40 pages. Probably wouldn't have put it down at all with that. When I picked it back up, I read it straight through. Once I started to see the cracks were there and that he wasn't this hard-hearted man, I couldn't wait to figure it all out. In The End... If you love a good adult romance where there's a bit of mystery going on, then this is great one. It's got all the sexy lovin' plus the story to hold this book up as a great read.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Naomi knew Andreas was the only man for her. He was forceful, quiet, strong and elegantly handsome and she was a force to be reckoned with. As soon as they married, things changed, Andreas closed up, he was often gone, both physically and mentally and Naomi was like a dark secret he kept. Years after their divorce a horrendous accident that killed both Naomi’s sister and her husband, Andreas’ best friend brings them face to face as a battle for the custody of Naomi’s niece is about to be waged. Andreas claims he has proof that he was given custody, while Naomi was the surrogate who birthed the baby. Each has a claim, a desire to so what is best for the child, but as in the past, Andreas fails to be completely honest about his claim. Still in love with each other, but rightfully not feeling trustful, their bitter encounters run from rage to smoldering heat in a flash. Will Andreas’ secrets cost Naomi even more hurt? Will he be able to finally relieve himself of the burdens he has carried for years? Will it matter anymore? The Sarantos Baby Bargain by Olivia Gates is a romance about truths, trust and learning to share all, that no man is an island. Ms. Gates has created intrigue, torment and tension, as well as bitterness that flames into passion between the two main characters. Naomi was difficult to understand, hateful one minute and the next melting in the arms of the man who nearly destroyed her once and seemed to be back to finish what he started, like the cold and calculating businessman he was. Andreas could be brutally cold, sharing only half truths, self-protection or was he thinking he was protecting those he loved? Ms. Gates does a wonderful job with flow and the characters she introduces us to with a few humorous moments that brought a touch of lightness to this tension –filled tale. By the time we get to the “big reveal” it is almost too far into the story and the info dump is a little overwhelming. I can say it redeemed Andreas in my eyes, but I still failed to connect with Naomi who seemed more intent on “owning” her niece than losing again to Andreas. I received an ARC edition from Harlequin Desire in exchange for my honest review.