Sunday, 20 January 2013

A Ring to Secure His Heir

Goodreads Summary : Working late is nothing new for tycoon Alex--and it's the perfect excuse to get close to office cleaner Rosie Gray. He promised his ailing godfather he'd discover whether his long-lost granddaughter is a worthy heir. Intoxicated by the after-hours attentions of the mysterious, suave businessman, Rosie's dreams are destroyed with the slamming of the bedroom door on their one-night stand.
Discovering she's pregnant, she goes to confront him, but no one at work has heard of "Alex Kolovos." They do, however, know Alexius Stravroulakis, the CEO, and he has a glittering proposal for her! 

A Ring to Secure His Heir


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Here's a totally new kind of review in a way as it is just contains my favorite lines from the novel 

Rosie had long since learned that you couldn’t change people. After all, she had tried for a long time to change her mother, had encouraged, supported, advised, even pleaded, and in the end it had all come to nothing because, regardless of what Rosie did, her mother had had no desire to change the person she was.You had to accept people as they were, not as you would like them to be, Rosie reflected with a pained sense of regret as she recalled that hard lesson. She remembered countless supervised sessions with her mother during which she had tried to shine bright enough to interest her parent in being a parent and in wanting to raise her own daughter. And now she winced, looking back at all that wasted energy and angst, for Jenny Gray had been infinitely fonder of booze, bad boys and a lively social life

Alexius reflected that it was a humbling experience to chat to a woman without the aura of his billions enhancing him with a wondrous golden glow of magnetic attraction. It had not escaped his notice either that she couldn’t wait to get away from him. Was she shy? Or simply wary? Alexius had no experience whatsoever of either female trait and no desire to remedy his ignorance in that field either.

She had a tremendous capacity for joy and more inclination to admire, appreciate and value the little things of life than he had ever met with in any other person, Alexius reflected with unabated wonderment. A beautiful sunset, a delicious meal or even a lame joke from an old fisherman could inspire her to smiles and laughter: she was cheerful, easy to please, and she had finally learned to accept his limits. She was the perfect lover.

Alexius contrived to look unconcerned by that warning and even dared to smile when Rosie got out of the limo at the airport and demonstrated no desire to run away. But then shock had overwhelmed Rosie’s temper and made her think hard instead. She was very much shaken by Alexius going to such extraordinary lengths to try and get her back, even grudgingly impressed by the level of importance he had to have attached to her to act in such a way in public. And on one point he was undeniably right: they did have to talk, had to sort out their future relationship along civilised lines for the baby’s sake. Her grandfather’s crack about ‘sulking teenagers’ had hit a bull’s eye with Rosie and made her squirm with embarrassment.

Socrates gave her a teasing little smile. ‘When I saw that first photo of you after I had had you investigated, you reminded me so much of my late wife, your grandmother, that I prayed that you had inherited more than her looks. Alexius needed a down-to-earth woman who could make him a home and give him a family, not a fancy beauty more interested in shopping and socialising. That’s why I urged him to look you up and get to know you for me …’ Rosie stared at him in shock, astounded that he could have been so manipulative. ‘Are you serious?’ ‘Aren’t you a marvellous fit for each other? Aren’t you happy with him?’ her grandfather prompted with unconcealed satisfaction. ‘Well, then, it was worth the risk.’

‘Go ahead,’ Socrates advised with amusement as she shifted her feet restively. ‘Don’t mind me. He loves it when you rush outside to welcome him home!’ Rosie required no second bidding. She went to the front door, stepped out onto the brightly lit verandah, its undeniable charm carefully conserved during the renovation, and hurried down the steps. The big craft was just landing and she waited on the lawn for her first glimpse of Alexius. He sprang out of the helicopter: big, dark, devastatingly handsome, hers, and her heart leapt with the happiness as much a part of her now as her ready smile and laughter.

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