Title: The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom
Author Name & Publisher: Kate McMurray (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: July 15, 2016 – 218 Pages
Marriage gets less convenient when love is involved.
It started simple: Ondrej Kovac marries Archie Katsaros so Ondrej can stay in the US, away from his judgmental family in eastern Europe. Archie marries Ondrej in exchange for the money to bail out his failing company. It’s a fraud neither man is convinced he can pull off.
But as Archie introduces Ondrej to New York society and Ondrej proves his skill in the office, they start to discover a connection between them. Can they overcome the rocky foundation their relationship was built on, meddling immigration agents, gossip columnists determined to out their deception, and an aggressive executive set on selling Archie’s company out from under him? Only if they can prove to each other their love is worth fighting for.
While it was a semi-sweet story of convenience that turned in to more, I felt that the character development just wasn’t what McMurray usually gives her readers.
Archie seemed to want to be patient and be a good boss. He wanted his company to do well, despite having a somewhat uphill battle to do that. His family dynamic was somewhat overplayed, in my opinion. He seemed to need someone, Ondrej, to give him a boost of confidence and self-esteem. And, while Archie does see Ondrej’s skills in the business world, it seemed to me that Archie lacked the real romance part of the story. There was a quick, maybe, why he was falling, but it was not really the focus.
Then you have Ondrej. He seemed slightly whiny in the story and even though he is trying to get away from his family, he’s the socially strange, but business savvy worker? It just didn’t really fit that well.
I did enjoy their friendship blossoming, but there was too much back and forth, mistrust, poor communication and overall lack of cohesiveness for the story to really take shape. Unfortunately, there was a disconnect between what the book blurb promises and the delivery. This had so much potential.