Nico Eliades is back on the idyllic Greek island of Xanos to uncover long-buried family secrets. He can't help but notice a bride in a crumpled wedding dress sitting on the steps of his hotel.
Constantine's orchestrated marriage is over before the wedding night. A humiliated virgin bride, she longs to feel desired, and at Nico's skilled hands she experiences white-hot passion.
But their one night brings more than just shame on Constantine and her family.... Constantine has no choice but to reveal her bombshell to Nico--yet still her fingers tremble as she dials the number for Eliades Enterprises....
From the book
Perhaps he should have rung.
As the car swept into the drive of his parents' home, Nico Eliades questioned what he was even doing here--but a business deal in Athens had been closed earlier than expected, the hotel he had been intending to purchase was now his, and with a rare weekend free he had decided, given he was so close, to do his duty and fly to Lathira and visit his parents.
It did not feel like home.
Only duty led him up the steps.
Because he did not like them. Did not like the way his parents used their wealth, and the way their egos required constant massage. His father had come from the mainland when Nico was one and had purchased two luxury boats that now cruised the Greek islands. No doubt, today, there would be another argument, another demand that he return to live here and invest some of his very considerable fortune in the family business. Another teary plea from his mother, to find a bride and give them grandchildren--that he should thank them for all they had done. Thank them?
Nico blew out a breath because he did not want to go in there hostile, truly did not want another row, but always they threw in that line, always they told him he should be more grateful--for the schooling, for the clothing, for the chances.
For doing what any parent would surely do, could they afford it, for their son.
'They are not here.' The maid looked worried, for his parents would be angry they had missed a rare visit from Nico. 'They are at the wedding, they don't return till tomorrow.'
'Ah, the wedding.' Nico had forgotten. He had told his parents he would not be attending and for once they had not argued. It was the wedding of Stavros, the son of Dimitri, his father's main business rival. Normally at events such as these, his father insisted Nico attend because he wanted to parade his more successful son.
Nico's ego did not need it.
But, surprisingly, his parents had not pressed him to attend on this occasion.
Now here he was, reluctant to leave without having at least seen them--it had been weeks, no, months since he had been back, and if he saw them now then it could be several months more before he had to visit again.
'Where?' Nico asked the maid. 'Where is the wedding?'
Because Charlotte, his PA, had told him of the invitation, just not of the details.
'Xanos.' The maid said and screwed up her nose slightly as she did so, because even though Xanos had recently become the most exclusive retreat for the rich and famous, the locals were poor and the people of Lathira considered themselves superior. 'That is where the bride is from so they must marry there.'
'In the south?' Nico asked, because that would mean Stavros had done well for himself. But the maid gave a small smile as she answered.
'No, in the old town--your father and Dimitri have to rough it tonight.'
And now Nico did smile, for though his father was certainly wealthy, the south with its luxury resorts and exclusive access was way beyond his father's reach.
He would go, Nico decided.
He did not care that he had declined, details like that did not concern him. Staff moved mountains, tables appeared, presidential suites were conjured up wherever he landed-- Charlotte would sort it out.
Except she, too, was at a wedding today in London, he remembered.
' Sort out my clothes,' he told the maid, as his driver brought up his cases and Nico told him to arrange the transport.
'The transport is all taken.' The driver was nervous to inform him. 'The helicopters took all the family last night, they don't return till...
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