Sunday, March 8, 2015

The Renegade Billionaire - Rebecca Winters

The Renegade Billionaire
Rebecca Winters
Harlequin Romance, Mar 1 2015, $5.99
ISBN: 9780373743285

The stress of the past year failing to sell a new product line to his family-run Konstantinos Marble Corporation has left Stavros Konstantinos feeling extremely depressed.  The entire board except his brother said no to his concept that they leave 1950 behind to join the twenty-first century before it is too late.  Thus feeling ill from his latest rejection, Stavros resigns from the firm before fleeing the mainland to his villa on Thassos Island to regroup just before he and his partners Theo and Zander begin production. Adding to his misery is a former girlfriend Christina Nasso refuses to accept it is over.

When a teenage student Darren on the PanHellenic Tours he and his family sponsors disappears, Stavros joins the search while wondering how incompetent a teacher could be to lose any of the six students under his or her watch.  Though not the teacher involved and knowing Darren alone is responsible for his vanishing, tour guide planner Andrea Linford feels guilty anyway.  She teams up with Stavros searching along with others for the missing boy.  As they fall in love, each wonders whether their relationship will survive the end of the mission and her loyalty to her loving father.

The Renegade Billionaire opens with an exciting start involving depression and a runaway, but decelerates half way into the storyline before regaining speed to the finish.  Our two guides take the armchair audience on a vibrant tour of Mount Ypsarion, the Aegean and the rest of the Greek Isle.  Contemporary fans will root for the stay in Greece patriot and the globetrotting Colorado native to make it. 

Harriet Klausner

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