The Greek's Innocent Virgin by Lucy Monroe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
It turns out this was an accidental reread for me. But I was drawn into the story enough to keep reading, despite the familiarity of the events.
Lucy Monroe is one of those authors that draws you into her stories. She doesn't go for some fantastic, world-changing writing style. She just tells a story about two people in love. I like that she has a down-to-earth approach as an author. There is something wholesome about her stories, that also appeals to me. I like that the love relationship is the heart of the story, and it's not contrived in the execution.
Sebastian starts out as a bit of a jerk. But he definitely redeems himself in spades, with a little help from his wise and kind-hearted mother. And when he realizes what he lets slip through his fingers, Sebastian moves mountains to get Rachel back. One of the things that appeals to me, is that Rachel is one of those heroines who acts like an intelligent woman. I think that she thought through her decision to be involved in an affair with Sebastian very carefully. She gave her heart to him fully, only to have it broken. And she moves on to go back to her life, wiser for the experience. When Sebastian comes calling, she doesn't fall back into this arms immediately. In my opinion, her reticience to trust him again was wise, and I respected her for it. He treated her abominably, and he had to make up for that before she could give her heart again. Which he does exceedingly well, I must say.
The Greek's Innocent Virgin is one of those modern romances that has enough old-fashioned touches that make it enjoyable for those of us readers who don't really go for the Sex and the City-type romance novel. Yes, ordinary heroines with old-fashioned values can still have their happy ending without abandoning too many of their values in the process. If a reader is of the ordinary/wholesome type, you can get a little bit of identification with your romance read in this story. It's not heavy-handed, but I get the feeling that this story would appeal, if you're looking for this kind of book. If you're not, I think you can still enjoy this story if you want a quick, enjoyable, and romantic read.
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