A MelanieM Review: The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray

Rating: 2.75 stars out of 5

perf4.250x7.000.inddMarriage 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.

Well, to be honest, as much as I love Dreamspinner Press’ Dreamspun Desires series and author Kate McMurray, it was a long thought process to arrive at 2.75 stars for The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom by Kate McMurray.  Not just for one reason alone but for several.

Normally I breeze through these stories.  They whip me along, carried by a romance, a fast pace reminiscent of those quickly churned out novels of decades ago and a plot I recognized turned MM.  Here I struggled to get through each page.  The storyline bogged down, as did the romance.  And there was absolutely so sense of any depth to character or location or background for anyone or anything.  Archie was supposed to be Greek.  But did we feel that or get that from the story or anything he said or did?  No, not really.  Ondrej gets a smattering of throw off lines about misunderstandings due to language…but nothing about his family or background was really explored in depth.  Nothing that gave us a real “sense” of Ondrej, the man recently immigrated.   And New York City which should have been a star city and character due to its importance as a location and raison de etre for Ondrej being there came off as a pale imitation of itself.

And Archie and Ondrej had as much heat together as an old pizza box, at least to me.  It felt that cold, old and stale.  Even the pizza rat might have given this a pass.

But I maybe I’m wrong.  The plot pulled it together in the end, the romance ended happily if too swift.  There really was never any really danger here.  If Kate McMurray is a favorite author of yours, you might want to pick this up.  The same if light romances are your thing.  For all others, you might want to give this a pass.  As always, I leave the choice up to you.

Cover art by Paul Richmond brands the series nicely but its not among my favorites.

Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | AReAmazon

Book Details:

ebook, Dreamspun Desires #14, 218 pages
Expected publication: July 15th 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634770870 (ISBN13: 9781634770873)
Edition LanguageEnglish

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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