Monday, July 20, 2015

A Fling with the Greek Billionaire (Mediterranean Affairs)

She's an impulsive and flirtatious artist. He's a workaholic billionaire and a control freak. A one-night stand is all that should work for the two of them, but all it takes is a single taste to make them realize they want more.

28-year-old Nik Alexandropoulos desires revenge. Furious at Daria's deception, Nik is determined to teach her a lesson she won't ever forget. He would do everything to make the beautiful liar fall in love with him.

He would make her believe in a future for them, a damn happy-ever-after, and once she does, it would be Nik's absolute pleasure to destroy her dreams and introduce Daria to the other woman he intends to marry.

This can be read as a standalone, but a prequel for A Fling with the Greek Billionaire is also available.
- Goodreads

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Oh my God, Marian, this is one of the worst plots you could've thought of. I cried just reading the synopsis. While reading it?
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If you read the prequel, you'll know that Daria and Nik hooked up in Greece after an unusual magnetism neither could fight. When Nik proposes that they try 'this thing' out, he tells her that the one thing he can't stand are liars, so he asks her two things: do you have any skeletons? (strike one); have you ever had any lovers? (strike two). Daria refuses to tell him about her mother who was mocked for wanting to find true love in younger guys, and she, thinking he's referring to guys she's actually been in love with, decides not to tell him about the twenty-eight frogs she'd fallen for. He was actually referring to sex partners, however, and when he does a background check on her, not only does he find out about the frogs, he goes on to assume that the bloodless sheets (she'd secretly replaced in embarrassment) mean she'd lied about being a virgin.

Nik is pissed, and as it says at the very top, he wants revenge.
Now the story:

It starts off right where the prequel left off, Daria delighted in finding her prince and Nik conflicted with strangling her or mauling her against the wall. The thing with Nik is that he absolutely cannot stand liars, so for Daria to be so perfect and then lie to his face- it's too much for his already jaded heart. It doesn't help that he jumps to conclusions, and the more unbelievably awesome this thing seems with her, the worse his conclusions become.

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She does all the mushy things that go with a relationship and despite his disgust, he finds himself going along with it. Holding hands. PDA in public. Feeding each other. It's one surprise after the next, but you know Nik. If it's perfect, it's because she's just that great an actress.

He's a dumbass.
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What I don't get is why he didn't just ask her about it, but then we wouldn't have a story, would we? And besides, the dude has such serious trust issues, that you can't really blame him when situations come up and it looks worse than it really is. He's never known love before, and with Daria, she's just too much of a firecracker to not disappear on him at a moment's notice.

She slowly gets him to answer her questions about him, and although she could care less about what number's in his bank account, he still thinks she's using him, so he keeps his privacy on a leash. They're having sex all over the island (poor, private Nik lol) and spoil us with a treat of some ocean sex during a diving tour. However, their 'happy place' comes to an end when Victor, a horrible disgusting mother fucking cow of a frog-

wide eyes photo: *wide eyes* tumblr_inline_mk6hd9k2zs1qz4rgp_zps0dbb30c3.gif, right. Victor's one of the frogs who treated her like shit, and his presence on the boat only becomes a reminder to Nik that she lied to him about being a virgin. To shut Victor up, she throws a Gatorade bottle at him (lmao) and Nik absently comments, "What the hell is it about you and Gatorade bottles?"

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LOL I love her so much

Daria knows she can't get out of this one, but she's scared. She's scared he'll walk out of her life for already having lied to him (twice), so she says he was just a stalker. BBBEEEEEEEPPPPP. Wrong answer missy!!!! He blows up immediately about her lying and she ends up telling him he was a frog, which only angers him further by questioning her about her virtue. They have a huge fight with him storming out and her praying to God for one more chance. He comes back, and the next morning, he gets a little taste of what it would be like without her when she's not in bed the moment he wakes up. She's taking pictures somewhere nearby but that's not the point.

THE POINT is that despite what he thinks is best for him, he still demanded she be right back at his side. Doesn't matter if he's looking for her out of love or anger, he's still looking for her. But...

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When he does find her, he sticks around because he wants his revenge. </3 He plays along with loving her like she does him, but Daria's not an idiot. She can tell that something's off, but even with the quick looks of loathing she sees in him, his actions speak differently, so she doesn't think much of it. It isn't until they're eating and he incidentally hints at marriage that....



his pretend wife comes up to them.

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Literally me ^ I can't deal with this right now.

So Miranda is an escort who took his virginity after he realized that his house's cook was in love with him. She was a good girl, but he didn't believe in love, so he broke her heart and made sure to make sex as nothing more than sated urges. That was ten or so years ago.

Miranda, in on Nik's plot for revenge, comes strolling up acting like she'd been looking everywhere for him. Daria is devastated by the sight of such a perfect woman, but she can't just stop the love because of some woman. Until Nik introduces her as his fiance.

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It's here that he then reveals all the things she lied about, telling her he knows who she is and who she'd really been with. She wants to correct him about the misunderstanding, but his sense of betrayal won't let her. He leaves her begging and running after him until Miranda tells her to stop, with Nik reiterating her words. Couple of assholes basically like-

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This ending of Part One had me so SAD because Nik's inability to forgive her for (what she believes are) small lies leads her to a path of thinking that doesn't do well at all. She feels like the slut the world made her out to be, and after screwing up so badly with Nik, she finally begins to believe that people like her deserve to be alone.

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Part Two opens up weeks later to two very depressed idiots, Nik and Daria. She hasn't drawn in forever, a passion thought to never dim, and Nik's going about life like a robot. Miranda, a girl who's had it bad in life and is now a self-efficient rich woman, doesn't understand what the fuck is going on. She's the perfect woman for any man lucky enough to have her, and she wants Nik, so why can't she finally be the woman who's chosen?

I get that she had a hard life, and if anything, this insight on the disgusting things she's had to do to get herself and her best friend out of their personal hellhole endears me a little to her. However, the bitterness of realizing that Nik can only fuck when he's thinking of Daria enrages her to come up with her own plan of revenge. She emails Daria to come work for a firm in New York, and Daria, seeing it as a second chance from God, agrees to fly out.

Too bad she doesn't know that she'll be working for Miranda and Nik... on their wedding.

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Nik's just going with it, trying to be his cool and aloof self with his 'fiance' but Daria doesn't miss the hunger in his eyes. And as far as Daria's concerned, they aren't married yet, which means she still has a chance at getting him back. Only a fool would waste God's second chance.

Miranda reveals her plan to Nik, saying he can use Daria like a mistress and fuck the interest out of himself so he can finally be done with her (and give 'them' a chance).

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*What the fuuuck Marian?! It just gets worse and worse!!!*

Nik, knowing that he'll never get enough of Daria, does just that when he proposes it to her in the company studio she's staying in. At first he thinks she'll object, but she doesn't, again seeing it as a sign that there's hope. She doesn't like the thought of being a paid mistress, put she'll take him any way she can if it means more time with him. She agrees, and their affair begins.

Time passes and although Nik originally only planned to see her for Mondays and Fridays, he ends up spending more time with her than he does Miranda. The plan completely backfires on her, and it pushes her enough to face a suicide attempt. Her best friend, Danny, calls Nik about the incident but Daria knows it's just another ploy of Miranda's. In a fit of anger, she tells Nik that he can't leave her because it's 'her time'.

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It sounds a little harsh and bitchy to Nik, but she knows that Miranda would never commit suicide, so instead of seeing a 'poor woman', she sees a conniving strong fiance unwilling to give up Nik. But Daria isn't going to give up, either. However, Nik takes her insistence for selfishness and it only encourages all the bad things he thought about her. Their days of bliss, all the good hours spent in Daria's fresh-air and genuine affection, goes out the window. Daria threatens to leave if he walks out that door. He reminds her that threats don't work when it comes from a cunt he pays to fuck.

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(and tbh this is how I feel with all of Marian's guys)

He visits Miranda, but when he realizes that Miranda's fallen for him, he leaves, and a pissed off Danny spins lies about Daria laughing in Miranda's face over having Nik following her around like a dog. The POV switches to Daria's friends, Alyx and Yanna, telling her that her plan to 'leave' is the worse idea ever, but Daria won't listen. Her impulse to never think things through prompts her to do the plan to get Nik back, and when Nik does come back, it's just a mess.

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Done with all the lies that are BLOWN out of proportion on his end, he makes her look like an idiot in front of the other employees in the building. She still runs after him, but then another frog comes up, (where the fuck are all these frogs coming from???)  reminiscing about his dick scaring her off, and it just adds to the lies of Daria being a slut. It's the last straw for Nik, and yeah, he tells the frog to back off, but after saving her from the creep, he blows up on her again. And he doesn't stop there, oh no. He calls her mother a slut, too.

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The one thing Daria will never tolerate is someone bad-mouthing her mother, the one person in the world she loves and idolizes. She slaps Nik in the face for the low blow, and after a few more exchanges, he kicks her out of the building. It ends with Daria refusing to cry, practically punishing herself with the weight of everything that's happened. She'd been doing it for a while in the book, but even now, she refuses to cry, refuses to give herself the relief it comes with.

The. End.

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Just kidding lol it's the end to Part Two. Part Three opens up with Nik feeling lost.
*Aw, pobrecita*
*You mean -cito?*
*No, I meant -cita.*

Alyx leaves him a message saying what a DUMBASS he is for missing out on a great woman like Daria and how he's a DUMBASS for believing the twenty-eight sleazy frogs over the woman who loved him. She ends the message with daring him to check out their stories but says he probably won't because he's a DUMBASS.

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The scene skips to Nik visiting Iolanthe (the young cook who loved him) and her little sister, Leah, the one who'd given him a panda phone cover (AND INDIRECTLY GIVEN DARIA THE SIGN FROM GOD THAT NIK WAS THE ONE FOR HER). She got cancer along the way so he vowed to financially take care of her- it was the least he could do. His visit prompts her to ask him if he's finally found the one, and when he admits to having lost her as well, her answer is as simple as the act itself: 'get her back'.

And then of course Iolanthe has to go and add that he needs to promise he'll protect her sister when she's gone, and she promises she'll stick around long enough to meet Daria. T_T Damn it, Io. You better have a life after this.

Another skip scene and it's with Miranda this time, showing that they can be friends again despite the drama that happened. But she tells him about Danny's lies that night at the hospital. And if her best friend can lie about Daria, isn't it possible that those frogs Daria had seen could have lied, too? It's a tall order for him to take, but she ends her advice with, 'I think she's it for you'.

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I'm pleasantly surprised by you, Miranda.

Nik's last hint that he's a DUMBASS comes in the form of a flight to Miami to see Daria's mother, who shockingly agrees to see him. The moment he meets Magnolia, he sees where Daria gets her wonder from. This meeting was pretty sad for me, because Magnolia gets to put her own two cents in what she thinks about their fight. But instead of berating him, she talks about how sweet and silly Daria is for loving a mother like herself, a drunkard and abuser who couldn't handle life after she was left by her husband for a younger woman. It finally hits Nik that he's a DUMBASS and Magnolia ends it with:

"I'm sorry, too. Not for you or me. I'm sorry for my daughter. I'm sorry that she's so silly... so sweet to find something in us to love."

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By this point, I felt that his sudden realization was a little- well, sudden, but then again I was kinda hoping he'd get hit by a bus and learn the error of his ways when some kid in the hospital wing calls him a DUMBASS for accidentally ruining her drawings of pandas after trying to get a simple drink of water. But that's just me.

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So Nik Alexandropoulos finally understands that he made a huge mistake, and the next scene shows him going into Daria's apartment with bruised knuckles. (That means he went to the twenty-eight frogs and made cuisses de grenouille.) He stumbles into the apartment they'd shared those last few moments together and sees the cake she made for their anniversary. He sees the message in a bottle she'd made and accidentally thrown at his head the first time they met. And then he sees a hidden calendar, one she'd made to only have Mondays and Fridays, (she'd revolved her whole world around him) and he feels like shit.


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Just kidding again.

So Daria's hiding on Teleios of all places, and is teaching online art to people who find her. She's messaging her latest student and friend, Bella, and confides that she may let the begging Grant take her out. "Bella" aka Nik freaks out and lets his final plan against Daria loose. It's night time, and as she's walking around, she starts noticing... pandas. Everywhere. At first it was a print on a balloon and a new tablemat at her favorite restaurant, but when sailboats and family shirts start sprouting panda prints, she freaks, and trips on a bottle of all things.

Nik catches her, begging her to let him apologize and explain. Blahblahblah-heartbreak-blah-don'tbreakmyheartstawwwwp-blah later, he kneels before her in front of phones out and filming them, and puts on a frog mask- AWW! -and waits for her to kiss one last frog. After all the gooey mushy shit he tells her, his own heart starts to break when he hears her walking away, but the moment someone throws something at him, he rips his mask off, only to see that it was Daria- with a fucking Gatorade bottle. Crying tears of happiness.

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This was such a hard story because he puts her through so much, and despite how cold he is to her, she never gives up. I don't think any of the other Greek billionaires were ever so cruel to the woman they loved (for so long), so it was especially hard to read their story. Daria, though-

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She held on for dear life, and it just made me think of all the times I ever gave up. Ugh. But that's besides the point. And I knew those were frogs, too, just fyi, Daria. I think. Oh God, this is messing with my head. ANYWAYS I loved the 'Princess and the Frog' theme and it was a major roller coaster for me. Emotional and tear-duct-wise.

Last thoughts:
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  • I'll never look at pandas the same way again.
  • That was the cutest ending EVER
  • Miranda was awesome with having so many faces. A+ girl.
  • Alyx where's your story???
  • Those Gatorade bottles doe

Last dig:
I totally saved the epilogue for this moment; of course I'd need an 'aw' ending after going through this hell again. I shall revel in your jealousy. :3 Just get your own damn copy XD

Happy Reading =^~^=

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