Review and excerpt: How to Lose a Fiance by Stefanie London

I’m always hesitant to read a book in the middle of a series. This book really does read as a standalone which rarely happens. If I wasn’t told before hand, I wouldn’t have noticed. Many times, I completely forgot it was part of a series. I did find a few aspects slightly unbelievable, I went with it since those aspects were essential to the storyline. I suspended belief a bit to see how it played out. I enjoyed how the couple played tricks on each other–namely Sofia on Dion. There’s more to each character than what they originally showcase.

Sofia hates her current living situation due to her father’s controlling nature. He takes control freak to a whole new level. He uses her mother as leverage to get Sofia to do what he wants. This time, daddy dearest has went too far–marrying her off to as some business arrangement in order to keep control of the company her father inherited when his boss died. It’s not even truly his company! Everything about their lives is a complete facade. She can’t leave her mother. She would do anything for that woman. Even flying to Greece to marry a man she doesn’t want. Now if said man doesn’t want her…that’s a different story. She sets out to do exactly that from weird and strange clothes to her “obsession” with taxidermy, Sofia is pulling all the stops.

Dion wants nothing more than to buy this company and tear it apart so his mentor knows who is his father in Dion’s eyes. Certainly not the man who started that company and left his mistress distraught and knocked up. Nor leaving said child in an orphanage. But Dion will do whatever he has to to finalize this deal even if it means marrying a woman he doesn’t want–or so he thinks. He gets glimpses of the real Sofia–the sweet, kind, woman who loves wholeheartedly. When he finally breaks her shell, he wants to keep her for himself to build a life together. Something that he never wanted before. He was determined to be single for the rest of his life to protect his heart.

What happens when the house of cards go tumbling down?

Will Sofia’s father have another scheme to regain control of the company he sold to Dion?

Can Sofia break free from her father without losing her mother?

How to Lose a Fiancé, Book #2 in the Greek Billionaires contemporary romance series by USA Today Bestselling author Stefanie London is LIVE!

Sophia Andreou has always been the “good daughter” who tried to keep her domineering father happy. She followed the rules and did everything that was asked of her. But this time, her father is asking too much. The family company is crumbling, and her father has arranged a marriage to a Greek billionaire who can save their property business. What?! Umm no thank you. If Cinderella can dress up to win a prince, surely Sophia can do the opposite and ditch hers…

Dion Kourakis has come a long way from being an orphan with only a single friend to his name. Now he runs a billion-dollar investment company and has the respect of everyone in Europe. His charming personality covers a lot of emotional scars, including his desire to make his mentor proud. Dion doesn’t exactly want a bride to go along with his next business deal, and he plans on letting the lass down gently when they meet…

Only, his future bride has turned out to be nothing like what he thought she’d be. She’s quirky and has a habit of turning up to social events in strange outfits. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what she’s up to, but the harder she tries to convince him she’d be an awful wife, the more he wants to convince her they’d be perfect together.

CAN THIS BE READ AS A STANDALONE?

Yes! Each book in this series features a different couple, so they can be read in any order.

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Excerpt:

He expected some hesitation from her over the marriage thing. Hell, he’d hesitated himself. It had taken him a full two weeks to process her father’s offer—or rather, ultimatum—and come to grips with the idea of marrying a stranger. Seeing his mentor, Elias, hooked up to half a dozen different machines after having a fall in his home, with tubes coming out of every orifice, had finally pushed him over the edge.

Closure was now within Dion’s grasp, he could shut the final page of his father’s book. He wanted that feeling so bad he could taste it…so bad he would marry a stranger.

“We have plenty of time to get to know one another.” Dion motioned for her to follow him outside. “Your father told me that you’ve been working in the family business.”

“That’s right. I’ve been doing some general admin,” she replied. “And I have my own virtual assistant business, too.”

 The sun had set some time ago, but the lights dotted around the garden brightened the front of the house. He unlocked the car and held the door for her.

“Ah, so you’re a businesswoman. I’m sure we’ll have a lot to talk about, then.”

“Sure, although it’s not real passion in life, to be honest.” She looked at him expectantly, as though wanting an invitation to elaborate.

“What would you rather be doing?” he asked.

The car’s engine rumbled as he pulled out of the circular path in front of the four-car garage. A warm breeze carried the salty tang of the ocean into the car.

“You know, I’m really passionate about taxidermy.” Sophia nodded as though this was the most normal thing to say. “There’s just something about animals that fascinates me.”

“Taxidermy?” He frowned. “Like, stuffing dead animals?”

“Stuffing or mounting,” she said. “It includes both.”

Was she for real? Her expression didn’t reveal even a sliver of amusement.

“I see it as a way to prolong an animal’s life,” she explained. “I know it might seem a little strange, but trust me. When I bring my collection over, you’ll see how wonderful it is.”

He gulped. “Your collection?”

“Yes, I have a huge collection. Squirrels and racoons and a couple of cats that I found. Strays, you know. Lots of people think they have time for a pet and then they just dump them. I even have a fox. She’s a real beauty. I was thinking we could put her in the living room. Or maybe the foyer, so she can greet guests.” She clapped her hands together. “Baroness Sasha Foxington III would absolutely love that.”

Baroness. Sasha. Foxington the fucking third.

Was he in a nightmare right now?

About Stefanie:

USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance with humour, heat and heart. Also llamas.

Originally from Melbourne, Australia Stefanie now lives in Toronto, Canada with her wonderful husband. She loves to read, collect lipsticks, watch zombie movies, and drink coffee.

Her bestselling book, Pretend It’s Love, is a 2016 Romantic Book of the Year finalist with the Romance Writers of Australia.



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