Friday, 8 March 2013

Review: Niko's Stolen Bride

My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis: Faced with the fiasco of her cancelled wedding, Kara wants to hide from the world while her heart heals. A day trip aboard the yacht leased for the honeymoon cruise sounds like the perfect escape. If only the captain hadn’t turned out to be the man she’d practically begged to kiss her after her failed bachelorette party. A rebound relationship with the handsome Greek should be the furthest thing from her mind, shouldn’t it?

Niko Maragos has spent more time in meetings than on the decks of his family’s ships in recent years, but after he dances with Kara, he’s eager to captain the yacht to Key West. To ensure that she can’t return to her ex-fiancé, he steals her away. His plan to get Kara in his bed seems fail-proof, until pirates attack…

"Life, like the tides, flows in constantly changing directions. A clever person learns to swim with them, not against them."

I don't know what to say. I started reading this book thinking about a hot guy ready to sweep off Kara's feet. I was even ready to get myself swooned, too. Unfortunately, Kara doesn't need anything because she's already smitten with Niko a day after her wedding was cancelled.

I get it. She was supposed to feel an attraction, but everything felt rushed. At the beginning of the book, she was already talking about how she thinks being with her fiance has been a lie and that she thinks her feelings was not what she thought it was.

I also had a problem with the Niko's sudden shift in his decisions towards the end. 'Forcing' Kara to stay with him was already one but when he pushed her to follow his decision was another when it contradicted the previous one. Sure, pushing people away are common in romance stories. Thinking that you might not be good enough for the person and he/she deserves someone better. Sure. But at the first part, he was quite adamant in hinting that Kara belongs to him.

Kara who claimed to be the decision maker in her previous relationship became a damsel in distress. I wish the author retained her personality and made her stronger. All in all, this could be so much better if it was refined and the characters were thoroughly explored.