Title: “The Greek Rule”
Authors: Aleka Nakis
Genre(s): romance, contemporary
Part of a
Series: Yes, book 1
Why I Read It: For a summer read
that went past the summer. Oops.
Summary: Athena has one rule: Do
not date a Greek. And then business man Alexandros Strintzaris comes into her
life and is determined to win her heart. Athena puts up a fight but
unfortunately for her, Alex’s brother is marrying her best friend. As the
wedding approaches, they end up spending more and more time together. Alex shows
Athena his real self and she starts to feel her resolve crumbling. Will she
break her own rule? Or can she resist Alex’s charms?
Review: I decided to read this
because I’m third generation Greek-American. So I thought it would be
interesting. Now, I don’t know where to start.
I guess with the romance. That’s my
specialty, right? And the romance is…not so great, in my opinion. It started out
as a slow burn, which I always love. But I couldn’t get behind this. And it
boiled down to one thing: I didn’t like the leading man. Alexandros didn’t’
strike me as romantic at all. He seemed more possessive, seeing Athena as a
prize to be won, not a person to be cherished. I didn’t feel he truly loved her,
that he only said the right things. I wanted Athena to stick to her guns and run
far, far away.
Especially because I liked Athena.
She’s confident, determined, intelligent and witty. That’s why I didn’t want her
to be taken by Alex. I wanted her to see through him, to realize she was right
initially about him. To go to her friend’s wedding and fly back to some exotic
place, where she can find a good man.
If it weren’t for Alex’s inner
thoughts, I might’ve liked it. From Athena’s perspective, I would’ve thought he
did truly love her. I probably would’ve rooted for them. Because when she
doesn’t include Alex being all possessive, the romance is quite sweet and
The setting was lovely and well
described. It’s clear Nakis loves Greece. And she paints a great picture.
Bottom line: Would’ve been a pretty
good romance…without the leading man.
Sex: A few scenes, nothing too
Being possessive—sexy or nah?