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Hiding from the Greek… The ink is barely dry on Giorgios Letsos's divorce papers, but there's only one thing on this unstoppable Greek's mind: finding Billie Smith, his mistress before his marriage. But the sweet, pliable woman he once knew slams the door in his face! Billie fought hard to heal her broken heart after Gio chose to marry someone else. When he storms back int Hiding from the Greek… The ink is barely dry on Giorgios Letsos's divorce papers, but there's only one thing on this unstoppable Greek's mind: finding Billie Smith, his mistress before his marriage. But the sweet, pliable woman he once knew slams the door in his face! Billie fought hard to heal her broken heart after Gio chose to marry someone else. When he storms back into her life, she's determined not to fall for his seduction again. Especially now that she has a secret to protect…their son. But she hadn't counted on just how badly he wants her back in his bed!


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Hiding from the Greek… The ink is barely dry on Giorgios Letsos's divorce papers, but there's only one thing on this unstoppable Greek's mind: finding Billie Smith, his mistress before his marriage. But the sweet, pliable woman he once knew slams the door in his face! Billie fought hard to heal her broken heart after Gio chose to marry someone else. When he storms back int Hiding from the Greek… The ink is barely dry on Giorgios Letsos's divorce papers, but there's only one thing on this unstoppable Greek's mind: finding Billie Smith, his mistress before his marriage. But the sweet, pliable woman he once knew slams the door in his face! Billie fought hard to heal her broken heart after Gio chose to marry someone else. When he storms back into her life, she's determined not to fall for his seduction again. Especially now that she has a secret to protect…their son. But she hadn't counted on just how badly he wants her back in his bed!

30 review for The Secret His Mistress Carried

  1. 5 out of 5

    boogenhagen

    This is one of the best LG's I have read in years. The style, story and characters are highly reminiscent of LG's The Spanish Groom and Tempestuous Reunion halcyon days. Gio is a great H and his actions are bad--really, really bad-- but it was beautifully explained and he was so cute in his OTT obsession of keeping Billie at any cost that he earns his redemption in classic LG style. Billie is one of the best LG h's ever. She isn't a doormat and she makes some really tough decisions and deals wit This is one of the best LG's I have read in years. The style, story and characters are highly reminiscent of LG's The Spanish Groom and Tempestuous Reunion halcyon days. Gio is a great H and his actions are bad--really, really bad-- but it was beautifully explained and he was so cute in his OTT obsession of keeping Billie at any cost that he earns his redemption in classic LG style. Billie is one of the best LG h's ever. She isn't a doormat and she makes some really tough decisions and deals with some really hard situations with a lot of grace, diginty and class. I can't think of any other book in HPlandia where the h has to deal with the ex-wife/OW showing up at her wedding that doesn't end up with someone being doused in wine. In this one, not only is clothing saved from wine stains but the H is the one who boots the jealous evil ex out and the h doesn't fall for the obvious OW ploy of "the Ex is using you but really wants me" trope. She doesn't fall into a pit of despair, she puts aside her doubts and she comes out at the end as the better lady of the two. She also contemplates hiring a hit man to take the H out, but that was part of the fun in this plot. All in all this book made me happy to see LG writing in her best style, and I know this one is going to be a keeper for years and years.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    I gave this one 4 stars only because I adored Billie, the heroine. She may have been a doormat when she was the hero's mistress for two years but she certainly grew some backbone when she left him, after he informed her that he was going to marry the "right kind of woman". So, two years on, hero has divorced the so called perfect wife, who is actually the most odious and bitchy woman ever.........and goes knocking on Billie's door, where she has built a life for herself and the hero's secret son. I gave this one 4 stars only because I adored Billie, the heroine. She may have been a doormat when she was the hero's mistress for two years but she certainly grew some backbone when she left him, after he informed her that he was going to marry the "right kind of woman". So, two years on, hero has divorced the so called perfect wife, who is actually the most odious and bitchy woman ever.........and goes knocking on Billie's door, where she has built a life for herself and the hero's secret son....yes, he wants her back in his life, as his mistress and no not as his wife......... What a sod.....I so disliked Gio....he takes the alpha-male to a new, so not nice level!!!! But wait, when he discovers he has a son.....something he never wanted to have as he told Billie years before...he suddenly wants him!!!!! Totally unbelievable....arrogant, unrepentant......check this out...when he demands that Billie drop everything and go with him to Greece.... "I need to think about all this," Billie admitted tightly. "You're talking about turning my life upside down." "And my own," Gio added softly. "None of this was on my bucket list either." Too bad his family love her.....I so wanted him to grovel....not enough grovelling from him was my feeling........ But hey, Billie loves him and in his way I guess he loves her too.....so let me leave the three of them to their HEA........he better be good to her!!!! Or I will come looking for Gio and slap his damn face!!!!!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    4 star story and heroine, 1 star hero. Story missing some detail on hero's marriage...felt incomplete there. But otherwise gripping. But very upsetting to me: (view spoiler)[ Gio makes virginal Billie his mistress. he tries to take her out once with his fancy friends but she doesn't know the name of a Venetian artist Canaletto (are you kidding?), he stops taking her out in public since she's not good enough, much like Tempestuous Reunion. Classist pig. After two years, he decides he has to marry 4 star story and heroine, 1 star hero. Story missing some detail on hero's marriage...felt incomplete there. But otherwise gripping. But very upsetting to me: (view spoiler)[ Gio makes virginal Billie his mistress. he tries to take her out once with his fancy friends but she doesn't know the name of a Venetian artist Canaletto (are you kidding?), he stops taking her out in public since she's not good enough, much like Tempestuous Reunion. Classist pig. After two years, he decides he has to marry a classy, fancy chick with whom he can be seen in public and decides that since Billie loves him, he'll just keep her as his mistress indefinitely so that he can use up both women through-out his marriage. Of course, he told Billie if she got pregnant, it would be a no go. He plans to have kids with his wife and never worries about whether Billie might like kids herself because, well, who cares about her? She doesn't know who Canaletto is, why should she be entitled to have a family, be with a man publicly, live any kind of normal, full life. I mean, remember, she doesn't know who Canaletto is!!!! He has a great excuse for his belief that he is entitled to use up and spit out this woman, robbing her of a meaningful life while consigning his legal and public wife, who he plans to sleep with and make the mother of his children, to loneliness and humiliation. His grandfather and great-grandfather had mistresses (aw, imagine how happy grandma used to be?) and his dad divorced his mother to marry his mistress. That mistress cheated on dear old dad, who had dumped his wife and also another woman and refused to acknowledge his illegitimate daughter by her (so we know he was really deserving of a faithful wife)! Mom kills herself, Gio finds her, grandad raises him to learn never to marry a mistress but to marry a respectable woman to do his duty. So the sweet, virginal girl he's sleeping with can't be his wife because....she doesn't know who Canaletto is? Wait, maybe it's because she loves him? Oddly, when Gio thinks back on pathetic suicidal mom, he never thinks that maybe he had better NOT TAKE A MISTRESS. Because mom would have been totally thrilled if she stayed as wife to a man constantly cheating who didn't give a rat's ass about any of them. That would have been a super life for mom. No, Gio learns to tell wife that he'll have a mistress so she is forced to agree or lose him (Wonder how he plans to get his future kids' approval for damaging them to see their mom constantly betrayed by their dad?). Oh, and for a smart guy, he never considers what might happen if his mistress gets pregnant even though he's commanded her not to. That happened to his dad, so wouldn't he consider that? Then he can destroy the life of that illegitimate kid too. Woohoo! But the real wife agreed! Did she have a choice? No....not if she wanted to marry him. He firmly believes he will have his cake and eat it too. And eat yours, while he's at it. I had a huge problem with his plan to cheat and use/damage both women, especially given his background where he had to know the consequences. Then he does marry this poor woman, and after a miserable 2 years they divorce. She didn't want to have his kids. Who could blame her? He goes after heroine and thinks...great, now she can be my whore again. Finds out she has his child, forces her to marry by threatening to have child services take her poor cousin's kids away because of her shady past (no problem putting those 2 five year old kids in foster homes and ruining their lives...remember, no other person, woman or child, matters squat to this guy). Oh, and hides in prenup a clause that he keeps custody of the baby in event of divorce. That'll keep heroine captive. Such love he has for her. The big issue for me is that whatever his background, I think he is a bad person...a very immoral and low quality, selfish pig. My problem with him is not that he wanted to marry a fancy rich chick like he thought was expected. It was that he planned to keep heroine, whose virginity he took, as his mistress, living a half life, without any hope of a family or children or a public respectability. Even after they are married, he is still saying he's never been a selfish person. And even when he finally realizes he WAS selfish with heroine, I don't think he fully appreciates how horrible and dehumanizing his plan was for Billie. Usually HP heroes are horrible to heroines because they think the heroine is a lying, deceitful, gold digger or cheater. He thinks Billie is a wonderful woman who adores him....her crime is...drumroll...not knowing who Canaletto is. And he still plans to use her up and steal her life, giving no thought to her needs or morality. What an evil man. He ultimately realizes his love and realizes he was wrong..because he loves her and doesn't want her hurt (some very nice scenes where he tries to keep her from being hurt by his family and that dastardly prenup), he shouldn't have treated her that way, and it was a mistake because HE was unhappy by losing her. But when he didn't know he loved her, it was just fine to destroy her life. Great guy. And that's why I hate him...because even back when he didn't know he loved her, he knew SHE loved HIM...he specifically reflects on her love for him as we are given his POV, and that's expressly stated as why he assumed she'd stick around and give up her life to be his mistress while he had children with his wife. And don't get me started on how much it must have sucked for the wife. Oh, of course, although sex-starved, heroine doesn't try to build a life for herself or find a nice dad for her son while hero is MARRIED to another woman...because Gio was such a manly man. I was really annoyed about this martyrdom of hers. her being available to him and staying frozen while he was MARRIED and she had no reason to believe she'd ever see him again was just appalling to me. (hide spoiler)]

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vashti

    This has got to be one of the best romances that LG has written in years.Loved everything about it.Heroine,Billie,was a strong character,and Gio,the hero,I believed loved Billie all along from their days when she was his mistress.

  5. 5 out of 5

    StMargarets

    This was highly entertaining! Hero is such a caveman. It was amusing to see what he would do next to our poor heroine who became his mistress at 19 and then was supposed to be accepting of his marriage to a proper woman and remain his bit on the side. Hero is genuinely angry she left him. Now, two years later, the hero is divorced and has found his mistress. But oops. She has a secret baby - 15 months old. Hero is so thick he thinks the child is another man's. Then he threatens to take the baby This was highly entertaining! Hero is such a caveman. It was amusing to see what he would do next to our poor heroine who became his mistress at 19 and then was supposed to be accepting of his marriage to a proper woman and remain his bit on the side. Hero is genuinely angry she left him. Now, two years later, the hero is divorced and has found his mistress. But oops. She has a secret baby - 15 months old. Hero is so thick he thinks the child is another man's. Then he threatens to take the baby away. Then forces the heroine to marry him, but leaves her alone until their wedding day. This ends the first half of the story - the antagonistic part where the heroine's angst and confusion is highlighted. The second half concerns the H/h's marriage and how they build a relationship. The hero's emotional hang ups then take center stage and I enjoyed watching him turn from caveman to human. So, the day of the wedding: it finally penetrates his thick skull that the heroine is angry with him and he'd better mend fences before the ceremony. This is where LG starts showing us the hero's vulnerability. They have sex before the wedding with the heroine in her wedding dress. The heroine sees this as weakness on her part, but it's the hero who needs reassuring. The heroine shows her strength when the ex-wife shows up at the wedding ceremony. (To the hero's credit, he doesn't know what the hell she is doing there.) Heroine is also able to handle the hero's family and other run ins with the hero's ex. I did enjoy the hero realizing that the made a mistake with the pre-nup and the lengths he went to tear it up. Because the heroine was committed to their relationship and because the hero stopped running, they were able to understand each other. This hero really couldn't handle any one leaving him and after hearing his family history she (and the reader) understand.

  6. 5 out of 5

    KC

    I enjoyed this, but felt there could have been more angst considering the storyline. Gio broke Billie's heart yet I didn't feel her anguish. Billie primarily concerned herself in the present with protecting her secret and resisting Gio's bedroom charms. These are valid concerns, but the author's decision to brush Billie's feelings under the rug reduced the emotional impact of Gio's betrayal. It didn't help either how Gio, after reentering her life, initially failed to express any remorse, or eve I enjoyed this, but felt there could have been more angst considering the storyline. Gio broke Billie's heart yet I didn't feel her anguish. Billie primarily concerned herself in the present with protecting her secret and resisting Gio's bedroom charms. These are valid concerns, but the author's decision to brush Billie's feelings under the rug reduced the emotional impact of Gio's betrayal. It didn't help either how Gio, after reentering her life, initially failed to express any remorse, or even recognized how much he'd hurt Billie. That bothered me, but he did redeem himself enough by the time the story concluded. Billie surprised me with her behavior early on, (view spoiler)[she slept with Gio three chapters in (hide spoiler)] , but considering her feelings for Gio it kind of made sense as the story progressed. At least she had the grace to acknowledge it was a stupid thing to do! I also liked how Billie stood up for herself, and how she handled the truth of Theo's paternity which showed a new maturity and a selfless love for her son. Gio turned out to be a smitten hero and that's how I like 'em! Underneath his arrogance and ruthlessness lay a vulnerable man, especially concerning Billie. He was a protective father too, and I loved how he didn't hesitate to claim his son. Both lead characters matured during the course of the story, expressing remorse for their past mistakes, and in turn strengthened their love. I can definitely see their happy ending sticking for the long run.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    Gio and Billie have an affair but when he decides to marry a woman of his social background and keep Billie as his mistress she dissapears from his life. Alone and pregnant she builds a career and a new life for herself and her son. Two years later Gio is a divorced man. When he finds Billie again he is determined to make her his again and when he finds out he has a son he demands marriage as well. Good read. It was sexy but it was not very angsty. I liked the hero even if he was an oblivious mo Gio and Billie have an affair but when he decides to marry a woman of his social background and keep Billie as his mistress she dissapears from his life. Alone and pregnant she builds a career and a new life for herself and her son. Two years later Gio is a divorced man. When he finds Billie again he is determined to make her his again and when he finds out he has a son he demands marriage as well. Good read. It was sexy but it was not very angsty. I liked the hero even if he was an oblivious moron and his interaction with his baby boy was adorable. Heroine was sweet warm and so nice. She has a heart of gold. I would not treat my husband's evil shrewish ex-wife with such class but Billie is a better person than I am! lol I loved the ending. Awesome job Lynne Graham!

  8. 5 out of 5

    shms

    For anyone else I'd have given a 2* rating but for someone of Lynne Graham's calibre I expect a little more. I usually like Lynne Graham books, wallbangers, crazy H's and all. I was soooo disappointed in this one. Firstly the writing style. Not the prose I'd expect. I struggle to explain as I couldn't pin it down but if I hadn't read it on the cover I would never have thought it a Lynne Graham book. Something gauche about it. (view spoiler)[ And then there was the mixed up plot. The h veered bet For anyone else I'd have given a 2* rating but for someone of Lynne Graham's calibre I expect a little more. I usually like Lynne Graham books, wallbangers, crazy H's and all. I was soooo disappointed in this one. Firstly the writing style. Not the prose I'd expect. I struggle to explain as I couldn't pin it down but if I hadn't read it on the cover I would never have thought it a Lynne Graham book. Something gauche about it. (view spoiler)[ And then there was the mixed up plot. The h veered between standing up to him and being a complete doormat. At every stage, she's often says or thinks the right thing but her actions or excuses negate them. When the H first suggests they must marry she thinks she'd learnt a painful lesson about dreams being fantasy but then links it to 'opening a locked door to let the silly fairy tale back in'. No fairytale because she knows and acknowledges he didn't think she was good enough in the past NOR would he now if it wasn't for his son. Talk about deluded. There was nothing fairytale'ish about it. I couldn't get over how the fact he married another woman and considered the h not suitable was raised time and time again yet in terms of the H's remorse glossed over. AND it was glossed over, so he suffered in his marriage...though we aren't told exactly how but he was unhappy. Other than that...zip. No realisation at all until some meagre words at the end....actually scratch that. I just realised that is standard series romance thing to do. Secondly the H, really you coudn't call him a H, was a sulky little boy in a man's body. Yeuk! Oh and there was an edit issue. At the hotel the H "reappeared in jeans and a trendy striped cotton sweater" after a little conversation and when she goes to change her son's nappy, "removed his jacket, loosened his tie and pushed up the sleeves of his white silk shirt". He obviously has a complex and changes several times in a short time. I may be being picky but editorially this was sloppy and pulled me out of the story such as it was. (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vintage

    Gio, Gio, Gio. You are one self-involved, self-centered, egotistical, alpha romero hero. I should hate you and your arrogant self, but like Billie I just can't. Gio and Billie are the kind of hero and heroine that L. Graham does best. Billie is a loving, sweet scatterbrain lower case h while Gio is an uber alpha, arrogant asshat capital H. The plot has been hashed and rehashed so I will concentrate on the relationship. Billie actually has a spine unlike many, okay most, Harlequin heroines, and l Gio, Gio, Gio. You are one self-involved, self-centered, egotistical, alpha romero hero. I should hate you and your arrogant self, but like Billie I just can't. Gio and Billie are the kind of hero and heroine that L. Graham does best. Billie is a loving, sweet scatterbrain lower case h while Gio is an uber alpha, arrogant asshat capital H. The plot has been hashed and rehashed so I will concentrate on the relationship. Billie actually has a spine unlike many, okay most, Harlequin heroines, and leaves Gio when, shock, he plans on marrying a "suitable" woman. Well, we all know what happens when a HERO marries a suitable woman in Harley-land. It is not good. It will nit last. Evil Woman alert. She's skinny, 'nuff said. Even though Gio wears his asshat at an extreme level by actually marrying the OW and telling Billie it's really okay 'cause she can remain as the mistress, Apparently the OW is A-OK with that as she is marrying Gio for his money. A little outrage, a runaway heroine, a secret baby, a little Greek tycoon blackmail and the magic penis, and there you have it. Gio is the typical Graham hero in that he is confused, bemused and bedazzled by his little heroine which leads him to do all kinds of stupid things like what he does right before they marry and the pre-nup. I'm rambling. Probably the Jamesons, but give this a read. Harmless and cute.

  10. 4 out of 5

    KatieV

    I'd given up on Graham, but this one is more like her oldies. It reminded me quite a bit of one of my old skool Graham favs Tempestuous Reunion. Although this one was definitely different enough to stand on its own. One of my favorite HP tropes is the mistress taken for granted. And boy did Gio deliver on that score. He was even worse than the H in Tempestuous Reunion in that he was so out of touch with his feelings that he STILL didn't realize what the h meant to him even after she left him. He I'd given up on Graham, but this one is more like her oldies. It reminded me quite a bit of one of my old skool Graham favs Tempestuous Reunion. Although this one was definitely different enough to stand on its own. One of my favorite HP tropes is the mistress taken for granted. And boy did Gio deliver on that score. He was even worse than the H in Tempestuous Reunion in that he was so out of touch with his feelings that he STILL didn't realize what the h meant to him even after she left him. He searched for her from day one, but his intention when he found her was to stick her right back into the comfortable mistress slot (or 'drawer' as Billie so aptly put it). I really liked the heroine, Billie. She had an endearing personality although she wasn't a perfect person. It's my feeling that she would have eventually contacted Gio re: the secret baby. She was very young and I felt that lack of maturity and tremendous hurt led her to believe she was right to hide the child. However, she was starting to feel guilt about that and second guess her decision on that front. I do respect her decision to leave the hero when he married, although I wasn't totally on board with her hiding the pregnancy. Gio wasn't exactly nurturing father material though. I feel she truly believed he wouldn't want the child and might have even have pushed for an abortion. I also loved that she took and sold one of the valuable pieces of "mistress jewelry" so her child would have a home and she'd have a way to support herself. I can understand the stubborn pride that leads most of the heroines to leave EVERYTHING behind (Billie left all but the one piece). It has to be so insulting to the asshole heroes to see the gifts discarded, but I did love that she at least had a bit of practical concern when it came to her and the child's future survival. What was hard to take was the fact that the H was such a snob. He really was more of an anti-hero than a hero. He was ashamed of the heroine's lack of sophistication (much like the hero in Tempestuous Reunion). It was painful to read about how he kept her as a dirty little secret and SERIOUSLY expected her to remain as his mistress even though he was getting married. He needed to be taken down LOTS of notches. I really wish he'd have broken his best friend's nose for making fun of her for her lack of knowledge about "fine art". What kept this from being a 5 star was the fact that his redemption was so subtle. I had to re-read the last half for it to sink in exactly when/how he started to see what an ass he was. It wasn't a dramatic climax. Plus I was greatly offended when he was so incensed that when he thought she had a child by another man that he was willing to just walk away. I don't think he would have (for long anyway) but I'd have liked to have seen this confirmed in print. I'd recommend this to fans of the old skool Graham HPs, but can understand how others may hate it because of the hero. He wasn't exactly endearing, but he did have an actual tragic past that went further than the lame 'one woman hurt me 100 years ago and now I'm ANGRY' excuse we so often see. For some reason I just get a kick out of the jackass tycoon who gets taken down a peg or two when the mistress dares to ditch him. If you like that and enjoy a wallbanger, this is a good read.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kiki

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As for my cheating shelves, hero intended on cheating on his wife with heroine. He wanted heroine to be his mistress while he married someone suitable which heroine wasn’t. He had EVERY intention to cheat on both his wife and heroine and if he could plan that ahead I don’t see why he wouldn’t have had cheated on the wife with someone else specially when he can justify it by saying she was an awful person. ======= As far as the romance goes, I didn’t find any. I did find his OTT alpha double-standa As for my cheating shelves, hero intended on cheating on his wife with heroine. He wanted heroine to be his mistress while he married someone suitable which heroine wasn’t. He had EVERY intention to cheat on both his wife and heroine and if he could plan that ahead I don’t see why he wouldn’t have had cheated on the wife with someone else specially when he can justify it by saying she was an awful person. ======= As far as the romance goes, I didn’t find any. I did find his OTT alpha double-standards BS. But no romance. He fully expected the heroine to accept the fact that she’s not good enough to be his wife, he WILL marry calypso, I mean Calista while Billie would be his side chick, his dirty little secret. If he knew about the baby he’d marry her FOR the baby, just like he did in the end, not for her. He seemed her again for making her a mistress so spending time with Calista taught him nothing.
She by herself wasn’t good enough and if Calista was even slightly tolerable and agreed to give him a kid, he’d still be married to her. So nothing he did redeemed him in my eye, then again he only did farther manipulation and almost screwed Billie over. 
If he had a celibate marriage I’d have understood, but no, he didn’t and Billie was as pure as driven snow, so this guy was rather a cad, and unforgivable one at that. If he only knew Calista was shallow and liar? He’d have picked another bride who’d come from impeccable parentage. Not Billie, never Billie. 
My skillet refuses to be marred by his touch! Rant over!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rgreader

    Classic Lynne Graham. A wonderful second chance at love romance with the right touch of angst. The Secret His Mistress Carried is why I read Harlequin Presents. The heroine is modern but not an unlikable bitch. She has her flaws but they don't ruin the book. The hero is devious, over the top and clueless about love alpha. His grovel is well done as is the heroine's. I totally enjoyed this modern day fairytale!! Classic Lynne Graham. A wonderful second chance at love romance with the right touch of angst. The Secret His Mistress Carried is why I read Harlequin Presents. The heroine is modern but not an unlikable bitch. She has her flaws but they don't ruin the book. The hero is devious, over the top and clueless about love alpha. His grovel is well done as is the heroine's. I totally enjoyed this modern day fairytale!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    RomanceLover99

    I really enjoyed this book. I really liked Billie’s character and how she fought to make a better life for her and her son. Gio was okay. Typical alpha Greek billionaire who at first only thinks of himself and his own desires. I know it had a lot to do with how he was raised however, he still annoyed me with wanting to get married to a proper wife but keep Billie as a mistress. Of course Billie says “No” and disappears for 2 years where she builds a life for herself and her son until Gio finally I really enjoyed this book. I really liked Billie’s character and how she fought to make a better life for her and her son. Gio was okay. Typical alpha Greek billionaire who at first only thinks of himself and his own desires. I know it had a lot to do with how he was raised however, he still annoyed me with wanting to get married to a proper wife but keep Billie as a mistress. Of course Billie says “No” and disappears for 2 years where she builds a life for herself and her son until Gio finally finds her. For Gio to be so intelligent, the fact that he spent 2 years (while married) looking for Billie after she left was a sure sign he loved her but he was too caught up in finding out he had a son and his physical attraction to Billie to realize just how much he loved her. Great book. Will definitely recommend!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "The Secret His Mistress Carried" is the story of Billie and Gio. Hmm..Nah. Basically, one page into the book I knew I had read it before.. but that was back in 2014, I did not remember if I liked it or not, so I decided to give it a go again. Nope. The hero is a big cad. He is crazy obsessed with the heroine, yet equally oblivious and selfish. Two years ago he made the heroine his mistress, had wild sex with her while keeping her a secret because he was embarrassed of her social status- she was a "The Secret His Mistress Carried" is the story of Billie and Gio. Hmm..Nah. Basically, one page into the book I knew I had read it before.. but that was back in 2014, I did not remember if I liked it or not, so I decided to give it a go again. Nope. The hero is a big cad. He is crazy obsessed with the heroine, yet equally oblivious and selfish. Two years ago he made the heroine his mistress, had wild sex with her while keeping her a secret because he was embarrassed of her social status- she was a cleaner. He later expects her to sleep with him while he marries rich OW who will give him legit babies, and the heroine is like nah, boy byee. In present, the day the hero gets divorced and his OTT horniness returns. He starts searching for the heroine again- hiring a PI- tracing her back to gobble her mouth and coerce her sexually- ignores her refusals- and OFC since this a HQN read, the heroine concedes with minimal reluctance. I did like that she had gotten educated and independent in the meanwhile but his magic penis is SO GOOD, she lets him back into her coot. Yada yada, she's had his baby- yada yada- blackmail marriage- yada yada- custody issues- yada yada- crazy ex wife- yada yada- confessions- yada yada HEA. The things I liked were- that the heroine grew 1 inch of a brain during the separation and the stupid hero was genuinely confused when he was called self centered- he did have this crazy attachment with the heroine but I just did not like him. Unsafe 2/5

  15. 5 out of 5

    Corandra

    3.5 stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    Lynne Graham junkie that I am, I thought this was a nice little story. It was amusing how blind the hero was. He had married another woman two years earlier while expecting Billie, the heroine to continue as his mistress. After his marriage fails he finally finds her again and can't understand why she left him. She keeps going 'but you married another woman!' and he just can't see what difference that should have made. They have this conversation in different ways throughout the book. She doesn' Lynne Graham junkie that I am, I thought this was a nice little story. It was amusing how blind the hero was. He had married another woman two years earlier while expecting Billie, the heroine to continue as his mistress. After his marriage fails he finally finds her again and can't understand why she left him. She keeps going 'but you married another woman!' and he just can't see what difference that should have made. They have this conversation in different ways throughout the book. She doesn't just roll over for him and he eventually figures out the error of his ways. A fun little title for LG fans.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jasbell76

    I liked it! Lynne Graham's books make me happy most of times. The heroine was smart and strong, I love she was curvy. The hero was Greek, an alfa male as usually ;) I liked it! Lynne Graham's books make me happy most of times. The heroine was smart and strong, I love she was curvy. The hero was Greek, an alfa male as usually ;)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aou

    I hated him when he was married to OW but in second reading, the delicious angst and his regret & grovel made me rate it 4,5 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    JennyG

    Finally a book by LG that I could read without skimming! Loved the hero, loved the way he was obsessed with the heroine and relentless in his pursuit of her. He was a bit set in his ways and totally unaware of how his actions hurt the heroine. Loved the way he slowly changed into a better man. I especially enjoyed the scene with the prenup agreement and the reasons for wording it the way he did! When it comes to the heroine I found her endearing and resourceful. She had the brains and guts to impr Finally a book by LG that I could read without skimming! Loved the hero, loved the way he was obsessed with the heroine and relentless in his pursuit of her. He was a bit set in his ways and totally unaware of how his actions hurt the heroine. Loved the way he slowly changed into a better man. I especially enjoyed the scene with the prenup agreement and the reasons for wording it the way he did! When it comes to the heroine I found her endearing and resourceful. She had the brains and guts to improve herself by studying and later starting her own business. Unfortunately her brains seemed to go out the window as soon as the all mighty, tall, dark & handsome hero came on the scene. From that moment on I found her reactions to him annoying. It was all about her batting her lashes at him, salivating at his good looks and fearing he would reject her or leave her again. In her thoughts she stood up to him but in her actions she was a doormat. I wish she had shown more backbone and stood up for herself when he threatened her about taking their child away from her and exposing her cousin's secret. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book very much, mostly because the hero was so besotted with the heroine.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Shruthi

    Okay... completed reading this last night! h was H's mistress for nearly two years and then suddenly he announces he has to marry a woman who matches his status in society. He still expects her to be his mistress after marriage. At that moment, h who was a doormat before, finally stands up for herself and dumps his a$$. The story starts after H's divorce. Billie, short for nothing, was once a complete doormat. But in the book, she stands up to Gio, in every single occasion. I liked that about her Okay... completed reading this last night! h was H's mistress for nearly two years and then suddenly he announces he has to marry a woman who matches his status in society. He still expects her to be his mistress after marriage. At that moment, h who was a doormat before, finally stands up for herself and dumps his a$$. The story starts after H's divorce. Billie, short for nothing, was once a complete doormat. But in the book, she stands up to Gio, in every single occasion. I liked that about her. I liked that a lot. Gio, on the other hand, is totally surprised to see this side of her. He wants her back, there is no doubt in that. I liked that about him, but what I didn't like is the fact that he thought nothing was wrong in keeping her as a mistress even after he marries another woman. The book lost it one star there and also because I personally thought Gio should have groveled a bit more. Overall a good read! But I have read better books by this author.

  21. 5 out of 5

    ♡Tonya♡

    These books are essentially all the same. Wealthy arrogant H. Most often a weak h that is either their mistress or secretary /assistant. The H decides he needs to marry someone "more suitable" to satisfy family needs and drops h. Of course, h finds out she is pregnant but can't tell H because she is poor and destitute and she is afraid he will take the child. The H decides he can't live without h and comes back and is pissed when he finds out he is a father and didn't know. Then he blackmails h These books are essentially all the same. Wealthy arrogant H. Most often a weak h that is either their mistress or secretary /assistant. The H decides he needs to marry someone "more suitable" to satisfy family needs and drops h. Of course, h finds out she is pregnant but can't tell H because she is poor and destitute and she is afraid he will take the child. The H decides he can't live without h and comes back and is pissed when he finds out he is a father and didn't know. Then he blackmails h to do what he wants. They end up married and H is hit by a lightening bolt of realization that he loves h. They live happily ever after.... Gio the H was pretty much an ass 95% of the book. I will say Billie, the h, was a little tougher that most of the h's in these stories and stood up for herself the best she could. As you can see, I've read a lot of these stories. Most I haven't even added to Goodreads. I listened to this on audio.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melanie♥

    4.5 stars. Great LG book! It only missed five stars because I was still a bit unclear about his reasons for marrying his first wife. It's nice to see a favorite author deliver a great HP read. 4.5 stars. Great LG book! It only missed five stars because I was still a bit unclear about his reasons for marrying his first wife. It's nice to see a favorite author deliver a great HP read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bubu

    3.5 stars I finally finished this book(its me not you situation lol) and i really enjoyed it. At first you kinda think its thumbs up for this angsty but its actually fluffy. Gio was an ass but i couldnt help but like him.. all was explained and he is hella cute. Billie is soo gentle and loving. They both did stupid things but they have grown up. Thumbs up for this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    iamGamz

    Georgios Letsos wanted his cake and eat it too. He had a mistress, Billie, that he couldn’t live with, but who was not his social or intellectual equal. So he found a woman with he right background that he could marry while attempting to keep his mistress. Billie was madly in love with Georgios, however, learning that he chose someone else to be his wife tore her heart apart. She walked out with no plans t ever see him again. Two years later, a now divorced Georgios decides that he needs Billie i Georgios Letsos wanted his cake and eat it too. He had a mistress, Billie, that he couldn’t live with, but who was not his social or intellectual equal. So he found a woman with he right background that he could marry while attempting to keep his mistress. Billie was madly in love with Georgios, however, learning that he chose someone else to be his wife tore her heart apart. She walked out with no plans t ever see him again. Two years later, a now divorced Georgios decides that he needs Billie in his life and hunts her down. What he doesn’t know is the huge secret she has kept. I was sooo unsure of these characters when I first started the book. Billie was a total pushover and Georgios a total butthead. I could not understand the attraction between these two. However, as the story unfolded I realized that Billie offered Georgios a sense of peace, (something he’s never really had before) and he gave her a sense of love and acceptance, which was lacking in her life. While it wasn’t the best Harlequin Presents secret baby book I have read, it wasn’t an awful one. Lynne Graham redeemed her characters…somewhat. I would recommend this book with a few reservations.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    h is stupid and H is an asshole.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shanelle

    Certainly not the best of Lynne Graham. Hero way to pushy and not even a little sorry for going off to marry another woman. Doesn't even realise he did anything wrong. How dense can you be. Certainly not the best of Lynne Graham. Hero way to pushy and not even a little sorry for going off to marry another woman. Doesn't even realise he did anything wrong. How dense can you be.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Poonam

    This was an OK Read. The story line was similar to another book by this author- Tempestuous Reunion. It did not carry the same punch for me though. I also did not feel the Love of the H in this.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3.5 stars for first half. 4 stars for second half. Essentially what my feelings for this book was the first half vs. the second half of the story or more accurately first half Gio vs. second half Gio. The first half, he was just awful. Downright awful and I couldn't believe what was coming out of his month half the time and just his whole attitude in general. Now I've read about lots of pompous, entitled, bratty/jerky, alpha males before but Gio just took that cake. I really couldn't believe him 3.5 stars for first half. 4 stars for second half. Essentially what my feelings for this book was the first half vs. the second half of the story or more accurately first half Gio vs. second half Gio. The first half, he was just awful. Downright awful and I couldn't believe what was coming out of his month half the time and just his whole attitude in general. Now I've read about lots of pompous, entitled, bratty/jerky, alpha males before but Gio just took that cake. I really couldn't believe him or his nerve. The guy had no freaking clue at all or that fact that he was wrong at any time in the beginning. In fact he couldn't figure out what Billie was being so stubborn in the first place, being that he was coming for her. Really, dude? Really? Gio just couldn't understand what he did wrong or why Billie was mad. I didn't get him at all, and at times I hated him. Plus where he was coming from made me think all that he wanted and what he was missing was the sex with Billie instead of Billie herself. He was so arrogant. Did he really think she was going to welcome him with open arms after she learned he was going to be married to another woman? Did he think he could eat his cake and eat it too? Apparently so because he was fully committed to having Billie remain his mistress even after he got married. What kind of decent guy does that? An arrogant jerk that's who. In fact he was mad at Billie when she "left" him after learning this tidbit of information. Hello? What did you expect her to do just take it? Then when he finally got divorced and came for Billie again, he couldn't understand why she wouldn't readily take him back when they had all this chemistry going on. He didn't get it. I thought that Billie should have slapped in the face maybe he would've gotten a wake up call sooner than he did. But finally he became a grown up man once he finally got his wake up call near the second half of the book then for me he became a completely different person. He became likable at that point, and I could sympathize with him more and what he went through in the past. Why he protecting himself by building a wall around himself and not letting emotions in? I understood why he was so scared. It made more sense, and that jerky guy from the first half went bye-bye, and I could soon forget how he acted previously (well almost) and then the story got inheritably better from that point on once he made that 180 degree turn. He became a tender heartedly alpha, who was very caring and protective of both Billie and Theo after he came back from his trip and they were set to get married. For the first time, I actually saw emotions in him, and how he truly missed Billie and not just the sex. He cared for her, and I could actually see where he was in love with her with those actions even if he didn't speak the words. I loved the protectiveness he had towards Billie when she met his family for the first time. It was just a nice moment for him, and it redeem him in my eyes. As for the character of Billie, I absolutely loved her and loved her spunk. She was no longer the 19 year old girl that was the mistress of a powerful alpha male with googly eyes and a naïve attitude when it came to him. Mainly she thought the sun rose and set on him and would do anything to please him so she could be in his life, but now she was woman hear her roar. And she had to grow up because she was a mother and had a son to look after and would do anything in her power to make sure her son was getting the best out there. I loved her fiery. Even though she did give into him as soon as she was alone, there was a real backbone to her that showed her resistance towards him and not caving into demands immediately when he came a calling. I loved that about her. I loved the fight she put against Gio and didn't make it simple for him, and she shouldn't have, he needed to earn his way back into her life, and Billie did this. She wasn't a doormat like she was in the past, and I loved seeing that growth and could picture her as that 19 year old girl until when the story current took place. She just had this fire about her that a lot Presents heroines don't have (not that's a bad thing, but it was a nice change from the normal formula). And with the fight that she put up it was totally believable with nothing token being about it. She meant it, and meant every world that she said. Her body was her own worst enemy when succumbing to their attraction to one another. But even still I loved her despite the fact that she had a little weak moment with him. As for the chemistry between them, it was good. Not the best I've read because the tension wasn't as thick as it could've been, but it was still felt. There was that push-pull aspect that most romances have, but it was less intense. For me, the more intense the better, and I think that would have benefited her as well. I also didn't expect for her to give in as quick as she did so when the love scene first happened I was kind of taken aback by it because it happened so fast and furious and before I knew it was over. There wasn't as great of a build up, I thought. There could have been a tad more. And to honest with you, I didn't care for the first love scene. Again it was rushed, and I just wasn't prepared for it. Now the scene in her wedding dress and the honeymoon scene that was spotted on. It was hot and sexy as it was emotional. With the wedding dress scene the action was fast and furious but it didn't feel as rushed as did the first time scene did in the hotel room. The hotel room one wasn't satisfying but the wedding dress, as was the honeymoon scene, was. I think because it felt more emotion than two bodies just slaking their lust for one another. For awhile that was all I thought they had going for them was their lust and nothing more, and I don't always like that angle in a romance. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. In this case it didn't. Plus the hotel room scene was part of the first half of the book, and I just didn't care for that half at all. I liked that there was a flashback of how they first met. It showed how their two worlds came together. It showed a connection there and not just a physical one, it was very emotional. When Billie was taking care of Gio, it showed the tenderness that they had between them before the sex got involved and that was all that they were about for awhile. I wished there were more scenes like that one. Flashbacks, I mean and not just summarizes of what transpired between the two of them. I would have liked to see their first time together and what was going on in their heads at that moment or just to show the initial connection that made them come together. I think then maybe I would have seen the first half of the book in a different spin then I did, or maybe not. Perhaps he was as much of arrogant jerk during their first time just like he was in the first half of book. Who knows? But I would have liked to have seen it and judged for myself. See what in her eyes that he hung the moon and the stars aside from his physical appeal and prowess. But then again that's what naivety does to a person. There could have been a bit more angst between the two, but it didn't the story either. I just always like me some angsty reads. There wasn't that much because she did give in pretty early on. I just expected more of her pain and hurt to come through and shown more outwards so he could have understood what he did to her with his betrayal. Because at first he didn't get it, but I think by the end he did, which was good. I just expected more rawness of emotions to come into play than actually did. Honestly I think it would have been more interesting if the ex came into play early on, meaning coming onto the scene earlier than she did, causing problems between the two. More of that and less of his arrogance that permanent the entire first half, which got tedious and monotonous after awhile and made him so unlikable that I could hardly root for him. I understand why the ex didn't come onto the scene until the last half of the book, but I think it would have been more interesting to see. Plus it would have played more on Billie's insecurities and doubts of being with Gio again. It was there, don't get me wrong and I enjoyed every minute of it, but I wanted more and would have embraced it more than just his arrogance the first half. I think a lot could have been done with the angle of the ex and coming more into play as an obstacle between them aside from the initial one where he was married to her and therein by ending Billie and Gio's relationship. It would have been interesting. I was interested and was partly the reason I liked the second half more. What it comes down to was the first half vs. the second half. In fact they felt like two completely different books altogether with an entirely different hero from page one to the last one. Yeah, I know that was meant to show his growth and maturity over the timeline of the story, but it was still a big disjointed. It was hard to root for Gio in the beginning, and in fact he was complete turn off. In fact, at times it made me want to put down the book and not read all the way through, he was that bad. I couldn't stand the guy, and that's not good in a romance. Granted I have had heroes I've read that I didn't like or didn't like how they were treating the heroine, but I could see the light at the end of the tunnel with the hero so that I could at least get through the story. This was not one of those times. The beginning was very hard for me to get through, and this was the first time that I couldn't stand a hero. Not like, sure, but not being able to stand. If that was Lynne Graham's intention than she did a bang up job. She also did a bang up job of changing my view of him in the second half. He was a different person and then his likable factor rose, and then I found myself being able to get through the story much easier and a lot quicker. I didn't want to put it down, which that was good thing, and I wanted to see how it all played out between Gio and Billie. Did I think he 100 percent deserved Billie? No, but by the change in attitude and actions made me see him in a more favorable light and that he at least deserved a chance to be with her. He could've groveled a bit more, but his actions showed that he cared about her as more than a sexual plaything. That was why I have the kind of spilt ratings above and kind of rated the first vs. second half of the book. It really felt like two separate books hence the two different ratings. Overall, once I got passed his jerkiness, the story was good. Not my favorite Harlequin Presents of all time or my favorite Lynne Graham, but I am glad I stuck with it and read what happened at the end between Gio and Billie. I never would have said that in the beginning. So draw your own conclusions, but that was just how I felt reading this story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lydia's Romance

    FIVE SOLID STARS Romance Themes/Tropes: => Secret Baby => Different Social Classes => Second Chances => Angsty Angsty secret baby stories are my jam, but it's hard to find ones that light my fire. So, I sent a silent prayer to the book gods that this one would. When the hero first meets his son and starts acting all cavemanish, I burst into a cloud of confetti. I honestly believe that entire scene was created by the book gods just for me. It was perfection. This might be my favorite secret baby romanc FIVE SOLID STARS Romance Themes/Tropes: => Secret Baby => Different Social Classes => Second Chances => Angsty Angsty secret baby stories are my jam, but it's hard to find ones that light my fire. So, I sent a silent prayer to the book gods that this one would. When the hero first meets his son and starts acting all cavemanish, I burst into a cloud of confetti. I honestly believe that entire scene was created by the book gods just for me. It was perfection. This might be my favorite secret baby romance. I appreciated how this one began with the heroine already long gone, taking her secret with her, so it gets right to the yummy drama. Our hero, Giorgios Letsos--Gio--looks for the heroine for 2 years and it's at the start of the book that he finally finds her. I confess, this hero did not instantly win my heart. (Off-page) He made HUGE idiotic mistakes with our herone, Billie--"it's not short for anything." Marrying someone else should have been unforgivable. Taking her for granted and yet, expecting her to still hang around, ugh! He deserved to be dropped like a hot potato, which is what Billie did. Billie was my hero. If it wasn't for her, I probably would not have enjoyed this book. When you have an alpha hero like Gio, you need an equally willful heroine. Doormat heroines tend to ruin the fun. But Billie was a woman after my own heart. She fought back hard...enough, at least for me to find it satisfying. She was ready to go toe-to-toe with him. Yes! I love when alpha heroes are paired with headstrong heroines. Anyway, Gio did win me over. I'm glad I gave him a chance to confront his mistakes and prove he could change. He went through some traumatic experiences growing up and I understood why loving Billie scared him. He was more afraid of losing her again, however, and at the end, he redeemed himself. Bravo, Gio! (You dumb bastard.) A Goodreads friend, boogenhagen, who's like the guru of Harlequin romance has a great review for this book. Read her review!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Missy

    A passionate read. Billie and Gio had a hot passionate relationship that ended with Gio needing to marry the perfect wife to get an heir. Gio thought the relationship could continue even if he got married since his wife-to-be would not mind and he didn't want to give up Billie. But Billie deemed their relationship over because cheating didn't work and she would not be the other woman. Billie never said 'no' to Gio before because she adored and loved him and he made her so happy. But his getting m A passionate read. Billie and Gio had a hot passionate relationship that ended with Gio needing to marry the perfect wife to get an heir. Gio thought the relationship could continue even if he got married since his wife-to-be would not mind and he didn't want to give up Billie. But Billie deemed their relationship over because cheating didn't work and she would not be the other woman. Billie never said 'no' to Gio before because she adored and loved him and he made her so happy. But his getting married broke her heart and opened her eyes. Left alone and pregnant Billie realizes she needs to be strong for both her and her son as they have no one else.....so ends her doormat days. I loved the character of Billie, she is tough and independant but still manages to be sweet and loving too. Gio is of course is a tall sexy Greek who has learned to box up his emotions and do what is considered 'right and proper'. In doing so he suffered through 2 years of a hellish marriage and missed Billie the whole time. Finding her again brings him such happiness but he is afraid to show it. Learning what his marriage costs both of them leaves his heart open to love. The passion between these two is amazing and irrestible. Gio just can't stand not touching her, the urge is always there to stay close to her. Being close to her makes him happy and it has always been this way. Not realizing this is love leads him to make that mistake and marry someone else..... A wonderfully written read....so emotionally well done that you feel what they feel and cheer as Billie grows strong and Gio learns about love. Watching Gio interact with baby Theo and learning how to show his joy and love was so sweet. It was wonderful to see Gio come out of his emotionless shell and experience love.

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