Monday, 5 January 2015

Blog Stop & Review: Fate Accompli by M.M. Jaye

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Fate Accompli

Aegean Lovers # 1
By: M.M. Jaye
Releasing November 21st, 2014 

Monica Mitchell flies all the way from Boston to Athens, Greece, not to get a tan but a very specific job. Because besides an MBA, this twenty-four-year old has a mission: to prove to Alex Argiros, the gorgeous Greek magnate, that she has now grown out of the habit of flashing her underwear and looking like a zombie flick castoff … in the presence of hundreds.

The catch? She has to hide who she is. Thankfully, not having seen him since her early teens helps, and soon she gets all she wants and so much more. Not only does Alex not connect his highly qualified new assistant to the disaster magnate of his distant past, but apart from his admiration, he also offers her his heart.

Now, Monica has a new mission: to keep it forever. But first she has to come clean before he finds out her connection to the bane of his existence. Because if he does, he’ll rightfully assume she plays the part of the Trojan Horse, and then he’ll shed the sleek businessman exterior, letting his hot-blooded Greek nature take over.

She knows he could destroy her.

She knows, yet she needs just a little longer to savor his searing kisses…



Nowadays I'm so used to reading books set in North America, that when one comes along offering a dazzling Mediterranean back-drop, I know I must read it.

Fate Accompli is a well executed debut novel by MM Jaye set in her home country of Greece. The author does an extremely good job of highlighting Athens and Greek Islands, leaving you with a longing to hop on a plane to sample the highlights of Greece in person.

Monica aka Nikki grew up in her step-father's household from the age of two. A ruthless man in business with very little care or empathy for his trophy wife or her daughter, it is little wonder that Monica wanted nothing to do with Stavros Chrissos as an adult. After her mothers death, her step-father agrees to pay for her education, however Monica prefers to earn her own way in life; with scholarships covering her education and a determination to succeed, spawned all those years ago in Greece. Now sixteen years later, using her American birth name rather than her know Greek name, Monica is in Athens to attend an interview for the man that turned her eye as an eight year old child, when he was the teenage best friend of her step-brother, Stefanos. Only Alex Argiros, now CEO of Arger Enterprises can't know that she is the step-daughter of the man that nearly destroyed the business his father set up many years ago.

When Alex and Monica meet, sparks fly! The spiciness of the writing is hot enough to generate a believable chemistry between the two protagonists without it being overly explicit. As the plot unfolds we are introduced to a number of supporting characters, notably Beth; Monica's best friend and Stefanos. Additional sub-plots and characters are included which I didn't think necessary. Whilst I understand the author's need to set a pictural scene when describing notable areas of Athens and The Aegean Coast, at other times is wasn't necessary. I'd have much preferred more dialogue and development between the characters instead, as some some of the scenes dragged on due to it being over descriptive.

Considering English isn't the author's mother tongue, she has done a fantastic job of writing a beautiful love story. Mixing English and American words and spellings is the only giveaway, which wasn't distracting to myself. I'm surprised by the choice of couple chosen for the writer's next book, but my interest is piqued enough to read it as I patiently wait for Beth and Stefanos story.

3½ Stars

 ***arc received in return for an honest review***

MM Jaye’s mother claims that she spoke her first word at the age of six. Months. As a kid she would record fairytales in her own voice, play them back and then re-record adjusting the pitch and tempo. Later, she used her voice to inspire young adults and teach them the art of translation. But there came a time when life took a turn for the worse, and her voice temporarily died out. That’s when she turned to writing. Fate Accompli is the first book in her Aegean Lovers series, set on the Greek island where her husband proposed. MM Jaye lives in Athens, Greece, with her husband, daughter and Kindle. Yes, it’s that important.

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