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Publisher: New American Library 
Release Date:  October 7, 2003
ISBN:  0451210476
Format Reviewed: Hardback 
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Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Reviewed: 2003
Reviewer: Sheila Griffin 
Reviewer Notes:  Explicit sex and vulgar language

The Greek Villa
By Judith Gould 

     Tracey Sullivan has a good life. Her manuscript's been accepted by an agent. She has a fantastic fiancé. She enjoys a great relationship with her dad, Thomas Sullivan. Then one day it all falls apart. Her novel's rejected, her fiancé--she learns--is engaged to another woman, and her dad commits suicide.

      After her father's death, Tracey looks through her father's belongings. Among the documents she finds a birth certificate for a child named Anna Reynolds. She was born to Thomas Reynolds and Victoria Ure at the same moment as Tracey. Next she finds a legal document, changing a man's name from Thomas Reynolds to Thomas Sullivan. Then she finds a wedding license for Thomas and Victoria. Last, she finds her father's wedding album. Tracy was intrigued. She had never known her mother.

     As she looks up from the photos, the TV catches her eye. On the screen is her father's bride. Could Urania Vickers, the famous B-movie actress, be her mother?

     Mark Varney is Tracey's agent. He also happens to be Urania's agent. Urania's book has been rejected by her publisher, and they want their million-dollar advance back. Mark needs a ghostwriter who can do quick, competent work. Mark has never met Tracey, but he is quite impressed by her writing. He approaches her with an offer. When Tracey finds out that she could work directly with Urania, she finds the opportunity too good to pass up. Tracey is whisked off to Greece to begin work.

     Tracey meets Urania. She feels nothing. But when she finally meets Mark, sparks begin to fly!

     This story was good, but the descriptions were endless. It read as if the book had been written and was too short, so the descriptions were added to fluff it up. The sex ranged from really clichéd to really hot. Some of the coincidences were too far-fetched to be believable, and there was some vulgar language. And yet...

     This book was hard to put down. The story was interesting. The climax was intense. The death of Tracey's dad was heartbreaking. Some flaws, but this is an enjoyable book