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The Mistress

Narrated by: Lily Bask
Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (231 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Mistress. It sounded so sordid, so impersonal, so far removed from the kind of relationship Marley Jameson had with Greek hotel magnate Chrysander Anetakis. What she thought she had. Until he abruptly broke things off between them and told her to leave his luxurious apartment.

Three months later Marley awakens in the hospital, with no memory of what happened before she got there. She can't remember her past, Chrysander...or the baby she carries. All she knows is that when Chrysander sweeps her away to his private Greek island, being with him feels like home. Even though he never speaks of love, surely his protectiveness and his desire for her prove how much she means to him. Until she remembers the truth....

©2009 Maya Banks (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Mistress

Sounds a bit like K Blomberg's Driven series.
Assistant to CEO gets pregnant to destroy current relationship.
In this book it was stealing plans for hotels.
I'm sticking to M Banks I Team books.

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This was such a let down!

This book has no redeeming qualities. To say I detested is an understatement. Not even worth a sale. So not worthy of Maya Banks!

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Hard to believe this is Maya Banks

Would you try another book from Maya Banks and/or Lily Bask?

Yes, and I have. Her KGI series and Montgomerys and Armstrongs series both are great! But this is not on par with those. I stopped about a 1/4 of the way in and checked to see if this was one of those cheesy old Harlequin romance novels. But it is a 2009 copyright so maybe that's it....she was still learning her craft.

Any additional comments?

The hero is very unlikeable and he treats his mistress like crap before he finds out she's pregnant. He never gives her the benefit of the doubt on anything. He just assumes she's a thief without confronting her. Not only is that unrealistic but it shows his true character. Really the 2 had no chemistry and the character development is so thin I find I just couldn't image anything in my mind.

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Meh... unremarkable

Audible lists this book under the title, "The Mistress" and doesn't tag it as belonging to any series. The original title of the book is " The Tycoon's Pregnant Mistress" and it is Book 1 of "The Anetakis Tycoons" series. 2 stars. The narrator was good though.

Marley is the live-in girlfriend to Crysander Anetakis. Banks sort of shoves us into the demise of their relationship by opening the book with Marley trying to break the news that she's unexpectedly pregnant while Crysander finds out that Marley supposedly used their relationship for corporate espionage. Crysander callously gives her a "you weren't anything more than a mistress" speech and then gives her 30 minutes to get out. She leaves the apartment in tears whereupon she's abducted and held for several months. (Yup, all this OTT drama is packed into a single chapter).

Marley is eventually rescued from her captivity but has amnesia and doesn't remember any of her relationship with Crysander. After seeing her story on the news he arrives at the hospital claiming to be her fiance. He brings her home and then takes her to his private Greek island to recuperate.

Side note: Can we acknowledge for one moment here the ridiculousness that is police & hospital staff releasing an emotionally traumatized pregnant woman into the custody of a man she has no memory of and letting him whisk her out. of. the. country. Seriously?

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Anyyywaaayyyy... meanwhile in Greece... Crysander slowly woos (uh, basically has sex with despite still believing her a thief and liar) and "cares" for Marley. Marley continues to find clue after clue that she was never a real part of Crysander's life. None of the clothes in her closet are maternity clothes. She's never been to his home in Greece before. She's never met his brothers before. She doesn't have an engagement ring. It's a LONG list.

**insert evil cackle here** Add in that this entire time Crysander's personal assistant keeps popping in at inopportune times, flirting, and generally disrupting life. She might as well be walking around with a "I'm the villian" t-shirt.

Crysander has some vague business that requires he return to NY. He decides to bring Marley with him and then insists they get married while there. This is a plot point that is never really explained or justified. He keeps pushing to get married before her memory returns and she realizes what a jerk he is. Yet, he doesn't love her and HE STILL THINKS SHE'S A THIEF AND A LIAR. Why? Why? Why?

They go to a fancy party, everyone treats Marley like crap, she overhears them all talking nasty about her and BOOM, memory returns. She loses it and flees. At this point she not only remembers all the nasty stuff he did at the break-up, but also that he refused to pay her ransom, and that he has a *real* residence in NYC he never took her to.
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If there's one thing I dislike more than "insta-love" it's "insta-forgiveness". Banks spent a considerable amount of time presenting the case that Crysander was unfeeling, ruthless, and inconsiderate that when she tried to redeem him with Marley, it fell flat. He explains all the misunderstandings and apologizes for the ways in which he was a jerk. It takes Marley two days to decide not only to forgive him, but to re-accept his marriage proposal. I found myself rooting for Marley to kick him to the curb. However, I did finish the book. Banks does little to invest readers in the lives/personalities of the remaining Anetakis brothers that I don't really find myself wanting to continue the series. This definitely isn't something I'd listen to again and wouldn't spend a credit on.

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I find I like the oldies but goodies best of all

I have read most of Maya Banks books, but have gone backward to this series, which I missed. It reminded me of something I have contemplated when reading her current work. It is as if there are two authors in Ms. Banks’ mind. Her early books are well organized and well written. Her later books can ramble and contain countless run-on sentences. She repeats the same thoughts and feelings repeatedly. I continue to read them out of loyalty, but I do not enjoy them as much and am sometimes disappointed. It isn’t the less steamy story which is the defining difference, as her earlier BDSM and other more erotic stories are considerably different from more recent work. I hope that there isn’t a health issue impacting her cognitive and executive functions.

This book was really well done. It wasn’t a very original theme, but that is almost the definition of the genre. I read them because they make me feel happy as this one did. I route for the characters. I count on knowing that no matter how bleak things might seem for the hero and heroine, they will work it out in the end. Life doesn’t make those as same guarantees. I think it was smart to rerelease these books, and I am glad that I read this one. Well done.

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Wonderful story

This book was a delight to read. It kept you in you thinking toes. Maya Banks is really good at foreshadowing and then bringing it all back around. Great writer.

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Quick listen

I’m not crazy about the narrator. The story is entertaining enough though. It’s worth a listen, just not the best you’ll ever hear.

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The Missing Mistress

What a great story, drawing you into a confusing love story that really kept me on the edge of my seat. the narrator was good and love the characters. I'm definitely reading more.

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Betrayal and love...

While I enjoyed the story in this audiobook, I didn’t care for the narration at all. The husky “smoker’s voice” just didn’t fit the characters I was visualizing. The heroine is falsely accused of stealing company info and selling it to the hero’s competition, thrown out of his wealthy apartment and promptly kidnapped. She hasn’t had a chance to tell him he’s going to be a father, either. He seems like a cold character at first, but I gradually warmed to his autocratic manner. When he next sees her it as she’s being rescued and reported on TV. Because of the trauma, she has amnesia so the story is complicated by that. Overall, an entertaining story..

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