"Impossible" Love and Happy-Ever-After, by Sharon Kendrick

by Sharon Kendrick, author of The Greek”s Marriage Bargain (Harlequin Presents, October 2013)

sharonkendrickTheirs was a marriage which had all the odds stacked against it from the start.

Of course it did.

They were two very different people and they came from two very different worlds.

Family and stability were all-important to the powerful Greek tycoon Xenon Kanellis, while pop-star Lexi came from a deeply troubled background.   The only thing they had in common was a passion so powerful that it blasted all other considerations clean out of their minds.

Their marriage required compromise and that isn’t always easy, but for a while they enjoyed a precarious kind of happiness.  Until one day Lexi realised that she couldn’t give Xenon the one thing he really wanted and so she walked away from their marriage and made a new life for herself.

But now Xenon is back, and he’s hungry. He has something that Lexi needs and he wants her very badly.  But is it to make a point, or to prove a point?  Lexi doesn’t know.  All she does know is that she needs to protect herself against the powerful hold which the sexy Greek still has over her.

I like stories about opposites attracting.  About two people who are trying to fight what they really feel inside.  When Xenon takes Lexi back to the beautiful island of Rhodes, she finds herself in an emotionally vulnerable position.  She knows she needs to protect herself, because it is here that memories come back to haunt her.  She catches tantalising glimpses of what life with Xenon could be like…..but deep down she knows it will never be enough.  And now the question is whether she will have the strength to walk away for a second time.

I really enjoyed creating the glittering world occupied by this powerful and very traditional tycoon, but I liked showing that beneath all the glitz and the glamour –Xenon is a man like any other man.  Scratch him and he’ll bleed.  Just like Lexi.

This was one of those “impossible” love-stories.  Right up until the end I wasn’t sure if they were going to make it, and I hope you get the same sense of breathless excitement that I did when I was writing it.

So do you like “impossible” love-stories?

Sometimes I think about the great fictional classics which don’t give us the Happy Ever After we all secretly crave.

Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler….

Lara and Dr Zhivago…..

Are they among your favorite romances, or do you always insist on a happy ending?

Note from Amy: The Greek”s Marriage Bargain was given 4.5 stars and is a Top Pick for October from Romantic Times Magazine! Congratulations, Sharon!

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Comments ( 11 )
  1. Jennifer Hayward
    September 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    This book sounds delicious Sharon! I do love a reconciliation story 🙂 Gone with the Wind is such a great example of a fantastic love story without a HEA. It kills me every time. Also The Way We Were! Sniff..

  2. Marie
    September 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    I have to have a happy ending. The journey can be difficult and the characters may suffer but I want my happy ending. I would never re-read a book without that. I loved Doctor Zhivago but rewrote the ending in my mind. Its one of the reason I gravitated towards harlequin romances as a young girl

  3. Rachael Thomas
    September 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I love opposites that attract stories too and Xenon and Lexi’s story sounds brilliant.

    Dr Zhivago is my absolute all time favourite film with Gone with the Wind a close second, but like Marie, I love the HEA that’s always in a Harlequin story.

  4. Annie West
    September 18, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Sharon, this looks like a delicious story (yes, absolutely, I love opposites attracting!). I’m also excited to see this book is set in Rhodes, which is one of my favourite Greek islands. Sounds like a winner, Sharon. Congratulations on the top pick!

  5. Sharon Kendrick
    September 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Ah, Jennifer – how on earth could I have forgotten THE WAY WE WERE – surely one of the biggest tear-jerking films of all time. That bit at the end where she asks him to go and see his daughter and he (Robert Redford) looks really sad and pained and says: “I can’t do that.”

  6. Sharon Kendrick
    September 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    That is the RIGHT answer, Marie! And of course, that’s why Harlequin books are so enduringly popular – because they give the couple the ending we think they deserve.
    Come to think of it – GONE WITH THE WIND would have been even better if we’d been treated to a vision of Rhett snogging Scarlett against the dying light …. 🙂

  7. Sharon Kendrick
    September 18, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks, Rachael.
    Interesting how popular Dr Zhivago is – I haven’t seen it for years but that is something I’m now going to rectify.
    And I’m going to be humming the incredible music for the rest of the evening… 🙂

  8. Sharon Kendrick
    September 18, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Thanks so much, Annie. 🙂

    Soon I’m going to have a hero who hails from Santorini – which looks unbelievably beautiful….

  9. Jane Porter
    September 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Sharon, Congrats on the Top Pick! Your book sounds wonderfully delicious and I can’t wait to read it. I adore Greek heroes and you write them so well!! 🙂

  10. Sharon Kendrick
    September 19, 2013 at 2:56 am

    You are too kind, Jane – thank you!

    Agree that there’s something adorable about a Greek hero… shall we make a list of attributes?


  11. Melanie Milburne
    September 22, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Sharon,
    You have written one of my favourite story tropes. The reunion plot is always so passionate- especially in your clever hands!