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Posted January 27, 2013
The Reluctant Wife is a sweet and relevant bargain marriage stor
The Reluctant Wife is a sweet and relevant bargain marriage story. Abby married Dante for love. Dante married Abby for a baby. With the disparity in reasons, Abby fled the marriage only to return to save her Grandmother from dying. So, the bargain is struck: her grandmother has life saving surgery and Abby and Dante have a marriage and children. When other issues make for even more misunderstandings, Abby and Dante have to fight for their love and their marriage.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Abby and Dante are both well drawn characters though the secondary characters are a nowhere near as finely drawn. It is easy to empathize with them as they struggle through their journey.
The story is certainly never boring; there is always something getting in the way of their final happiness, though the epilogue is a lovely tribute to the final issue. All in all, this is a well-done contemporary category romance that works on every level.
REVIEWED BY: Monique Neaves,My Book Addiction Reviews
Posted December 23, 2012
A sizzling toe curling and emotional romance!
At first I had mixed feelings about this novel. However, I was certain of one thing…Dante is a jerk, but a sexy jerk non-the-less. I liked the scenario that Abby and Dante find themselves in, and that neither of them are willing to admit their feelings (Abby was before she left, but Dante never could). Now, what got me was that Dante was 29 and Abby was 19 when they married. That freaked me out. Which, I also guess is why I understood why Abby left. She freaked out because Dante was ready for more…he was ready for a family. I’m not 100% sure how I feel about that yet because that is a ten year age gap and Abby was barely an adult when she married, barely even an adult when she comes back. But, I could put that aside and focus on the story. I also could somewhat understand why Dante distanced himself emotionally as well…although I think his reason was just stupid considering he’s a Catholic and family man. The reason why he distanced himself (his father dying young and his mother being devastated) and being a catholic and loyal family man didn’t really seem to be characteristics that would fit together, so I wasn’t really feeling that part. However, the romance between them was hot…hot…HOT. There are many moments that made me smile, made my toes curl, and even made me giggle. That’s right giggle. And then there were many serious moments and I found that the ending to this novel really fit it wasn’t the standard fairy-tale, but a fairy-tale non-the-less. A modern day fairy-tale I guess. Bronwen Evans’ novel is a easy reading sizzling romance that will pull on your heart strings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Abby—dedicated to her family and an independent woman who made a name for herself.
Dante—Cocky, loyal, and determined. Love the combination.
Some things about the characters didn’t really seem to fit together.
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall the story was an easy read. I never had to re-read something and found that I could really get into the novel. I loved the feisty characters and loved the way the book ended.