The Elusive Wife

The Elusive Wife

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by Callie Hutton
     
 

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Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, needs to discreetly locate his unwanted and abandoned bride among London society to request an annulment. Too bad he can't remember what she looks like because he was blind drunk at his arranged wedding and hasn't seen her since. And there's the lovely Lady Olivia that he can't seem to get off his mind...

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Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, needs to discreetly locate his unwanted and abandoned bride among London society to request an annulment. Too bad he can't remember what she looks like because he was blind drunk at his arranged wedding and hasn't seen her since. And there's the lovely Lady Olivia that he can't seem to get off his mind...

Newly arrived from the country for the Season, Lady Olivia is appalled to discover that her own husband, Lord Coventry, doesn't even recognize her. She's not about to tell the arrogant arse she's his wife. Instead, she flirts with him by night and has her modiste send her mounting bills to him by day.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned... too bad this woman finds her husband nearly irresistible.

The Marriage Mart Mayhem series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 The Elusive Wife
Book #2 The Duke's Quandary
Book #3 The Lady's Disgrace
Book #4 The Baron's Betrayal
Book #5 The Highlander's Choice
Book #6 The Highlander's Accidental Marriage
Book #7 The Earl's Return

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622661022
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
05/20/2013
Series:
Marriage Mart Mayhem
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
15,512
File size:
2 MB

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The Elusive Wife


By Callie Hutton, Erin Molta

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Callie Hutton
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-102-2


CHAPTER 1

February 1812

London, England

"Bloody hell!" Jason Cavendish, the new Earl of Coventry, rubbed the back of his neck as he sat on the edge of the bed and read the missive in his hands. He'd grabbed it on the way out of his house that morning, and had just now remembered it. "Bloody, bloody hell!" Although he'd expected it, his jaw muscles tightened as he read it once more:

In keeping with the terms set forth in the Will of the late John Martin Cavendish, Earl of Coventry, you are required to present yourself at Coventry Manor at ten o'clock in the morning, on the twenty-second day of February in the year of Our Lord eighteen hundred, twelve, to exchange marriage vows with one, Lady Jane Grant, who has now this day arrived from Rome, Italy.

According to the terms of said Will, if you are not present on that date and time, you will forfeit all un-entailed properties, income, and capital previously held in the name of the late John Martin Cavendish, Earl of Coventry."

He banged his fist on his leg as he read the final, "Yours Most Respectfully, Meyer, Johns, and Meyer, Solicitors."

"Bad news, darling?" Lady Sheridan stretched her lithe, nude body like a feline relishing its time in the sun. Rolling over, she walked her fingers up his arm, and gently raked her nails back down.

Too angry to sit, he left the bed still filled with the scent of their recent lovemaking, and strode across the room to pour a brandy.

Jason downed the liquid, relishing its burning as it landed in his stomach. He glanced at Selena as he poured a second drink. Growing tired of his mistress despite her beauty and allure, he'd been wrong in assuming her appeal would last a while. Like the two paramours before her, he'd begun to lose interest in her sultry body only a few months after he first bedded her.

Am I getting old? Nothing seems to hold my interest for long anymore.

Flinging his naked body into a softly padded chair, he closed his eyes and rubbed his temple with a thumb and forefinger. "The old Earl is still controlling me from the grave. I'm to be married."

His sire had never left things to chance. He'd wanted Jason to produce an heir, had badgered him about it for years. Since his son hadn't settled down and set up his nursery before the old Earl had turned up his toes, he'd made sure he had left his only offspring no choice.

Selena sauntered over, and standing behind the chair, placed her delicate hands on his shoulders and rubbed his flesh.

"What a bother. When's the wedding to take place?"

"Two days. Two bloody days." Unable to contain his anger, he leapt up again to pace.

"I have been ordered to present myself at Coventry Manor in two days, to marry some woman the old Earl chose. If I don't fall in with his plans, I am cut off. I'll get the title and the Manor house, since they are entailed, but nothing else. No money to support the place, or myself."

"Well, darling, you have to do what is necessary and marry the girl. Marriage doesn't have to make a whit of difference in your life. Heaven knows mine never did. Just marry the chit, get her with child and leave her in the country." She returned to the bed, and posing sensually on the silk sheets, reached out her slim arms. "Now come back to bed. We have a couple more hours before Sheridan returns from his club."

Jason rolled his shoulders to relieve the tension, then moved to the bed and sat next to her supine body. "Sorry love, I have an appointment," he lied, giving her a quick kiss. Of late, one time was enough with the lovely Selena. He left the bed and began gathering his clothes.

She sat up, her features in a frown. "You didn't mention an appointment before."

"I just now remembered it." He hopped on one foot as he attempted to climb into his pantaloons. Now that the summons had actually arrived, he was anxious to leave. He needed to think, and he found her cloying presence annoying. He quickly fastened his shirt and reached for his boots.

"When will I see you again?" Selena whined as she climbed to her knees, wrapping the cream-colored silk sheet around her.

"I shouldn't be long. I'll leave for Coventry tomorrow, marry the chit, and be back in London in no time." Carelessly tying his cravat, he headed for the door.

"I'll plan a special dinner for us." She followed him, the sheet dragging behind her. "Sheridan is going out of town for a few weeks. What day shall it be?"

Jason fought the irritation that seemed to erupt so quickly of late at her machinations. He wiped the exasperation from his face and turned. "I can't say for sure, love. I don't plan to be there long, but I'd better not set anything definite." Giving her another brief kiss, he waved a small salute and left the room.

Damn the old Earl!

His relationship with his father had never been a good one, so Jason had spent most of the last ten years doing the opposite of everything his sire wanted — just to prove he was his own man. But his father had always managed to find a way to control him, mostly by threatening to withhold funds. But this! To actually require him to marry someone of the Earl's choosing was beyond the pale.

Will I never be rid of the bastard's mandates?


* * *

Jason strode into White's, nodding briefly at friends comfortably settled in chairs near the massive roaring fireplaces. The muted sound of clinking glasses, filled with the best liquor London had to offer, rang in the air. Heading straight for his long-time friend Drake, he plopped into the chair next to him and glowered.

The Marquess of Stafford had been his best friend since their days at Oxford. Shortly after the term had begun, they had awoken naked, with two delectably nude young ladies between them in a large bed. They'd both had enormous headaches, wide grins, and became instant friends.

A relationship begun as such could only get better with time, and the two young men drank, gambled, and seduced their way through University and then London society. Last year Drake's father had ordered his son home to the family manor.

He'd returned to London a more subdued man, but still continued to engage in activities so favored by the peerage, albeit this time with a bit more restraint and discretion.

Drake studied his friend's clenched jaw and tapping fingers. "Problems?"

"The edict has arrived."

"Wedding?"

"Yes."

"When?"

"Two days."

"Damnation."

"Exactly."

Jason leaned back in the chair, releasing a huge breath, and gazed at the ceiling. "What am I to do, Drake?"

"Nothing you can do, except marry. You no more want to be poor than I. We bend to our sires in order to continue our life of pleasure and entertainment." He waved at a footman and held up his empty glass.

Jason banged his fist on the arm of the chair. "Your sire is much alive, unlike my own who continues to manipulate me even in death. But marry? Even if I've a mind to do so — which I don't at this particular time — I prefer to make my own selection."

Curse the old Earl.

"I'm sure you realized you'd be required to marry one day. Duty to the title and all that. Like it or not, it seems the selection has been made for you." Drake smiled as he swirled the brandy around his glass before taking a sip.

"Don't look so bloody cheerful about it. Not only have I never met Lady Jane — that's her name — I know very little about her. Not even where in heaven's name the Earl found her. For all I know she could be some light skirt."

Drake sat up abruptly. "I say, Jason, even the old Earl wouldn't pull something like that."

"No, it's not that bad." He rubbed his eyes with his fists. "Actually, Lady Jane is the old Earl's goddaughter. The solicitors tell me she's been in Italy with her father, who's some type of Ancient Roman scholar. A scholar's daughter! She's probably dry as a bone."

Both men sat glumly staring at the flames in the fireplace, each occupied with his thoughts.

"I shall travel to Coventry tomorrow, stay overnight at the inn, before showing up for the nuptials. Can you be ready before daybreak?" If he had to go through with this, at least he could have his best friend to commiserate with.

"Why stay at the inn when you've a totally acceptable bed at the manor?"

Jason rested his booted ankle on his bent knee. "I want one more night of freedom. Who knows how much of Coventry the estimable Lady Jane has already taken over since her arrival?"

"Well, sorry, no can do. M'sire requested my presence at Manchester. I was about to leave when you came in."

Jason's head jerked up. "Surely you don't expect me to face my blasted wedding alone?"

"Wish I could help you out, old man, but duty calls. I'm sure you can get through it without my assistance." He slapped Jason on the back, then drained his glass. After placing it on the polished table, he stood. "How long will you be at Coventry?"

"Long enough to wed and bed her. Then I'll be back." His scowl returned in full force.

Drake raised his eyebrows. "With the fair Lady Jane in tow?"

"Not a chance. The new Lady Coventry will take her residence at Coventry Manor."


Jason sprinted up the stairs of his town home in London's fashionable Mayfair area.

Barton immediately opened the door. "Good afternoon, sir." The butler relieved his employer of his soft woolen greatcoat and hat.

"Tell Grady I wish to see him right away. I need to pack for a three-day trip to Coventry."

Barton bowed slightly and Jason again took the stairs two at a time, and continued on to his bedroom. He barely got his cravat and jacket off before his man, Grady, joined him.

"Taking a trip, are we, sir?"

"Yes, about three days-to Coventry. You won't have to come, just get me packed."

"As you wish," Grady nodded slightly. "When are you leaving?"

"Tomorrow, before first light. I have the blasted Newbury rout tonight. I would send my regrets, but Lady Newbury reminded me at the Fenniwick ball last evening I have missed the last two. It pays to have the old harridan on my good side.

"Tell Cook I'll be dining out, and prepare my bath," he said, heading toward the door. "I'll be in the library when it's ready."

Finally away from his mistress, friend, and servants, Jason had time to think about his future. He strolled over to gaze out the window, his hands clasped behind his back. Despite his statements to the contrary, at twenty-eight it was only a matter of time before he followed the natural progression of things and obtained the requisite wife and set up his nursery. Since his elevation to the title, siring an heir had rested heavily on his shoulders.

His stomach clenched with rage at how his father continued to control him. The last time they had spoken — or rather had disagreed, as always — the old Earl had threatened his only child with cutting him off if he didn't settle down and choose a wife on the marriage mart.

"You will do your duty, or I shall cut you off," his sire had roared, rising slightly from the chair behind the enormous desk in his library.

Jason had lounged lazily in a chair across from him, his long legs stretched out, crossed at the ankles, his indifferent bearing belying the anger clawing at him from his father's edict.

"I shall marry when I find the right woman. I have no intention of selecting a whimpering, giggling miss barely out of the schoolroom from the marriage mart." He'd flicked a non-existent piece of lint from his well-cut jacket.

"By God, you'll pick someone, and do it this Season, or I will take matters into my own hands," his father had said, collapsing back in his chair, taking in gulps of air.

The Earl's doctor had warned him not to tax himself, his heart was not strong. Still, the suddenness of his death a few weeks after that conversation had rattled Jason more than he'd cared to admit. The overwhelming presence of his remaining parent had been so much a part of his life, so much to fight against, he felt lost in some ways. But the anger at being boxed into a corner remained.

Wearily, he turned from the window at the summons from Grady and made his way upstairs.

A sense of despondency stayed with Jason all night. At the Newbury rout he went from table to table, doing a little bit of gambling, talking to friends. He had little interest in the bored matrons of the ton who observed him from behind fans, offering with their eyes what, at one time, would have had him heading in their direction.

The numerous activities he'd taken for granted that had occupied his time for years now seemed dull and lifeless. Pointless. The women were both too young and innocent, or too blatant in their attempts to lure a new man into their bed while their husbands were otherwise occupied. Everyone laughed too loud, drank to excess, gossiped ruthlessly, and gambled too much.

Don't worry, old man. The Earl's death has you rattled, as well as marriage to an unknown. Best to get it over with and back to London. Then things will return to normal.

Sure that Lady Newbury noted his presence, he took his leave and had his driver drop him at White's. After only one drink taken in solitude, he left and found himself at home at the ridiculous hour of midnight.

Might as well go to bed, and while away the hours sleeping.

But instead of sleeping, he tossed and turned, his thoughts returning to his father. The fifth Earl of Coventry had never been happy with having sired only one son. As was the old Earl's way, he had placed the blame for that omission solidly on his wife's shoulders.

There had been years of shouting and arguing, Coventry accusing his wife of being less of a woman for not breeding the requisite spare. In turn, she had accused him of wasting his seed on light-skirts. Their typical ton marriage, known as an "excellent match," had followed the usual course.

Lady Harriet had been the daughter of a Marquess. The third and final of his daughters who had both married Dukes, her father had been pleased to be done with the whole marriage nonsense. Quite rapidly she had produced Jason, the heir. However, after several years of bickering about unsuccessfully producing the spare, Lord and Lady Coventry had gone their separate ways.

His mother had spent most of her time in London and Bath, while the Earl had settled comfortably in his country home with a succession of mistresses to keep him company. Jason had seen little of either of his parents, spending his early years in the nursery with Nanny, and a succession of tutors. Then he'd been sent off to Eton, followed by University.

He'd never thought his childhood was much different than any of his peers until he'd spent time with Drake's family. His Grace and his Duchess had a love match, and the difference in their home from his own was remarkable. Drake was the oldest of seven. He and his siblings fought, argued, teased, and loved each other, all the while surrounded by the devotion that flowed from their parents' union.

After years of observing the coldness in his home, Jason decided that he would not settle for a conventional ton marriage. He had no intention of selecting a simpering, empty-headed debutante whom he would court and betroth while her parents eyed his money, title, and position with avarice.

His mother had died from a brief illness while he was still at Eton, not that she would have understood his reluctance to make an excellent match anyway. Time spent with the old Earl consisted mainly of father and son arguing about Jason's escapades and shortcomings as the heir.

He scowled. Now it appeared the Earl had taken care of that last bit of unfinished business. Jason's desire to secure a love match was at an end. Even though dead in his grave, the Earl had managed to reach out and select his son's bride, making damn sure there wasn't any way the groom could refuse.


Matching his mood, the next morning dawned cold, dreary, and with the threat of rain so typical in London. The sun not yet having made an appearance, Jason climbed into his carriage and the driver started off.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Callie has been making up stories since elementary school, and writing gave her a way to turn off the voices in her head. She's had a number of articles and interviews published, and three years ago, put her writing skills to the test and wrote her first novel..

Oklahoma is where she hangs her hat with her husband of thirty-six years, two young adult children, and three dogs.

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shannschoice More than 1 year ago
I don't read this genre of book very often and I wasn't really expecting to like it. However, it was witty, the characters had a lot of spunk & the issues/conflicts were timeless so I really enjoyed it!  Who would want to be forced into an arranged marriage? Obviously the idea doesn't appeal to most of us, but I'll tell you the way Hutton described Jason physically along with the fact that he is titled and wealthy made him a very eligible bachelor! However, readers will understand why Olivia is very turned off from the moment she meets him.  Jason & Olivia are actually both seeking the same type of relationship--neither wants a typical ""ton"" marriage in which both partners cheat & all they worry about is keeping up appearances. Sir Jason doesn't give this impression from the beginning though and when Lady Olivia finds out about his reputation as a rake and a rogue, she decides to play a little game with him.  Normally, women depicted from this time period are prim & proper and would never behave in ways that would compromise their fitness for marriage. Lady Oliva--while still maintaining her virtue & always remaing a lady in every way--manages to outsmart Jason at every turn. It is delightful to read! She proves her intelligence, talent, heart, and character all while displaying wit & self-respect. She's definitely not your typical ton socialite!  I loved this book and you will too. Jason is a hottie & Oliva is the kind of woman we'd all want as a friend. Read it!  Reviewed by Joelle for Cocktails and Books
MelissaM2 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading "The Elusive Wife" by Callie Hutton. I received the ARC copy from publisher, Entangled Publishing. Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, has to get married to Lady Jane in order to inherit . He is furious about the arranged marriage, he shows up late and to make matters worse he is drunk. He has no memory of what his bride looks like. He leaves without saying anything to go back to London. Lady Jane stays awhile at Lord Coventry's place. Eventually, she ends up in London with her childhood friend Elizabeth and her husband Grif Lansdowne. She is staying with them for the Season. At an event Lady Olivia captures Lord Coventry's attention, unbeknownst him that she is his wife. Will he ever find out the truth? Will she forgive him for the way he treated her after the wedding? Will they have the happy ever after? I loved the banter between Lady Olivia and Lord Coventry especially when she calls him Lord Arrogant. Callie Hutton has a great sense of humor, a wild imagination, and the ability to write a fun and quick read. I look forward to reading more books written by Callie Hutton
JannaShay More than 1 year ago
The Elusive Wife is a witty, fast-paced historical romance that is thoroughly enjoyable.  Callie Hutton demonstrates her sense of humor, imagination, and ability to write an entertaining book, as she pens this tale of an arrogant London rake and the beautiful woman who brings him to his knees.  Lady Jane Grant, also known as Olivia, finds herself in an arranged marriage, to Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, a man she’s never met. Olivia has lived a secluded lifestyle in the country regions of Italy and doesn’t want a marriage of convenience, as is the norm among the ton of London. She wants a marriage based on love and mutual respect.   Jason Cavendish is a handsome, entitled gentlemen of the ton and a much sought-out lover, who has earned the notorious reputation of a rake. He is obligated to marry Lady Jane, if he wants to keep his title and family money, as decreed in his father’s will. He has no desire to be married to a woman he doesn’t love, so is extremely drunk at the time of his marriage and has no recollection of the ceremony or the woman he married.  Finding himself smitten the first time he sees Olivia at a London party, Jason vies for her attention. But Olivia rebuffs Jason’s pursuit and leads him on a merry chase when he doesn’t realize the woman he’s trying to court is none other than his wife.  This book is well-written, with a story line that flows smoothly. It has humor, conflict, and historical romance all wrapped up in a happily ever after. This is an entertaining book and one that will keep the reader turning the pages from beginning to end.  I received a copy of this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Janna Shay Author of Fair Play
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE ELUSIVE WIFE by Callie Hutton is an exciting Regency Historical Romance. A fast paced story of Lady Olivia and Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry forced to marry in order to gain his inheritance,Jason sets his new bride aside the next day without a backward glance,with no consummation of the wedding vows, of course. He will learn that hell hath no fury like Lady Olivia….Lord Coventry doesn’t even remember what is beautiful wife looks like,he was drunk for their wedding. So when she decides to visit her good friend in London,what a surprise,he doesn’t know the lady he is chasing his is wife. Filled with passion,a secret or two,and coming to terms with your past. These two lovebirds may just became “lovebirds” after all,if Lady Olivia can put her hurt aside,and Jason can put his feelings for his father aside. Fast paced and filled with a bit of laughter. You will not want to miss “The Elusive Wife” as the truth unfolds,their hearts are laid bare,then maybe love can blossom. For you see Lord Coventry is running from the demands his father placed on him,even from the grave. I would recommend this title if you enjoy a quick read,to me anyway,historical romance,and the tale of two people betrothed at a young age, why Lady Olivia was only a baby,and Lord Coventry a very young man,and the struggles with reality,than you will enjoy “The Elusive Wife”. Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: MILD REVIEWED BY: AprilR (Review courtesy of My Book Addiction and More)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heartwarming story of an elusive wife and a reluctant husband who find love through friends, family and fate. I found myself endeared to Lady Olivia and hoping Lord Coventry would come to his senses sooner than later. And, there was just enough drama and humor to keep me interested to the end. Received from the publisher for an honest review.
rn-writes More than 1 year ago
Jason is forced into an arranged marriage in order to inherit. So what does he do? He gets so drunk before the ceremony that he doesn't remember what his wife looks like. When he does see her at a ball, he doesn't know she's his wife and is attracted. Then he has to work for it.  This is a well written story with witty dialogue and banter that keeps you interested straight to the happily ever after. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Elusive Wife was a complete surprise to me. As I do not normally read historical romance. The characters were realistic and seemed to jump off the page at you. I couldn't put the book down until I completed it. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written trip into history.
mariacstanowhite More than 1 year ago
What an absolute pleasure to read....it was witty, charming and captivating. I highly recommend this book, it is an absolute page turner and look forward to more exciting reads from Callie Hutton.... No spoilers here, you just have to buy this excellent book!
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
The Elusive Wife is a gem of a romance. Jason, the new Earl of Coventry, must marry immediately if he wants to receive his father's estate. He resents being controlled from the grave. To make the situation bearable he drinks himself into a stupor. He arrives late to his wedding and with such a hangover that he doesn't remember anything about his new wife, Lady Jane Olivia Grant. He leaves his new bride in the country and retreats to London without even talking to her. Hurt and angry, the abandoned bride goes to visit a friend in town. At one of the many parties, she chances to meet her husband but he doesn't even know her. Ignorant of who she really is, he becomes smitten with his own wife. This gives Lady Olivia a perfect opportunity to exact her revenge. I love the interaction between this couple. Don't miss their story. Callie Hutton has created characters that you'll love. Their romance is special. You'll want them to find happiness.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Last night I just finished The Elusive Wife by Callie Hutton. I have to say I did enjoyed the story. However, there were sometimes I wanted to strangled the hero and heroine. However, I'm glad they were able to workout their situation. The things a liked about the book: First off, I really liked Lady Jane Olivia Grant. However, I felt really bad for her. I mean she kind of got tossed around like a bad penny. It was heart-breaking to see that no one really wanted her. Fortunately, that changes as the story goes on. Then you have Jason Cavendish, Earl of Conventry. Yes, he didn't want to get married. He could have tried to get to know the girl before he ran back to London. Granted his best friend was calling him a bastard for doing what he did. You know that's bad when you use to go traipsing around town together. Not a good sign at all. I really thought of him as scum of the earth, but he did slowly win my heart. I love how everyone in the story couldn't understand why he did what he did, because they see a different side of him. I must say The Elusive Wife was brilliantly done. I think Olivia did a marvelous job keeping up with her charade. I don't know if I could have done what she had done, I personally would have lost my cool and gave up a long time ago. I love how Jason decided he wanted to make a go of his marriage once he realize he enjoyed her company. The dynamics of the story is quite entertaining. Overall, a well done book. I would recommend this read for those who enjoy historical romance with a convoluted storyline. I truly think The Elusive Wife is a well done story. So, if you are looking for a clueless Earl go check this read out. Copy provided by the publisher
Nanettez608 More than 1 year ago
I received the ARC copy from publisher. Thank you! I never read any Regency Historical Romance, I know, don't hate me. I don't tend to buy books in this genre :-) :-) I received an ARC but this was my fault I didn't read what I signed up for, yup, *hide my head* hate me now...But it's a good thing I didn't read it or I missed such a good story. I enjoyed reading every pages. I enjoyed and loved Lady Olivia and her friend Lady Elizabeth. I feel for her most of the time, good thing she's not one of those whiny heroine and could hold up on her own with Lord "Arrogant" Jason Cavendish. But Lord Cavendish, arrogant he may be, I can't help to liked him with his delicious way with the Ladies :-) But like men in our time, Lord or Earl they maybe, cleavage got nothing on them, it can make them loose their heads or start a brawl hahaha. I truly loved reading this story. The plot was excellent and the story was well written. This one was well worth my time.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
The Elusive Wife By: Callie Hutton I loved this story by Callie Hutton! The Earl Lord Coventry is forced by his deceased father’s will to marry Lady Jane in order to inherit; after the wedding, he sees his wife again in London, but since he left the next morning after the ceremony, he doesn’t recognize his wife. When Jason Cavendish marries, he is too drunk to recognize his wife when he sees her again as Lady Olivia in London. Since Jason doesn’t want to be married, he leaves his wife in the country after their wedding. She feels betrayed, left alone, and unloved. When she goes to London and sees her husband at a ball, he doesn’t even recognize her. She is mortified. Not only did he leave after the wedding ceremony, she didn’t make enough of an impression on him for him to remember what she looked like. But yet, Lord Coventry is pursuing her. Why would he pursue her when he is married and doesn’t know she is his wife? What happens when Lord Coventry finally realizes his wife Lady Jane is Lady Olivia, the woman he is pursuing? Lord Coventry and Lady Jane’s bantering will keep you entained throughout the book. He tries to convince her to love him and she is upset, angry, and confused about his actions. Once you start this book, you won’t be able to put it down. Lord Coventry decides he must win his wife’s love, but will she accept? Can he change her mind about how she feels about him since he abandoned her after the wedding and then pursued her not knowing she was his wife? Lady Olivia doesn’t make it easy for Lord Coventry. Her friend Elizabeth encourages her to purchase her wardrobe and accessories for the Season in London and charge it all to Lord Coventry. In another scene, Lady Jane knocks them off his horse and then rides away, leaving him behind without a way back to the stables. Their banter will keep you turning the pages until the end. You will not want to put this book down! You will laugh, cry, and cheer for this couple as they fight their love for one another.
CerianHebert More than 1 year ago
When I first started reading The Elusive Wife I wondered how in the world would Ms. Hutton redeem Jason Cavendish, aka Lord Arrogant. He was a wonderful rake, and gave his poor bride enough to dislike. Ms. Hutton, though, came through. I thoroughly enjoyed the relationship between Jason and his elusive bride, Olivia, loved how he wooed her and how she was able to put him in his place. The Elusive Wife gave me everything I look for in a romance, a handsome, roguish hero, a feisty, strong-willed and intelligent heroine, a good fight for that happily ever after. Well done, Ms. Hutton. And thank you!
Anonymous 3 months ago
Boring, nothing exciting
Sam1219 3 months ago
Jason, Earl of Coventry, is enraged to learn that his controlling father has still not released his hold over him, even after his death. In order for Jason to inherit the estate, he must marry the Earl's goddaughter, newly returned from her travels with her own recently deceased father, within three days. Jason drowns his sorrows and arrives at the wedding blind drunk and promptly deserts his wife in the country and returns to London without a word. Later, guilt, shame and fear of her reaction prevent him from returning and apologizing. Meanwhile, his new wife has journeyed to London on her own as the guest of an old friend. She sees her husband in Society and the attraction is intense. Too bad he doesn't recognize her. Lady Coventry spurns his affections--he is supposed to be a married man after all--and spends her days running up shopping bills in his name. Will Jason ever figure out that the object of his affections is actually his own wife? Will she ever forgive his deplorable treatment of her? Will their travesty of a marriage end in a lasting relationship or an annulment? This delightfully funny twist on the mistaken identity romance had plenty of laughable moments along the way, but over time, Jason develops in a more complex character than the rake he appears to be at the outset. While I was gratified to see him receive his comeuppance more than once along the way, I found myself cheering for this unlikely union before long. A fun, lighthearted read perfect for fans of Regency romance. Can't wait for more Marriage Mart Mayhem
Anonymous 7 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. Loved the plot. If I had one critic, it would be that the villain is thrown in right at the end. Other than that, I loved it.
DebDiem 8 months ago
The Elusive Wife by Callie Hutton was a fun read from start to finish. Ms Hutton has delivered a well written book. Jason and Olivia's story is loaded with drama, humor and spice. I loved this book and look forward to reading more from Callie Hutton in the future. The Elusive Wife is Book 1 of the Marriage Mart Mayhem Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite, but it certainly kept my interest to the point where I finished it in less than two days. Worth the money and your time for sure.
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AnnieMarch26 More than 1 year ago
This is a story that will hook you from the very beginning. It is a well written regency tale that I found it to be very amusing!
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JanesJustice More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the plot and found the characters likable. I wanted a good regency read and I found it. I hope to read more by this author.