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Trophy Wife
     

Trophy Wife

3.7 22
by Noelle Adams
 
From the New York Times bestselling author of Fooling Around comes a steamy novel about a pampered princess who’s starting over—and the hot guy next door who knows exactly how to melt that tiara right off.
 
Alison Davies used to just be a trophy wife. Now she’s just flat broke. Thanks to an ironclad prenup,

Overview

From the New York Times bestselling author of Fooling Around comes a steamy novel about a pampered princess who’s starting over—and the hot guy next door who knows exactly how to melt that tiara right off.
 
Alison Davies used to just be a trophy wife. Now she’s just flat broke. Thanks to an ironclad prenup, she’s worse off than she was before the day she rushed down the aisle with a wealthy jerk eight years ago. After her steep fall from riches to rags, Alison refuses to shackle herself to any man who treats her like a possession—no matter how good he looks in a pair of well-worn jeans, or how his muscles ripple while he’s carrying her couch.
 
Underneath his rugged exterior, Rob West is a gentleman. So when he sees his beautiful new neighbor moving in, he’s going to help her out no matter how loudly she protests. In fact, Alison’s determination to go it alone just strengthens his resolve—and his desire to find out what makes her tick. But after one spur-of-the-moment tumble in the sheets, it’s clear that their connection goes way deeper. And that Rob won’t be happy until Alison surrenders to the passion they share.
 
Includes a special message from the editor, as well as an excerpt from another Loveswept title.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804181334
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/06/2016
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
230
Sales rank:
9,310
File size:
801 KB

Meet the Author

Noelle Adams handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

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Trophy Wife 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
JWright57 3 months ago
4.5 Stars Alison married young, she married for love but ended up being a trophy wife and this is her story. Alison has left her husband of eight years with only a few dollars and some jewellery making bits, she has never worked, never attended college but she is determined to make it on her own. It's lucky she has a place to live after she inherited a house in a small town but how do you support yourself if you have never worked before. Rob has two divorces behind him and all he wants is to have a happy stable relationship like his parents. Will these two trust each other enough to let go of the past. I loved these two and I really enjoyed their story, it wasn't predictable, it wasn't your poor girl meets rich man, it was sweet but it was also hot. Great storyline great read I was given this book by the publisher through NetGalley for an honest review.
Anlenhart1 29 days ago
Trophy Wife is a novella that describes Allison's journey from teenage status symbol to independent woman. Allison married a much older man after her family lost all of their money. Her ex treated her little better than a servant and eventually she decides to stands up for herself and asks for a divorce. Her husband agrees to the divorce, but leaves her without any money because of a strict prenuptial agreement. Allison moves into a small town into a dumpy house left to her by an aunt. She is determined prove her independence and is very reluctant to accept help from her hot neighbor, Rob. He owns the local hardware store and realizes that Allison isn't ready for a relationship. Rob is patient and soon they are friends. As they grow closer, will Rob be able overcome Allison's walls to find their happily ever after? I have mixed feelings about this book because I liked how this character grew and matured throughout the book, but wished the story was less serious and more fun. Overall If you like contemporary romance, with a new adult twist this is the book for you, I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Maria-Rose 3 months ago
What makes a Noelle Adams book shine is the way she creates characters that are flawed but believable. Alison had her reasons for marrying young, but as she got older, she realized that those reasons weren't enough for her anymore and that the only way to extract herself from the situation she’s in (a loveless marriage for show) is to do something about it herself. She has the courage to leave her husband and start over again in a place she’s never lived, doing a menial job but appreciating that everything she’s doing now is what she wants. Her personal satisfaction at accomplishing small things on her own gives her the confidence to know that she’s made the right decision. The trouble is that she’s so keen to do things on her own that she forgets for a while that it’s okay to get help from others, and that it doesn’t make her needy or weak to do so. Her relationship with Rob starts out on a touchy note but gradually becomes warmer, and indeed pretty hot when they start sleeping together though she makes it clear that she is not at all ready for anything serious. Rob is content living in a small town. Despite having been through two divorces, a cheating ex for wife number one and an alcoholic for wife number two, he still finds himself thinking of settling down and having a family with the right woman. He’s the proud owner of his hardware store, a hardworking, generous and good person. His first instinct to help his new neighbour might have been rebuffed but he’s quick to realize her circumstances might require a gentler touch. When he finds himself attracted to Alison and they start a sexual relationship, he falls hard and fast but knows that telling Alison this will scare her off completely. His problem though is wanting to be needed, without realizing that it's a two way street. His failed marriages are a source of embarrassment for him, and he doesn’t like to share his feelings but Alison won't be happy if she can't share his burdens too. They go through a few rough patches but eventually find their way, and we get a lovely happy ending for them, with a sweet epilogue. It's a feel good romance with believable characters, and another keeper for my shelf.
Crystal61 3 months ago
I enjoyed this story. These were two people who had a lot of baggage that kept them from seeing what was right in front of their noses. Rob had the overwhelming need to help others, to never show weakness. Allison threw away her past to learn to be independent. As they got to know each other, their insecurities became stronger. I could see 'real' in these characters. What people see on the outside is often how we are perceived to be. As the emotions became stronger, I became more invested in the story. I received a copy of this book through Netgalley, and this is my unsolicited review.
BananaTricky 3 months ago
If you've read a Noelle Adams novel before you will know what to expect. A sweet heroine who exudes virginity (regardless of whether she is married, divorced, a mother of five) and resilience and a steady dependable hero - we get them both in this novel. Allison Davies was a trophy wife at 18 to a friend of her parents, Arthur Collins. But at the age of 26 she realises that he views her as "young, gorgeous, vulnerable, and completely dependent." and will never support her or her dreams. He even monitors her weight and appearance. After divorcing Allison moves into her grandparents' home in Fielding, North Carolina that she inherited after their deaths. Trying to make a start on her own and assert her independence she is constantly thwarted by the well-meaning assistance of her neighbour Rob West. I like Noelle Adams' novels, I like the low angst and the kindness of the characters. The novels aren't earth-shattering, they don't make me cry, but they do make me happy. I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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Laura_F 4 months ago
3.5 Stars Alison leaves her husband of eight years because there is no love in her marriage and she's nothing more than a trophy to him. Determined to stand on her own two feet, she moves into the family home that was left to her after the death of her parents. Her first day in town, she meets her neighbor, Rob, but refuses any help from him in her quest for independence. Rob is drawn to people who need him. When his new, attractive neighbor moves in, he has to find a way to get to know her better and get her to go on a date with him. I had difficulty connecting to the characters in this story. There was a lot of talk in the book about the pull that the characters had toward each other but I just never felt it. I liked that there was dual POV. I loved the little notes that Rob left for Alison every morning at breakfast. *This is my voluntary review of an Advanced Reader Copy*
Rhondaz 4 months ago
Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams.....This is a entertaining book with great characters. Alison married at a young age to a rich older man looking for a trophy wife. Alison decides she wants her own life, so she leaves with nothing to start over. I enjoyed seeing the stories unfold between Alison and Rob. I voluntarily reviewed an advance readers copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
Lorizen 4 months ago
3.5 This one fell short for me, in so many ways. The plot was a great premise and had potential, with two reasonable MC's to work with. For me the book felt rushed, the characters were under developed. Neither progressed beyond the initial issues of the book. It felt like someone dropped an excerpt of a book here and that's what I read. Ms Adams can write a great story, because I've read them. This was not her best, I'm sorry to say. **arc from NetGalley and publisher** in exchange for an honest review
Bette313 4 months ago
After eight years Alison Davies has had enough. She's tired of being the "trophy wife" of a complete jerk. Yes, she has everything she needs and more but it's just not enough. So, regardless of the prenup she signed she wants out. Now! Basically penniless Alison is ready to start a new life. Moving to a new town and getting a job in a small diner Alison is finally getting to experience life. Learning to do things for herself gives her little thrills no one would ever understand. So maybe there is a gorgeous, very helpful guy across the street. So maybe he's a little more than interested in Alison. She can resist. She should resist. Until she doesn't..... I really enjoyed this story. It was fun to watch as Alison learns to be independent and strong. As she slowly learns that someone helping doesn't mean she's dependent on them the relationship between herself and Rob changes. These two worked well together. I definitely recommend this one!
Sandy-thereadingcafe 4 months ago
3.5 stars-- TROPHY WIFE by Noelle Adams is a stand alone, romantic storyline focusing on two people whose prior relationships have ended badly. This is small businessman Rob West, and Allison Davies’s story line. Told from dual third person perspectives (Rob and Allison) TROPHY WIFE focuses on a second start for our story line heroine. At eighteen years of age, Allison became the trophy wife to a much older man but her fantasy about living the life of a pampered housewife soon came crashing down when she found herself going through the motions-one day at a time. Fast forward eight years and Allison Davies Collins walks out on her loveless marriage and embarks on a new path in life in Fielding, North Carolina-her grandmother’s hometown. Enter Rob West, a twice-divorced, small businessman whose attraction to Allison is met with resistance and a ferocious streak of independence by the story line heroine. What ensues is the building relationship between Rob and Allison, and Allison’s attempts to make it on her own. TROPHY WIFE focuses on Allison as she struggles with life as an independent and newly single woman. With no education or job-related experience Allison is forced to work as a waitress at the local Fielding diner. Allison’s need to be independent of everyone and everything finds our heroine battling between her attraction to Rob West, and Rob’s need to help everyone in need. Rob West is twice divorced but isn’t gun shy about pursuing his new neighbor, a neighbor who wants to keep their relationship a secret from the local townspeople. Although a successful businessman and jack of all trades, Rob’s insecurities will push Allison in the opposite direction. The relationship between Allison and Rob begins acrimoniously. Allison’s desire and need to be independent finds our heroine’s attitude abrasive and rude on a number of occasions believing that Rob’s need to help is akin to her ex-husband’s need to control his trophy wife. Rob and Allison’s love affair begins slowly but becomes their ‘dirty little secret’ as Allison refuses to go public with their romance and their relationship. The $ex scenes are intimate without the use of over the top graphic sexual language and text. We are introduced to a number of townspeople including Rob’s ex-wife Dee, and her daughter Cali. Dee’s constant presence in Rob’s life is troubling for Allison as Rob is quick to jump when Dee calls for help. The world building focuses on Allison’s fight to remain independent; her stubborn need to be free of the past finds our heroine refusing help when she needs it the most. TROPHY WIFE is a slow building story line of second chances. There is some redundancy, and the use of ‘trophy wife’ is repetitive and unnecessary as though the reader needs constant reinforcement regarding the heroine’s previous relationship status. It is the ‘trophy wife’ syndrome that Allison fears once again. The low angst, story line conflict comes from within Allison and Rob’s relationship but more so Allison’s need to be independent and free. The premise is realistic-Allison and Rob’s insecurities and worries are believable; their relationship is not perfect nor are the couple in question. The romance is intimate but I struggled with the lack of palpable energy although Rob’s daily notes of affirmation are sweet and romantic.
ljtljtljt 4 months ago
I am a huge fan of Noelle Adams and I have read almost every book she has ever written. Trophy Wife is her latest offering, and the first few chapters are quite exciting and interesting. Unfortunately, with the exception of the charming epilogue, the pages in between are lackluster. Allison was married to a successful man over twice her age when she was only eighteen. When she decided there was more to life than being a trophy wife, she divorced her uncaring and domineering husband. With only a small amount of money saved, she moved from the city into her late grandmother's house in the small town of Fielding, North Carolina. Since Allison had no work experience, she was lucky to find a job as a waitress at the local diner. Rob West, her new neighbor and owner of the local hardware store, actually helped her get the position. Rob is a good-looking guy with two ex-wives, and he gets great pleasure from helping others. Overtime, Allison and Rob find true love with each other. I liked this book, but the emotional connection between Allison and Rob was not very strong throughout most of the story. Rob's parents were genuine and I liked when they were part of the action. The epilogue is outstanding, and I was filled with happiness at its conclusion. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
EileenAW 4 months ago
Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams is an interesting story. Alison Davies was a trophy wife before she became disillusioned with only being a pretty face and figure to accompany her husband to events. He was controlling, in that he did not want her to work on the jewelry that gave meaning to her life and he set limits on her being able to take college classes, online only, to earn her degree. Alison divorced her wealthy husband and their prenup left her worse off, financially than the day she married the wealthy jerk eight years prior. Alison escapes to a house left to her by her parents in a small town, an hour away. She is determined to not attach herself to any man who would treat her like a possession nor depend on anyone but herself. Rob West is a true southern gentleman despite his hard working looks. When he sees his beautiful new neighbor moving in, he’s going to offer to help her no matter how loudly she might protest. Alison’s determination to do it all herself drives him to figure out why she acts the way she does. After one evening, when these two surrender to each other and it’s clear they are deeply attracted to each other. Will Rob be able to convince Alison to take a chance on him? This was a fun, wonderful and entertaining story with very likeable and authentic characters you want to cheer on, hoping for that happy ending. The characters were well written with complex characteristics. The story line was riveting and kept my attention to the very end. I enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. I recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
HildaD23 4 months ago
I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I am a Noelle Adams fan. I have read her books before and loved them. This one I just liked. There is something different about this one. Strong storyline, gradual character development, I found a character that I loathed but I didn’t find one that I fell in love with. It was hard for me to connect with Alison or Rob. Both have been married and are now divorced. Alison’s divorce is fresh, while Rob’s I believe was older but his ex-wife makes a presence more often than he likes. Both are trying to find their way but Rob is ready for his next relationship. He decides to make Alison ready for him by using his patience and charm. Will either be able to reveal their true selves? Does Alison even know who she really is?
nelriv 4 months ago
I received an ARC for netgalley. I liked it, didn't love it. Personally I admired Allison, loved how she kicked her jerk of a husband to the side. Liked her friendship with Vicki and that Vicki was always there for her. Then we have Rob, I have to say that at first I liked him, but as story progressed I would have kicked him to the curb too! His relationship with his ex-wife was ridiculous, when I started reading the book I thought Allison was the one who was suppose to have issues, but it was really Rob who had the most. Allison was a forgiving person, I am glad they had there HEA, because had it been me, I wouldn't have given him so many opportunities.
JackieBCentralTexasJB 4 months ago
My Thoughts After agreeing to marry a man 27 years older than her at barely 18 Alison Davies over time comes to the conclusion she did not make the best decision for herself. Now, 8 long years later, 26-year-old Alison divorces her controlling husband with the intention of finding out how to make her own way in life without depending on a man to ease her way. Alison and Rob are actually one of those rare fictional couples whose determination to fight their attraction to each other was refreshing rather than irritating to me. Insta-love/lust is overused as a way to have book couples fall into bed with each other almost as soon as they meet, to watch a slow burn ignite is actually easier to personally relate to. This story deals with a couple of core issues that are quite serious and yet we thankfully never cross the line into either Alison or Rob coming off as totally whiny or worse yet their personal problems becoming too intense to be smoothly overcome by the end of the tale. Beauty should not be confused with stupidity, nor should good intentions be used to gloss over needing to be in control. Alison had for years been treated inferior by her older husband, he condescended to her by acting as if her opinions or personal needs would always take second place to his more important desire for her to be dependent on him for everything. Finally rather than keep losing bits and pieces of her shaky self esteem, Alison files for divorce which is her first step towards taking back control of her life. Rob has always lived in the same small town, downside to that mistakes in his personal life still control his actions causing him to second guess the strong pull he has for Alison. What makes these two work for me is that very vulnerability they both feel toward one another, both are afraid of being hurt once more but neither can stop their feelings of love from becoming stronger than the fear. For me this story was all about the personal growth experienced by both Alison and Rob. They both had really profound issues to deal with, especially trust and commitment phobias due to past relationships. Watching the pair work things out together and separately was fulfilling and their Epilogue was an HEA ending that unfolded exactly as hoped. [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was a great book! Alison was married to an older man and he treated her like a trophy wife. Her opinion never mattered, she could only do what he approved and she finally divorces him. She moves to a small town to start over and find herself. Her next door neighbor is Rob and he owns the hardware store in town. He always wants to help everyone and fix things. Alison and him have an instant attraction, become friends and move on to lovers. But because Rob is a helper Alison feels at times she isn't being independant and will become a trophy wife. Rob having already been divorced twice doesn't want to be vulnerable and let himself need Alison. This creates a problem in the relationship. I love the dialogue between the H/h . There are some cute moving little moments, sweet romance, great chemistry. The story flows at a steady pace and I could not put the book down. Great read!!!
MBurton 4 months ago
Allison, a recently divorced trophy wife is trying to make it on her own in a small town. Her ex-husband made sure she was always dependent on him and was an all around nasty man. He took advantage of an 18 year old whose family just lost their fortune. He promised to take care of her but really just suppressed her in their 8 years of marriage. Allison finally breaks free from his hold and moves into her grandmas house in a small town where she meets her neighbor Rob. These two were cute together but started off on all the wrong reasons. By the time they both started feeling more, both their insecurities got in the way. The story was about personal growth and what people would do when faced with a choice of opening up to possible hurt to reach for love. It was an adorable story. Rob was cute with the way he wanted to take care of Allison. She just feared the trophy wife label too much that it kept getting in the way of their relationship. Rob only wanted people to see him strong and capable which got in the way of Allison seeing him need her like she needed him. overall, cute story! ARC provided by NetGalley.
PennieM 4 months ago
This was a fun read! Allison has left her marriage after 8 years of being the "trophy" wife of a jerk. Due to the prenup she leaves the marriage with what she came to it...nothing. She is now starting over in a small town and determined to be independent and not lean on anyone. Rob is the neighbor who is intrigued by the newcomer and notices she needs some help and he is going to help her even if she doesn't want it. Does that mean he is a jerk like her ex-husband...no way! It was fun to watch these two circle each other and fall and it was great to see Allison finally learn she is not dependent on someone just because she accepts help. **Received a copy of this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley**
Honolulubelle 4 months ago
Favorite Quotes: He'd never invited her into his house. She had no idea why - unless he had a wife hidden away in the attic or he didn't want to put away an embarrassing porn collection. It was a bad marriage. And honestly, at the end of it I didn't want to feel like I was bought and paid for. Makes total sense. A girl's got to know her own worth - and that ain't money. My Review: Initially, it appeared a bit difficult to empathize with Alison as she had lived a life of luxury, didn't have to work, and was pampered with services and materials possessions, although it quickly became apparent that she was also a possession herself. She had lived a life of limited choices and no freedom to grow, improve, or make up her own mind. She was merely arm candy and completely dependent upon her perfectionist husband. Some women would be thrilled with all that and she had lasted for eight years - I doubt I could do it for a day. She had married young and had never lived on her own, attended college, or even had a job, but luckily she had a place to live as she inherited a small home in a small town. She also had a major case of insecurity, a lack of personal identity, and no marketable skills. Soon into her journey of self-exploration and discovery, she finds herself attracted to Rob - her kind and ridiculously handsome neighbor, who was super sweet and nurturing to everyone in town, and was also extremely patient, thoughtful, and careful with Alison. I adored him. Trophy Wife presented a different wrinkle in that stepping away from the allure of wealth was not a step-down, but a major step-up with pleasant surprises and improvements experienced in every room. Rob was a multitalented hunk... swoon.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks 4 months ago
Trophy Wife is such an amazing read! Noelle Adams drops a romance that readers will fly through in a matter of hours. It's perfectly layered with drama and lovable characters. Alison is young, recently divorced, and determined to learn how to live independently. She moves to a small town to get a fresh start. The path to independence leads her to a waitressing job and handyman neighbor, Rob West. Rob is always ready to lend a helping hand and the new girl in town is no exception. But Alison is dead set on not becoming dependent on another man. Somehow they connect in the sweetest way possible and it took everything in me to not squeal out loud while reading! Noelle Adams' writing style brought Trophy Wife to life. The story keeps to the point and the plot flows easily. There are no wasted scenes so it feels like the story is always leading to the next plot point. For instance, when you know a story is going somewhere you only hope that when you reach the climax you'll be blown away. Trophy Wife is that kind of story. It doesn't blow you away with an unexpected twist or heartbreaking reveal, but there's something about Trophy Wife that leaves you ready to relive your favorite moments. This is my first time reading Noelle Adams, even though she has quite the list of previous releases. Nevertheless, I throughly enjoyed her writing and hope to read more of her work in the future. To all romance readers out there, add Trophy Wife to your ever growing 'to read' list right now! *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review*
anapjm02 4 months ago
This book is so adorable, sweet and tells a love story as I have never read. Allison Davies was a trophy wife at 18 to a much older friend of her parents, she felt unsettled and unhappy and decides to changer her life by divorcing and moving to Fielding, a small town where her parents owned a house and a car. It a start over without money, but her willing to live on her own and do things her way is stronger. There, she met her neighbor Rob West, twice divorce, a good guy, who deserves a break for having his heart broken for so many times. These two souls have a difficult path since they are both scattered by life and have their own idiosyncrasies. Rob is sensitive, a good soul and he was really hurt by his previous relationships, he is a very different kind of hero, and it is so good and refreshing to see in the end that Allison is healing him. Actually, the story is all based in they helping each other. It is a good reading and I recommend.