The Elusive Wife

The Elusive Wife

by Callie Hutton


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The Elusive Wife by Callie Hutton

Jason, 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 see her since.

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 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, except Lady Olivia finds her husband nearly irresistible.

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ISBN-13: 9781493708895
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/14/2013
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,174,270
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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The Elusive Wife 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
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 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!
McM0mmy-PW 11 months ago
I loved the story of Jason and Olivia. Her and Elizabeth's way of "payback" was pretty poetic! I do wish we could have seen the Ton's face about the marriage. The house party with watching Jason dealing with Cecily kept me on the edge waiting for the shoe to drop! Loved the outcome of that one. And lastly the villain who showed up would have been perfect, if only there would have been more bloodshed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plot well developed. Characters believable. Romance was wonderful. Definitely a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books. Funny, entertaining read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seemed like a cold romance to me...couldnt connect with olivia at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. Very cute concept of the husband not recognizing the wife. Very cute and sweet and wonderful characters. Just a quick note that the story at times jumped around a bit. For example they were on their way to London and the next part they were at a house party. It confused me but still loved the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great plot, witty banter, engaging charcters. Truly enjoyable!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story with just the right amount of passion, suspense, mystery, and humor that kept me laughing! Although I did wish for a more extended ending, it was wonderful and I didn't put it down start to finish
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring, nothing exciting
Sam1219 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.