Wife in Name Only

Wife in Name Only

by Hayson Manning
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Wife in Name Only 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
AWest More than 1 year ago
This is a great debut novel by Hayson. I am picky with giving 4 or 5 stars... actually I don't think I have ever given a book 5 stars. This story between estranged husband and wife, Zoe and Rory Hughes, has it's moments of being sweet and romantic, then it also had moments I was literally biting my nails. I cried, I laughed, and I felt Zoe's battle along with her. Something that most authors fail to reach. And watching the struggle between two people who still love each other but will not admit it for stubborn reasons gives the reader an almost real life relate able experience. I would recommend this for everyone to read.
XxTainaxX More than 1 year ago
To be frank, I’m quite stingy with my 5 stars but Wife in Name Only deserved every single one. I had this silly thought that I’d start a few chapters and then go and finish my errands and housework. Well, that didn’t happen! I got engrossed in this book that I couldn’t put it down. The very complex personalities of the protagonists kept me wondering what would happen next and just when I thought I had it figured out, I found the differences in what actually happened intriguing. Rory has that sexy all business brooding male act down pat and Zoey is so mellow and goes with the flow though she has very real issues of her own. You’d think they wouldn’t compliment eachother, but Hayson connected the dots for me, beautifully. I laughed, I teared up, I got frustrated, and I cheered at different points throughout the book. The fact that a book can generate real emotion is a testament in itself. The writing flows seamlessly. The depth of the story is solidly built. The characters have identifiable and distinct qualities and personalities, really bringing the story together. I was greatly pleased by this book and highly recommend it to anyone that wants to feel their heart flutter. I cannot wait for her next book!! If you haven’t picked this up yet, you are missing out!
shannschoice More than 1 year ago
Zoe is the owner of a honeymoon resort where she sells the idea of the perfect marriage and happy ever after year round to happy couples. Rory is a high power CEO that has waited for his wife to work out what she needed and come back home to him. Together they are going to work together so that Zoe can sell the perfect marriage idea to a magazine doing and article on her resort. While Rory could use the good publicity for his rep. They might not live as a married couple anymore, but they do keep the respect for their marriage and stay faithful to each other. You go on a ride with the couple over the course of a few days as they work together and work through feelings they still have for each other. Needless to say that being stranded because of a bad storm is just what they each need to find themselves and try to find each other. The love scenes are hot; sometimes gut wrenching and very personal. I really enjoyed this book, from the setting of a romantic getaway to the characters and how they interacted together. I recommend this book for anybody looking for a new spin on love and a look at the struggles they have. There is plenty of twist in this book and well worth the read overall. Reviewed by Kenzie for Cocktails and Books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable, but then what romance isn't?! At least the storyline kept my interest alive enough to finish the book. Would I read another one by this author. Probably.
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ham4mons More than 1 year ago
Good book. Fast easy read. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A sexy, fun read in a truly awesome island setting. 
Cookingmamma1963 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!!  Zoe and Rory had chemistry!!!!  They loved each other but wanted different things in life...But in the end they learned to compromise!!!!!  I would recommend this book for everyone to read...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*Copy provided by the author/ publisher in exchange for an honest review" "Wife in Name Only" is sweet, easy, day-on-the-beach reading romance. The story was, to me at least, captivating - the tension between the main characters was omnipresent and sometimes you just think "Oh just fall back in love already you fools". The scenery described is beautiful and makes you long for a care-free life in paradise. It may not be the best read ever, but a very nice way of passing the time :).
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
When Zoe Hughes left her husband, the last thing she wanted was to have to talk to him again. But as luck would have it, she needs him if she wants to continue to expand her island paradise. When Rory agrees to come, he plans to bring his wife back home to L.A, not really understanding why she left in the first place. As Zoe and Rory spend time together, they both find that they are still extremely attracted to each other. But is either willing to sacrifice what they’ve worked so hard for in order to give their marriage another shot? Two fiery characters, a tropical paradise setting, a little drama, and a lot of chemistry make for an AWESOME book! I loved this book and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next! Grab a chair by the water and enjoy! Ms. Manning has delivered a sizzling summer read with Wife in Name Only. Rating :4 Heat Rating: Hot Reviewed by: AprilP,(Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More)
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story, especially the last third of it. Wife in Name Only by Hayson Manning is a suspenseful romance with sizzling heat. I found the first half a little slow and repetitive, but the rest kept me on the edge of my seat until the very end. This is the story of Zoe and Rory. Zoe owns and manages a successful honeymoon resort on the island of Tonga. Rory is a very wealthy business tycoon and is always seeking the next "big" deal. He lives in Los Angeles. They are married but have been separated for a year. The world thinks that Zoe and Rory are happily married, which is a huge draw for business at the resort. Zoe has agreed to have her resort and happy marriage featured in a prominent travel magazine. Reluctantly, she calls her husband and asks him to help her out. He agrees, knowing this positive publicity will undoubtedly help his unpopular reputation in the corporate world. Due to an impending hurricane, Rory's short visit is extended. The storyline continues with Zoe and Rory spending time together on the island. They begin to love each other all over again. Unfortunately, Zoe may be in some danger and Rory can't help but protect her. The author's descriptions of the landscapes, characters and actions are brilliant. This is a good book. I received this book from the published in exchange for an honest review.
kph21 More than 1 year ago
Who wouldn’t love to spend their honeymoon in Tonga at a tropical resort? So what if the ruse about your husband is never around it spinning out of control. What happens when the best publicity you can get for your business means you have to have your husband, the IceMan show up and be all lovey dovey. Zoe Hughes has a big problem and it seems that bringing her hubby in name only to her world is the only answer. When Rory agrees to show up for the publicity stunt, he’s determined to bring his wife home, to his home in the States. Through Hayson Manning’s debut novel we follow the twists and turns as Zoe and Rory figure out what is really important to each of them. Will the IceMan thaw out in the tropical paradise? Will Zoe return to the U. S. and resume the anxiety riddled life of Rory Hughes’ wife? It’s an interesting journey that is perfect for a light and airy read.
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Charlene47 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair review. Having said that, I'm not someone who feels obligated to give a good rating just because I got a free book. I truly loved this novel of a second chance at love...and it made me cry! If I have to pull out the tissues, you've made me connect with your characters and that's worth 5 stars to me. Add to this the beautiful tropical setting, some really tender and extremely steamy moments between Zoe and Rory and you've got a winner. Look forward to reading many more stories from Hayson Manning.
RobinBielman More than 1 year ago
Take one tropical island, add a couple whose chemistry leaps off the page with sexiness, humor and mistakes that need fixing, and you've got a fantastic debut from Hayson Manning! I loved every moment of this book. The sparks between Rory and Zoe were sizzling, their dialogue witty and sharp, and the forced proximity was deliciously shared in description and activities that made me want to head to a tropical paradise stat! There's also deep emotion and a wonderful blend of sweetness and hotness between Rory and Zoe that had me sighing one moment and laughing the next. Ms. Manning's sense of humor is such fun and she's created two characters that I didn't want to say goodbye to. I can't wait to read her next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too slow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believe in honest reviews. This book was slow from the start but picked up quickly. That being said, I didnt identify with the main character at all. I feel their story was forced and their wasnt really any emotional chemistry between the main characters.
BookFanatic132 More than 1 year ago
We start out with Zoe and Rory (who, by the way, is a guy. I kept thinking of Rory from Gilmore Girls and, well, she’s a girl). They were married, then things got bad—Rory became a workaholic—and Zoe left Rory. Fast forward a year and Zoe is now the proud owner of a honeymoon resort, but she needs publicity to make it popular. Unfortunately for her, that means that she has to suck it up and ask her husband to help make that happen. Rory wants his wife back, but he loves his lifestyle. He doesn’t see anything wrong with it. He was born and raised poor, and he feels like he has to prove himself worthy of the business that he has built. Zoe left him because she felt that Rory had become a cold, ruthless businessman—and she wanted the man she had married: the nice, honest construction worker. So Rory heads to the island that Zoe has been living in, and here’s where the story really begins. Rory and Zoe can’t deny the attraction between them—and Rory doesn’t want to—but Zoe tries. Boy, does she try. She doesn’t want to get sucked back into love with Rory, only to result in more heartbreak. I really admired Zoe. It takes guts to leave a man you love. She was really strong and I understood why she loved the island lifestyle. Before I talk more about that, let me clarify something. In this island, there is almost no technology. There is a satellite phone that works some of the time, and a really, really slow computer that shuts down occasionally. So you can see how it would be hard for Rory—businessman extraordinaire—to go to this island. Now back to Zoe. She loves not having to always rely on technology, and she loves the people who live on the island as if they were her family. I get that. It sounds like heaven, being able to be on a relaxing island. And then there’s Rory. He’s been trying to prove to himself and the rest of the world that he isn’t that poor construction worker that had to work double shifts just to buy his wife a wedding band. He likes his lifestyle and it works for him. Something that bothered me was that from the beginning to almost the end, Zoe and Rory were always emphasizing that they were too different. And from what I could see, they really were too different. They both wanted different things. The loved their respective lifestyles. But they wanted each other as well—which is a problem. I truthfully could not seem to find a way for them to be together. Rory loved living in Southern California. Zoe loved living in Tonga, a really remote island. They liked different lifestyles. Rory needed technology for his business to work. Zoe couldn’t live in an asphyxiating environment like it was with Rory. I kept thinking: How is the author going to do it? How will she realistically get them their happily ever after? This simple fact—that they did not go together—was what really made it hard for me to read. I loved the attraction between them, I loved the obstacles, but who wants characters that don’t go together? Luckily, the author did a pretty good job. She realistically was able to have circumstances reset their priorities and have them have their happily ever after. And that’s what matters. I recommend this book for people who love the “true love conquers all” mentality, and protagonists that overcome challenges that get thrown at them.
Lisa-Lou More than 1 year ago
This book is about an estranged married couple who are reunited after a year of complete separation.The wife (Zoe Hughes) has a honeymoon resort (purchased after she fled L.A. and her marriage) on an island in the archipelago (a chain, group or cluster of islands) of Tonga and has everyone (honeymooners etc) convinced that her and her husband are still very much together and in love. A large travel magazine contacts her, they want to do an article on her resort and her successful, loving marriage. "Oh crap Sacks!"Zoe calls her husband (Rory Hughes (Being a Doctor Who fan I loved the name Rory being used)) and awkwardly requests his presence at the resort. Rory, somewhat begrudgingly acquiesces. And so begins the tale...We get both perspectives throughout the book on the rise and fall of their marriage, where they are in their lives right now, who they are, and how they feel. We notice right away that they are still very, &very much attracted to each other. Their physical (read as: Sexual) chemistry is off the charts. If only they can get their heads in order. It's a love story with a twist here and a turn there and (thankfully) a HEA.In general, I liked this book very much. I have a preference for the easy reads that do not have too much heartache and angst. Don't get me wrong, I like the angsty ones too, but I choose depending on how my day/week is going. As I am not that geographically minded I did have to look up a few things along the way about Tonga, but while this can be a little tedious, it is also a chance to learn something new. Overall, A Great read!
JannaShay More than 1 year ago
Wife in Name Only is a sexy romance that takes place in a tropical paradise. Hayson Manning does a terrific job of weaving a tale of a marriage that is on the rocks but still has all the fires burning. Hayson’s description of the lush easy-going life on the Tongan island, where the story takes place, makes the reader long for a more relaxed, idyllic life. Zoe, unable to find happiness amid the jungles of L.A., finds her niche on a tropical island, living separately from her husband. Rory, Zoe’s estranged husband, is so immersed in the empire he’s built that he’s lost sight of what matters most in life. Temporarily collaborating on a magazine article that will be beneficial to both, Rory and Zoe discover that the sexual chemistry that sizzles between them is as strong as ever. The sparks fly as they discover feelings that have long been buried. This is a sexy romp, full of humor, sexual tension, blazing sexual chemistry and steamy romance. The characters are well-liked and believable and the story line moves along smoothly. Zoe’s playfulness and Rory’s brooding arrogance mingle to make this story a delightful read. There’s plenty of witty dialogue, hot chemistry and steamy romance.  Wife in Name Only will hold your interest from beginning to end and will not disappoint. I received a copy of the book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for my honest review. Janna Shay Author of Fair Play 
SamantheTucker More than 1 year ago
When I call this story hot, I don't just mean the tropical island setting! The sparks fly between honeymoon resort owner Zoe Hughes and her estranged husband Rory, a high-powered businessman with an Ice Man reputation. When a travel magazine wants to feature the resort, and, more specifically, Zoe and her husband and their happily-ever-after life, she's forced to call Rory and ask him to come to Tonga and pose as her "loving" spouse. He agrees, in part because he needs to rehabilitate his professional reputation and he thinks the magazine coverage will help, and in part because he fully expects to collect his wife and bring her back home to L.A. where she belongs. Rory's shocked to arrive at the resort and realize Zoe is happy there, doesn't miss L.A., and had serious issues with their marriage and her "widow to the business" status during their last few years together. The story is choke-on-your-drink funny, and fan-your-face sexy, and as feel-good as any of the ABBA songs Zoe loves, but nevertheless presents two people with real issues to resolve. Manning doesn't gloss over those. Sizzling chemistry, while always appreciated, isn't offered up as the solution to everything that's wrong with this relationship. She takes her characters--her hero in particular--on a journey to discover home is where the heart is, and hearts need tending. I loved Wife in Name Only and can't wait for the next story by this author! Are you listening, Mrs. Manning?!
LynnIsabel05 More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I give Wife in Name Only 3.5 Stars! I truly enjoyed this adorable read. I cannot lie and say the thought of trading in the city life of New York for a pina colada in a remote island didn’t cross my mind...quite a bit. I have been reading romance novels lately that focus on the beginning stages of a couple’s journey, how they fall for each other, endure some hardships, then of course, resolve these issues and live happily ever after. This book however, shows what happens after the happily ever after... The story begins with Zoe Hughes making the dreadful call to her very much separated husband Rory who is back in L.A heading his biggest priority, Hughes Enterprises. They have been separated for over a year when Zoe decided to pick up and leave her life and husband in L.A. and move to the tiny island of Tonga in the South Pacific. Rory had become engrossed in running his company and didn’t realize Zoe withdrawing from everything in L.A. She was miserable and wanted more out of life than air kisses, shopping and debates surrounding whose yacht is bigger. Since that time, she has had success managing her own honeymoon resort that is known for its local charm and appeal and now has caught the eye of a popular honeymoon travel magazine. They want to showcase the resort’s exotic location along with Zoe and her husband success in juggling careers in L.A. and Tonga while still being very much in love. Of course, this could be further from the truth and now she has asked Rory to come to the island to “fake” their love for the magazine spread. Rory agrees, being the workaholic that he is, thinks the publicity of the magazine will help with his ‘Ice Man’ persona he has inherited in the business world. Although they haven’t seen each other in over a year and have been emotionally separated for longer, the sexual chemistry and attraction is very evident within the first pages of them reuniting. It was quite endearing seeing Zoe and Rory’s undeniable connection after all this time. I instantly loved Zoe’s carefree approach to life, her kind heart and corky personality. Rory was a bit tougher to warm up to because he seems to care for Zoe one moment then seems divorce and having unattached sex is the best option. That quickly faded however once you see Rory’s lighter and protective caveman side. You understand he chose to work and strive for success only to provide for Zoe but somehow lost what is truly important along the way. I loved the lightness of the book. Although, I will say, this is one of the more optimistic books I’ve read which can also be misconstrued as unrealistic. Also, I would have liked more insight into their earlier years and how they met. The length could of also been longer and the steamy scenes could have been extended. With that being said, I still highly recommend this as a perfect beach read. :)