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The Unwanted Wife

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Author: Natasha Anders

Published: September 26th 2012 by Natasha Anders

Format: Kindle Edition , First Edition , 215 pages

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Language: English


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All Alessandro de Lucci wants from his wife is a son but after a year and a half of unhappiness and disillusionment, all Theresa de Lucci wants from her ice cold husband is a divorce. Unfortunate timing, since Theresa is about to discover that she’s finally pregnant and Alessandro is about to discover that he isn’t willing to lose Theresa.

30 review for The Unwanted Wife

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alex is The Romance Fox

    I was recommended this book by one of my GR friends and whilst I was a bit hesitant after reading the blurb – a lot of angst it seemed to be, and the title was pretty hard….unwanted!!!!! – but it actually turned out to be a really good read. Alessandro & Theresa de Lucci had been living in a loveless and cold marriage. Theresa had married Sandro because she was in love with him but he was blackmailed by her manipulative father into the marriage and to produce a male son so that he can I was recommended this book by one of my GR friends and whilst I was a bit hesitant after reading the blurb – a lot of angst it seemed to be, and the title was pretty hard….unwanted!!!!! – but it actually turned out to be a really good read. Alessandro & Theresa de Lucci had been living in a loveless and cold marriage. Theresa had married Sandro because she was in love with him but he was blackmailed by her manipulative father into the marriage and to produce a male son so that he can get his family’s vineyard back. After two years of loneliness, unhappiness and misery with Sandro, she decides that she’s had enough and demands a divorce from him. But he cruelly refuses……..he needs that son before he will ever give her the freedom she wants. I hated Alessandro from the very beginning. His cruelty and his dismissive attitude to Theresa were truly horrible. How can a man ever behave in such a way? How can he have sex with a woman he despises, never kissing her but just a roll in bed, never introduces his wife to his family and friends…and even worse, he’s in love with another woman, just waiting for him to get rid of Theresa so he can go back to his love of his life…. and think that’s okay!!! I keep having these thoughts in my head of…. And Theresa did not do it for me either at the start!!!! How could she have stayed so long in such a marriage? Yes…..she believed she loved him at first and then she’s crazy about his body and having sex with him!!! For real!!!!! Me, I would want to do something else to a man such like sexy Alessandro!!!! Instead what has she been doing for years???? Oh I love him; maybe he will love me to!!! Keep hoping dear!! So… Theresa…stop… And then…. Yes, that’s right!!! HUGE SHOCKS!!!! Sandro discovers that Theresa knew nothing about her father’s blackmail and he now believes that she married him for love. She’s innocent and she’s PREGNANT!!! Wow, Theresa finally did it!!! Sandro can now have his freedom!!! But wait…..something weird is happening here!! Theresa wants nothing to do with him. She’s had enough!!! Allright girl!!! At last, some backbone!!! But here’s the catch!!!! Sandro no longer wants to divorce her. He wants to stay married to her and be a family with their baby!!!! WHAT!!! Is this guy crazy!!!! Talk about a change of HEART!!!!! What a sod!!! And even more amazing…this guy discovers in a second that he feels a lot for the poor woman…………. Unbelievable!!!!! But Theresa is not that swayed!!! She’s standing up for herself at last. He will have to work hard at making up for all those horrible times he’s given her in the past….Grovel…He does a lot of groveling….. This was quite a heartbreaking and emotional story and I was totally drawn into the story. The fact that it takes place over a period of time and not over a day or two made it more real and believable. Despite my feelings for Sandro, at the end I actually liked him. He managed to redeem himself and make Theresa happy at last. And what a sweet and lovely epilogue. Oh, have I mentioned that I loved the settings in the story??? Cape Town….my favorite city…..I thought the writing of the settings and characters was extremely well-done. I am definitely going to check out more books by this author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    4 stars I was a little leery to read this book considering the title, The Unwanted Wife, which pretty much told me I was in for a heartbreaking and angsty ride; and, oh boy, was this book an heartbreaking and angsty ride. That said, I very much enjoyed reading this story. I would have given The Unwanted Wife a slightly higher rating, considering it grabbed my attention and didn't let go until the end, but the editing and the heroine's character prevented me from doing so. This book needs editing 4 stars I was a little leery to read this book considering the title, The Unwanted Wife, which pretty much told me I was in for a heartbreaking and angsty ride; and, oh boy, was this book an heartbreaking and angsty ride. That said, I very much enjoyed reading this story. I would have given The Unwanted Wife a slightly higher rating, considering it grabbed my attention and didn't let go until the end, but the editing and the heroine's character prevented me from doing so. This book needs editing and I just couldn't related to the heroine by the end of the story. I started the book admiring her determination and perceived backbone, but then she took everything a step too far and in the end became a martyr. Once it got to that point, she lost me. What shocked me the most, however, was how much I ended up liking the hero when all was said and done. I wasn't prepared for how redeemable his character became by the end of the book. I really didn't think the author could change my mind about him–he was such an ass to the heroine at the beginning of their story–but the author did her job and created one of the most contrite, repentant, and redeemable heroes I've read to date. The epilogue was fabulous and made all the angst worth while. I was genuinely happy for this couple and glad they got their much deserved happy-ever-after. I closed this book with a happy heart and a smile on my face. I recommend this story to those looking for a good angsty read with a jerky but redeemable hero.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sana

    I'm fucking sad okay FUCK yall dont understand how much i would die for this book and the characters and literally everything fucking in this book!!! --- I think I have the whole book memorized at this point. ---- will I ever get tired of reading this book?? never --- this book is so perfect what is my life without this book omg ----- Bury me with this book when i die ---- I AM CRYING. HOLY SHIT. ---- Starting this three days after I just finished reading it for the third time. I have issues??? I have issue I'm fucking sad okay FUCK yall dont understand how much i would die for this book and the characters and literally everything fucking in this book!!! --- I think I have the whole book memorized at this point. ---- will I ever get tired of reading this book?? never --- this book is so perfect what is my life without this book omg ----- Bury me with this book when i die ---- I AM CRYING. HOLY SHIT. ---- Starting this three days after I just finished reading it for the third time. I have issues??? I have issues.

  4. 4 out of 5

    *J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

    3.5--Angsty--Stars!! Sweet Baby Jesus...if you like your books angsty then this is the book for you. Me... Alessandro (Sandro) and Theresa have been married for 18 months. It's an emotionless, loveless, affectionless marriage on Sandro's part and every day it beats Theresa down further and further. All Sandro wants is for her to bring a son in to the world. Finally, Theresa can't deal with the pain and hurt any longer. Theresa asks Sandro to give her a divorce. But he won't. And why won't he??? See 3.5--Angsty--Stars!! Sweet Baby Jesus...if you like your books angsty then this is the book for you. Me... Alessandro (Sandro) and Theresa have been married for 18 months. It's an emotionless, loveless, affectionless marriage on Sandro's part and every day it beats Theresa down further and further. All Sandro wants is for her to bring a son in to the world. Finally, Theresa can't deal with the pain and hurt any longer. Theresa asks Sandro to give her a divorce. But he won't. And why won't he??? Seems Theresa and Sandro's marriage was merely an arrangement between Theresa's father and Sandro. A sacrifice that he made for his family. And until they produce a son, the marriage stands. Only, Theresa didn't know about the arrangement like Sandro thought she did. And now Theresa finds herself, of all things, pregnant. Producing a boy will allow Sandro to be relieved of his "duties", a girl and they will remain bound together. Sandro eventually sees how much his actions hurt Theresa and he tries to make it up to her. But Theresa remains guarded and isn't willing to give Sandro her heart completely. "I can't go back to being the naive girl who loved you with all her heart." "But maybe...the woman who replaced that girl could find a way to love the flawed man she'd once placed on a pedastal he had no business being on?" Will having a baby bring Sandro and Theresa closer together or push them further apart? And who in the hell is Francesca and why is Sandro always photographed with her?? While I did like the story, it was different then most everything else out there, I couldn't rate this any higher based on miscommunication being the main culprit of all of Sandro and Theresa's problems. Me no likey miscommunication. A simple conversation would have solved all of their problems and they could have lived HEA a whole hell of a lot sooner! But, with that being said I quite liked a groveling Sandro. And even when he was an asshole, we got glimpses of compassion towards Theresa. They went about their relationship a bit backwards....sex was never a problem for them, it was just everything else that had some catching up to do. And now Or another margarita!

  5. 4 out of 5

    A.

    4 STARS Mmm... delicious! I stumbled upon this book while rummaging through my friends’ shelves in hope of finding an older, "verified" book that would get me out of the reading slump. I won't lie, I was sceptical when I read the reviews. I gave it a shot anyway. And I came to the following conclusion: Something must be very, very wrong with my head. Because this book contains all the things which usually get on my nerves. And I FREAKING LOVED IT ! * A manipulative and cold hero. Yes, the hero i 4 STARS Mmm... delicious! I stumbled upon this book while rummaging through my friends’ shelves in hope of finding an older, "verified" book that would get me out of the reading slump. I won't lie, I was sceptical when I read the reviews. I gave it a shot anyway. And I came to the following conclusion: Something must be very, very wrong with my head. Because this book contains all the things which usually get on my nerves. And I FREAKING LOVED IT ! * A manipulative and cold hero. Yes, the hero is the a**hole of all ass**holes. Yes, his behavior is despicable. Some might even call it emotional abuse. But he is so f*cking HOT! * A doormat heroine. Yes, the heroine is a doormat and the hero walks all over her in their marriage. But for some inexplicable reason she isn’t annoying. She actually has a backbone. * A cat and mouse game which goes on forever. Yes, a cat and mouse game can be exhausting but I didn’t mind it here (which I can't explain). * Unrealistic plot. I mean, can an arranged marriage really happen for such reasons in developed countries in this day and age? And nothing major is happening in this book. There are only a few characters in the whole book and the heroine almost never leaves her house. Yes, the plot sounds weak and is hardly believable but I was completely engrossed in the story. Not for one second did I feel bored. * A couple of eye-roll worthy moments. This is the main reason I deducted one star. I don’t know what the author did but she should keep doing it. So now I’m just going to continue stalking my GR friends in search for another great book. QUICK REVIEW: Enjoyment:: 4/5 Writing style: 4/5 Storyline: 3/5 Hero: 4/5 Heroine: 4/5 Secondary characters: 3/5 Hotness/chemistry: 4/5 Romance: 3.5/5 Angst: 4/5 Darkness level: 2/5 Humor: 2/5 Depth of the book: 3/5 POV: heroine, 3rd person Triggers: (view spoiler)[emotional abuse (hide spoiler)]

  6. 4 out of 5

    Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️

    5 Awesomely Epic Arranged Marriage Stars I am a total sucker for the whole forced marriage/arranged marriage shtick. If you are too, definitely pick this one up. It's one of the best of that "genre" that I've read in a long time - and surprisingly NOT a historical! I loved everything about this story. The H was a complete and total alpha dick who later groveled and I fucking loved it. Find me at: 5 Awesomely Epic Arranged Marriage Stars I am a total sucker for the whole forced marriage/arranged marriage shtick. If you are too, definitely pick this one up. It's one of the best of that "genre" that I've read in a long time - and surprisingly NOT a historical! I loved everything about this story. The H was a complete and total alpha dick who later groveled and I fucking loved it. Find me at:

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alexis *Reality Bites*

    This Review contains minor Spoilers-none will hinder your reading experience 4 STARS out of 5 Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance 'Theresa had finally realised that there would be no thaw; their marriage was a perpetual winter wasteland and if she ever wanted to feel the warmth of the sun on her face again, she had to get out of it. Unfortunately, she now knew that escaping would be trickier than she had thought.' ~Inner monologue Of Theresa in The Unwanted Wife This book had me an emotional wreck. I w This Review contains minor Spoilers-none will hinder your reading experience 4 STARS out of 5 Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance 'Theresa had finally realised that there would be no thaw; their marriage was a perpetual winter wasteland and if she ever wanted to feel the warmth of the sun on her face again, she had to get out of it. Unfortunately, she now knew that escaping would be trickier than she had thought.' ~Inner monologue Of Theresa in The Unwanted Wife This book had me an emotional wreck. I was delivered blow after blow and thought their would be no end in sight. I can happily say that I indeed got my HEA, it just took a while to get it. Theresa De Lucci has spent the first year and a half of her marriage dealing with the arctic chill also known as her husband Alessandro De lucci. The book starts with the two coming down off the high of their climaxes from sex. Theresa is still catching her breath when she says “I want a divorce, Alessandro.” He tensed, every single muscle in his body went as tight as a coiled spring, before he turned his head to meet her watchful gaze. Give me a son Theresa Frustrated and clearly unhappy Theresa asks her husband for a divorce he has no intention on giving her. Oh no no no, Alessandro has a goal that must be fulfilled before he grants her that, she must first give him a son. A goal he has been trying to achieve since their wedding night. Fed up with his bull Theresa decides to no longer be his doormat. She once loved and adored him... But all he ever did was freeze her out and treat her like she meant nothing. The only time he ever touches her is for sex and even then he never ever kisses her on the lips. NOT ONCE. NOT EVER. Determined to win the battle and not the war Theresa moves out of their bedroom and continues to ask for a divorce. All the time unaware that he cannot give it to her because of a deal he made. A contract. When certain information comes to light the tables turn. With Theresa now pregnant and no longer wanting to stay in her loveless marriage. All but too late Alessandro finds himself falling for his wife. His wife with the now icy heart and cold demeanor towards him. Payback is truly a BITCH! When Alessandro tries to win her back by making up for past mistakes. ONE mistake being the fact that she has never met his family, so he plans for her to meet them. And she does not hold back... She tells him “A year ago… Eighteen months ago even but not now! Don’t you realise that this is too little too late?” She shook her head in frustration. “It’s like putting a band-aid on an amputation!” ~Theresa He says all the right things and tries his hardest but she cannot see past all the pain. She finds it hard to see the sincerity in his actions. “You’ve hurt me so many times,” she confessed. Opening her eyes and meeting his gaze full on. He flinched slightly beneath the accusatory glare. “I know.” “In so many ways.” “I know.” “Why should I forgive you and love you again? Why should I open up my heart to a man who would probably crush it in the palms of his hands?” “You probably shouldn’t,” ~Theresa and Alessandro Thoughts WOW, this book was crazy. And I loved it!!! Oh how I wish I could have been in this guys head, he was a walking contradiction. He often left things unexplained and would only breech the subject if his wife asked the right question. He was Italian and SEXY AS HELL. Even when she wanted to hate him she couldn't. Not truly in her heart. But she sure as hell gave him a good cold shoulder. Which he fought tooth and nail. At one point the guy had to negotiate quality time. Hahahahahaha!! I loved that part. Alessandro was a true ALPHA MALE and said some things that left my head spinning like when she denied him sex he says “What’s to stop me from simply taking what belongs to me?” Yeah he was a real A-hole. And even though he spent the mass majority of the book trying to win back his wife's heart and trust... I was right with her protesting every advancing step he took. Waaaayyyyy to many things occurred for her to just give it up freely. And I felt justified with her every action. The only time I felt like Theresa coward was when it came to Francesca a woman from his past that clearly took residence in his present. I admit after everything he still won me over. The begging finally worked.lol! I knew he wanted to right his wrongs but things would happen and it left me saying "what the f**k" too often. His actions constantly went against his words. That is why I label him a walking contradiction. Her Father... Theresa's relationship with her father is not the best. In fact it is non existent. I found the man to be cruel and an even bigger A-hole than Alessandro. The day she stood up to that man was a very good day. Lines that punched me in the gut “Everything except my womb of course…” she laughed half-hysterically. “You have a lot of use for that! That’s all I am to you, a womb on legs!” ~Theresa Ummm, ouch, this hurt because she was stating a fact and he knew it. Fave Line "I started praying for a girl because I knew a girl would buy me more time. A girl would keep you with me longer; it would also prove to you, once and for all that your father’s ridiculous contract meant nothing to me anymore. That I wanted our marriage to last forever.” ~ Alessandro My Ratings Characters- Lovable Writing Style- Good Plot/Storyline- Raw, Highly Emotional and Intense Steam Factor- High/ Very Steamy Overall- I loved it!!! Read it!!! Now go forth and read. Then come tell us about it on Goodreads!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    Natasha Anders, how do you do this to me?? This is my third book by Anders and all her books share this similar theme. These horrible men who you hate in the beginning, but by the end you are on their side and cheering for them. It’s crazy, crazy I tell you. I wouldn’t believe it’s possible to redeem these men if I hadn’t read the books for myself. All her books are addictive and I just run through these audios. Unwanted Wife is about a woman who married a man because she loved him, only to disc Natasha Anders, how do you do this to me?? This is my third book by Anders and all her books share this similar theme. These horrible men who you hate in the beginning, but by the end you are on their side and cheering for them. It’s crazy, crazy I tell you. I wouldn’t believe it’s possible to redeem these men if I hadn’t read the books for myself. All her books are addictive and I just run through these audios. Unwanted Wife is about a woman who married a man because she loved him, only to discover later her married her for gain. First, I love the fact that Theresa immediately decides she wants out when she realizes this truth. Now Alessandro, he was a complete tool and I literally cringed at times when he spoke to Theresa, but in the end he was redeemed. I am so impressed with Anders writing and creativity. I love how she pushes the envelope on these men. I love how she writes these strong women who are ready to fight back. I cannot recommend her books enough, they are so addictive, heart wrenching and full of feels and engaging. Highly, highly recommend! I listened to the audiobook and just loved the accents. Teasers created by me with stock images purchased from depositphotos.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ~♡AB♡~

    ★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★ Well it's official, I am in love with Natasha Ander's storytelling and the fact that she writes one of my favourite storylines so well pleases me immensely. There is something so spectacular about an enemies to lovers tale, that grips me like a vice and brings out a ton of emotions that make me really feel and be a part of the story. Sandro De Lucci is an Italian businessman living in Cape Town with his wife of 18 months, Theresa. From the very start of the book, we see Sandro ★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★ Well it's official, I am in love with Natasha Ander's storytelling and the fact that she writes one of my favourite storylines so well pleases me immensely. There is something so spectacular about an enemies to lovers tale, that grips me like a vice and brings out a ton of emotions that make me really feel and be a part of the story. Sandro De Lucci is an Italian businessman living in Cape Town with his wife of 18 months, Theresa. From the very start of the book, we see Sandro treat Theresa with an air of contempt and disgust which lead you to wonder why on earth they married in the first place. "It was as if, just when she'd found a way to protect her already battered, bruised, and fragile heart from him, he found some other way around her defenses, leaving her vulnerable to even more pain. Theresa is unhappy, her relationship with the man she fell in love with is getting worse by the day, and other than their explosive sex life, there is nothing else within their marriage worth holding onto. She decides that she has had enough and wants a divorce, but then she overhears a conversation that has her questioning the last 2 years of her life and she comes to the realisation that unless she gives Sandro his much wanted son, she is stuck in a loveless marriage. Honestly, this book gave me so many butterflies, there is nothing quite like watching a man struggle with his feelings and fighting so hard not to fall for the one woman he doesn't want to fall for. And the thing I have discovered about this authors heroines, is that they will not give in easily; once they decide that they have had enough, they most definitely do not forgive and forget at the drop of a hat, and in this case, Theresa gave Sandro a run for his money that's for sure. "Let me go," she demanded weakly when his lips trailed down to her collarbone. "Cara," he groaned. " I honestly don't think that I can." I won't lie, this book was angsty, but not overly so. It was also quite emotional in places, and you can't help but swoon over Sandro's attempts to make up for his past wrongdoings. I am officially addicted to Natasha Anders writing and if you haven't picked this book up yet, I highly recommend that you do. The Unwanted Wife is a standalone contemporary romance, told in the third person from Theresa's POV.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Kyle

    4.25 STARS

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brandi

    I love angst. I can't help it. I enjoy the rush, heart pounding, blood pressure rising - I'm an angst junkie. That may make me crazy, but, I'm okay with that. The Unwanted Wife gave me angst and I loved it. After 18 months of marriage Theresa has had enough. Her marriage to Alessandro was not what she had imagined. He is distant, cold, and offers no love or affection. The only thing he seems to want is a son. But Theresa can't take it any longer. Letting go of all hope of receiving his love, she I love angst. I can't help it. I enjoy the rush, heart pounding, blood pressure rising - I'm an angst junkie. That may make me crazy, but, I'm okay with that. The Unwanted Wife gave me angst and I loved it. After 18 months of marriage Theresa has had enough. Her marriage to Alessandro was not what she had imagined. He is distant, cold, and offers no love or affection. The only thing he seems to want is a son. But Theresa can't take it any longer. Letting go of all hope of receiving his love, she asks for a divorce. Theresa had finally realized that there would be no thaw; their marriage was a perpetual winter wasteland , and if she ever wanted to feel the warmth of the sun on her face again, she had to get out of it. But Sandro refuses. Apparently their marriage was simply an arrangement made between Sandro and Theresa's father, one Sandro agreed to for his family. And until a son is born, divorce is not an option. Sandro has spent the last couple of years resenting Theresa, thinking she knew about the arrangement. “I have no respect for you, Theresa, not even as the potential mother of my child, because, quite frankly, you can’t even do that right.” Theresa had no idea. Now that everything is out in the open, Sandro realizes how much he has hurt Theresa. He tries to make it up to her, but, Theresa does not make this easy on him. Feelings are all over the place. When Theresa finds herself pregnant, things just get more complicated. If she has a son, Sandro will free but if they have a daughter they will remain together. Will this pregnancy push them together or force them apart? "I have a wife who loved me once, and who maybe... someday, would dare to love and trust me again? I don't have to be here... but I want to be here." These two drove me crazy. If only they would have communicated! Gah! But I loved the emotional angst it created. Theresa started grating my nerves a bit and I fell for Sandro. Overall, I really enjoyed this emotional read. Loved this line! (view spoiler)[ "I started praying for a girl because I knew a girl would buy me more time. A girl would keep you with me longer; it would also prove to you, once and for all that your father’s ridiculous contract meant nothing to me anymore. That I wanted our marriage to last forever.” (hide spoiler)]

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mysza

    Oh, this one was high on the angst and I loved it! The story is about a marriage of convenience with a "little" problem. The problem is that the heroine Theresa doesn't know that her marriage is fake, and the hero Sandro doesn't know that she doesn't know her father set her up. The only thing he wants from his wife is son and the only thing she wants from her husband is love, and neither of them can deliver the above. After a year and a half, Theresa is fed up with her miserable, unhappy marriag Oh, this one was high on the angst and I loved it! The story is about a marriage of convenience with a "little" problem. The problem is that the heroine Theresa doesn't know that her marriage is fake, and the hero Sandro doesn't know that she doesn't know her father set her up. The only thing he wants from his wife is son and the only thing she wants from her husband is love, and neither of them can deliver the above. After a year and a half, Theresa is fed up with her miserable, unhappy marriage and asks for divorce and surprise, surprise, Sandro won't give it to her. When she starts to withdraw emotionally, he wakes up and realizes that he can lose something that he initially didn't even want, but now is a different thing.... I swear to god, I wanted to slap Sandro for the first half of the book and cheered for Theresa to stay strong. But then when the poor guy showed his true colors and fighted for her, yeah, I wanted to slap her instead. I must say that Natasha Anders has a gift of creating an asshole figure. Sandro is an ASSHOLE, or at least he may seem like the one in the beginnig. But then, when the story goes, you find out what's in his head and why all the awful things he did and what are his true feelings for his wife, and you. simply. can't. not. fall. for. the. ASSHOLE! "Silly little Theresa, he chided softly. I may not have said it much, or at all for that matter but you're so beautiful I ache just looking at you sometimes." "You scared the hell out of me, Theresa... so from now on you are to remain calm and not let your idiot of a husband upset you again. Okay?" "I do want you, cara. I've always wanted you..." "I have a wife who loved me once, and who maybe... someday, would dare to love and trust me again? I don't have to be here... but I want to be here." "Thank you.(...) For what?(...) For giving me everything I never knew I wanted." "I was fascinated with you before but once I started seeing the real you, I fell hard and fast." Yup, must love the ASSHOLE!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance This really sucked me in and I neglected all kinds of household tasks to finish it in nearly one sitting. It’s a great read with lots of melodrama and angst that makes for an addictive, fast-paced romance. It reminded me of a very well done Harlequin romance. There were some editing errors, and I got confused when the heroine suddenly developed red hair to match her fiery temper when I could have sworn at one point earlier in the book she was described as being a 4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance This really sucked me in and I neglected all kinds of household tasks to finish it in nearly one sitting. It’s a great read with lots of melodrama and angst that makes for an addictive, fast-paced romance. It reminded me of a very well done Harlequin romance. There were some editing errors, and I got confused when the heroine suddenly developed red hair to match her fiery temper when I could have sworn at one point earlier in the book she was described as being a blonde. But those minor missteps didn’t lessen my overall enjoyment, especially considering it was only .99 cents. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for more from this author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Geri Reads

    4.5 stars WARNING: This is going to be a long-winded review with a few rants thrown here and there, and will certainly contain some spoilers. I call this my "angst done right" book. Very angsty and very emotionally charged read, which could have been a disaster if it wasn't for the fact that the author did a good job with the characterization and the pacing of the story. I read it in one sitting and I was captivated with both Theresa and Sandro's story from start to finish. First off, the story. S 4.5 stars WARNING: This is going to be a long-winded review with a few rants thrown here and there, and will certainly contain some spoilers. I call this my "angst done right" book. Very angsty and very emotionally charged read, which could have been a disaster if it wasn't for the fact that the author did a good job with the characterization and the pacing of the story. I read it in one sitting and I was captivated with both Theresa and Sandro's story from start to finish. First off, the story. Sandro was basically blackmailed into marrying Theresa by Theresa's father in exchange for something that Sandro wants very badly. Thinking that Theresa was in on the scheme, Sandro proceeded to make Theresa pay for her father's sins by making her life a living hell. He was downright cruel and hateful to her during this time. This went on for 18 months until Theresa decided she had enough and asks for a divorce. In other words she grew a backbone. Let me tell you, the first half of this book was difficult to read. I couldn't believe how much Theresa had to endure during those 18 months when all she really did was to fall in love her husband who didn't want her. I felt for her but at the same time I was also angry at her for being so gullible and for being a victim. Not fair to do to a book character but there I was, fuming silently and cursing my cousin for bullying me into reading this book. Well, it turns out that this victim mentality started way back during her childhood where she was constantly being rejected by her father. And let me tell you, though I hated Sandro for what he did, I hated her father more. He was downright cruel and not once did he show remorse. He was the one who instigated the deal and led Sandro to believe that Theresa was in on it. Her ass for a father gave an out to the deal. If Theresa can produce a son, then the deal is off and Sandro can have his freedom and the thing he wanted the most. So on and on it goes. For 18 months, Sandro doesn't kiss Theresa even during sex, he doesn't touch her outside the bedroom, goes on to ignore her until he wants sex of course--and get this, every time they finish doing the business, he says the same thing over and over, 'Give me a son, Theresa.' For 18 months every time they have sex, he says those words afterwards. Ugh, I hated Sandro at first but I was happy when he finally manned up and realized how wrong he was about his wife. Don't worry, us, readers don't actually get to see those whole 18 months play out. It was all part of Theresa's inner monologue and it comes up during her conversations with Sandro as well. So the reader gets the whole picture of those 18 months without actually reading the whole thing, if you get my drift. Anyway, as I've said, I was happy with this book and I've grown to love Sandro. You really get to understand his motivation and you will know why he did those things. Not that it was an excuse or anything but the author was able to paint a flawed, believable and most importantly, a redeemable character in Sandro. Theresa, I also loved because she did grow a backbone. I wasn't annoyed at her for keeping Sandro at arms length and disbelieving her husband when he finally tried to win her back. I mean, if I was in her place, going through what she did with her father and Sandro, I would be very suspicious too. I was actually glad she made him suffer a bit. So overall, a very satisfying read. I have long since forgiven my cousin for forcing me to read this, like, four hours ago. And oh, there is a short but sweet epilogue, which was absolutely wonderful. I cried during the epilogue but it was happy tears.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️

    This book was so close to being a five-star read for me, I almost feel guilty rating it four. But five stars is perfection without one iota of changes I'd recommend. Not the case here. But it IS a book I loved, devoured, wished it didn't end so quickly! Why this sat on my kindle for months without reading it, I'm not sure. The book starts out towards the "falling out" period of a marriage. Theresa went into the marriage thinking her husband loved her to find out later it was a contractual th This book was so close to being a five-star read for me, I almost feel guilty rating it four. But five stars is perfection without one iota of changes I'd recommend. Not the case here. But it IS a book I loved, devoured, wished it didn't end so quickly! Why this sat on my kindle for months without reading it, I'm not sure. The book starts out towards the "falling out" period of a marriage. Theresa went into the marriage thinking her husband loved her to find out later it was a contractual thing with her horrid father. Alessandro didn't love her, he married her for personal goals and she was just a pawn between these two men. She wants a divorce...and so their story begins. I'm a huge fan of angst and turmoil in books. This book is riddled with the tug of war of emotions. Eighteen months in, Theresa decides she wants out of this farce of a marriage. Astonished, Sandro has a "come to Jesus" moment realizing how horrible he's been to her and really DOES want her as his wife. She was just part of the deal...marry her, get his dying father's vineyard back before he passes on.... Oh, and sire a son with her so her father has an heir. When did this all turn into feelings? She had no clue this was a deal? She loved him from the beginning? He feels terrible. Now to win her love and trust back is the issue... The book was a great balance of emotional tug of war combined with sexual chemistry. Regardless of their issues, there's a draw between them that's palpable. His touch sends shivers up her spine. Why does her body continue to betray her? What would I change if I could in their story? I wish the book added about 100 pages and gave us more time with the couple in the early "bad days" when their marriage was just a farce. I think I'd appreciate the complete 180' change in Sandro even more. The beginning of the book gives us that background and the struggles Theresa has in a marriage where the only thing they enjoy is their sex life. He doesn't love her, doesn't kiss her, doesn't bring her to social events...she's kept behind closed doors. But if we'd have gotten MORE of those days, I think the huge transition in Sandro would've been that much more captivating. Regardless, I LOVED this book. I was hooked and I read it in a day. I found myself looking at this hot Italian business mogul brought to his knees to try to win back his wife very endearing. Theresa was a tough cookie and rebuilding trust doesn't come easy. Is it worth the battle for Sandro? I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves that angsty tug of war of emotions. He starts out as an anti-hero that quickly gains your loyalty. ***Editing could definitely be cleaned up, however.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    Where's the tissues???? 4.5 stars, rounded up to a 5. Decided to clean out my kindle and found this little gem. Wow this book was good. It had me so emotional that I didn't know what to think and feel. At some stages I was screaming in my head, "don't let that bastard touch you" and "how can you let him touch you?" As the story progressed I started to soften towards Sandro, but until the end I was very much in agreement with Theresa that she should protect her heart until she knew the truth about e Where's the tissues???? 4.5 stars, rounded up to a 5. Decided to clean out my kindle and found this little gem. Wow this book was good. It had me so emotional that I didn't know what to think and feel. At some stages I was screaming in my head, "don't let that bastard touch you" and "how can you let him touch you?" As the story progressed I started to soften towards Sandro, but until the end I was very much in agreement with Theresa that she should protect her heart until she knew the truth about everything. Lots of things in this story that I would normally struggle to get over, but managed to by the end. I took away half a point for some spelling and grammar mistakes, but they didn't distract me too much. Really great emotional read that sucked me in so much I stayed up until midnight to read it in one sitting. I will definitely be reading more from this author.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rag

    Reread: 8/4/16 1/16/17 5/6/17 4/25/18 5 'Balloon' Stars She was just his “temporary” and unwanted wife. If you know anything about me you'll know how much I love arranged marriage/love-hate relationship. It's one of my top favorite topics. Recently I've been struggling with what to read. So as I was scrolling my bookshelf I found this little guy. I remember the title hooked me a long time ago but I just never got to it. And can I just say how glad and happy I am for clicking this book. From the fi Reread: 8/4/16 1/16/17 5/6/17 4/25/18 5 'Balloon' Stars She was just his “temporary” and unwanted wife. If you know anything about me you'll know how much I love arranged marriage/love-hate relationship. It's one of my top favorite topics. Recently I've been struggling with what to read. So as I was scrolling my bookshelf I found this little guy. I remember the title hooked me a long time ago but I just never got to it. And can I just say how glad and happy I am for clicking this book. From the first few words I was hooked. I couldn't stop reading and straight out I knew it was going to be a top favorite for me. “The sex has always been good between us, Theresa… that’s one thing that’s never been in doubt. It’s the one damned thing that’s working in this marriage.” This book would've been 5 stars and a top favorite if it wasn't for the heroine and the editing. In the beginning I was rooting for her and really admired how she started standing up for herself and becoming strong. But she got really annoying the rest of the book. She was insecure(very) and she didn't trust Sandro. I get it, believe me. But it got too much. I feel in love with Sandro though. He was just everything. Overall, I really liked it. And could've fell in love with it if it wasn't for some 'errors'. “I’m your husband…” “No. You are not my husband, You have never been my husband. A husband loves, honours and cherishes! A husband is a lover and a champion…"

  18. 5 out of 5

    NMmomof4

    3.5 Stars Overall Opinion: I had put this off for a while now, and I'm not really sure why. It might be that I saw such mixed reviews and I thought I might have huge issues with the H like I did in A Ruthless Proposition. I did have huge issues with the H. He was a jerk of the biggest kind, and I cried at how he made the h feel! BUT once things came to light as to certain misconceptions he had about his marriage, I actually sympathized with him and ended up liking him more than the h! The h irri 3.5 Stars Overall Opinion: I had put this off for a while now, and I'm not really sure why. It might be that I saw such mixed reviews and I thought I might have huge issues with the H like I did in A Ruthless Proposition. I did have huge issues with the H. He was a jerk of the biggest kind, and I cried at how he made the h feel! BUT once things came to light as to certain misconceptions he had about his marriage, I actually sympathized with him and ended up liking him more than the h! The h irritated me at times with her grudges. And it get it! Mean words can cut deeper than physical! But she took it to a level that became annoying to me. She's the reason for it not being a 4 star read. Oh, btw! I thought this narrator on KU was amazing! I hope I'll find more audiobooks with her in the future :) Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Theresa and Sandro's story. This story starts when Theresa has had enough of the indifference and mistreatment she is getting from Sandro, and asks for a divorce. He demands that she give him a son in exchange for the divorce. She starts pushing away and makes big efforts to not take is mistreatment anymore. After some startling discoveries about the events that lead up to their marriage, both of them start to look at each other in different lights. They have some major obstacles to get over, but they do get a HEA ending. POV: This was told in Theresa's POV. Overall Pace of Story: Good. I thought it flowed well. Instalove: No. They are married at the beginning of the story with their own feelings mostly developed. H rating: 3.5 stars. Sandro. I hated him at first with a passion, but I actually ended up liking him more than the h! If that's not good storytelling I don't know what is! h rating: 3 stars. Theresa. I had some issues with her stubbornness, and that she didn't just have outright conversations about what was bothering her instead of being passive aggressive at times. Sadness level: Low/moderate. I personally cried a good bit when she was being hurt by the H, but I don't think everyone will. I've always been a crybaby in the unrequited love type scenarios. Push/Pull: Yes (view spoiler)[ The H takes out his resentment about their marriage on the h by treating her poorly, but once he realizes that she didn't have anything to do with it he is distraught about his behavior. He then actively pursues her and tries to get her to forgive his behavior and love him again. The h does pushing away because of his past mistreatment of her up until the end. (hide spoiler)] Heat level: Moderate. They have some good chemistry and scenes. Descriptive sex: Yes Safe sex: No and yes. They are trying to get pregnant, and then condoms are used when they aren't. OW/OM drama: Yes (view spoiler)[ There is a woman back in Italy that the H had previous relations with that he thought he loved when he first got married to the h. The h believes that he still loves this OW, and some of his family is still adamant that he still loves her too. He claimed that he stopped having feelings for her and never had anything physical with her after he was married to the h. (hide spoiler)] Sex scene with OW or OM: No Cheating: (view spoiler)[ No. Though the h believes that the H had other partners. When he thought she was part of the arrangement, he would parade other women in front of the media -- but he claimed to never have done anything with them. (hide spoiler)] Separation: Not technically (view spoiler)[ They are physically separated when he goes to Italy, but they aren't broken up. (hide spoiler)] Possible Triggers: Mild (view spoiler)[ Borderline emotional abuse, arranged marriage, and loss of a parent. (hide spoiler)] Closure: This had a cute epilogue with a HEA ending. How I got it: It was part of my kindle unlimited subscription. Safety: Safe/Safe with exception depending on personal preferences (view spoiler)[ - Does Not have cheating - Does Not have a descriptive sex scene with OW/OM - Does have the h pushing the H away - Does Not have a separation between the h and H - Does Not have abuse (maybe borderline emotional abuse before story started) - Does Not have OTT sad parts - Does have a HEA ending (hide spoiler)]

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    Wow....did this one pack a punch. I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading till 4AM. This is one of those wonderful intense reads that delivers everything you want. This story is about two people who marry for frankly all the wrong reasons. One marries for love, not bothering to stop and reflect how much she knows the man or whether she understands if her feelings are returned. The other decides to marry in order to get his hands on a broken down vineyard in Italy. The book opens after our her Wow....did this one pack a punch. I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading till 4AM. This is one of those wonderful intense reads that delivers everything you want. This story is about two people who marry for frankly all the wrong reasons. One marries for love, not bothering to stop and reflect how much she knows the man or whether she understands if her feelings are returned. The other decides to marry in order to get his hands on a broken down vineyard in Italy. The book opens after our heroine has been living in the marriage from hell for the last 18 months..... I highly, highly recommend this book. Especially for those HP junkies...who love the theme, but often finish the book wishing the content delivered more. My only regrets are the following..and they are regrets because I loved the book so much 1) I wished that the author had put more focus on the battered wife syndrome...because she actually did show symptoms of that throughout the book. Her cousin in-law does reference it towards the end, but it is dropped like an irrelevant point. I think that would have carried this book to an even higher plateau. 2) Though, Sandro claims he was never sexually unfaithful to her.....He was guilty of a far worse crime. He was unfaithful when it came to intimacy. The fact that he could go out with Francesca every time he was in Italy and dance, look happy..kiss her...and still claim he was never unfaithful didn't seem right. The fact that she welcomed that pitiful excuse, lessened her somewhat. 3) The whole blackmail issue just didn't sit well with me. Sandro was not blackmailed, he chose to accept the terms of marriage that her Father set out. Frankly, those terms weren't different than the ones done years ago when marriages were arranged. The fact that he accepted the terms, and then chose to make her life hell lessened him in my eyes. I must be ruthless, or just too ornery these days, cause I still would have kicked him to the curb! BUT I LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melanie A.

    5 STARS! Chemistry was a terrible thing; sometimes it simply sparked between the wrong people. The Unwanted Wife is a book that I've been meaning to read for YEARS but just never got around to it. When I saw Lydia's review yesterday, I said what the heck. Ha! I started and then I couldn't stop until it was done. LOVED it! There are a million reviews already so I won't bore you with mine. I'll just say: If you haven't read it yet, get on it! 5 STARS! Chemistry was a terrible thing; sometimes it simply sparked between the wrong people. The Unwanted Wife is a book that I've been meaning to read for YEARS but just never got around to it. When I saw Lydia's review yesterday, I said what the heck. Ha! I started and then I couldn't stop until it was done. LOVED it! There are a million reviews already so I won't bore you with mine. I'll just say: If you haven't read it yet, get on it!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

    I stumbled on this book by pure chance. It was on Amazon, it was a cheap purchase...and I thought "what the heck". I now have myself an author who I am eagerly anticipating future books from. It's almost hard to believe that she doesn't have any other books out (at least none I have heard of) Alessandro de Lucci and Theresa de Lucci have been married for over a year. All Sandro wans from his wife is a son, and after a year of wanting nothing more than her husband's love, all Theresa wants now is I stumbled on this book by pure chance. It was on Amazon, it was a cheap purchase...and I thought "what the heck". I now have myself an author who I am eagerly anticipating future books from. It's almost hard to believe that she doesn't have any other books out (at least none I have heard of) Alessandro de Lucci and Theresa de Lucci have been married for over a year. All Sandro wans from his wife is a son, and after a year of wanting nothing more than her husband's love, all Theresa wants now is a divorce. However after a year of being cold and heartless to his wife, Sandro realizes that he is not quite ready to let her go. This book was amazing and heart breaking. Theresa goes from a meek little mouse to a woman who is finally able to take charge of her life. What she wants first, is out of her cold and loveless marriage. However, upon discovering that his reasons for resenting Theresa are not quite what he thought them to be, Sandro doesn't want to let his wife go. I wanted to hate him, I wanted to slap him, and until the last page I was rooting for him. There are many tear jerking moments, steamy moments, and just so much more to this book than what the blurb hints to. It was so good that I read the whole thing in one sitting...I just couldn't put it down. Looking forward to future works from Ms. Anders

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nikki ღ Navareus

    I read this story for the first time back in 2012. I freaking LOVED it. I was new to Goodreads back then, and didn't really write reviews, so I ended up just giving it 5 stars, but no written review. This is one of my most favorite books, and after reading it again for the 4th time, I decided that it's way past time for me to give this story a better review. So, here it goes. This is the story of Theresa and Alessandro, a couple who are locked together in a most unhappy and miserable marriage. Al I read this story for the first time back in 2012. I freaking LOVED it. I was new to Goodreads back then, and didn't really write reviews, so I ended up just giving it 5 stars, but no written review. This is one of my most favorite books, and after reading it again for the 4th time, I decided that it's way past time for me to give this story a better review. So, here it goes. This is the story of Theresa and Alessandro, a couple who are locked together in a most unhappy and miserable marriage. Alessandro can barely stand his wife, and he treats her despicably so there's no misunderstanding of his feelings towards her. Theresa has adored Alessandro since before they were married, but she's finally gotten sick enough of his treatment to finally ask for a divorce. She just cannot take his hatefulness and hurtfulness towards her any longer. Alessandro, stunned by her declaration of wanting a divorce, now decides he wants what he can no longer have. What he should have appreciated the entire marriage. There's more to the story, secrets unfold, truths are told, and there's now a baby in the mix. I'm not going to go into a long description of everything that happened between them in their story. It's a pretty short read, but it's powerfully packed with angst, tears and sadness. Natasha Anders has a gift for writing sad stories. She wrenched out every emotion like a punch to the gut. The Unwanted Wife pulls me in every time I'm the mood for a great story that's full of angst and sadness, but then turns around by the ending with an awesome HEA.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Somia

    So, this was an unintentional re-re-read, I don’t know how I spaced on the fact that I had read this and a number of other books by the author a few years ago. Luckily it was an enjoyable re-re-read. This book reminds me a fair bit of the Mills and Boons Modern books I used to read prolifically, once upon a time. The story gives us wealthy and arrogant Italian Sandro De Lucci and naïve Theresa Noble, Theresa fell for Sandro the minute she saw him, but Sandro’s reasons for marriage are substantial So, this was an unintentional re-re-read, I don’t know how I spaced on the fact that I had read this and a number of other books by the author a few years ago. Luckily it was an enjoyable re-re-read. This book reminds me a fair bit of the Mills and Boons Modern books I used to read prolifically, once upon a time. The story gives us wealthy and arrogant Italian Sandro De Lucci and naïve Theresa Noble, Theresa fell for Sandro the minute she saw him, but Sandro’s reasons for marriage are substantially different, and his perceptions of Theresa marred by her horrible father. Due to this Theresa finds herself trapped in a loveless and cold marriage – heat only to be found in the marriage bed. There are moments in this where Sandro is an ass of epic proportions and you will want to chuck something at him, and wish that Theresa would just leave. As Sandro realises how wrong he was we see him thaw when it comes to Theresa, and attempt to make up for being such a cold, distant douche. The book was a tad short but still a pleasing read, I was in the right mood for this type of book, a few days ago my mood would have led me to removing this book well before the half way mark. Acquired via KU.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Wil Loves Books!

    Yes to all the groveling!!! This was a quick but amazing read. This book has been recommended to me a few times in the past, and after recently reading a book where the hero messes up but there’s zero groveling, I knew this would be my next read. I love a hero who completely messes up but completely redeems myself, and that is Sandro to a T. He started up highly unlikeable, as in he was a grade A jerk, yet he was able to get his act together and get his girl. Theresa was also a very strong charac Yes to all the groveling!!! This was a quick but amazing read. This book has been recommended to me a few times in the past, and after recently reading a book where the hero messes up but there’s zero groveling, I knew this would be my next read. I love a hero who completely messes up but completely redeems myself, and that is Sandro to a T. He started up highly unlikeable, as in he was a grade A jerk, yet he was able to get his act together and get his girl. Theresa was also a very strong character and I really liked her. If you love groveling as much as you do, then this is definitely the book for you!!!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Reads Ravenously

    I've read this book countless times, and it still holds up! If you haven't read this book, we can't be friends anymore :P

  26. 5 out of 5

    Roksana

    UPDATING MY REVIEW 2013 3 STARS 2016 2 STARS I was really torn with my estimation of how to rate this book... Definitely heroine let the hero work hard to get back to her good grades, hence the stars are only for her super character! I did not like the Hero...he calls heroine "a bitch" WOW charming..even in anger you do not call your significant other that name, its offensive and disrespectful..there is a line you do not cross, otherwise it becomes "an abuse" That's what happened here, he called her UPDATING MY REVIEW 2013 3 STARS 2016 2 STARS I was really torn with my estimation of how to rate this book... Definitely heroine let the hero work hard to get back to her good grades, hence the stars are only for her super character! I did not like the Hero...he calls heroine "a bitch" WOW charming..even in anger you do not call your significant other that name, its offensive and disrespectful..there is a line you do not cross, otherwise it becomes "an abuse" That's what happened here, he called her that once and wanted to say again, but stopped himself, just really very nasty Hero...simply put he was a liar and after promising the heroine he would call her after leaving her for his trip to Italy about his father, he never called and on top of that the heroine saw "him with the OW" kissing/hugging/touching...and I did not buy his crap explanation about them being in the same circle therefore, it give him the licence to dance with the other woman and kissing her on the chick and mouth? whilst the heroine was going through a difficult time with her pregnancy..sorry he made promises and instead of calling her he chose to spend his time with the OW! He's is A grade despicable douchebag!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    Really liked this one. Got it as a freebie on Amazon but would definitely have paid money for it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline's Reads

    5 Stars!!! ”You’re the sun I revolve around…” From page 1… I absolutely, jumping-for-joy LOVED THE UNWANTED WIFE!!! Theresa has been married to her cold husband, Alessandro, for over a year and half and finally she requested a divorced. Alessandro refuses to divorce her until he gets a son. Theresa doesn’t understand why Alessandro won’t divorce her and Teresa is tired of being the quiet “doormat” wife. As Theresa finally voices her opinion, Alessandro sees a different side of Theresa and doesn’t 5 Stars!!! ”You’re the sun I revolve around…” From page 1… I absolutely, jumping-for-joy LOVED THE UNWANTED WIFE!!! Theresa has been married to her cold husband, Alessandro, for over a year and half and finally she requested a divorced. Alessandro refuses to divorce her until he gets a son. Theresa doesn’t understand why Alessandro won’t divorce her and Teresa is tired of being the quiet “doormat” wife. As Theresa finally voices her opinion, Alessandro sees a different side of Theresa and doesn’t quite know what to do about it. Okay, so the summary/blurb is okay right? I’ve read the summary so many times and every time I read it, I thought to myself, it’s just not my thing, BUT I kept on going back to the raving reviews and just decided to give it a go, if anything else, I could pick up another book. Within the first page, you are hit BAM with jam pack drama and I was tingling with excitement. I was really shock with all the intensity, especially reading from the first chapter. I actually was so upset I started late at night knowing I couldn’t finish until the next day. THE UNWANTED WIFE was written in Theresa’s POV and she really is the perfect Heroine. I didn’t think Theresa was weak nor a doormat, I truly felt she just had enough. Realistically, I am not sure if any sane women could be in an emotional abusive relationship for a year and 8 months, but it’s a story and I went with it. I LOVED LOVED LOVED Alessandro, mind you I shook my head when I read his past mishaps, but really he’s my ideal Hero. He’s very angry, aggressive and wears his heart on his sleeve. Even though everything was from Theresa’s POV, I understood and saw Alessandro’s frustrations. I really enjoyed his character from page 1 to the ending. There was a lot of character build up and I am so glad a lot of the questions were answered in the beginning of the story. The main story is simply about Alessandro and Theresa’s relationship. I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy these kinds of books. Even though I wish it was longer and I wish I could read from Alessandro’s POV, there were so many things I look for in a book and got ten-folds in THE UNWANTED WIFE. I loved reading the story in chronological order (I can’t stand flash backs). I LOVED the HEAVY DRAMA and high tension, especially the back and forth banter. I loved the character development and having my ideal Hero and Heroine characters. I truly believe the reviews would have given a 5 star rating if it wasn’t for the grammar mistakes, but this is a self published book, so it’s something I’m very okay with over-looking. I look at the writing style and plot, not necessarily if it’s grammatically correct. THE UNWANTED WIFE is a GREAT read and I recommend!!! AMAZON For more reviews, visit http://jacquelinesreads.blogspot.com/

  29. 5 out of 5

    Didi

    Once I picked this up, I had a hard time putting it down. It was really good. My heart broke for Theresa and the veil of deceit she lived under. Her father was a bad and ruthless man putting his daughters happiness at stake and jeopardizing her life. While at first I didn't like Sandro at all, he was a genuine ass, he transformed into an incredible and dedicated man. It was his turnaround that impressed me. Believing Theresa well aware of her fathers trickery, he sought to make her life hell. No Once I picked this up, I had a hard time putting it down. It was really good. My heart broke for Theresa and the veil of deceit she lived under. Her father was a bad and ruthless man putting his daughters happiness at stake and jeopardizing her life. While at first I didn't like Sandro at all, he was a genuine ass, he transformed into an incredible and dedicated man. It was his turnaround that impressed me. Believing Theresa well aware of her fathers trickery, he sought to make her life hell. No touching unless in the throes of sex, no kissing or any form of affection in any way, he made sure Theresa knew how little respect and love he had for her. But when he clued in, wow! He cleaned up in the most admirable of ways. My problem with this book lies with Theresa, however. I completely understood her suspicions when Sandro turned a new leaf. For almost 2 years, he had mistreated her, so being wary of him was expected. She wanted to leave him--legit, but what pissed me off was her insistence and stubbornness regarding Sandro's change of heart. Even when it became obvious to her friends and family that Sandro was genuine, she pushed and pushed. I wanted to slap her after a while! Regardless, Sandro and Theresa really persevered in the face of scrutiny and her fathers manipulation. Loved Sandro's vulnerability and Theresa's eventual ability to trust him again. The epilogue was sweet and nothing short of a lovely new beginning! Really looking forward to Bryce's story in, A Husband's Regret.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Much better than I thought.. 4 stars

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