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The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders

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Initial post: Oct 5, 2012 7:58:16 AM PDT
readtoomuch says:
I read The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders and really enjoyed it with an almost devastated heart at times. I've read the posts from the Worst Betrayal thread and the Hero is crazy in love/possessive thread, but what really squeezed my heart tight (in addition to the posts already made in those threads) were when: (spoilers ahead)

-She realized that EVERY time they had sex and he said those infamous five words, he said them not because he actually wanted a son, but because he wanted to be away from her, to get a divorce, to finally fulfill his "bargain" with her father.

Oh God, when she said those words out loud to Sandro, I could feel her pain. All those times she was coming down from the high, not just from sex, but being WITH him - close to him, touching him, and to realize that even while he was coming, he was thinking about getting away from her and her father. God, my throat is closing up just thinking that after everything else she learned and realized, and then to discover this... how devastating

-One thing that I like what this author did with Theresa's character was she didn't make Theresa really vindictive. Although Sandro treated her extremely poorly - from making her believe he had been unfaithful to treating her like a stranger - in the end, one of the reasons she kept asking for the divorce and really wanted her baby to be a son was so Sandro could be free to marry the woman he really loved and have the life he wanted.

She loved him that much that she wanted him to be happy. She was genuinely sorry for what her father did and her inadvertent part in it (by not hiding that she had fallen for Sandro when she met him).

-What also made my throat close up was the very brief mention of how Sandro WAS happy and laughing those brief moments with her before they married/around the time they first met. It was those few words that made me believe in Theresa's initial hope for their marriage and why she didn't really understand how cold and distant he had become. And then her wedding night? GOD! That in itself was a betrayal to her. I am thankful that I, as a reader, didn't have to experience it with her as it happened.

-All that and so much more, I couldn't blame her for not believing Sandro when he was trying to earn her trust, love, and affection. I couldn't blame her for being bitter. And personally, I LOVE the fact that she asked for the divorce BEFORE she even found out about the deal/bargain/blackmail (whatever you want to call it) between her father and her "husband." I really liked that the catalyst for the divorce was because she had decided she had had enough and deserved more and better.

Was The Unwanted Wife perfect? Nope, there are a few unanswered questions about Francesca that a vengeful, bloodthirsty reader like myself wanted resolved, but did I believe in the HEA? did I believe that Sandro and Theresa were able to overcome the sad state of their relationship to trust and love each other? Yes and Yes. This will definitely be on my "Heroes regret" re-read list, next to Second Chances by Lauren Dane.

BTW, I loved Sandro's new five words were for Theresa. Thanks to the author for that.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 8:18:27 AM PDT
Mo says:
Read it a few days ago and I really liked it also. Look forward to more from this author.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 8:31:39 AM PDT
Ikie says:
I read The Unwanted Wife in one sitting last week, couldn't put it down! Had just about everything that I want in a romance. I hear she may have another book out around mid Dec. It's also nice to see her responding to posts in the threads. This book is on my list of top 5 books for 2012 and that's saying something with as many books as I read (approx 5 a week).

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 8:37:54 AM PDT
Kate Barley says:
I liked the betrayal, angst and grovelling like everyone else but I also loved the heroine's character. She started off weak and then changed because of how the hero treated her -- she was hurt and disillusioned but not bitter and b!tchy which I can't stand.

It was great that she treated him how he treated her (no kissing, showering after sex, leaving without saying anything) so that he could appreciate how badly he behaved. I don't agree with other posters who think she succumbed to the magin pen -- she was using the magic pen for her own satisfaction and didn't waver over her divorce stance even after sex so the magic pen wasn't so magical in her case. The hero showed true remorse, tried to make up for his actions and couldn't regain the heroine's trust for months.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 9:31:41 AM PDT
Michigangirl says:
I love this book also, and I've already read it twice.

I agree about the pen is mightier, she wasn't denying herself sex with him, but she wasn't confusing it with a relationship at any time, so any sex she had with him didn't bother me. Quite frankly, after all the horrible mental and verbal abuse he did with her, I'm pretty sure sex to her had NOTHING to do with emotion at that point.

While I liked that the heroine wasn't out to get revenge on him, I liked it for the general idea that she was DONE. There was no need for revenge, because she was through with him, he didn't matter anymore, she just wanted it over and done with. If she'd wanted revenge, that would mean that she still cared.

But one thing I didn't actually like about her, is that she wanted out for HIM, so he could have his life. There's being done, there's revenge, and then there's looking out for yourself. When she asked for a divorce, it wasn't for him, it wasn't for revenge, it was because she was finally looking out for herself.

And that's what I admired about her. Her cousin or cousin in law probably, said it best when she was going off about being happy for him to finally get the life he wanted. You've got abused wife syndrome, he's an a****le.

The truth of the matter is, the only thing holding her into that marriage at that point was the loan for her cousin, which I also didn't get since neither her cousin nor her cousin's husband liked the hero. Why accept a loan from him? Why not make sure you can pay him off or the contract is air tight when you find out what kind of man he is?

And he only gave her that loan because he needed to have something to hold the heroine to him. The only people getting anything out of that deal were the hero and her father. In the hero's own mind, the heroine was getting him out of the deal so she was happy.

So why shouldn't she want out for herself? To get away from being emotionally and verbally abused by the people in her life. I didn't want her to stick with him for him, I didn't want her to give him what he wanted. Why did he deserve to get what he wanted?

What did he ever do to deserve it? He did nothing. He didn't deserve it. Sure he did it all for his poor dying father. He sacrificed himself. But he didn't really. Instead he used and abused the heroine for well over a year. SHE was the only innocent victim in the whole thing. Of her father and of her husband.

She didn't OWE him anything. He used and abused her for his own purposes. He made a contract and took out his frustrations on her. He never actually DID anything to her father, and that was the man who'd really blackmailed him.

He admitted that going out with those other women was just to get back at her father. How so? Her father didn't even like her, and he was aware of that. All he cared about was that he got her pregnant and she had a son.

So the reality is, when he went out with those other women, he was NOT getting back at her father, he was getting back at her. He was showing HER that she might be married to him, but he was still living his life anyway, and he was going back to that life just as soon as she had a son.

She didn't OWE him anything, he owed her.

Yes, she had a fault in it too, her fault was in rushing into the marriage with him, and putting up with the abuse for as long as she did. But she only owed it to herself to correct that, and correcting that was to finally put herself first and do something about it. She was doing that. But in no way should she have stuck with that horrible marriage just so that HE could get what he wanted. He did not deserve anything she did for him. And she didn't owe him anything to do it for him.

Her father might owe him for attempting to blackmail him, but not really. Quite frankly, her father owed her for using marriage to her as a blackmail technique, but the hero always had the choice to say no. And no matter how much the hero's father regretted losing that land, it should have meant way more to him in the end that his son was happy, than that he had his land back. If his options were getting back the land but his son married to a horrible woman, versus never seeing the land again but his son getting to live his life, this nice old wonderful man who just was soooooo happy that there was love for his son, would have chosen his family above his land. He did the first time.

I really do love this book, and most of what is said, I'm just really tired of the heroine OWING it to the hero because of something her family, that she's not even a part of, did to him. ESPECIALLY when he agreed to the terms and did his own bit of using.

That's one of the few times in the book where I was NOT happy with the heroine.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 11:59:17 AM PDT
vdamat says:
Thanks ladies,this books sounds like something that I would like to read.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 1:56:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 5, 2012 2:02:19 PM PDT
Beeg Panda says:
I especially loved:
The writing style- is this a first time writer? Cos she's a darn sight better than many often published authors.  I'm looking forward to any future books by Ms Anders.
The realistic, unforced dialogue. It was like actually listening to normal people conversing, nothing was affected/unnatural 
It was an edgy, emotional read that had me crying. Continuously. 
The sexy, tasteful, passionate intense  love scenes and the palpable sexual tension between the H and h.
That the H was pure gorgeous alpha male, possessive, totally thrown, bewildered by the strength of his feelings for h.
That the H, despite being a childish, sulking bastard, could be brought to tears in his grief.
That he chose to be with her over his family once he realized how he felt about her.
Reminded me of a Modern Mills and Boon and how much I used to enjoy how "These stories are all about passion and escape-glamorous international settings, captivating women and the seductive, tempting men who want them." 

I didn't like that:
The h didnt socialise, had no occupation, housework or kids to keep her busy. No friends, family or in-laws except her cousin and CIL. So what did she do with herself for last couple of years, alone in that house? She had a hobby but how else did she occupy herself day in and day out for months on end?

She came from a financially privelidged background, probably attended good schools but totally admits she is "technologically-backward. She could barely operate her mobile phone, so e-mailing, instant messaging and every other form of electronic -inging, left her completely baffled"

She cried THROUGHOUT the book. Probably pregnancy hormones, depression because of the sheer hopelessness of her situation. I would be depressed too if the 2 men in my life (father and husband) despised my very existence. She is emotionally abused, in a rut from which she uses every excuse to not remove herself, defends her abuser - all signs of "battered wife syndrome".  

He didn't call her like he promised, while he was away, fully aware of her difficult pregnancy 

His ridiculous explanation of why he spent so much time kissing, touching, dancing, smiling with Francesca and WHY he didn't her call when he was away.

Glad they had their HEA and hope we get a glimpse of their future together, if Ms Anders decides to make a series with maybe some of Sandro's sexy Friday night buddies.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 2:04:12 PM PDT
readtoomuch says:
I, too, was excited that she's writing another story with someone that we may have had a glimpse of in TUW. I think she said it wasn't Gabe (too bad), but for some reason the brief mention of Rick's gruff/anti-social brother, Bryce, made me curious about him. I'm just glad I don't have to wait a year for another story. I can wait until Nov/Dev, but my fingers are crossed that my expectations don't make her next story a disappointment.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 2:10:03 PM PDT
Beeg Panda says:
Read, I'm obviously tired and not thinking straight, but I can't find a blog or website of the author. I'd like to follow her work. I see her on GR only

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 2:18:30 PM PDT
Melanie says:
Beeg, Same here. I googled her, but couldn't find a website/blog.

Read, Would you please post a link =)

I loved this one as well. 4.5 stars for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 2:18:47 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 5, 2012 2:29:11 PM PDT
readtoomuch says:
She doesn't seem to have a blog or website (not yet). She "commented" on some of the reviews and indicated that she's working on the next book due out in Nov/Dec (prob. Dec) with a very small tie to TUW.

ETA: Here's what the author posted on the Grovel thread:

Hey all

So, I'm a little bit wary of posting anything related to my book on any forum on Amazon. So I'd just like to state that I'm in no way, shape or form trying to pawn my book off onto anyone who doesn't wish to buy it. If you have bought it or if you got your copy while it was on promotion I'd like to thank you very, VERY much. I appreciate your support.

I love this thread and have been following it for years. I may even have contributed a few times (I've contributed to a few threads on here over the past few years. I love the romance forum!!). I enjoy the forums not because I'm trying to figure out what readers want but because I genuinely am looking for book recommendations a lot of the time. Anyway, who doesn't love a good grovel on occasion?

So that said, I appreciate any and all feedback on TUW. Positive and negative. Negative because it does help me know what to stay away from in future stories. At the same time people have very contradictory ideas of what they like and don't like. Some like a protracted grovel, others feel "enough already" after a few chapters. Some enjoyed Theresa, others felt that she may have been a little too weak. In the end I have to go with what I'd like to read in a book. Trust me when I say I hate it when the Hs do something awful to the h and then after a brief apology it's all smiles and roses again. Drives me CRAZY.

Anyway, so I see that there are concerns about both the phonecall and the funeral picture. I'm sorry I didn't address the phonecall again but in my mind he was talking about Francesca to one of his sisters. I admit to it being a bit of a plot device too but now that I've seen everybody's reaction to it, I regret not having Theresa ask him about it. Also when she finally asked for clarification on the Francesca situation in the end it was months later and the phonecall simply didn't weigh as heavily in her (and MY) mind as it obviously did in all of yours. I'm sorry it wasn't addressed.

As for the funeral, I answered the question in reply to one of your many wonderful reviews (thank you so much :D), Sandro was at his father's funeral and he wasn't as aware of who was standing next to him as he should have been. I'd like to think that if he'd realised the press would be there, he would have made a point of moving away from that nasty cow.

A lot of other people have stated that they would have liked to get into Sandro's head a bit more. I wanted to write something similar to the old school HP romances (I loved so many of them when I was a teenager) and I didn't want to let people know my H's every thought. A lot of my favourite old HP romance authors wrote well enough so that we could tell what the hero was feeling without ever really seeing into his head and I wanted to do that with Sandro. I wanted people to be able to tell that he was buying her balloons and flowers because he had listened to her earlier in the book - rather than giving them a blow-by-blow account of every single thought going through his head. I don't always write that way, in fact this is one of the only stories I have that was written from only the h's POV but it was a very deliberate choice I made when I started writing the book.

Oh, and Theresa stayed with Sandro for 18 months because she really didn't have much of a backbone. The book was all about her FINDING said backbone. She finds out that she's pregnant very soon after the start of the book (in fact she's already pregnant at the beginning of the book), so she stays with him for the duration of the book because now that she's pregnant there's finally an end in sight.

I know there are a few inconsistencies. I'm sorry, I should have caught them all while editing and proofreading. I cringed a little when I read Rappacini's posts (ouch). I'm a little annoyed with myself for missing them. I know we should never proofread our own work but my friends don't read romance (philistines! :P) and in the end after sitting on this story for a while I just wanted to get it out there before I lost my courage.

Again, thank you so much for reading, recommending and reviewing The Unwanted Wife. I appreciate it and I hope you enjoy many re-reads in the future :D I hope that this post has addressed a few of your concerns.

Have a lovely day/evening.


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 2:54:43 PM PDT
Beeg Panda says:
Read, it looks like she's written other books as well then.
" I don't always write that way, in fact this is one of the only stories I have that was written from only the h's POV but it was a very deliberate choice I made when I started writing the book."

If I wasn't so wary of reading through the "grovel" discussions, I'd ask her there. But I know if even GO there I'm gonna freak myself out with all the grovel books LOL.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 7:00:59 PM PDT
I can't believe TUW has its own thread!!! I'm very excited and flattered to see it. I appreciate the fact that even those of you who finished reading it days ago are still talking about it!

Thank you so much! As a first time, self-published author, I couldn't have wished for a better reception to my book.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 7:10:53 PM PDT
readtoomuch says:
We very much enjoyed The Unwanted Wife and are eagerly waiting for more stories from you.

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 7:53:22 PM PDT
Yes Natasha! Get back to that typewriter this minute!

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 8:45:20 PM PDT
Melanie says:
Natasha, It is always a pleasure to discover a new author. I loved your debut book and have already shelved it for a re-read. Very much looking forward to your next book. Any hints about who, what, when? Do you have a blog/webpage?

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 8:49:45 PM PDT
T. Smith says:
I have to admit, I totally missed that the story takes place in Australia (or I assume it does) until I got the part about the balloon and the statement about it being July and the middle of winter. I had to stop and re-read a few times before I told myself.... right, it must take place south of the equator.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 8:59:27 PM PDT
ambrosia says:
Beef Panda: didn't the h make jewelry or something? I thought the H was shocked to find out what she did with her time. Or am I thinking of a different book?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 9:15:37 PM PDT
Melanie says:
Ambrosia, yes, she did make jewelry =)

Posted on Oct 5, 2012 10:25:39 PM PDT
Being an Australian I'm sure I would have picked that up - I am certain it took place in Cape Town (SA). Admittedly, you had to blink to miss it - there was barely any geographical reference...
I recall thinking it was the first time I'd ever read a book set in SA. A refreshing change from Seattle (or an island off Seattle coastline).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2012 12:26:20 AM PDT
Beeg Panda says:
 Cape Town South Africa is the setting and I loved it even more for that. The 2 suburbs mentioned : Newlands and Clifton are perfect locations for Lisa and Theresa's homes. Another reason why the book felt so real to me, being from SA I could connect with them even more so.

Ambrosia - yes, the h's hobby I spoke about earlier, it's jewelry design. She mentions wanting to study this subject so maybe we will, in future books, see how well she's done in that avenue.

Ms Anders, you've FOUND us! YAY!
Your book deserves its own thread of course LOL. I think we're probably gonna be talking about your book for a longgggg time. And reccing it all over the show too.

In another discussion we were lamenting the fact that authors lately tend to drag out the HEA of one couple over a period of 3 or even 4 books, its so frustrating for many readers, but I can safely say, in THIS instance, I wouldn't mind paying a reasonable price for a follow up little novella on Sandro and Theresa, where we can see how totally whipped Sandro is and how unresolved issues are tied up.

A few questions, if you don't mind answering when you have a moment (don't want to take you away from your writing longer than necessary lol)

- Are you planning to publish the works you speak about in the other post? We're kinda stalkerish in that way, wanting to gobble up anything a favorite author has to offer. It seems like you've been writing forever, the words just seem to flow effortlessly. You are blessed with a wonderful talent.

- The book which comes out in Dec, can you tell us if Bryce is the the H? 

- Newlands for Lisa and Clifton for Theresa - given there financial status, these locations are absolutely perfect for them - have you seen the suburbs or is this just from your research? 

- blog, facebook, or website address, and if you don't have one yet, can you pop in here at a later stage to share it with us so we can follow you there? 

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 12:36:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2012 12:49:23 AM PDT
vdamat says:
A very big THANK YOU ladies for the rec on this book.I loved this book.What a great job this author didd with the couple in this story.From the first to the last page,I have to say that I was totally engrossed in this book.Well done job for a first time author.Will def be reading more from this author.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 12:38:12 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2012 12:39:30 AM PDT
RgReader says:
I think Harlequin should publish Anders for the Desire or Presents line.

My only big issue is I wish the grovel would have dragged on a little longer.

Oh, did this book take place in South Africa??? Unsual setting if so.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 12:48:05 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 6, 2012 12:49:41 AM PDT
Beeg Panda

I'm happy somebody picked up on the fact that they were from Cape Town. I didn't realise I hadn't made that clear enough :( I'm Capetonian myself and I felt I had to write about a place that I was personally familiar with. Besides I can't imagine a more beautiful setting ;)

I have a blog and FB but they're both personal. I haven't actually properly posted on the blog in a while, I've just been adding pics and youtube links :-/ I didn't think about starting author's blogs or FB pages until it was mentioned in here. I mean I have been writing (for my own pleasure) for years but I just published TUW a week ago and didn't expect to get such a wonderful response at all. I'm currently in the process of setting up a Goodreads account as per a recommendation in the "Grovel" forum. I'll let you know when I have it properly set up.

And spot on guess about Bryce. I have it completed but I have to work out a few timeline issues (and the usual editing issues) because I'd originally written that story before TUW. But that's all I can say. No self-promotion as per forum rules :)

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 12:50:17 AM PDT
Oh, Beeg Panda, you're right. When I say there was litte geographical reference I meant in terms of the bigger picture (Country, State). Newands and Clifton got plenty of mention, but they didn't mean anything to me because I'm not familiar as you are :-)
Loved this book. We've been lucky lately with a couple of new surprises (On Dublin Street, The Unwanted Wife), and the releases of Love Unrehearsed and the new Bared to You sequel.
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