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The Elusive Wife Paperback – November 14, 2013
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All books in the series are standalones and can be read separately.
The Elusive Wife
The Duke's Quandary
The Lady's Disgrace
The Barons' Betrayal
The Highlander's Choice
The Highlander's Accidental Marriage
The Earl's Return
The Duke's Christmas Conquest (Christmas, 2017)
About the Author
USA Today best selling author of The Elusive Wife, Callie Hutton writes both Western Historical and Regency romance, with "historic elements and sensory details" (The Romance Reviews). She also pens an occasional contemporary or two. Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, and daughter-in-law (thankfully all not in the same house), and her top cheerleader husband of thirty-eight years. She also recently welcomed twin grandsons to her ever expanding family. Callie loves to hear from readers, and would welcome you as a "friend" on Facebook. You can contact her through her website: calliehutton.com, or write her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Actually, although I'm not of the opinion the writing was all that great, once I got past the drunken, boorish behavior of the El Jerko hero, Jason, Earl of Coventry, as he was described in the beginning pages of the book, the story kept my interest enough for me to want to find out how his wife, Olivia, would get her payback.
Olivia held to her course for a long time and Jason deserved everything she handed him. In the end, he gained my affection and Olivia had my approval to forgive him. I agree 100% with one other reviewer who indicated the repetitive comments about "Jason's pants tightening" due to his physical response to Olivia was just unnecessary. Really! There are much more creative ways to express the physical response of a man's libido when encountering a woman who he finds attractive. Come on, authors - let go of some of this overdone phrasing for good! To say, it's less than creative is an understatement.
I didn't find this book to be a great read and not even funny as I had hoped it would be, but a nice, easy read. I'll read some other books by this author, but this one struck me as using way too much descriptive text when a bit more dialogue might have made the book more enjoyable.
This delightfully funny twist on the mistaken identity romance had plenty of laughable moments along the way, but over time, Jason develops in a more complex character than the rake he appears to be at the outset. While I was gratified to see him receive his comeuppance more than once along the way, I found myself cheering for this unlikely union before long. A fun, lighthearted read perfect for fans of Regency romance. Can't wait for more Marriage Mart Mayhem
To the author: Leave adding new characters at the end to the fools that have the ability to marry them into the script properly, me dear. You were doing so well on your own until then.
Add to the above the fact that the h was getting stupider by the page and at 78% there was no sigh of love in the book, the story had lost its charm.
If the author could stop writing about the swelling in his pants and him adjusting his pants maybe she could write him some character enhancements that show he can be kind and rather than embarrass her show that he has developed feeling s for her and would honestly like to see how that both might feel about each other by seeing each other during the season. Of course he would have to fall out of love with himself first.
Heaven deliver me from friends like Elizabeth, buff said.
I'm very sad because I thought this was going to be a good book. Where do all the 4 & 5 star reviews come from? 3 would average, 4 above average,
5 excellent. Excellence in any field is very elusive. Yet books like this are given 5 stars.