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- Publication Date: March 28, 2015
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- Language: English
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I loved Wife Number Seven …every part of Brinley and Porter’s story just enchanted me in all the right ways and I adored these two characters to pieces, especially the way they felt about each other. I was happy with the way WNS ended…but I’m not going to say that I wasn’t über excited that I was getting more of them with His Only Wife. Any time I can get more from characters I love, I will gladly take it…and His Only Wife only strengthened and reinforced my love for Porter and Brin.
Porter Hammond…honestly, one of the things that I loved most about His Only Wife was getting more from Porter. There are a few chapters in Wife Number Seven that are from his POV, but I would have taken 100 more and still probably not been satisfied. He is just one of those very intriguing characters…he’s very unique, not your typical alpha male book boyfriend – but that doesn’t make him any less desirable or alluring. If anything, with his past and what he has gone through to be with Brinley, I want to know him even more. So, after I finished WNS I was thrilled to jump right into His Only Wife…because it gave me more of a connection with him and his thoughts…especially about how he felt about Brinley.
‘It’s amazing that you can live somewhere for twenty-two years and never feel like you fit in, like you’re home. That night in his truck, I’d known I was finally home. Porter was the home I’d dreamed about for years.’
Brinley Cluff…I was worried about this girl. You can’t take a caged animal and throw it back in the wild and expect it to survive without a few bumps and bruises along the way. There are growing pains…times when she is going to struggle in adapting to a completely different society than she is accustomed to…and that kind of stuff can really mess with someone’s head. I always knew Brinely was a strong girl, but her biggest battle wasn’t leaving the compound…it’s living without it and the only life she has ever known. I loved that she had Porter there to support her…and Tiffany…she faced everything as best she could, she kept her head high and never tried to deny the fact that what she was doing wasn’t easy…but it was what she wanted and what would make her happy in the end.
‘Brin wore her vulnerability like a brightly colored sweater, one she pulled tight to her body. And I loved her for it.
I loved her vulnerability, those splotches on her skin. I loved that even after so much time away from the compound, her heart still ached for those she loved. I loved that her ability to love was boundless, even after all she’d been through. It was all of these things that made her Brin. It was all of these things that made her the most gorgeous person on the planet.’
It was pretty clear by the title of the book what was going to happen…but it wasn’t as cut and dry as I thought, there was a lot more to Brin and Porter’s story. While pick up about three years after WNS ends…we do go back to a few key points during those three years. Porter and Brin never really got a chance to have the ‘normal relationship’ before she left the compound…so it was nice getting to experience some of that with them. They may have done things a little out of order but it didn’t make it less special – just all part of the uniqueness that makes me love them. After all the angst and tension from WNS, it was a nice change to see them in this context but it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. With Porter’s past history with drugs and Brinley trying to figure herself out outside of the compound, it’s emotionally a lot to take on. Thank God they have each other for support…but that can also be a blessing and a curse.
“I’m a risk, always have been.”
Snuggling closer, she said, “You’re a risk I want to take for the rest of my life, Porter Hammond.”
Overwhelming gratitude crashed through me with those words. She thought I was worth the risk. She thought I was worth it.
I’m worth it. I’m worth it. I’m worth it.’
I also liked that Tiffany (Brinley’s cousin) was still a huge part of her life…also helping her adapt, since she’s already been through everything Brinley is currently going through, but it was more than that. Tiffany is now Brin’s only family…she went from being surrounded by family, down to one, but Tiffany is completely understanding and sympathetic to what Brinley is feeling. With Porter…he was blessed with Jesse…the father figure he always needed to help guide and support him and who knows more than anything the issues Porter faces with addiction. I was wondering after WNS how Porter’s addiction was going to be addressed because…addiction is not that easy and I didn’t want it to be one of those things where, now that he has Brinley, he doesn’t need drugs and all is well with the world. Luckily, Melissa handled it marvelously and I was very pleased with what she did – it was completely realistic and yet true to who Brin and Porter were.
“I’ll love you forever,” I whispered as I wrapped my arms around her. “No matter what.”
I am loving every second of The Compound Series…another thing I enjoyed about His Only Wife were the little hints that were dropped about Aspen, Brinley’s former sister wife – the way she responded to Brin at the end of WNS made her instantly amazing in my eyes and I’m thrilled that her story is next. Mother Before Wife could not describe Aspen more in three words and I am so ready to read it, it’s not even funny! Porter and Brinley will always hold a special place in my heart, but His Only Wife gave them an amazing ending and I couldn’t be more happy with the way their story ended.
After reading Wife Number Seven, I was happy to see Brin get her HEA with Porter; She almost paid the ultimate price for her freedom, her life but clearly she was destined for her happiness with the love of her life, Porter. Her life was now her own. I always wondered did they end up happy? Has she acclimated to life outside the compound? Did they get married? Do they have kids? Was Porter able to kick his drug habit?
A few years later Porter and Brin are going strong. She has a job she loves and a boyfriend she adores. Porter would love nothing more than to give Brin the world. Brin was his angel. She saved him from himself.
Now Porter wants nothing more than to make Brinley his wife. You know the whole, to have and to hold from this day forward to death do us part. He wants her for life. He is scared knowing that Brin’s first experience with marriage was a complete nightmare and something she had no say in. Struggling with his inner demons he finds guidance from a good friend because he is afraid is she says no, that he will fall back into old habits.
Brin is fascinated with her new found freedom and Porter loves nothing more than to put that look of awe on her face. He has been so supportive and understanding. Not only is Porter her lover but he has also become guide, her teacher and her best friend. She never knew a love that theirs actually existed. No matter how great Porter is, Brin still deals with the uncertainty of her freedom and the guilt for leaving her sister wives behind.
Melissa Brown did a fantastic job with Porter’s p.o.v on things. Porter is amazing. The love he has for Brin is amazing. The determination he has to provide her a life where she will not want anything because he is able to give her everything. He works his butt off to better their future. It broke my heart when he’d hit those bumps in the road. He is just so passionate but that passion makes him feel unworthy of her love.
This is a beautiful story of a couples struggle to survive in everyday life. A couple who makes the best of all the things they have. A couple who may not be millionaires, but in the end have it all, because when it comes down to it, their love is what makes their lives so rich.
Wife Number Seven is one of my favorites, I loved the story of Porter and Brinley. Two people lost between the what they were taught and what they know in their hearts is right. I felt like their story was perfect, but to get this extended epilogue is icing on the cake.
This epilogue picks up three years later. Brin and Porter are living together in the home he built. Their lives are on track and everything has fallen into place, but Porter wants more.
My favorite part of the epilogue was obviously the wedding and proposal, but what really stole my heart was seeing their struggles. I like how we get a picture of their lives. Things are not perfect, but life never is. Most importantly I like seeing how these two have handled and resolved conflict over the years. As crazy as it seems I like knowing my favorite couples are getting their happily ever after.
Yeah, I’m ready. It’s Brin. I think I’ve always been ready with her.
It is hard for me to imagine living this life style, as a husband or wife. So it’s hard for me to relate to their insecurities, doubts and fears; however, Melissa does a fantastic job telling this story. His Only Wife is a happy story and a perfect addiction to the Wife Number Seven, but it also shows that despite years passing things don’t just go away. I was happy to see the new family these two have built. With this conclusion I feel like their story has come full circle.
I highly recommend this one if you are a fan of Wife Number Seven, it is the perfect ending to a beautiful story.
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