- File Size: 786 KB
- Print Length: 192 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499257732
- Publisher: Entangled: Indulgence (December 17, 2012)
- Publication Date: December 17, 2012
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BCG0U2E
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,287 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good. I can say I didn't hate reading it. But it felt incomplete in a way, a bit jumbled. Example is when Abby first goes to the Villa in order to ask Dante for the money for her grandmother. She internally says she will guard her heart against him. Of course before she even sees him she starts to waver. She's immediately jealous when she finally does see him only to have him wrapped around a woman, who turns out to be his best friend and a lesbian. But I digress.
Soon after this initial meeting and Dantes negotiation attempts, she goes from, "I can do this for my grandmother," to "I can make him love me." Where's the hardship? How can she be so blind that a man who would pick her out of all the women he could have, because as she says, he commands attention just walking down the street, that he doesn't care for her.
I don't get the back and forth. First she says he has to giver her time, then less than a day later, she's sleeping with him. Then he's trying to give her space but this is when she's all in love again. I just couldn't keep up with their inner workings.
The author also seems to jump around without explanation. It's not terrible, there's just no break in the book like a line or something to show that we are on to a new topic. Example is where they talk about going on a honeymoon, the next line they are there. There are other times this happens.
I also wasn't happy with Dante's response to Abby's medical issues. I knew right away from reading the description of the book that she would have issue conceiving. I think it should be more of a surprise. But that being said, he conned her into staying married to him without knowing his medical history and that he could potentially get sick and die at an early age. The fact that Abby wanted to wait until after her procedure should have been taken into consideration. But I guess being an Alpha, macho, Italian man precluded him from having a conscience. It was okay for him to keep secrets and not her. And to be that young and hear that news has to be devastating. But he couldn't think about that until it was too late.
Not terrible, just not for me.
Abby is forced to return to the husband she left three years ago, knowing that he'll help her pay for her grandmother's operation. In exchange, they have to play the role of a loving, married couple and they need to have a baby together so his family can keep their rightful titles and heritage within their country. It's through this agreement that Abby wrestles with the reasons why she left Dante, fear that he didn't/doesn't love her and the fact that she was so young, and Dante tries desperately to hide his true feelings for Abby and the nature of his rush to have children. Everything happens pretty quickly and even though their mindsets change and the plot thickens early on, it does so in a good way and I thought everything flowed very smoothly. The ending was pretty heartfelt and touching. I really felt for these two as a couple and throughout the book, you're left hoping they push their stubbornness and fears aside and cherish the love they is apparently there.
Abby is a decent female lead, very headstrong and determined. She was young when she married Dante and got swept up in the idea of love, and I like how much she's changed and grown. She's still a little insecure at times, but I liked her enough. Dante is a pretty swoon-worthy guy, although his arrogance and stubbornness knows no bounds. Still, the guy knows he's got it going on, and he's very passionate and loyal, so it's hard not to fall for him.
While I felt The Reluctant Wife was substantial enough to give us a decent idea of the characters and their story, I wouldn't say "No" to more of Dante and Abby. I was sad to see it end! The characters are very lovable and I could definitely see potential in Dante's friend, Carla. If you're looking for a quick romance with intense passion and "to-the-point" plotlines, then this is the book for you.
Abby as a youthful bride lacked the maturity to cope with the demands of a male who insisted he did not do love but wanted a child immediately. After three years away she has grown up, but only her grandmothers ill health would force her to confront her husband for help.
This was a nicely done romance with good interactions between Abby and Dante as they work out many of the issues that caused problems the first time around along with new problems.
The crunch time was a really emotional point in the story guaranteed to have you hoping for the best. Both Abby and Dante were engaging characters. The ending was very sweet and the sizzle was pretty warm.
The only thing that spoiled it for me was the on again off again doubt about Dante's fidelity while they were apart. He would say something that suggests he was, then something would happen to raise doubts.