Welcome to my stop on The Reluctant Wife Blog Tour.
Title: The Reluctant Wife [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Bronwen Evans
Release Date: December 20, 2012
In My Opinion: Add to cart!
One Line: A quick tale of love, trust, and family that will leave a smile on your face.
About the Book: Abby Taylor walked out on her irresistible husband three years ago. Now she has no choice but to return to Italy to ask him for a favor. To pay for her grandmother’s heart operation she needs his money, but it comes with strings attached.
Conte Dante Lombardi has it all—an Italian villa, a successful family business, and a noble title. But he needs a child to carry on his legacy and time is running out. He also hopes to satisfy the desire Abby rouses in him.
As Abby uncovers why he’s in such a hurry for a child, she falls in love with him again … just as she realizes it might be impossible to keep her end of the deal.
This is one of those times when you can pretty much take a book at face value, but in a good way. I actually started this one not knowing how short it was, so I was surprised to see Evans just jump right into the nitty gritty. But you know what?! I liked it. Considering this is such a short book, Evans does well to grab your attention right from the start, making you equally curious as to how these Dante and Abby got to where they are today and where they go to next. I will say that there is little room for detail or further development of some secondary characters that I thought could’ve made this an excellent story, but does the job right and makes you really root for this couple.
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.
New Zealander Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She’s always indulged her love for story-telling, and is constantly gobbling up movies, books and theatre. Her head is filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Being able to write her characters stories is never work, it’s a dream come true. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer.
She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Her debut Regency romance, Invitation to Ruin won the RomCon 2012 Readers Crown Best Historical and was an RT Reviewers’ Choice Nominee Best First Historical 2011. Her novella, To Dare the Duke of Dangerfield, was a finalist in the Kindle Book Review Indie Romance Book of the Year 2012.
Look out for her first Entangled Publishing Indulgence release in Fall 2012, The Reluctant Bride.
When not ensconced in her study writing her characters thrilling journeys to their happy ever after, Bron can be found on the golf course.
Want to learn more then visit my website and blog – http://www.bronwenevans.com/