Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee

Blake Harrison:

Rich, titled, and charming… And in need of a wife by Wednesday so he turns to Sam Elliot who isn’t the business man he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, engaging and spunky with a voice men call 900 numbers to hear.

Samantha Elliot:

Owner of Alliance, her matchmaking firm, and not on the marital menu... That is until Blake offers her ten million dollars for a one-year contract. All she needs to do is keep her attraction to her husband to herself and avoid his bed. But Blake’s toe-curling kisses and charm prove too difficult to combat. Now she needs to protect her heart so she can walk away when their mercenary life together is over.

Reviewer: Dolce Amore
Blake Harrison has to marry in order to claim his father's money. So he decides to use a matchmaking service in order to find a woman as his wife just for a year, it will be a marriage in name only - no sex..

I loved his first meeting with Samantha Elliot:
The woman seemed harmless enough. That was until she opened her mouth and spoke directly to him. “You’re late.”
Two words. It took two words in a voice so low it dripped like sin and put phone sex operators to shame to render Blake speechless.
“Sam Elliot,” she introduced herself and stuck out her hand for him to shake.
It wasn’t often that Blake was kicked back a few notches. Yet with only a couple of words, the woman in front of him had done so.
“You’re not a man.” Blake wanted to groan. That had to be the stupidest thing he’d ever said to a woman in his life.
Ms. Elliot however, was nonplused. “Never have been.”
Samantha, Sam, shows him the photos of three women, but he wants her as his wife, although he finds out all about her past. Another scene I found wonderful is the one right before landing in Las Vegas, where they got married:
“Ready to get married?”
She turned her hand over and laced her fingers with his. “What the hell, I didn’t have anything better planned for today.”
And the one from their first morning as a married couple:
Dammit, he shouldn’t be lusting over his wife. A wife of convenience. A wife that often put a smile on his face and made him question his playboy ways and superficial pastimes.
He remembered her warning about “keeping it in his pants” or something to that
effect. He needed to get far away from Mrs. Harrison and soon, or keeping it in his pants would be impossible.
And the one moments before their first breakfast as a married couple:
“I think we just had our first marital spat.”
Her shoulders slumped and folded in with laughter. “I guess we did.”
“And I won,” he pointed out.
Samantha fixed him with a heated stare. “Don’t expect that to continue.”
No, he mused. He wasn’t delusional enough to think he’d win every time. However, winning the first placed a certain amount of whip cream on top of his marital pie.
But not everything is how it should be and along with the problem of their growing feelings they started to have one for each other, a lover from his not too distant past was trying to get him back, no matter the cost. Throw in bugged phones, hidden cameras, a pregnancy, and you will have an explosive situation.

So, if you are still asking yourself if I liked the book or not, I have to say that I didn’t like it… I loved it!!! Deep and wonderful characters, all linked to the story in such an amazing way; a credible story line, with all the important points a good book should have; and hot and sizzling love scenes that all tie it together. And don't forget the delightful humor I loved all through the story. So I can't give it less than 5 stars.

Publisher: Self Published
Review Courtesy Of: ManicReaders


Catherine Bybee said...

Thank you so much for a lovely review. You found some of my favorite lines.

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