Sunday, January 4, 2015

WANTED WIFE by Gwen Jones


Publisher:   Avon     
Published:   July 2, 2013
ISBN:  978-0062268051
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Format:  Ebook
Obtained via:  Publisher  
Reviewed by name and email address:  Gina


Always on the lookout for the next big story, journalist Julie comes across an ad by a guy named Andy…Andy Devine.  Yes, just like the character actor from back in the 1930’s through the 60’s. But he doesn’t look anything like THAT Andy Devine.  And the ad?  A broadside posted on a utility pole…for a wife.  Unable to resist such an interesting way to find a wife Julie shows up at the … interview.  After checking out an array of women – old, young, tall, short, thin, fat, blonde, brunette and red headed, he announces to Julie she’s the one he wants to marry.

The marriage comes with certain requirements not the least of which is getting pregnant in three months.  Julie isn’t too keen on the idea but ultimately agrees and before she knows it she’s living out on a farm with no cell coverage or other modern amenities.  And things go downhill from there…or uphill?  Before long she finds herself falling in love with the tall, dark and utterly gorgeous, if off beat man. 

But then secrets start to see the light of day.  Both Julie and Andy have their fair share of secrets, each with one very big one.  Can they overcome those secrets or will they forever keep them apart?

Given my commute and lack of places to venture out to at lunch I often read a book every 2-3 days.  Gwen Jones’s WANTED WIFE was not one of those books that I picked up, quickly got into and read during my free time.  I had to keep picking it up over several weeks and would have put it aside once and for all if it weren’t for review.  The premise was interesting and had some great potential.  It was a pretty novel idea.  Unfortunately the characters just didn’t delivery.  I couldn’t relate to them, didn’t care about them and sat there wondering just what Julie was thinking going into this marriage.  Life on the farm wasn’t funny and when Andy assists in one his cow’s birth – without having had any prior training – the story lost me. 

There were a few parts that were entertaining and the sex scenes were okay.  It just wasn’t my kind of book. 

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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