Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams
Published by Entangled Publishing on December 6th, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
From the New York Times bestselling author of Fooling Around comes a steamy novel about a pampered princess who’s starting over—and the hot guy next door who knows exactly how to melt that tiara right off.
Alison Davies used to just be a trophy wife. Now she’s just flat broke. Thanks to an ironclad prenup, she’s worse off than she was before the day she rushed down the aisle with a wealthy jerk eight years ago. After her steep fall from riches to rags, Alison refuses to shackle herself to any man who treats her like a possession—no matter how good he looks in a pair of well-worn jeans, or how his muscles ripple while he’s carrying her couch.
Underneath his rugged exterior, Rob West is a gentleman. So when he sees his beautiful new neighbor moving in, he’s going to help her out no matter how loudly she protests. In fact, Alison’s determination to go it alone just strengthens his resolve—and his desire to find out what makes her tick. But after one spur-of-the-moment tumble in the sheets, it’s clear that their connection goes way deeper. And that Rob won’t be happy until Alison surrenders to the passion they share.
This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I’ve only read two Noelle Adams stories, but I’ve fairly enjoyed both. I tried my best to like this book, but there were a lot of things that hindered me from enjoying it.
Alison leaves her husband of eight years when she realized she didn’t want to be a trophy wife anymore. The divorce leaves her with little funds, and she moves to her grandmother’s place that was bequeathed to her by her late parents in a small town away from the city. Still, she sees this as an opportunity to prove to herself that she can stand on her own and live a life without leaning on anyone.
She meets her ruggedly handsome neighbor, Rob West, when he comes over to try to help her. They start off on the wrong foot, but Alison soon opens up to him when she realizes he’s only genuinely trying to help her. Attraction builds between the two, but since they both came from bad marriages, they agreed to take things slow.
I didn’t know what either of the characters are, since they seem to be acting this way while trying to be another. They lacked chemistry and there wasn’t enough build up and foundation to root for them. The secondary characters were usually added as an afterthought, placed in certain scenes as a plot device.
Some of the dialogue was awkward and lacked emotion. I found myself skipping a few parts because it was getting repetitive.
I wanted to see more growth for both characters, and although there was a hint of it, it kind of got lost in the romance and was just thrown around somewhere near the end. Again, like an afterthought.
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