Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Mary Jo☆☆☆
This book had a lot of potential, but to me, it failed to follow through. Allison married a rich man at the age of 18, as her parents were filing bankruptcy, so that she could maintain the lifestyle she had known. At the age of 24, she decides after hearing a conversation between her husband and another man, that he likes his women young, vulnerable, and dependent. Finally realizing her self-esteem is worth more than what money can buy, she leaves. However, she does it on a whim, with no real planning, only taking the jewelry making supplies she loves.

In the old home her parents left her, she starts over. Her next-door neighbor is nice and helpful, but she's determined to do everything by herself. Her attitude towards anyone who tries to help is to push them away, determined to prove to herself that she is not dependent on anyone.

Rob West, her neighbor across the street, does his best to befriend Allison, but the constant rebuff makes him wary of attempting to do anything for her. But Rob has his own problems. He's trying to figure out what he's doing wrong. He's been divorced twice, both to women he only wanted to love and support.

As the ice melts around Allison, she gets to know the real Rob, the one that he hides from everyone, and decides that she likes what she sees. She just wants to see more of it.

Both Allison and Rob have self-esteem issues which become overwhelming to me, as the reader, during the last quarter of the book.

I like the basis for this story, and the town where it is set – near enough to Allison's past that she is not totally disconnected, but far enough away that it is another world. I had a few issues with their insecurities holding them both to ransom for so long into their relationship, because it felt too drawn out and repetitive. But I did enjoy how Allison's life built up into something more meaningful for her, and that she worked her way through her issues. It may have been a gilded prison, but she clearly felt trapped in her marriage and had the strength to take action to improve her life. Rob was almost more damaged by his past than she was, which seemed slightly strange, but certainly came through in his thoughts.

An interesting read about an unusual topic, without unnecessary drama, but plenty to think about.

Noelle Adams handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams to read and review.

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