4 Star · Contemporary

Wife in Name Only by Hayson Manning

Beware of Spoilers!

Star Ratings:
Heroine (Zoe): 4/5
Hero (Rory): 4/5
Plot: 4/5
Grovel: none but not really needed
Cheating: none (even when they were separated…shocker!!)
HEA: yes but no epilogue
Triggers: none

Average score: 4/5

Best Lines:
h to H: “You need a woman who can challenge you.”

H’s thoughts:
“I want to see her when she’s seventy six. Look at her through rheumy eyes and see her get more beautiful every day.”

H to h about spooning:
“Tonight I’ll be a fucking cutlery set.”

Worst Quote:
H to h:“Swear to God, I read a knitting pattern once, and I nearly grew a vagina”

Personal Review:
A second-chance romance about a married couple who have been apart for about a year. The Hero is a workaholic from a broken home and who is very successful. The h is a romantic who runs her own honeymoon business on a secluded island. Two people who are married but, seemingly, have different lives.

Throughout this book I was questioning how they could have a happy ending due to their differences. Usually in these romances, where the couple live in different places, one of them have to compromise and more often than not it’s the heroine who has to compromise and relocate. I was really hoping that this heroine would be different and she was! This time it was the Hero who recognised that he is happier with heroine and he moved to live with her.

The H made me want to give him a hug and bang his head against the wall…in equal measure! He was frustrating, sweet, unapologetic and adorably clueless at times!

Random Ramblings:
Loved how Zoe wasn’t a wimp and went after what she wanted despite Rory!

Not a big fan of food waste during their food fight

The dog storyline felt out of place but that just could be because I was more interested in their love than the dog being kidnapped

Overall Feeling:
I love second-chances!!



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