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.
Part of a Series: No
POV: Alternating Allison and Rob
Steam-level: Quite warm
Overall I liked this story. Both Rob and Allison are divorced from bad marriages so neither want to get hurt. Allison is trying to find her independence and self-resiliency after being marrying young to an older man as his Trophy Wife. Rob is trying to move on and present a picture of togetherness and stability as someone who can be relied upon to help when needed. In fact Rob needs to be needed. This is where I started to have issues with this book. I understand the need to present yourself positively to the outside world and to want to feel needed (it is one of the five love languages after all). However I found myself getting frustrated with Rob and his need to always be that guy. Allison was a bit annoying at times as well but not as bad as Rob. This is only part that I didn’t like about this book. In fact I liked how Noelle Adams resolved this issue. I liked that Allison was strong and independent while learning to balance how to love and depend on someone else. I enjoyed the messiness of life and starting over and exes who are still around in a small town that can be rather ugly at times. I enjoyed that Adams flipped stereotypical roles on their heads and made Rob that romantic who wants a wife while Allison is the reluctant one. All in all, Trophy Wife is a sweet romance about starting over and learning to love and trust again. It was super cute and well-written and a very quick read (I was done in a few hours). It was a little angsty but not too much – just a little annoying at times which is why I gave it 4 stars rather than 5.
I received this book for free from the author/publisher via NetGalley. I’m voluntarily giving an honest review.
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