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The Society Wife (Bride on Approval)

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  232 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews

Infamous playboy Tristan Romero meets ordinary Lily at a lavish ball, and arrogantly predicts that she will wake up the following morning between his designer silk sheets Powerless to resist this wicked billionaire, Lily knows Tristan is only offering one night. But then she discovers she's pregnant....
Tristan's aristocratic duty demands he take Lily as his bride. However
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ebook, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Harlequin Presents (first published January 1st 2009)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I have always loved reading books written by India Grey. And this one, The Society Wife, was one of those that I loved.

I had to ask myself why this book made such a powerful impression on me. What was it about the story of Tristan and Lily that immediately drew me in from the very first page?

Well, one could say that it was the first chapter…the first time that Tristan and Lily meet at their mutual friends’ charity ball. Could anything be more exciting than Tristan’s arrival at the do????

It may
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The Eleventh Hour
I honestly don't think this book should be classed as a romance. It was one of the most soul-crushing romances I've ever read, outside of Thomas Hardy's oeuvre. You see, the "hero", Tristan, brutally destroys the heroine's life, spirit and will to live, pretty much in that order. At the end of the book, I just felt really badly for the heroine and I was left praying that she could move on from Tristan to find someone who truly loved and appreciated her.

I actually kind of dig alphahole heroes, f
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RLA
Nov 07, 2011 RLA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The hero Tristan and the heroine Lily meet at a party held by Tristan's best friend. Tristan is exhausted and in need of oblivion after spending time in a war torn country, although the media believes him to be living the life of an international playboy. Lily is nervous around him but they are both drawn to each other and spend the night together, each agreeing it's a one night only thing. Six weeks later, Lily is shocked to discover she is pregnant, and Tristan's reaction is as much a shock. T ...more
Vanessa
Aug 14, 2013 Vanessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Booklover
Just completed it my god what a story two ppl who have been hurt so badly in past by their close one's how they come together n how their love fights all their fears n wins

Tristan my god how much poor guy has suffered such a abusive childhood then the death of his brother and most painful part is how cold-cruel his parents are father only wants to keep title n money and mother is alcoholic ,Tristan is so lonely he has leaned to keep his emotions in such a locked state that is why when Lily appe
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Alexis-Morgan Roark
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Dee
Originally read book November 2011 and obviously thought it was good as gave it 4 stars. The audio version was just as powerful and was extremely well narrated by Julia Franklin.
Tia
Apr 23, 2012 Tia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, apparently this book has two titles. The Society Wife and also Spanish Aristocrat, Forced Bride. That being said, on with the review..

I was really confused as to give this book 1 star or 5 stars, for these reasons:

-It didn't really fall under "harlequin" status for me, the book was dark and scary at some points.

-The hero was a total douche. I mean he literally beat down the heroine and to me all the verbal and emotional abuse was over the top and too much.

-The storyline was just t
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Kate
Jan 07, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sophie
Apr 09, 2011 Sophie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-books
In a reversal of the traditional fairy tale roles, this book is about a prince who's trapped in a tower and in need of rescue. In this case, it's a tower constructed of wealth and privilege and duty...at least, to some extent. Largely it seems to be constructed in the hero's mind because he feels he's trapped in a double life. He's a billionaire banker/playboy to the world and the paparazzi, but an activist, global do-gooder undercover. It's mentioned more than once that the hero is deft at mani ...more
Ltlmer2
Feb 09, 2013 Ltlmer2 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A very strange and dark offering from Ms. Grey. How much tragedy and angst can you pile into one story and onto two people---and in a "romance"at that? For me, too much, and then add to that someone else's tragedy so that those two people get a "happy" ending. Also, though you understand why the H/h are the way they are (and might even be sympathetic), neither is very likable to start and their behavior throughout does not improve.

I have liked other works by Ms. Grey, but this one jumped the tr
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Baseballmom
May 20, 2014 Baseballmom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Ms. Shoemaker....

I almost didn't read this book because of negative reviews. Thankfully, Ms. Shoemaker did and over time I have come to trust her reviews. The plot was different, yes, it was a little dark and most definitely had sad moments, and in those sad moments I had to stop and take a breath.... but isn't that the point? Doesn't the author want us to connect to the story and feel the characters joy AND PAIN? You will always see reviews where readers complain about a book being to
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Kaycee Sapinoso
Reading this book is like a roller coaster ride. But I still enjoy this kind of book. I love the jerky, ruthless hero, strong sassy heroine, jealousy, angst, great grovels tear-jerker, beautiful epilogue and this book had it all. Wonderfully written with a very touching story, it grabbed me right away.

Both Tristan and Lily suffered so terribly. But instead of seeking each other for support, they both dealt with the problem by running away. I won't give too much details since I'm still a little
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Lisa-Marie
Jun 30, 2011 Lisa-Marie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
perhaps the most depressing book i have ever read, even the "happy ending" is wrought with sorrow.
Ladyacct
Mar 08, 2011 Ladyacct rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shorts
Two damaged souls meeting, losing, and loving.

REALLY good story.
Sam
Apr 03, 2011 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dude. This romance novel got all naturalistic on a girl.
Demetra
It was cruel! It was far too serious for an HP.
Bougenville Puspa
Jun 03, 2016 Bougenville Puspa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
baca buku ini jd keinget baca buku2 nya diana palmer ... tipikal hero nya yg jahat buanget ama heroine nya.
dan heroinenya so weak, so loving, so forgiving after all the Hero did to her.
yah... not so bad because it's happy ending no matter what. :)
Amruta
Aug 06, 2015 Amruta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mills-and-boon
Something very poignant about it... It was a very emotional journey... Loved the hero... He was carrying a lot of weight on his shoulders and trying his best to make everything right
Nelly
Aug 01, 2015 Nelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Touching and emotive...
FeliciaKaren
Feb 07, 2015 FeliciaKaren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harlequin
heroine is not virgin.
Sasha
Jan 20, 2011 Sasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
It was moving and a little intense. Not what I expected from the usually trashy Harlequin series. The book is well written and the characterisation was solid. I only wish there had been more pages, more space, more story...because what IG managed to fit into that Harlequin formula was really excellent.
sbf20112011
I don't know, it was pretty dark for an HP. That's not to say it was bad necessarily, but just that the HEA wasn't didn't leave me feeling as happy as they normally do. I like angst, I just like the angst to GO AWAY by the end. I wasn't a fan of the permanent terrible thing that happened to the heroine.
Prisma
Jul 03, 2013 Prisma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another book that I read quite a while back...I'm normally a fan of India Grey but for some reason I just didn't feel a connection with the characters...
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India Grey was born in England, UK. A self-confessed romance junkie, she was just thirteen years old when she first sent away for the Mills & Boon Writers' Guidelines. She can still recall the thrill of getting the large brown envelope with its distinctive logo through the letterbox, and subsequently whiled away many a dull school-day staring out the window and dreaming of the perfect hero. Sh ...more
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