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The Trophy Wife (Bad Blood/The Notorious Wolfes #6)

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  289 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Always an outsider, Rafael spent his life looking in on his privileged Wolfe siblings, a boy in the shadows. And so, determined to create the lifestyle and family illegitimacy denied him, Rafael punishingly worked his way to the top. His marriage to beautiful supermodel Leila was the icing on the cake of success!Now his marriage is crumbling and the vows he took seem in va ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 15th 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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This is about a marriage in trouble story. Both Rafael and Leila have been married for 5 years but they still keep secrets from each other about their childhoods, it's something they never talk about, how Rafael was never accepted by his father and how Leila struggled with anorexia during her early modeling days. Both are driven to succeed and this has left them with little time for their marriage. They meet after 8 months and in those months Leila has changed, her fears have deepened, she wants ...more
Rafael - the illegimate son of William Wolfe has done good for himself. He's a billionaire with his own company, he is married to a beautiful woman he loves. But he is unsatisfied with the fact that they spent the last year working and almost not seeing each other. He wants a family, children. And he wants his wife not to work but stay at home and take care of them. Now, since he spent his childood watching his mother work herself into the ground so that they could survive, that can make sense.

Jun 13, 2011 RLA rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The hero Rafael and his wife Leila, the heroine, meet for the first time in 8 months due to their careers taking them away from each other. Rafael is looking forward to spending the week with Leila as he has missed her terribly and wants to finally start trying for the family he longs for. Rafael spent his childhood watching his siblings be together and was never acknowledged by his father. When he and Leila are together he feels complete, only now he feels Leila distancing herself from him and ...more
Doris O'Connor
I absolutely loved all the books in this series so far, but this one didn't grab me quite the same way. It was still a good read, but there was too much focus on internal dialogue for my liking.

It deals with a very sensitive issue beautifully, top marks to the author for portraying it so well.

Don't think I would have been as keen to read the other books in the series, had this been the first, mind.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Much better than I expected!

I saw that the main characters had been married already for five years, and I was prepared to read a book full of marital strife. Fortunately, that's not this book. However, this couple did have some issues to work through to keep their marriage on track, and to resolve pain from their unhappy childhoods.

What I liked:

*Even though I don't normally reach for a romance with a couple who's been married this long, it was kind of refreshing. The problem in their marriage is
Romancing the Book
Nov 01, 2011 Romancing the Book rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Review by Desere: Every girl dreams of having the perfect magical life of being rich, famous, beautiful and having the arm candy to match. This is the case for the gorgeous Leila Santiago ,world famous supermodel. She has it all,including the incredibly sexy technology tycoon Rafael Wolfe by her side as her loving husband.

To the outside world it seems they have the perfect life and the perfect marriage. But behind the flash of the camera their lives each holds untold secrets, For Leila has not t
the writing was good, but the story, about a billionaire and his model wife, who haven't seen each other for 8 months, is rather unbelievable--i mean, with that kind of money and private jets, i just don't get that. and the wife having a miscarriage and not telling herhusband--too many secrets in this marriage!
Dec 20, 2011 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The storyline, which focuses on the hardships of a couple that's been happily married for five years, is a nice change of pace of HP. I liked the hero and heroine and enjoyed the story; however, I would have preferred more interaction and dialogue between the main characters and less inner monologues.
Jan 02, 2012 Marajean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 10, 2012 Tonya rated it it was ok
The story (and characters) failed to grab and hold my attention. Also, I feel that the story was far too rushed and it made it seem like Leila recovered from what were presented as debilitating fears far too quickly. Also, I'm not a fan of overly-domineering males who never really learn that that behavior is not a good thing.
Tonya Warner
Jan 21, 2012 Tonya Warner rated it it was amazing
Another wonderful addition to The Notorious Wolfes. Here we meet the family outsiedr, Rafael da Souza and his supermodel wife, Leila Santiago.

Rafael had been the excluded bastard child growing up. His oldest brother had tried to include him as much as possible, but he knew his father hated him, and that his mother had to work two jobs to barely survive. Even though he had married Leila, they had spent much of the five years working on separate goals adn lifestyles. He wanted a true family, even
3 stars.

Easy,simple read. Nothing to get all excited about.
Apr 03, 2012 Brianne rated it really liked it
in the end, I really liked this book. There were elements, especially how it seemed to be very repetitive in the first half, that were driving me batty. But when Rafael and Leila finally starting living together again and started communicating and really learning about each other, even though they had been married for five years, the book was an emotional roller coaster and heartbreaking but also uplifting at the same time. I think the characters changed so much once they began to open up to one ...more
OK, so the first two books in the series were really good, then there were two books that pushed my buttons (one for its alphole hero, the other for its superficiality in certain key issues). The fifth book wasn't exactly bad, but it was completely 'meh'. Now this book, the sixth in the series, made me roll my eyes. A LOT.

First of all, the hero is an overbearing jerk. "But, Mara, he has a sad past. Can't you see that he is a wounded-alpha-macho-Brazilian-poor-illegitimate-unwanted-son-turned-Ma
Jul 23, 2012 Makii rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Estaba deseando conocer a Rafael, y la verdad me lleve una gran sorpresa.
No es de las historias que estamos acostumbrados a leer. Dos personas que se conocen, se enamoran y luchan hasta reconocer que no pueden vivir sin el otro.
Esta es la historia de un amor de 5 años, de una pareja que se enamoró perdidamente el uno del otro hasta entregar sus vidas, pero que sus oscuros pasados y el temor a abrirse plenamente llevo al descaste y la separación. Ella, marcada por una madre que la presiono durant
Diah Didi
I liked the fact they started as a normal couple, and he's not that rich, still struggle to get on top. I was a bit annoyed with the way they live their live. But maybe that's how people with so many busy schedule, and being famous, live.

It's not that spectacular. But I liked it. Can't wait to read about the others.
Marialys Scarano Rodríguez
Just love it. If anyone knows a book like this stop waiting and add the recomendation please. It goes after the end, when we believe in the happily ever after, this show that no relationship it's perfect. A pesar de todo el amor hay cosas que se deben trabajar juntos. Sobre todo que se centra en el presente, a nadie le importa el historial ni si Soy una más. Espero conseguir otros libros después del felices para siempre.
Apr 29, 2013 Deasy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hq, own-books
Rafael, seorang jutawan muda, yang super sibuk mempunyai isteri seorang supermodel papan atas yang sibuk juga....

Ga bisa bayangin kok bisa yah mereka dalam setahun cuma ketemu beberapa kali aja. masalah bertambah kompleks ketika Leila hamil, anak kembar lagi.

Sanggupkah Leila melepas kariernya sebagai model papan atas, atau sekurang kurangnya mengurangi sesi pemotretannya, demi kepentingan keluarga....

menurut saya, buku ini datar, tapi saya kasih 3 bintang, karena saya suka sama pemikiran her
Apr 22, 2013 Cecilia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elibrary-books
Cardboard characters, artificial conflict, and predictable twists. Add to that a hero who can only think about having babies and his shame about his past, and a heroine who can only think about fear of having babies and anorexia, this book was no fun at all. (I realize anorexia is serious, but there was so little that rang true, my empathy was just not engaged.) If I had to sum it up in one word, the word would be WAH.
Sep 26, 2013 Ltlmer2 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh...worst book of the series by far. One note all the way through and hardly any dialogue or real interaction between the characters. It's all internal angst and then what they've dwelled on for the entire book, you don't even get the payoff for.
Lucy Felthouse
Aug 14, 2013 Lucy Felthouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Illegitimate Tycoon is book six in the Bad Blood series of books from Mills & Boon. I didn't realise this at first, therefore I'm reading this utterly out of order, but it doesn't matter. It works perfectly well as a standalone novel.

This is the story of Rafael da Souza, illegitimate child to an awful father. Despite his cash-strapped upbringing, and the way he was always made to feel like an outsider, he's made good. Seriously good. Now a millionaire in his own right, he's married to gorgeo
Sep 19, 2013 Wii rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bagus sich...cuma agak aneh, masa nikah tapi ketemuanx bisa diitung jari, bahkan dari satu tangan. Bener ada telp n dll, tp kok rasanya aneh aja...(Tp mungkin ada ya yg kayak gitu). Dan tambah aneh lagi pas Rafael pingin bgt punya pas istrinya hamil, malah takut dia ntar kayak bapaknya yg ga bertanggung jawab n labil emosinya. Seharusnya kalo dia pingin bgt punya anak seharusnya dia udah siapp. So far..baguslah ceritanya. Berhubung buku ke 7 udah baca, jadi nunggu buku terakhir yaitu T ...more
Covernya berbeda dengan terjemahan (walaupun di Goodreads belum terupdate cover Indonesianya). Jadinya agak mengecewakan untuk saya, karena saya lebih suka dengan cover aslinya, terkesan lebih seksi.

Omong-omong, ceritanya sangat manis. Miliuner dan model paling terkenal adalah sepasang suami istri.. Mereka menikah lima tahun yang lalu, saat itu Leila Santiago telah menjadi model yang sangat terkenal, walaupun begitu, ia melihat ketulusan Rafael dan menerimanya menjadi suaminya.
Sayangnya setelah
Aug 01, 2014 Bukola rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A first read from this Author..

Every girl dreams of having the perfect magical life of being rich, famous, beautiful and having the arm candy to match. This is the case for the gorgeous Leila Santiago ,world famous supermodel. She has it all,including the incredibly sexy technology tycoon Rafael Wolfe by her side as her loving husband.

To the outside world it seems they have the perfect life and the perfect marriage. But behind the flash of the camera their lives each holds untold secrets, For L
Negesse Lakay
Writing a romance novel about a married couple is tricky. I've read a few and this one was not one of the best. If I see the word "for" one more time I'm going to scream. I wanted to take both Rafael and Leila and Shake them senseless. Since when did married couples own property, moved, spent years without seeing each other? All this angst about this horrible past that they never talk about. Then Leila who absolutely has to work to support her clinic despite a high risk pregnancy and a previous ...more
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3.5 stars
Samar Estwacol
Rafail the child who left alone a sick son of a bitch father and workholic mother alone vs the world and broken marriage
love the life fighting for them their marriage and all of it how he can be depended on, trusted, although of everything else going on yet wolfes proved to be tough when it comes to their women
Tentang pasangan suami istri yang sama-sama punya trauma di masa lalu. Hidup mapan tapi jarang bertemu karena kesibukan. Bete banget sama si Leila yang keras kepala ngotot buat gak mau hamil. Trauma boleh sih ya tapi ada usaha gitulah buat ngobatin traumanya ini malah ngeyel banget. Pada dasarnya saya benci sama wanita egois yang cuman mementingkan karir, tapi mengikuti alur ceritanya saya belajar memahami kenapa Leila kekeuh untuk terus kerja dan untungnya di akhir ceritapun dia dapat mengerti ...more
Sep 09, 2016 Jesica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Esperaba mas de este libro.... y aunque toca temas delicados pensé que los iba a tratar de otra manera... definitivamente en algunas ocasiones la protagonista no me gustaba.... pero bueno tuvo buen final .... :)
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