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The Unwanted Wife (Unwanted #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  16,091 Ratings  ·  1,308 Reviews
All Alessandro de Lucci wants from his wife is a son but after a year and a half of unhappiness and disillusionment, all Theresa de Lucci wants from her ice cold husband is a divorce. Unfortunate timing, since Theresa is about to discover that she’s finally pregnant and Alessandro is about to discover that he isn’t willing to lose Theresa.
Kindle Edition, First Edition, 215 pages
Published September 26th 2012 by Natasha Anders
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4 stars

I was a little leery to read this book considering the title, The Unwanted Wife, which pretty much told me I was in for a heartbreaking and angsty ride; and, oh boy, was this book an heartbreaking and angsty ride. That said, I very much enjoyed reading this story.

I would have given The Unwanted Wife a slightly higher rating, considering it grabbed my attention and didn't let go until the end, but the editing and the heroine's character prevented me from doing so. This book needs editing
J *I did it all for the nookie.The book nookie*

Sweet Baby Jesus...if you like your books angsty then this is the book for you. Me...

Alessandro (Sandro) and Theresa have been married for 18 months. It's an emotionless, loveless, affectionless marriage on Sandro's part and every day it beats Theresa down further and further. All Sandro wants is for her to bring a son in to the world.

Finally, Theresa can't deal with the pain and hurt any longer.

Theresa asks Sandro to give her a divorce. But he won't. And why won't he???

Alexis *Reality Bites*
This Review contains minor Spoilers-none will hinder your reading experience
4 STARS out of 5
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

'Theresa had finally realised that there would be no thaw; their marriage was a perpetual winter wasteland and if she ever wanted to feel the warmth of the sun on her face again, she had to get out of it. Unfortunately, she now knew that escaping would be trickier than she had thought.'

~Inner monologue Of Theresa in The Unwanted Wife

This book had me an emotional wreck. I w
Anna ☘
Aug 14, 2016 Anna ☘ rated it really liked it

Mmm... delicious!

I stumbled upon this book while rummaging through my friends’ shelves in hope of finding an older, "verified" book that would get me out of the reading slump.

I won't lie, I was sceptical when I read the reviews. I gave it a shot anyway.

And I came to the following conclusion: Something must be very, very wrong with my head.

Because this book contains all the things which usually get on my nerves. And I FREAKING LOVED IT !

* A manipulative and cold hero.

Yes, the hero is th
SK *The Cupcake Queen*
Aug 31, 2015 SK *The Cupcake Queen* rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!!!

Re-read this last night! It stands true. I LOVE this story. Finished this in one sitting. Again. If you guys haven't read this and are looking for something fast and angsty. CHOOSE THIS!!!

It's official. I am a woman obsessed with marriage!

Or rather marriage plots. There is something so sexy and enticing about them. Getting to know the person you should already know everything about; falling in love with the love of your life all over again; every touch is familiar yet so new. Thi
Feb 11, 2016 Beverly rated it really liked it
Natasha Anders, how do you do this to me?? This is my third book by Anders and all her books share this similar theme. These horrible men who you hate in the beginning, but by the end you are on their side and cheering for them. It’s crazy, crazy I tell you. I wouldn’t believe it’s possible to redeem these men if I hadn’t read the books for myself. All her books are addictive and I just run through these audios.

Unwanted Wife is about a woman who married a man because she loved him, only to disc
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
5 Stars

Well it's official, I am in love with Natasha Ander's storytelling and the fact that she writes one of my favourite storylines so well pleases me immensely. There is something so spectacular about an enemies to lovers tale, that grips me like a vice and brings out a ton of emotions that make me really feel and be a part of the story.

Sandro De Lucci is an Italian businessman living in Cape Town with his wife of 18 months, Theresa. From the very start of the book, we see Sandro treat Ther
Jennifer Kyle
Jan 29, 2016 Jennifer Kyle rated it really liked it
4.25 STARS
Alex is The Romance Fox
Oct 31, 2015 Alex is The Romance Fox rated it really liked it
I was recommended this book by one of my GR friends and whilst I was a bit hesitant after reading the blurb – a lot of angst it seemed to be, and the title was pretty hard….unwanted!!!!! – but it actually turned out to be a really good read.
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Alessandro & Theresa de Lucci had been living in a loveless and cold marriage.
Theresa had married Sandro because she was in love with him but he was blackmailed by her manipulative father into the marriage and to produce a male son so that he can get hi
Dec 03, 2015 Mysza rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorite-read

Oh, this one was high on the angst and I loved it! The story is about a marriage of convenience with a "little" problem. The problem is that the heroine Theresa doesn't know that her marriage is fake, and the hero Sandro doesn't know that she doesn't know her father set her up. The only thing he wants from his wife is son and the only thing she wants from her husband is love, and neither of them can deliver the above. After a year and a half, Theresa is fed up with her miserable, unhappy marriag
Jun 26, 2014 Brandi rated it really liked it
Shelves: angst

I love angst. I can't help it. I enjoy the rush, heart pounding, blood pressure rising - I'm an angst junkie. That may make me crazy, but, I'm okay with that. The Unwanted Wife gave me angst and I loved it.

After 18 months of marriage Theresa has had enough. Her marriage to Alessandro was not what she had imagined. He is distant, cold, and offers no love or affection. The only thing he seems to want is a son. But Theresa can't take it any longer. Letting go of all hope of receiving his love, she
Jan 07, 2015 Shawna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of uber angsty romances
Shelves: contemporary-romance, format-ebook, heroine-i-wanna-bitch-slap-annoying, hero-i-wanna-smack, heroine-abused-traumatic-past-rape, reunions-are-sweeter-second-chances, heroine-naïve-virgin-like-a-virgin, hero-cold-cruelbrute-dark-dangerous, hero-stalk-me-baby-possessive, enemies-to-lovers-opposites-attract, married-couples-married-convenience, revenge-deception-secrets-lies, pregnancy-fertility-baby-kids-drama, cheating-hearts-fidelity-issues, pov-first-person, hero-or-heroine-exotic, angsty-dark-heavy-lotsa-drama, hero-or-heroine-italian, hh-disfigured-injured-scarred-ill, heroine-plain-jane-uglyducklingswan, hh-sweet-nice-paired-vs-gruff-cynic, hero-attractive-handsome-heartthrob, i-read-kindle, kindle, unrequited-love-crush, 4-to-5-stars, steam-2-warm, hero-redeems-himself-reformed, hero-brooding, hero-daddy-warbucks-wealthy, hh-bad-communication-conflict-mgmt, hh-big-constant-misunderstandings, heartbreaking-gutwrenching-romance, heroine-redhead, heroine-ridiculed-unpopular-teased, editing-nightmare, hero-asshat-award-hall-of-shame, heroine-doormat-spineless-weak, hero-good-groveling-eating-crow, hero-entrepreneur-mogul-tycoon-ceo, hh-famous-celebrity, 2012-reads, heroine-makeover, hero-pissed-me-off-and-turned-me-on, hero-uber-alpha-domineering, hero-alpha, heroine-sassy-full-of-attitude, betrayal-is-such-a-bitter-pill, heroine-wishy-washy-whiplash-award, hero-i-despised-hated, hero-i-disliked-much-of-the-book, heroine-self-esteem-issues, hero-just-get-over-yourself, hero-cocky-conceited-arrogant-ego, heroine-weak-forgives-too-easily, hero-wtf-does-heroine-see-in-him
4 stars – Contemporary Romance

This really sucked me in and I neglected all kinds of household tasks to finish it in nearly one sitting. It’s a great read with lots of melodrama and angst that makes for an addictive, fast-paced romance. It reminded me of a very well done Harlequin romance. There were some editing errors, and I got confused when the heroine suddenly developed red hair to match her fiery temper when I could have sworn at one point earlier in the book she was described as being a b
♥~♥Geri ~ the Racy Lit Reader ♥~♥
4.5 stars

WARNING: This is going to be a long-winded review with a few rants thrown here and there, and will certainly contain some spoilers.

I call this my "angst done right" book. Very angsty and very emotionally charged read, which could have been a disaster if it wasn't for the fact that the author did a good job with the characterization and the pacing of the story. I read it in one sitting and I was captivated with both Theresa and Sandro's story from start to finish.

First off, the story. S
Aug 05, 2016 Rag rated it really liked it
Reread: 8/4/16

4 'Balloon' Stars

She was just his “temporary” and unwanted wife.

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If you know anything about me you'll know how much I love arranged marriage/love-hate relationship. It's one of my top favorite topics. Recently I've been struggling with what to read. So as I was scrolling my bookshelf I found this little guy. I remember the title hooked me a long time ago but I just never got to it. And can I just say how glad and happy I am for clicking this book. From the first few words I was hoo
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Jan 06, 2014 Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ rated it really liked it
Recommended to Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ by: Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
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This book was so close to being a five-star read for me, I almost feel guilty rating it four. But five stars is perfection without one iota of changes I'd recommend. Not the case here. But it IS a book I loved, devoured, wished it didn't end so quickly! Why this sat on my kindle for months without reading it, I'm not sure.

The book starts out towards the "falling out" period of a marriage. Theresa went into the marriage thinking her husband loved her to find out later it was a contractual thing
Stacey is Sassy
Sep 11, 2015 Stacey is Sassy rated it it was amazing
Where's the tissues????

4.5 stars, rounded up to a 5.

Decided to clean out my kindle and found this little gem.

Wow this book was good. It had me so emotional that I didn't know what to think and feel.

At some stages I was screaming in my head, "don't let that bastard touch you" and "how can you let him touch you?" As the story progressed I started to soften towards Sandro, but until the end I was very much in agreement with Theresa that she should protect her heart until she knew the truth about e
Once I picked this up, I had a hard time putting it down. It was really good. My heart broke for Theresa and the veil of deceit she lived under. Her father was a bad and ruthless man putting his daughters happiness at stake and jeopardizing her life. While at first I didn't like Sandro at all, he was a genuine ass, he transformed into an incredible and dedicated man.
It was his turnaround that impressed me. Believing Theresa well aware of her fathers trickery, he sought to make her life hell. No
May 29, 2016
New thoughts: Been seeing this popping up on my feeds and it made me think about how much I literally loathed this story and this POS hero. This is one of my two most despised "romances" out of the 500+ I have rated here on Goodreads. *shudder* Hate to be reminded of it.

Original Review:

1 star She is a good writer but I hated the story and the content.

I am not sure what possessed me to read this book. I should have taken reviewers who described this as "angsty" more seriously. This w
Jacqueline's Reads
Jul 13, 2014 Jacqueline's Reads rated it it was amazing
5 Stars!!!

”You’re the sun I revolve around…”

From page 1… I absolutely, jumping-for-joy LOVED THE UNWANTED WIFE!!!

Theresa has been married to her cold husband, Alessandro, for over a year and half and finally she requested a divorced. Alessandro refuses to divorce her until he gets a son. Theresa doesn’t understand why Alessandro won’t divorce her and Teresa is tired of being the quiet “doormat” wife. As Theresa finally voices her opinion, Alessandro sees a different side of Theresa and doesn’t
Oct 07, 2012 Saly rated it really liked it
Recommended to Saly by: GR friends
This made me break my self imposed reading exile. What a angst filled book, almost HP'ish, blackmail, a jerk hero, grovel, pretty good all around. The heroine loved the hero but didn't know the hero was blackmailed into marrying her, so for eighteen months he is a jerk to her, having sex with her, never kissing her on the lips, insulting her, making her feel like a brood mare, never introducing her to his friends and family, probably cheating on her and asking for a son every time they had sex, ...more
Silvana -SLiTsRead
Apr 20, 2014 Silvana -SLiTsRead rated it it was amazing
When I started this book, I didn't think I would love it so much. I started and boy did the angst just hit full on. Theresa had to endure so much during her years of marriage to Sandro who wed her only for his own purposes and felt trapped by her and the marriage.

When we get introduced to Sandro, I wasn't a big fan, I actually was hoping that Theresa would find someone else to have her HEA with because he was a complete asshole!

“I have no respect for you, Theresa… not even as the potential moth
Dec 15, 2013 Mo rated it really liked it
Really liked this one. Got it as a freebie on Amazon but would definitely have paid money for it.
Oct 07, 2012 Leona rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Wow....did this one pack a punch. I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading till 4AM. This is one of those wonderful intense reads that delivers everything you want. This story is about two people who marry for frankly all the wrong reasons. One marries for love, not bothering to stop and reflect how much she knows the man or whether she understands if her feelings are returned. The other decides to marry in order to get his hands on a broken down vineyard in Italy. The book opens after our her ...more
Sep 01, 2015 Cristina rated it it was amazing
Normally this would have been a 4 star book for me but considering the fact that I was in a book slump and pretty bored while reading a novel I've been waiting for a long time (but it totally bored me) when this book hooked me and I finished it in a few hours I knew it deserved 5 stars and that I was back from my book slump :P


I loved the story but I wasn't over the moon about the style in which the book was written...but that didn't matter. Once I was into it I couldn't put it down and it w
Val ⚓️ Shameless,  Bitchy & Skanky ⚓️ Mrs. ClayDanvers/RemingtonTate
I am a total sucker for the whole forced marriage/arranged marriage shtick. If you are too, definitely pick this one up. It's one of the best of that "genre" that I've read in a long time - and surprisingly NOT a historical!
Really enjoyed this one, it was like a longer HP that really sucked you in and held your attention. There were some small editing issues but on the whole I enjoyed reading this angsty book with a nice long hero grovel!
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
I stumbled on this book by pure chance. It was on Amazon, it was a cheap purchase...and I thought "what the heck". I now have myself an author who I am eagerly anticipating future books from. It's almost hard to believe that she doesn't have any other books out (at least none I have heard of)

Alessandro de Lucci and Theresa de Lucci have been married for over a year. All Sandro wans from his wife is a son, and after a year of wanting nothing more than her husband's love, all Theresa wants now is
Mar 03, 2016 FMABookReviews rated it it was amazing
Recommended to FMABookReviews by: Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
I loved it, absolutely loved 'The Unwanted Wife'!Natasha Andersis a new author for me. I am so glad I was encouraged bymy friends to give her and this book a try!

In 'The Unwanted Wife', Anders delivers a tale of betrayal and love, guilt and forgiveness, devastation and elation.

When entering into anarranged marriage, you don'tknow what you will get. You never know who you will be marrying, how they will treat or love you. But when you enter a marriage full of love and devotion, only to discover y
Aya Hamza
Jul 11, 2016 Aya Hamza rated it did not like it
Another book with Arranged/Forced Marriage which is one of my favorite topics in books!
Nope. It was a failure.
I decided to read this book because it was on my e-reader tbr, it was awful read to me and doesn't make scene at all. I really didn't care about anyone in the book.

SO yeah, the MCs were decided to be married, the husband doesn't care at all about his wife, he wants a son to get free from this marriage, but she wants a divorce but he refuses. He can't divorce her until they have a baby!
I saw so many great reviews for this one and the story totally had me wanting to read it ASAP cause the story-line really drew me in. BUT............ I didn't love it.

It was just drawn out way too long. I found all the miscommunication could have been dealt with a lot sooner than it was. It just seemed drawn out way longer than it seemed necessary.

I think I might be a little messed up in the head cause even though Sandro is a complete ass and treats Theresa like crap I ended liking him much mor
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Since making her publishing debut in 2012, Natasha Anders has been drawing praise and attention as a new voice in romance. The Unwanted Wife, which became a self-published bestseller, is the first title in Anders’s forthcoming Unwanted series. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Anders spent nine years as an associate English teacher in Niigata, Japan, where she became a legendary karaoke diva. Ander ...more
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