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The Reluctant Wife

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  873 Ratings  ·  76 Reviews
WINNER of the RomCon Readers Crown 2013 Category/Series

Abby Taylor walked out on her irresistible husband three years ago. Now she has no choice but to return to Italy to ask him for a favor. To pay for her grandmother's heart operation she needs his money, but it comes with strings attached.

Conte Dante Lombardi has it all—an Italian villa, a successful family business, a
Kindle Edition, 170 pages
Published December 20th 2012 by Entangled Publishing (first published December 17th 2012)
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Dec 31, 2012 Desere rated it it was amazing
Hot, hot, hot read ladies! This was a wonderful contemporary romance from a brilliant author. The book had me entranced and completely mesmerized from start to finish.

The characters of Abby and Dante were both wonderful to read about. Abby the young woman that will risk it all to save the life of her grandmother, she will do what ever it takes, which in this book made her the go getter.

Dante the strong, charming and relentless but oh my so sexy man that will rather blackmail his wife back into h
Jan 04, 2013 Melissa rated it really liked it
The reluctant wife is a great contemporary romance which I would recommend to fans of Jennifer Probst Marriage to a Billionaire series.

This story jumps right to it which I liked - Abby got married real young with the perception of Prince Charming still fresh in her 19 year old mind. She was in love and starry eyed for her older handsome and incredibly rich Italian husband.
Dante however married for the business, his family heritage and the means of creating a son.
Shattered Abby runs from her ma
Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
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At first I had mixed feelings about this novel. However, I was certain of one thing…Dante is a jerk, but a sexy jerk non-the-less. I liked the scenario that Abby and Dante find themselves in, and that neither of them are willing to admit their feelings (Abby was before she left, but Dante never could). Now, what got me was that Dante was 29 and Abby was 19 when they married. That freaked me out. Which, I also guess
Fiona Marsden
Feb 07, 2013 Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it
Yes another reunion story. Classic hot Italian husband blackmails English bride back into his bed. Dante is one of those alpha males afraid to show weakness yet that fear becomes his biggest weakness. His attitude was a key factor in the break down of his marriage three years ago.

Abby as a youthful bride lacked the maturity to cope with the demands of a male who insisted he did not do love but wanted a child immediately. After three years away she has grown up, but only her grandmothers ill heal
Jan 06, 2013 Tia rated it liked it
This novel was very painful to read, due to the emotional content. I loved the heroine but I believe the hero was way too hard on her. She was only a child when they married, so young yet, only nineteen and he put pressures on her some thirty year olds couldn't quite handle.
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The Reluctant Wife is a sweet and relevant bargain marriage story. Abby married Dante for love. Dante married Abby for a baby. With the disparity in reasons, Abby fled the marriage only to return to save her Grandmother from dying. So, the bargain is struck: her grandmother has life saving surgery and Abby and Dante have a marriage and children. When other issues make for even more misunderstandings, Abby and Dante have to fight for their love and their marriage.

Abby and Dante are both well draw
Jan 04, 2013 TashNz rated it it was amazing
For me this is the perfect story. Second Chance stories are in my top three genre's, but they have to be well written, powerfully emotive and as a reader I have to want the characters to have their second chance and to me The Reluctant wife ticked off everything on my list - plus more!

The Reluctant Wife introduces us to Abby when she's pulling up to the gate of her Husband's home, the home she left three years prior, needing his help. Seeing an opportunity that will suit all parties Dante promis
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I expected a lot because it had a great cover...


I was kinda disappointed because even though the main topic of this novel is different from many others, it felt lacking somehow, and it's not just because it's short. The story is pretty much what the title claims. Abby is reluctant to come back to Dante because they had a not-so-nice history. Oh, she's reluctant alright, but not so much that it took a little less time for her to agree with Dante's proposition. She went back to him and accepted wh
3-1/2 stars for me, but I rounded up.

The full review, including quotes and a giveaway, can be found on Pretty Sassy Cool :)

Abby was only nineteen years old when Italian Conte Dante Lombardi swept her off her feet. He made it very clear from the beginning of their whirlwind relationship that he wanted to have children right away. Lack of attention from Dante and too much pressure being a Contessa in a foreign place caused Abby to flee. Three years later, she's back. Her grandmother needs an op
Feb 08, 2013 Katie_la_geek rated it it was ok
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The Reluctant Wife has been compared to the Marriage to a Billionaire quite a lot and I can see why, they book have the same style and themes but despite a good effort The Reluctant Wife is not as good.

The storyline is ok but is a little over the top. The deal Abby makes with Dante is not one I can see a majority of woman agreeing to. Generally Abby was alright, but everyone kept talking about how much backbone she had and a lot of the time I struggled to s
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Well this book had good qualities and angst. With Dante and Abby you do feel the connection between the two but I got frustrated at times with the repeated misconstruing between the two.

The book was a quick read and it was quite sweet. In the end part what Dante's family does for Abby and Dante is profoundly beautiful. In this book love definitely wins in the end.

Dante and Abby had to do some soul searching and growing up before they could really
Feb 10, 2014 claridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What an emotional roller coaster.
Loved it!!!!
Pretty Sassy Cool
3 stars.

Abby was only nineteen years old when Italian Conte Dante Lombardi swept her off her feet. He made it very clear from the beginning of their whirlwind relationship that he wanted to have children right away. Lack of attention from Dante and too much pressure being a Contessa in a foreign place caused Abby to flee.

Three years later, she's back. Her grandmother needs an operation, and Abby comes to Dante for the money.
This was the first time in three years that she would be in the same ro
This book was good..... it's worth reading I would say, and it's one of those books that you read when you just have time to while away lol. I'd say that I would definitely recommend it.

But seriously the crappy medical stuff in this book makes me want to punch something and throw this book across the room. Like seriously?? How stupid can you be??


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Mar 31, 2016 Greselley rated it really liked it
He was her man, and he loved her, no matter what he said—or didn’t say. A woman knows. She would do anything and everything to make him admit what she was sure was in his heart.

I am a fan of Bronwen Evans because of her historical romance novels so when I stumbled with this contemporary one, why not give it a shot? And I'm so glad I did! It was like reading a historical and contemporary romance at the same time. The hero was an Italian count. It was really refreshing to read a story, wherein a
Jan 17, 2015 Paris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, netgalley, 2015
While I did like the book more than I was expecting to, I didn’t love the book. Dante isn’t really all that likeable, not even when he realizes that it’s okay to have feelings and becomes slightly less of a jerk. The way he was with Abby in the beginning and how he treated her when they were first married was really difficult to get over. Then when he learned about her issues, he turned into a jerk again. It took a life or death situation for him to really come to his senses, which really kind o ...more
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Jan 31, 2013 Anny XD smiles forever!!!! rated it really liked it
This book was too predicable, and and some parts extremly gross. I don't normally read books like these but it had been recommended to me and I deicded to give it a try. The topic was very different from other books whihc made it more interesting but what was best about the book was the style of writing.The author made the words come to life, very good
CD Keith
This is your love long lost but given a second chance. Abby and Dante married young and for all the wrong reasons, not love. This was something Abby could not live with. Dante needed a bride to give him an heir. He told Abby there was not chance of love. Being the rich alpha male that he is, Dante expected Abby to just accept this. The problem is, Abby already loved him. Her heart was broken and there was no changing his mind so she ran. Now 3 years later her grandmother needs a heart operation ...more
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Dec 27, 2012 Melody May (What I'm Reading) rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, contemporary
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Good morning y'all. I'm excited to bring to you the newest book from Bronwen Evans. If any you have read any Bron's previous books, you would know that she normally writes historical romance. Well, this is her first time writing a contemporary romance. I must say that it was pretty good. So, let me bring to you The Reluctant Wife.

After three years Abby Taylor needs a huge favor from her husband Conte Dante Lombardi, she needs help with medical expenses for
Bree T
Jan 05, 2013 Bree T rated it liked it
Abby Taylor met and married Conte Dante Lombardi in a whirlwind courtship but when the dust settled, she and her arrogant husband couldn’t seem to find a happy medium. Dante was forever busy and absent from their lives and his pressure on her to have a child before she was ready put a terrible strain on the relationship. Three years ago, Abby walked out and hasn’t looked back.

Now she must go to Dante and beg for his help – her grandmother needs an operation and has been placed on a public waitin
Vi (the Vi3tBabe)
This is one of those times when you can pretty much take a book at face value, but in a good way. I actually started this one not knowing how short it was, so I was surprised to see Evans just jump right into the nitty gritty. But you know what?! I liked it. Considering this is such a short book, Evans does well to grab your attention right from the start, making you equally curious as to how these Dante and Abby got to where they are today and where they go to next. I will say that there is lit ...more
Lorraine Lesar
Jul 16, 2013 Lorraine Lesar rated it really liked it
Firstly, I should point out that I was gifted this by book through the author, my review however, has not been influenced by this.

I love Bronwen's historical books and this is the first contemporary romance that I have read by her and I would have to say, that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would describe this book as a "comforter", what this means is, Yes the storyline has been done by other authors, it is predictable and the outcome inevitable. The difference with this book and other similar books
What Abby thought was a marriage based on love, respect and passion truly wasn’t. Feeling out of place, unsure of who she was; she decides to leave and return home to England to live with her Grandmother. Leaving behind her husband, Conte Lombardi.

Dante doesn’t believe in love; business and family are his life and isn’t about to change that. When Abby after years apart waltzes back into his life looking for help – everything he thought he believed is tossed right out the window.

Abby didn’t want
Jessica (Stuck in Books)
Jan 26, 2013 Jessica (Stuck in Books) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog-tour, entangled
Awwww, I loved this book! I don't read adult contemporary that often, but when it catches my eye, I just can't help myself. The Reluctant Wife was DEFINITELY a pleasant discovery for me in this genre. This book made me so happy! It set my heart all aflutter and everything.

There were oh, so many things I adored about this book. First of all, I loved how the characters went through problems that are not exactly approached in other books. Not taboo subjects or anything, but simply problems that are
Mar 11, 2013 Alex rated it liked it
At First Sight: Three years after leaving her husband, Abby returns to this Italian villa to ask him for a favor. Conte Dante Lombardi isn't sure how he feels about his errant wife's return. In his mind, she left because of a petty fight and should have crawled back long before.

But, he never really forgotten Abby - he didn't want to forget her - and he has reasons why he would much rather remain married than go through with a divorce. So he strikes a deal with Abby; he'll give her the money she
Bozhidara Krumova
I set myself on the task to write a review on every book I rated here on Goodreads, so I'm going to do just that.

"The Reluctant Wife" is a book that I can identify with one word and that word is boring. And the interesting thing is, that it's not boring because of lack of action (there's plenty of that), it's boring because it's so predictable you know what's going to happen on the next page.

Now, the "plenty of action" I wrote about above comes from the over-dramatic situations that couldn't rea
Aug 06, 2013 Betty rated it it was amazing
Abby Taylor's grandmother needs heart surgery. So Abby heads to Italy to speak with her estranged husband. Its been three years since Abby left him and she hates to approach him now for the financial help she needs. When she enters his study to see him, he is resting on a couch with a woman. Abby is embarrassed and yet, decides to stay at least long enough to ask him for his help. Her husband, Conte Dante Lombardi, states that he will help her, but there are stipulations. He needs an heir. He w ...more
Jan 11, 2013 Erica rated it really liked it
The Reluctant Wife by Bronwen Evans was such a cute read. The entirety of the premise lies around building a healthy relationship, which I thought was quite awesome.

The characters of The Reluctant Wife simply make the book. Some aspects of the plot weren't as strong to me, but the characters made up for it! Abby's Nana is such a hoot. I loved Carla, Katarina, the whole crew. I loved how big of a role the secondary characters had in the book.

The chemistry between Dante and Abby is pretty sizzling
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USA Today bestselling author, Bronwen Evans grew up loving books. She writes both historical and contemporary sexy romances for the modern woman who likes intelligent, spirited heroines, and compassionate alpha heroes. Evans is a three-time winner of the RomCon Readers’ Crown and has been nominated for an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. She lives in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand with her dogs Brandy and Duk ...more
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