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The Mistress Wife

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  549 ratings  ·  40 reviews
When Vivien became convinced that Lucca, her billionaire Italian husband, had been having an affair, she left him - pronto! Though she was pregnant with his child, she could no longer live with him. Now Vivien has discovered that Lucca might not be as guilty as she first thought. She's determined to win her husband back and save her marriage . . . if only for the sake of t ...more
Paperback, Harlequin Presents #2428, 192 pages
Published November 2004 by Harlequin
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The heroine is a weak doormat. And she doesn't really change from that. The hero is a horrible user, and he doesn't change from that either.

So the hero and heroine are married but the hero is living it up like he's single. While he goes out and has parties all the time, where the heroine is not invited, it finally comes back to bite him in the arse.

A starlet has a tell all about having sex with him on his boat after one of his parties. The heroine leaves his sorry butt, and has a baby. The hero
Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince
I read "The Mistress Wife" ten years ago but didn't recall it. Usually I put a little red check in the upper front page to mark my books as read but forgot to do it for this book.

So I'm reading along, and thinking, "Wow Lynne Graham's stories are all the same more or less (and except for a very rare few)." In this one a hot, wealthy Italian business man falls for a beautiful (but she doesn't know it), shy, naive, smart-but-dumb heroine named Vivien. Usually Graham's heroines have names that end
Jan 19, 2012 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
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OMG - this book was a train wreck! Points for being original in the sense that the H 'was' innocent and the h was totally in the wrong in the beginning. The h really irated me with her doormat behavior, but they both continued to fly off the handle with such dramatic hilarity that it kept me reading. As an overall HP I would have rated this lower, but it's a must read just for the characters. I was a little disappointed in the ending, I think the h deserved a little better...however, she really ...more
I loved the angst, but it makes me crazy when the hero is unfaithful--with other women during separation (which he could have tried to end but was too proud) and gets away with it. He acted like he was single, partied on his yacht with other women, left his wife at home and treated her like crap but is surprised she didn't trust him? And then after they split, instead of swallowing pride and explaining the truth, he cheats on her for a year. (They were still married and he objects to notion of h ...more
I honestly didn't find this novel very exciting, in fact it was kind of desperate and predictable! I spent the whole first half of the novel completely disgusted by the hero and his attitude towards the heroine. Then I felt horrible bad for the heroine for being treated so shitty and being lied to repeatedly. It was just yuck but then at the ending point things got interesting, the heroine got "revenge" by taunting the hero and making him realize that he has loved her all along and only his prid ...more
Gah! This was a frustrating book.

A pregnant Vivian leaves her husband Lucca, because he was accused of cheating by a bimbo who sold a tell-all article. She begins a new life for herself and her son in a small village near Oxford University, where she works.

Two years later, in the midst of their divorce, the bimbo sells another story confessing that the first story was a lie and she never slept with Lucca. Distraught, Vivian rushes to Lucca's office to ask forgiveness. He is less than welcoming
And because of the hero's name, I kept picturing that guy from masterchef (with his accent !) while reading this. Seriously. *ROFL*
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A wonderful read....full of passion, misunderstandings, lack of trust, a jealous sister, a cute little boy, a funny dog, & beautiful places. The heroine is basically a shy bookworm that has a degree in botany & is very talented when it comes to plant life but has no real understanding of the world outside, which makes her extremely naive & trusting. The hero is your alpha male used to getting his way & everything he wants which is why he has no understanding of his wife's lack of ...more
Just. No. Heroine is too much of a doormat. She finds excuses for him all the damn time and hello that isn't love. Idk what was that but that is in no way love. It's just no.
Amanda Sheila
This book is ridiculous.

I don't feel both love nor chemistry between the characters, Lucca's an asshole, Vivien is a stupid doormat and the whole storyline's nonsense. I've gotten quite angry by each page and I think this book could be sooo much better than this.

I'm so sorry.
Though the story was nice i gave it 3 stars because the hero had sex with OW when he was married to the heroine.
i like my heroes fully committed.
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Steph Sy
I usually enjoy her books but i skimmed through this one. Major doormat.
Jan 11, 2014 Zai rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 1
I usually enjoy Lynne Graham but this one's a major doormat.

Vivi-Lucca their relationship had all issues Lack of communication(from both sides),lack of trust(both sides),one hell of a B**** sister(not even step Vivi was adopted by her parents),add the misunderstandings and Vivi was one weak meek wife and Lucca cruel selfish arrogant jerk,both played equal parts in breaking of their marriage

Even though it made me angry so much i absolutely enjoyed and loved this book,through their arguments one thing i agree with Lucca Vivi took every
Vivien thinks her husband is cheating on her and refuses to believe he is innocent. She abandons him, gives birth to their son and two years later she discovers he was faithful to her all along.

Now Vivien has deep regrets about taking his son away from him and letting her doubts and insecurity ruin their marriage. But now Lucca has moved on and all he wants from Vivien is revenge.

I loved the sexual chemistry and intensity between Vivien and Lucca. I liked that they both admitted their part in
This was quite good. I was really angry at the hero for the first part of the book for treating the heroine like dirt, but seeing his fear of losing the heroine redeemed him for me. I wasn't that bothered that the hero had been with other women since the heroine left him -- usually the roles are reversed in these novels, the hero ditches the heroine over some misunderstanding she is innocent of, and often the heroine is seeing someone else when the hero comes back into her life (granted, she doe ...more
Nina M. Y.
wow it's been a long time since I last read a harlequin novella.
Betzacosta Fiction
Me gusto la historia, amo a Lynne
Izarra Varela
I was on vacation, shut up.
I liked this book. It didn't wow me with the emotional angst of other books with this trope, but it was still good. The heroine had her moments. She kept flipping back and forth between doormat and having spunk. I gave her the benefit of the doubt though because I could understand her feelings of guilt. The hero also had his moments of a-holeness but again it was completely understandable. He lost his family for something he didn't even do.
Widhy Pratiwie
kasih rating 2.5 d. . . .heran jg ma mbak lynne graham,seneng bgt biqin karakter cwe bodoh dan memalukan. . . . .plis d,real life dikit. . .karakterny selalu cwo super kaya,keren,idaman cwe bgt versus cwe biasa,g menarik,kdg bodoh&malu2in. . .sbgai kaum cwe rada bete jg bacanya. . .kali2 d biqin cwe super napa. . . .
Good story. Like the way the author sets the responsibility for the breakdown of the marriage squarely on both shoulders instead the blame all going to one person. There's always 2sides to every story.
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Lady Raven RAVE!
This book was ok it wasn't WOW but good ok read. I love lynne Graham but this was not the best of the best. I really did love the club section of the book.

3.50 stars
Nada Al-Karmi
It was OK. Vivien bored me to death by consistently blaming herself for everything. However, I liked how Lucca was sarcastic & mysterious yet faithful & sincere.
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Lynne Graham was born on July 30, 1956 of Irish-Scottish parentage. She has livedin Northern Ireland all her life. She grew up in a seaside village with herbrother. She learnt to read at the age of 3, and haven't stopped since then.

Lynne first met her husband when she was 1
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