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The Italian's Token Wife

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  321 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews

Italian millionaire Rafaello di Viscenti vows to marry the first woman he sees--who just happens to be Magda!

She's been desperately trying to make ends meet by cleaning Rafaello's house. His proposal of marriage comes with a large financial reward--all she has to do is spend six months as Rafaello's wife in name only.

But though Rafaello hadn't planned on sleeping with his

Paperback, 187 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Harlequin (first published February 6th 2004)
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Aug 16, 2015 Jenny rated it it was amazing
Heroine is an orphan a poor bathroom cleaner who is raising her baby alone. Hero needs a wife so as to take control of his father's company. He proposes a marriage for a huge sum of money that would provide a good life for her and her son. After her makeover hero realizes Magda is not so plain and he can't resist his wife in name only.

Very emotional very touching love story. Heroine is the epitome of kindness and goodness, so sweet and warm I wanted to put her in my pocket. Hero was a very arro
Saccharine sweet Harlequin marriage of convenience story complete with suave Italian tycoon, ugly duckling to swan transformation, and a nasty Disney villain of an OW. All set among the opulent magnificence of the Tuscan countryside. Who could ask for more?
Apr 17, 2014 Puna rated it did not like it
This was a truly sad book. The "hero" was a cold hearted manipulator who cared about nothing but making a point to his equally cold hearted and manipulative father. I kept reading hoping he would redeem himself but it just never happened. He spent 2/3 of the book looking down, waaayyyy down, on the perfect, selfless, virgin, martyr, doormat of a 'heroine'. He thought nothing of his treatment of her until his father repeated all the nastiness the 'hero' said about the heroine to her face. He then ...more
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Impoverished heroine who cleans bathrooms for a living is shocked to encounter Hero at his home while she was working. Her shock is compounded when Hero soon proposes a temporary marriage for a large sum of money that would provide a more comfortable life for her & her baby son. Hero's cold indifference & his father's obvious displeasure with her makes her temporary wife status harder to bare. But Hero's change of heart ushers an unexpected relationship b/w them. Heroine isn't sure how l ...more
Sep 01, 2014 Becky rated it it was ok
I often like Julia James but this was just a caricature of extremes. The depictions of heroine's unattractiveness were overdone and depressing. Heroine's sainthood and makeover were both extreme and highly unrealistic. True love lies in a box of hair color? 2 stars only for Rafaello's guilt and the angst of Magda's suffering (begging food for her baby from the housekeeper). The love was not at all real or believable and his response to her big secret was so creepy it actually made me feel unclea ...more
Well, that was just sweet as all get out.

Magda is a poor downtrodden cleaner with a small toddler to raise. Rafaello, confronted by his father's ultimatum, does what any sane man does: marries the first woman he sees.

Poor Magda is so mousy she's beyond plain. There is a little cruelty that was quite well-written then a nice makeover. Who doesn't like makeover. I know I want one especially if it leaves people gasping.

Raphaello is somewhat of an asshat, but sees his own shortcomings and is horrif
Aug 19, 2013 Megumi rated it liked it
La versión Harlequin Manga de esta novela es una de mis favoritas, así que la busqué para leerla también como libro.

Sinceramente, me gustó más la primera. Los personajes novelados se hacen algo redundantes, comportándose y pensando lo mismo una y otra vez. Además, el desarrollo de la relación parece algo forzado. Pero dejando esos detalles aparte, ha sido una lectura bastante entretenida (aunque sigo prefiriendo su versión manga).
معا فوق النجوم ..
جوليا جايمس
لم يكن المليونير الايطالي رافايللو دي ***نتى يملك حلاً فالشركة ستطير من بين يديه تهديد أبيه واضح وصريح تزوج و إلا أبيع الشركة !
وهكذا قطع على نفسه وعداً بأن يتزوج أول امرأة يصادفها وصادف أن تكون ماغي خادمة منزله ..
وكيف لماغي أن ترفض تمثيل دور الزوجة لرافايللو لمدة ستة أشهر مقابل مبلغ كبير من المال و طلاق سريع !
لكن مخطط رافايللو ذهب أدراج الرياح بعد الزواج ..فلم يعد الطلاق وارداً في تفكيره الآن
Jan 12, 2016 ʝαиє rated it really liked it
I kinda enjoy the book. It's very heart wrenching.
Mar 30, 2014 Andrie rated it really liked it
Γλυκό, ρομαντικό έως και συγκινητικό... Δεν ξεφεύγει από κάποια σφάλματα του είδους, αλλά μου άρεσε.
Nov 15, 2014 Idah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the Harlequin manga version first. It is good.
Ghada Al-Rawi
Jul 24, 2010 Ghada Al-Rawi rated it it was amazing
it remainds me in a qoute
ليس الدنيا لمن جد وجد
إنما الدنيا لمن حضه كعد ;)
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Johanna Juntunen
Dec 18, 2016 Johanna Juntunen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-books
Olihan sekin taas hyvä :)
سارة سيف
Feb 11, 2017 سارة سيف rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
على غيرالعادة من روايات أحلام وعبير، فالبطلة غير متعلمة، يتيمة، لكن ما تزال بأخلاق عالية.. لكن البطل لا يهتم بمشاعر غيره بل قد يستغلها أحيانًا لمصلحته.. رواية مختلفة وكسرت نمط هذه السلاسل وذلك يكفي لتنال إعجابي
Pamela Fernandes
Oct 18, 2015 Pamela Fernandes rated it it was ok
Rafaello wants to spite his father and so marries his maid Magda sweeping her off to Italy with her son in tow. The romance blossoms and HEA. This has some really unusual concepts, like the parentage of the child, Kaz, Magda's own background. It had all the bearings to be a fantastic story. what I didn't like was the way Rafaello saw Magda in the beginning. The writing made her look so repulsive that the duck to swan transformation didn't work for me. I just found the chemistry lacking, maybe if ...more
Aug 16, 2016 Mira rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book. It's a sweet romance.
Cinderella for young adults.
The manga version of this book was also good. The drawings was well done and reflected the book quite well.
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