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The Purchased Wife

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  404 ratings  ·  23 reviews

Xander Pascalis can buy anything...including a wife! At millions of dollars, Helen is lavishly expensive. But Xander thinks he knows a good deal when he sees one....

However, when Helen refuses to share his bed, Xander is forced to take his headstrong wife to his private Greek island to tame her into keeping her marriage vows. He wants value for money: she will give him th

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Paperback, Harlequin Presents #2470, 184 pages
Published June 2005 by Harlequin (first published March 2005)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Book Overview: Xander Pascalis can buy anything...including a wife! At millions of dollars, Helen is lavishly expensive. But Xander thinks he knows a good deal when he sees one....
However, when Helen refuses to share his bed, Xander is forced to take his headstrong wife to his private Greek island to tame her into keeping her marriage vows. He wants value for money: she will give him the wedding night that, so far, she's denied him....

Another story about the consequences of miscommunication. If
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Jacqueline
This one was nice. There was plenty of POV from the hero so you knew all along that he loved her and felt guilty about marrying her so young and forcing her to do this or that. Lots of angst on his part. In fact you really knew the hero much better than the heroine. The biggest problem I had with it was the hero kept threatening to kill the heroine if she ever slept with another man or even let one see her naked or what have you. That's just not right. Sure threaten to kill the other man, I'm be ...more
KatieV
I should have loved this, but I spent so much time hating the hero and not in a "fun way". But MR kept me reading as usual and I was emotionally involved, so that's worth 3 stars. Maybe even more. I'm just mad (which proves I was emotionally involved)

I guess I couldn't get past all the death threats and his overall rough treatment of her. I can handle and even be amused by a bunch of BS from these alpha heroes, but threats of violence (or actual violence) is hard for me not to take seriously. I
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Jared89
Ok, so I juust finished this book today.. and what can I say? Well, for starters, I don't wanna spoil the story and neither do I wanna discourage the readers but, this book is just full of angst. Lies here and there and hatred here and there.. It pays though that the charcaters' attraction to each other is fatal.. but then, the story is kind of all over the place.. I love Michelle Reid, and she's one of my fave authors of angsty stories, but this one made me dizzy.. (sorry).. There are times I'l ...more
Kay
Jan 19, 2012 Kay rated it 4 of 5 stars
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sbf20112011
I don't think this is the best of Michelle Reid's work, but I think it's still a 5-star read compared to the bulk of the HPs out there. Very angsty reunion story. I love this kind of premise where the heroine is physically injured at the outset, forcing the hero to reveal (subtly) his feelings despite harboring whatever misconceptions he has about her. Downsides were that the hero was overly jealous (repeatedly telling the heroine he would kill her if she ever went to another man) and controllin ...more
Kaetrin
This was a true DNF. It would have been a wallbanger except it was electronic. I picked it up after reading raves about this author's work on Dear Author - Jane is a big fan. Maybe I picked the wrong book to start (I have 2 others on my reader which I haven't been brave enough to read so far) but this "alpha hero" took a wrong turn RIGHT AT THE START OF THE BOOK into asshatville and I couldn't see him redeeming himself. Apparently there is world class grovel at the end of the book but I didn't w ...more
Jenny
Why so flawless MR? She gives me everything I want. Innocent but strong heroine, super possessive and crazy jealous alpha hero, passionate love scenes and plenty of angst! Oh and epilogue was all kinds of adorable!
Bridie Coleman
Found it hard to get into this book at first and didn't particularly care for male character Xander but I really warmed to him mid way through the book and Helen was just a bit wishy-washy also at the start too. But a good story and very passionate with a great setting but ending just a bit rushed.
Sarah
Another of those "I'm in love with her, but she's too young and there was a big misunderstanding"
Why do authors keep using this trite and tried and overused template. Throw SOME sort of curveball into it. SOMETHING. ANYTHING!
PLEASE!
Baseballmom
One intense alpha male.... d:)

First things first, he didn't cheat! The H was older and lived hard/loved hard, the h young and inexperienced, The H had intense feelings for the h but he didn't really know how to "dial it down", so his solution was to remove himself, when he should have been there. Naturally, the h took this as rejection. now throw in a heap of jealousy, lots of angst, accusations of cheating on both sides, secrets and a bunch of family drama, and you have the makings for an inten
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Ker


Liiiiiinda aunque Xander es un mandón. Obvio... Es griego xD
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Alyssa
I went into this book expecting drama and I was not disappointed. Here we have a wife, Helen, trying to leave her husband after a year of being apart. She loved Xander, but his actions before their wedding smothered her feelings. She gets into an accident trying to leave him and he shows up to take care of her. Well, in his own way.

He takes her to his private island to seduce her, ready to finally kick-start their marriage. I had a hard time liking him, because I wanted to clobber him in the he
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Vanessa
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Leyns
One of the very few books I found I couldn't continue. The hero was awful. At the point when he arrogantly talked about sleeping with his mistress I quit reading. Disgusting.
Ana
story was good. had potential but hero ruined it. he was too heartless, arrogant and he cared only about himself, his mom and wife were nobody in his mind and life.
Diamond
If the H explain who the bloody hell is Vanessa he would save the h from a lot of agony
nhf282
Typical plot frm michelle reid.
Bernie Morris
Mills & Boon has definitely come a long way since the days of Barbara Cartland and, although not really my thing, I feel obliged to give it 4 stars for the quality of the erotic content.
Nadia
I'm not sure what was wrong with it. May be that heroes were not logical at all. Xander is always threatening to kill Helen (where this insecurity came from?) and Helen not knowing what she want and changing her ways every 5 sec. "Kiss me! No, leave me alone!" It was just not my cup of tea.
(view spoiler) Too much unanswered questions were left to hang in the air.
Maddux
It took me forever to finish this book. I kept on only because I wanted the heroine to bust his balls.

Xander was an utter ass.
Doaa
one of the best Novels of Michelle Reid

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Such a fun romantic reading ...
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