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Temporary Wife

3.38 of 5 stars 3.38  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Emily Lamb thought Luke Adams was attractive and powerful enough to arrange his own marriage--but when her friend Gina Harrick asked her to marry him for business reasons, Emily had her own reasons for agreeing.

It was, of course, to be a temporary marriage of convenience; only Emily hadn't counted on falling in love with Luke. Nor had she suspected that the secret behind t
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Mass Market Paperback, Mills & Boon Romance, #1045, 187 pages
Published October 1975 by Mills and Boon (first published 1975)
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seton
Altho I try to avoid such books, I have read a handful of romances where the hero was actively in love with another woman before finally turning toward the heroine. I rarely believe in the HEA when a book starts this way and this one was no exception. The hero was in love with the Other Woman for 3/4 of the book and there is plenty of narrative shown from his POV so that there can be no mistaking where his heart lay.

And despite, continuing to carry on an affair with the Other Woman, he had show
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Booklover
Did'nt liked the book,the character Luke was too shallow,selfish,manipulative,hypocrit and back stabber had no morals/ethics

hero Luke was in love with his friend/boss Charles wife Gina and kept sleeping with her behind his Charles's back and when Charles's nephew catches them he and Gina both plan to save themselves and hide their affair,Luke marries Emily who is a warm lively good woman,Emily knows Luke loves Gina but she still marries him

After marriage Luke still keeps sleeping with Gina and l
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Preeti
Ok 4.5 for me ... 2 of the stars for the h Emily.The premise of the H loving OW always promises a lot of angst as does in this one. I generally like this trope quite well but of course the H/h relationship has to be handled in a believable manner,so if anyone has a good book suggestion pls let me know..:)
The book starts with pov of the H Luke n the OW Gina (his elderly boss's wife) so no chances of MU about their feelings and motivations. They concoct a plan for a m-i-n-o for the H/h to fool the
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Tishke
Angst fest and one of those books that makes you want to kill one of the characters or two.

The 3 stars are for making me feel invested in Emily's character. I hated Luke with a passion even more than I hated the repulsive Gena.

I love books with OW but I want them to be evil geniuses and to hide their true character so I can have a reason as to why the hero was stupid enough to fall for their tricks. Gena's character was cheap, nauseating and immoral from the get go. She had a nice body and pre
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Cem73
I think that if Luke had been more cynical and Emily less , this one would have been a keeper.
Emily was not that nice to me : she judges Gina behavior , but she is far from being honest herself.
As for Gina, the OW, i was sorry for her in a way.
Jenny
Angsty read. Really liked the educated, intelligent heroine and even though hero was clearly in denial I didn't hate him. He was just TSTL.
Jensmith
Awful. The hero spent most of the book in love with a married woman. The marriage of convenience was concocted to keep the old man (the hero's boss) from finding out the truth. Seriously? Yes. Seriously.

These two charming people continue to have their affair after hero's sham marriage to heroine.

The heroine was fine, she pointed out how horrible both were behaving and how morally bankrupt they both were. Why did she get involved in this mess? Same old stupid trope of the poor destitute heroine
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Melanie♥
2.5 stars.
Hero is in love with OW for most of the book.
Pravana
Quite a few reviews echo my thoughts about the book So I quote briefly pertinent snippets from other reviews.
Booklover says "Luke was too shallow, selfish, manipulative, hypocrite and back stabber had no morals/ethics"
Julz04 says "The heroine was the typical virginal, 20-something, dowdy duckling turned beautiful swan. I found I actually really liked the heroine and enjoyed the little snippets of snarky wit she spouted."
DA4Pups
I couldn't quite get emotionally invested in Luke and Emily. I liked the storyline> It might have been better if it was longer so that some of the emotional changes/realizations could have taken a little longer so the reader could become a little bit more invested. Well-written but missed a little something somewhere. 2.5 stars.
Carrie Garza
Just read this Harlequinn Romance, which was published in 1975. 40 years old and in great shape. The story of a man who marries to cover up an affair with his boss's wife. Of course he realizes he was never in love with his boss's wife and finds himself in love with his temporary wife. It was probably considered pretty racy in 1975.
Fre06 Begum
It was a good book and I liked the fact the heroine stayed quite strong until the end. The male lead had no integrity or morals to sleep with a friends wife which he did right up till died so I don't think his character can ever be redeemed but the book had angst which I enjoyed.
Kaycee Sapinoso
Hero's sudden changed of heart was totally unbelievable! He spent most of the book in love with other woman.
sbf20112011
3.5 stars. This was an odd one -- I didn't like that the hero spent most of the book thinking he was in love with the other woman. But I liked the heroine and it was clear that the hero was going to come to his senses with her, so it was ok.
Linda
Love triangle.
Badra
loved it ..
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aka Rachel Lindsay, Janey Scott, Rozella Lake

Janey Scott was born in London, England. She developed a big interest inart. In 1948, she married Michael Lewin and they had a son, Jeremy.

She began writing with her first published romance novel in 1950, and shecontinued published romance novels as Roberta Leigh, Rachel Lindsay,Roumelia Lane and Rozella Lake and as her maiden name Janey Scott. She was
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