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Wife in the Shadows

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  539 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
"The private face of a public marriage"The manipulative machinations of the great Manzini family have locked Elena Blake into marriage. The reluctant groom is Italy's most infamous womanizer, Count Angelo Manzini.

In society's spotlight, Angelo bestows dutiful kisses on his shy new countess. But behind closed doors, his apparently biddable bride refuses to stand in the shad
Paperback, Harlequin Presents Extra #166, 192 pages
Published September 2011 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2011)
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Feb 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s April, the cruellest month, and Elena is getting ready to go to a party. Her maid Donata is dressing her in some gown thing Elena hates, and helping with Elena’s makeup (which is a waste of time because Elena is so plain) and doing Elena’s hair, which she’s actually pretty good at. Elena is miserable about Donata, because Donata clearly thinks she is hopeless and Elena agrees, but nobody bonds over personal criticism, so these two just aren’t getting along. Then Elena emerges from her boudo ...more
Sara Craven wrote another Regency disguised as an HP. In this case it's an rake and poor relation forced to marry when they are set up to be caught in the heroine's bedroom during a house party. The heroine's married cousin was trying to obscure her affair with the hero.

The heroine moves to his Italian villa, while the hero is in town on business during the week. Once a month they have cold mechanical sex for the purpose of producing an heir. It all reads like a Mary Balogh story - especially s
Aug 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-b
I'm really disappointed, especially after the synopsis on the back cover sounds very promising. I'm not a fan of the author's style of writing, to be really honest. I find it lacks necessary dialogues to convey the tension and duress the characters are in. Instead, it is written in inner-thoughts style that is very boring and dull. Until the end, I find the characters lack in personality and emotional depth.
KC 2.0
The author raised her game three-quarters of the way in by implementing a "shady" literary device which had me holding my breath. I can't complain because I started to enjoy the book more: Ellie shed her frigid persona, the angst and passion increased and, when it was nearly over, I finally believed our protagonists could achieve a happy ending.

I would have rated the book as average before this crucial change in tone occurred, mostly because it was hard to warm up to Ellie who acted so aloof wi
Debbie DiFiore
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Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Elena and Angelo. Angelo has recently ended an affair with his married lover (Elena's cousin) and she is angry with him. Out of revenge she sets home up and he unknowingly goes to Elena's room one night, whilst staying at the home of an important business associate who is also the husband of Elena's godmother. Elena is shocked by events, especially the knowledge that her cousin set her up, but realises the need to avoid a scandal. To help this her godmother suggests that she ...more
So it had some good points and some not so good points. It started off okay but the characters and the writing sort of went hazy as the book went on. As to the plot twist, it wasn't well written enough to make me care one way or the other although what was going on was pretty obvious. The author didn't sell me on it however. Ultimately just okay.
Jul 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Lu Bielefeld **
A amante do herói é uma mulher casada e ele é muito raso para o meu gosto. A amante é a prima da heroína. Tudo é muito fácil na vida dele até ele cair numa cilada e ter que casar com a heroína que é a otária no plano todo.
Tudo acontece por causa do comportamento promíscuo dele e ele ainda tenta culpar os outros.
A heroína entra na história sem saber muito o que está acontecendo e cai na cilada também.
Ele é um arrogante babaca e a heroína é tímida e insegura. Uma receita para o desastre.

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Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
A interesting twisted storyline - Count has mistress who happens to be your only relative, your married cousin who is pissed at the count for ending the affair. While away at thier godmother's for weekend the cousin decides to get revenge on the count by wrecking his business deal that he there trying to close. The cousin tricks the count into one last fling & sends him to the heroine's room only to caught naked in bed by everyone forcing them into a pretend engagement to save his business d ...more
May 15, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
it got 3 stars only bcoz sara craven is a very talented author n she keeps u entertained and interested in what would be happening next. unfortunately i did not care much for the story as i disliked the heroine very much. she acted like a cold fish for most of the if she was frigid
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an interesting read. It started out slow and then took a completely different turn by way of a twist that I didn't really see coming. I certainly didn't regret staying up to finish this one.
Sep 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance
Meh. I don't get the chemistry. I dislike the hero's unscrupulous bed-hopping, esp. with other people's wives. Since I cannot respect him, it's hard for me to like this book.
lily waheed
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
first time 3.5 stars for me! !
these 2 killed me and God I thought she is having an affair with another man! imagine that in hp! ?
Fiona Marsden
Feb 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sara Craven used to be one of my favourite reads back in the dawn of time. Then I got so sick of her sleazy, manwhore, adulterous cheating anti-heroes that I gave up. The most recent one I read The Santangeli Marriage started with him committing adultery after his marriage with a married woman and blaming it on the way his very youthful, inexperienced wife treated him. Which she only did because she'd found out what an adulterous manwhore he was. That book was such a downer in so many ways.

This is funny how can you tell from one book that you love author. I could tell it about Sarah Morgan and Olivia Gates and now Sara Craven.
This story was almost a five-star. The only problem was that Elle always said aloud the opposite of what she thought. But if that was it the story would be much shorter. Or not there at all.
I hated that cousin of hers all the way trough the book. What a harpy! And I pitted Angelo cause he desperately tried to make it right but she was too strong and too agai
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: married-couple
2,5 stars
The twist saved the book
Feb 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars
May 03, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5. I enjoyed this very much.

Elena is a wallflower compare to her yr-older glamorous married cousin. I liked that she didn't seem bitter about this and still managed to remain loyal to this very selfish relation of hers so much so that when she and Angelo Manzini sprang the trap of uniting them in marriage and learned that her cousin orchestrated a humiliation in revenge to her former lover who ended their affair and picked her to take the fall, She still agreed to a marriage to a man she actua
Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: elibrary-books
I almost really liked this - classic HP, with overbearing hero and apparently powerless heroine; however, the overbearing hero doesn't always get his way and the heroine is no dimwitted doormat.

What kept it from being a 4 was a couple issues. First, the narrative perspective starts out split between hero and heroine, but then part way through the book abruptly changes so that it's only hers. This is probably to preserve a twist-esque thing that happens in the middle of the book (though it was o
Fanny Roswita Ria
Just confiusing with this line story so I give 2.5 star for this novel.

Menggunakan alur maju mundur membuat di beberapa bagian kehilangan kaitan ceritanya sehingga gw sempet agak bingung, even di awal2 sangat menikmati bagaimana karakter heroine-nya dituangkan. Gw berasumsi akan bertemu dg sosok heroine yang pendiem dan menyeh2 alias terima nasib wae kalo diinjek dan diabaikan, tapi salah besar rupanya..sang heroine adl sosok yang tangguh walopun sikap pasrahnya dg ketidakcantikannya begitu meng
Jess the Romanceaholic
While I enjoyed all of the lovely angst brought about by the unconventional marriage, the author played a nasty trick on the readers in the middle, and honestly, this one was |thisclose| to being a wallbanger. My own sheer stubbornness was the only thing that kept me from slapping it firmly into the DNF pile with a look of disgust, and even though the ending was quite lovely, it wasn't nearly enough to make up for the middle.

2.5/5 Stars, only that high because of the author's writing skills -- p
Overall was not a bad story, just for me alil hard to follow at times. Until the end when the author must have felt that more needed to be explained and it did, she dumped all this information. At times I found myself having to re-read pages because I felt lost.
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
this book depressing me...
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it

Casi muero con toda la parte de Luca!! Cruel pero diferente!!!
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Miniseries: Aristocrats' Reluctant Brides
Category: Classic Romance
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
The first half is a light hearted crazy ride with a hero who cant keep his pants on, and a heroine who lands up in his bed in a curious case of mistaken bedrooms.

So a fake engagement ensues to protect the girl's reputation. And then a fake marriage, and finally a fake consummation.

Suddenly somewhere in the middle, the tone and tenor of the story changes with brooding heroine and a mysterious OM. The mood of the reader is jolted here, with this abrupt change in the narrative.

I always settle into
Constanza Hernández
Leer la sinopsis y empezar la lectura decepciona.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I want to cry in Happiness.

I love how the characters finally confessed their love to each other and despite the obstacles, and the irritating Silvia, found a way to start fresh.

It's sweet.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
It was the worst book I've ever read.
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Anne Bushell was born on October 1938 in South Devon, England, just before World War II and grew up in a house crammed with books. She was always a voracious reader, some of her all-time favorites books are: "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen, "Middlemarch" by George Eliot, "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë, "Gone With the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell and "The Code of the Woosters" by P. G. Wodehous ...more
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