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The Unwanted Wife

(Unwanted #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  24,676 ratings  ·  1,946 reviews
No one had ever looked at her and seen perfection—until now.

Delicate, titian-haired Theresa Noble has met her father’s associates in the past, but the gorgeous, Italian-born Sandro De Lucci leaves her speechless. Eighteen months into their marriage, however, Sandro has turned to ice. Desperate to escape a relationship that has proven to be as stubbornly passionate as it is
Kindle Edition, Second Edition, 249 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Montlake Romance (first published September 26th 2012)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I was recommended this book by one of my GR friends and whilst I was a bit hesitant after reading the blurb – a lot of angst it seemed to be, and the title was pretty hard….unwanted!!!!! – but it actually turned out to be a really good read.
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Alessandro & Theresa de Lucci had been living in a loveless and cold marriage.
Theresa had married Sandro because she was in love with him but he was blackmailed by her manipulative father into the marriage and to produce a male son so that he can get hi
4 stars

I was a little leery to read this book considering the title, The Unwanted Wife, which pretty much told me I was in for a heartbreaking and angsty ride; and, oh boy, was this book an heartbreaking and angsty ride. That said, I very much enjoyed reading this story.

I would have given The Unwanted Wife a slightly higher rating, considering it grabbed my attention and didn't let go until the end, but the editing and the heroine's character prevented me from doing so. This book needs editing
I'm fucking sad okay FUCK yall dont understand how much i would die for this book and the characters and literally everything fucking in this book!!!

I think I have the whole book memorized at this point.

will I ever get tired of reading this book?? never

this book is so perfect what is my life without this book omg

Bury me with this book when i die


Starting this three days after I just finished reading it for the third time. I have issues??? I have issue
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time

Sweet Baby Jesus...if you like your books angsty then this is the book for you. Me...

Alessandro (Sandro) and Theresa have been married for 18 months. It's an emotionless, loveless, affectionless marriage on Sandro's part and every day it beats Theresa down further and further. All Sandro wants is for her to bring a son in to the world.

Finally, Theresa can't deal with the pain and hurt any longer.

Theresa asks Sandro to give her a divorce. But he won't. And why won't he???

~Anna's ƦªϻƁℓℹռg$~

Mmm... delicious!

I stumbled upon this book while rummaging through my friends’ shelves in hope of finding an older, "verified" book that would get me out of the reading slump.

I won't lie, I was sceptical when I read the reviews. I gave it a shot anyway.

And I came to the following conclusion: Something must be very, very wrong with my head.

Because this book contains all the things which usually get on my nerves. And I FREAKING LOVED IT !

* A manipulative and cold hero.

Yes, the hero i
Val ⚓️ Shameless, Skanky & Bitchy  ⚓️
5 Awesomely Epic Arranged Marriage Stars

I am a total sucker for the whole forced marriage/arranged marriage shtick.

If you are too, definitely pick this one up. It's one of the best of that "genre" that I've read in a long time - and surprisingly NOT a historical!

I loved everything about this story.

The H was a complete and total alpha dick who later groveled and I fucking loved it.

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Alexis *Reality Bites*
This Review contains minor Spoilers-none will hinder your reading experience
4 STARS out of 5
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance

'Theresa had finally realised that there would be no thaw; their marriage was a perpetual winter wasteland and if she ever wanted to feel the warmth of the sun on her face again, she had to get out of it. Unfortunately, she now knew that escaping would be trickier than she had thought.'

~Inner monologue Of Theresa in The Unwanted Wife

This book had me an emotional wreck. I w
May 29, 2016
New thoughts: Been seeing this popping up on my feeds and it made me think about how much I literally loathed this story and this POS hero. This is one of my two most despised "romances" out of the 500+ I have rated here on Goodreads. *shudder* Hate to be reminded of it.

Original Review:

1 star She is a good writer but I hated the story and the content.

I am not sure what possessed me to read this book. I should have taken reviewers who described this as "angsty" more seriously. This w
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars!!!

Re-read this last night! It stands true. I LOVE this story. Finished this in one sitting. Again. If you guys haven't read this and are looking for something fast and angsty. CHOOSE THIS!!!

It's official. I am a woman obsessed with marriage!

Or rather marriage plots. There is something so sexy and enticing about them. Getting to know the person you should already know everything about; falling in love with the love of your life all over again; every touch is familiar yet so new. Thi
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natasha Anders, how do you do this to me?? This is my third book by Anders and all her books share this similar theme. These horrible men who you hate in the beginning, but by the end you are on their side and cheering for them. It’s crazy, crazy I tell you. I wouldn’t believe it’s possible to redeem these men if I hadn’t read the books for myself. All her books are addictive and I just run through these audios.

Unwanted Wife is about a woman who married a man because she loved him, only to disc
Arabella ~♡AB♡~
★★★★★ 5 Stars ★★★★★

Well it's official, I am in love with Natasha Ander's storytelling and the fact that she writes one of my favourite storylines so well pleases me immensely. There is something so spectacular about an enemies to lovers tale, that grips me like a vice and brings out a ton of emotions that make me really feel and be a part of the story.

Sandro De Lucci is an Italian businessman living in Cape Town with his wife of 18 months, Theresa. From the very start of the book, we see Sandro
Jennifer Kyle
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.25 STARS
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: angst

I love angst. I can't help it. I enjoy the rush, heart pounding, blood pressure rising - I'm an angst junkie. That may make me crazy, but, I'm okay with that. The Unwanted Wife gave me angst and I loved it.

After 18 months of marriage Theresa has had enough. Her marriage to Alessandro was not what she had imagined. He is distant, cold, and offers no love or affection. The only thing he seems to want is a son. But Theresa can't take it any longer. Letting go of all hope of receiving his love, she
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-read

Oh, this one was high on the angst and I loved it! The story is about a marriage of convenience with a "little" problem. The problem is that the heroine Theresa doesn't know that her marriage is fake, and the hero Sandro doesn't know that she doesn't know her father set her up. The only thing he wants from his wife is son and the only thing she wants from her husband is love, and neither of them can deliver the above. After a year and a half, Theresa is fed up with her miserable, unhappy marriag
4 stars – Contemporary Romance

This really sucked me in and I neglected all kinds of household tasks to finish it in nearly one sitting. It’s a great read with lots of melodrama and angst that makes for an addictive, fast-paced romance. It reminded me of a very well done Harlequin romance. There were some editing errors, and I got confused when the heroine suddenly developed red hair to match her fiery temper when I could have sworn at one point earlier in the book she was described as being a b
Geri Reads
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

WARNING: This is going to be a long-winded review with a few rants thrown here and there, and will certainly contain some spoilers.

I call this my "angst done right" book. Very angsty and very emotionally charged read, which could have been a disaster if it wasn't for the fact that the author did a good job with the characterization and the pacing of the story. I read it in one sitting and I was captivated with both Theresa and Sandro's story from start to finish.

First off, the story. S
Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Allison ❤️Will Never Conquer Her TBR❤️ by: Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
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This book was so close to being a five-star read for me, I almost feel guilty rating it four. But five stars is perfection without one iota of changes I'd recommend. Not the case here. But it IS a book I loved, devoured, wished it didn't end so quickly! Why this sat on my kindle for months without reading it, I'm not sure.

The book starts out towards the "falling out" period of a marriage. Theresa went into the marriage thinking her husband loved her to find out later it was a contractual thin
Stacey is Sassy
Where's the tissues????

4.5 stars, rounded up to a 5.

Decided to clean out my kindle and found this little gem.

Wow this book was good. It had me so emotional that I didn't know what to think and feel.

At some stages I was screaming in my head, "don't let that bastard touch you" and "how can you let him touch you?" As the story progressed I started to soften towards Sandro, but until the end I was very much in agreement with Theresa that she should protect her heart until she knew the truth about e

5 'Balloon' Stars

She was just his “temporary” and unwanted wife.

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If you know anything about me you'll know how much I love arranged marriage/love-hate relationship. It's one of my top favorite topics. Recently I've been struggling with what to read. So as I was scrolling my bookshelf I found this little guy. I remember the title hooked me a long time ago but I just never got to it. And can I just say how glad and happy I am for clicking this book. From the firs
Oct 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Wow....did this one pack a punch. I couldn't put it down. I ended up reading till 4AM. This is one of those wonderful intense reads that delivers everything you want. This story is about two people who marry for frankly all the wrong reasons. One marries for love, not bothering to stop and reflect how much she knows the man or whether she understands if her feelings are returned. The other decides to marry in order to get his hands on a broken down vineyard in Italy. The book opens after our her ...more
Nikki ღ Navareus
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody and EVERYBODY. I love this story.

I read this story for the first time back in 2012. I freaking LOVED it. I was new to Goodreads back then, and didn't really write reviews, so I ended up just giving it 5 stars, but no written review. This is one of my most favorite books, and after reading it again for the 4th time, I decided that it's way past time for me to give this story a better review. So, here it goes.

This is the story of Theresa and Alessandro, a couple who are locked together in a most unhappy and miserable marriage. Al
Rachel Reads Ravenously
I've read this book countless times, and it still holds up! If you haven't read this book, we can't be friends anymore :P
3.5 Stars

Overall Opinion: I had put this off for a while now, and I'm not really sure why. It might be that I saw such mixed reviews and I thought I might have huge issues with the H like I did in A Ruthless Proposition. I did have huge issues with the H. He was a jerk of the biggest kind, and I cried at how he made the h feel! BUT once things came to light as to certain misconceptions he had about his marriage, I actually sympathized with him and ended up liking him more than the h! The h irri
Jacqueline's Reads
5 Stars!!!

”You’re the sun I revolve around…”

From page 1… I absolutely, jumping-for-joy LOVED THE UNWANTED WIFE!!!

Theresa has been married to her cold husband, Alessandro, for over a year and half and finally she requested a divorced. Alessandro refuses to divorce her until he gets a son. Theresa doesn’t understand why Alessandro won’t divorce her and Teresa is tired of being the quiet “doormat” wife. As Theresa finally voices her opinion, Alessandro sees a different side of Theresa and doesn’t
Once I picked this up, I had a hard time putting it down. It was really good. My heart broke for Theresa and the veil of deceit she lived under. Her father was a bad and ruthless man putting his daughters happiness at stake and jeopardizing her life. While at first I didn't like Sandro at all, he was a genuine ass, he transformed into an incredible and dedicated man.
It was his turnaround that impressed me. Believing Theresa well aware of her fathers trickery, he sought to make her life hell. No
Lana ❇✾Dirty Girl Romance❇✾
I stumbled on this book by pure chance. It was on Amazon, it was a cheap purchase...and I thought "what the heck". I now have myself an author who I am eagerly anticipating future books from. It's almost hard to believe that she doesn't have any other books out (at least none I have heard of)

Alessandro de Lucci and Theresa de Lucci have been married for over a year. All Sandro wans from his wife is a son, and after a year of wanting nothing more than her husband's love, all Theresa wants now is
Much better than I thought.. 4 stars
Sep 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really liked this one. Got it as a freebie on Amazon but would definitely have paid money for it.
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normally this would have been a 4 star book for me but considering the fact that I was in a book slump and pretty bored while reading a novel I've been waiting for a long time (but it totally bored me) when this book hooked me and I finished it in a few hours I knew it deserved 5 stars and that I was back from my book slump :P


I loved the story but I wasn't over the moon about the style in which the book was written...but that didn't matter. Once I was into it I couldn't put it down and it w
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
4.5 stars

This had me hooked 3 pages in. I wanted to shout 'Fuck off you bastard', cheer ' you go girl' and punch that worthless piece of sperm. I loved watching her see what was going on and stand up for herself. I actually loved that part more than the turnaround and ending, but I'm still a happy camper right now.
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Since making her publishing debut in 2012, Natasha Anders has drawn praise and attention as a unique voice in romance. Montlake author and 2018 RITA® Finalist, Anders was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She spent nine years as an associate English teacher in Niigata, Japan, where she became a legendary karaoke diva. Anders currently lives in Cape Town.

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