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The Elusive Wife

(Marriage Mart Mayhem #1)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  1,991 ratings  ·  233 reviews
Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, is trying to discreetly locate his unwanted and abandoned bride among London society to request an annulment. However, he doesn’t remember what she looks like because he was blind drunk at his arranged wedding and hasn’t seen her since.

The fascinating Lady Olivia has captured the Earl’s attention. Newly arrived from the country to sta
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Published May 20th 2013 by Entangled: Scandalous
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This book had a lot of potential, but I think it needed a more structured plot, better direction and just, in general, more focus. I don't feel the author really knew where to take the story, just that she wanted the MOC-separation trope. The story tends to meander and take slight detours into different directions before backtracking.

I did not like Jason, Lord Coventry, at all in the beginning. I absolutely detested him in the beginning when he showed up to his wedding blind-drunk and after havi
Apr 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
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The only redeeming quality about the hero in this book is the last couple of pages. Jason, The Earl of Coventry is upset because his father is forcing him to marry. I can understand being upset by this but I think our hero " cough cough" carries his upset to the extreme. I developed an intense dislike for him through the book and the author expected to redeem him in the last few pages but it was to little to late for me.....

Jason the night before his wedding to a young lady he has n
Preeti ♥︎ Her Bookshelves
Solid 3* - not for the very worn out abandoned-bride-turned-who's-that-hot-chick-across-the-ballroom tropey moves, but for the author's clever drip drip of new plot elements. It's no riveting stuff but is, at least, never boring.

The H seems unredeemable with his complete douchebag moves pre, during and post wedding moves. It's the same wills and stipulations trick by a late parent hell bent on reforming a bounder son that they couldn't handle while in mortal form and so marry this girl or lose t
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: Regency England

Ladies adore handsome blue-eyed Jason Cavendish,the Earl of Coventry (even though he does need a swift kick in the rear end)
To hold his title and be eligible for his family's riches, he must marry Lady Jane Olivia Grant.
Now neither of them are too thrilled with this arranged marriage, and Jason arrives at his wedding day intoxicated and soon flees after the vows are said.
In London later, Jason and Olivia are reunited, but he cant remember the marriage at all and has no
If it ain't good I don't read it !

Seriously disappointed that I didn't enjoy it. Stupid blurb with its stupid false promises of greatness.


I mean damn, I thought this was going to be that one bomb ass historical romance novel to end 2015 with. This was supposed to be it for me people!

This book had so much potential, if only the characters didn't have the personalities and star-factors of doorknobs. From the way this was written it was like the characters didn't even want to be in the bloody book and were reading off a script tha
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

Book source ~ NetGalley

Jason, Earl of Coventry and Lady Olivia had a hastily arranged marriage that neither wanted. Olivia because she didn’t want to be saddled with a man telling her what to do and Jason because he didn’t want to be tied down. Because Jason arrives drunk to their wedding then immediately heads back to London, when he decides to just have the marriage annulled he has a slight problem. He can’t remember what she looks like. And since she left the country estate and is currentl
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I am very impressed with Callie Hutton's The Elusive Wife. The story starts out as a typical Historical Romance with the old Earl John Martin Cavendish dying and ordering his son Jason Cavendish to marry Lady Jane Olivia Grant the old Earls Goddaughter. If Jason doesn't' marry Lady Jane in 3 days after his fathers death he will lose the bulk of money and property that is not entailed.

Lady Jane Olivia Grant has been told by her dying father that she has been betr
When I read the blurb of The Elusive Wife it immediately reminded me of a couple of Shakespeare’s plays, the premise sounded like his usual misunderstanding-mixed up love comedies. And while the story was nice, it could have been better.

Even after his death Jason’s father must make his son’s life miserable: in his will he gave an ultimatum according to which Jason either marries a girl his father chose for him or will lose his title and estate. So after his initial adamant rebellion Jason surren
DNF! Not for me - interesting premise which the author failed to have fun with (IMO)
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jason, Earl of Coventry must comply with his father’s will or lose everything that is unentailed & that means marrying the woman his father has chosen & within the next two days. However his father didn't state that Jason couldn't be blind drunk or leave her immediately after the ceremony, which is exactly what he did, in fact apart from violet eyes he has no idea what she looks like.
Newly arrived from the country for the Season, Lady Olivia is appalled to discover that her own husband, Lord Cov
Virginia Nelson
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've long been a fan of historical romances featuring a rake and a woman spunky enough to give even a jaded man a run for his money. Hutton delivers all that this trope is known and loved for with a dash of flair.

Jason lived a life dictated by a father who didn't care about what he wanted or needed. When a dictate from the grave commands he marry, Jason understandably wishes to rebel his father's last effort to control him. Getting sloshed, he only has vague memories of his wedding and a blurry
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I thought this Regency romance was just okay. I found the dialogue a bit stiff and unrealistic and was distracted by the author's word choice. For instance, I couldn't count the number of times she chose to have her characters refer to their fathers as their "sires." Perhaps this is meant to reflect Regency-period speech, but I found it distracting.

Also, the ending was completely inexplicable to me and had NOTHING to do with the preceding 95% of the novel. Introducing a charact
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the basic premise and the beginning, but much of the plot followed the usual tropes - the scheming to trap the H was predictable and the ending with the cousin seemed tired and a silly, overly dramatic way to make the h and H finally resolve their differences. Also, the h is supposedly the one to make him change - but he originally focuses on her as someone he'd like to marry solely because of her looks. That's pretty superficial and not very encouraging.

Also, the story was not very fles
Just doing some housekeeping...not a fan of mansluts in general so this was a DNF. Pretty sure the heroine was the docile type too.
2.5 stars

A fluffy and cute historical romance but very forgettable IMO.
Janna Shay
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Elusive Wife is a witty, fast-paced historical romance that is thoroughly enjoyable. Callie Hutton demonstrates her sense of humor, imagination, and ability to write an entertaining book, as she pens this tale of an arrogant London rake and the beautiful woman who brings him to his knees.

Lady Jane Grant, also known as Olivia, finds herself in an arranged marriage, to Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, a man she’s never met. Olivia has lived a secluded lifestyle in the country regions of
Diane Peterson
If you enjoy a funny book with a Regency flair and a clever plot twist then The Elusive Wife is the book for you. It is a cute, well written story with charming, flawed characters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Jason Cavendish, Earl of Coventry, knows that an arranged marriage is on the horizon, but when the word comes for him actually marry he does not take it well. He shows up totally drunk, marries the girl and leaves immediately after. Lady Jane Olivia Grant is not thrilled to be marrying
Wilnona Marie
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
There was so much for comedic enjoyment here and none of that potential was met. With the exception of the main characters friend.You do want to laugh along when he finally reviews to his friend that the woman he fell in love with is the wife he wishes to discard. To me that is the best scene. The description of the eyes how many times can one write or read that. I love the plot of the story and the beginning of the story where the groom shows up drunk and the night he spent with the bar maid. T ...more
Jun 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a cute book and there was a lot I liked about it. But the cousin problem thrown in at the end didn't seem to belong in this book. If he was going to be in the book he should have been introduced earlier in the story. It came across as oops I don't have enough pages and need to add something.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As many pearls hidden in my kindle, I had this book lost somewhere among too many while I did purchased it because the blurb caught my eyes.
Because of Jason’s attitude toward Olivia, I do hoped he will have a big set down and will have to grovel a lot.
Even if I’m not very fond of knees weak females, I was happy that despite her attraction to her runaway husband, she was able to stand her ground both when he didn’t know who she was and more when he discovered her true identity. It was so satisfyi
Pamela Fernandes
Mar 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is really well written. It ticks all the boxes. Lady Olivia is giving her husband the go around because he didn't want her, came foxed to the wedding and left her immediately after. That said I didn't like him at all from the very beginning, his behavior with the maids and telling his cousin Daniel not to do what he does at the start of the book is hypocritical but I like that lady Olivia has other talents, that she is musically gifted and that's what makes this historical different. I ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
So silly and boring
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Favorite Quote: Jason stood mesmerized as her breasts moved up and down. All that creamy skin covering those enticing globes had reduced him to a randy youth. He placed her hand on his arm. Just before they reached the others, he murmured. “Do not take any more deep breathes tonight.”

When Jason Coventry, The Earl of Coventry, discovers his father is still trying to ruin his life from the grave by arranging his marriage and demanding he
3.5* not a re-read
it was a fluffy romance, not epic or serious moments-meant to be a comedy
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Last night I just finished The Elusive Wife by Callie Hutton. I have to say I did enjoyed the story. However, there were sometimes I wanted to strangled the hero and heroine. However, I'm glad they were able to workout their situation.

The things a liked about the book:

First off, I really liked Lady Jane Olivia Grant. However, I felt really bad for her. I mean she kind of got tossed around like a bad penny. It was heart-breaking to see that no one really wanted her. Fort
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Jason Cavendish the Earl of Coventry is a notorious rake, ever since he left the schoolroom women have fallen at his feet. Tall broad shouldered with sparkling blue eyes, he is lethal to the female population. His very recently deceased father had badgered him repeatedly to marry and produce an heir. But Jason had ignored his fathers request. But his father has had the last laugh, even in death he is controlling Jason, a clause in the will stipulates that unless Jason marri
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THE ELUSIVE WIFE by Callie Hutton is an exciting Regency Historical Romance. A fast paced story of Lady Olivia and Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry forced to marry in order to gain his inheritance,Jason sets his new bride aside the next day without a backward glance,with no consummation of the wedding vows, of course. He will learn that hell hath no fury like Lady Olivia....Lord Coventry doesn't even remember what is beautiful wife looks like,he was drunk for their wedding. So when she deci ...more
The title and the description says it all. This was a fun read. Lady Olivia was embarrassed at the alter by her husband that was so drunk that he didn’t even remember the ceremony. He did have a faint vision of mysterious eyes that had tears in them.
Leaving the country right after the wedding he never knew what his wife looked like and so had to find her to try and get an annulment to the marriage his father forced him into.
Lady Olivia went to visit her school friend and try and get over her fee

This book was SO MUCH fun!

I loved it so much.It's been a very long time since I've read a book in which there was a love-hate relationship between the main characters which led to hilarious events.Usually the characters hate each other for no good reason but there's a VERY good reason in this book.

Jason doesn't want a marriage of convenience but his grandfather's will demands that he marry a lady of his choice.Jason gets drunk and gets married but doesn't remember anything about his wife and he
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
This was one of those books that had so much potential but fell far short of the mark. The premise was really interesting, but the author really needs to work on her character development. One minute Olivia was bold and sassy, and the next she was a shy mouse. I felt like the story would have been better if it had been her idea to hide in London and spend her husband's money. I also felt like the author had no idea how to end the book. In the first half of the book we had Jason's mistress set up ...more
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