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The Society Wife

(Bride on Approval)

3.48  ·  Rating details ·  314 ratings  ·  35 reviews


Infamous playboy Tristan Romero meets ordinary Lily at a lavish ball, and arrogantly predicts that she will wake up the following morning between his designer silk sheets! Powerless to resist this wicked billionaire, Lily knows Tristan is only offering one night. But then she discovers she's pregnant….

Tristan's aristocratic duty demands he take Lily as his bride. However,
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2009)
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Alex is The Romance Fox
I have always loved reading books written by India Grey. And this one, The Society Wife, was one of those that I loved.

I had to ask myself why this book made such a powerful impression on me. What was it about the story of Tristan and Lily that immediately drew me in from the very first page?

Well, one could say that it was the first chapter…the first time that Tristan and Lily meet at their mutual friends’ charity ball. Could anything be more exciting than Tristan’s arrival at the do????

It may
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StMargarets
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Romance_reader
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was one of the most unconvincing contemporary romances I've read in a while. H and h meet at an OTT party and agree to having a no strings attached one night stand which results in a - you know it- pregnancy. The h wants to keep the child, the H doesn't; but still offers marriage to her in order to do his 'duty'. The marriage is a sham and they spend way more time away from each other than together and so there was no real scope for a romance to develop between the two.

To explain the H's c
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The Eleventh Hour
I honestly don't think this book should be classed as a romance. It was one of the most soul-crushing romances I've ever read, outside of Thomas Hardy's oeuvre. You see, the "hero", Tristan, brutally destroys the heroine's life, spirit and will to live, pretty much in that order. At the end of the book, I just felt really badly for the heroine and I was left praying that she could move on from Tristan to find someone who truly loved and appreciated her.

I actually kind of dig alphahole heroes, f
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Vanessa
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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RLA
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The hero Tristan and the heroine Lily meet at a party held by Tristan's best friend. Tristan is exhausted and in need of oblivion after spending time in a war torn country, although the media believes him to be living the life of an international playboy. Lily is nervous around him but they are both drawn to each other and spend the night together, each agreeing it's a one night only thing. Six weeks later, Lily is shocked to discover she is pregnant, and Tristan's reaction is as much a shock. T ...more
Alexis-Morgan Roark
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Booklover
Just completed it my god what a story two ppl who have been hurt so badly in past by their close one's how they come together n how their love fights all their fears n wins

Tristan my god how much poor guy has suffered such a abusive childhood then the death of his brother and most painful part is how cold-cruel his parents are father only wants to keep title n money and mother is alcoholic ,Tristan is so lonely he has leaned to keep his emotions in such a locked state that is why when Lily appe
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Chitra *CJ*
"The Society Wife" is the story of Lily and Tristan.

Tristan is the heir to Romero multimillions, and a notorious playboy. Hiding his emotional upheaval by drowning himself in alcohol and women, he shrugs off all his inner turmoil. When his friend Tom organizes an engagement party, he is looking for a hot woman to screw, and spots our heroine, Lily.

Lily is a famous model with a heart of gold. Working on ads as well as in many charities, she is exhausted by the superficial, monotonous life, and kn
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Dee
Originally read book November 2011 and obviously thought it was good as gave it 4 stars. The audio version was just as powerful and was extremely well narrated by Julia Franklin.
Elaine
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It gets better in the last few chapters but pretty boring in places generally.
Tia
Apr 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First of all, apparently this book has two titles. The Society Wife and also Spanish Aristocrat, Forced Bride. That being said, on with the review..

I was really confused as to give this book 1 star or 5 stars, for these reasons:

-It didn't really fall under "harlequin" status for me, the book was dark and scary at some points.

-The hero was a total douche. I mean he literally beat down the heroine and to me all the verbal and emotional abuse was over the top and too much.

-The storyline was just t
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Sophie
Mar 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
In a reversal of the traditional fairy tale roles, this book is about a prince who's trapped in a tower and in need of rescue. In this case, it's a tower constructed of wealth and privilege and duty...at least, to some extent. Largely it seems to be constructed in the hero's mind because he feels he's trapped in a double life. He's a billionaire banker/playboy to the world and the paparazzi, but an activist, global do-gooder undercover. It's mentioned more than once that the hero is deft at mani ...more
Ltlmer2
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
A very strange and dark offering from Ms. Grey. How much tragedy and angst can you pile into one story and onto two people---and in a "romance"at that? For me, too much, and then add to that someone else's tragedy so that those two people get a "happy" ending. Also, though you understand why the H/h are the way they are (and might even be sympathetic), neither is very likable to start and their behavior throughout does not improve.

I have liked other works by Ms. Grey, but this one jumped the tr
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sbf20112011
Sep 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I don't know, it was pretty dark for an HP. That's not to say it was bad necessarily, but just that the HEA wasn't didn't leave me feeling as happy as they normally do. I like angst, I just like the angst to GO AWAY by the end. I wasn't a fan of the permanent terrible thing that happened to the heroine.
Sam
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Dude. This romance novel got all naturalistic on a girl.
Ladyacct
Mar 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shorts
Two damaged souls meeting, losing, and loving.

REALLY good story.
Demetra
It was cruel! It was far too serious for an HP.
Lisa-Marie
Feb 12, 2011 rated it did not like it
perhaps the most depressing book i have ever read, even the "happy ending" is wrought with sorrow.
RomLibrary
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Allison Ann
Nov 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: loaner
I love how they call the men in these romances Alpha. I call them abusive assholes, but tomato-tomahto I guess.
Tiff91
Apr 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book made me so mad. I've read a few with absolute aholes but this guy takes the cake. And doormat heroines. She was ridiculous!!
A
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
It started the same way, the billionaire, titled H who was tall, dark, handsome, European (Spanish in this case) and h a model who was beautiful but didn't like being model and wanted to pursue charity in Africa which shows how its not about money for her but doing something important. They meet have a one night stand and surprise h becomes pregnant and then they marry. Happens in every Harlequin novel, so the author tries to be a bit different and ensures the H keeps going now and then to some ...more
Kaycee ❤️
Reading this book is like a roller coaster ride. But I still enjoy this kind of book. I love the jerky, ruthless hero, strong sassy heroine, jealousy, angst, great grovels tear-jerker, beautiful epilogue and this book had it all. Wonderfully written with a very touching story, it grabbed me right away.

Both Tristan and Lily suffered so terribly. But instead of seeking each other for support, they both dealt with the problem by running away. I won't give too much details since I'm still a little
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Baseballmom
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Ms. Shoemaker....

I almost didn't read this book because of negative reviews. Thankfully, Ms. Shoemaker did and over time I have come to trust her reviews. The plot was different, yes, it was a little dark and most definitely had sad moments, and in those sad moments I had to stop and take a breath.... but isn't that the point? Doesn't the author want us to connect to the story and feel the characters joy AND PAIN? You will always see reviews where readers complain about a book being to
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Bougenville Puspa
May 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
baca buku ini jd keinget baca buku2 nya diana palmer ... tipikal hero nya yg jahat buanget ama heroine nya.
dan heroinenya so weak, so loving, so forgiving after all the Hero did to her.
yah... not so bad because it's happy ending no matter what. :)
angelfelicia
Feb 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: harlequin
heroine is not virgin.
J.
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Another book that I read quite a while back...I'm normally a fan of India Grey but for some reason I just didn't feel a connection with the characters...
Amruta
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mills-and-boon
Something very poignant about it... It was a very emotional journey... Loved the hero... He was carrying a lot of weight on his shoulders and trying his best to make everything right
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India Grey was born in England, UK. A self-confessed romance junkie, she was just thirteen years old when she first sent away for the Mills & Boon Writers' Guidelines. She can still recall the thrill of getting the large brown envelope with its distinctive logo through the letterbox, and subsequently whiled away many a dull school-day staring out the window and dreaming of the perfect hero. Sh ...more

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