Wife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee
Publisher & Release Montlake Romance, February 12, 2013
Time and setting: Present day, California
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 206 pages
Heat Level: 2 Flames
Rating: 4.25 Gold Crowns
A wife by Wednesday…a love for a lifetime
Rich, titled, and charming…and in need of a wife by Wednesday. Blake turns to Sam Elliot, who isn’t the businessman he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, beautiful and feisty with a voice men call 1-900 numbers to hear.
Owner of matchmaking firm Alliance and not on the marital menu…that is, until Blake offers her ten million dollars for a one-year contract. And there’s nothing indecent about this proposal. The money will really help with her family’s medical bills. All Samantha will need to do is keep her attraction to her new husband to herself and avoid his bed.
But Blake’s toe-curling kisses and sexy charm prove too difficult for Sam to resist. It was a marriage contract that planned for everything…except falling in love.
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This is the first book I have read by Catherine Bybee, but it will not be the last. After reading Wife by Wednesday, I plan to read/listen to the other books in this story. It is available through Kindle-Unlimited and the audio version is only $1.99, a great bargain!
I found Wife by Wednesday a delightful light-hearted read with an interesting plot. I fell in love with the characters and really wanted them to achieve their happy ending. The pacing is excellent, making it an enjoyable romance.
Sam is an awesome heroine, and I fell in love with her right away. She is an independent woman and determined to make her business a success. She has a tragic backstory that pulled at my heartstrings. Her willingness to sacrifice so much for her sister had me completely vested in her character.
Blake Harrison is an interesting hero. At first, he comes across as arrogant and unemotional, only interested in finding a wife to fulfill his father’s will, but he is amazed by the attraction he feels for the matchmaker. I loved how he switches from a player to a man intent on securing Sam’s love.
The chemistry is sizzling between Blake and Samantha from the first meeting and only grows stronger as the story unfolds. I loved the back and forth dialogue between them which added greatly to the sexual tension.
The only thing I would suggest to Ms. Bybee is to study the British peerage at a bit. A duke is never a lord and his surname is his title, not his family name. He would be Blake, the Duke of Albany, and would be addressed as Duke or His Grace. Nonetheless, this did not take away from my reading enjoyment.
If you are looking for a light read with enchanting characters and a unique plot, then you will love Wife by Wednesday as much as I did. I can’t wait to read the next book in this great series. Happy reading!