Author: Catherine Bybee
Series: The Weekday Brides #1
The Verdict: ★★★★
For: Lovers regency style romance with a modern twist
Genres: Contemporary Romance, chick lit
Publication details: February 12th, 2013 by Montlake Romance (Originally published 2011 in paperback format)
Format: Kindle, 206 pages
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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.
Wife by Wednesday is a traditional style wedding of convenience story with all the hallmarks of modern day. I really enjoyed it because it was different to normal weddings of convenience that I’ve read in that it had that modern day flair to it.
It’s set in both the USA and Europe and starts off as a little slow to be fair but it does pick up once things progress. Blake Harrison’s father passed away and leaves him the title of Duke and all it’s holdings but only if he gets married by his 36th birthday, Blake is not the settling down type of guy and has several women on the go at once.
Unlike most men in books like that, Blake didn’t come across as a total arsehole which was refreshing to say the least! He did have his sweet side which is evident by his turn around later in the story.
Samantha “Sam” Elliot is also a good character, maybe not one I would have chosen for this particular male but they did work well so I won’t complain.
There are some heavily mixed reviews for this book and I agree to an extent that maybe it could have been better and that it could have had a cleaner build-up to the relationship. The characters fell in love too quickly to be true and believable although as they say the best part of believe is the lie.
In terms of actual writing, it wasn’t bad though it could have had a smoother feel to it and everyone is describing it as a sweet book – it is sweet but it’s also a little on the dirty side with the “love” scenes. To me it was just sex, at least at first, I didn’t feel any love until right at the end and I also felt that Blake kept too much from Sam and caused a problem there also.
Although there was the big boo-boo of a previous lover of Blake’s and I mean BIG (and the resulting arguments and investigations) that caused the big issue between Blake and Sam (involving poking holes in condoms and accidental pregnancy) it was fairly drama-less which was nice.
Overall, it was a nice, sweet book with a twist of modern and regency.