The Unwanted Wife (Unwanted, #1)

The Unwanted Wife (Unwanted, #1)

The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Page turner

This was my first read from this author, and I’m pleasantly surprised! I liked the story a lot. It was different and fresh- I haven’t read any other books like this one before. The main characters are already married when the book starts, and have been for 18 months. Alessandro had been blackmailed into marrying Theresa by her father, unbeknownst to her. Alessandro assumed that Theresa knew/was complicit in this blackmail, and so he resented her and the marriage. And man, he treated her accordingly. That is where the book begins- Theresa is at the end of her rope with Alessandro’s treatment of her and their marriage.
I found this book to have great characters, and a believable backstory. I liked that it centered basically around the moving target of emotions between the two characters, and I think the author did a great job writing those emotions. I was frustrated for Theresa. I was frustrated AT Alessandro. I didn’t care too much for Alessandro at the beginning of the book. I loved the role switch, the personal growth, and the turning of the page in terms of their honesty with one another.
Overall, I was torn between four and five stars. So… 4.5 stars! I really wish this would have been spread out over two books to give time for an even more complete backstory on the main characters, and more time for Alessandro and Theresa to develop their relationship. That said, I loved it for being a standalone story.
EDIT: I am still thinking fondly about this book months later, so I am upping it to five stars.

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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 cold and hateful, Theresa summons up the courage to ask for a divorce. But before he’ll grant her request, Sandro demands something from Theresa: a son.

The stalemate sickens her. Never mind that Sandro has yet to introduce Theresa to the large family that means so much to him. Or that Theresa overhears her husband on the phone with a mystery woman. Most damning is that Theresa senses, in Sandro’s treatment of her, the behind-the-scenes machinations of Jackson Noble, her cruel father. From the depths of her anxiety, Theresa must seek an empowering truth about the husband who calls her, with such cold affection, his cara, his beloved.

Revised edition: This edition of The Unwanted Wife includes editorial revisions.

Published by Amanda Marie

Compulsive reader. Romantic suspense/contemporary romance/dark romance/NA romance addict. Particularly fond of mafia, forced/arranged marriage, secret baby, kidnapping, and dark alpha heroes. Just out here doing my part for humanity- these books won't read themselves.

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