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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

More Than a Wife by Donna McAteer and Catherine Stang



More Than a Wife by Donna McAteer and Catherine Stang
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
Genre: Historical
Heat: Spicy
Length: Full (176 pages)
Rating: 3 Books
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Andre Duncan, Earl Westbrook, discovers how complicated life can be when you marry your mistress. Many of the things he loved about Corina when she was his mistress embarrass him now that she is his wife. Can he really have both a wife and a lover all in one?

Convinced that she can’t be a proper wife for Andre, Corina moves out and tries to persuade him to let her go. Her stubborn husband won’t agree, risking further damage to his standing in society.

Enter two outspoken women of the ton who call themselves The Bliss Society. They offer Corina an exchange: her knowledge of sexual expertise for theirs of how to be a respectable ton wife. Does she dare hope that she can overcome a bad beginning? Will the ton allow her to?

They want what their husbands give their mistresses: pleasure.

Earl Westbrook has made an awful mistake. He was foolish enough to marry his mistress and now the marriage has fallen apart. Determined to get back to his old life, he attends a dance. He is left speechless when he runs into his wife, Corina, who is now a member of The Bliss Society. Corina was with child when she married Westbrook, but miscarried and can’t have any more children. She decides it’s in both their interests that they not remain married so Westbrook can find a suitable wife and produce an heir. Will they realize they’re a perfect match after all?

The characters are likeable and at just 176 pages, it moves at a steady pace if you’re looking for a quick read. The authors do a good job of transporting you to Regency England, although the dialogue does sometimes slip into modern day slang and jargon.

If you’re a contemporary romance fan looking for something a little different or want to try an historical without committing to a longer read, this might be a good pick for you.



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