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Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Wife by Accident by Victoria Ashe

A Wife by Accident by Victoria Ashe
Publisher: Black Lyon Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (134 Pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Fennel

She wasn't looking for trouble, which is why she ran smack into it.

Hayely Black has cut herself off from her wealthy parents, determined to make it on her own. Then one misstep leads her into more than one kind of crunch. Stuck in a dead-end job and now indebted to Nevada's most eligible bachelor, Hayely agrees to an arrangement she never would have considered before.

Gary Tarleton, self-made bazillionnaire, has lived with the secrets of his past all his adult life, and within those secrets is a childhood dream all the money in the world can't fulfill. As he looks at charming Hayely, he sees the answer to a prayer - and the possibility of the kind of family he thought he'd never have.

Do you believe in the hand of Fate? Haley Black only believed in escaping from manipulative parents, an unwanted prospective husband and the job from Hell.

Her immediate goal in life? To keep up with her steadily mounting bills and then start looking for a new and better job. Simple!

Not when Ms. Ashe gets out her ‘wooden spoon’ and smacks our heroine with it. Introduce an $12k watch, an accident and the king of manipulators and Haley soon finds herself up to her neck in yet more problems.

It is how Ms. Ashe creates the complications in Haley’s life that has you rooting for her heroine. It appears Haley has no clear-cut way out of her problems. That is, not until she bumps into Gary Tarleton.

Gary Tarleton has a goal that fuelled his every action since he turned ten. Now nearly two decades later he’s at the point of bringing that goal to fruition. Under Ms Ashe’s careful construction, Gary finds he has some major readjustments to make. Or has he become so entrenched in his old dreams he’s in danger of risking new ones?

Gary may not remind the reader of a ‘wooden spoon’, but with the author’s expertise, at no time does the reader lose faith in Ms Ashe’s hero.

This is not a fast-paced suspense story, but there’s plenty of conflict coming from almost every direction. It is how Ms. Ashe weaves the conflict and resolution together that leaves the reader sighing with contentment at the end of the final page.