Saturday, October 3, 2015

A Wife In Every Sense by Joanne Walsh ~ Review

Source:  Received an eBook copy in exchange for  a fair and honest review.

Kate Burrows is crushing on her boss big time. Aleksei Aleksanou is tall, dark, and every inch the image of a classic Greek god—if said Greek god was incredibly sexy, rich, and a complete player. The only way she can get over him is by quitting her job and seeing the world...once she indulges in one wickedly-hot night with him.

Only now she's pregnant.

Aleksei is furious when Kate arrives on the small Greek island of Naxea and tries to hide the truth for him. He takes matters into his own hands—by announcing the pregnancy to his family and asking her to marry him. Now Kate must decide if she can marry the man of her hottest, sexiest dreams...knowing she will never be the wife of his heart.


I wanted to like this book.  There were some things stacked against it from the start.  It's written in third person, my least favorite.  It was a "tell not show" kinda story that put emotional distance between me and the characters.  It skipped big parts of scenes as if nothing significant happened during them - driving me mad.  But the last straw to deciding this wasn't just an okay book but one I just didn't enjoy was the leaving of strings of plot untied.

While I really don't enjoy third person writing, I have found to enjoy it as long as I feel a connection with the characters.  That wasn't the case here.  It did go back and forth between the two main characters POV but I didn't ever feel like I knew them much less cared about them.  Kate's big secret was known from the prologue and while I felt sorry for her and wanted to slap a certain Oliver, it didn't endear her to me.  As for Aleksei, his secret was much more emotional to me but we learn it so late in the story that I already saw him as an indifferent man with a heart of ice.  I wanted to feel sorry for him but I just didn't.

Perhaps the biggest issue I had with this one was the tell not show.  So much of the story was summary of what happened right in front of us.  Then there'd be a short scene of present followed by more summary.  Weeks and months also passed this way.  I guess I find it hard to believe that the five weeks leading up to her wedding was totally uneventful especially when this book is already pretty short.  Or when they were talking about something important only to have dinner be a summary.  Really?  Nothing happened at dinner?  I just felt like I was getting bits and pieces and not enough to develop relationships with them.

At one point in the story, she thinks of something that she really needs to tell Aleksei.  It's the part of her secret that we didn't see in the prologue but was only hinted at as the story developed.  So I expected her to tell him at some point.  What she did tell him was the part of the story we got in the prologue without the part that made a connection with his past and their present.  I kept waiting for it come out.  Expecting it to.  It never did.  And it was the last straw for this book and me.  

I can't recommend it.

Other's felt differently.  See other opinions below.

1 comment:

  1. A shame this one didn't work out for you, lucky, because I looked at it!