The Elusive Wife



[EPUB] ✼ The Elusive Wife ✿ Callie Hutton – E17streets4all.co.uk Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, is trying to discreetly locate his unwanted and abandoned bride among London society to request an annulment However, he doesn t remember what she looks like bec Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry, is trying to discreetly locate his unwanted and abandoned bride among London society to request an annulment However, he doesn t remember what she looks like because he was blind drunk at his arranged wedding and hasn t seen her since The fascinating Lady Olivia has captured the Earl s attention Newly arrived from the country to stay with her school friend for the Season, she The Elusive eBook ↠ is appalled to discover that her husband, Lord Coventry, doesn t even recognize her She s not about to tell the arrogant arse that she is his wife Instead, she flirts with him by night and has her modiste send her mounting bills to him by day Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned Too bad this woman finds her husband nearly irresistible.The Elusive Wife

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  • 200 pages
  • The Elusive Wife
  • Callie Hutton
  • English
  • 05 March 2018

10 thoughts on “The Elusive Wife

  1. says:

    This book had a lot of potential, but I think it needed astructured plot, better direction and just, in general,focus I don t feel the author really knew where to take the story, just that she wanted the MOC separation trope The story tends to meander and take slight detours into different directions before backtracking.I did not like Jason, Lord Coventry, at all in the beginning I absolutely detested him in the beginning when he showed up to his wedding blind drunk and after havi This book had a lot of potential, but I think it needed astructured plot, better direction and just, in general,focus I don t feel the author really knew where to take the story, just that she wanted the MOC separation trope The story tends to meander and take slight detours into different directions before backtracking.I did not like Jason, Lord Coventry, at all in the beginning I absolutely detested him in the beginning when he showed up to his wedding blind drunk and after having slept with some tavern servant He didn t take a bath, change his clothes and did nothing to improve his appearance or work off the alcohol in his system As the story continued, I didn t find myself warming up to him What s so special about Olivia that he feels immediately attracted to her when he sees her in London All he does is lust after her something he s done when it came to other women for years Olivia does nothing to encourage him or give him the impression that she s not immature or like all of the other young women All he sees in her is a pretty face because, when he first approaches her, she barely looks at him, avoids him when she can and gives very short and stock like answers All the reader gets from Jason s POV are lustful thoughts about her how he wants her in his bed and wants her delectable body When she s angry with him, he starts imagining that anger change into passion, completely disregarding and undermining her emotions and reasons behind the anger The other characters are in support or him and talk about how great he is, but we see none of that from his POV Instead, he s all selfishness, inconsideration, arrogance and lust Where is this so called great Coventry that they all speak of Oh, how about the dub con during their first time when her brain feels muddled because she s had too much to drink Jason, who said he doesn t force womenbut getting them tipsy is fine, huh There s even a part in which he refers to Selena, Lady Sheridan, as a selfish, conniving bitch Umm.sweetheart, isn t that what you are He s the one that showed up to his wedding drunk off his ass, after having sexed some other woman, muddled through the ceremony and then promptly passed out Oh, and then awoke the next morning and snuck out, leaving his wife to rusticate He should be the last person calling anyone any names.Olivia I rather liked her in the beginningbut then I didn t In the beginning, I was praising her for not falling for the age old I should hate himbut he s so hot line of thinking that many of these female protagonists do However, partway through, this is exactly what she starts to do At this point, he hasn t done any grovelling for the way he treated her and she just starts lusting after him I was rooting for her when she wanted to slap him as he flirted with her while, at the same time, he was still married to her, though he didn t know Then, near the end, she just goes completely TSTL She doesn t like Sir Daniel and notes not feeling safe in his presence Yet, when she finds him rifling through Jason s things, she calls him out on it and he tells her to shut the doorand she does SO STUPID OMG, stupid doesn t even begin to cover it What the heck And then we re supposed to believe she s smart enough to leave a coded message for Jason Pfftyeah, right.This is what I meant by the author not knowing where to take the story She brings up and drops various subplots and then goes and introduces the big bad in the last 10 15% of the story And that s not even an exaggeration on my part And suddenly, there s a gun and a kidnapping and a chase and fight at an innlike, what in the hell This all came completely out of left field There were also characters introduced for no reason They literally show up for all of two secondsand then are never mentioned again Sir Garrett Brooke shows up at Coventry Manorand then is never mentioned again Lord Bristol is introduced and Jason doesn t like himand he s never mentioned again Olivia is accepted into a music school in Italy and it s briefly mentionedbefore never being brought up again Why even bother introducing any of this if there s no follow up If they have nothing to do with the story whatsoever Even Lady Sheridan is pretty much dropped after he lets her go as his mistress Instead, we get a villain, who we aren t even introduced to until the end, showing up and causing trouble in the eleventh hour Heck, even Lady Sheridan would ve been the better villain Her causing trouble would ve beenbelievable He goes to her house and she kisses him and he gives her a bracelet as a send offand it s never brought up Olivia overhears talk about Lady Sheridan and Jasonand she never brings it up with him What was the point of any of that Another thing that bothered me was the writing itself The author tends to include a lot of unnecessary actions in her story She writes them sampling soup, pushing chairs back, serviettesjust, all of these unnecessary actions that contribute nothing to the story and merely act as filler.Instead, the author should ve focused her on developing her characters and their actions and emotions After Jason s initial anger once he figured out Olivia was his wife, the author should ve had him reflect on how she d acted in his presence She was quiet and trembled and blushedthe author should ve written him coming to the realization that those blushes weren t in delight but in embarrassment Before he figured out she was his wife, she was always super quiet in his presence, didn t look at him and did nothing to encourage him She should ve used it as a turning point in his character Instead, she had him settle and remain firmly entrenched in anger and lust and arrogance It was annoying to read that all he saw in her was her beauty that was why he wanted her there was nothingto it He continues this way until far too late into the story He saw a pretty face and a hot bodand he s suddenly ready to marry her.There was also a part where she s telling Jason that she doesn t want to go to Coventry Manor with himand then she s traveling with him in the next paragraph The author should ve talked less about serviettes andabout how he convinced her to go.Also, why in the heck is Olivia traveling around alone with him in London I get that they re married but, other than Grif, Elizabeth and Drake, no one knows that they re married She wants an annulment So, why is she getting into his carriage alone and traveling with him alone to the opera Why is there no gossip about this They go to a house party and he arrives with her Alone Just earlier he was mentioning that not telling his staff that they re married might tarnish her reputation What about her traveling all about with him, and him alone, with no chaperone The author s chaptering also bothered me Sometimes days pass within a chapterbut then other times chapters end and begin in the middle of the same scene WHY It s so unnecessary Also, for those that don t like scenes with other women this book has them As the book opens, he s with his mistress, Lady Sheridan, with whom he also later shares a kiss about a third of the way through the book she initiates and it s not said whether he reciprocates but this IS post marriage There s also a tavern servant he has sex with the night before his wedding

  2. says:

    A SPOILERS The only redeeming quality about the hero in this book is the last couple of pages Jason, The Earl of Coventry is upset because his father is forcing him to marry I can understand being upset by this but I think our hero cough cough carries his upset to the extreme I developed an intense dislike for him through the book and the author expected to redeem him in the last few pages but it was to little to late for me..Jason the night before his wedding to a young lady he has n A SPOILERS The only redeeming quality about the hero in this book is the last couple of pages Jason, The Earl of Coventry is upset because his father is forcing him to marry I can understand being upset by this but I think our hero cough cough carries his upset to the extreme I developed an intense dislike for him through the book and the author expected to redeem him in the last few pages but it was to little to late for me..Jason the night before his wedding to a young lady he has never met gets drunk as a skunk and screws the innkeeper barmaid all night and heads off to marry the young lady still so drunk and unbathed from his fun and games he can hardly stand up.This young woman who who has no family or friends then has to watch her groom stagger off and sit at her wedding breakfast humiliated without him If things got better I could still have hope.Upon waking the next morning in his own bed hung over, still dressed and realizing he can t even remember what his bride looks like he orders his carriage and takes back off for London without even leaving a note When arriving in London he feels a pang of guilt for like 1.2 seconds and even his best friend calls him a real bastard and for weeks continues to all the balls and parties and not tell a soul he is married.The poor deserted, humiliated wife finally writes to an old friend to stay and goes to London to talk her husband When she finally sees him at a ball and he approached her at a ball he does it to flirt with her, he doesn t recognize his own wife The poor girl is so humiliated once again she gives him her maiden name.Mr Wonderful decides after seeing her a few times that he desires her so much he writes his neglected ill used wife for and annulment.He lets us know he likes her by explaining she isn t beautiful but she is..blah blah blah and when he is around her His pants swell or something like that He must have talked about his swelling manhood at least a dozen times I felt like yelling we know we knowmove on Those are the special words that show us his regard during this great regency romance other reviews have written When he finds out its her he is mad at her..huh Then he doesn t want the annulmentah no shitThen just toward then end he questions himself on whether he will tire of her and be faithful or not.then waalaa the last couple pages insta love and a promise of faithfulness I believe that Lord Coventry is Mr HEA for right now He has shown nothing but selfishness and unfeeling attitudes through most all of the book My kindle s life was at stake through most of this book

  3. says:

    Solid 3 not for the very worn out abandoned bride turned who s that hot chick across the ballroom tropey moves, but for the author s clever drip drip of new plot elements It s no riveting stuff but is, at least, never boring.The H seems unredeemable with his complete douchebag moves pre, during and post wedding moves It s the same wills and stipulations trick by a late parent hell bent on reforming a bounder son that they couldn t handle while in mortal form and so marry this girl or lose t Solid 3 not for the very worn out abandoned bride turned who s that hot chick across the ballroom tropey moves, but for the author s clever drip drip of new plot elements It s no riveting stuff but is, at least, never boring.The H seems unredeemable with his complete douchebag moves pre, during and post wedding moves It s the same wills and stipulations trick by a late parent hell bent on reforming a bounder son that they couldn t handle while in mortal form and so marry this girl or lose the un entailed stipulation seems a sure shot way for eternal peace of mind Only the determined bounders know how to roll with it view spoiler So, he wakes from one lady s bed, gets on a horse, beds another on the way a local tavern wench was simply too un classy not because it s a tavern wench but because it s his wedding eve Then, to be so sotted that he sees not one but multiple brides The short of it is that he conks off immediately after the ceremony, and the next day, rides back to London without remembering much about the ceremony or his bride The h is a sweet girl and is not bent on vengeance or just desserts, but just lonely So, it s off to London for her as well to be with a school friend who s quite offended on her behalf It seems best form of revenge is the retail one Anyways, the girl is completely crushed when her loutish husband does not even recognize her but chases her from one ball to the next The H is determined to get his marriage annulled so he can marry the alluring Lady Olivia she fudges her name a bit not realizing that he s only driving the lady away The h is completely furious and rebuffs him.The H does locate a brain cell or two that helps him solve the mystery and so off to wooing his wife it is after a brief spell of snits So, after the mistress, the wedding fiasco, the ballroom chasing, the author brings us to a house party where a determined deb pursues the eligible bachelor The h is not ready to declare her marital state at this point This part is equal parts annoying and hilarious especially the way it ends Then off to the family seat it is for the newly reconciled in bed couple, only the tavern wench makes a brief appearance to almost derail the H s shiny new attempts at marital bliss And no, it does not end here A villainous cousin makes an entry to take things to a climactic end.So, an entertainer Yes, absolutely hide spoiler

  4. says:

    Setting Regency EnglandLadies adore handsome blue eyed Jason Cavendish,the Earl of Coventry even though he does need a swift kick in the rear end To hold his title and be eligible for his family s riches, he must marry Lady Jane Olivia Grant.Now neither of them are too thrilled with this arranged marriage, and Jason arrives at his wedding day intoxicated and soon flees after the vows are said In London later, Jason and Olivia are reunited, but he cant remember the marriage at all and has no Setting Regency EnglandLadies adore handsome blue eyed Jason Cavendish,the Earl of Coventry even though he does need a swift kick in the rear end To hold his title and be eligible for his family s riches, he must marry Lady Jane Olivia Grant.Now neither of them are too thrilled with this arranged marriage, and Jason arrives at his wedding day intoxicated and soon flees after the vows are said In London later, Jason and Olivia are reunited, but he cant remember the marriage at all and has no recollection of his new wife.Olivia keeps her identity hidden but stillit hurts none the less because her attraction for him sizzles It s difficult for Jason to remember that sacred day, but evenchallenging for Olivia to keep her heart quiet The heroine, Lady Olivia is charming and the reader will embrace her instantly Jason for me was a different story, he kinda didn t win me over but the romance itself had a humorous twist to it The story was fast paced, but a little out of the ordinary for a historical, because a lady would never behave the way Olivia did wont give that away and it made it rather offbeat but still funny.The high steam factor in this story will appeal to book lovers who areinterested in that than the plot itself, but for this reader I needHistorical plot stuff to get it higher than a 3 star But there are enjoyable scenes where the characters actually have their clothes on D

  5. says:

    Seriously disappointed that I didn t enjoy it Stupid blurb with its stupid false promises of greatness.I mean damn, I thought this was going to be that one bomb ass historical romance novel to end 2015 with This was supposed to be it for me people This book had so much potential, if only the characters didn t have the personalities and star factors of doorknobs From the way this was written it was like the characters didn t even want to be in the bloody book and were reading off a script tha Seriously disappointed that I didn t enjoy it Stupid blurb with its stupid false promises of greatness.I mean damn, I thought this was going to be that one bomb ass historical romance novel to end 2015 with This was supposed to be it for me people This book had so much potential, if only the characters didn t have the personalities and star factors of doorknobs From the way this was written it was like the characters didn t even want to be in the bloody book and were reading off a script that they couldn t quite decipher Jason stared off into space for a moment Ah, you mean the lovely Lady Coventry My wife The women i am legally and rightfully married to That Lady Coventry Conversation between Earl Jason aka fuckwit to best friend not so much a fuckwit Derek something So yes I DNF d it at 70%, I found twas not to my liking

  6. says:

    2.5Book source NetGalleyJason, Earl of Coventry and Lady Olivia had a hastily arranged marriage that neither wanted Olivia because she didn t want to be saddled with a man telling her what to do and Jason because he didn t want to be tied down Because Jason arrives drunk to their wedding then immediately heads back to London, when he decides to just have the marriage annulled he has a slight problem He can t remember what she looks like And since she left the country estate and is currentl 2.5Book source NetGalleyJason, Earl of Coventry and Lady Olivia had a hastily arranged marriage that neither wanted Olivia because she didn t want to be saddled with a man telling her what to do and Jason because he didn t want to be tied down Because Jason arrives drunk to their wedding then immediately heads back to London, when he decides to just have the marriage annulled he has a slight problem He can t remember what she looks like And since she left the country estate and is currently in London, but not at his townhouse, he needs to find her and fast Too bad he s already met her at a ball and just doesn t realize it Olivia does and she s determined to make him pay.This is a fast, slightly decent read with a sort of unique premise However, Jason is totally unlikeable Olivia is a great character at first , but I loathe him So this HEA didn t really sit well with me I think she could have done a whole lot better A pretty face and fine body do not make up for an ugly personality Ok, he may not be that bad to others, but like I said, I despise him Then Olivia gets the hots for him and all of a sudden, the fact he s a major douchebag gets a pass Ugh Others may like this story, but it wasn t really for me

  7. says:

    A VERY GOOD LIGHT HEART ROMANCE I am very impressed with Callie Hutton s The Elusive Wife The story starts out as a typical Historical Romance with the old Earl John Martin Cavendish dying and ordering his son Jason Cavendish to marry Lady Jane Olivia Grant the old Earls Goddaughter If Jason doesn t marry Lady Jane in 3 days after his fathers death he will lose the bulk of money and property that is not entailed Lady Jane Olivia Grant has been told by her dying father that she has been betr A VERY GOOD LIGHT HEART ROMANCE I am very impressed with Callie Hutton s The Elusive Wife The story starts out as a typical Historical Romance with the old Earl John Martin Cavendish dying and ordering his son Jason Cavendish to marry Lady Jane Olivia Grant the old Earls Goddaughter If Jason doesn t marry Lady Jane in 3 days after his fathers death he will lose the bulk of money and property that is not entailed Lady Jane Olivia Grant has been told by her dying father that she has been betrothed to the her god fathers son and must leave Rome, Italy and travel to Coventry Manor to marry the new Earl Jason Cavendish Honoring her now deceased fathers wishes she finds herself at the alter facing an very drunk Jason They wed and Jason immediately returns to London He leaves Jane in the country Jason doesn t even remember what his new wife looks like When Jane arrives in London to visit her best friend and go to balls, routs and dinner parties Jason is enad with her Not knowing this is his wife he is determined to have her even though he is married. Jane is using her middle name Lady Olivia and is very hurt when her own husband doesn t even recognize her and is constantly is trying to court her The funny part was Jason fell so hard for Olivia aka Jane that he decides to annual his marriage to Jane and marry Olivia Oh boy how funny it was when he realized that he was in love with his own wife But Olivia didn t think it so funny She took Jason on a very merry chase I Highly Recommend The Elusive Wife it was sad, funny and very romantic with a bit of adventure I really couldn t stop reading an read through the night to finish Its a very light heart and enjoyable story I loved all the characters I really felt like I was there A voyager into the past Very well written

  8. says:

    When I read the blurb of The Elusive Wife it immediately reminded me of a couple of Shakespeare s plays, the premise sounded like his usual misunderstanding mixed up love comedies And while the story was nice, it could have been better.Even after his death Jason s father must make his son s life miserable in his will he gave an ultimatum according to which Jason either marries a girl his father chose for him or will lose his title and estate So after his initial adamant rebellion Jason surren When I read the blurb of The Elusive Wife it immediately reminded me of a couple of Shakespeare s plays, the premise sounded like his usual misunderstanding mixed up love comedies And while the story was nice, it could have been better.Even after his death Jason s father must make his son s life miserable in his will he gave an ultimatum according to which Jason either marries a girl his father chose for him or will lose his title and estate So after his initial adamant rebellion Jason surrenders but doesn t want to witness his own misery so he gets comatose drunk for his wedding That is how he doesn t remember or recognize the woman he married and can fall under the spell of a beautiful stranger he has no idea is actually his brand new wife.I really wanted to like this story better, but neither the characters nor the writing made it easy Both Jason and Olivia remained undeveloped, one dimensional characters I couldn t really root for, especially since their interaction lacked real passion and unrestrained emotion I thought their dialogues were affected.I also found that the hero discovered the true identity of the mysterious Lady Olivia too early, I would have preferred for the misunderstanding charade to go on for a bitand have a laugh at him being clueless and lovesick.Another complaint of mine was that Jason was in lust with Olivia, he was constantly going on about how he envisioned her sprawled out on his bed, felt his groin tightening upon seeing her neck, etc Ok, I get that his interest for Lady Olivia was sparked by her beauty and his physical reaction to her, but I would have loved to see some clues that it wasthan a physical craving, I wanted him to feel affection and love for her, but only his lust was apparent.Besides the romance aspect of the story I had some problems with the writing it could have used some smoothing out, a bitstricter editing to shape the words and narrative better Some lines were bumpy, they read stilted We will rest here for the night Don t try to do anything foolish It would bother me not at all to kill one of the tavern keepers Her mouth was nectar he sipped from, could become addicted to It was a nice quick story, but I just wanted to like enjoy it better Somehow Callie Hutton s writing didn t flow smoothly enough for me, I don t know if it was mostly due to a less than stellar editing or the writing style itself, will have to give her stories another go to decide.Verdict The Elusive Wife started out well, I liked its premise, but unfortunately the characters remained shallow and uninteresting, and the plot took a turn for the worse by having recourse to the usual clich s With a bumpy writing, it didn t manage to suck me in and make me devour the pages I expectedfrom it.Plot 8 10Characters 6 10Writing 6 10Ending 5 10Cover old cover 5 10 looks too photoshopped and not professional enoughnew cover 8 10 the new cover is a great improvement compared to the old one, bravo

  9. says:

    DNF Not for me interesting premise which the author failed to have fun with IMO

  10. says:

    I ve long been a fan of historical romances featuring a rake and a woman spunky enough to give even a jaded man a run for his money Hutton delivers all that this trope is known and loved for with a dash of flair Jason lived a life dictated by a father who didn t care about what he wanted or needed When a dictate from the grave commands he marry, Jason understandably wishes to rebel his father s last effort to control him Getting sloshed, he only has vague memories of his wedding and a blurry I ve long been a fan of historical romances featuring a rake and a woman spunky enough to give even a jaded man a run for his money Hutton delivers all that this trope is known and loved for with a dash of flair Jason lived a life dictated by a father who didn t care about what he wanted or needed When a dictate from the grave commands he marry, Jason understandably wishes to rebel his father s last effort to control him Getting sloshed, he only has vague memories of his wedding and a blurry memory of the enchanting eyes of his bride.Lady Olivia fascinates Jason from the moment he meets her Unfortunately for him, she knows exactly who he is and has no desire to engage in a flirtation with a rakewho abandoned her on their wedding day and didn t even bother to be sober for the event Watching him chase the very woman he s trying to evade set up for an entertaining story and Hutton delivered on the sexual tension, humor, and engaging characters which made this book a true pleasure to read I highly recommend this book as I loved everything about it Great read

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