by Gwen Jones
Publisher: HarperCollins/Avon Impulse
Publication date: June 4, 2013
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Gifted from publisher
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Wanted: Wife- Landed, Financially Secure 40-Yr-Old Male * Handsome, but with old-school communication skills and a
secret past * 
Seeks Healthy, Athletic Female *Preferably a pretty reporter
with a messy love life who has never spent a day in the woods*
 For Marriage and
Family * What could possibly go wrong? *  If you love the humor and romance of Rachel Gibson and Susan
Elizabeth Phillips, don’t miss the fabulous debut of Gwen Jones!
One of my favorite story troupes is contract
marriages and Gwen Jones delivered a delightfully funny, totally hot
tale with WANTED: Wife. Filled with romance, suspense, a little
mystery and a whole lot of heat I consumed this in record time. Three word review:  hot, intense and romantic.
We first meet Julie Knott on the worst day of her life as her fiancé
tweeted the end of their engagement. As a TV reported she handles random and
strange stories a segment the locals enjoy. When a tip comes in about a man advertising
for a wife on a utility pole she and her crew set out to interview him. He has
scheduled interviews with perspective wives at the local fire station and Julie
is knocked over when she interviews Andy Devine. He is drop dead gorgeous, seems
intelligent and knows exactly what he wants -Julie to be his wife. He gives her three days
to decide and the tale that unfolds was deliciously hot, sweet, suspenseful, and
Julie goes into this using her brain. She is clever,
observant and nobody’s fool. She has a plan and I loved seeing it all
unravel on her. Andy Devine is a muscled, educated, walking, talking, god of double-oh-yum. He is smart, a smooth talker and did I mention part French? Oh yeah, he
whispers French words of endearment, and whatever he is saying in the bedroom
this chick is buying..oh-la-la. I enjoyed Andy despite his sometimes quite reserve and air of mystery. The author does a wonderful job of showing us his softer side  through his actions and comments she slowly reveals his past and I enjoyed uncovering his secrets and flaws. Julie is strong and I admired that she stands her ground even if it breaks her heart. While the sexual heat was intense from the beginning,
I really appreciated and enjoyed the slow-building emotional aspect of the relationship. It
felt genuine and I found myself rooting for a happily-ever-after. Other characters help flesh out both the main
characters and propelled the plot forward.
I live in the Midwest now but I am a Jersey
girl and the Pine Barrens are very familiar to me so of course I found the setting perfect! The farm, the animals and
being away from town really added to the romance, suspense and created some wonderful situations. I laughed, I cried and delighted in their everyday lives
as the tale unfolded. Jones added some twists and turns which kept me flipping
the pages. I love how she slowly revealed all of Andy to us even if she made me
nervous a few times. Did I mention how
hot the romance was? The scenes were steamy with just enough heat to have the
pages simmering beneath my finger tips. The author shared Julie’s thoughts,
wove in the French language and made me believe in the impossible romance.  A thoroughly entertaining, funny and romantic
tale that left with me a smile.

Fans of marriage troupes, humor, and hot romances will enjoy
WANTED: Wife.  This is
Gwen Jones debut novel with Avon romances (HarperCollins) and I think she has a
winner. I look forward to reading more of her work. 
Four cups of coffee out of five 

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