Caro’s Review: The Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders

Posted April 28, 2016 by carolin in Book Reviews, Books / 0 Comments

Caro’s Review: The Unwanted Wife by Natasha AndersThe Unwanted Wife by Natasha Anders
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Published by Montlake Romance on March 25, 2014
Genres: Romance
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No one had ever looked at her and seen perfection—until now.

Delicate, titian-haired Theresa Noble has met her father’s associates in the past, but the gorgeous, Italian-born Sandro De Lucci leaves her speechless. Eighteen months into their marriage, however, Sandro has turned to ice. Desperate to escape a relationship that has proven to be as stubbornly passionate as it is cold and hateful, Theresa summons up the courage to ask for a divorce. But before he’ll grant her request, Sandro demands something from Theresa: a son.

The stalemate sickens her. Never mind that Sandro has yet to introduce Theresa to the large family that means so much to him. Or that Theresa overhears her husband on the phone with a mystery woman. Most damning is that Theresa senses, in Sandro’s treatment of her, the behind-the-scenes machinations of Jackson Noble, her cruel father. From the depths of her anxiety, Theresa must seek an empowering truth about the husband who calls her, with such cold affection, his cara, his beloved.

Revised edition: This edition of The Unwanted Wife includes editorial revisions.


— 5 stars —

“The unwanted wife” is the story of Theresa and Sandro. They have been married for 18 months, but he doesn’t treat her like a husband is supposed to treat his beloved wife. Affection, praise, love and even kind words are totally missing between them. After all this time in her loveless relationship, Theresa wants to leave Sandro, divorce him – after all, the thought of not being married is more appealing to her than being married to a handsome ice-cube of a man. But Sandro fights her tooth and nail – does he love her after all?

This book definitely has earned it’s title for “best groveling” and is in the top three of my all time favorite angsty reads! Yeah, I can’t get enough of angst, but even I was on the verge of being overwhelmed from time to time by the angst-fest that is called “The unwanted wife”. Clammy hands and tears of frustration were a normal side-effect while reading and I was so involved in everything, that I literally hurt for first Theresa, then Sandro. Though I won’t elaborate that point, because there are a few twists and turns in the story, that I don’t want to spoiler here. They were essential to the whole build-up and paved everything step by step for the amazing happy ending. And yes, if you decide to read this book: Hang in there, it might be painful – but it pays off in the end, you will be rewarded with a big smile, promise!

Otherwise, the writing was “simple”. I was surprised by how much it sucked me into the whole story, seen as I had my doubts at the beginning. But they were eliminated really soon. The only thing that probably would have made the book even better would have been Sandro’s POV. “The unwanted wife” is written in third person, female MC’s POV only. Another thing that I feel the need to point out here is the fact, that the author used no cuss-words. Not even in a very heated argument between the MC’s did she use the f-bomb, even though it was clear as day what was meant instead of the three dots… And despite there being no such words as cock, cunt etc., the sex-scenes were really hot. At the beginning, I felt ashamed for finding them so arousing, given the fact that this was the only thing working between the two MC’s for a big amount of time. The character-growth and (re-)building of the almost lost relationship were a painful but oh so beautiful journey for me and I will definitely re-read this book sometime in the future. Not only that, it also showed me again, how loving my own marriage is and how granted we tend to take love, if we have it ‘secured’ on paper. It means work, sacrifices and sometimes tears – but a loving marriage is a blessing and not a battle everyone can only lose in if fought against. Thank you, Natasha Anders for making me see this again.

All in all, I rate “The unwanted wife” with 5 stars and can recommend it. Mostly to all fans of angsty reads, but ultimately to everyone – it’s not only a romance, but also a story of forgiveness, family, making amends and fighting for what you want. Though there’s no crude language, the sex-scenes are explicit and that’s why I’d recommend readers 18+. Standalone novel with HEA.


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