Wife by Wednesday (The Weekday Brides #1) by Catherine BybeeWife by Wednesday by Catherine Bybee
Published October 2011
Series: The Weekday Brides #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
three-stars
Format: eBook
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Blake Harrison:
Rich, titled, and charming…and in need of a wife by Wednesday. Blake turns to Sam Elliot, who isn’t the businessman he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, beautiful and feisty with a voice men call 1-900 numbers to hear.

Samantha Elliot:
Owner of matchmaking firm Alliance and not on the marital menu…that is, until Blake offers her ten million dollars for a one-year contract. And there’s nothing indecent about this proposal. The money will really help with her family’s medical bills. All Samantha will need to do is keep her attraction to her new husband to herself and avoid his bed.

But Blake’s toe-curling kisses and sexy charm prove too difficult for Sam to resist. It was a marriage contract that planned for everything…except falling in love.

Wife By Wednesday by Catherine Bybee is your usual “marriage of convenience for inheritance” type of book. It is the story of Blake Harrison, a British duke in the US, whose controlling father is pressuring into marrying through his will. If Blake doesn’t marry before his 36th birthday, he would lose the parental estate. He therefore needs a wife stat, and has been referred to Samantha Elliot, who runs an agency that can find him just that: a wife for a year, just until the estate is his.

But Blake doesn’t want to choose from any of the candidates Samantha has lined up. He’s more interested in Samantha herself, since Samantha has good reasons to accept his money, and is unlikely to form an attachment to him. Samantha is, after all, a business-woman who can keep her emotions controlled – just like him. Or does she?

I half read and half listened to an audio-version to this book thanks to KindleUnlimited Audio! I wasn’t expecting this book to be anything more than a quick and light distraction and I wasn’t wrong. As I said, it is your usual marriage-of-convenience story, meaning a rather “usual” plot with the exception of one tiny little twist in the end of the book. It was just at the right level of entertaining, with some steamy moments hat made this book a little less naive.

If there was one thing I would like to criticize though, it would be the characters’ behaviour. Let’s start with Blake, who seeks Samantha out and almost blackmails her with an offer he can’t refuse. And then, because he has “needs”, he talks Samantha into making this a fake marriage with actual benefits. And later on, he keeps vital information from Samantha, practically betraying her.  And Samantha – well, the girl that has been pictured as a tough, business-like woman at the beginning of the book – is no more, because the book turned her into a pile of insecure mush. Kinda sad.

All in all, it was an OK (audio)book that fulfilled its purpose in terms of keeping me entertained when I walk to work for 20 mins. As always, the male narration was awkward when performed by a female narrator, but I guess that’s life. Not sure if I will ever read this again, or if I will continue with the other books in the series, but who knows. I am just hoping the characters int he other books turn out a little less stupid/naive.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
2 Stars
Characters
3 Stars
Writing
3.5 Stars
All the feels
2.5 Stars
Overall: three-stars