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The Elusive Wife

By: Callie Hutton
Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
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Summary

Jason, Earl of Coventry, needs to discreetly locate his unwanted and abandoned bride among London society to request an annulment. Too bad he can't remember what she looks like because he was blind drunk at his arranged wedding and hasn't see her since.

Newly arrived from the country for the Season, Lady Olivia is appalled to discover that her own husband Lord Coventry doesn't even recognize her. She's not about to tell the arrogant arse she 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, except Lady Olivia finds her husband nearly irresistible.

©2013 Callie Hutton (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Stupid and Frustrating

There are two stories, just as you think you have come to an end; a random plot starts.
I can't say I like any of the characters. The heroine allows herself to be treated as "Non Person", while she sits around making plans, saying things that she will never do. I hate him, I never wish to see him again, I will not go out with him and so on. The hero prances about being drunk, obnoxious, rude and a bully. who belives all he has to do is "TURN ON HIS CHARM", for women to fall down and kiss his feet. As for the author, she either does know what a "Rake" is meant to behave like or can't make up her mind. The heroine's so called best friend drops her in it, despite knowing her problems. Maybe knowing how "wishy washy" she is, it is not worth the bother giving support. The narrator obviously doesn't like lawyers as she makes them sound slimy.

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  • stolives
  • 22-01-15

Annoying narrator

This was one of the most annoying narrators I've listened to. She did a fine job differentiating the characters, and her voice quality was pleasant. What completely threw me off were her modulation and the cadence. She read with a random rising and falling inflection that didn't accurately convey the mood/tone of the text. I know one of the reviews praised her narration; I just don't understand it! As for the story-it was nothing more than ok.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-20

Beware explicit content

While the story was well written and the characters fun to get to know, I felt like I was skipping forward past parts that could have been better written with less sex

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  • Alicia
  • 27-10-15

Could have been good

What disappointed you about The Elusive Wife?

It had a some what unique premise but was in need of a good editor.

Would you ever listen to anything by Callie Hutton again?

Unlikely

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Billie Fulford-Brown?

No

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

The male lead was completly unlikable.

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  • Miz Waller
  • 14-03-17

Narration Strange

This was terrible to listen to. The story was ok but the narration caused me to stop listening several times. The actor did a strange wobbly sound when she portrayed any of the servants. After several starts I finally finished the story.

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  • CatDWoman
  • 20-01-15

It had me at "Elusive"

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book had its moments. For example, the dialogue between characters were believable and both demonstrated the right maturity level. I can believe that characters at their age and within the regency period can think that way. The story was not angst-ridden so my reactions weren't extreme but the story was engaging enough to be good. For example, I disliked Jason's "rakish ways" and Olivia was too accepting of her plight in the beginning - but both their characters developed at a good pace that redeemed both characters towards the end. I also liked that the original conflict was resolved earlier and not too late in the book that it felt like an abrupt ending.

Yes I bought this book because of the title. I also thought that it was worth my time to write a review. This is my first book by Callie Hutton - although I won't be rushing to get her next book (like Lisa Kleypas, Eloisa James and Sarah MacLean), Callie will be an author that I won't mind reading again. As to Billie Fulford-Brown, she's not one of my favorites but I liked her narration of the book. There were some instances when her female and male voice seemed the same that I had to rewind a bit because I thought Olivia was supposed to be talking. Anyway, there weren't too many of those so it was forgivable. Net/net good book for a "new to me" narrator and author.

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  • AnnieS
  • 03-02-15

The Elusive Wife

Well written regency tale. I found it to be very amusing!

The narrator was not to my liking. While she did manage to use a different voice for each character, her rising and falling inflections seemed very off. Fortunately, the author's story had me hooked.

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  • Tracy T
  • 17-01-15

Cute Story, Great Narration!

This was a cute story. The heroine, Olivia was definitely elusive for quite a long time though. A bit too long IMO. But I liked her a lot, She was strong with a mind of her own. I did like the Hero, Jason, after getting over him being a total cad at first. They ended up having some great chemistry and a couple of nice written sex scenes.

There was lots of dialogue throughout the entire book which was great.
As for the story it was nice, no 5 star story, but a nice story. The plot was a bit weak to be sure. and the story line could have been better.

As for the narration, this is the first I have heard of Billie Fulford-Brown and see she only has a few books narrated, Well I do hope she continues to narrate, she was great! Lots of emotion and the men sound like men and everyone had their own voice, I do think the narration made this book so much better. She was a joy to listen too.

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  • Lalila
  • 11-05-15

Great story. Narration not so good

The narration is stilted, artificial-sounding and grating on the ears. The only saving grace is the moderately good story.

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  • Leah
  • 18-04-15

Sub standard regency romance

The narration was not up to par and I kept hoping the story would improve. If I had not paid good money for this book I would not have finished it.

The story held so much promise I kept plodding through it





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  • Lindsay D. Hurley
  • 16-09-21

More horror story than romance

The premise caught my attention because I thought it would really play up the dramatic irony. It did not. Instead, we have the heroine being completely abandoned, disrespected, and treated as an object. Once the hero does learn her identity, he never apologizes for his actions. Instead he gets worse: anything from his point of view is always about her body and sex. Worse, he basically sets it up so he can molest her and never apologizes for that either. Because she 'gets away' it's treated as a joke. The hero then proceeds to attempt to "win" her over but what this means is he constantly gaslights her, and alternates between being a decent human being and being a controlling, manipulative overlord. Moreover, the heroine is trapped with no one in her corner, no male relatives, and a best friend is an enabler that just gives her over to the hero with the thought that is what would be best. Because, you know, the hero needs heirs. And he's so kind to his friends. And women are property. Even worse: the heroine is gaslighted so much she thinks it's her duty to make him fall for her- tossing away a promising music career and her own ambitions. While listening I've swayed between horror and disgust over how abused this female character is and we're supposed to think it's romantic because she's physically attracted to him? This really is a cautionary tale than any sort of romance.

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