Verdict: Wife by Wednesday is an enchanting and titillating modern day fairy tale romance that hooks the reader from page one and doesn’t let go.
Handsome Blake Harrison must find a wife by Wednesday if he is to acquire his inheritance and keep his title as Duke, so Harrison enlists the help of Sam Elliot. Sam Elliot turns out to be Samantha Elliot and Harrison knows he has found his wife.
Blake Harrison must give up his playboy ways and settle down by his 36th birthday if he is to keep his title as Duke, and inherit his fortune. His best friend puts him in touch with matchmaker Sam Elliot, who turns out to be Samantha Elliot. Though she presents Harrison with a choice of three women who would make suitable wives, Harrison has his eye on Elliot. As the two embark on their business proposition, they must contend with interference from Vanessa, Harrison’s scorned ex girlfriend and other unplanned details such as the growing attraction that Harrison and Elliot have for one another.
Author Catherine Bybee has created lively, credible characters, from the headstrong and spunky Samantha Elliot and the self-centered playboy Blake Harrison, to their faithful assistants and a devious ex girlfriend. Bybee skillfully presents all the pieces of the puzzle to show how past relationships have made Elliot and Harrison who they are but also why their relationship with one another turns into something quite unexpected.
Bybee’s descriptions are succinct and striking. Examples of Bybee’s adroit choice of language in her descriptions include when Harrison first hears Elliot’s voice: “It took two words in a voice so low it dripped like sin and put phone sex operators to shame to render Blake speechless”; or when Bybee explains Harrison’s dating history: “monogamy and Blake were strangers.” Bybee’s tight and clear writing also effectively builds up the romantic and sexual tension:
“Her body buzzed and his tongue started a slow dance with hers. His pine scent
and heated breath esily distracted her from everything but the feeling of him holding
her, touching her. Liquid started to pool in her belly as desire swept up her spine.”
The plot is engaging and fast paced. Spurred on by Bybee’s compact but expressive writing, the mystery and the surprises keep coming until the very end.
Wife by Wednesday is an enchanting and titillating modern day fairy tale romance that hooks the reader from page one and doesn’t let go.
Reviewed by Maya Fleischmann for IndieReader.com 2012