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Peek Inside The Elusive Wife

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

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He doesn’t know he’s about to fall in love with his wife …

Jason Cavendish, the 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 seen her since. And there’s the lovely Lady Olivia that he can’t seem to get off his mind…

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’s 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…too bad this woman finds her husband nearly irresistible.


"I loved this book and you will too. Jason is a hottie & Olivia is the kind of woman we'd all want as a friend. Read it!" Cocktails and Books 

". . . it was a well written plot and the characters were likeable." Night Owl Reviews"

In my experience I've had a few hits but more misses with historical romance so I was really pleasantly surprised to be hooked from the start by obviously good writing." Book Chick City 

"The historic elements and sensory details of each scene make the story come to life, and certainly helps immerse the reader in the world that Olivia and Jason share." - The Romance Reviews 

"You will not want to miss The Elusive Wife." - My Book Addiction

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622661022
Series: Marriage Mart Mayhem, Book 1
Release Date: May 20, 2013
Page Count: 254
Imprint: scandalous
Genre: historical, historical regency
Tropes: mistaken identity, unrequited love

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By Alba January 04, 2018

Se nota que últimamente necesitaba un cambio de género porque me he pasado a la época/Highlanders.

En este caso, está historia nos da a conocer a Jason, recientemente conde de Coventry (de nuevo con los nombres, no os fijéis jajaja) al cual su padre, ahora que ha muerto, sigue manejando. Al parec... ...more

By Virginia June 04, 2013

I've long been a fan of historical romances featuring a rake and a woman spunky enough to give even a jaded man a run for his money. Hutton delivers all that this trope is known and loved for with a dash of flair.

Jason lived a life dictated by a father who didn't care about what he wanted or nee... ...more

By Janna May 31, 2013

The Elusive Wife is a witty, fast-paced historical romance that is thoroughly enjoyable. Callie Hutton demonstrates her sense of humor, imagination, and ability to write an entertaining book, as she pens this tale of an arrogant London rake and the beautiful woman who brings him to his knees.

Lad... ...more

By Nicole February 18, 2016

Belle histoire de l'époque de la Régence! 4.5 étoiles!

J'ai bien aimé, le roman de Callie Hutton, L'épouse insaisissable! Celle-ci raconte l'histoire de Jason, un charmant séducteur, un peu arrogant et la belle Olivia.
L'histoire se déroule en 1812, à Londres, Angleterre.
Selon le testament de son d... ...more

By (Tori-Smexybooks) June 11, 2013

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Favorite Quote: Jason stood mesmerized as her breasts moved up and down. All that creamy skin covering those enticing globes had reduced him to a randy youth. He placed her hand on his arm. Just before they reached the others, he murmur... ...more

By Linda June 09, 2013


Jason Cavendish the Earl of Coventry is a notorious rake, ever since he left the schoolroom women have fallen at his feet. Tall broad shouldered with sparkling blue eyes, he is lethal to the female population. His very recently deceased father had badgered him repeatedly to... ...more

By Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb" April 16, 2015


I am very impressed with Callie Hutton's The Elusive Wife. The story starts out as a typical Historical Romance with the old Earl John Martin Cavendish dying and ordering his son Jason Cavendish to marry Lady Jane Olivia Grant the old Earls Goddaughter. If Jason d... ...more

By Melody May 16, 2013

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Last night I just finished The Elusive Wife by Callie Hutton. I have to say I did enjoyed the story. However, there were sometimes I wanted to strangled the hero and heroine. However, I'm glad they were able to workout their situation.

The things a liked about the book:

Fi... ...more

THE ELUSIVE WIFE by Callie Hutton is an exciting Regency Historical Romance. A fast paced story of Lady Olivia and Jason Cavendish, the Earl of Coventry forced to marry in order to gain his inheritance,Jason sets his new bride aside the next day without a backward glance,with no consummation of t... ...more

By Diane July 29, 2015

If you enjoy a funny book with a Regency flair and a clever plot twist then The Elusive Wife is the book for you. It is a cute, well written story with charming, flawed characters. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Jason Cavendish, Earl of Coventry, knows that an arranged marriage is on the horizon... ...more

By Shirl December 15, 2014

The title and the description says it all. This was a fun read. Lady Olivia was embarrassed at the alter by her husband that was so drunk that he didn’t even remember the ceremony. He did have a faint vision of mysterious eyes that had tears in them.
Leaving the country right after the wedding he... ...more

By Kadbury July 11, 2013

This book was SO MUCH fun!

I loved it so much.It's been a very long time since I've read a book in which there was a love-hate relationship between the main characters which led to hilarious events.Usually the characters hate each other for no good reason but there's a VERY good reason in this boo... ...more

By Jesica January 17, 2015

El libro comienza bien y tenia buen ritmo ademas muestran la realidad de una pareja... sea del siglo que sean... porque todos tenemos imperfectos y ademas muchas inseguridades y mas cuando estamos con otra persona ... asi que a pesar de que hay partes que me han provocado golpearlos creo que en d... ...more

By Tracie May 23, 2013

This was a quick and light read. I was intrigued by the premise. I really liked Olivia and that she had spunk. Jason started out much like a spoiled brat, but he got better. This book really could have benefited from being longer for there to have been proper character development. Jason went fro... ...more

By Tamara May 18, 2013

Funny & Fresh Regency Romance!

I thoroughly enjoyed The Elusive Wife. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book and couldn't put it down once I'd started. The hero, lovingly called Lord Arrogant (chuckle) couldn't possibly get himself into any more trouble while the wonderful heroine,... ...more

By Persis September 17, 2015

I can't say I enjoyed this book or that I didn't enjoy it. There were times when I was really listening to the story with absolute interest. and other times I was visibly sighing and thing well get on with it, will ya!. There were interesting and riveting points in the book but there were only tw... ...more

By Artemissia December 27, 2016

De la romance historique comme je les aime. Olivia et Jason sont des héros que j'ai adoré suivre tout le long de leur histoire. Un mariage arrangé qui ne leur plait pas à tous deux. Jason y mettra de la mauvaise volonté et Olivia se vengera de la plus belle des façons. Le contexte historique est... ...more

By Ella May 19, 2013

Callie Hutton’s The Elusive Bride is a delightful read. You’ll laugh when you discover the real identity of the woman Lord Coventry is falling in love with, and watch as she puts him through his paces. The ending is everything you could hope for. ...more

By Carmen August 21, 2017

Pues el libro me ha parecido muy divertido, me he reído bastantes veces, la verdad es que es una lástima que la traducción no oficial sea tan mala. Espero que alguna vez sea publicado en castellano porque creo que es un libro que vale la pena. Tanto la situación de los dos me ha gustado, él que n... ...more

By Zena November 28, 2017

This is a particularly good story about an Earl, Jason, who marries Lady Olivia so that he can inherit according to his late father's will. He abandons her after they take their vows and because he was so drunk, doesn't remember her at all when he meets her later.
She doesn't let him know that she... ...more

By Patricia June 12, 2018

I loved the story of Jason and Olivia. Her and Elizabeth's way of "payback" was pretty poetic! I do wish we could have seen the Ton's face about the marriage. The house party with watching Jason dealing with Cecily kept me on the edge waiting for the shoe to drop! Loved the outcome of that one.... ...more

By Cheryl November 19, 2017

A very interesting book! I enjoyed reading about Jason and Olivia and their trials. You have humor and definitely romance but you add in resistance and you have a person trying to rectify a mistake. Read and enjoy! ...more

By Suzannah February 20, 2018

Adored this book

This is the first time I have read a book by Callie Hutton. I had no idea that it would be so funny. I found myself running a gamut of emotions. Loved the comical scenes as well as the love scenes. Highly recommend ...more

By Margaret December 11, 2017

I really like this book. It was funny, romantic and kept my interest at the same time. This is the type of book that I can spend all day reading, every day if I had time in which to do so. I would recommend it to any lover of historical fiction who hasn't read it at this point ...more

By Diane March 14, 2017

A fun Regency, entertaining and well written. ...more

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Callie Hutton

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Callie Hutton

Callie Hutton, USA Today bestselling author writes both Western Historical and Regency romance with “historic elements and sensory details” (The Romance Reviews). Callie lives in Oklahoma with several rescue dogs, two adult children, a daughter-in-law, twin grandsons and her top cheerleader husband (although thankfully not all in the same home!). Living in the Midwest provides plenty of opportunities for Callie do pursue her interests: researching history, meeting readers, spending time with her adorable two year old twin grandsons, and discovering new adventures. Callie loves to hear from readers and welcomes the opportunity to become friends, both in person or virtually. Find her online: and sign up for her newsletter at:

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