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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 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 does ...more

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 parecer, ...more

By Janet March 05, 2019

Jason, Earl of Coventry must comply with his father’s will or lose everything that is unentailed & that means marrying the woman his father has chosen & within the next two days. However his father didn't state that Jason couldn't be blind drunk or leave her immediately after the ceremony, which is ...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 needed ...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.

Lady J ...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, b ...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 défu ...more

By Elodie March 07, 2019

As many pearls hidden in my kindle, I had this book lost somewhere among too many while I did purchased it because the blurb caught my eyes.
Because of Jason’s attitude toward Olivia, I do hoped he will have a big set down and will have to grovel a lot.
Even if I’m not very fond of knees weak females, ...more

By Narjiss13 November 08, 2018

4.5 ...more

By Tori June 11, 2013

Originally posted at

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 murmured. ...more

By Reader 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 mar ...more

By Melody May 16, 2013

Posted on What I'm Reading

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:

First ...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 the ...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 nev ...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 book.

J ...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 defi ...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 from b ...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, Olivia, ...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 two. ...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 InD'tale Magazine October 12, 2013


Jason has made such a hash of things, that it makes for an interesting read, that’s for sure.

Read full review in the October 2013 issue of InD’tale Magazine. ...more

By Victoria March 13, 2020

4 Stars ...more

By Joanne May 20, 2019


This is my first Callie Hutton book. I initially read the reviews starting from the one star ones up until the three star ones. It was a tough decision but I went ahead and purchased this book. And it really was a good buy.

The storyline of course already lends a hint of some improbabili ...more

By Louraine March 15, 2019

The Inheritance

When reading novels such as these about The Ton, the Rakes, The Debutante’s, the hunger of the match making mummy’s. I feel rather sad that young girls just graduating school are thrown into the melting pot with pressure to find a good match. A man with a Title. How little the parent ...more

By Amy February 11, 2019

A must read!!

I fell in love with this book from the start. From the beginning when Jason Cavendish can’t even remember what his new wife looks like to the fact that he has forgotten her name. Then we have Jane Olivia Grant who decides she’s going to visit her friend in London and can’t believe her h ...more

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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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