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Peek Inside The Reluctant Wife

Abby Taylor walked out on her irresistible husband three years ago. Now she has no choice but to return to Italy to ask him for help. But Conte Dante Lombardi needs a child to carry on his legacy and time is running out. As Abby uncovers why he’s in such a hurry for a child, she falls in love with him again ... just as she realizes it might be impossible to keep her end of the deal.

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Abby Taylor walked out on her irresistible husband three years ago. Now she has no choice but to return to Italy to ask him for a favor. To pay for her grandmother’s heart operation she needs his money, but it comes with strings attached.

Conte Dante Lombardi has it all—an Italian villa, a successful family business, and a noble title. But he needs a child to carry on his legacy and time is running out. He also hopes to satisfy the desire Abby rouses in him.

As Abby uncovers why he’s in such a hurry for a child, she falls in love with him again … just as she realizes it might be impossible to keep her end of the deal.


"I loved the feisty characters and loved the way the book ended." ~ My Not So Vacant Shelf

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622668687
Release Date: Dec 17, 2012
Page Count: 175
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: reunited lovers

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By Desere December 31, 2012

Hot, hot, hot read ladies! This was a wonderful contemporary romance from a brilliant author. The book had me entranced and completely mesmerized from start to finish.

The characters of Abby and Dante were both wonderful to read about. Abby the young woman that will risk it all to save the life of... ...more

By Melissa Portillo January 04, 2013

The reluctant wife is a great contemporary romance which I would recommend to fans of Jennifer Probst Marriage to a Billionaire series.

This story jumps right to it which I liked - Abby got married real young with the perception of Prince Charming still fresh in her 19 year old mind. She was in lo... ...more

By Emily March 09, 2018

Abby Taylor needs money and the only person she knows that has it at his disposal is her estranged husband Conte Dante Lombardi. Abby left years ago when she realized the man she thought loved her didn't. Now though she is desperate to save her grandmother and Dante is a means to an end. Dante th... ...more

By Fiona February 07, 2013

Yes another reunion story. Classic hot Italian husband blackmails English bride back into his bed. Dante is one of those alpha males afraid to show weakness yet that fear becomes his biggest weakness. His attitude was a key factor in the break down of his marriage three years ago.

Abby as a youthf... ...more

By Jessica August 29, 2015

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At first I had mixed feelings about this novel. However, I was certain of one thing…Dante is a jerk, but a sexy jerk non-the-less. I liked the scenario that Abby and Dante find themselves in, and that neither of them... ...more

By TashNz January 04, 2013

For me this is the perfect story. Second Chance stories are in my top three genre's, but they have to be well written, powerfully emotive and as a reader I have to want the characters to have their second chance and to me The Reluctant wife ticked off everything on my list - plus more!

The Relucta... ...more

By My Book Addiction and More January 27, 2013

The Reluctant Wife is a sweet and relevant bargain marriage story. Abby married Dante for love. Dante married Abby for a baby. With the disparity in reasons, Abby fled the marriage only to return to save her Grandmother from dying. So, the bargain is struck: her grandmother has life saving surger... ...more

By Love October 08, 2016

This is the best book written by "Bronwen Evans".
At first I thought this book would be typical million dollar hero, who gets whatever he wants so I was reluctant to read this book. I was looking for good temporary books and did not find any, so I started to read this story. I could not hold my t... ...more

By Jessica (Stuck in Books) January 26, 2013

Awwww, I loved this book! I don't read adult contemporary that often, but when it catches my eye, I just can't help myself. The Reluctant Wife was DEFINITELY a pleasant discovery for me in this genre. This book made me so happy! It set my heart all aflutter and everything.

There were oh, so many t... ...more

By claridge | booknomnom February 10, 2014

What an emotional roller coaster. ...more

By Emoon June 02, 2015

Loved it!!!! ...more

By J February 25, 2019

Abby Taylor left her prince charming three years ago, after one year of marriage. She now returns to him to ask him to help pay the extensive fee for heart surgery for her grandmother. Her grandmother raised her after her parents and brother died in a car accident. Her grandmother doesn’t qualify... ...more

By BebeJacobson January 13, 2019

A feel good love story

An estranged married couple reconnect when she approaches her spouse for money for an operation for her I'll grandmother. They have been apart for three years,since she left him. He wants her back and wants a baby sit her. ...more

By Kathy January 12, 2019


Such an emotional roller coaster! The passion and ardor is only eclipsed by the secrets that this couple hide from one another. This is one of those books that you will not be able to put down and although it’s a short story it has depth and will stay with you! I loved it. ...more

By Jko February 28, 2019

I don't usually like to read short books, this one was about 150 pages, but I really enjoyed the writing, the prose were shared in a more original way of speaking American English, it was so thoughtful. And the plot was good, steamy, and well written. ...more

By Linda January 11, 2019

Great story line. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and really liked the characters, even the H once he grew up. Good editing, good writing and the story held my interest throughout. Well done. ...more

By Benita Anderson January 13, 2019

Was she going to move back in

I enjoyed the book. It is kind of a fairy tale. Easy to follow. Author did a good job of moving the plot . This keeps reader involved. ...more

By Faridah Begum April 23, 2019

True Love

As always, men never admit to loving a woman to bits but he would keep it in the depths of his heart. Beautiful story ...more

By D January 20, 2019

Had some unexpected twists, i like it ! ...more

By Tiffany July 09, 2018

Angsty second chance book. ...more

By Melody December 27, 2012

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Good morning y'all. I'm excited to bring to you the newest book from Bronwen Evans. If any you have read any Bron's previous books, you would know that she normally writes historical romance. Well, this is her first time writing a contemporary romance. I mus... ...more

By Lorraine July 16, 2013

Firstly, I should point out that I was gifted this by book through the author, my review however, has not been influenced by this.

I love Bronwen's historical books and this is the first contemporary romance that I have read by her and I would have to say, that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would des... ...more

By CD May 13, 2013

This is your love long lost but given a second chance.� Abby and Dante married young and for all the wrong reasons, not love.� This was something Abby could not live with.� Dante needed a bride to give him an heir.� He told Abby there was not chance of love.� Being the rich alpha male that he is,... ...more

By Greselley March 31, 2016

He was her man, and he loved her, no matter what he said—or didn’t say. A woman knows. She would do anything and everything to make him admit what she was sure was in his heart.

I am a fan of Bronwen Evans because of her historical romance novels so when I stumbled with this contemporary one, wh... ...more

By Betty August 06, 2013

Abby Taylor's grandmother needs heart surgery. So Abby heads to Italy to speak with her estranged husband. Its been three years since Abby left him and she hates to approach him now for the financial help she needs. When she enters his study to see him, he is resting on a couch with a woman. Abb... ...more

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Bronwen Evans

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Bronwen Evans

USA Today Bestselling author, Bronwen Evans (Bron), loves story-telling – gobbling up movies, reading books and attending the theater. Her head is always filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer. Bronwen attended Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand earning a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Administration, majoring in Marketing and Accounting. She was all set on building herself a business career (which she did along the way). But life never turns out exactly as one thinks. After working for a few years in marketing roles within New Zealand financial institutions, she left for a 6 month overseas experience in London, England. She loved England. She spent several years living in London, using it as a base to be able to work and travel from. She visited all four corners of the world. Her most interesting trips were a camel safari in the Sahara, a trip through Russia, a safari through Africa with her mother, and three months in the Mediterranean. It was while living and working in London she discovered the offices of Mills & Boon and the germ of an idea to embark on a romance writing career was born. Almost eight years later, on her return to New Zealand, encouraged by a close friend battling a life-threatening illness, Bronwen finally started down the path to publication by joining RWA, The Beau Monde, RWAustralia and RWNZ. Bronwen’s first manuscript, INVITATION TO RUIN, was completed late 2009, and was sold to Kensington Publishing early 2010, in a two book deal. Her debut novel, INVITATION TO RUIN, received a 4.5 star rating from RT Book Reviews and was nominated in the RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards – Best First Historical. Invitation to Ruin was also won the RomCon Readers Crown Best Historical 2012. Bron’s first contemporary, The Reluctant Wife, also won the RomCon Readers Crown, Best Short Contemporary 2013. Her first book in her Disgraced Lords series hit the USA Today bestsellers list and she has hit it several times since. She lives in New Zealand in sunny Hawkes Bay with her Cavoodle named Brandy.

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