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Peek Inside Wife in Name Only

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Zoe escaped to make a new life for herself on a tiny island. Nowshe runs a successful honeymoon resort. Selling true love is easy. No one needs to know she’s married in name only. At least until America’s premier honeymoon magazine wants to publish a feature on her perfect marriage. Now she must convince her estranged husband to rip himself away from plotting corporate takeovers.Rory agrees to come for 48hours, but only because he needs the positive PR. To his surprise, the wife he findsisn’t the same woman he married. Now she’s so much more...Will he win back his wife or leave paradise empty-handed?

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She’ll bargain anything to save her island…

Trapped in a loveless marriage, Zoe Hughes escaped to make a new life for herself on the tiny island of Tonga. Now she runs a successful boutique honeymoon resort. Selling true love is easy. No one needs to know she’s married in name only. At least until America’s premier honeymoon magazine wants to publish a feature on her perfect marriage. Now she must convince her estranged husband to rip himself away from plotting corporate takeovers in LA to save her island paradise.

Rory agrees to come for forty-eight hours, but only because he needs the positive PR. To his surprise, the wife he finds in Tonga isn’t the same woman he married. Now she’s so much more…

When a storm strands Rory in Tonga, will he win back his wife or leave paradise empty-handed?


"I really enjoyed this book, from the setting of a romantic getaway to the characters and how they interacted together. I recommend this book for anybody looking for a new spin on love and a look at the struggles they have. There is plenty of twist in this book and well worth the read overall." -  Kenzie for Cocktails and Books

"I don't think I am making this a habit, but I found another new author with great potential. Hayson Manning's debut story, Wife in Name Only, is an emotional romance story and definitely worth reading. I was drawn in by the back cover summary of how one can renew love when you think it is gone and died."- Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

"Two fiery characters, a tropical paradise setting, a little drama, and a lot of chemistry make for an AWESOME book! I loved this book and couldn't wait to find out what happened next! Grab a chair by the water and enjoy! Ms. Manning has delivered a sizzling summer read with Wife in Name Only." - My Book Addiction and More

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622667055
Release Date: Apr 1, 2013
Page Count: 219
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: marriage in trouble, second chance

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By Geri Reads May 15, 2013

4 stars

Rory and Zoe Hughes are an estranged married couple living apart for year--Rory is in Los Angeles and Zoe in Tonga. She runs a successful honeymoon resort which sells happily ever after. The only problem was no one knows except Zoe that her marriage was a sham. And now, a famous honeymoon mag ...more

By Kathleen May 05, 2013

Review posted at: Swept Away By Romance

I ABSOLUTELY loved everything about this book

Story Rating 5 STARS
Romance Rating 5 Stars
Hero Overall Rating 5 STARS
Heroine Rating 5 STARS
Heat Level 3 stars
Location Rating and Descriptions PRICELESS
Overall Rating and Enjoyment 5 BIG STARS!

This was a new to me au ...more

By Desere April 05, 2013

Reviewed by Desere

Every woman knows most successful men are married to their job and that usually leaves you with spending most of your time on your own. Your realize your husband loves you but just not as much as his job.

When and if you find the courage to walk away from it I personally think must ...more

By Samanthe April 05, 2013

When I call this story hot, I don't just mean the tropical island setting! The sparks fly between honeymoon resort owner Zoe Hughes and her estranged husband Rory, a high-powered businessman with an Ice Man reputation. When a travel magazine wants to feature the resort, and, more specifically, Zoe a ...more

By Nas April 02, 2013

WIFE IN NAME ONLY by author Hayson Manning is an Indulgence release by Entangled Publishing for April 2013.

After walking out on her husband and marriage, Zoe now needs him for publicity purpose. But why did Rory agree to Zoe’s plans?

Does he want revenge on Zoe for walking out on their marriage or do ...more

By Book Reading Gals June 24, 2013

Title: Wife In Name Only

Series: N/A

Author: Hayson Manning

Genre: Romance

Blurb: Trapped in a loveless marriage, Zoe Hughes escaped to make a new life for herself on the tiny island of Tonga. Now she runs a successful boutique honeymoon resort. Selling true love is easy. No one needs to know she's marr ...more

By Jessica May 05, 2013

Ok where to start...

First, I have to say that I enjoyed this book. From the title I thought maybe it was a book where two people got married for the sake of public appearances. Not this one! Rory and Zoey were married when they were young and in love. Life just happened to come between them.

Zoey m ...more

By Melissa April 04, 2013

Oh I loved the book so much. I bought the book just because it was an entangled publishing Indulgence novel with out reading the description. I thought it was like the other marriage in name only books I read but I was wrong. First they were already married and happily for some time but he let work ...more

By Michelle October 19, 2013

Wow! Great debut novel.

Zoe and Rory are estranged. Zoe has been running a honeymoon resort in the South Pacific for about a year, while Rory stayed in Los Angeles, living the life of a high-powered CEO. Zoe needs Rory to pretend they are the picture of the happily married couple, to help market her ...more

By Dakota April 25, 2016

I wanted a sappy romance and I definitely got it. quick easy read ...more

By Sleepy April 20, 2013

I enjoyed this story. I loved the idea of a second chance at love.

This is about Zoe and Rory. It starts with her at her private away island that is a honeymoon retreat, she is getting more publicity and now is getting contacted to do an interview with a honeymoon magazine, problem is that they want ...more

By Arely May 01, 2013

We start out with Zoe and Rory (who, by the way, is a guy. I kept thinking of Rory from Gilmore Girls and, well, she’s a girl). They were married, then things got bad—Rory became a workaholic—and Zoe left Rory. Fast forward a year and Zoe is now the proud owner of a honeymoon resort, but she needs p ...more

By Marlene May 19, 2013

Originally published at Reading Reality

I wanted to read something quick and fun, so I picked Wife in Name Only from my TBR stack, and it definitely filled my need for something light, sexy and with a sweet HEA at the end. There was just the right touch of suspense to add spice to the mix!

Tonga sound ...more

By Pat April 27, 2013

This delightful novel has everything I enjoy in a story . Humor, a beautiful tropical island, a love story, and.... a sweet one-eyed rescued dog. It did have one thing I don't like. A terrible tropical storm!

Zoe Hughes is the owner manager of a resort on the island of Tonga. It's called Honeymoon He ...more

By TashNz May 23, 2013

Read in one sitting which to me means Wife in Name Only was a fast paced, catchy and riveting read.

My hero Zoe, owner of honeymoon resort in Tonga calls her ex husband in sheer desperation to keep up appearances to the outside world she's the other half of a successful and happy marriage with a worl ...more

By Jennifer April 11, 2013

What a great book!!!!!

So many feelings. Loved Zoe and her determination.
Rory seemed like a HOTTIEEEEE....I mean the way he was described, OMG, made you wanna jump right through the damn kindle and see him for yourself, lol
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He also was very determined, which made me love him even more. And a few ...more

By Melody June 11, 2013

Posted on What I'm Reading

All right yesterday, I finished Wife in Name Only by Hayson Manning. I must say that I enjoyed the book. I actually thought it was a pretty decent story. Some people might think the story is a bit farfetched, but it's a romance. Sometimes stories are going to be like that. ...more

By Carver's Book Cravings April 30, 2013

4 Stars

“I've waited a year for you to get your head on straight. I'm not normally known for my patience. It's time for you to stop playing and come home.”

Zoe left LA and her husband to get away from her crazy life. She wanted to find herself and where she belonged. She goes to Tonga and falls in lov ...more

By XxTainaxX April 27, 2013

To be frank, I’m quite stingy with my 5 stars but Wife in Name Only deserved every single one. I had this silly thought that I’d start a few chapters and then go and finish my errands and housework. Well, that didn’t happen! I got engrossed in this book that I couldn’t put it down. The very complex ...more

By Jenni May 12, 2013

***A copy of this book was given to me in exchange for a honest review.***


As a hopeless romantic who thoroughly enjoys a good romance novel, I personally don't think it's that easy to find a true actual romance novel. And I'm pleased to say that 'Wife in Name Only' has definitely defined i ...more

By Ebony April 29, 2013

Hayson Manning has definitely given us a world class getaway with Wife In Name Only. Rory Hughes is no longer the lover that Zoe Hughes married. Somewhere along the way Hughes Enterprises swallowed Rory whole and spit out a super focused and workaholic CEO leaving Zoe utterly alone to embark on her ...more

By Barbara April 03, 2013

I absolutely LOVED Rory and Zoe's story. The book was a tropical feast of sun, sea and sizzling chemistry between the hero and heroine.

Zoe owns the lease on a honeymoon resort on a remote island in Tonga. She's finally happy after leaving her husband, Rory, and the increasingly lonely life she'd had ...more

By Cate April 04, 2013

Rory and Zoe jump off the page in this gorgeous reunion story - actually I kind of wish Rory would! Zoe and Rory had a marriage that fizzled out while Rory's empire grew. Zoe left and built her own paradise. A chance for great PR sees them back together in paradise and they sizzle. I laughed a lot i ...more

By Linda October 07, 2018


Excellent storyline, great character development. This book sizzles. I cared about the characters and wanted to smack him around...frequently and with ice water. But he grew, then he opened his heart and mind to emotions and then to fully Thank goodness. Can you imagine being ...more

By tiasha mayo December 17, 2016


I really enjoyed this book. I liked that Rory wasn't just rebuilding the homes but himself. I found myself rooting for Zoe and Rory to make it work. ...more

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Hayson Manning

About the author

Hayson Manning

I love Princess Bride, Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives – the drama is deliciously addictive. Big Bang Theory but will take Wolowitz over Cooper. Star Trek not Star Wars. Undercover Boss, Secret Millionaire – any story that shows the little guy making it. I follow the Buffalo Bills like a religion. I am spellbound by showjumping and equestrian eventing. I love curling up and reading all books – no genre is off-topic. I like ironing, I hate peas, love donkeys, I play a killer game of Scrabble. I will often be heading towards the fridge for another Diet Coke. I eat nothing with legs and believe wine goes with everything, oh and I’m an expert at finding new and inventive ways to avoid exercise. I live in the sparkly beach side suburb of Redondo Beach in California with my infuriating shoe-dropping husband and my two boys who speak in mystifying grunts.

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