by Noelle Adams
From the New York Times bestselling author of Fooling Around comes a steamy novel about a pampered princess who’s starting over—and the hot guy next door who knows exactly how to melt that tiara right off.
Alison Davies used to just be a trophy wife. Now she’s just flat broke. Thanks to an ironclad prenup, she’s worse off than she was before the day she rushed down the aisle with a wealthy jerk eight years ago. After her steep fall from riches to rags, Alison refuses to shackle herself to any man who treats her like a possession—no matter how good he looks in a pair of well-worn jeans, or how his muscles ripple while he’s carrying her couch.
Underneath his rugged exterior, Rob West is a gentleman. So when he sees his beautiful new neighbor moving in, he’s going to help her out no matter how loudly she protests. In fact, Alison’s determination to go it alone just strengthens his resolve—and his desire to find out what makes her tick. But after one spur-of-the-moment tumble in the sheets, it’s clear that their connection goes way deeper. And that Rob won’t be happy until Alison surrenders to the passion they share.
He’d never invited her into his house. She had no idea why – unless he had a wife hidden away in the attic or he didn’t want to put away an embarrassing porn collection.
It was a bad marriage. And honestly, at the end of it I didn’t want to feel like I was bought and paid for.
Makes total sense. A girl’s got to know her own worth – and that ain’t money.
Initially, it appeared a bit difficult to empathize with Alison as she had lived a life of luxury, didn’t have to work, and was pampered with services and materials possessions, although it quickly became apparent that she was also a possession herself. She had lived a life of limited choices and no freedom to grow, improve, or make up her own mind. She was merely arm candy and completely dependent upon her perfectionist husband. Some women would be thrilled with all that and she had lasted for eight years – I doubt I could do it for a day. She had married young and had never lived on her own, attended college, or even had a job, but luckily she had a place to live as she inherited a small home in a small town. She also had a major case of insecurity, a lack of personal identity, and no marketable skills. Soon into her journey of self-exploration and discovery, she finds herself attracted to Rob – her kind and ridiculously handsome neighbor, who was super sweet and nurturing to everyone in town and was also extremely patient, thoughtful, and careful with Alison. I adored him. Trophy Wife presented a different wrinkle in that stepping away from the allure of wealth was not a step-down, but a major step-up with pleasant surprises and improvements experienced in every room. Rob was a multitalented hunk… swoon.
About the Author
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.
She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.