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Be careful what you wish for When a person makes decisions without considering the emotional cost of those decisions, they usually backfire Such was the case with Adam s decision to marry his secretary, Julia He was trying to show his lover that he wasn t her whipping boy, content to continue in their affair indefinitely so she could get her inheritance as dictated by her late husband s will Julia was dealing with her own hurt feelings after she was dumped by her fiance shortly after he took Be careful what you wish for When a person makes decisions without considering the emotional cost of those decisions, they usually backfire Such was the case with Adam s decision to marry his secretary, Julia He was trying to show his lover that he wasn t her whipping boy, content to continue in their affair indefinitely so she could get her inheritance as dictated by her late husband s will Julia was dealing with her own hurt feelings after she was dumped by her fiance shortly after he took a job in Canada She had no expectations for her marriage to Adam, and she didn t want a love match anyway However, they both end up falling in love, and are afraid to show their feelings for each other.This was a subtle book, with a lot of intense undercurrents I was kind of surprised that the hero had been having an affair with a married woman And how she was willing to live with him and even have children with him out of marriage for the time period until her husband s will allowed her to marry This was written in the early 80s, and it is a Harlequin so that was an eye opener But, the way that the author deals with these unconventional aspects is so matter of fact, it doesn t really come off as risque I liked that the heroine is theself controlled out of the couple The hero isn t a lit fuse, but he does let emotions dictate his behavior to a larger extent than Julia does He truly is susceptible to his ex lover for a significant part of this book, although he doesn t cheat on Julia It was nice to see how he realizes that his feelings towards Julia are muchright and intense than his feelings for his sex girlfriend were There s a bit of his POV, but his actions towards Julia reveal when he falls in love with her, outside of his POV Of course, Julia is oblivious, thinking that she s just a mere substitute for the woman that Adam truly wants Her father was a womanizer who continually left her mother and made her life miserable, so she has no faith in a strong emotional attachment to a man, especially one who is dynamic and virile, like Adam However, she falls deeply in love with him, even knowing it s the worst thing she could do Finally, she gets the epiphany that makes her want to fight for his love Will it be too late Of course not This is Harlequin, where the endings are always happy And I m always glad for it Recommended to readers who enjoy vintage books (((E-PUB))) ☠ Substitute Wife ⇰ He must never guess her true feelings As far as Adam was concerned, their marriage was a businesslike arrangement Both had suffered the pain of rejection, and both had vowed to avoid any future emotional ties or commitment Our marriage stands a better chance of succeeding than one blinded by passion, he had claimed, and his logic had convinced Julia But somewhere along the way she fell in love with him and, knowing he could never return her feelings, was forced to act out a role that contradicted her loving nature This is yet another one of my less than stellar memories Where does one start with this Here goes I hated the H Adam He was so p y whipped by his married mistress Erica It was so distasteful The guy is a lawyer and he has been having an affair with this tall really skinny blonde called Erica Dukes She was married to a really old man who is also a millionaire Erica s the queen of gold diggers but Adam still loves the mercenary bitch It sucks to read about a H who has no pride that he This is yet another one of my less than stellar memories Where does one start with this Here goes I hated the H Adam He was so p y whipped by his married mistress Erica It was so distasteful The guy is a lawyer and he has been having an affair with this tall really skinny blonde called Erica Dukes She was married to a really old man who is also a millionaire Erica s the queen of gold diggers but Adam still loves the mercenary bitch It sucks to read about a H who has no pride that he would settle for sloppy seconds knowing full well that she s gonna return to kiss and cuddle up to her sugar granddaddy The novel opens with news that the sugar granddaddy has died so the gold digger is now gonna be free to marry the H Somebody hand me a barf bag pleaseWhat I hated most about Adam was the fact that he always knew how much Erica loved money but he still adored the tramp Well, love is indeed blind or in his case, lacking in logic and common decency I laughed so hard when Erica basically rejected his marriage proposal because her ancient dead husband had stated in his will that she will lose her inheritance if she married before 3 years Erica really showed Adam that and I am gonna put this in an economist s jargon because it seems so apt for a gold digger he was her opportunity cost Adam s pride was dented by this but unfortunately his feelings for the greedy tart didn t go away He then comes up with a plan to marry his secretary Julia the heroine just to say checkmate to Erica Whatever I hated Julia too, so I didn t even feel sorry for her.Julia s really stupid She was engaged to this stuffy prig called Roy who controlled her clothing choices and how much make up she wore or didn t wear as was the case What kind of woman allows a man to dictate her wardrobe I should think that as long as her panty line, butt cheeks and nipples aren t showing then she s good to go Roy was so insecure it was funny At the start of the story Julia got dumped by Roy because he went to work in Canada and his penis happened to find itself inside some Canadian woman s vagina I figured stuffy old Roy was probably a virgin and so he got all obsessed with his first foray into sex and dumped poor Julia This dumbfest continued with Adam and Julia getting married Julia gets a make over and we have the old theme of the plain duckling syndrome where the H sees suddenly that she s a beauty SighThe marriage is platonic for the most of the novel and the MC s even go to India for a honeymoon and we are given little snippets of information about them on a little house boat in Kashmir That part wasinteresting than the non romance between Adam and Julia When they return to England, Julia is a lady of leisure since she can no longer work as a mere secretary to her husband Erica is still omnipresent and making trouble Adam even has the audacity to tell Julia that she must invite the skinny witch to a dinner party Wtf It seemed as if Adam spenttime trying to play his game of one upmanship with Erica his efforts to prove that he had moved on were kinda lame because he took too long to tell Erica to get the F out of his face I really was getting fed up of all the nice polite interaction among this sordid threesome Seriously Then Roy s ass gets dumped by his lover in Canada probably because he had a pencil dick and sucked in bed Or maybe the real problem was that he didn t suck in bed Lol Who knows More importantly, who the F cares at this point Then I think Adam forces himself on Julia It appears to be a rape seduction situation but I think the scene faded to black and I can t be bothered to go double check The relationship between the MC s worsen for a while and Julia starts hanging out with Roy again because Adam still hasn t told Erica to F off All these characters seemedconcerned with trying to one up each other Julia realizes she s fallen in love with Adam and then the latter apparently starts to love her too Adam s so called love only started happening around the 80% marker of the story line so that was lame as well Erica, who had been hounding Adam, realizes that he loves Julia and she tries to interfere by being spiteful to the heroine Then what Oh yeah Adam goes ballistic with jealousy over Julia s friendship with the irritating Roy Then blah blah blah happens and the MC s declare their love The end This is definitely never going to be on my re read list and Adam wasn t really a sexy hero in my opinion I think Rachel Lindsay s heroes are always a little lacking in the oomph hunky alpha male department Before I forget, this book was published under another title as well Substitute Wife This was published in 1982..under two different titles, Second Best Wife and Substitute Wife Whichever copy you can get your hands on, I highly recommend giving this one a try This is one of those traditional older HP s that have made category romances so popular Yet it is also has some refreshing elements to it, that make it stand out.Adam and Julia work together She has been his faithful secretary for four years Adam has been madly in love with OW, who happens to be the wife of a respecte This was published in 1982..under two different titles, Second Best Wife and Substitute Wife Whichever copy you can get your hands on, I highly recommend giving this one a try This is one of those traditional older HP s that have made category romances so popular Yet it is also has some refreshing elements to it, that make it stand out.Adam and Julia work together She has been his faithful secretary for four years Adam has been madly in love with OW, who happens to be the wife of a respected client When said client suddenly dies, Adam proposes marriage only to be told that he must wait four years to marry her because hubby has left a Will stipulating wife loses everything 3M pounds if she marries within four years Seems hubby wasn t so cool about their affair after all Julia, on the other hand, has just been jilted by her fianc and is devastated to find herself alone Adam decides since OW thinks money isimportant than him, he needs to move on with his life He proposes to Juliasince they admire and respect each other After all, this isthan most happy couples have to start with Who needs love What happens next is a very interesting journey You definitely get lots of Adam s POV and you see both of them committed to a marriage while still in love with someone else It becomes a journey of realization and it is fraught with potholes and pitfalls along the way.I actually found that Adam s POV made a tremendous difference to the story Normally, I would have found him not worthy of hero, yet the author penned a great character Having the story told mostly from his point of view was a different experience I actually found myself liking him better than the heroine, who sometimes came off a little immature and selfish I must warn you that there is some nonconsensual marital relations in the book, that might turn some readers off As far as Adam was concerned, thir marriage was a buinesslife arrangment Both had suffered the pain of rejection, and both had vowed to avoid any future emotional ties or commitment Our marriage stands a better chance of succeeding than one blinded by passion, he had claimed, and his logic had convinced Julia But somewhere along the way she fell in love with him and, knowing he could never return her feelings, was forced to act out a role that contradicted her loving nature After being st As far as Adam was concerned, thir marriage was a buinesslife arrangment Both had suffered the pain of rejection, and both had vowed to avoid any future emotional ties or commitment Our marriage stands a better chance of succeeding than one blinded by passion, he had claimed, and his logic had convinced Julia But somewhere along the way she fell in love with him and, knowing he could never return her feelings, was forced to act out a role that contradicted her loving nature After being stood up by her soon to be husband, Juila is asked by her boss to be his wife Adam has thought to be in love with his long time client s wife for many years, but after she chooses money over him decided to cut his loses and marry instead for appearances in order to not look weak in front of others and decides on his long time employee Juila What I loved about this old Harlequin was how two people unlikely find love in each other, seeing the people who they thought they love, really were in the end Rachel Lindsay drags it out till the end, but it s well worth it 35 yr old lawyer enters into a MOC with his 23 yr old secretary after the woman he loves refuses to marry him.The book was all misunderstandings and bickering As Danny Glover liked to say in Lethal Weapon I m too old for this shit I found BOTH H h unlikable in their immaturity and self absorbtion.Rating 2.5Sensuality PGTags OW, OM, MOC, Older man 12 yrs , Dubious consent This was a good read,adored Julia Adam,liked the way their MOC slowly blossoms into MOL Marriage Of Love yet the fear of rejection and their exes hovering around they keep their feeling to themselves leading to misunderstandings,Julia comes to know about Adam s childhood and she takes her chance and stays,Adam was surprised to see Julia still there but then they talk and confess their feelings and have their HEARecommend it I found this book terribly dry and telly not showy It was slow and not real interesting The heroine needed a knock upside the head She had her mind made up and refused to change it Not to mention her whole hesitation to sleep with him was sort of dumb She was married to him and it s not like she didn t love him or that she found him repulsive Hmm I guess I didn t like it much. Slow book plus cold heroine. The hero was a hypocrite having a long affair with his friend and clients wife, then giving her mistress a long speech about upholding the values of marriagewtf Also, you work closely with someone for 3 years and never see her asthan a shadow , but suddenly when her hair is down and she has mascara on you notice that she is a drop dead beauty.Not to mention all his thoughts contradicting his actions come to me when you are ready to make this a real marriage sorry I raped you, I The hero was a hypocrite having a long affair with his friend and clients wife, then giving her mistress a long speech about upholding the values of marriagewtf Also, you work closely with someone for 3 years and never see her asthan a shadow , but suddenly when her hair is down and she has mascara on you notice that she is a drop dead beauty.Not to mention all his thoughts contradicting his actions come to me when you are ready to make this a real marriage sorry I raped you, I couldn t resist, it won t happen againbut it does