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  • The Second Mrs

    The Defiant Wife is the second book in the delightfully steamy The Three Mrs series by Jess Michaels. Each book can stand alone, but I recommend reading The Unexpected Wife first; you'll appreciate the background from the first book and the growing friendship between the three widows. Though not as compelling as book one, I still very much enjoyed this installment. Phillipa "Pippa" Montgomery was married to Erasmus Montgomery; when he was murdered, she discovered she wasn't the only woman married to the swine...he had two other wives! Yes, the dearly departed was a bigamist with two other wives. He was also the father to an illegitimate child he had with Pippa's former maid. Sweet Pippa doesn't hold little Kenley's parentage against him; she loves the baby as if he were her own and she wishes to take care of him. Rhys Montgomery, the Earl of Leighton and brother of Erasmus, wants to make amends and reparations for the debts his brother left behind, and he, too, wants to protect and care for Kenley. Pippa and Rhys are passionately drawn to each other, but they each have enough scandal to deal with already because of his brother and they know they can't be together. How can they resist the love and passion they both feel? This was a particularly steamy read, more so than the first book. Both Pippa and Rhys were both good, decent and passionate people. They deserved every happiness for all they went through, though both are being punished by society for the deeds of Erasmus. For this reason they believed they had no hope for a life together. They tried to resist being drawn to the other, but neither was particularly successful. This is where the book fell a bit flat for me; they resisted, then succumbed, lather, rinse, repeat. Yet they still made a compelling couple. I especially enjoyed the friendship between the three Mrs, plus the relationship Rhys had with the Duke and Owen. I cannot wait to get my paws on the next story of Abigail and the Duke. They seem to despise each other, but we know how that works out in Romanceland! I received an ARC of this book courtesy of the publisher and NetGalley. I received no compensation for my review, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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  • Excellent - Can't wait for book 3

    The Defiant Wife by Jess Michaels The Three Mrs #2 What if she saw him first? What if he had seen her before his brother did? Would it have been easier, different, better? Would it have been…could have been…should have been And then…what is… In book one of the series we find out that there is a bigamist that bilked three women of their dowries and was working on the fourth before he was stopped. In book one wife three, Celeste, met Owen and all eventually was made right for her. That left two remaining Mrs. Montgomery’s to find their own HEA and in book two we find out how Wife two, Phillipa, will fare. What I liked: * That all three Mrs. Montgomery’s were good women, strong, intelligent, positive, and harmed by the same men * The friendship that formed between Abigail, Celeste and Phillipa * The wedding of Owen and Celeste – so happy they are happy! * The chemistry between Phillipa and Rhys * The revelation of the backstories of both main characters * That Phillipa was able to verbalize her needs and wants and move toward achieving them * That Rhys was felt so responsible for trying to rectify what his brother, Erasmus, had done * The balance in the relationship between Rhys and Phillipa – most of the time * That Phillipa was able to escape Bath * The friendship Rhys had with Gilmore and the friendship that he developed with Owen * Owen’s words of wisdom given to Rhys near the end of the book * The conclusion with a HEA for more than one * Wondering what will happen in the finale of the trilogy and how Abigail will find her HEA with Gilmore…at least that is what I think book three will be about ;) What I didn’t like: * The Bigamist – Erasmus * The parents of both Rhys and Phillipa * The impact scandal had on so many Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Definitely! Thank you to NetGalley and The Passionate Pen for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

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  • Beautiful story

    I really enjoyed Pippa's and Rhy's story.. They had instant connection with each other but due to unfortunate events they feel like they have to fight those feelings because it would cause an even bigger scandal than they both are already facing but no matter how they try to fight it, how hard they try to avoid each other, they can't stop thinking about each other.. And with the push of their mutual friends Rhy's comes to realize he doesn't have to fight it because the scandal isn't going anywhere regardless of what she does and what he does.. And they decide to stop fighting it and grab the chance for their happiness and take on the scandal together.. I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through NetGalley.

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  • A most interesting premise

    A most interesting premise. So this trilogy tackles bigamy in the regency era. Each book is a standalone, but I have found that I like reading the stories, as they are connect by well, a bigamist. As in their husband and what happens after he was killed. Pippa is left dealing with the fall out and all the extra Mrs. I also liked that Pippa and Rhys (her brother in law) are thrown together and well, you can imagine what happens. I do know that there were some legal issues (a man could not legally marry his brother's wife during a certain period in England. I digress. There are a LOT of obstacles (which I liked) and a unique plot (which I liked even more). Recommend.

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  • Solid romance, not so much mystery

    This book had lots of romance favorites: road trips, characters with intriguing pasts and happy endings. However, as a whole, it fell short for me due to the mystery/thriller aspect. While 90% of the book is a delightful romance, the last little bit is a quick and disjointed sprint to include some part of the trilogy’s central theme into the book. Had this story been merely tangential to the series plot, or contained more interwoven aspects of the series plot, it would have been a five star read. As it stands the ending feels rushed and unconnected to the rest of the plot. I am still excited to see the third book in the series, and overall this was a nice read, this one just felt unpolished.

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