Trophy Wife by Noelle Adams
Released: December 6, 2016
Reviewed by Mandi
At the age of eighteen, Alison found herself penniless and without many options for a bright future. She decides to pursue a forty-five year old colleague of her father’s who had expressed interest in her. They date for three months and marry. Every decision is taken care of for her and all she has to do is look pretty, dress pretty and make her husband happy.
Eight years later, Alison has had enough. Her husband was never mean or abusive, but she wants to experience life, and go to school, and make her own choices. She packs up and divorces her husband. Due to a tight pre-nup agreement, she is left with nothing. She moves into her late grandmother’s house in a small town and decides to start living life.
Her neighbor across the street is named Rob. Divorced twice with an ex who won’t leave him alone, Rob offers Alison help around her house – help she tries to refuse and grudgingly accepts. Rob owns the local hardware store and when Alison discovers jobs aren’t easy to come by in this town, especially since she has zero work experience, Rob puts in a good word for her at the diner, and Alison becomes a waitress.
Rob is smitten with her and even bets his friend that he can date her within three months. Alison is guarded and wants to prove to herself that she can make it on her own, so she pushes Rob away time and time again.
This story fell very flat for me. Alison had no emotions or passion or anything. She wasn’t funny or angry or bitchy. She was just – there. Rob had a little more charm to him, but I needed something more in this story to keep me engaged. I found my eyes wandering all over the room landing everywhere but my kindle. There wasn’t a lot that happened – just Rob pursuing Alison who isn’t sure what she wants. Alison does like making jewelry so that plays a part in the book – but not enough to keep me interested.
I was excited to see this premise from this author, as I have liked her previous work, but it didn’t work.