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A Husband's Regret: Unwanted, Book 2 | [Natasha Anders]

A Husband's Regret: Unwanted, Book 2

Tall and thin, twenty-eight-year-old Bronwyn Palmer has become positively gaunt, a ghost of her former self. That self was - and still is - the wife of a rich, handsome executive with an ocean-view house and his own security staff. It was in that house, two years ago, that Bryce Palmer learned Bronwyn was pregnant with their first child. But Bryce’s rage over his impending fatherhood touched off a chain reaction of emotional and physical traumas that wounded them both.
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Tall and thin, twenty-eight-year-old Bronwyn Palmer has become positively gaunt, a ghost of her former self. That self was - and still is - the wife of a rich, handsome executive with an ocean-view house and his own security staff.

It was in that house, two years ago, that Bryce Palmer learned Bronwyn was pregnant with their first child. But Bryce’s rage over his impending fatherhood touched off a chain reaction of emotional and physical traumas that wounded them both. For Bronwyn, it meant fleeing the perfect marriage to start over with nothing but a precocious daughter named Kayla to care for. For Bryce, it meant a tortuous two years spent blaming his wife for deserting him, and living with the pain of not knowing his child. Now a chance encounter has brought Bronwyn back into Bryce’s life, both bearing scars...and neither knowing the whole truth of that fateful night that drove them apart.

©2014 Natasha Anders (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 05-07-14
    Candateshia Pafford Fort Meade 05-07-14 Member Since 2015

    I really enjoy the world of books! Narration just add layers to that world... don't u think? :)

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    "Great sequal!"

    I really like these break up, but not.... books... I feel for the (h) characters... they are written so well. I really am becoming a Natasha Anders fan here... I loved the first book, totally love this one too. The hubby... boy what character development. I simply love who real these books are... like all the characters have flaws that make them a bit more realistic...then get a narrator like Eyre... Seriously...that gained this series an extra star!

    Great sale or credit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yuefang Luwuk, Indonesia 05-06-14
    Yuefang Luwuk, Indonesia 05-06-14

    Mom of 3 and a book lover.

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    "What A Drama!!!!"

    I enjoy the story, felt sympathy for Bronwyn and understand her point of view not want to reconcile with her husband. The story teach us about forgiveness and trust, the most valuable commodities in marriage. Lovely story!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    blaisebyx5 12-30-14
    blaisebyx5 12-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Always good"

    Natasha's books give me "the feelies." Her words have me sad, mad, then waiting with anticipation for a happy ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KatieV NC, United States 05-12-14
    KatieV NC, United States 05-12-14 Member Since 2013

    KatieV

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    "Prefer The Unwanted Wife"

    I'm not extremely familiar with a S. African accent, so can't speak to that. However, I thought the narrator did a good job of hopping back and forth between voices of men, women, children, etc. She rated higher than the story w/me, sadly.

    I did not enjoy this novel as much as I did the first in the series. I did like it, but it lacked the elements that make The Unwanted Wife something I revisit from time to time. However, after thinking about it, I’ve concluded that in my case it’s more an issue of what you’re looking for/enjoy than the quality. Since the 2nd novel was published vs. independent, it was definitely superior in editing, etc. Some may argue it was the superior novel based on the strength of writing and plot, etc. I can see that point. However, when it comes to romance novels, I’m all about reading something to my personal taste and trying to set aside the nagging voices of my college English Lit professors.

    A Husband’s Regret is loosely tied to the first novel. Definitely not a sequel as I think some parts are happening around the same time frame. If you read The Unwanted Wife, you may remember the heroine, Theresa, has a cousin, Lisa, who was married to a man named Rick Palmer. Rick is the younger brother of the hero in the 2nd novel, Bryce. Rick and Lisa appear in the 2nd novel quite a bit and Theresa has a few cameos since she is close to Lisa and often around when the current heroine, Bronwyn, and Lisa have ‘girl time’. There was even an anniversary party for Theresa and Sandro that Bronwyn and Bryce were to attend, but it was only mentioned and took place off screen. I would have liked to have seen them together again.

    Anyway, what I liked about the first novel was the Harlequin Presents feel of it. A blackmailed Italian tycoon bridegroom who married the heroine to get back his ancestral land that was unfairly taken by the heroine’s eeeeevil father who would only sell the land if he married his daughter and gave him a grandson. The poor heroine who was caught in the middle and mistreated by the H until the truth of her innocence hit the fan. The hero, in a panic to keep the h from leaving him and realizing he'd taken her for granted, bullied and blackmailed her to stay. All VERY HP, to the point I’m surprised they didn’t pick Anders up to do the rest of the series.

    This was a bit more realistic and due to the hero’s circumstance it was hard to put him in the wrong, wrong, wrong box even though he did act like a total ass in the beginning. I do applaud the author for taking a hero with a disability and not making it define him. He was still a believable and sexy alpha and definitely not an object of pity.

    However, for me, the book was too long and after a very promising beginning, it dissolved into a book about a couple trying to rebuild their relationship with honesty, openness, and all that jazz that is usually not so belabored in a Harlequin - which typically focus on the drama and leave most of the healthy relationship building until the final chapter or just infer that the future will be like that. If, however, you aren’t looking for a pseudo-HP and prefer something that has some of those elements but is longer and places more emphasis on rebuilding a relationship in a healthy way and dealing with real childhood trauma and how that affects someone for the rest of their life (not just packing on the crazy with a trowel) you just may prefer this novel. For myself, give me some blackmail and a ruthless hero who thinks nothing of marooning the heroine on a private island and behaving like a jackass while humping like bunnies. Definitely a matter of taste.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Anaheim, California 04-17-15
    Kindle Customer Anaheim, California 04-17-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good"

    I love Natasha's books. This one was not as emotional as the first one but it made me cry as well.

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    Amazon Customer 02-09-15

    Mom of 4

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    "Read don't listen to this book"
    Would you try another book from Natasha Anders and/or Justine Eyre?

    Yes to both but I'd make sure the narrator was narrating a book that her accent fits. Perhaps a regency book or something where it is obvious that someone is foreign.

    I find it very wearing when the H and h continue to misunderstand each other for most of the book and act like young children.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm not sure.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I can't stand the way she says things like "heppy" aka "happy" and numerous other words. If I had expected an accent this strong because the person was foreign, I could like it better but it detracted for me.


    What character would you cut from A Husband's Regret?

    None


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    Amazon Customer 02-07-15 Member Since 2013
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    "What a beautiful story!"

    Loved it! This story pulled at my heartstrings! I could not put it down! I found myself rooting for Brice and Brin! I laughed and cried, I felt their pain!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Book Lover 09-06-14
    Book Lover 09-06-14 Member Since 2012

    Book Lover

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    "It was good"

    I liked the story alot, as I am a fan of the author's work. It was a little redundant at times but did not take away from the overall feel of the story.

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    Jeanette Jacksonville, NC, United States 05-20-14
    Jeanette Jacksonville, NC, United States 05-20-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Emotional Roller Coaster!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to A Husband's Regret the most enjoyable?

    The emotional ride


    What other book might you compare A Husband's Regret to and why?

    the first book in this series The Unwanted Wife, also Kiss an Angel by Susan E. Phillips


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the tea party


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the office scene when she was standing there frozen


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chessjunkie Washington DC 05-13-14
    chessjunkie Washington DC 05-13-14 Member Since 2014

    "A good book is the best contentment has"

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    "Exactly like the first novel, but not as good"
    Would you try another book from Natasha Anders and/or Justine Eyre?

    Probably not. I love Justine Eyre as a narrator.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Calculated Life


    What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

    She is pretty awesome. Very passionate voice. It adds dimension to the characters


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope. Unless some awesome actors were in it.


    Any additional comments?

    The first novel in this series was a refreshing take on romance. But this story is based on a misunderstanding taken to the extreme. I also wondered why there is no mention of the heroin's family and why she didn't lean on them for support during rough times. The heroin is way to fragile for my taste. Even Cinderella didn't play the victim.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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