Reese Duncan wanted a wife, pure and simple. Someone to have children with, someone to help him rebuild his ranch, someone uncomplicated...and someone very different from his first wife, the woman who'd destroyed his life. But he hadn't bargained on Madelyn Patterson. She was sophisticated and citified, and she was willing to herd cattle, keep house and start a family with Reese. The only thing she asked for in return was love - the one thing Reese refused to guarantee.
©1990 Linda Howington (P)2015 Dreamscape Media, LLC
Plot: divorced and very bitter rancher Reese~ takes out an ADD for a wife.
Reese Duncan has a run down ranch and lots of debt from his divorce from ex wife April. He wants children and needs a "wife" so he takes out an ADD in the paper. Socialite Madelyn Patterson has looks and money~ but spots the ADD. She replies to the wife wanted ADD. This is fun from the beginning. Reese sends her a bus ticket and she arrives in a plane. He lays out his rules from the beginning. He is bitter and distrustful of women...all women. Maddy and Reese find their marriage is full of passion. Reese wants to make all the 'rules' in the marriage. Maddy and Reese work the run down ranch and plan for the baby they both want. When Maddy pays off the ranch debt Reese is livid. This is a form of betrayal in Reese's eyes...... She is not following his 'plans' and he takes it out on her. Pregnant Maddy decides she has taken enough "crap" from Reese and packs her bags and moves out. But moves down the road to "Flora's Café" and is hired as a waitress. How DARE she move out and take "his baby" ....away from the ranch? The fun begins when dominate male/husband Reese arrives to "drag" the unwilling bride home. LOL. When a LOUD NO ....has Reese stomping out of the diner. Reese has to "court' his own wife with an audience of customers and Flora. You will laugh out loud at this. And Maddy finds she can teach an old dog/husband a few new tricks. This is an excellent audiobook. Lesa Lockford is good reader. This story moves along and keeps us interested. The passion is HOT. The road to happiness for Reese has plenty of pot holes....but the ending is fun and worth it. I give the 5 STARS~ Lockford continues to improve her skills with each new book. This is one of the BEST of the early Linda Howard books. Look for another....excellent Linda Howard early gem....HEARTBREAKER in October by Dreamscape media and audible.
I have always loved a story with a strong man and a stronger woman. Madeline was a loving wife but not Reece's doormat .
Madeline's character was my favorite. She portrayed her just as I had always thought of her from the original book which I read many years ago.
No extreme reaction. It was like getting to visit an old friend in a new way. Loved this book in audio.
The narrator was well chosen. I enjoyed this audio very much.
This is the first time I've listened to a Linda Howard book instead of reading and I found it a bit wish washy compared to her other books. It may be because of the narrator though. Still, a sweet story.
pretty good if you can suspend belief a while. I mean what rich beautiful woman would willingly marry a man like that for nothing at all? I kept thinking, what is she getting out of the deal to do this to herself? Supposedly it is because she fell head over heels for the neanderthal at first sight. I think the story would have been more believable if it had been set in an earlier time period, like the 1800s. Today's woman would not be told when and where she can go. No man would tell her to stay home, clean, have babies and dinner better be on the table when the husband gets home and swoon because he's just so darn dreamy...no man is that dreamy to put up with that.
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Not my favorite but I was intrigued by the story line. Wondered how the author was going to work it out. In the end rather slow and repetitive.
I didn’t want to stop reading.
I liked the audiobook better than the physical book due to the narrator’s wonderful interpretations.
Reese was wealthy land owner/rancher in Montana. He married Alice who divorced him after 2 years and took half of everything he owned. For 8 yrs he has been under a mortgage and barely existing with half of the land left and a small herd of cattle.
THE STORY BEGINS:
Reese wants a wife and kids so he places an ad in a newspaper. Madelyn (Maddie) a city girl sees the ad and visits him. It is lust at first sight for both of them, but Reese does not want to marry her because he thinks Maddie will be like Alice. But no one else suitable responds to the ad, so Reese marries Maddie. Reese then limits his emotions for Maddie due to his past relationship fears.
AUDIOBOOK AND NARRATOR:
I read the physical book several years ago and just now listened to the audiobook. The narrator Lesa Lockford made it even better. She does a wonderful interpretation of Maddie. And she was good with men too. The audiobook was produced by Dreamscape Media, LLC. They did a great job removing breaths. I was pleased.
Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 245 pages. Swearing language: none that I recall. Sexual language: moderate. Number of sex scenes: about 5. Setting: current day before cell phones mostly Montana with a little New York. Book copyright: 1990. Genre: contemporary romance.
The story is not for everyone as it is a very strong alpha who today would be considered abusive. But remember this story was written in the 80/90s so times have changed.
Reese is sexy and Madeline is great for him. The narrator voice just wraps it up perfect for me. I've listen to this story multiple times and always find it enjoyable.
fun, romantic, page turner
Easy romance that kept me turning the page, got so involved with the characters that I am sad it is over.
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