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It was a hard act to follow on from the first and brilliant book in this series. In this story, the H is an ex-con, whom the h had had a crush on when they were at high school. They lost touch until the H ended up in jail and the h began writing to him. After he's released on parole, he needs a job and a place to stay else he'll land up back in jail. The h comes up with the idea that he could be her practice husband for a year. This way her grandfather will have to stop nagging her over getting married. The H gets a job at the grandfather's company in a junior and basic position. The h is a perennial student and is doing her third Master's programme. The H encourages the h to do things she's always been afraid to try (this was his side of the marriage bargain). It's a poignant story, with nothing coming easily as both have issues. I cried a lot. I must say that there are lots of sex scenes for those who love them. I was less enchanted as I was more interested in the story.
2.0 out of 5 starsRead Book One, Shampoo, Rinse, and Repeat with Book Two
Reviewed in the United States on April 22, 2019
While I enjoy Ms. Adams writing style, depth of characters and humor borne from real life, I didn't enjoy the cookie cutter feel of book two. It went so far as Sam even ending a chapter with almost the same words that Melissa did in book one, that she knew the answer would be yes.
It was also annoying that two such smart people couldn't talk honestly about their feelings. Again, Ms. Adams uses the 5-minute conversation to drive her story forward. And, BTW, I see no redeeming characteristics in Pop. None whatsoever. He's a mere caricature, the "wicked stepmother," whose only purpose is to be the foil. Ms. Adams could do better than this.
It bothers me that I felt it was too similar to book one. I just purchased book three and if it's more of the same, I'm done with Ms. Adams.
5.0 out of 5 starsWhew, that moment when Sam realises that Hunter is man. All man.
Reviewed in the United States on August 26, 2018
In this second stand-a-lone book about the Greyson sisters and their trophy husbands, it’s career student/book nerd Sam’s turn to marry when Pops, starts making noises about getting married and having children, like all good women should. She’s the good girl, the one who never argues, who never makes a fuss, and always does what’s expected of her. And now she thinks she’s missing out on experiencing life.
There is someone who can help her out, and she in turn will help him get back on his feet. Hunter Ness, the gorgeous boy she had a crush on in high school who friend zoned her, and, after his 2 year stint in jail, they’re still friends, and he’s even more gorgeous now that he’s a man. Trouble is, Pops will only help out ‘family’, not friends, so Sam decides to fix that. If Pops wants her to have a husband, and he’ll help out family, then she’s killing two birds with one stone. Hunter, in turn, is going to help her get out and about in life.
Noelle Adams writes books that absolutely smoulder. I loved the passion and intensity of hidden feelings between Hunter and Sam in this friends to lovers romance. And, it was totally completely romantic. Not only is the story great, but there’s plenty of smouldering heat between these two that really puts some spice in those pages!!! Did I also mention that Sam is a book nerd?? She happens to love hot romances, and when they try some romantic moves between the shower and the bedroom, I had to laugh when things don’t work out as smoothly as they seem to in the books, and Hunter’s, erm, swinging appendage gets in the way!
Noelle Adams books are always a welcome read, regardless of whether they are light-hearted or angst ridden. The Practice Husband isn’t angsty, but I’d put it at intensely romantic with a side of heat. 5 Stars, ‘cos this is exactly what I wanted to be reading right now.
When I first saw ex-con, I thought of a rough, bad boy with an attitude. I was so damn wrong. That taught me a lesson not to stereo-type all those who have served time. I could identify with the heroine in a way, I'm afraid to take risks. I seek excitement in books to satisfy my craving for adventure.
I love the balance of humor and soul-searching elements in the book. If you need some feel-good romance, this is the book for you.
OMG it was so good guess I read it twice before I decided to post a review. I loved how Sam used other well know romance characters when she was describing her emotions. It really made me feel pulled into the story. And seeing the growth of both characters was refreshing. Hunter's and Sam's chemistry was a slow simmering boil! I might have to read it again
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2018
Another good book from Noelle Adam's 'Trophy Husbands' series. I am enjoying this series but felt there was a little something missing in this story. I preferred book #1 of this series. For me, I didn't see the love from this hero like I did in the first book. I questioned most of the way through if he really cared for her or she was just a secure port in the storm.
In the scheme of things it was still a good story that could be read as a stand-alone.
Sam had been Hunter's tudor in high school. She was attracted to him then but he wasn't interested in her. Later he got into trouble and landed in prison. She started writing to him while he was in prison. He was being paroled and she asked Pops if he could get a job in his company. He let her know he wasn't into helping friends. But husbands were different. She talked to Hunter and they got married. She would get him a job and a place to live and he would help her life life more fully. Ms Adams creates characters that you enjoy spending time with. The sex is hotter than in the previous book.
Reviewed in the United States on September 2, 2018
This is Sam's story. We are I introduced to Hunter who went to high school with Sam and who agrees to be her practice husband for a year so she can prove to herself she can do it and get out from under her grandfather who she loves unconditionally but it is his way or no way! Little did either know but they have had feelings for each other for years! This book takes you threw their discovery and journey as they figure out that neither is that different then the other. The only downside is I would like to read more about his family and maybe a reconnection with them as least his mom and brother his father doesn't deserve it!
Noelle did it again and made me laugh, cry and smile.
Hunter and Sam have known each other for years- since high school. Both are on a new path in life, she wants to do things she’s been afraid to do, be less perfect and more risky, he needs to overhaul his life from the mistakes he made that landed him in prison for a white collar crime.
Together they help each other and enter into a marriage of convenience, or is it- maybe there is more then just obligation- you’ll have to read it.
I love the literature references and how Sam loves books, and all types for that fact, her and I are alike there.
This story is like a cross of each chocolate, watching a hallmark movie combined with a guilty pleasure steamy romance. Yum.