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Publisher's Summary

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

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Wanted: Wife....5 STAR fun~~~~

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.

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Linda Howard Classic!!! One Of My Favorites.

What did you love best about Duncan's Bride?

I have always loved a story with a strong man and a stronger woman. Madeline was a loving wife but not Reece's doormat .

What other book might you compare Duncan's Bride to and why?

Sarah's Child

Which character – as performed by Lesa Lockford – was your favorite?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction. It was like getting to visit an old friend in a new way. Loved this book in audio.

Any additional comments?

The narrator was well chosen. I enjoyed this audio very much.

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pretty good

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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A sweet read.

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.

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I finished it but not my favorite.

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.

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Great narration!

This narrator expressed all the emotions of the characters making the listener fool she/he is present experiencing the emotions of the characters

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this relationship is abusive.

I had to put this down around chapter 7. I love Linda Howard and if this had not been one of her books I would not have read so far. this relationship crossed too many lines. I don't understand what drew them together in the first place nor why they stayed together. I do know that Duncan used many classic abusive tactics to belittle and control including trying to keep her isolated.

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Love this book.

Interesting from beginning to end. Always love a lady that can stand up to her man.

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Captivating

Overall the author did an amazing job! The story line drew me in right from the very beginning. The narrators voice was perfect for the characters. I usually only listen on my way to work but once I started I wanted to listen nonstop until it was over.

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Modern Dsy! When reading description i thought it was 1800.

I totally enjoyed this book. Maddy was so patient with her grumpy, I'm thankful husband.