When Morganna Ashworth's father died, leaving her his debts, Sloan Montgomery realized he could finally achieve his two lifelong ambitions: the acquisition of a socially acceptable wife, and revenge on the Ashworth family!
In return for him paying off the debts, Morganna became Mrs. Sloan Montgomery. But once they were wed, Sloan didn't bargain on falling deeply in love with his trophy wife! Especially considering all the secrets and lies between them....
What do you do when your father has lost everything and you must sell on his death leaving you and your mother with no income, and no place to live? How about if you are a man who wants the better things in life that only a wife in high standing can give you. The answer to this question is to marry into money or position which both Morganna and Sloan do. One wants to make sure her mother is taken care of the other wants a position that only old money can give him. Do not be taken in by his smooth gentle charm he has a secret if it come out might harm his marriage.
Ms. Slade narration was very good she really put the emotion into the story without going overboard. Some of her character voices are close to others but for the most part you have no trouble knowing who is talking and what they are feeling. There were no background noises if any breaks were taken I could not tell. It is a great clean, fun audio that I really enjoyed. Sloan comes off cool, at times cold and easy going. Not much really gets to him. Whereas Morganna tries her best be do the same she isn’t able to pull it off. The narrator has no trouble deploying these qualities to her listeners. There was no repeating of words. It is a very clean, clear audio that is very enjoyable.
The author puts a few twists in that I didn’t see coming. I did work out who was doing it and the why but at times I was a little unsure. I loved the mother she is cool but sees more than anyone things. I really liked this characters she is sneaky. Morganna I have mixed feeling about I liked her and her wit the way she comes back is great. She isn’t a snob but a very caring person. You know almost from the start that she didn’t marry for herself but her mother and that Sloan more or less blackmailed her into it. She didn’t really grab me and pull me in like some of the characters did. Sloan was a little too cool or cold for me. Nothing seems to get to him not even when things happen to his business he doesn’t get excited or loss his tempter. I just don’t know too many people who wouldn’t show some signs of what they are going through even in private. The fire marshal is very surprising he had me going for a little while. I really liked the plot and the characters just some more than others. I do not think the author really gave a good reason why the person did what they did to the business. Where all that hate came from blew my mind.
It was a fun read that does pull you in at times it is funny and other times heartbreaking. Very clean and easy to follow. I really enjoyed the touch of suspense and the danger the author puts into this story.The romance has a nice buildup very smooth and easy. I did enjoy it and plan to listen to more of this author and narrators work.
I requested and received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. I request audios of books I feel I will enjoy but that doesn’t away work out. This is my honest review
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Quick romance with some stops with a bit of drama, jealousy, deception, and mystery. This was the world of the wealthy, privileged, and new comers were not so easily welcomed. When a way was found to step in to this world Sloan Montgomery took it and would pay for the consequences later. Through the many months of marriage keeping up appearances was the norm. For Morganna Ashworth she was feeling trapped and betrayed. She stepped in to this marriage to make sure her mother kept the lifestyle that she had grew accustom to when her father was alive. Things slowly get better but then deception, sabotage, secrets and more makes an appearance.
Narrator: Paula did a good job allowing me to visualize the characters and the situation they were in. The voice over work was clear and distinguishable between sexes. The audio was clean, clear, and easily kept up with the changes in speed.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
His Trophy Wife is a story on a marriage of convenience between Morganna Ashworth and Sloan Montgomery. Through trials and heartaches, Sloan and Morganna try to solve the mystery of who was framing Sloan for the fire at his business while keeping their distance from each other. Yet they both start to develop real feelings for each other. Despite the accusations and potential of jail time for Sloan, they come together to find the real culprit.
His Trophy Wife was a charming well-written story. This author really knows how to create a plot with suspense and romance keep me entertained and keep my interest piqued. The combination of drama, suspense and romance was captivating to where I didn’t want to put the book down. The characters were well developed and engaging. The author did a great job of creating scenes where I felt that I was right there in the story with them. I thought Leigh Michaels did a great job with the ending to the story.
What does Paula Slade bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Paula Slade did a great job with the narration. She had a clear and crisp voice that was easy to follow. The narrator did a good job with the distinct differences for each of the characters. Ms. Slade did well with bringing the story to life.
Any additional comments?
This is the first book that I have read by Leigh Michaels and will certainly not be my last. I recommend His Trophy Wife to anyone that enjoys a light read that will keep you entertained and have you believing that everyone can have their happily ever after.
What made the experience of listening to His Trophy Wife the most enjoyable?
There were times that I wished I were more than a spectator watching the scenes go by. The author was great in creating them so that the reader can feel as if they are included in the world she has created.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Morganna has to be my favorite character. You think she is a compliant wife but then she surprises you. I loved when she gets frustrated with a gentleman that seems to expect (implied) them to do some of his work for him - especially when a mystery is afoot.
Which scene was your favorite?
I don't know that it's one particular scene but my favorite part is when Morganna is creating her miniatures. We hear that people are enamored by what she has done and I find myself wanting to see what makes them so special.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
There came a point when the mystery is solved that you have to get angry at the character that put our two main characters through a lot of pain. But then if it weren't for him, they probably wouldn't realize that they belong together.
Any additional comments?
Ms. Slade does a great job at narrating this story but I found it hard to picture her voice as Morganna. It felt more like my aunt was reading me the story than a beautiful sexy woman. She didn't try to change her voice too much in order to sound like Sloan which was a good thing. Her voice was great for Morganna's mother and would have actually loved to hear more of her. The only downside to the story was that I had a hard time picturing these two as a couple. I had no trouble seeing them as totally opposite from the other but to think of them as a couple was just not happening. This may be one of those stories where I need to use Whispersync. In the end, for me, the audio didn't live up to the blurb. I was expecting more.
I voluntarily reviewed an audio version of this book.
The reader was very good. She didn't over dramatize the voices which I really liked. I like to visualize the characters without the interference of the reader. The story was okay for chic lit. It made for a nice listen.
At first I wondered if I was going to listen to a dark drama like Wuthering Heights. But soon I was invested in the best scenario of drama, mystery & a complicated romance. What I liked about the story was the lack of predictability.
Paula Slade's narration of multiple voices were consistently true for each character. Her transitions were so smooth between narrator & voices that I felt I was listening to a full cast.
The only thing that I'm not sure was needed in the story was the number of thought bubbles before dialogue. it sometimes seemed unnecessary.
The ending was rewarding. All in all, bravo to author, Leigh Michaels and actress, Paula Slade.