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From New York Times Best seller Alessandra Torre...

Everyone in Nashville knows Nathan Dumont.

Four years ago, his fiancée disappeared.

Last night, he proposed to me.

I'd wanted to escape my life, the seedy strip club, and the mountain of bills. I had seized the opportunity to live in a mansion, fill my days with country clubs and caviar, my nights with romance and sex.

Maybe I should have done my homework first.

©2017 Select Publishing LLC (P)2017 Select Publishing LLC

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Outstanding Story & Performance

Trophy Wife is an excellent story from Alessandra Torre with all of it's twist and turns it keeps you interested. Will M. Watt and Aria Collins performance are top notch!

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4 Wife by Design Stars


I gave this audiobook a B for the story and narration at AudioGals.

Narrated by Will M. Watt and Aria Collins

I have been a fan of Alessandra Torre’s edgy, dark and twisted romances for some time now, though I hadn’t had a chance to try her earliest works yet. So when I saw that her debut series, The Dumont Diaries, which had originally been released in 5 serial novellas, was being expanded and repackaged into a stand-alone book that would also be available in audio format, I knew I had to listen to it.

I must admit that while the story definitely held my attention, and contained its fair share of twists and turns, it wasn’t as dark or as edgy and twisted as what I had originally expected given my prior experience with some of Alessandra Torre’s works (note that Ms. Torre has also written other plain vanilla romances, like Hollywood Dirt , so not all her works are of this subgenre). That said, the heat factor on Trophy Wife , for those that enjoy arrogant, alpha-hole styled heroes, is off the charts. Additionally, there is a thread of a romance triangle that will keep you initially guessing what direction the story will take, never mind a suspense angle to the plot that kept me intrigued (though the resolution was ultimately much tamer than what my wild imaginings had initially conjured up along the way, given the mind trickery that I have come to expect from Ms. Torre).

Candy has definitely hit a hard stretch in life. Originally aspiring to be an interior designer, she presently works as a stripper to make ends meet. Unfortunately those ends don’t even include her father who has come down with a mysterious illness and who is not getting the health care he needs.

Then everything seems to change when Nathan Dumont and his bodyguard Drew walk into her strip club. The next thing she knows she’s being whisked away to a whole new life and being promised good care for her father. All she needs to do is pretend to be utterly in love with Nathan, marry him, and become his “wife” Candace Dumont. In public, he plays the devoted husband, but in private he subjects her to complete disregard, except when she is servicing his body (which many times he humiliates her by forcing her to do it in public).

Fortunately, she derives great satisfaction from her personal interactions with Nathan, even if she is left completely bereft of understanding why he treats her at all other times so coldly. She tries to derive answers from Drew, his bodyguard (though she can’t understand why Nathan needs a live-in bodyguard who seems to be constantly watching her). Notwithstanding her attempt to charm and befriend Drew, however, she is left equally clueless as to why Nathan picked her out of all the possibly girls who surely could have filled this role

Why did Nathan pick Candy, and what does he really want from her? Moreover, under such suspicious circumstances could there ever be a HEA?

See the full review at AudioGals.

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Alessandra is a master at combining mystery with a love story.

I couldn't figure this one out until the secret was revealed and it did not disappoint. I love the mystery and I like how it didn't get dragged out too long. The story progressed at a nice pace. If you like mystery and a love story with a side of steamy hot, mixed in one story- you won't be disappointed with this one.

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Surprisingly Good book!

I am surprised at how I loved this book by the end of it! Listening through the obstacles that I really would not enjoy in a book to discover that not everything is white and black but beyond mistakes in life there can be happiness going from forgiving those mistakes even if they are unethical mistakes. This book hit close to real life for me and as hard as it was to listen, I enjoyed how it unfolded! Recommended book!

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Good story but....

There was a dropped plotline that dropped my rating. I cant believe that the author & editors missed it. it changed the story. otherwise it was interesting, if not very original. Narration was good, not exceptional. Worth a "free" read with the romance package, but I would have been unhappy if I spent a precious credit on it.

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  • ma
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  • 07-29-18

Horrible story!!!

I love Will M. Watt that’s why I chose to listen to this audible. But even Will couldn’t save the story. Candace was just dumb. There was no reason for her to fall in love with Nathan. He was horrible to her. I read some reviews that imply she doesn’t apologize for her womanhood, so “you go girl”. That is a lie, she is pathetic. This woman is not strong, she is a pathetic whore. She is not an example of a strong woman she is the example of an ex stripper that is just dumb, weak and thinks giving blowjobs is the answer for her bad decisions in life. The story just doesn’t make sense how can someone be so pathetic.

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definitely hard to put down

This book is a true reflection on the author's ability to put together a very well-written and thoroughly thought out story. There was romance, suspense, a little espionage, heartache and even some dry humor in all the right places.

Will Watt is a very versatile narrator and a can't sing his praises enough. Aria Collins did an amazing job bringing the heroine to life.

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Strange, Dirty Page Turner

Trophy wife starts off feeling much like Pretty Woman. As the story progresses it turns to Pretty Woman meets Fifty Shades and then it evolves into something completely crazy and different. This is the strangest romance I have ever read, if you could really call it a “Romance”. Candy is smart and strong at times, and weak and pathetic equally as much.

Nathan is an A-hole for most of the book and Drew is equal parts A-hole and sweet. Despite this lot of not very likeable characters, this book is difficult to put down. You really don’t know how the story will end until the final pages and makes Trophy Wife a worth while read.

I was a bit surprised to find that unlike the other two A. Torres books I have read, Trophy Wife is quite racy, so be prepared for a whole lot of dirty.

The narrators individually were great but I think they recorded them at separate times and put the dialogue together after the fact. As a result the timing of the back and forth conversation is often funny and one voice has more echo than the other. 5 stars for the narrators, 3 stars for the director, editor or whoever was responsible for putting the two voices together.

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Great narration failed to connect with characters

I will start by saying that the narration by Aria & Will is perfection. it felt they really carried the emotional content of the story and it felt very engaging. That being said my particular disconnect with the story is more character based. I have read other books with this type of trope (marriage of convenience) but this particular one just felt like the characters had very little redeeming qualities so it made my connection to them a bit difficult. This is my second audio from this author and i think this might be a thing with her writing. The storyline is good but I just seem to be at a disconnect with the characters.

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Lots of sizzle...

I'm hovering at a 3-3.5 for this and perhaps it's because my expectations were not in the right place?

This is my second Alessandra Torre book (Love in Lingerie was my first) and while I enjoyed it, something was missing - I think I may need more time to process my thoughts so that I can properly articulate them.

Maybe the mild ambivalence (and slight disdain) I feel are due to the Audible version (I flipped back and forth between listening and reading) - while I enjoyed the "in duet" style of narration, and the female voice actress did a fine job, the mishmash of accents (and inconsistencies of them) from the male voice actor left something to be desired. I couldn't figure out if the male characters were southern or Irish. It was also a bit jarring to go from first person pov for Candy/Candace to 3rd person for Nathan. It just threw me a bit.

Other than that it was an entertaining story - full of exponentially more sexy times than Love in Lingerie (which was more of a slow burn) and showcased Alessandra Torre's talent as a writer. I just wasn't able to emotionally connect to the characters or story as much as I would've liked. And I also feel like there were a few loose ends that just were not adequately addressed. Oh well. 3.25 out 5 wine glasses?

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  • Amanda Drummond
  • 05-08-18

Great book, not the best audio

Excellent story and the narrators themselves were great but the audio quality is terrible, there is a lot of background noise and can even hear talking in the background multiple times throughout the audio. Disappointing.