‘The Trophy Wife’ by Janette Kenny

STORY: Always an outsider, Rafael spent his life looking in on his privileged Wolfe siblings, a boy in the shadows. And so, determined to create the lifestyle and family illegitimacy denied him, Rafael punishingly worked his way to the top. His marriage to beautiful supermodel Leila was the icing on the cake of success!

Now his marriage is crumbling and the vows he took seem in vain. Rafael chased a rainbow—but made his wife feel as though she was never more than a trophy.… Now it will take all of his courage to win his wife back.…

REVIEW: By now you all know my love for Historical Romance and by my admission I don’t read Contemporary novels very often. In order for me to read one, it has to be either highly recommended, from a very well-known author, or offer an intriguing blurb. In the case of ‘The Trophy Wife’ the latter applies, but also the concept of eight authors [of which I’ve read none-soon to be corrected to read ALL] writing a series about eight siblings. Now, that intrigues and I’m looking forward to finding out how the rest of the stories ‘mesh’ with each other.

Let me start the review by telling you that I just loved this story. For many of us ‘normal working stiffs’ who can’t even imagine how ‘the other half’ [you know the one I’m referring to - Angelina Jolie’s and Donald Trump’s of this world] lives and copes with life, this is one sobering and very informative story. Not to mention interesting and entertaining.

Rafael da Souza is a self-made millionaire and a man who adores his wife. The past year has been tough on both as their careers took them away from each other, but after five years of marriage to his soul mate, Rafael is ready to start a family and with that in mind, he can’t wait to discuss the possibility with Leila.

Leila Santiago is very successful model with a life to be envied and a marriage that all can only dream about. She loves her husband very much and she’ll do anything for him and as much as she would love to have his baby and make a happy family with him, just the thought of it scares her to death. Her past actions are slowly catching up to her and she needs to come clean about it to Rafael, but as always time and distance are her enemy. She will need to find the inner strength to bridge the past and face her fears. Only one man can help her do that.  Her loving and devoted husband.

I loved these two characters so much despite of them both letting their careers dictate the early part of their relationship. Every newly married couple will relate to their dilemma and understand that even though they love one another to distraction, they need their individuality as well. Both brought a lot of baggage to the relationship, but neither were willing to ‘burst the bubble’ of the fledgling love, so they kept the most horrible truths to themselves and in the end the time and distance took care of the rest.

Watching them come to terms with their choices and letting go of that last ‘bit’ of themselves was fascinating and heartbreaking. I enjoyed the journey into their past and finding out about their childhood was equally heartbreaking. Ms. Kenny went all out in peeling away layer upon layer of their ‘celebrity’ and once all layers were gone, we were left with a husband and wife who were so much in love, that they knew only trust in each other would bridge their fears of the past.

This is one hundred percent character driven story that is in equal parts sensual and romantic. What impressed me also was that Ms. Kenny kept the characters grounded in their love for each other and no matter the doubts or the distance, never did she give either character even a ‘thought’ of infidelity. Bravo!

‘The Trophy Wife’ is part six of the Notorious Wolfes series, but you don’t have to read the previous five to connect to this one. However, once you’re done with it, you’ll be like me and start tracking down the rest.

For all the information on this series, please visit here. And now ENJOY the Trailer for it…

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3 comments on “‘The Trophy Wife’ by Janette Kenny

  1. I agree, not much for contemporary, unless a bigger author. Sometimes I will just try. Great review. I am the same way, if I find out more to the series, will start tracking down. Go to used bookstores and I bet you will find there. Or Amazon is always a good one. Will have to search the used bookstores for this author and her books. Janette is a new author for me. Thanks bookworm. Your the best.

  2. I love it when a story is so good it makes me go back and find the books that came before it or others the author has written! I might have to check out these characters. =)

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