In Want of a Wife (Book 1)
In Want of a Wife (Book 1)
In Want of a Wife (Book 1)
In Want of a Wife (Book 1)
In Want of a Wife (Book 1)
In Want of a Wife (Book 1)
In Want of a Wife (Book 1)
In Want of a Wife (Book 1)
In Want of a Wife (Book 1)

In Want of a Wife (Book 1)

The Society of Scandalous Brides Series
REBECCA PAULA
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Dive into the captivating world of Lily and Lieutenant Rafe Davies in this romantic tale! Lily, a jilted bride determined to rewrite her story, answers a mysterious ad, leading her to the weary yet charming Rafe. 

🔥 Bluestocking

💜 Military hero

🔥 Steamy roadtrip romance

💜 Jilted bride

🔥 Reformed rake

💜 One bed

In the enchanting tale of Lily Abrams and Lieutenant Rafe Davies, love takes an unexpected twist. Lily, twice jilted at the altar, decides to rewrite her story by answering a clandestine newspaper ad from a man seeking a wife. Little does she know, this leap of faith will lead her to Lieutenant Rafe Davies, a weary Royal Navy officer yearning for change.

Rafe, summoned by his newly appointed Earl of Devlin brother to restore the family estate on the Isle of Wight, finds himself unwittingly entangled in a humorous plot. As a lighthearted prank, the Earl places an outlandish advertisement seeking a wife for Rafe. However, the laughter turns to surprise when Rafe is dispatched to escort his brother's bride-to-be from Cumbria.

Amidst the scenic landscapes and unforeseen romantic escapades, Rafe and Lily discover that love has a way of defying expectations. Join them on a journey where a jest transforms into a heartfelt connection, proving that sometimes, the most delightful surprises happen when love becomes the punchline.

Get ready for unexpected twists, humor, and a heartfelt journey. Will love conquer all? Find out in this enchanting novel!

Lily didn’t have her reticule any longer, but she had sewn some money into the seams of her travel dress. “I have a plan.”

“Don’t you always?”

For a moment, she swore she saw pride in his eyes.

“I am very fond of plans.”

“I am very fond of you, Lily Abrams.”

She smiled, her heart fluttering in her chest. “You were just roughed up by two highwaymen, and still, you are
charming.”

“It’s the burden of being a rake.”

She rolled her eyes. “You are no rake, Rafe Davies. But you are bleeding, so let’s hope there is a village down this road. I need to find you a doctor.”

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What readers say...

★★★★★

From beginning to end this story had me laughing, giggling and sighing from page to page. The first of a new series, this has all the earmarks of being best in class. Enough sizzle and joy to fill your day and leave you smiling.

Joan Rafferty
★★★★★

I had never read anything from Rebecca Paul in the past, but I certainly plan to in the future. If all of her books are written as well as this one, she’ll be on my list of favorite authors.

This is one of those books I couldn’t put down because it was so enjoyable to read. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen, and yet, I didn’t want it to end. I found the characters engaging, multi-dimensional, relatable, and utterly spellbinding.

The Marginatrix
★★★★★

My fellow readers, I could read light heart comedy romances like this all day. The writer hit the high points of the story that made the book more compelling to read. I look forward to more writing from this writer. I give this story two snaps and a twist.

Rainelle Barrett

ABOUT Rebecca

USA Today bestselling author Rebecca Paula writes steamy, emotional historical romances featuring strong heroines and brooding heroes with a penchant for talking dirty. Her stories are full of witty banter, scorching chemistry, and wouldn’t be complete without a touch of angst. 

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Rainelle Barrett
Historical Romance

In Want of a Wife, by Rebecca Paula. My fellow readers, I could read light heart comedy romances like this all day. The two main characters, Lily and Rafe, their characters explodes in the book with their constant bickering over frivolous issues. The strong pulse that vibrates between them draws out their need to know one another even more brings good excitement to the story. Kate and Rafe’s romance was smoldering hot.
I love the chase, the hunt and the capture with these two characters. My entertainment was the travel across country with Kate Lily Rafe and Charlotte. Their where moments that it was a bit funny. Rake’s character, when any other time he would be pleased to be secluded with three beautiful women. Being closed in tight quarters with three independent women, in this instance, Rafe wanted to jump out the carriage window.
The writing is fantastic. Regarding Charlotte and her husband the Duke, I think there is something more to her story. I hope that the writer will have a story for these two. Kate is an great friend. She certainly gives Lily a kick in the butt when she needs it.
The writer hit the high points of the story that made the book more compelling to read. I look forward to more writing from this writer. I give this story two snaps and a twist. Until next time my fellow readers. Read on! I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Asra Syed
Wonderful start to a new series!

This is my first time reading something by this author and I really enjoyed it. Rafe is back home, on leave from the Navy. When his brother inherits an earldom, he helps him restore the family estate. Annoyed with his brother, Rafe decides to place an ad for a wife on behalf of his brother Henry. Lily has been left at the alter twice, and her family blames her. She decides that she needs to take charge of her life. Desperate to leave her home behind, she answers an ad for a wife. When letters from the bride to be start arriving, Henry makes Rafe take care of them, and thus Rafe and Lily begin their correspondence. Lily ultimately agrees to marry Henry and Rafe arrives to escort Lily to Henry. Although she is meant for Henry, Rafe cannot help but feel a pull towards her. But he doesn't feel he deserves her.
I enjoyed seeing both Lily and Rafe grow and discover themselves throughout their journey. The relationship between them is complicated, but sweet, giving us a satisfying conclusion. A captivating and engaging story and a great start to the series. I'm looking forward to continuing the series!
I received a complimentary copy from Wolf Publishing and am voluntarily leaving my review.

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Sahar Husseini
The Bluestocking and the Lieutenant

Left twice at the altar, Lily decides to take charge of her life. She responds to an advert for a wife, leaving her miserable home behind. Little does she know that love, deception, and adventure will get in the way of a smooth journey. She has no idea how Lieutenant Rafe Davies will turn her world on its ear.

Rafe was the one who corresponded with Lily. Could this deceptive rake be redeemed? Neither he nor Lily expected to fall in love. The two did not just have feelings; they acted on them. What would happen when they reached the end of their journey? She was supposed to marry his brother, but she was in love with the lieutenant. You might want to read this entertaining historical romantic adventure to find the answer. I enjoyed this story and would recommend it. I look forward to what this author writes next.

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The Marginatrix
A truly strong female MC

Thanks to Wolf Publishing for sharing an ARC of this book. I had never read anything from Rebecca Paul in the past, but I certainly plan to in the future. Thank you for introducing her to me! If all of her books are written as well as this one, she’ll be on my list of favorite authors. This is one of those books I couldn’t put down because it was so enjoyable to read. I couldn’t wait to find out what would happen, and yet, I didn’t want it to end. I found the characters engaging, multi-dimensional, relatable, and utterly spellbinding.

Lily has been jilted twice and her family blames her and calls her a disgrace. Because apparently, when men are jerks it’s always the woman’s fault. Since her father arranged both marriages, she decides to take matters into her own hands, so she answers an ad for “a wife.” Her two closest friends, Charlotte and Kate, try to dissuade her, but she refuses to listen. I love that Kate and her friends are all independent, opinionated, and bold women.

Meanwhile, we are introduced to Rafe, currently living with his brother Henry, who has recently inherited an earldom and a property on the Isle of Wight. Rafe is unhappy to be there and has some rather biting observations about the place, but he’s basically pretty happy-go-lucky so he never intends harm. Rafe is annoyed with Henry, as is often the case, so he places the ad in the paper, hoping that by marrying off Henry, his brother will stop harping on his failings. When his brother starts receiving letters, he immediately knows Rafe is to blame.

Although Henry tells Rafe to clean up the mess he created by writing back to each of the ladies and telling them there had been a mistake, there’s something about Lily’s letter that prompts him to write back to get to know her. After a short correspondence, she agrees to marry Henry (who she believes is writing the letters). Rafe shows up to accompany her back to his brother Henry. Charlotte and Kate insist on accompanying them to make sure Lily doesn’t get hurt, but unforeseen circumstances force them to turn back.

It’s fairly obvious that Rafe chose to get Lily because he wants her, but he’s unwilling to admit that to her or to himself. But everything along their journey to get from point A to point B serves to emphasize what a perfect match the two of them would be, if only he would pull his head out of his @$$. When they stop at his mother’s place to pick up his grandmother’s ring, everyone assumes Lily is his wife. When she finds out what Rafe has in mind, she discourages him because she can see he loves her. Unfortunately, Rafe still blames himself for what happened in the opening scene and doesn’t believe he deserves Lily.

Rafe tries valiantly to annihilate the feelings he is developing for Lily, denying them at every turn. When he hears her doing something that shows she cares for him, “...something about that made his heart do some funny trick that he thought wasn’t funny at all.”

When Rafe inevitably breaks Lily’s heart (and his own), Charlotte tells her, “Men are rarely ever worth the trouble of hiding away. We have lives of our own, and if they wish to be careless with our hearts, it is their loss, not our burden to bear. They will never understand how strong women truly are.” There’s something unexplained about Charlotte’s relationship with her husband, the Duke of Dandridge. All we know is that they are more or less estranged, so it seems clear she is making this statement because of her own relationship.

Naturally, there’s a happy ending, which is especially satisfying because Lily finds her own happiness without Rafe, so when they end up together, she does so from a place of having found her own security. But while Lily finally embraces who she is and allows herself to shine and just be, it’s Rafe who really goes through a transformation. He has the most growing to do because he is filled with regret and guilt over something he did so many years ago that everyone involved forgave him long ago. The love between Lily and Rafe is sweet and pure (not to be confused with clean, which this novel is not). There’s just something so refreshing and endearing about them. There’s almost a childlike wonder they have found one another and they behave with such joy when they’re together.

I loved this story so much, there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to start another (although I will). I want to luxuriate in the feelings Ms. Paul evoked in me. This story made me very happy. I highly recommend it.

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Bec
Simply stunning

This book was simply stunning. It was a joy to read. I am sooooo looking forward to the next in the series. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.


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