The Counterfeit Wife by Thea Hartley


Book Description:

A book with a difference. Written in a Gothic style this book spans several genres. It is a Romance/ suspense/ erotica/ thriller and mystery, as well as being a very enthralling read.

Would you marry a man who told you he was different from other men? That he was unable to love?

Mara does just that, when she marries her boss Edmund DeQuentin, a rich, successful businessman due to come into a title.
She accepts his conditions for a marriage of convenience and resolves to make a successful life for them in Syal Manor, his family mansion.
However, Mara doesn’t take into account her own frustrations at a sexless marriage,and finds that she becomes attracted to Natasha, her wedding planner,with whom she shares a passionate friendship.
Mara also realises that Edmund’s past holds many secrets, that the Manor itself is steeped in mystery and that ‘Uncle Henry’ is not what he seems.
Mara and Tasha’s investigations uncover shocking details, including some mysterious deaths, and a secret dungeon devoted to BDSM.
The two women put themselves in mortal danger from a mysterious figure in leather, who appears as more and more deception is uncovered.
Will there be a repeat of a past tragedy? or will lives be saved by a last minute revelation? ……and what about love…..does it exist for any of the characters?

My Thoughts:

I actually won a signed copy of this book in a competition on the authors Facebook page. This is the fifth book I’ve read of Thea’s and it’s very different to the others.

This is a mixture of quite a few genres, romance, erotica, mystery, thriller all rolled into one book.

The storyline itself is very intriguing and makes you want to keep reading to see what mysteries are behind Edward and the manor house. There are a few twists in the story especially towards the end and Mara and Tasha do a great job as amateur sleuths in getting to the bottom of it all.

Overall I did enjoy this book though I don’t know if its due to the mix of so many genres it didn’t appeal to me as much as Thea’s other work.

I have awarded this book 3.5/5 stars.

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