The Wife School by Samantha Winston
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing Inc.
Rating: 4 cherries
Arnold Souche has everything under control. He made a mistake with his first wife, but his second wife will be perfect. So that she doesn’t get any wild ideas, he sends her to an all-girls school in Switzerland to be raised by nuns, and gives her in the dowdiest clothes possible. Amelia is content to go along with Arnold, until the day Ben arrives in her life and suddenly she realizes that nothing can replace passion and love. But if she leaves Arnold, she’ll owe him a quarter of a million dollars, and suddenly true love is looking like something she’ll never attain.
Losing everything you own isn’t so bad when you find more than you’d hoped for in love. When a sharp-minded, bankrupted businessman, and a not-so-prim affianced woman meet, she thinks he’s gay and he lets her in order to seek revenge against her betrothed. It’s a classic star crossed-lovers tale where the couple loses their hearts and hopes of being together when all odds are against them.
The heroine, Amelia, is a contrast between innocence and sultry sexuality as she attempts to use her wiles on men and finds she isn’t very good at it. One minute she’s submissive, the next ready to take on the world of business and career. When she meets the hero, she doesn’t worry about barriers but sets out to get what she wants. The only downside to her in the beginning is giving in to a relationship only because she’s afraid of not having money and someone to care for her.
The hero in this story, Ben, acts as though he’d do anything for revenge, yet when he believes that Amelia will be hurt by his actions, he redeems himself and does his best to help her get what she wants while planning on keeping her for himself. He’s a good man and it shows in his care of her.
As the villain, Amelia’s guardian and fiancé tries to keep her under his thumb until she begins to blossom in a ‘My Fair Lady’ way under Ben’s tutelage. From the start this man is unlikeable and one only hopes he doesn’t succeed, though it seems he holds all the cards.
The Wife School makes you believe that you’ve time-warped back to old England then fast-forwarded once again to the Millennium where Amelia and Ben find true love while Souche gets his just desserts. The heroine was a contradiction between innocence and an experienced woman who, though she had a strong sense of honor about marrying Souche because of the contract, had no concerns about sleeping with his enemy.
All in all, the story was a pleasant read, well-written, and easy and quick to read.
Reviewed by Ambrosia
The Wife School by Samantha Winston
The light humor and colorful characters started to draw me into their lives very quickly.
Benjamin Ferrier’s life is shattered when a corporate shark ruins his father’s life long business and his inheritance. He becomes Ben Dover, a completely new person set out to take back what was his. He gets employed by the company that should have belonged to him but no longer is.
Under a new identity complete with bright blue hair and a less masculine personality, Ben decides to not only ruin Arthur Souche’s business but his personal life as well. Ben is now Mr. Souche’s fiancé’s personal assistant.
A beautiful woman hidden behind a dowdy exterior, Amelia is engaged to marry Mr. Souche who has personally seen to her education complete with a finishing school in Switzerland. It seems Mr. Souche has taken Amelia and made her into the wife he’s always wanted. Or has he? Amelia has her own raw needs and is looking towards Ben to fulfill them.
Ben begins to have erotic and lush fantasies about the oh so proper Amelia except in his fantasies she is far from proper and much more sexy.
Fetishes emerge no matter how hard Ben tries to suppress them. Meanwhile Amelia’s trying very hard to be the perfect public relations manager she can be but her fiancé is secretly trying to ruin her career so that she’ll be his ideal stay at home wife and be available to his every whim.
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THE WIFE SCHOOL
by Samantha Winston
Ben’s inheritance was stolen from him by his father’s business partner and friend. The family company is finished. The best thing for Ben to do now is to start working on building his finances up again. But Ben has a bone to pick with the man who ruined his family. The need for revenge is strong. What better way to pay back Arnold Souche than to take away his financial security? Ben cannot use his real name because Arnold will recognize it. So, he changes his name and his persona. For the time being he is Ben Dover. Ben Dover with wild blue hair and a flashy persona.
Ben is hired as assistant to Souche’s protege. The protege who is also Souche’s fiancée. At first glance, Ben thinks Amelia is a prude. By the end of the day it is obvious to him that Amelia Lawn is being set up for something. The woman was taken straight from finishing school to being in charge of public relations. She is being primed to be the ’perfect’ wife. Ben sees a new title for himself: Fairy godmother to her Cinderella.
Amelia Lawn wants to succeed in her job and she wants to be the best wife possible for Arnold. What she doesn’t want is to be the little wife who stays at home and never utters a contrary word to the man of the house. Admittedly, Amelia was swept off her feet when Arnold wooed her, but now she feels like he wants to set her up on a shelf to be admired from afar. She prefers to be taken to bed and admired up close. But Arnold offers nothing but chaste kisses.
Amelia doesn’t love Arnold, but she agreed to marry him and so she shall. He need never know her fantasies are of a blue haired gay man.
In The Wife School by Samantha Winston, the heroine Amelia, was groomed from a young age to become the bride of the wealthy Arnold Souche. She faithfully submitted to Arnold’s wishes until Ben entered her life. Ben awakened a desire for more and with his help Amelia’s world changed forever.
This hilarious retelling of the Moilère play is filled with misunderstandings, white lies, and steamy sex. I’m sure the playwright would have loved it as will the reader.
Keep in mind this is not a romance novel or you will be disappointed. With that in mind you will have no choice but to enjoy this fun read.
Reviewed in January 2010 by Rho The Romance Reviews