The Loving Wife by Viola Russell

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The Loving Wife by Viola Russell
Publisher: Red Rose Publishing
Genre: Suspense/Mystery, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (26 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Gerry, a successful doctor, thinks he has met the perfect woman in the younger Lily, but something in her demeanor and sexual proclivities is unsettling. However, Gerry is blinded by love and ignores the stirrings in his brain.

Is there such a thing as a perfect spouse? Gerry thinks so, and he’s pretty sure he’s one of them.

As a retired cardiac surgeon Gerry is used to rushing in to save the day, but the brash behavior that’s tolerated in the operating room doesn’t always translate well to civilian life. Gerry isn’t someone I’d ever want to befriend (or marry!) in real life, but his brusque approach to socializing with people he doesn’t know very well made me eager to read more about him. He’s not necessarily a nice guy, but his ability to cut to the heart of the matter propels the plot forward on more than on occasion.

So much time was spent developing Gerry’s backstory and personality that it was difficult for me to figure out Lily’s character at times. Because this story is written from Gerry’s point of view it wasn’t always easy to differentiate between his opinion of her and her genuine personality. The few glimpses I had of her were tantalizing, and I wish more time had been spent on dialogue between these two characters so that it would have been easier to determine if Gerry’s opinions match what his wife would say.

The mystery itself was tightly woven and a challenge to unravel. Ms. Russell packs quite a few plot twists into this tale, some of which were completely unexpected to this reader. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

The Loving Wife is a spellbinding mystery about all of the unspoken moments that accompany marriage and other long term commitments.

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