This marriage was supposed to be another business deal. My latest investment, a means to an end… I need an heir. Which means I want her belly swollen with my child before the year is out.
She was supposed to be my perfect little bride. Quiet. Uncomplicated. Unemotional.
I didn’t foresee the stunning firecracker who tumbled into my life and woke things in me I thought were long dead. I didn’t count on her turning my world upside down.
And I definitely didn’t plan on falling for this beauty.
This marriage was supposed to be my sacrifice. A way to save my father, a means to an end… I need to remain childless. So I can exit the contract at the end of the year.
He was supposed to be a boring old man. Distant. Uncomplicated. Passionless.
I didn’t foresee the rude, arrogant and beautiful brute who made my body react like fire and smoke. I didn’t count on there being more underneath his gruff exterior.
And I’m definitely not supposed to fall in love with the beast.
This is a NEW story using old characters from the unpublished novel, Girl Wife Prisoner. This version has no Keir, no cheating and a Happily Ever After. Although this book is part of a series, it is a standalone novel.
Once again, Sienna Blake delivers an enthralling, demanding love story with Mr. Blackwell’s Bride. I found myself utterly wrapped-up in Drake and Noriko’s story from the second I opened the book until I read the final word. I never knew how much I loved arranged marriage books, but after reading this one and a handful of others over the last several months, I’m finding them to be a favorite literary theme.
Mr. Blackwell’s Bride is the second book in Sienna Blake’s Good Wife series. It is a complete stand-alone, with the exception of one essential but minor character, there is no crossover to the previous title in the series. These books are all predicated on the idea of mail order brides and the potential fallout of such an arrangement. They’re well done and fascinating.
I found Drake’s past to be fascinating, compelling. The inclusion of the story of his parents and their relationship served as such a cogent explanation of Drake’s behaviors when trying to love and protect Noriko. The very core of his being was so broken, neglected as it had been for his entire life, he truly had no understanding of what love meant or how to express it. His poor, broken heart and soul called to me, much as they appealed to Noriko. It was easy to see how she fell for him, as he just needed someone to know him, to love him, to accept him for who he was and not what he had.
I loved the mirroring Sienna Blake used in Mr. Blackwell’s Bride, in relation to Drake and Noriko’s relationship and his parents’. The comparison of Pierson Blackwell’s inattention and obsessive love for his wife and Drake Blackwell’s overwhelming need to protect and prove his love to his wife was well done. Both men, while taking different tacks to do it, succeeding at taking the love they were trying to show and pervert it into something beastly. It was how they dealt with the fallout of those actions that demonstrated just how starkly different Drake was from his father.
I have a few wishes for Mr. Blackwell’s Bride. The first is that there be more of an explanation as to why Drake decided to buy a wife. There is a little bit there, but I don’t feel like the few small details leading up to his decision felt like enough to explain his motivations. The second was a scene that seemed to be leading to an interesting storyline but then never followed up. Noriko goes into Drake’s suite and finds a locked door; the scene added nothing else to the book, and the locked door is never mentioned again. There is some information as to the room being his study, but the scene made it feel like this room was as much of a conundrum for Noriko as the west wing, so I’d have liked to have seen her find out about it.
Sienna Blake consistently writes books that fall right into my wheelhouse. They’re dark and heavy, have powerful statements to make about love and relationships, and they’re well-written. Every book I’ve of hers I’ve read has drawn me in from the first page and taken me on journeys both difficult and engaging. I love her character development and how she makes each of them multi-faceted and unique. I’ve especially found this Good Wife series intriguing and hope to see more stories in this world.
Sienna Blake is a storyteller & ink slinger, word spinner of love stories with grit, and alter ego of a USA Today Bestselling Author.
She loves all things that make her heart race — roller coasters, thrillers and rowdy unrestrained sex. She likes to explore the darker side of human nature in her writing.
If she told you who she really was, she’d have to kill you. Because of her passion for crime and forensics, she’d totally get away with your murder.
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