Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Trophy Wife - Janette Kenny (Bad Blood / The Nortorious Wolfes)

To say this couple both had issues is putting it mildly.  Rafael da Souza was the illegitimate son of the famous Wolfe family.  A man who came up in the technical world and was a millionaire several times over. Leila Santiago was a top fashion model.who knew what it was like to be raised in the slums of Rio.  This couple fell in love and married.  However, they put their careers before their marriage and trust me, they were going to pay for it.  Now Rafael was ready to start the family he had longed for but Leila was not ready to give up her modeling career nor her charity for young women with eating disorders.  She herself had suffered the disorder and her charity was so important to her and she didn't want to use her husband's money to finance the charity.

Talk about as dysfunctional marriage.  They so loved each other but didn't know how to function in their marriage.  They only saw each other a couple of times during the year.  Their marriage was a very passionate one but what Rafael didn't know was that Leila had suffered a miscarriage months earlier.  She was so afraid to become pregnant but Rafael was determined to have her quit her career and move to his lovely ranch and raise his family.  He had been denied his father who denied him his heritage.  However, thanks to his oldest brother Jacob, he had gotten to know his siblings when Jacob has snuck him into the family mansion.  He had issues of being raised alone and lonely as his mother worked two jobs.  He longed for the warmth and security that other children had and wanted it for his own children.  However, Leila had issues about becoming pregnant.  She also had issues with an overbearing mother who never worked a day in her life and felt deeply the loss of her father and brother.

After months of not being together, they finally had time together when they attended a film festival in France.  However, Leila's modeling took priority over spending time with her husband.  Photo shoots were her priority.  They had been married five years but hardly spent time together because their careers were priority for both of them.  Honestly, I could imagine how a marriage could survive this sort of arrangement.

To say this love story was tense, doesn't even begin to describe their marriage and I wondered how it would survive.  It was a battle of wills and emotional suffering.  Not to mention how their childhoods had shaped each of their and the emotions and battles they would need to face.  I have loved this series, The Notorious Wolfe's and The Trophy Wife has probably been the most emotional of them all to read.  Be prepared to feel their pain and emotions but you'll definitely be glad you took the journey with both Rafael and Leila.


Always an outsider, Rafael spent his life looking in on his privileged Wolfe siblings, a boy in the shadows. And so, determined to create the lifestyle and family illegitimacy denied him, Rafael punishingly worked his way to the top. His marriage to beautiful supermodel Leila was the icing on the cake of success!

Now his marriage is crumbling and the vows he took seem in vain. Rafael chased a rainbow—but made his wife feel as though she was never more than a trophy.… Now it will take all of his courage to win his wife back.…

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