The Sicilian’s Forgotten Wife by Caitlin Crews

Posted September 30, 2021 by Marsha in 2021 New Release Challenge, 2021 Reading Challenge, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Harlequin Presents, Owned, Sexual Content, Standalone Single Title / 0 Comments

Revenge is best served cold…
But their passion is red-hot!

Innocent Josselyn Christie agrees to conveniently wed the infamously powerful Cenzo Falcone to please her beloved father.

But she soon realizes her new husband has only one thing on his mind: revenge against her family!

Swept off to his remote Sicilian castle, Josselyn finds Cenzo arrogant, ruthless, and dangerously compelling.

But when an accident causes him to forget everything, the tables are turned. 

This Cenzo wants her as she’s always dreamed, but will he feel the same once he remembers?

This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.

A stand-alone (solo) title.

Title:  The Sicilian’s Forgotten Wife
Series:
Author:  Caitlin Crews
Genre:  Contemporary Romance
Release Date:  August 24, 2021
Rating:  4 stars

The Sicilian’s Forgotten Wife is intense… and made my blood boil.  And not always in a passionate sense.  It has been a long time since I disliked the hero as much as I did Cenzo.  Oh, he’s handsome as sin, rich beyond measure, but he is not, by any means imaginable, a nice guy, more like a despicable guy.  I wish I could say he redeemed himself by the story’s end in my eyes, but only partially if I’m being completely frank.  Josselyn has her hands full with this one, and while the heroine may be able to forgive and move on I’m not so certain that I would be able to do the same.

Josselyn loves her father, it’s been them against the world since her mother’s death.  And she’s known that her old-world father would most likely arrange a marriage for her, much as his father had arranged his own and that resulted in a love match between her parents.  So, while surprised it wasn’t totally unexpected when she was introduced to her future husband.  Cenzo is the son of one of her father’s closest friends (now deceased) and bringing the two families together is her father’s cherished dream for he is certain that Josselyn and Cenzo will find love, as he did… eventually.  Unfortunately, the only emotion going on in Cenzo’s heart is revenge – over something that neither Josselyn nor her father has any idea about.

Cenzo’s arrogance is off the charts.  His planned revenge begins with separating Josselyn from the outside world, even contact with her father as they head to an old, isolated castle on its own island accessible only by boat.  He calmly, thoroughly, and perhaps, cruelly outlines what his plans for his new wife are… and nowhere in his tirade is love ever mentioned.

I’ll admit to a bit of glee when Cenzo’s plans are interrupted by a fall down stone stairs and temporary amnesia as Josselyn turns the tables on Cenzo in a different way than what he had intended for her.  Unfortunately for her, this Cenzo is closer to the man she’d always hoped would be out there in the world for her – and this man, like his need for revenge, is based on a lie.

The Sicilian’s Forgotten Wife is a good story, I’m not taking a bit away from this author’s talent for she is an auto-buy for me and has been for years.  No, the story is well told, intense, and passionate.  I could not get beyond Cenzo’s arrogance and even by the story’s ending when he made certain moves to correct the past I still could only just stand him and it was completely Josselyn that I enjoyed in this story.  So, I need to be content that Josselyn loves her Cenzo… I think a lot (a very lot) more groveling was called for, but that’s me.

I own a Kindle edition of this title.

Available in print or for your favorite e-reader.

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