Requested Review: ONCE A FERRARA WIFE by Sarah Morgan

Laurel Ferrara wouldn’t know a happy ending if she fell over it—of course her whirlwind wedding was always going to end in disaster. But it wasn’t as simple as just walking away. From the moment she is summoned back to Sicily, the shivers of unease set in…

The command comes from legendary billionaire Cristiano Ferrara, the husband she can’t forget—but it might as well have come from the devil himself. The outrageously gorgeous Cristiano’s power is a potent reminder of this Sicilian dynasty’s unbreakable rule: once a Ferrara wife, always a Ferrara wife…

Author: Sarah Morgan
Series: Ferrara Family, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Books – imprint: Presents
Year of release: 2012, January 24
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Source: Received a copy from author for review

First line: “Ladies and gentleman welcome to Sicily. Please keep your seat belts fastened until the aircraft has come to a standstill”

Memorable Scenes:
– the scenes right before and after Laurel’s asthma attack > crucial stuff there and that kiss…wow!
– the scene at the airport > I read this part on the train to work and had to hide my tears from my fellow commuters

Laurel Hampton Ferrara is a woman who is emotionally so guarded that when she does let her guard down and is hurt, she retreats completely and leaves her husband. She goes back to Sicily for the wedding of her best friend and soon to be ex sister-in-law knowing she’ll have to face the husband she left 2 years ago because she felt he betrayed her.

Cristiano Domenico Ferrara is volatile, expressive intense and hot-tempered.
He feels Laurel made a fool of him and humiliated him by leaving. He is not used to losing or hearing no and a wife who walks out on him and their marriage just will not do. Especially not if it’s the only woman he ever gave his heart to.

I liked Laurel as the heroine of this book a lot. She’s not easily swayed and stands her ground against the fierce attraction and temptation Cristiano is to her. I loved that Laurel stood her ground with him despite the combustible chemistry that still sparks between them. But at some point I also started to feel sorry for Cristiano as I realized he really did not think what he’d done was so unforgivable and his hurt and feelings for Laurel were so clear but she just didn’t want to see it. And then Cristiano would go and say things that would make me cringe and go: oh no, she’s gonna fry your behind for this…

It had been a while since I’d read a troubled marriage themed romance and reading this one reminded me again how much I like this trope. The development from resentment, anger, disappointment and pure sexual attraction to renewed trust and the rekindling of their love was excellently done! There were moments, especially at the beginning of the book when I truly thought this was never going to end in a HEA. There was so much to work out, but Sarah Morgan did an awesome job there without ever giving me the feeling anything was rushed or brushed over.

ONCE A FERRARA WIFE… is another awesome read from Sarah Morgan. This is the 4th book by her that I’ve read and though each book has the same basic elements she manages to give me unique couples with their unique story and issues. She also manages to make her characters refreshing and easy to relate to, despite their issues.

I must thank Sarah Morgan once again for giving me a Harlequin Presents that is exemplary to the awesomeness of this line. If you ever want to try out a Harlequin category romance, a Presents in particular, I dare say that you cannot go wrong if you pick up one by Sarah Morgan.

Favorite Quotes:
No one kissed like Cristiano. He had an innate understanding of what a woman needed and his repertoire ranged from hot and out of control to slow and sensuous. He’d introduced her to a whole world she’d never known about.

He was six foot two of furiously angry Sicilian male, ready to fight until victory was his.


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