Review: How to Catch A Queen
THE WIFE HE NEEDS - Brenda Jackson
Harlequin Desire
BUY
December 2020
Contemporary Romance
REVIEWER: Brenda Larnell  RATING: A
REVIEW: THE WIFE HE NEEDS is a long-awaited story of the Outlaws, the Alaskan cousins of the famed Westmoreland family. We learned a lot about the Outlaws in Bailey Westmoreland’s book, BREAKING BAILEY’S RULES. In THE WIFE HE NEEDS, we get a close-up look at Bart Outlaw, who is often mistaken for his look-alike cousin, Riley Westmoreland. Bart is the oldest son of Bertram “Bart” Outlaw, and the oldest sibling of Jess, Cash, Sloan, Maverick, and Charm, the only girl. They are very close considering that they each have different mothers. Yeah, I’m sure that’s a story all by itself.

In this story, Bart is interested in meeting a woman whom he considers “wife material” through an exclusive dating agency recommended by his sister, Charm. A “get-to-know-each-other” trip is planned for Bart and the woman who meets his criteria for a wife. However, that meeting never happens, and since it is a planned trip, Bart decides to go through with his getaway plans. Enter Regan Fairchild, the corporate pilot for the Outlaw Freight Lines, the family business, and the woman who is head over heels in love with Bart. Bart’s two-week planned trip to Santa Cruz, Spain will prove to be the heart and soul of this story as Regan is invited to join Bart as his guest on the trip. It is during this time where prolific author, Brenda Jackson, wields her magic romance pen and engages the reader in sizzling sexy scenes, and poignant, revealing insights that occur in a luxurious chateau setting.

While Bart and Regan’s story is alluring, the cornerstone of this book is the fact that Ms Jackson’s followers finally get to discover who the Outlaws really are. Also, if they live up to the business savvy, good-looking, and sexy reputation of their Westmoreland cousins. I’ll let you be the judge when you read Bart’s story. The side characters, specifically the Outlaw siblings, contribute to the  development of the main characters. Speaking of side characters, Josephine Harris, the woman who originally is selected, via the dating agency, to make that trip with Bart, shows up. It results in an “I know she didn’t” moment. The HEA that includes a band of Westmorelands is wonderful! You’ll get that when you read the book.

THE WIFE HE NEEDS is an entertaining and enjoyable story that introduces another branch of the legendary Westmoreland clan. It was worth the wait, and I am looking forward to the next story that highlights another member of the Outlaw family. I recommend THE WIFE HE NEEDS for your reading pleasure

1st December 2020 | romcol@caribsurf.com
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