The Substitute Wife

(34 customer reviews)

Her best friend was gone, and Andi Maurer was at a loss, but no more so than her best friend’s husband, Rory McClean.

Andi had promised Liz that she’d keep an eye out for Rory, just in case he decided to do something completely stupid, which she doubted, but if he did on her watch, she would never be able to forgive herself.

So when a blizzard was predicted on the anniversary of her death and she found out that he was headed up to their very remote cabin, she followed him there.

Naturally.

Just to make sure that he was okay.

She kept telling herself.

Not so that she could see him again, because watching him had become a bit of a pass time for her. Not because he made her feel things she knew she shouldn’t.

But because she knew that was what she should do, to fulfill her vow to her friend.

Riiiiggghhhhttt.

All Rory wanted was some time to mourn his wife by himself, in the cabin that they had made their own.

He hadn’t counted on a half-frozen visitor he ended up having to rescue, then take care of, instead of spending this time more than half in the bag and blissfully unthinking.

One who disturbed him more than he wanted to admit.

And more than, as it turned out, he could control . . .

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34 reviews for The Substitute Wife

  1. Redrabbitt

    I enjoyed this emotional story of friendship, a loving marriage, and those left behind coping after the death of Liz. Even in death, Liz was paving the way for her husband Rory and her best friend, Andi, to move forward and find happiness. The plot kept me captivated, and this heartwarming story takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster ride of happiness, sadness and in grief, learning that friendships can grow. The dialog was raw, open and honest. Never during the life of Liz did Andi cross a line, and even in death, she doesn’t want to do that. Rory loved Liz with his whole heart, and his world shattered with her death, his one point of center afterwards is Liz’s best friend, Andi. Even in death, Liz pulls the two people she loved the most together.

  2. Redrabbitt

    I enjoyed this emotional story of friendship, a loving marriage, and those left behind coping after the death of Liz. Even in death, Liz was paving the way for her husband Rory and her best friend, Andi, to move forward and find happiness. The plot kept me captivated, and this heartwarming story takes the reader on an emotional roller-coaster ride of happiness, sadness and in grief, learning that friendships can grow. The dialog was raw, open and honest. Never during the life of Liz did Andi cross a line, and even in death, she doesn??t want to do that. Rory loved Liz with his whole heart, and his world shattered with her death, his one point of center afterwards is Liz??s best friend, Andi. Even in death, Liz pulls the two people she loved the most together.

  3. AGS

    What an absolutely moving story! I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a story that is about a wonderful and caring friendship that becomes more after the death of an adored love one. It had me crying, smiling and thoroughly entertained throughout the story as I fell in love with Andi, Rory and Liz. What a great group of characters that show many examples of what pure love should be!

  4. AGS

    What an absolutely moving story! I would recommend this book to anyone that is looking for a story that is about a wonderful and caring friendship that becomes more after the death of an adored love one. It had me crying, smiling and thoroughly entertained throughout the story as I fell in love with Andi, Rory and Liz. What a great group of characters that show many examples of what pure love should be!

  5. Laurel Loughman

    This was a beautiful heartfelt story. I don\’t think surviving the death of a beloved spouse could ever be easy. Finding love the first time is hard enough. To be able to find it again is a wonderful gift. Rory and Andi truly find each other in their sadness and grief and both of their hearts are healed as they learn that they could truly have a relationship beyond friendship. I was in tears several times as the story became very emotional . This was my kind of love story.

  6. Laurel Loughman

    This was a beautiful heartfelt story. I don’t think surviving the death of a beloved spouse could ever be easy. Finding love the first time is hard enough. To be able to find it again is a wonderful gift. Rory and Andi truly find each other in their sadness and grief and both of their hearts are healed as they learn that they could truly have a relationship beyond friendship. I was in tears several times as the story became very emotional . This was my kind of love story.

  7. Margaret Corcoran

    A lovely emotive story that will has the reader laughing and crying. The characters are well written and the scenes are hot. I loved Andi, she is strong and supportive to Rory looking for nothing in return. I highly recommend it.

  8. Margaret Corcoran

    A lovely emotive story that will has the reader laughing and crying. The characters are well written and the scenes are hot. I loved Andi, she is strong and supportive to Rory looking for nothing in return. I highly recommend it.

  9. Pico1

    This short novel is fast paced and well written, with two wonderful characters. Andi and Rory are thrown together by a storm, but they have known each other for many years as she was the best friend of his late wife, Liz. They did not realize how much they cared about one another until they had to spend time together in an isolated cabin – due to a storm – but once they did, they discovered how strong was their love for each other.

  10. Pico1

    This short novel is fast paced and well written, with two wonderful characters. Andi and Rory are thrown together by a storm, but they have known each other for many years as she was the best friend of his late wife, Liz. They did not realize how much they cared about one another until they had to spend time together in an isolated cabin ??? due to a storm – but once they did, they discovered how strong was their love for each other.

  11. Hope W

    The Substitute Wife was an amazing story! This story about love, friendship, and learning to love again was a book I could not put down from start to finish. The characters drew me in and made me feel all the emotions that Rory and Andi went through. With laughing, crying, love, spankings, and much more, Carolyn Faulkner has written another fabulous hit! I recommend reading this soul touching book that shows we can still live with our memories even as we move forward with someone new! This is a \”Must Read.\” Thank you Carolyn Faulkner!!

  12. Hope W

    “The Substitute Wife was an amazing story! This story about love, friendship, and learning to love again was a book I could not put down from start to finish. The characters drew me in and made me feel all the emotions that Rory and Andi went through. With laughing, crying, love, spankings, and much more, Carolyn Faulkner has written another fabulous hit! I recommend reading this soul touching book that shows we can still live with our memories even as we move forward with someone new! This is a “”Must Read.”” Thank you Carolyn Faulkner!!”

  13. firefly

    Just fabulous! The story was full of emotion and I could empathise with both parties. Although Andi loved Rory almost from the time they first met, she never acted inappropriately, even after her best friend Liz, Rory\’s wife, died. Grief, sadness, love, despair were evident throughout. Rory and Andie were honest with each other and their relationship developed when they were cooped up alone in a cabin while the power went out. Inevitably, there was a good dose of guilt when they left the cabin which derailed them for a period. Although Rory should have explained that he was working through his feelings, at least he was able to make the changes he needed to in order to embrace a future with Andi.

  14. firefly

    Just fabulous! The story was full of emotion and I could empathise with both parties. Although Andi loved Rory almost from the time they first met, she never acted inappropriately, even after her best friend Liz, Rory’s wife, died. Grief, sadness, love, despair were evident throughout. Rory and Andie were honest with each other and their relationship developed when they were cooped up alone in a cabin while the power went out. Inevitably, there was a good dose of guilt when they left the cabin which derailed them for a period. Although Rory should have explained that he was working through his feelings, at least he was able to make the changes he needed to in order to embrace a future with Andi.

  15. SH

    This author has such a talent for writing believable alpha male lead characters and the women who love them. This romance pulled at my heartstrings but in such a great way. I was sorry to see it end as I would have happily kept right on reading!

  16. SH

    This author has such a talent for writing believable alpha male lead characters and the women who love them. This romance pulled at my heartstrings but in such a great way. I was sorry to see it end as I would have happily kept right on reading!

  17. PJB

    Rory takes off into the mountains on the anniversary of his wife\’s death. Andi is the wife\’s best friend who has been a rock to Rory since Liz his wife died. Add in a blizzard, a power cut, the two thrown together in a remote cabin and you have a story worth reading!

  18. PJB

    Rory takes off into the mountains on the anniversary of his wife’s death. Andi is the wife’s best friend who has been a rock to Rory since Liz his wife died. Add in a blizzard, a power cut, the two thrown together in a remote cabin and you have a story worth reading!

  19. Timberlan127

    Andi has loved Rory since her best friend first introduced them. She kept a distance between them when her BFF married him. Then promised Liz she would take care of him when Liz died. Andi and Rory mourned Liz together. So when a blizzard trapped them in Rory\’s cabin together it was no surprise that some hot sex scenes followed and they eventually ended up together. What a nice romance. I would have given it a 5 star except that it was a little slow in the middle. Enjoyable read.

  20. Timberlan127

    Andi has loved Rory since her best friend first introduced them. She kept a distance between them when her BFF married him. Then promised Liz she would take care of him when Liz died. Andi and Rory mourned Liz together. So when a blizzard trapped them in Rory’s cabin together it was no surprise that some hot sex scenes followed and they eventually ended up together. What a nice romance. I would have given it a 5 star except that it was a little slow in the middle. Enjoyable read.

  21. susan landowski

    This is a slight depature from the norm for this author but does have erotic sexual scenes as well as spanking. But this story line is highly emotional as deals with grief and how a widower and the friend of his wife eventually get togoether and find love with each other.

  22. susan landowski

    This is a slight depature from the norm for this author but does have erotic sexual scenes as well as spanking. But this story line is highly emotional as deals with grief and how a widower and the friend of his wife eventually get togoether and find love with each other.

  23. Toni L

    I\’ve read a lot of really positive reviews of Carolyn Faulkner\’s books so I was really looking forward to reading this. I wasn\’t disappointed at all. I loved this book. In fact, I can\’t really think of anything I disliked. The characters are very believable, the situation was possible and the story was well written with enough details included to make the story \’full\’ without it being overly burdened by unnecessary info. A great contemporary romance. Would gladly ready more of her work.

  24. Toni L

    I’ve read a lot of really positive reviews of Carolyn Faulkner’s books so I was really looking forward to reading this. I wasn’t disappointed at all. I loved this book. In fact, I can’t really think of anything I disliked. The characters are very believable, the situation was possible and the story was well written with enough details included to make the story ‘full’ without it being overly burdened by unnecessary info. A great contemporary romance. Would gladly ready more of her work.

  25. Sandra Sims

    While this isn\’t my first book by this author, it did surprise me quite a bit. It was thoughtful, thought-provoking and intense. The plot dealt with the often touching subject of a grieving spouse and the deceased spouse\’s best friend. This was so well written, I know I\’ll be re-reading it frequently. Thank you for such an enjoyable read!

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

  26. Sandra Sims

    While this isn’t my first book by this author, it did surprise me quite a bit. It was thoughtful, thought-provoking and intense. The plot dealt with the often touching subject of a grieving spouse and the deceased spouse’s best friend. This was so well written, I know I’ll be re-reading it frequently. Thank you for such an enjoyable read!

    I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

  27. Stats23

    This is an all too plausible story of loved delayed, affectionately and erotically told by an author who clearly understands the intricate emotional aspects of a developing relationship. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from page 1 right through to the end. I highly recommend this book to all, and will look forward to the next story from Ms. Faulkner.

  28. Stats23

    This is an all too plausible story of loved delayed, affectionately and erotically told by an author who clearly understands the intricate emotional aspects of a developing relationship. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from page 1 right through to the end. I highly recommend this book to all, and will look forward to the next story from Ms. Faulkner.

  29. Gigi

    I always enjoy a Carolyn Faulkner story and this one did not disappoint. This heartwarming story had characters with great chemistry that you could really connect with. This story dealt with so many emotions beautifully. Rory and Andi are both grieving for the loss of Rory’s wife Liz. They are both hurting and lonely. There are also plenty of misunderstandings between them. Stranded together in a remote mountain cabin during a blizzard gives them time to connect and understand each other better. Can they put aside their grief and find a way to move forward together? Many sweet and steamy scenes. A very enjoyable read.

  30. Gigi

    I always enjoy a Carolyn Faulkner story and this one did not disappoint. This heartwarming story had characters with great chemistry that you could really connect with. This story dealt with so many emotions beautifully. Rory and Andi are both grieving for the loss of Rory??s wife Liz. They are both hurting and lonely. There are also plenty of misunderstandings between them. Stranded together in a remote mountain cabin during a blizzard gives them time to connect and understand each other better. Can they put aside their grief and find a way to move forward together? Many sweet and steamy scenes. A very enjoyable read.

  31. ScarlettPhoenix

    I absolutely loved this book. This is a story of love, love lost and love found. Carolyn Faulkner weaves such emotions and builds such fully realized characters, I found myself laughing and crying along with Andi and Rory. This is a must read-and a re-read!

  32. ScarlettPhoenix

    I absolutely loved this book. This is a story of love, love lost and love found. Carolyn Faulkner weaves such emotions and builds such fully realized characters, I found myself laughing and crying along with Andi and Rory. This is a must read-and a re-read!

  33. Boo

    The Substitute Wife is a delicious romance by Carolyn Faulkner. I really enjoyed reading the story about Rory and Andi. Different from her more heavy titles, this is a story about friendship, love and spanking! When Liz was dying she told her husband Rory to take care of her best friend Andi. She did the same with Andi. In a way Liz was behind getting two broke souls together. Andi is such a strong woman and Rory is a sensible but at the same time firm man. I recommend to all the romance readers!

  34. Boo

    The Substitute Wife is a delicious romance by Carolyn Faulkner. I really enjoyed reading the story about Rory and Andi. Different from her more heavy titles, this is a story about friendship, love and spanking! When Liz was dying she told her husband Rory to take care of her best friend Andi. She did the same with Andi. In a way Liz was behind getting two broke souls together. Andi is such a strong woman and Rory is a sensible but at the same time firm man. I recommend to all the romance readers!

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