The Sidelined Wife
by Jennifer Peel
Series: More Than a Wife #1
Publication Date January 15, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Illinois Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adult
She’s getting back in the game, one blog post at a time.
Samantha Higgins never thought driving her husband’s car would forever change her life. But one conversation later, heard through his Bluetooth, and Samantha is changing her last name. While trying to figure out who Samantha Decker is, she writes what she thinks is one final post on her blog, announcing her divorce. When the post goes viral, she finds herself with a new title, The Sidelined Wife, and an unbelievable following.
To make matters more interesting, her younger brother’s best friend, Reed Cassidy, who was a thorn in Samantha’s adolescent side, moves back to town as the new head football coach for her son’s high school team. Unbeknownst to Samantha, Reed has harbored a crush for his old babysitter all these years. But, Samantha isn’t keen on dating anyone, much less a younger man that used to booby trap her bedroom with firecrackers.
While Samantha is doing her best to learn and even make up some of the rules of single life and being a semi-celebrity, Reed comes in and changes the game. Now Samantha must decide if she should get back on the field or if she prefers the sidelines.
Ten things I loved about The Sidelined Wife:
- Reed – it’s hard not to love a guy who has loved the girl most his life
- The humor
- The snark
- Samantha’s family and the way they were so close
- The grocery store dates – leave it to Jennifer Peel to make a grocery store date seem so seductive and romantic!
- Reed – the way he patiently pursued Samantha
- The kisses – whew! Might need to head to the freezer section when you read them
- The lessons learned – comparing ourselves to others only leads to unhappiness
- Cody & Sam’s relationship – he was a great teenage son
- The lists Reed made – swoon!
As with others of this author’s stories, it is clean, yet there is mention of sex and a little innuendo. But not so much to make it inappropriate. I’m just mentioning this in case it would make you uncomfortable.