The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives by Kristin Miller, 3.5 Stars

We all know them, right? Those women that live the good life. Or at least they appear to from the outside. But usually, where there is money and beauty, there is drama. At least in my experience.

There’s just something to that whole Desperate Housewives thing. Like the easier life is, the more you go looking for things to get excited about (or other people’s spouses to get excited with?

In The Sinful Lives of Trophy Wives, Kristin Miller takes a look into what happens when something more sinister is at play that just rich boredom. What if there is greed and evil too?

From the Publisher:

Mystery writer Brooke Davies is the new wife on the block. Her tech-billionaire husband, Jack, twenty-two years her senior, whisked her to the Bay Area via private jet and purchased a modest mansion on the same day. He demands perfection, and before now, Brooke has had no problem playing the role of a doting housewife. But as she befriends other wives on the street and spends considerable time away from Jack, he worries if he doesn’t control Brooke’s every move, she will reveal the truth behind their “perfect” marriage.

Erin King, famed news anchor and chair of the community board, is no stranger to maintaining an image—though being married to a plastic surgeon helps. But the skyrocketing success of her career has worn her love life thin, and her professional ambitions have pushed Mason away. Quitting her job is a Hail Mary attempt at keeping him interested, to steer him away from finding a young trophy wife. But is it enough, and is Mason truly the man she thought he was?

Georgia St. Claire allegedly cashed in on the deaths of her first two husbands, earning her the nickname “Black Widow”—and the stares and whispers of her curious neighbors. Rumored to have murdered both men for their fortunes, she claims to have found true love in her third marriage, yet her mysterious, captivating allure keeps everyone guessing. Then a tragic accident forces the residents of Presidio Terrace to ask: Has Georgia struck again? And what is she really capable of doing to protect her secrets?

My Review:

When we first meet Brooke, it appears that she is the “normal” one. Sure, she’s still a young trophy wife. But she is also a bestselling author who doesn’t cling to her husband’s every word. And really, the giant house her husband buys her is going to be a an amazing retreat for her to get over her writers block and write by the pool each day. Now the strange ones are the “Black Widow” and the morning show anchorwoman across the street.

But once Brooke meets them, they quickly become the 3 musketeers and Brooke quickly adapts to their lives helping plan for Georgia’s third wedding. And guess what? Hanging out with these women is enough to cure any writer’s block. But things start to go south quickly. Georgia’s fiancé goes missing and things are not as they see at all. There’s greed, cheating, deception, and it’s all happening in the nicest of neighborhoods to the pretty, young trophy wives.

The Secret Lives of Trophy Wives is a fantastic beach read. It’s a light enough read to keep one eye on the kids in the water while you read, but salacious enough that you’ll keep turning the pages. Specials thanks to Netgalley and Ballatine Books for an advanced e-galley in exchange for my honest review. This one is out today!

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