WIFE NUMBER SEVEN by Melissa Brown: Blog Tour – Review & GIVEAWAY

Lipstick. Bright, red lipstick. Nothing but lipstick. Even though it’s against our faith to wear a color that screams of sexual promiscuity and deviant behavior, I’m not allowed to protest. But, I want to. So badly.
You see, there’s more to me than the braid that spills down my back. More to me than the layers of heavy fabric that maintain my modesty. And so much more than the oppressive wedding band that adorns my finger–the same band that each of my sister wives wear. So much more. To protest would be sinful. I must keep sweet, that is my duty.
So I’ll wear the lipstick. I’ll do as I’m told. And I’ll do my best to silence the resistance within me, to push him from my mind. If only my heart would do the same.


I might be at a loss for words. I have no idea how to accurately describe how I feel about this book. To say that I loved it would be an understatement. I have not been able to get this book out of my head.

Remember that show Big Love? Well I used to love that show. And I have always been really intrigued by the lifestyle described in that show and in other shows that discuss polygamy. Pepper grew up in the Mormon faith and she will be the first to tell you that I am a wee bit obsessed with it. Melissa’s book takes you on this amazing journey into the life of Brinley. For those of you familiar with her work, this is way different than anything Melissa has ever written. It is certainly a bit darker and more intense than other stories she has written. For those of you who are new to Melissa’s writing- I personally think this is the best place to start. This is – for me- her best work to date.

The truth is- I don’t want to really tell you much about the story because I truly and honestly want you to experience this. But I guess I should give you a little something.

Brinley is one of the sister wives of Lehi. Brinley senses she’s different as she feels no real love for her husband and not even her sense of duty or her faith as a member of the community makes her feel tied to him. She does seem to have a special bond to one one of her sister wives, Aspen, but overall- Brinley has a sense of feeling like an outsider.

Brinley’s cousin Tiffany left the community and it is with her help and support that Brinley finds her self doing little things to exert her freedom. But it isn’t until she meets Porter that she starts to feel the real urge for a change.

But changing your entire life- everything you know- it is not easy. And it most often comes with a price.

I really can’t say another word because you have to read this book for yourself. What I can tell you is Brinley is one of my favorite female characters of all time. She is strong and you can’t help but root for her every step of the way. Every character in this book- the good, the bad, and the ugly- are written in such a way that you can picture them so clearly. This book played out like a movie in my head. One that I wanted to watch over and over and over.

Porter is a wonderful male lead but he wasn’t perfect. That might have been what I loved most about him. He was so patient and so loving with Brinley that you couldn’t help but fall in love with him.

The supporting cast of characters is as remarkable as our heroine and hero. Aspen. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I loved her. I would read an entire book about Aspen. Brownie- can you make that happen???

And it’s not just Aspen. Brinley finds herself with an unlikely support system around her. But I’ll let you meet those characters yourself.

Lovers- please give this book a chance. This is not erotica so don’t expect it. Sometimes there are scenes in this book that are painful to read. I cried so many times for Brinley. But the story is so powerful, so beautiful and so original that you will be missing out if you don’t read it.


Melissa Brown was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago. She attended the University of Illinois and is the mother of two fantastic kids. She’s an avid reader who enjoys making handmade gifts for her family and friends, as well as baking and painting. She speaks fluent movie quotes from the 1980s and ’90s.Her romance titles include Bouquet Toss, Champagne Toast, Picturing Perfect and Unwanted Stars. She is currently developing a Young Adult series called Sorority of Three.

Why I wrote this story…

Quite a few people have asked me why I decided to write this story— why I chose this subject matter instead of writing another light romance like the “Love of my Life” series.  For some, this book seems out of character for a “Melissa Brown book.” The best answer I can give is that I just had to. I’ve been fascinated by this lifestyle for years, unable to wrap my brain around how a woman could share her husband.

The idea for Brinley’s story came to me over a year ago, and it stuck with me. I kept seeing the characters in my head and I knew that eventually I had to tell her story.  Whenever I shared my idea with friends, they were intrigued. I think we’re all drawn to taboo subjects such as polygamy. We’re curious about those who live their lives so differently than we live our own. I’ve read several autobiographies from those who have left polygamous compounds, and have been fascinated. For everything I learned, I wanted to learn more. So, I watched documentaries, read more, devoured all of the information that I could. If I was going to tackle this topic, I knew that I had to be accurate.

For my readers who have enjoyed my contemporary romance novels, I hope you will give this one a try, as well. It’s different—that’s true. It’s a little darker, it pushes boundaries in a way that my other books have not. But, as a writer, this excites me. I want to continue to push myself as my career continues.  I am not finished with light romance, but I’ve really enjoyed pushing myself in this way. And for that reason, this book has become my very favorite of anything I’ve written. And I promise, within the darkness there is still hope in this story.  I can’t completely abandon my inner optimist.

Thank you for reading!


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