I can't believe this book is up for a RITA! I have heard mixed reviews on this book. Mostly I hear the word "HOT"! That doesn't tell me much.First, was this book written in the 1970's? Seriously, this book seems so dated and caveman like. Joshua is a throwback to those he-men of past who like to have mistresses and total and complete control. Add to the fact that the story has a preposterous premise and you get one star. I am surprised that so many women were not offended by this masochistic story. Big he-man Josh needs a wife. Enter virginal waitress Jessica. He marries her in a quickie wedding then, he leaves her. He only needs a wife for business/inheritance purposes. He doesn't see Jessie for seven yrs. In that seven yrs. Jess decides she needs a baby, but surprise, she is still a virgin, please!She tracks down Josh. Of course he doesn't remember her, even though they are still married. Do you think he might have checked up on her once during that time? Of course not. He has spent his life making himself rich. He also seems to aquire mistresses but only for twelve months at a time. Can you say "JOHN"? This story is so far out there it is almost comedy. The funniest thing is the author falls back on the old, I was neglected as a child routine which is suppose to explain why Josh is a whiny, overbearing caveman. I find it funny that we as readers are still suppose to believe that Jessie kept herself pure for some reason, oops! guess it was to save herself for Josh because guess what? Jessie is an interior designer, but not really, ya see Jessie really wants Josh's baby. She is a homebody at heart. She is one of those good girls who only wants hearth and home. She also takes tons of verbal abuse from Josh so why she would want him to father her child is beyond me.