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Wife for Hire Mass Market Paperback – October 30, 2007
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About the Author
Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a very funny and witty book. Hank and Maggie's relationship is romantic and sexy. The dialogue is classic Evanovich - she easily writes in the rhythm of natural speech so the reader feels as though he/she could step right into the conversation. Hank falls in love with Maggie right off the bat and plots to make their marriage a real one; she is not so sure that she wants to be stuck in another small town. Elsie Hawkins, a reoccuring character in Ms. Evanovich's romances, is present here as a temporary housekeeper. She is the prototype of the Grandma Mazur character of the Stephanie Plum series - a feisty, blunt-speaking senior who drives a '57 Cadillac, packs a gun, and is in serious pursuit of the male species (in her age group, they tend to drop dead unexpectedly so she tries to act quickly).
Hopefully, someday these early Evanovich books will be reissued, but until then, this definitely one used-book worth finding.
As Maggie settled into her new temporary home, she found herself incredibly attracted to Hank. The feeling was mutual, and left Hank wondering if he had make the right decision bringing her to his home. He introduced her to everyone as his new wife, and had the entire town fooled including his family. As the weeks went by, both started feeling guilty about their deception, and even guiltier because they wanted their marital status to become reality.
This was a good light read. An earlier work of JE that doesn't compare to her work today, but it was enjoyable.
Maggie is a New Jersey girl and a little unconventional; she drives her mom and aunt crazy with her ways. She quits her teaching job in the hopes of writing a book about the family Madame.
Hank was a bad boy growing up and now he is fighting to shake off that reputation. He has returned to his hometown in Vermont and just wants a loan to help with his organic apples. But his father, the bank president, won't give him the loan because he feels he isn't grounded or responsible enough. So Hank hires Maggie to be his fake wife on his Vermont orchard for 6 months, just long enough for her to finish her book and for him to prove his stability.
OK, so this isn't the most emotionally deep or content heavy book on the planet... but it's cute. I hate that word but that is really the one word that popped up in my head over and over while reading... cute.
Longtime Janet Evanovich fans will recognize some similarities between the characters in this book to some of those in the Plum series. Elsie Hawkins is a character in this book as she is in a few of the other early romances written by Ms. Evanovich.
The mystery portion of this book was weak and beyond silly; I think I had it solved as soon as it began, but it does add a few chuckles here and there. This book won't win any literary awards, but I found it enjoyable just the same. Hank and Maggie have some chemical attraction and there are some sexy and sweet moments between them. It helped me pass a gloomy Saturday afternoon curled up on the couch; it was short and sweet and just what I needed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely LOVE this author, I have such a week spot for Romance Novels! She knows just how to capture my attention through out the whole book ;)Published 16 days ago by Jasmine
Laughter and love as they pretend to be married in order to close a business deal. Learning about each other under very unique circumstances...Published 19 days ago by Susie Davidson
After getting hooked on the Evanovich, Stephanie Plum mystery series, I decided to try her earlier books. The Elsie Hawkins series is a delight. Read morePublished 1 month ago by River Song
Not as good as the Stephanie Plum books but it is a sweet, quick read.Published 2 months ago by Renee
I always enjoy Janet Evanovich, and this is no exception. Different than her "One for the Money" Stephanie Plum novels, but every bit as entertaining!Published 5 months ago by Merry Shane
What a boring book with a boring concept. I did not enjoy the characters, the town, or the plot. The romance felt so unreal that I just didn't care if they got together for real or... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Delta Stet