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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: HarperLuxe; Lrg edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061470538
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061470530
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,541,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Hank Malone, small-town-Vermont Òbad boy,Ó hires New Jersey would-be author Maggie Toone to pretend to be his wife to improve his image so that he can get a business bank loan for his apple orchard. Of course, the inevitable happens, and Hank and Maggie fall in love. C.J. Critt plunges into the frothy romance with gusto, keeping the tempo fast and the interplay between the main characters sexy, rapid-fire, and funny. A plus is CrittÕs portrayal of a feisty, gun-toting housekeeper, who keeps the action on its toes. Fans of EvanovichÕs Stephanie Plum series should not expect a mystery here. But for light listening pleasure, this fits the bill. M.T.B. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.

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82 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Mayfayre VINE VOICE on January 3, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Hank Malone was the town bad boy. He's returned to take up his inheritance - an apple orchard in Vermont. He has plans to turn it into a serious organic business, but in the town's eyes, he's still the same troublemaking stud he used to be, and the bank won't take him seriously for a loan. To change his image, he decides to hire a wife for six months, to give the illusion of stability and hopefull get the business loan. He hires Maggie Toone in New Jersey and brings her to his farm. She's eager to escape her small town life and job as a teacher, and relishes the chance to fulfill her dream of writing a book based upon her aunt's diaries. One small problem - her aunt was the local madam.
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.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Bull on March 29, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I didn't know Janet Evanovich wrote romance stories earlier in her career, but I stumbled across this title and couldn't resist seeing how she did before she got famous with her Stephanie Plum bounty hunter series. The good news is: Janet is just as funny and whimsical here as are her better known recent works. The bad news is, the plot synopsis can be stated in about 20 words: man hires woman to pose as wife, they immediately fall insanely in love, and will they stay together after the gig?? Bet you can guess! Between the heated blood coursing through their veins at every touch, to -- well you get the drift. I guess that's why they call these bodice rippers! For a nice easy read, no mental stress, little doubt about the story line, and some heart warming (I guess) relationship study (with no explicit sex), coupled with that great Evanovich sense of humor, give it a try. Supposedly she did a few others for Loveswept, but I'll take my chances on missing those.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kelly VINE VOICE on April 6, 2008
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Maggie Toone is taking a sabbatical from teaching to write a book based on her Aunt Kitty's diaries. Aunt Kitty was a madam, so this book would be great in Maggie's opinion. Since she still needed some type of income to pay bills, she was looking for something she could do that would allow her to concentrate most of her time on the book. Hank Malone needed a wife. He didn't want to get married or do anything drastic like that, so he contacted an employment agency about hiring a wife. As it turns out, Maggie was the only one willing to move up to Vermont and pose as Hank's wife. He was trying to secure a loan to help his business Malone Apple Orchards, and needed to prove his stability. Hank had grown up in the area, and was quite the hell raiser, so he needed to prove to the community that he had indeed settled down. To make matters worse, his own father was the bank president, so he needed to prove himself to his father also.

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.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cherise Everhard VINE VOICE on November 25, 2007
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This is a re-release of a book originally published in 1990.

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.
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