Wife for Hire (Elsie Hawkins #3)
Hank Mallone knows he's in trouble when Maggie Toone agrees to pretend to be his wife in order to improve his rogue's reputation. Will his harebrained scheme to get a bank loan for his business backfire once Maggie arrives in his small Vermont town and lets the gossips take a look?
Maggie never expected her employer to be drop-dead handsome, but she's too intrigued by hi...more
We didn't know Janet Evanovich wrote romance stories earlier in her career, but we 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 f...more
Maggie Toone is an English teacher who doesn't fit in. Her grandmother gives her a diary, and asks her to make a book out of it. She decides to do it, but needs time off from work, but also needs an income while she writes it.
Hank Mallone is also a mitfit in his own town. He's a happy-go-lucky type of guy. But after years of having fun, Hank decides to set roots in his hometown. His grandmother left him an apple orchard. He decides t...more
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 we...more
He couldn't resist teasing a little, "I don't know. That's not very romantic. I'm not sure that's a good reason for marriage."
You crack me up Janet Evanovich.
I loved the story, it was fast, simple and funny... Though, I'm glad it isn't the first book I read for Janet Evanovich.
Janet is also the master of creating characters that you can relate to and are enjoyable. I alw...more
Full review appears on my blog:
I love Janet Evanovich. I love her Stephanie Plum series. Wife for Hire is the first of her romances I have read. I wasn’t real impressed.
Wife for Hire is told with her customary humor. It is a very funny and short read. I laughed out loud several times. The hilarious antics of cat and dog and man and woman were well written.
Wife for Hire didn’t have much going plot wise. The plot it had was not believable. There also isn’t m...more
Of course it had the typical Evanovich details, heroine with curly out of control red hair, fiesty older woman caretaker, a big dog, a hunky irresistable guy....but it wasn't the complete rip off some of her step-children...more
I’m a fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. When I saw this book, I knew that I have to read it. Wife for Hire is one of Evanovich’s early works before the Stephanie Plum series. Besides, I’ve read Love Overboard and thought that it was quite good.
But I was a bit disappointed with this one. The plot was unbelievable, flat and boring. Most of all, I couldn’t believe that the characters fell in love with each other in a single day. It was dumb since t...more
Another cute, fluffy re-released romance from Janet Evanovich.
In this one, Maggie Toone has quit her teaching job to write a book about her aunt who was a Madam. She needs a little extra spending money so she answers an ad from a man (Hank Mallone) who hires her to be his wife to show the bank he's stable in the community. This was the third book to feature Elsie Hawkins this time as a housekeeper Hank has hired.
This book was probably the funniest one so far. Lots of small tow...more
This book reminded me a little of Wife for a Day (see my review here) in that in both stories are of women who are ‘hired’ to act the part of a wife. The women in both stories are strong and snarky and the men a bit cocky. The stories are definitely different but the similarities just stuck out to me. I very much enjoyed both books but I think Wife for Hire edged out ahead of Wife for a Day because I had a very hard time putting it down to go to bed. I was...more
This is a warm, romantic, fun...more