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 his o...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
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.
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
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Wife for Hire is an amazing book! First you have Maggie, who just wants some time for herself and to write her book. But she’s unemployed and that isn’t the best of things to her mother and aunt eyes. They would prefer for her to get married and settle down before she gets any older. Maggie definitely will not agree to that.
Then we have Hank, who just wanted a blonde girl to play the role of his dear wife. But instead he ...more
In this story we have Hank a small town trouble maker , who has come back home to try and run an apple orchard at his granny's old farm. The problem is he needs a loan , but his father the bank manger, will not give it to him unless he sees signs that Hank has matured. Hank thinks the be ...more
Essentially, there are two 'squares' not really fitting into a 'round hole' but still trying to find their way in life. This is the basic premise and there are plenty more strange happenings coming along the way - such as a bank director father, a book ...more
What a debacle! What a farce! What a hot budding attraction... o.O
As always, Ms. Evanovich can take a story that w ...more
Janet is also the master of creating characters that you can relate to and are enjoyable. I alw ...more
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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
I loved both Maggie and Hank. Hank from a tiny Vermont town and Maggie from a tiny New Jersey town. Both outcasts who don't exactly live up to their hometown image of how a young person should behave. What starts out as a marriage of convenience (Hank needs a bride to show he's stable so he can get a loan ...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