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One Night Wife (The Confidence Game #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  91 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Finley Cartwright is the queen of lost causes. That’s why she’s standing on a barstool trying to convince Friday night drinkers to donate money to her failing charity. Hitting on the guy on the next stool wasn’t part of her plan. Still, hot but grumpy venture capitalist Caleb Sherwood might just be her ticket to success.

Professional grifter and modern-day Robin Hood, Cal
ebook, 322 pages
Published May 28th 2018 by Entangled Publishing, LLC (Amara)
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✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰



Finley and her friend Lenny just started a charity for women. But then her friend's dad got arrested for fraud and suddenly they didn't have any money to get started with their Dollars For Daughters thing.

Enter Caleb. He's part of a huge family of Wall Street con-men and women. They swindle mega-rich a-holes into investing in start-ups and then they take that money and give most of it to people who really need it. Robin Hood Wall Street Cons.

Caleb needs Fin to be his new pretend girlfriend to sw
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Any romance story I have read by Ainslie Paton is always slightly different to any other one I have read. Her plots are refreshing and fun.

This is the story of Caleb Sherwood and Finley Cartwright. Both out to help others but Caleb's family do it in a very interesting way, is it above board or not? Hmm. What will Finley think when she gets hooked in as Caleb's partner or... one night wife.

What Appeals to Me? Learning about the con was fun! I wonder does it really work! I liked that the story po
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy MS Paton’s stories she has a fabulous writers voice one that brings out the best in her characters and has always kept me in the story and this one is no exception, a lot of ups and downs to get to a HEA in this one, but I really loved Cal a true Robin Hood and Fin what a heroine, sassy and fun and out to help the women in the world, can they do it together or will trust come between them?

Finley Cartwright will do whatever it takes to get the business she is running with her best
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Incredibly boring book with moments of sharpness/truth-telling about current world dilemmas and social/class constructs.

The author’s narrative is very flowery and excessively worded to the point of unnecessary. It wasn’t very clear or direct. A lot of jargon, round the clock gibberish filling the page until a character actually manages fo say something meaningful.

The hero’s whole family is a part and parcel of a professional scamming business. His mother encourages him to keep the h as a side pi
✰  BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰
ARC received via Netgalley for an honest review

I have said it before and I will say it again, an Ainslie Paton book is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get.

One Night Wife starts with a meet-cute that will have you smiling from ear to ear, and then the games begin.

Finley and Caleb's story isn't the usual strangers-meet-in-a-bar story. I adore Finley, and Caleb is all kinds of gorgeous.

I love the grifter storyline, it is smart and witty and not something I have read a
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was FUN. Doing a Robin Hood story is a good way to make the super rich palatable right now and I applaud the inventiveness. I am also a sucker for a con book, and so when you combine that and the characters themselves, this was a book basically tailor made for me. Can't wait to read the sequel.
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
So. This is a total slow burn and I think works for a lot of reasons. The set up is pretty great. I loved Cal and his whole family's long con. Finley is a great character, and her being pulled into his con in order to help her legitimate non-profit is a great touch. The best part of this book kept reminding me of Jenny Crusie's Welcome to Temptation and Faking It...which is a super high compliment.

The development of the Art of the Con overtook some of the romance for me, but ultimately I did bu
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it

Well, damn! Who knew I would ever love a book where the hero is a con artist? I started One Night Wife back in May but I was struggling with my thesis at the time, so I ended up setting it aside as I knew I wasn't in the right state of mind of it. I'm so glad I waited because I have no doubt that I wouldn't have been able to appreciate all the intricacies of this book. Ainslie Paton always delivers with amazing and swoon-worthy romances, but what always impresses me with her stories are how uniq
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
What an interesting premise and well done slowburn romance

I loved this present day Robin Hood kind of romance about a con artist and a failed actress trying to a run a charity coming together. There were lots of thoughts on redistribution of wealth, on lying and deceiving the others and ourselves which i found rather entertaining to read. It's a captivating, fast moving story that offered a critical look of a society which values appearances and wealth above all. The story also showcased some in
Bree T
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A modern day Robin Hood style story, this was so fun! The beginning is absolutely fantastic. Finley Cartwright is a struggling actress who has started a charity with her best friend. The only problem is, her best friend’s father has recently been arrested on serious charges involving money and it’s going to be hard work to convince anyone to donate to a charity connected to that name. Finley is in a bar trying to rustle up some donations from the post-work drinks crowd when she gets a lesson in ...more
Maria Rose
One Night Wife by Ainslie Paton is a modern Robin Hood style romance and the first in a sexy and exciting series.

Cal Sherwood and his extended family are con artists. Following in the footsteps of several generations, and with the help of a few other choice family dynasties, they have taken it upon themselves to take from the rich and give to the poor and disadvantaged. But not just any rich people. Those doing their own charity work and philanthropists are left alone. But arms dealers? Slum lor
Up All Night With Books
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
Review by Lisa
Late Night Reviewer for Up All Night w/ Books Blog

Ainslie Paton does it again with One Night Wife. What a ride you will be taken on in this story. I absolutely love the story line and the format. Finley, the woman who can't commit to anything and Cal the professional con man. Put the two together and sparks will fly and heads will spin. But who is actually the one being conned?

Finley, has started up a charity to help other women with her long time best friend. But when th
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a book that took me unawares on where the story was actually headed, like Ms. Paton’s previous books, it starts out almost fluffy with a great meet cute, an attractive hero and a not so perfect but delightful heroine. But then it veers off a little bit, to more multilayered and well defined characters whose purpose in life suddenly becomes the focal point of the story. One Night Wife deals with the big con and instead of remaining light and fluffy, it gives us a love story with a lot of ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
#280CharacterReview #AusRomToday
If there's something Ainslie Paton excels at it's smart, witty, sassy. Now apply all three of those things to the characters, plot, and writing and that's how best to describe One Night Wife. As expected from Paton the chemistry and romance sizzles while being an emotionally satisfying arc. #MustRead
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
full review to be posted soon
Jun 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I'm not sure whether it's me or the book this time around, but One Night Wife didn't give me the happy feeling I need from romance these days. If I'm honest? It made me more depressed about the state of the world. The premise is that of a Robin Hood hero, working within the upper echelons of NYC's social scene to fleece rich a$$holes of their billions, then redirect that money to charity. The heroine is one of two young women running an awkwardly named non-profit that facilitates micro-loans to ...more

Finley Cartwright will do anything to raise money for her charity. So, getting the attention of a room full of people to donate money to her cause isn't above her, especially when she's standing on a barstool and probably making a fool of herself. But just when she thinks her idea is a lost cause, she meets venture capitalist Cal Sherwood. Cal is willing to help her, yet he wants something in return. He needs her to be his partner for a long con without letting on his real reasons for what he ne
Finley Cartwright is the queen of lost causes. That’s why she’s standing on a barstool trying to convince Friday night drinkers to donate money to a failing charity. Hitting on the guy on the next stool wasn’t part of her plan. Still, hot but grumpy venture capitalist Caleb SherwoodI’ll might just be her ticket to success. Professional grifter and modern-day Robin Hood, Cal Sherwood is looking for a partner for a long con. Sexy Fin, doing her best Marilyn Monroe act for her cause, ha
CW: attempted assault

What a ride!

One Night Wife has a different vibe to it than Ainslie's Stubborn Hearts books, and I am here for this. I've always loved con stories (one of my favourite series is Ally Carter's Heist Society), so this one was pretty easy to get into.

I really liked Cal and the Sherwoods, especially Katrice, the Sherwood matriarch, professional badass. Would definitely welcome a prequel novella about her and Cal's dad in their youth, conning the rich and navigating their forbid
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. That being said, I've been a huge fan of Paton's books for years. In some ways, this book was more light-hearted than her previous books, not as much of that lovely angst and tension that is present in most of her early works [and I love every angsty moment of those books!]. It also contained a scene that was so funny I laughed till I had tears in my eyes. The character development was not as in-depth as in her other books and it seemed more pl
May 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This book started really well. I was quite interested in the story but it progressed it became boring to me. I couldn't connect with either character, I think there were a lot of emotional repetitions. Overall the book was focused way too much on the professional side than on the romantic side. However, the ending was interesting. So it has a good start and a good ending, with some boring parts in the middle.
Finley is desperately trying to find donors for her charity. That's how she meets Cal. H
May 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: modern-romance
Finley Cartwright, has never stuck with anything in her life. Running a charity with her friend she is desperate to finally succeed. That’s why she is standing on a barstool trying to convince patrons to donate to her cause.
Cal Sherwood is a professional conman and CEO of a modern-day Robin Hood company. In need of a new partner to fool wealthy marks he is fascinated by Finley. It’s a win/win situation if they partner up. Finley will receive generous donations and Cal will restore his standing
Himanish Prabhakar
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: drama, fiction, romance
My review is 3.7 stars.

First book by the author and mixed emotions, but more on the positive side and I like that when you try one author and you get positive response from the book. This book is not full proof so there are moments that are untouched but which book hasn't, in a mix I would say nicely done Ainslie. I would only say one word that would describe my feeling towards the book:
<< I felt the burn >>

Characters are strong and the chemistry is good. There are moments in the bo
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One night at a bar, Finley stands on a bar trying to get patrons to donate to the charity she is trying to fund. Cal witnesses her fumbling attempt and while he's drawn to her, he is facing his own troubles so he lets it go. When she shows back up and kisses him, he decides to pursue something with her, just not a relationship. He is going to teach her how to raise funds for her charity using some of his contacts. In return, she will help him with his credibility with his business. Little does s ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I adored this book! Paton strikes the right balance of romance with the con angle of the storyline, and the main characters - Fin and Cal - are excellent! Well-rounded, with flaws and quirks and excellent, excellent banter. There’s a lot of truth in this book regarding things such as global wealth distribution and environmental issues which also creates a sense of awareness without preaching. Some readers may like to note it features a small scene where the female MC is groped without consent by ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is such a different topic for a romance book. I don't think I have read a book about grifters or con men, but this one was fun and interesting. I loved the way they meet, the wicked banter they had between them, and the extreme sizzle that existed. Cal tried his best to stay out of Fin's bed, but their sparkle was too strong. I enjoyed all the secondary characters and hope they get their own stories as well. I only wished I could have found out more details about how some of their marks fai ...more
Cheryl Hawkins
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One Night Wife is another gem in a long list of literary treasures by Ainslie Paton. I loved this modern day Robin Hood romance and I was thoroughly enthralled by the unique storyline.
The highlight for me was, as always, is Paton’s clever, intelligent writing; her wonderful, witty dialogue, and engaging, real to life characters.
I thought Caleb and Finley’s passionate and tender romance was developed beautifully. Perfectly paced, One Night Wife is a gorgeous story. Once again reading Paton’s wo
May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Who doesn't love Robin Hood? A man who steals.from the rich and gives to the poor sounds perfect. Such an idealist. And as someone who has spent time struggling to make ends meet while others live lavish lifestyles and live to excess I think we can all say the current world feels like it needs a couple of Robin Hoods about.

Turns out Cal was my kind of mine and I loved seeing him and Fin dance around one another as he took residence in the land of Denial. Man was denying so hard about his feeling
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well I didn't expect to learn all about the art of the con in a romance novel but I feel like I did. In fact I was pleasantly surprised to find myself pulling for a con artist like Cal. This is definitely a unique twist on the fake romance trope. It's witty and smart and I spent most of the book with absolutely no clue what was going to happen next. The characters are so well developed and their chemistry and banter are refreshing and fun.

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this
Katrina Berry
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One Night Wife by Ainslie Paton hit the spot!

Ainslie Paton brought her A-game with One Night Wife. Original and interesting storyline that hooked me from the start. This read contained a nicely-built world, endearing characters that had fantab chemistry with a nice slow burn...LURVED it!

An ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
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Ainslie Paton is a corporate storyteller working in marketing, public relations and advertising.

She’s written about everything from the African refugee crisis and Toxic Shock Syndrome, to high-speed data networks and hamburgers.

As Ainslie and as her evil twin AA Paton, she writes cracking, hyper-real contemporary romances.