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Wife for Hire [Mass Market Paperback]

Janet Evanovich
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

14 Dec 2007
Maggie Toone was a tempting firecracker. She'd make Hank Mallone's life a delightful hell if he let her pretend to be his wife in order to improve his reputation. Maggie never expected him to affect her like a shot of bourbon on an empty stomach, but was too intrigued by his offer to refuse.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (14 Dec 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060598883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060598884
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 12.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 653,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

No. 1 bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the recipient of the Crime Writers' Association's John Creasey Memorial, Last Laugh and Silver Dagger awards, as well as the Left Coast Crime's Lefty award, and is the two-time recipient of the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's Dilys award.
She lives in New Hampshire, where she is at work on her next Stephanie Plum adventure.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Wife for Hire will mainly appeal to those who want to see what kind of a writer Janet Evanovich was before she began writing about Stephanie Plum. The deftness of the Stephanie Plum numbered novels becomes more apparent when you see Ms. Evanovich struggling to find a way to conclude Wife for Hire.

Hank Mallone, a young man with a reputation for not being serious, cannot convince his family, friends, and acquaintances that he's determined to make a success of being an organic apple farmer in Vermont. His solution? Pretend to be married. How? Hire someone to act as his wife.

Maggie Toone, a Jersey product, wants to escape from her life as a teacher to write a novel about her Aunt Kitty's career as a madam. She mainly needs peace, quiet, and some low-cost living. On a whim, she takes up Mallone on his offer.

From there, the story becomes an expected romance punctuated by some funny misunderstandings. I thought the most interesting part of the book came in reading about a Grandma Mazur prototype, Elsie Hawkins, who is Mallone's housekeeper/cook.

Misunderstandings abound, and some fun arises in the process. If you decide to read the book, focus on the fun.

The book gallops along at a nice pace until near the end where it takes an inauspicious turn away from being interesting. My impression is that Ms. Evanovich ran out of ideas for making the story interesting and simply limped to the finish.

If you like lots of schmaltz and predictability mixed in with your humor, you'll probably think this is a good romance novel. I was not amused enough to feel that way.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light but Pacey 1 Jan 2008
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I love Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum books so thought I would give this one a try. I am not really a romance fan but I have to say I enjoyed this one. It is a light read so don't expect anything weighty, however, the storyline moves along well. The basic premise is that a man from the country needs a wife to make him look respectable and hires one from the city following an advert in a paper. Rather predictably they love each other but neither is aware of the others feelings. I am not ruining the plot here which is actually quite funny and takes some interesting turns. As can be expected from an Evanovich novel all the characters are eccentric to the point of madness but this only makes them funnier. If you want an easy read with a some humour and bucketloads of romance then this is the book for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a sweet treat 29 April 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
nice little fluffy book to pass an afternoon with the usual evanovich style and calamity. i would agree with other reviewer when she commented that it did run out of steam at the end with the resolution of the sub plot but we can forgive her for that because elsie hawkins (prototype for gramdma mazur) is such a riot!!! if you have com across her before you will know what i mean.

if you enjoyed this i would also recommend "the kept woman" by susan donovan and "full house" by evanovich and her writing partner charlotte hughes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A bit sluggish at times 29 Aug 2013
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I found the story a bit slow moving in places, the plot is a bit thin and the characters were not always believable. Overall though it was a pleasant book to listen to for a few hours.
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