Wife for Hire

Wife for Hire

by Janet Evanovich

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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 offer to say no . . . and too eager to escape a life that made her feel trapped. The deal is strictly business, both agree, until Hank turns out to be every fantasy she ever had.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061470530
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 377,285
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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.


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey


B.A., Douglass College, 1965

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Wife for Hire 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as most of hers but good for a quick read and light hearted fun.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Wife For Hire is a pre-Plum novel by popular American author, Janet Evanovich. It is the third book in the Elsie Hawkins series, on whom, Evanovich says, Grandma Mazur was modelled. Fans of the Plum series will be interested to know that in this book, Grandma Mazur’s famous big gun in the handbag has its prototype. Maggie Toone needs to get away from Riverside, away from her mom and Aunt Marvina: she needs somewhere quiet to write her novel. Her Aunt Kitty was once a madam in a brothel, and she left Maggie her diaries. Hank Mallone’s job offer sounds just the ticket: pretend to be his wife for six months while she writes her book. Hank Mallone needs to seem respectable: everyone in Skogen, Vermont knows about his rogue reputation, but he’s serious about his apple orchard and the cider press, bottling plant and apple pie bakery he wants to build. But the President of the bank (Hank’s dad) won’t approve his loan. With Maggie Toone as his wife he will look stable and settled. This is a cute romance with plenty of zany characters. Instant attraction between hero and heroine, a bit of sexy action and a real marriage proposal make this a fun tale which, unfortunately, drags on just a bit too long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just an all fluff turn your brain off kinda book. I loved it, a very cute read.
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Jthierer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The romance was cute if predictable. The supporting characters added some good color. Very very quick read without much depth.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Maggie Toone has always been a bit of a problem child. Even now, at age 27, she is driving her mother and aunt crazy because she refuses to settle down - both in a relationship and in her job. She has quit her teaching job (which she wasn't all that good at) and wants to write full time. Her late Aunt Kitty was a Madame and Maggie thinks her diary will make a perfect book. But she needs to earn some money while writing, so she agrees to pose as Hank Mallone's wife for six months. Hank too has been a bit wild in the past but needs to prove to his father, president of the local bank, that he is settled down with a wife so his father will lend him money for his beloved apple crop. The arrangement is supposed to be no strings attached and in name only, but that's far easier said than done as sparks fly whenever Maggie and Hank are near each other. "Wife for Hire" is a very funny but extremely light romance novel. It is an early Janet Evanovich novel, written before her success with the Stephanie Plum series, but you can see hints of the Plum series even in the early books. Housekeeper Elsie especially reads like a Plum character - she's a pistol carrying older woman who will remind readers of Grandma Mazur. The main characters - Maggie and Ben - are okay but largely forgettable as characters. Neither one of them has any characteristics to make them stand out. The same is true with the rest of the townspeople, and it is hard to understand why Maggie takes a dislike to the town and its inhabitants including Bubba, Ben's best friend. The romance between Maggie and Ben feels rushed and not very believable. One plot line - why someone is trying to steal Aunt Kitty's diary - could have been better. It comes too late in the novel and when the reason why everyone is trying to steal the diary is revealed it is quite a let down. What makes the novel worth reading at all is the slapstick humor throughout it. There are lots of laugh out loud moments including a dinner party that Maggie and Ben have (which will remind readers of dinner at the Plum house); the various burglary attempts; and a couple of kidnapping attempts. All of the townspeople are very funny characters. However, the humor doesn't disguise the fact that there is little plot to the book. "Wife for Hire" is short on plot and long on humor.
FutureBestSeller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know how she comes up with all these fun and lovable characters. Of course, in this book the whole town is crazy! But then again, it's Janet Evanovich! I'd expect nothing less.
butterflybaby on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'd give this book 3.5 stars. Hank wants to hire a woman to be his wife for 6 months so he can get a loan for his orchard from the bank manager, his father. What Hank didn't expect was Maggie. He was looking for a woman that he could be aloof with and not become attached to. For Hank and Maggie much to their surprise it was love at first sight.
Kathy89 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fun read to listen to when walking. Usual chick-lit story of two people entering into a business arrangement and then falling in love with each other. Set against a Vermont background with the woman looking for a quiet place to write a book and the man needing a pretend wife so he could secure the loans from the bank and respect from his father to start a business.
Kace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I know this is a rewrite from Evanovich's early days as a romance writer, and I know I'm destined to be disappointed because its not up to my Plum standards, but dangit! when you're jonesin for Plum book and know one won't be out for another 9 months or so, you get desperate....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 books have been (the non Plum series) so that was nice. Yes I know these came before the Plum series, but facts don't alter my perception that these plots are rip offs of the venerable Stephanie Plum.It wasn't horrible, a couple of funny/cutesy parts, so all in all, not upset I spent the 5 dollars for my Janet fix.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Living in the small town of Skogen Vermont, Hank Mallone¿s youthful antics were part of town legends - as entertainment. Needing a loan from the bank to expand his business, Hank found that those past mistakes really can impact his future. Coming up with a scheme to convince the whole town that he had become a responsible and stable member of the community led him to New Jersey to find a wife. The only person to respond to his request was Maggie Toone, she was tired of living under her mother and Aunt¿s judgments. Maggie had decided she needed someplace quiet to write her book and the offer of a fake marriage might just be exactly what she needed.Each of the characters have such a sense of humor and wit that, when put together makes for a laugh out loud story. The mystery of who is breaking into house and why may be a serious concern but how each of the situations turn out is just one more thing to laugh at. From the dinner party with the ex¿s showing up and the flaming table to being kidnapped with the housekeeper and her handy-dandy pocketbook this is a loaded with lots of fun and misunderstandings. There is also a love-at-first-sight romance that has a few highs and quickly turns the fake marriage into a real proposition. I have read several of Janet Evanovich¿s re-releases and this, so far is my favorite, it has such a great mix of emotions and out right comedy to keep the pages turning. I can actually say I couldn¿t put it down till it was done.
bitemeeric on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hank was the town's favorite and most wanted bachelor. In hopes of kicking off his apple buisness, he needed a loan. In order to get the loan, he needed to proove he has settled and down and is responsible. In comes Maggie-an outspoken teacher-turned author form New Jersy, a stiking difference from a small town where everybody knows each other. He has hired Maggie to pose as his fake wife for six months or until he gets a loan approved. He figured this way there will be no complications and each can resort to thier previous lives flawlessly. Maggie, wanting peace and quite to write her book, took on the job. What they both did not expect was the sexual tension that both find it difficult to ignore. In short, they fall in love with each other...so what is the problem...she is affraid to love and be loved, the town has not grown on her, and slips into a slight depression and isolation. The only joy she finds is being wrapped around Hank's arms. She is a typical chain and ball type of wife..but I love how Hank thinks it is endearing. I did not get the impression of happily ever after...just a marriage of convenience. Sorry to say, but it was a very entertaining book, I especially loved the banter between Hank and Maggie and I especially love Fluffy. There seems to be a trend that is repeatative throughout Janet's short novels: the heroin has charater flaws that make her an unliked character, especially a tendancy of withdrawal or cowardice after the resolution, forcing another absticle for the heroin to overcome before settling into the relationship. The heroes are very easy-going and much mature than the heroin, which that in itself is fascinating. But I reommend this book for light reading on a boring day as it is entertaining.
busyreadin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If this had been my intro to this author, I would never have read another one. It must be an early work It was a "harlequin" romance if ever I "read one.
rdurant1217 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Average Janet Evanovich fare. You won't think too hard, although after reading from these batch of "romance" novels, I am very glad Ms. Evanovich switched to her current genre, otherwise she would have remained an obscure author. These "not Plum" novels are OK if you have nothing else to read and need a day filler for the beach, but don't look for anything great and be prepared to suspend any ounce of believability.
veroamore on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
(christmas paperback from tammy) cute, quick and fun. not nearly as good as the stephanie plum series - but it's an early book and you can see traces of the favorite plum characters in it - for example, elsie turns into gramma mazur (complete with gun in her purse!)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in one day. Very sweet and makes you laugh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite author. I'm never disappointed. You know it's a great book when you laugh out loud while your reading.
MommaMore More than 1 year ago
I did not like this book.  Very shallow character development and story line.  I read it in about two hours???  This was more of an outline than a novel.
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tumbleweed23 More than 1 year ago
I couldn't quit laughing. Evanovich was in her element on this one. It was a great afternoon read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think I was going to like this book. I had it paperback and never read it but got it on my nook and still wasn't sure when I began to read it if I was going to be able to get into the story. I ended up liking it really well. I should have known as Evanovich got me back into reading in my mid-20's and I haven't looked back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only 128 pages
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
I LOVE Janet Evanovich's novels. While her Stephanie Plum series are a bit more in depth and heavier, her older contemporary romances; such as this book, are a bit lighter (fluffier) and quick reads. So, if your looking for a cute, fast read, and LOVE Evanovich, try this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago