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Wife for Hire

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060737115
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Pages: 5
  • Sales rank: 608,517
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 5.94 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet  Evanovich

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.

C.J. Critt is a much-admired audiobook performer who has appeared on and Off-Broadway, in stand-up comedy, solo performance, and poetry slams. She is a Cable Ace winner and staff writer for Radio Disney.

Biography

When plucky Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer, she had little other choice than to take a position working for her cousin Vinnie's bail-bonds office where she'd spend her days and nights hunting down fugitives, solving mysteries, and falling ass-backwards into adventure. Come to think of it, Ms. Plum has more than a little in common with her creator Janet Evanovich.

Much like the panty-pushing Plum, Evanovich once made her trade in erotica as a romance novelist for the trashy Bantam series "Loveswept." Tiring of the genre and finding herself increasingly fixated on crime, mystery, and the kind of adventures she came to love through comic books like Uncle Scrooge, she decided to ditch steamy stories in favor of off-the-wall humor and feats of daring. As Evanovich said on her website, "after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre."

The resulting Stephanie Plum Mysteries reflect Evanovich's love for comics, toys, shoe-shopping, Cheez Doodles, and beer. Evanovich also created a memorable character that shares many of the author's distinctive traits, such as her self-effacing, dirty-minded wit. The Plum Mysteries, while often rambling and thin on plot, are never anything less than entertaining, hilarious, and refreshing in every way.

Stephanie Plum made her debut in 1994's One For the Money, in which she tracked down Joe Morelli, an ex-cop and murder suspect who'd also been guilty of taking Stephanie's virginity when she was 18. The novel's sly mix of sexiness and childlike playfulness made for a sort of young adult novel for adults.

Since then, the red-hot bounty hunter and a crew of misfits that includes retired hooker Lula, aging bail-jumper Eddie Decooch, and Plum's own hipster granny have romped their way "through the numbers," establishing Evanovich as one of the best and most inventive writers of "Strong Woman" mysteries and guaranteeing her a place on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Evanovich introduced a smart, savvy new series featuring Alexander "Barney" Barnaby, a sexy Baltimore car mechanic, NASCAR nut, and amateur sleuth with her own posse of delightful eccentrics. She's not Plum, but she's definitely a peach. Hey, what else would you expect from a Janet Evanovich heroine?

Good To Know

Evanovich's motorcycle-riding daughter Alex has created an online comic about her hamster called "Batster," which her mother proudly displays on her web site. With episodes like "Batster vs. Beerzilla," it's clear that wackiness runs in the Evanovich genes.

If you think the Stephanie Plum novels are zany, wait till you hear about what Evanovich was writing before she started getting published. As she explains on her web site, "The first story [I ever wrote] was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Steffie Hall
    2. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      South River, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Douglass College, 1965
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Loved it!

    This is just an all fluff turn your brain off kinda book. I loved it, a very cute read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

    hilarious

    I couldn't quit laughing. Evanovich was in her element on this one. It was a great afternoon read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    didn't think i was gonna like it....but

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2013

    Only 128 pages

    Only 128 pages

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    I LOVE Janet Evanovich's novels. While her Stephanie Plum series

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Recommend

    Great book for a quick read...love this authors humorous twist!

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

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    Super cute story!

    Loved the story! It was cute, fun story! Recommend to anyone wanting a really cute love story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2011

    Love it

    I love the book. Short and cute to read! Took a road trip and read this book. Couldn't put it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Wonderful

    I loved this book. It was exciting and kept my full attention all the way to the last word!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Blech

    This is a horrible book. I could practically hear my brain cells dying as I read it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2008

    Cute book

    I enjoyed this book. It made me laugh several times. I would tell any book reader about this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2008

    Janet Evanovich at her best!

    To TRULY appreciate the light-hearted humor - audio is the best! C.J. Critt is the 'I Love Lucy' for Janet's written word! I laughed outloud until my eyes watered - I can't wait to share this audiobook with friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2007

    A reviewer

    this was a great book. it is a quick read but its worth it. the characters ARE believable coming from a small town. i highly recommend this book to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2007

    fun light read

    was fun quick light read... I enjoy her sense of humor and it was apparently there from the start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2007

    Nice change

    I normally read something much heavier but this was a nice change. Quirky and off-the wall character like you'll find in Carl Hiassen's books or those of J.T. McCrae, Evanovich can make you laugh, cry, and think all in the same breath. If you enjoyed her Stephanie Plum novels, then you'll like this one

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