In Wife for Hire Hank Malone needs credibility to get a loan to follow his dream. Maggie Toone wants to escape her boring life and take a turn at being a book writer. It just so happens a business marriage may give them both what they want, and more.
Would you marry someone for the right price? How about temporarily? In Wife for Hire you will follow a woman who is doing just that. Maggie Toone was offered a job by Hank Malone to be his wife for a while. Here’s Hank’s problem. He’s from a small town in Vermont where everyone thinks he is still a problem child, even though he is a grown man.
When he inherits a family orchard he thinks it would be a great opportunity to create an organic empire, but since reputation is everything, his childhood past is haunting him as he tries to get funding. His solution to the problem is to try to look more grown up and responsible. He believes a wife will take care of this and offers Maggie a job to fill this role for six months, until the paperwork is all approved.
For Maggie the deal is initially a way to escape her boring life as a teacher and have a little time to write the story of the life of her aunt, who was a madam. Interestingly enough, once the two get together, they both realize something; they are more interested in the other than just as a business partner. Maggie realizes that Hank is quite sexy and that she likes him a lot more than she thought she could ever care for an employer.
On the other side of things, Hank quickly comes to adore Maggie and wants to devise a way to keep her around longer than the terms of the business agreement. This was an enjoyable book to read with a lot of romance and many cute moments. You’ll be pulling for both of them to get together and hoping they can hammer it all out. It’s also a quick read that you could probably finish in a day.
However, if you are looking for a good mystery book, this is not the cover to open. While there is a little mystery involved, it is not a deep, thought-provoking type of mystery.
CJ Critt was once again the voice for an early Janet Evanovich work and did it great justice. She has a good grasp on Evanovich’s style and seems to have perfect timing for all the characters in her reads.