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Editorial Reviews

Hank Malone, small-town-Vermont "bad boy," hires New Jersey would-be author Maggie Toone to pretend to be his wife to improve his image so that he can get a business bank loan for his apple orchard. Of course, the inevitable happens, and Hank and Maggie fall in love. C.J. Critt plunges into the frothy romance with gusto, keeping the tempo fast and the interplay between the main characters sexy, rapid-fire, and funny. A plus is Critt's portrayal of a feisty, gun-toting housekeeper, who keeps the action on its toes. Fans of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series should not expect a mystery here. But for light listening pleasure, this fits the bill.

Publisher's Summary

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.

©1990, 2007 Evanovich, Inc; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Susan
  • Granada Hills, CA, USA
  • 12-13-07

Elementary school narration

This audiobook may have been less torture if the narrator would have read to an adult audience. It was so so slow. She may do better reading to young elementary school children. Her characterization was annoying... I do not recommend this audiobook.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Crystal
  • WATERFORD, WI, United States
  • 04-12-12

LOVE

Would you listen to Wife for Hire again? Why?

I have listened to her book previous to buying it, I love how she writes. I fell in love with the Plum series and decided to give her other books a try.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Listen! Fast Pace

What did you love best about Wife for Hire?

Really enjoyed the characters personality. All were perfect!

Have you listened to any of C. J. Critt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Haven't but excellent job C.J.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I would if I had time, the pace is perfect.

Any additional comments?

Loved it!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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SUCH A FUNNY BOOK

For quite a while I couldn't figure out how this would play out, but it was soo funny. I laughed and laughed. Really brought my spirits up, Such a good book,

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another hit by the duo team of Janet and CJ Critt

If you could sum up Wife for Hire in three words, what would they be?

Makes you Laugh.

What did you like best about this story?

The humor and the plot are what I liked best about this story. This book helped me to forget about my to do list and my problems.

What does C. J. Critt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love C.J.'s narration style. She has great tone, inflection and humor. she brings life to many stories.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

When I read Janet's Stephanie Plum series I became a fan of her work as well as Cj's narration. CJ really brings books to life. She and Janet have wonderful gifts. I will always be a fan of their work.<br/>

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  • Teresa
  • NAMPA, ID, United States
  • 04-30-12

Janet at it again.

I enjoy Janet Evanovich stories Immensely but she does have one hang up with her older romances. They always start out funny and then the main characters acts like dunderheads at the end of the story, then quickly gets fine and boom, happily ever after.

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  • DORIS
  • EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ, United States
  • 01-27-11

Not one of her best

thank God this was quick and painless. This must have been one of her earlier works as it read like it was written by a high schooler.

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  • Lynne
  • Charlotte, NC, USA
  • 09-30-08

Early Janet Evanovich - worth a read

I really like all the other books by Janet Evanovich that were re-released. This one wasn't my favorite - the characters weren't as strong as some.... would highly recommend Smitten!

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  • Delores
  • TULSA, OK, United States
  • 07-18-08

WIFE FOR HIRE

I LOVED THIS BOOK, IT IS A BOOK YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE YOUR LIFE.

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  • Martha
  • Urbana, OH, USA
  • 06-03-08

Very Very Very Good

I love all of Janet Evanovich's audio books. She can't write them fast enough.