Wife For Hire
Author: Christine Bell
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Adult, Romance
Release Date: August 18th 2012
I guess I’m a sucker for this type of story.
Summary taken from Goodreads:
He needs a wife for three weeks…
Owen Phipps is out for revenge. His mission? To expose the man who stole his sister’s money and dignity. All he needs is a “wife” who can play along. Too bad his last best hope is an actress who tries to mace him with perfume when he offers her the role of a lifetime.
Lindy Knight is a real sap. She loves too hard, feels too deep, and often finds herself saying yes when she should be saying “Let me think about it.” She can’t believe her good fortune when Owen offers her more than enough money to hold off foreclosure until she can find a job. Three weeks at a resort, money she desperately needs, and she gets to help bring a criminal to justice? Score.
It seems easy enough until the first time a couples bonding game turns intimate, and they realize how dangerous their mutual attraction could be. Can they keep their hands to themselves long enough to find the evidence Owen needs? Or are the close quarters more temptation than they can handle?
I have no clue why, but stories that start with “He needed a wife…” always get to me. I like the idea of two unlikely people getting together. Although, it’s never a realistic scenario (sadly even in this one) doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it, right? Cause I sure did. I liked the characters and I liked the scenario, but there were a lot of things that fit the status-quo of this type of story-line. He’s rich, her money sitch is pretty bad, but, of course, she’s good-hearted. She wants the commitment, he can’t commit because of his parents bad relationship/his not-so-great dad. Sadly, it was typical that way. However, the characters were interesting and the story line did surprisingly keep me on my toes. There were some unexpected twists, and the mystery was pretty well concealed until its was finally revealed. There wasn’t a lot of “clues” as the story was focused on Owen and Lindy’s attraction for one another, and, of course, other people tell them that they are interested in each other, but the both deny it. I did like Owen—the guy who straight up tells Lindy that he is hot for her, and if she questions his man-hood in front of other people he plans on proving her wrong. *Swoon. And then there is the Lindy who sticks to her guns until she sees reason. She really did hold out for a while. Longer than I would have.
Lindy—An independent and an overall caring person.
Owen—A good guy who is loyal to his family and those he cares about.
The plot was a little predictable
Overall (Writing style, story line, and general):
Overall the story was easy to read. There was no having to re-read things because I didn’t quite get it, or understand it. No, no, things came across pretty clear. The book was romantic and the characters were interesting, but I did wish there was a little bit more humour. What can I saw I like to laugh. Overall, Christine Bell lifted you off your feet into a romantic adventure; the kind that you will sit down and read because you know you will like it. A guaranteed smile-maker.
Viewer Type Recommendation:
If you are a lover of romances, and the “Temporary” wife plot line than this is the book for you.
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