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Peek Inside One Night Wife

Finley Cartwright is the queen of lost causes. That’s why she’s standing on a barstool trying to convince Friday night drinkers to donate money to a failing charity. And hot venture capitalist Cal might just be her ticket to success...

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Finley Cartwright is the queen of lost causes. That’s why she’s standing on a barstool trying to convince Friday night drinkers to donate money to a failing charity. Hitting on the guy on the next stool wasn’t part of her plan. Still, hot but grumpy venture capitalist Caleb Sherwood might just be her ticket to success.

Professional grifter and modern-day Robin Hood, Cal Sherwood is looking for a partner for a long con. Sexy Fin, doing her best Marilyn Monroe act for her cause, has the necessary qualifications. By the time he cuts her free, her charity would be thriving, and she’d have helped him charm billions out of arrogant, gullible marks to fund his social justice causes.

But just when he thinks he’s about to pull off the best con ever, his feisty new partner gets the upper hand.

The Confidence Game series is best enjoyed in order.
Reading Order:
Book #1 One Night Wife
Book #2 Fool Me Forever


“Can I swear? Please? %#@@^@^%$ it! This was $#@%ing awesome. So awesome I might have read until 4 am, again. Everything about this book was perfect - I wanted it to be longer only because I wanted to read more but really there was nothing left in the story to tell. Everything was spot on - good tone, quality writing, well paced, no loose ends, amusement, heat, a little bit of annoyance at the idiot male. Great work overall.” – 7000 Books and Counting Blog

“The build up of sexual tension was perfect and led in to some deliciously steamy moments. I also really liked the original premise for the story. It's unlike anything I've read lately.” – Courtney H., Goodreads

One Night Wife is one book that will definitely grab your attention simply because of it’s uniqueness and lovable characters.  It’s a sweet, funny, sexy slow burn romance that will have you rooting for the good guys.” –JGB, Goodreads

“This book is a stay-up-all-night-reading kind of story; I couldn’t put it down.” – Tanelle N., NetGalley

“It's witty and smart and I spent most of the book with absolutely no clue what was going to happen next.  The characters are so well developed and their chemistry and banter are refreshing and fun.” – Shea T., Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640635609
Series: The Confidence Game, Book 1
Release Date: May 28, 2018
Page Count: 322
Imprint: amara next
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: bait and switch, fake relationship, forbidden love/off limits, mistaken identity, opposites attract, redemption, unrequited love

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Finley and her friend Lenny just started a charity for women. But then her friend's dad got arrested for fraud and suddenly they didn't have any money to get started with their Dollars For Daughters thing.

Enter Caleb. He's part of a huge family of Wall Street con-men and women. They swindle mega-ric ...more

By Kathryn July 13, 2018

Any romance story I have read by Ainslie Paton is always slightly different to any other one I have read. Her plots are refreshing and fun.

This is the story of Caleb Sherwood and Finley Cartwright. Both out to help others but Caleb's family do it in a very interesting way, is it above board or not? ...more

By Helen June 13, 2018

I really enjoy MS Paton’s stories she has a fabulous writers voice one that brings out the best in her characters and has always kept me in the story and this one is no exception, a lot of ups and downs to get to a HEA in this one, but I really loved Cal a true Robin Hood and Fin what a heroine, sas ...more

By Maria Rose April 23, 2019

One Night Wife by Ainslie Paton is a modern Robin Hood style romance and the first in a sexy and exciting series.

Cal Sherwood and his extended family are con artists. Following in the footsteps of several generations, and with the help of a few other choice family dynasties, they have taken it upon ...more

By Jess October 19, 2018

This was FUN. Doing a Robin Hood story is a good way to make the super rich palatable right now and I applaud the inventiveness. I am also a sucker for a con book, and so when you combine that and the characters themselves, this was a book basically tailor made for me. Can't wait to read the sequel. ...more

Well, damn! Who knew I would ever love a book where the hero is a con artist? I started One Night Wife back in May but I was struggling with my thesis at the time, so I ended up setting it aside as I knew I wasn't in the right state of mind of it. I'm so glad I waited because I have no doubt that I ...more

By Lily July 17, 2019

Ainslie Paton is one of my go-to authors, and it's been a while between my AP drinks. Usually Ainslie's books draw me in and I pretty much get glued to them till I'm finished. This one was a little different. It took me a while to buy into Cal and Fin, but more particularly the Sherwood family 'borr ...more

By Ellie June 14, 2018

What an interesting premise and well done slowburn romance

I loved this present day Robin Hood kind of romance about a con artist and a failed actress trying to a run a charity coming together. There were lots of thoughts on redistribution of wealth, on lying and deceiving the others and ourselves wh ...more

By Bree July 20, 2018

A modern day Robin Hood style story, this was so fun! The beginning is absolutely fantastic. Finley Cartwright is a struggling actress who has started a charity with her best friend. The only problem is, her best friend’s father has recently been arrested on serious charges involving money and it’s ...more

By Up All Night With Books May 15, 2018

3.5 Stars
Review by Lisa
Late Night Reviewer for Up All Night w/ Books Blog

Ainslie Paton does it again with One Night Wife. What a ride you will be taken on in this story. I absolutely love the story line and the format. Finley, the woman who can't commit to anything and Cal the professional con man. ...more

By JG May 27, 2018

This was a book that took me unawares on where the story was actually headed, like Ms. Paton’s previous books, it starts out almost fluffy with a great meet cute, an attractive hero and a not so perfect but delightful heroine. But then it veers off a little bit, to more multilayered and well defined ...more

By AusRomToday May 28, 2018

#280CharacterReview #AusRomToday
If there's something Ainslie Paton excels at it's smart, witty, sassy. Now apply all three of those things to the characters, plot, and writing and that's how best to describe One Night Wife. As expected from Paton the chemistry and romance sizzles while being an emo ...more

By Kini June 20, 2018

full review to be posted soon ...more

By Zara June 15, 2020

Light-hearted, clever romance about a lovable con man and the woman who unwittingly cons him into loving her. A fun read. ...more

By Becky May 18, 2018

Who doesn't love Robin Hood? A man who steals.from the rich and gives to the poor sounds perfect. Such an idealist. And as someone who has spent time struggling to make ends meet while others live lavish lifestyles and live to excess I think we can all say the current world feels like it needs a cou ...more

By Lisa June 04, 2018

CW: attempted assault

What a ride!

One Night Wife has a different vibe to it than Ainslie's Stubborn Hearts books, and I am here for this. I've always loved con stories (one of my favourite series is Ally Carter's Heist Society), so this one was pretty easy to get into.

I really liked Cal and the She ...more

By Dawn May 07, 2018

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. That being said, I've been a huge fan of Paton's books for years. In some ways, this book was more light-hearted than her previous books, not as much of that lovely angst and tension that is present in most of her early works [and I love every angs ...more

By Himanish October 13, 2018

My review is 3.7 stars.

First book by the author and mixed emotions, but more on the positive side and I like that when you try one author and you get positive response from the book. This book is not full proof so there are moments that are untouched but which book hasn't, in a mix I would say nicel ...more

By Rhoda July 28, 2019

Finley's charity is failing and she's desperate enough to stand on a barstool and ask people to donate. That's how she catches the attention of Cal Sherwood. Cal and his family run a 'rob the rich, give to the poor' type enterprise involving elaborate investment scams. He's a rogue, but such a charm ...more

By Jennifer August 13, 2018

One night at a bar, Finley stands on a bar trying to get patrons to donate to the charity she is trying to fund. Cal witnesses her fumbling attempt and while he's drawn to her, he is facing his own troubles so he lets it go. When she shows back up and kisses him, he decides to pursue something with ...more

By Courtney January 05, 2019

I adored this book! Paton strikes the right balance of romance with the con angle of the storyline, and the main characters - Fin and Cal - are excellent! Well-rounded, with flaws and quirks and excellent, excellent banter. There’s a lot of truth in this book regarding things such as global wealth d ...more

By Lori June 04, 2018

This is such a different topic for a romance book. I don't think I have read a book about grifters or con men, but this one was fun and interesting. I loved the way they meet, the wicked banter they had between them, and the extreme sizzle that existed. Cal tried his best to stay out of Fin's bed, b ...more

By Olivia Anne March 30, 2020

This is my first Ainslie Paton, after a friend who’s a fan pointed out it was free on Amazon. I thoroughly enjoyed One Night Wife. Paton is clearly an expert in building emotion and tension, and Fin and Cal’s journey is as emotional as it is sexual. I love the concept of a strong alpha being brought ...more

By Cheryl May 22, 2018

One Night Wife is another gem in a long list of literary treasures by Ainslie Paton. I loved this modern day Robin Hood romance and I was thoroughly enthralled by the unique storyline.
The highlight for me was, as always, is Paton’s clever, intelligent writing; her wonderful, witty dialogue, and eng ...more

By Shea May 22, 2018

Well I didn't expect to learn all about the art of the con in a romance novel but I feel like I did. In fact I was pleasantly surprised to find myself pulling for a con artist like Cal. This is definitely a unique twist on the fake romance trope. It's witty and smart and I spent most of the book wit ...more

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Ainslie Paton

About the author

Ainslie Paton

Ainslie Paton always wanted to write stories to make people smile, but the need to eat, accumulate books, and have bedclothes to read under was ever present. She sold out, and worked as a flack, a suit, and a creative, ghosting for business leaders, rabble-rousers and politicians, and making words happen for companies, governments, causes, conditions, high-profile CEOs, low-profile celebs, and the occasional misguided royal. She still does that. She also writes for love, and so she can buy shoes, and the good cat food. More here: and on Twitter @AinsliePaton. She also writes under the name AA Paton.

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