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Peek Inside Wife for Hire

Owen Phipps wants revenge. He’s out to expose the man who stole his sister’s money and dignity. All he needs is a “wife” who can play along. Can they keep their hands to themselves long enough to find the evidence Owen needs?

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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 Covington 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?



"Wife for Hire by Christine Bell is a wonderful cute romance novel...I really enjoyed this book as it had everything...romance, a great couple, sex, hysterical moments and just plain fun." -The Reading Cafe

"Wife for Hire is just plain fun. If you're looking for a sweet, sexy story that will make you smile and laugh, and sigh over the happy ending, this is a terrific one." -Book Lovers Inc.

"Wife for Hire is an entertainingly funny read from start to finish." -HarlequinJunkie

"I've been a huge fan of Christine Bell's for quite a while now and always rush out to buy her newest release. Wife for Hire
 was no exception. It's deliciously fun and sexy with just enough suspense to keep me flipping the pages. And Owen... *sigh* Can't wait for the next book in the series!" -USA Today Bestselling Author, Cari Quinn

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622669738
Series: For Hire, Book 1
Release Date: Aug 7, 2012
Page Count: 245
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: fake engagement

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By ~ Cariad ~ January 28, 2014

Fuck it! Everything I knew about this one screamed a 4, not much sex, quite short, bit of a silly storyline (initially).

BUT honestly, it's a little gem and it made me smile!! LOL

Loads of perfectly written sexual tention.

Owen, an Irish Alpha to melt over

A strong heroine in Lindy (with a few quirks! ...more

By Gone Readin' October 13, 2013


This is the story of Owen and Lindy – and it’s story with a lot of HEART! Owen Phipps is out for revenge. A man running a phony “Marital Retreat” stole Owen sister’s money and dignity. Placing an ad on Craigslist, Owen interviews numerous candidates to “play” the role of his wife in ...more

By CC August 20, 2015

4 stars. What a fun, laugh out loud book! Owen was hot, but clueless, or at least in denial. Lindy was funny, caring and sweet. Really enjoyed this quick read!

Re-read via audible. Still really enjoyed this story. There were some hilarious moments. This books is pretty tame (not a lot of sexy times). ...more

By Dalia December 03, 2012

Wife for Hire is a funny, sexy, charming and highly enjoyable read. It's cute and well-crafted with lots of humor, witty banter, sizzling attraction, a fast moving plot, a delightful heroine & a gorgeous hero. ...more

By Tracy T. July 25, 2015

Good Story. Terrible narration of the hero' voice. (audible whispersync review)

This was a fun story, but the narration of the hero was horrible!

The story line and plot were fun. The heroine, LIndy was just awesome, loved her. She was funny, smart, witty and a strong character. The hero Owen, was ve ...more

By Melody April 11, 2019

Owen Phipps needs a wife for three weeks. He is out to seek revenge against the man who ran a scam on his sister, stealing all her money and her dignity, as well.

Lindy Knight is interviewing for a three-week job that will earn her $20,000. She is desperate for money to hold off foreclosure on her ho ...more

By ♥Book♥YouVeryMuch August 21, 2012

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Not only is the writing great, but it had many laugh out loud moments. Loved it.
This is first time i read a book from this great Author, but definitely not the last one, can not wait to read her other books. ...more

By K~Terror May 23, 2015

What a quick, fun read! This was the perfect book to improve my mood after a stressful day. One minute I was seconds away from road rage and the next, I'm almost choking on my gum laughing so hard at some of this lines in this story as I listened to the audio on my travels. The MC was adorable - pic ...more

By Nefise July 16, 2013

I loved it!!!
I was not expecting much but it was surprised me. As if I was watching an old, sweet romance movie.
If I like heroine, I like story also. It was very well written, very sweet story its own theme. ...more

By Diana's July 20, 2014

Cute, Funny and Sweet!! ...more

By Karla(Book Addict) April 08, 2013

deleting reviews if you want to take a look at them you can do so on my blog, link on my profile ...more

By Anita July 28, 2016

**For more thoughts on each book, see my full two-book review of the For Hire series at Ani's Book Abyss | Series Review: For Hire.

Book #1: Wife for Hire | Goodreads | Rating:  4.0 Stars
Book #2: Guardian for Hire | Goodreads | Rating:  3.5 Stars

Average Rating:  3.75 Stars

I'm going to be totally hone ...more

By Jamie September 02, 2012

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 ...more

By Marlene October 10, 2012

Originally published at Book Lovers Inc

There's a reason the "pretending to be married" trope is a tried and true. Done right, it can be oh so much fun. The trick, in a contemporary romance, is to find a good enough reason to set up the scenario, and an equally good reason why the two principals can' ...more

By Sara August 25, 2012

Reviewd by: HarlequinJunkie Romance Reviews

Wife for Hire is an entertainingly funny read from start to finish.

Lindy and Owen hook up when Lindy answers an advert posted on Craigslist. Owen is on a mission to expose and seek revenge on the man who stole his sister’s money and dignity and for that pur ...more

By Sincere February 22, 2013

4.5 stars

Owen Phipp wanted to revenge his sister's ex-boyfriend Nico who dumped his sister and stole money form her.
Nico started a company (from his sister money) to help wrecked marriage couple.
but Owen suspected that there's some illegible activity under that company. To be closer to Nico and hi ...more

By Dolce Amore October 04, 2012

Written For Confessions From Romaholics

The scene where Owen Phipps and Lindy Covington meet is hilarious! I swear I almost couldn’t stop laughing.

Lindy’s seven puppies have destroyed the couch, so while cleaning the mess, she forgets her appointment with Owen. She found his advertisement by error, ...more

By Melissa August 26, 2012

At first I was a bit hesitant about the story line but almost immediately the heroine's wit and sarcasm drew me in. Lindy is a hopeless romantic and kind soul. Owen is hardened by life and to him love never last. Owen hires Lindy to pose as his wife in order to get revenge on his sisters ex. The att ...more

By Lillie September 13, 2012

Such a fun book!Lindy is quirky, emotional, and enjoys life to its fullest. Owen. *sigh* Oh, Owen. Irish, gorgeous, loyal, hot, and terrified of falling in love. What more can you ask for? Seeing him realize that while Lindy may not be the woman he wants for his life but is exactly what he needs is ...more

By Erica September 29, 2012

Oh my gosh was this book too darn cute! I loved Owen and Lindy's story! It was cute, romantic, and way hot. I loved following them through their sleuthing and seeing how everything would play out. The romance was HOT. I seriously just loved their story and did not want the book to end! Christine Bel ...more

By Wendy'sThoughts September 11, 2016

3.75 Fun stars

A sweet read... ...more

By Netty October 20, 2012

This was good! Great characters, loads of sexual tension and fluffiness. I'm really liking this author ...more

By Stephanie May 27, 2015

Super cute!! I really loved this one! ...more

By Ayekah January 13, 2017

Owen and Lindy.
Owen is out for revenge, trying to find the man who scammed his sister out of her money. All he needs is a "wife" to play along. Enter innocent sweet Lindy. Lindy needs money to keep from having her place foreclosed and the offer from Owen is too good to be true.
Spending three weeks ...more

By ♡PıNaR DeğiRmeNci ♡ July 24, 2018

Kiralık Eş
Christine Bell
Güzel eğlenceli bir kitap daha bitti.
Kızımızı çok sevdim Lindy tam bir melekti.
Oğlumuz ise sadakate önem veren bir yakışlı
İkisinin yolu gazetede verdiği bir ilan ile kesişir kardeşinin tüm varlığını elinden alan adamı kıstırmak için Lindy ile anlaşmalı evlenmek ister. Kabul g ...more

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Christine Bell

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Christine Bell

Christine Bell is the USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances, and one half of the happiest couple in the world. She doesn't like clowns or bugs (except ladybugs, on account of their cute outfits), but loves movies, football, and playing Texas Hold 'Em. Writing is her passion, but if she had to pick another occupation, she'd be a wizard. She loves writing fun, sexy romances, but also hopes to one day publish something her dad can read without wanting to dig his eyes out with rusty spoons.

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