First off, I’m so happy to be at Cari’s blog today, because I’m such a huge fan of her writing. But also because, WHOOHOO! This is the week I’ve been WAITING FOR! Wife for Hire is finally out with Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m running an epic blog tour featuring Let Me Indulge You contest, so stick around for details and to comment!
The concept of Wife for Hire was brought about by a hilarious conversation with my husband and kids one night when we lost power(that I’m sure ALL of us have had at one time or another) about what we would do for money. We went back and forth, lobbing one unlikely scenario after another at each other. It went a little like this:
Kid 1: Would you eat a spider for twenty bucks?
Kid 2: Yes
Kid 3: Do I have to chew?
Kid 4: Alive or dead?
Hubs: Twenty bucks? Seriously?? Who would do that for twenty bucks.
Kid 2: It takes me four hours after taxes to earn twenty bucks. I could eat a spider in like three seconds.
Kid 1: What if it was dipped in mayonnaise?
*dead stares from all in the room as we cannot figure out whether this is supposed to make it more or less palatable*
Kid 2: Thirty bucks. I hate mayonnaise
Kid 3: But do I have to chew??
Kid 4: Could I make it into a sandwich? And is it alive or dead?
And so it went. From being buried alive for 24 hours (bidding on that one started at 100k and topped off at “there is no amount of money”) to swimming with sharks (with much debate about time of day, size of shark and whether there was a chubbier, slower swimmer in the water with you). We laughed and groaned and pointed fingers and had a rip roaring good laugh.
It got me thinking about people and how differently they value money depending on their circumstances in life. Kid #2 would eat spider for twenty bucks because he makes minimum wage, and that’s a decent amount of money to him and he places no moral cost on the action of eating the spider. Then you’ve got kid #4 who’s a vegetarian. The morality of eating a spider if it was alive makes it a whole other can of worms. So that’s how Wife for Hire jumps off. Not with worms, of course, but when Belfast billionaire Owen Phipps offers Lindy Knight twenty-thousand dollars, she’s not in a position to say no. She’s got seven puppies and a little old lady counting on her. After some ill-advised small business ideas went bad, she’s hanging onto her house by a thread, so when she comes across a cryptic ad on Craigslist looking for an actress to do a three-week gig, she responds (in spite of her concern that it might end up getting her serial-murdered). What she gets is gorgeous Owen on her doorstep needing a fake wife to help him infiltrate a couple's retreat so that he can catch the conman who broke his sister's heart (and bank account). Hilarity, sexy times and a wee bit of intrigue ensue.
Check out the blurb!
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?
Sounds fun, right? So tell me, blog readers! How much would it take for you to eat a spider? Does the mayonnaise help or hurt? And if a gorgeous Irish billionaire wanted you to be his wife for three weeks, what would you say?
I’ll be giving a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to one commenter! Winner will be selected on Tuesday, so stop back to see if it’s you!
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