Book Club: Evanovich Style

I've been on a reading frenzy this year.  I set a goal to read 20 books and I'm over halfway there and it's only April!  

Anyways, lately I've read Love In A Nutshell and Plum Lovin' by Janet Evanovich.

Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband has left her, she’s been fired from her position as a magazine editor, and the only place she wants to go is to her parents’ summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene’s Harbor, Michigan. Kate’s plan is to turn The Nutshell into a Bed and Breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash, and the only job she can land is less than savory. 
Matt Culhane wants Kate to spy on his brewery employees. Someone has been sabotaging his company, and Kate is just new enough in town that she can insert herself into Culhane’s business and snoop around for him. If Kate finds the culprit, Matt will pay her a $20,000 bonus. Needless to say, Kate is highly motivated. But several problems present themselves. Kate despises beer. No one seems to trust her. And she is falling hard for her boss. 

Can these two smoke out a saboteur, save Kate’s family home, and keep a killer from closing in…all while resisting their undeniable attraction to one another? 

I definitely enjoyed the two main characters of the book and their "attitudes" toward one another. Kate was fiesty and sassy, while Matt tried to match her wit. You really got a feel of how exactly playful they were together but not overly cheesy or anything. I didn't figure out who the saboteur was until the very end.

4 out of 5 stars

Mysterious men have a way of showing up in Stephanie Plum's apartment. When the shadowy Diesel appears, he has a task for Stephanie--and he's not taking no for an answer. Annie Hart is a "relationship expert" who is wanted for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Stephanie needs to find her, fast. Diesel knows where she is. So they make a deal: He'll help her get Annie if Stephanie plays matchmaker to several of Annie's most difficult clients. But someone wants to find Annie even more than Diesel and Stephanie. Someone with a nasty temper. And someone with "unmentionable" skills. Does Diesel know more than he's saying about Annie Hart? Does Diesel have secrets he's keeping from Stephanie and the two men in her life--Ranger and Morelli? With Stephanie Plum in over her head, things are sure to get a little dicey and a little explosive, Jersey style!

Not as good as her other Stephanie Plum novels. It's only 160 pages so she didn't go as deep into character relationships and story line as she could have. The "capture" was sort of lame. Still funny but not as good as I thought it could be. Evanovich does stick true to her hilarious Stephanie Plum character. Oh and apparently, Stephanie is a giant whore.

4 out of 5 stars

Happy Reading,


  1. I just finished one for the money and loved it. I think I am going to have to read a book or two in between each one though so that I don't get bored of it. That Stephanie Plum is all sorts of sass. I love when she puts her blue eyeliner on to look classy, lol.

  2. These are both books I've been wanting to read!

  3. Janet, Janet, everywhere and I still haven't read one! It's starting to feel a bit shameful, really. Haha!!

  4. I haven't heard of Love in a Nutshell and I love Janet Evanovich! I shall have to check this one out :)

    I agree on Plum Lovin'. . . just not quite as good.

  5. I haven't read any JE books either. Apparently I need to!

  6. Evanovich's books have been on my to-read list for so long now. I have 2 of the Stephanie Plum series on my shelf. Too many books, not enough time!


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