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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (October 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380807149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380807147
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #689,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Setting: Contemporary Washington state

Sensuality: 8

An unexpected inheritance that gives him a share of an eastern Washington resort lodge couldn't have come at a better time for J.D. Carver. He's fed up with his life in Seattle and heads for Star Lake Lodge expecting to be met with hostility from the other owners. What he finds is the warm and welcoming Lawrence clan. J.D. takes one look at beautiful Drucilla Lawrence and immediately wants her, while Dru says hello to the handsome carpenter and begins to hyperventilate.

Neither of them are pleased by their instant attraction, for J.D.'s childhood spent in foster homes has taught him not to trust anyone, and Dru has purposely closed her heart to romance following an involvement that left her alone and pregnant. But J.D. is determined to claim his inheritance, and that decision compels him to remain at the Lodge, thus enmeshing himself in the Lawrences' daily life, especially Dru's. When unfinished business from his life in Seattle appears to threaten both him and the Lawrences, J.D. has to think fast before someone is killed. But could the threat to Dru's and J.D.'s hearts be even greater than the threat to their lives?

Susan Andersen doesn't miss a beat in this refreshingly down-to-earth take on a man and woman hit with lust and love at first sight. City-bred and street-smart, J.D.'s character is every bit as on target as Dru's good-girl psyche, while the secondary characters are equally fascinating and well developed. All Shook Up is a perfect balance of romance, humor, and suspense. Don't miss this one.--Lois Faye Dyer

From Publishers Weekly

Readers will appreciate the well-drawn, saucy characters and witty exchanges that garnish Andersen's latest (following Be My Baby) rags-to-riches romance. When construction foreman J.D. Carver inherits part ownership of a swank lodge, he accepts the windfall with relief (to be leaving "Rat City") and some measure of suspicion. Having been raised on the mean streets of Seattle, drifting from foster home to foster home, J.D. can't believe that a foster mother who had once tossed him out after accusing him of theft is now leaving him her estate. Moreover, his new business partners, Dru Lawrence and her Aunt Sophie and Uncle Ben, are just too nice about the whole thing. Despite J.D.'s overly suspicious nature, he is strangely attracted to Dru's "girl-next-door" charm, and an engaging but fitful romance develops between the two. A perfect balance of femininity, spunk and vulnerability, Dru is an unusually likable heroine, and J.D., in his struggle to let go of his past and become part of this "Disney" life, is a fine hero. Unlike many romances that are merely light entertainment, Andersen's winning tale echoes with themes about learning to love, trust and believe in the goodness of humanity. (Jan. 9) Forecast: With a plot line and characters that will remind many of Ally McBeal or Sex in the City, this book, if marketed well, will have some TV fans reaching for the shelves rather than the remote.
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More About the Author

Susan Andersen writes contemporary romantic suspense peopled with hot, edgy men and the women who tame them. She's also known for her sassy, sexy, often humorous novels of opposites attract. Her books have spent many weeks on the USAToday and New York Times bestseller lists, and have twice been included in RWA's Top Ten Favorite Books of the Year. the proud mother of a grown son, she's a native of the Pacific Northwest, where she lives with her husband and two cats.

Customer Reviews

I enjoyed the story - but it was a bit too predictable for me.
Julie Jordan Scott
She's taken a disparate set of characters - "bad" city boy, "good" country girl - and brought them together in such a way that readers can see their similarities.
Riley Merrick
This is a good book to read if you like the lighter side of romance, fun, romantic, nice storyline.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By MaryannJr on January 16, 2001
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I really love Susan Andersen. I can't help it. No matter what kind of day I'm having, I can manage to sink into one of her stories like I do into my favorite chair. I look forward to ripping open my Amazon.com box and tearing into each new novel.Her characters are always fun and quirky , and seem to share a sometimes off-kilter sense of humor. 'All Shook Up' is no exception. I loved Dru. Here, we finally have a single mom who doesn't drone on for page after page about how life handed her the fuzzy end of the lollipop.Unwanted by her own parents, and forced,at 19, to raise a child on her own, Dru loves her son to pieces, and faces each day with a smile and a positive outlook. And J.D.? Oh,well. Ladies, how could you not love a guy who lives in faded jeans, crisp white T-shirts and has the shoulders of a football player?? Susan Andersen has done it again. This book is a bit lighter in tone than 'Present Danger', but still completely enjoyable. Her stories always make me smile. And isn't that the point of romantic fiction?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Strickland on February 7, 2001
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Terrifically-drawn characters move this book. Everyone in the range of the Star Lake Lodge is a person I'd love to know, even down to the guy who runs the hardware store who sneaks a smoke out in back even though he's on oxygen.
The love story has a good bit of chemistry, the family is charming, the threat is definitely scare material. For a while I was afraid that Best Friend's predicament was going to be the basis for another book but no, it's wonderfully resolved as well within this novel.
Lovely and nice and funny and goes quite well with a bubble bath.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Riley Merrick on January 19, 2001
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I loved Susan Andersen's other books, so I was eagerly awaiting ALL SHOOK UP. I was not disappointed - in fact, I didn't want it to end!
J.D. Carver is spoiling for a fight when he arrives at the Star Lake Lodge. His best friend back in Seattle has put him in a very uncomfortable position, and J.D. is having trouble believing that his former mentor, Edwina, had no sneaky ulterior motive in leaving him part ownership in the lodge in her will. Drucilla Lawrence is not only the manager of the lodge, but she also practically grew up on the property with her Aunt Sophie and Uncle Ben. Now, she sees it as a secure place to raise her son, Tate. She does not welcome the idea of a newcomer into her sanctuary, no matter how good his suggestions are or how mind-numbingly attractive he is. Star Lake is a small town - residents (and readers!) can just sit back and watch the sparks fly between these two stellar leads!
J.D. and Dru are two people who have deep-seated emotional problems, but recognize that love is worth any amount of risk. J.D. has never had a reliable source of emotional support in his entire life, and it's heartwarming to watch his reactions to Dru's lively, happy, caring, and unconventional family. Dru fashioned a support system for herself, but is still self-conscious and uneasy around the idea of commitment. The way J.D. changes her outlook on this aspect of her life and relationships is terrific.
With ALL SHOOK UP, Andersen delivers a style of writing consistent with her previous works: snappy and funny without skimping on deeper emotions and passion. She's taken a disparate set of characters - "bad" city boy, "good" country girl - and brought them together in such a way that readers can see their similarities. It's not a case of opposites attract; it's about soul mates finding one another.
ALL SHOOK UP is a meaty, satisfying read, one I'd recommend to both old and new fans of Andersen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ree Mancini on March 5, 2001
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This book was a fast read, containing good dialogue, humor (which I especially like)and the sex scenes were played just right. Having read all of Ms. Andersen's books I find I truly like her style of writing. The premise of the story is not completely original...bad boy meets good girl etc. But that's really why we buy romance books anyway. Ms. Andersen, I felt did a great job at portraying a responsible single mom. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes contemporary romance.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wanda S. Loyd on June 14, 2002
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I have read most if not all of Susan Andersen's books, and loved each one. This one was good, if a bit different from the others. Her characters are believable, the story lines hold your interest, and the locations are realistically protrayed. This one lacked some of the humor the others have, but was still very funny in many spots. A good read. I recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Desmond Chan on January 5, 2002
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Drucilla Lawrence is possessive about her new-found security as the owner of Star Lake Lodge - and even more so with her son, Tate. It all crumbles with the arrival of her unexpected partner J.D Carver, who inherits his share of the property from Great Aunt Edwina. Her aunt Sophie and Uncle Ben has done some snooping and finds out that J.D has a rough past toughing out on the streets. There will naturally be some friction what with J.D's paranoia about the ardent Lawrence gang - but what he fails to anticipate is the spark of attraction towards Dru. The banters and sexual innuendoes are enough to drive him crazy but not enough to abandon his logic. The betrayal in his past makes him retreat from love; the Disney-que family warmth enshrouding him since he arrived makes him cringe with cyncism. It is a life that he has sworn off with his sordid past. Dru realizes that J.D is the man for her and she is determined not to let him go, however when a sabotage endangers the Lawrence clan, J.D believes he is responsible for bringing them here, he is all the more disillusioned and believes that leaving Dru might be the best option for them....
You may wonder why Susan Andersen's latest is a sensation as a top pick for RT and Amazon editors with its uninspired story plot. It is straight-forward storytelling with delicious chemistry between the studly, muscle-bound J.D and the sassy Dru. Yet its unpretentiousness and honest emotions may shook you raw - J.D's reservations towards the kindness stems from an insidious betrayal where Aunt Edwina accused him wrongly of a theft. In the later part of the novel, he finds himself too impetuous, unheeding of edwina's apologies. His pride and tenderness makes him an endearing hero.
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