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Mysterious and sexy, Maximillian Holt moves into Jamie Swift's life like a steamroller. She's the owner of a small town newspaper and he’s a notorious, brilliant billionaire--what could they possibly have in common? Apparently quite a lot, for besides their mutual affection for Max's airhead sister Deedee and his investment in Jamie's struggling business, they share an explosive sexual chemistry. Unfortunately, Jamie's already engaged to be married. But when someone sprays her office with gunfire, only Max can save her. Now she'll have to rely on him to sort out the tangle of embezzlement, mayhem, and attempted murder that threatens her bucolic world of Beaumont, South Carolina. But if they unravel the mysteries and manage to stay alive, is there any hope for a shared future between a cosmopolitan guy committed to tracking down evil and a small-town girl who just wants a normal life?

Authors Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes have paired up to create a fast-paced, wacky novel filled with eccentric characters and southern ambiance. In the time-honored tradition of such detective couples as Nick and Nora Charles (The Thin Man, After the Thin Man) the hero and heroine trade quips and parry sexual innuendos with panache while easily deciphering clues and adroitly coping with danger. Readers will thoroughly enjoy this Jamie Swift/Max Holt adventure, the first in a new series from this author duo. --Lois Faye Dyer

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What do you get when you throw together a daredevil multimillionaire, a talking car, a flaky newspaper owner, a retired wrestler turned mayoral candidate, a crazy Vietnam vet and a town full of corrupt bureaucrats? A far-fetched mystery that reads like a carnival ride spun out of control. While some readers may enjoy the ride, others will simply want to plant their feet on the ground. Playboy Max Holt, the bomb-setting boy genius from Evanovich's Full House, returns to Beaumont, S.C., to check up on his investment in the local paper, run by workaholic Jamie Swift, and to help his brother-in-law, mayoral candidate Frankie Fontana, locate the town's missing tax dollars. But when he and Jamie are shot at, it becomes clear that someone doesn't want him poking into Beaumont's financial affairs. The shooting doesn't deter Max, and neither do his subsequent encounters with dynamite, an alligator and a trigger-happy war veteran. Jamie, however, is sufficiently distraught for both of them, and her hysterics will make fans of Evanovich's more capable heroine, Stephanie Plum, cringe. Though the story is stuffed with marginally developed, oddball characters, their off-the-wall antics aren't enough to keep the suspense rising and the reader engaged.
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Product Details

  • Series: Max Holt (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (February 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031298328X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312983284
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #876,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was a fun, quick read, and full of adventure!
"intentaccess"
I wasn't really surprised by the "surprise" ending because it was really the only way to end the story so the plot was a little thin.
Silmarwen
Janet evanovich's Stefanie Plum books are much better.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Voracious Reader on February 24, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
will I buy an Evanovich and Hughes collaboration. I love the Stephanie Plum series by Evanovich, but I struggled thru the earlier book, Full House. And I couldn't even make it thru this one. It is AWFUL! I love to read. I read the cereal boxes at breakfast, but I couldn't make myself finish this book. The characters are very one dimensional. The writing is inconsistent (sometimes Max is the cousin and other times, he's the brother-in-law). Where was the editor? Please don't waste your time and/or money.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm sorry to say I'm one of the duped readers who put this dreadful little book on the best-seller list. I bought it on Evanovich's name alone, but wouldn't have if I'd had the sense to thumb through even the first two pages in the store. I've read and enjoyed all of Janet's Stephanie Plum series -- I suggest you buy one of those instead. (They're easy to spot, they have a number in the title, i.e., "Seven Up.") I've also enjoyed several of the out-of-print Evanovich romances and her Stephanie Plum Christmas book, although I'm neither a romance or mystery fan. Unlike any of Evanovich's other books, in Full Tilt the characters and plot are unbelievable and unsympathetic, the dialogue is stilted and forced, and Stephanie Plum's wit and intelligence are missing in Jamie Swift. Unfortunately, this means I'll be handling future Evanovich's with tongs -- or at least, a good, long in-store reading session before I plunk down the cash.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By "intentaccess" on June 21, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
No, this series is not like Stephanie Plum. This is not for Mystery fans, but more Romance fans. The Characters are well developed, but a bit far fetched, and the plots are a bit unbelievable. Even after all this I don't think it is a bad read. The story moves very quickly and is a page turner, it is not like you are getting bored throughout the book. I still am a fan and we will see as the series grows it may get better, there is a lot of room for that.
Max and Dee Dee are back from Full House, twenty years later. Dee Dee's Husband, Frankie, is running for mayor and is looking for missing tax dollars. His brother-in-law, Max Holt, comes to town to help him out. Max is helping out one of his sister's friends, Jamie Swift, by investing in her news paper. There is an instant connection there!
This was a fun, quick read, and full of adventure!
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By M. Snider on February 20, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As an avid reader of Janet Evanovich's stephanie plum series I was ecstatic when I saw that she has now decided to resurrect some old romance novels and revamp then in her now famous style.
When I read the first book in this series (Full House), I thought wow - cool - now I don't have to wait til June for the next stephanie plum. But then, unfortunately, I picked up full tilt. What a let down.
Clearly my opinion is not shared by everyone - in fact one of the reviewers that I usually respect - harriett klausner clearly really enjoyed the book. However, I think if you are a fan of romantic suspense and janet evanovich as well, you will be left unfulfilled by her latest novel. Unlike Full House, in which billie and nick drew you in as characters, I found Max to be generally uninteresting and unlikable - which seems like it would be hard to do with a character who is a genius, rich, and comes from a zany yet troubled past.
In addition to a boring (sorry but he is) male character, there is the relatively forgettable female lead, the head of a truly uninspired newspaper (a potentially interesting subplot which was really never explored). There is also Vera, an obnoxious semi-mother figure who really made me yearn for Grandma Mazur, and God help us all, a talking computerized Car - named Muffin. Please make it stop. To all the authors out there (Catherine Coulter this means you too) please stop with the artificial intelligence in anything from a car to a calculator - it is manufactured, unconvincing, and overall - not funny!
I really felt like full tilt had major potential, including characters and locations that could have been creatively utilized, but the story just did not gel - nothing came together. In fact, I practically had to force myself to slog through this sucker. My recommendation - read full house instead and put your seven fifty in a fund towards To the Nines, coming out in June - at least that is what I wish I had done.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you feel you must read this book, get thee to a library. Trust me, you don't need to waste your money on this one. As other reviewers have said, Evanovich is a talented writer. I haven't read any of Hughes' other books, but I'm willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, because "Full House," their previous collaboration, was pretty entertaining, if a bit rough around the edges. I bought this book based on that experience, and because I really enjoy the Stephanie Plum series by Evanovich. Add to that the carryover character of Max, whom I found interesting in "Full House," and I thought this book had to be a winner.
After the first hundred pages or so, all I could think was "Wow! This book really, really stinks. How is that possible?" It's not that the writing style or characters are different from Evanovich's Plum books. It's that the writing style and characters are hackneyed and boring. Want an example? Here's the gay personal assistant: "Beenie screamed and almost tripped on his own two feet jumping back. 'Oh, Lordy, you scared me half to death!' he cried. 'My heart is going pitter-patter, pitter-patter. I almost weeweed on myself.'" This book is just painfully bad.
For those of you (like me, unfortunately) who are tempted to read this book even after seeing all the bad reviews here, I have three words: find a library.
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