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From the Back Cover

Dear Reader:

In a previous life, before the time of Plum, I wrote twelve short romance novels. Red-hot screwball comedies, each and every one of them. The romances were originally published between the years 1988 and 1992. All immediately went out of print and could be found only at used bookstores and yard sales.

I'm happy to tell you that those stories have now been re-released by HarperCollins, presented in almost original form. I've done only minor editing to correct some embarrassing bloopers missed the first time around.

Hero at Large was the very first book published. It's about a sexy guy who cooks a potholder in spaghetti sauce and charms a single mom and former world-class ice skater with the promise of a ride on his Zamboni. It's got broken bones, giant turkeys, cantankerous cars, and Aunt Edna.

This was the book that changed my life forever and made me a published author. When Hero finally reached the bookstores, I was almost arrested for loitering in Walden's. I stationed myself in the romance section and wouldn't leave until I saw someone buy my book. It took three days!

Enjoy!

About the Author

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061985945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061985942
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,647 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Migdy N on March 30, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Whoever has read Evanovich before knows that after a while her books are still funny but exactly the same. I have been a fan for a while and still enjoy reading her but confess that am getting tired of the same plot with different names. Basically, no surprises, we can always know what to expect. I wouldn't recommend paying 9.99 for this book, wait until it's cheaper and you will have a fun time.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Tammy Hoyt on April 6, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I am a huge Janet Evanovich fan and have read every one of her books. Many of the early ones are really good but not this one. This is the worst one of her books! It's corny, stupid, and lacks all the humor found in the rest of her novels .
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dog Lover on May 5, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I admit it. I bought this book because of the Rottie on the cover. I have (now) all these reprints of Evanovich's early works. They are almost all identical - cute but repetitive after the 3rd or so title. However, I couldn't pass by that Rottie.

Sigh. He almost never appeared in the story. A few lines but no relationship with his owner. Drat.

Anyway, as with all the others from this reprint group, the story is cute. A good way to while away a couple of hours but nothing to write home about...or to warrant time writing a thorough review.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tricia on January 13, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Janet Evanovich's readers are so hungry for new books, that her publisher has re-released many of her first romance novels to keep up with demand. Unfortunately, these re-releases lack the sparkle that I so enjoy with Stephanie. In this book, a figure skater with car problems is aided by a hunky "carpenter". Semi-wackiness ensues, and true love begins. There is an aunt character that is so much like Grandma Mazur that you may wonder if they're twins. Sort of spoiler alert: The main characters fall in love and tell each other so in the first night they meet. Their emotions grow stronger by the minute. I found that really absurd.
So, I will go hungry for Evanovich books between the Plum series publications rather than buy anymore of the re-releases (this was my 4th).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2012
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I have read all of Evanovich's Plum series except the last one... as another reviewer posted, they all begin to be the same (and 18 books worth of sexual indecision between Stephanie Plum and her two guys is not something her editors should let her get away with).

But - this is not of the Plum series and I decided to give it a chance before tossing it into the donation pile.

Janet does a decent job creating chemistry between the two characters, but the plot is so bad I cannot believe a publishing house took this book, especially since it was her first book - not even an established author's book.

The biggest problem is that Chris, the heroine, lets Ken, the hero, move into her house (as a boarder) the DAY she met him! She has a daughter and an elderly relative living at the house and did no checking at all into his background, criminal history, etc. Well - the first bit of astonishing nonsense came in the first couple of pages when the hero is hitting on her after she broke his arm and while they are en route to the hospital. Really?? And the last straw for me is on day three, when Chris arrives home from work to find that aunt and daughter have flown to another state to be with a relative who had a baby early. The aunt took the daughter on a last-minute plane trip without even telling the mother. Stranger/hero delivers the news when she returns home. She never calls to find out if they arrived safely or if they indeed are where he said they were.

I suppose if the absurd plot line doesn't bother the reader, the fact that on day one the hero is sporting a full beard and on day four he has four days of stubble (with mention that he has decided to grow a full beard - it's not just an "in passing" discrepancy) will be nothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By I Like Books on March 23, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Sorry folks but I found Chris to be entirely tedious, and actually irritating. Rudeness is not funny, nor is stupidity. Why Ken had any interest in this Little Orphan Annie lookalike with a bad attitude and poor judgement is entirely beyond me. I've read a few Evanovich books before and liked them, but this? Almost ended up in the trash. Cute cover, good author, but this one is a total stinker. I give it two thumbs emphatically down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Caswell VINE VOICE on August 25, 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Before Janet Evanovich authored her Stephanie Plum series she wrote twelve romance novels that were all re-released by HarperCollins in the past couple of years. This was Janet's very first book published. When I saw it on my To-Be-Read pile I knew it was perfect for the What's In A Name Challenge for the book with a size in the title.

Chris Nelson gave up her figure skating career for a man only to have the marriage end in divorce. She is now a single mom living with her daughter and her aunt. She coaches young hopeful skaters until they rise to the national level. The rink she uses is not equipped to handle the schedules needed for skaters at that high level.

The book starts out with her car breaking down on the turnpike. She can handle almost anything life throws at her but mechanical things like cars are beyond her knowledge. She usually drives a car until it dies and then buys another used one. Who could have guessed that her life would change forever that day on that turnpike?

A handsome hunk of a man, Ken Callahan, comes to her rescue. But after he alerts her to the lack of oil in her vehicle she lets the hood fall, landing on his arms, breaking one of them. He remains perfectly calm and requests that she take him to the hospital. Then she meets his dog, a huge rottweiler, and finds out just how close the quarters are she tries to drive him to the hospital in his truck. This is just where the fun begins!!

I really liked this story. Some days it is just fun to read a story you know will have a happy ending. Romance novels like this fit the bill wonderfully. It is important to remember that this was the author's first published novel originally published in 1987 and has only had minor editing. Reading this book now you can see how Stephanie Plum was created by this author. She has a definite style.

It is full of humor and a very entertaining fast read. A great escape for an afternoon.
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