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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; Reprint edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 125001039X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250010391
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (258 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“…as the romance peaks and Matt and Kate share adventures, King hits her stride, ably handling the snappy dialogue between Matt and Kate in a way that distinguishes both characters and is absolutely fun to listen to.” – Publishers Weekly

 

“Destined to make your next road trip a blast.” – Shoals

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From the Back Cover

“CLASSIC ROMANCE…WITH AN EDGE OF MYSTERY…

sure to appeal to fans of both.”—Kirkus Reviews

The #1 bestselling Janet Evanovich teams up with award-winning author Dorien Kelly to deliver a sparkling novel of romantic suspense, small-town antics, secretive sabotage, and lots and lots of beer.

WHEN TROUBLE IS BREWING…

Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband has left her, she’s been fired as a magazine editor, and she’s got nothing left but the Nutshell—her parents’ summer house in Keene’s Harbor, Michigan. Kate hopes to turn the Nutshell into a bed-and-breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash, and the only job she can find involves beer and espionage.

…EAT, DRINK, AND BE WARY!

Matt Culhane wants Kate to spy on his brewery employees. Someone has been sabotaging his company, and if Kate finds the culprit, Matt will pay her a $20,000 bonus. Unfortunately, Kate despises beer, her co-workers don’t trust her—and she’s falling hard for her boss. Can these two smoke out a saboteur, save Kate’s B&B, and keep a killer from closing in…all while resisting their undeniable attraction to one another?

“Evanovich and Kelly skillfully combine comedy with romance and suspense

to make a story sure to please the reader.”—Booklist


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I could sit up and read her all night until the book is finished.
Tim
I am drawn to much more elaborate characters and story lines so this was really not a book for me.
Kim M. Federici
This is a sweet, light hearted and very wholesome romance/mystery and a very quick read.
Dianne E. Socci-Tetro

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65 of 73 people found the following review helpful By J. Evans on January 9, 2012
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I love the Stephanie Plum series and most of the other Janet Evanovich books. This one was VERY light reading and cute. But one of the absolute "have to have this book" reasons for reading Janet Evanovich books is it truly makes me laugh out loud. There is none of that in this book. A few funny lines from a child character but other than that it was bland. If one just wants something light to read it is nice - but don't expect the "belly rolling" laughter brought on by the Stephanie Plum series. I, personally, thought it was way over priced for what I got.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Rebekah Plum on January 12, 2012
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I have been a big fan of Janet Evanovich for many years but I do not see her style of writing in this book. There were very few "funny" moments and I didn't find myself caring about any of the characters. It is an ok story but predictable.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Virginia L Matheny on January 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a very "average" mystery and romance combined. You pretty much know where it's going. Only mildly amusing,not laugh out loud like the Stephanie Plum books. My husband told me he'd seen it at Sam's Club, so I would vett it for him since he loves the Plum books, but I'm giving this to Goodwill instead of to him. Eighteen bucks down the drain...
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35 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Dianne E. Socci-Tetro TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 3, 2012
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This is a sweet, light hearted and very wholesome romance/mystery and a very quick read.

Kate has just been fired from a bartending job, something she had to take to earn some money while she is trying to fix up her parents old B&B on Lake Michigan. She stomps off to confront the person she thinks s responsible for her job loss and meets Matt Culhane, who just happens to hold the mortgage that Kate is trying so hard to pay back Of course that mortgage is so far past due that Matt is ready to foreclose.

But Matt has been having some troubles of his own and decides that Kate would be the perfect person to `spy' for him. There has been a rash of vandalism at his micro-brewery/restaurant..

As the vandalism escalates Matt decides that Kate is the one for him, and despite her reticence with men since her very nasty divorce she starts having feelings for Matt too. Can she get beyond the fact that he is holding her mortgage and wants to turn her property into a restaurant?

This novel has an interesting story line and a mystery that had me going trying to figure it out. The writing team of Evanovich and Kelly threw in a very plausible red herring and I bit like a hungry grouper! The characters are very likeable, to the point that I would love to be friends with them. The writing is nice and tight, the story holds ones interest and even the secondary characters are enjoyable.

I truly liked this book a lot, and I hope that these two collaborate again in the future.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By F. Morris Rosman on January 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Dear Ms. Evanovich:
I have been reading your books for years and years, even before Stephanie came on the scene. But this one....well.....yuck.
Boring and I don't care one bit about the characters.
So I read about half and then gave it away to the LIbrary booksale.
Darn.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kim M. Federici on March 17, 2012
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This was my first encounter with the author. It seems that it has been written from a "familiar" structure for the author in the "recipe" style that comes when authors write for popular production. I thought the mystery was lacking in intricacy and intrigue. It was something that could have been a brief article in a very local newspaper about an incident in an equally small town and left there.

I am drawn to much more elaborate characters and story lines so this was really not a book for me. I want a book to suck me in and leave me with lasting images and understanding of the who, how, where and when. I need to love it so much that at the end, I want it to have more pages or another book coming. I want it to become a friend and be briefly unable to turn to another book for fear of losing the connection I have just formed to the story. This book was not any of this. For the best kind of story I look for, Barbara Kingsolver still rules with The Bean Tree and its sequels.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Verlen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2012
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I've read most of Evanovich's earlier romance novels (before Stephanie Plum) and found most of them to be cute, funny and engaging. Love in a Nutshell, while a passable romance novel with a dash of mystery tossed in failed to engage me as the two main characters seemed to lack chemistry.

Kate Appleton has been let go from her bartending job and she ends up working as a "corporate" spy for Matt Culhane who owns a local brewery. His brewery has been experiencing some vandalism and he hires Kate to be his ears and eyes. Unknown to Kate he also holds the mortgage on the Nutshell, her parent's summer home in Michigan which Kate wants to make into a bed and breakfast. Unfortunately she is facing foreclosure.

The story was well written with what should have been interesting charismatic characters, but unfortunately the two leads just didn't do it for me. Not sure why.

This is a nice easy "beach" read!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Agatha Christie on January 11, 2012
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This was a really huge waste of money.

No humor. No point.

The only saving grace was Chuck.

I don't know who this person is who co-wrote this mess, but if you ever see her name again, don't buy the book.

Why would an author such as Janet Evanovich be associated on a book cover with this person. She is risking her reputation.

A total waste of time and money.
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