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Love in a Nutshell Hardcover – January 3, 2012

4.0 out of 5 stars 305 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Culhane Family Series

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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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“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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780312651312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312651312
  • ASIN: 0312651317
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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Having read the first 15 books of the Stephanie Plum series I feel like I am kind of an expert of Janet Evanovich's writing style. After reading Love in a Nutshell I do see many similarities between Kate and Stephanie.

-Kate and Stephanie:
-Both recently divorced from a bad marriage to a weaselly man named Richard (Dick and/or Dickie).
-Both have been fired from jobs they like.
-Both are at a cross roads in their lives and are trying to hide it from their family.
-Both keep nothing in their refrigerators.
-Both have parents who think this is still 1960 and the same morals apply.
-Both have red hot love interests who often go by their last names (Morelli and Cullhane).
-Both love interests had "active" love lives when they were younger and were considered the town's Romeo.
-Both have lived platonically with their love interests due to a bad guy trying to hurt them.
-Both have been "saved" from a dangerous situation by their love interest.
-Both male love interests have dogs with cute people names and great personalities (Bob and Chuck).
-Both are able to solve mysteries for money/catch bad guys with no real skill sets other than plucky personalities.

I could go on and on... Clearly Janet's contribution to this story was her tried and true character outline and choice of the book's font.

It's not that there is anything wrong with this book; it's just that it's nothing new for Evanovich fans or the genre in whole.
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This is a gentler, old-fashion romance novel. No detailed explicit sex, but very surprising hazardous events.

Newly divorced Kate Appleton has moved to her family summer home, intending to fix it up, (takes a lot of money), and open as a bed and breakfast. However, she has just been fired from her job at a beer parlor.

She goes to Matt Culhane, who made the beer that was so bad and ruined her job, and insisted that he owed her a job!

He has been having a lot of small 'bad luck' happenings, and hires her to work different places in his brewery to find who is sabotaging him, or what is happening! Bonus of $20,000 if she can pin it down, with minimum wage to start. She's appalled at being a snitch, he replies that he would regard her as a secret agent. That sounds much better, and she needs the money. (He doesn't know where she lives, but owns the mortgage on her house! She doesn't know that, either.)

The happenings become more and more serious, and eventually become life threatening. Matt insists that she move in with him so that he can protect her! His sisters go into an, 'Ah ha' mode, hoping that he has finally fallen for a woman.

Her family wants to come visit for Thanksgiving. Her parents come first, and fall into a nostalgic, romantic mode, playing records and dancing until late, and pretending that they are snowbound! They are driving Kate nuts.

No more, or this review would become a spoiler.

This is a quick, light read, and I enjoyed it very much. I read the book in one sitting as I wanted to see what happened.

I recommend it. It's entertaining.
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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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