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Love in a Nutshell Hardcover – January 3, 2012
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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--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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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 Nutshellher 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 herand 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
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Love in a nutshell is an enjoyable read all around but... not worth the nine bucks I paid for my kindle edition!! You are mainly paying for Janet Evanovich's name (I've enjoyed many of her books) however...there are plenty of good reads out there for a fraction of that price from authors less known. Not to take credit from Dorien Kelly here who is a great writer too ( really liked her Ballymuir series :)
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.
Which is why the opening chapter shows Kate seeking an interview at the Depot Brewing Company.
Matt Culhane is the small-town hero, a hunk, and someone who could be a definite challenge in more ways than one. And he owns the Depot Brewing Company. Working for him could be more than Kate bargained for; however, they strike up a deal: she has a job and a chance for a $20,000.00 bonus if she catches the people sabotaging the brewery.
What a fun read! I liked Kate and her sheer pluckiness. She kind of reminded me of Stephanie Plum with more polish, but the same amount of bravado. Matt was definitely a great love interest, and the fact that the two kept each other at arm's length for awhile added to the anticipation.
But what surprises are in store for Kate? What secret is Matt keeping that could tip the balance away from the two of them making it? And how can Kate stay alive long enough to find the saboteur(s)?
The dog characters were great fun, too, from Chuck, Matt's three-legged dog, to Stella, Kate's poodle.
There were a number of possible suspects, but I had it figured out before the end. It was still fun to watch Kate put the pieces together. Four stars for Love in a Nutshell. And I hope that we'll see more of Kate Appleton in future books.
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