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Hero at Large Paperback – Jul 1987

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Jove Pubns (July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425100839
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425100837
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,203,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!


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About the Author

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

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Nothing new March 30 2010
By Migdy N - Published on
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.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
hero at large April 6 2010
By Tammy Hoyt - Published on
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 .
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Rotties Rule May 5 2010
By Dog Lover - Published on
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.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not Stephanie Plum! Jan. 13 2011
By tricia - Published on
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).
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Completely unbelievable March 12 2012
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Format: Kindle Edition
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. Or the fact that when she stamps her foot on day 3-4, she breaks his toe (yes, after breaking his arm). I've had horses step on my feet and find it quite implausible that a person would break a toe by stepping on another one's foot. And besides that - where is the literary purpose for this antic?

This is a waste. It's too bad, because the characters are very likable.

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