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.