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Love in a Nutshell Mass Market Paperback – Jul 31 2012

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  • 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: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #303,747 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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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.


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.


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

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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By Pat the cat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 18 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I'm a big fan of Evanovich's detective series - I've read it all and I just love the wit of Stephanie Plum and the crazy people that make up her world. A few years ago, I tried the "Plum spooky" series but didn't like it -- too over the top, too sexual. But, after several "serious" books and thrillers, I needed a fix of carefree, fun, witty, amusing story-telling. Well, I was disappointed. The premise is cute but the plot never really leaves the ground. It's mostly about the adolescent thoughts of a cute girl and a hot guy who are attracted to one another but trying to play it cool like in high school. Such silly preoccupation doesn't warrant hard cover treatment, in my opinion. The writing is hip but there isn't much substance and few, if any, funny situations. Half the book is wasted on immature sexual innuendos. The intrigue is tepid and lots of pages are spent on irrelevant scenes. The identity of the villains responsible for the sabotage and their reasons for doing so are beyond credible. It's a big, big snooze... I find it sad to see that Evanovich is wasting her talent on such drivel...I give it 2 stars out of five (bad).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristin Radford on Feb. 19 2013
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I have read all of Janet Evanovich's books and this one was no disappointment. I bought it in the grocery store and lent it to my sister and then ended up buying it for my tablet to read since I hadn't gotten the book back yet.
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I hesitated to give this book one star. I am a huge fan of Janet Evanovich and anxiously await her newest novel. I forced myself to read this book; passed it on to two friends and we all agree that it was a waste of money . Am wondering if she really co-wrote this --certainly no sign of Janet's wonderful writing in this book.
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As usual these Evanovich collaborations have fascinating characters, fast story changes, and a lot of really funny situations, ending happily.
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66 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Cute - But no Laugh Out Loud here Jan. 9 2012
By J Evans - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
36 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Evanovich? Jan. 12 2012
By Rebekah Plum - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
33 of 42 people found the following review helpful
So pedestrian, surprised Evanovich gave her name to this Jan. 7 2012
By vlmsan - Published on
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...
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Boring! So sad.... Jan. 28 2012
By F. Morris Rosman - Published on
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Nothing New Here For Evanovich Fans Jan. 28 2012
By Bellingham Bookworm - Published on
Format: Hardcover
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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