Release Date: 3 Jan 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Summary: Number one bestselling author 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 from her position as a magazine editor, and the only place she wants to go is to her parents’ summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene’s Harbor, Michigan. Kate’s plan is to turn The Nutshell into a Bed and Breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash, and the only job she can land is less than savory.
Matt Culhane wants Kate to spy on his brewery employees. Someone has been sabotaging his company, and Kate is just new enough in town that she can insert herself into Culhane’s business and snoop around for him. If Kate finds the culprit, Matt will pay her a $20,000 bonus. Needless to say, Kate is highly motivated. But several problems present themselves. Kate despises beer. No one seems to trust her. And she is falling hard for her boss.
Can these two smoke out a saboteur, save Kate’s family home, and keep a killer from closing in…all while resisting their undeniable attraction to one another? Filled with humor, heart, and loveable characters, Love in a Nutshell is delicious fun.
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Review: This is the first non-Stephanie Plum book for Evanovich that I've read and first one completely for Dorien Kelly so I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I was, however, very afraid after reading the summary that Love in a Nutshell's heroine would be a watered down version of my beloved Stephanie since they seemed awful similar. I'm so glad that this wasn't the case; Stephanie and Kate Appleton do share some qualities but Kate is definitely her own girl.
I adored Kate and Matt. They both had a wonderful sense of humor that was never too over the top or silly and always managed to keep me amused. Humor is such a difficult thing to include because not everyone finds the same things to be funny. I'm very picky when it comes to comedy. I dislike 'stupid' humor and anything that seems to try too hard doesn't work well for me either. Their voices had an absolutely perfect middle ground for me. It was seemingly effortless and encompassed a wide variety of humor.
I have no idea how Evanovich and Kelly went about writing this novel but everything flowed amazingly. The book switches between Kate and Matt's point of view. With two authors and two point of views I was expecting some choppiness but I never ran in to any.
Many of the twists and reveals were predictable but I didn't find that ruined the fun. I usually like being kept in the dark and being just as surprised as the characters. For Love in a Nutshell I found the predictability to be sort of homey and reassuring. That's not really the best way to describe it but the book is set in a small town where everyone knows each other and it was a sweet, funny romance. I felt that being predictable built on that rather than made it boring.
My only disappointment with Love in a Nutshell was with its ending. I liked the ending but it wasn't satisfying. I felt like there was at least an epilogue or another chapter that I was missing. It went from the climax of the story to another page or two then 'The End'. As a romance the book should have had just a little more to it than what was given in my opinion.
Kate glanced at the serrated bread knife in her hand. Great. She’d have to saw the prowler to death.Rating: 4 Bites (Really enjoyed it)
A knock sounded at the front door. Kate considered this a good sign. So far as she knew, homicidal maniacs didn’t knock. Then again, she had limited experience with homicidal maniacs.
“Jeez, this is like one of those horror movies!” Ella said. “Don’t go to the front door. That’s the equivalent of the stupid babysitter who goes down into the basement. Just hide.”