Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorian Kelly


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.

My thoughts:
This was the first audio book I checked out of our library for digital download.  I wanted to try listening to audio books while I run instead of music because a lot of the time I feel like I am having to decide between spending free time reading or running.  While it worked, I don't think the story kept me quite as motivated as music usually does.  I am going to give it another try before I rule it out entirely.  I also have to figure out how to remove it from my Ipod.  It isn't in itunes so I don't know how to select to remove it.  Can you tell the Ipod is still kind of new territory for me?

On to the actual book, I enjoyed this story.  It had good pacing and was fun.  There was a bit more about beer and brewing than I cared for, but had I been reading it I just would have skimmed over it.  My husband has brewed at home and I've heard all about the different components of brewing.  It just isn't my thing.  I liked the sleepy little town in the winter/fall and the way Kate went after what she needed.  There were some colorful and memorable characters along the way and a couple of interesting dogs.

I liked the mystery in the book too.  I accidentally listened ahead at one point so I found out who the person behind the sabotage was half way through, but it made me listen to see if I could have figured it out on my own if I hadn't already known and I have to admit, I'm not totally sure I would have.  Usually I can, but it could also be the difference between reading and listening, things that might have jumped off the page might not jump out as much listening, not really sure.

It was a fun listen and it is exciting that I got to read it so soon after it came out, usually it seems like lots of other bloggers are posting about the new books or coming out books they've read and I'm still months behind on getting to them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312651312
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 1/3/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Edition number: 1
Pages: 320


  1. This sounds like a cute read. I'm always hesitant with 2 author books though. The story doesn't always flow as well.

  2. The book begins with the premise of the main character trying to help a man figure out who is sabotaging his business, and meanwhile the two find themselves falling in love. I thought this was a pretty good premise, but the book ends up paying very little attention to the sabotage plotline, while focusing mainly on mundane interactions between the main character and her love interest. The focus on the love interest would not have been such a bad thing, except for the fact that the characters had NO chemistry and were extremely stiff. I expect all romance novels to have some level of cheesiness, but this one went above and beyond, to the point of being groan-worthy.