Thursday, February 16, 2012

Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly

Title:  Love In a Nutshell
Author: Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
My Rating: B-

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: - 
Main Characters: Kate & Matt
Release Date: January 2012
ISBN: 9780312651312
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
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Sexual Intensity: g-rated

Story Overview:

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 Review:
If you are looking for a light, fluffy romantic read with a dash of suspense and mystery thrown in, this is a good book for you. This book was very entertaining and fun. I loved the brewery setting and I enjoyed Kate and Matt. There isn't anything too deep in this book...not even the romance. Honestly, I can think of only a handful of kisses throughout the entire book.  Although saying that, I have to admit that I never did figure out who the bad guy was until it was revealed in the book. I had NO CLUE, so the mystery/suspense story line is really well written...although even that was not particularly riveting.

So why didn't this get an A rating from me? Honestly, it was too light and fluffy. There were moments in the story line which could have been brilliant, but the authors just didn't take that extra step to make the characters three dimensional and real people. They kept it all light and fluffy. There would be a moment where the character started to feel real and emotionally-vested and then within a paragraph or two, they went back to the happy-go-lucky 2 dimensional character that they started out to be. The story line was all there for a phenomenal contemporary read. It just fell a bit flat in the follow-through.

Regardless of that though, it was entertaining and an easy read. I'd just say to wait until it comes out in paperback before buying (this book is not worth the hardback price)...or go check it out at the library (which is where I am donating my copy.) Do I regret reading it? Absolutely not. Will I read it again? Absolutely not. Overall, this was a "meh" book for me.

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