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Friday, September 25, 2009

Book Review: Smitten by Janet Evanovich

Smitten by Janet Evanovich
Book 2 in the Elsie Hawkins series

Unabridged, 4 hr. 56 mins.
Harper Audio
C. J. Critt (narrator)
July 19, 2006
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Genre: Romance, Audiobook

Source: Borrowed Audiobook from Library

“Single mom Lizabeth Kane isn't exactly carpenter material -- she's never picked up a hammer in her life. But she desperately needs the construction job that builder Matt Hallahan is offering. And even though he knows trouble is ahead, Matt can't refuse Lizbeth's irresistible smile.

Matt Hallahan isn't exactly relationship material -- he has always been too busy working on other people's houses to make a home of his own. And even though she knows better, Lizabeth can't stop thinking about the rugged carpenter.

Is the relationship Matt and Lizabeth are building solid -- or more like a house of cards?”

Now this was what I was looking for in a romance and I found it in a very unexpected place (a random pull off of the library shelf)!

Lizbeth is a newly single mother of two young boys who needs to find a way to make a living. She tries looking everywhere – but she is either over or under qualified. She makes a last ditch, rash, effort and applies for a job as…a carpenter? Now who saw that coming?

Lizbeth does not make a great carpenter – but not for wont of trying. But…her boss is the gorgeous Matt Hallahan, whom she soon starts to fall for. The budding romance story is set amongst two energetic kids, a crazy Aunt Elsie who comes to stay for the summer, a flasher who is a repeat offender, a construction scene, and an ex husband who is looking for a power struggle. How will romance survive all of this?

I very much enjoyed this story. There were many comedic scenes that occur on the construction site. Aunt Elsie is the craziest character that I have seen in awhile. One of the things that made this book so enjoyable was that the emotions of the characters and the life that they were living through were so real! This was a very short book and it left me wanting more…to know what would happen next.

I also found what was lacking in the other romance novels that I read…ROMANCE! There were tasteful sex scenes and sweet, tender moments shared between the characters that kept it rooted in reality.

I would definitely read another one of Evanovich’s romances.


C. J. Critt, the narrator, has a voice that at first can sort of grate on you nerves - at least that was what I thought - but as you go along you get used to it. She is also very talented at giving each character their own distinct voice and she really makes an already fun story more enjoyable.

If you are interested in this novel, why not read this excerpt?

Buy the Book: Amazon | B&N | RJ Julia

Also by Janet Evanovich:

Janet Evanovich has penned many, many novels, and among the romance novels are the following in the Elsie Hawkins sub-series:

back to the bedroom

Back to the Bedroom (book 1)

Wife for Hire

Wife for Hire (book 3)

the rocky road to romance

The Rocky Road to Romance (book 4)


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1 comment:

  1. I never tried a audio book, but maybe i should try it some of these days. Good romance books are always welcome. This one sounds very good and the cover is very pretty. :)


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