Book Twenty Three: Love In a Nutshell

Love in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelley

This book definitely gets a 9/10

It was funny, it was cute, it had tension, an outside antagonist, excitement, drama, mystery, and the cream of the crop, a happy ending!

Definitely one of the best RomComs I’ve read in a while. This is including the Stephanie Plum books, also by Janet Evanovich, which I still rave about. This is probably one of the few *true* RomComs I’ve read in a while.

It takes place in Michigan, where I live, and talked a lot about beer. Which is funny, because one of the main characters is really allergic to it.

I’ve said before I’ve got a thing for strong female characters, and this book doesn’t disappoint me!

Kate Appelton is a downtrodden woman. She doesn’t feel independent, strong or capable of doing anything. And it annoys her, so what does she do? She tackles project impossible. I really love her motto she uses when she starts to freak out, “You’re a big strong dog who can jump high.” I think I’m going to start using that!

I recommend this book, I was sad when it was over. I definitely had a book hangover.


Book 11: Smokin’ Seventeen

Smoking 17, by Janet Evanovich.

Once again Stephanie Plum finds herself in the middle of a murder plot. While starting on building the new bonds office, the construction workers uncover a hand. Now bodies are starting to come up everywhere. And what’s worse, they’re “For Stephanie”.

I’m satisfied with this book, it’s got curses, sex, violence, breaking and entering, explosions, stolen cars, acid reflux and food. What more can you want out of a Stephanie Plum novel? Not a whole lot.

Now I am dying to get the next one, and I’ve got to wait a while yet. It’d be out of sequence to order it now, plus I’ve got the hunger games to read.


11 books down, 89 to go!

Book 9: Sizzling Sixteen

Vincent Plum is missing!

Dun dun dun

The bonds office is so far in the red they can’t buy a stack of papers!

Dun dun dun

Vinny is caught on Stark street, pants around his ankles. Now Lucille wants nothing to do with him and even worse, her father Harry the Hammer won’t fork over the money for him.

He’s gotten into some bad deals with “Sunflower” and he is ready to do some damage if Vinnie doesn’t get him One Million three thousand dollars!

It’s up to Stephanie, Lula and Connie to raise the money, rescue Vinnie, and hide him with someone who will put up with him long enough to give him a chance to get his wife Lucille back.

A car doesn’t explode, but two buildings do.

Another satisfying Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich! Though, I’m still a fan of the earlier ones, I think I’m torn between Ten Big Ones and Eleven on Top as current favorites…But I think Four to Score may top them both…It’s hard to decide which one I like the most.

9 down, 91 to go!

One for the Money Movie Review

For those of you who have read Janet Evanovich’s “One for the Money” or have seen the previews for this movie trust me, it doesn’t disappoint!

Now, if you’re as obsessively into the books as I am (I started reading the first at the end of November and am now in the middle of the sixteenth) this movie is definitely worth the cost of admission. I don’t know if I’d go see it in theaters again–I don’t see movies in theaters that often really…but I’m starting to a lot more!–but when it comes on DVD I’m definitely going to buy it.

I hope they make the rest, even if they do it James Bond style and change up the actress playing Stephanie every few movies, which is pretty much how it would have to go. I hope it’s not like the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, where it is set up perfectly for a sequel and they just leave it there.


For the avid readers of the book I’ll drop a few words that will help you out.

Dumpster, Buick, Shower, Ranger, Explosion, Meat Truck, Cupcake, Chicken.


That is actually a few of the highlights, in no particular order, of the movie that were in the book.

Now, to my not-avid readers, I brought my good friend with me who had never read these books before! She loved it, she laughed just as hard as I did, perhaps a little more because she wasn’t expecting some of the things that happened!

I give this movie 4 out of 5 stars! I enjoyed it a lot and really, what more can you ask out of a movie?

Book 8: Finger-Lickin Fifteen

Woo! Back to some normal Stephanie Plum madness!

Woo! Cars explode!

Stephanie and Morelli are broken up.

Ranger’s got a security problem.

Lula has a decapitation problem.

Stephanie has a lot of problems with Lula trying to learn how to make barbecue in her kitchen and staying there, firebombs in her apartment, Joyce Barnhart trying to move in on Morelli and an all too sexy man who’s bed she happens to be sharing.

I enjoyed this one, once I was able to get over the 14th and into this one I couldn’t stop reading it and I couldn’t stop grinning.



8 books down, 92 to go. I can make it!

book 7: fearless fourteen

Ok, so, I’m highly disappointed with this one. It took me way to long to get through it, not one of Stephanie’s cars blew up, Ranger was barely in it and it ended like a cliche and bad sitcom with everyone sitting in the same room laughing and watching TV.

Skip it. The next one is better.

Book 6: Lean Mean Thirteen

Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich


Stephanie’s ex-husband is missing, right after Stephanie plants a bug in his office for Ranger…and she attacks him.

So guess who’s the main suspect?

You got it, Stephanie Plum.

Stephanie’s Nemesis Joyce is sleeping with him now, and now Joyce won’t stop following Stephanie.

How does she end up in all these messes? Nobody knows, but find out how it happened this time.


6 down, 94 to go!