Thursday, May 3, 2012

Love in a Nutshell - Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly (St Martin's - Jan 2012)

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.

Fun book.  I loved Kate's assertiveness in asking Matt for a job - she knew what she wanted and she wasn't going to leave without it.  Matt figured he had just the thing for her - a job as a floater, which would expose her to all areas where she could try to figure out who is behind the sabotage.  They didn't count on the attraction that they tried to resist, or the "accidents" that went from nuisance to dangerous.  I really enjoyed their search for the truth.  I also liked seeing the ways that Kate helped with Matt's business, and could see where they could complement each other personally and professionally.  There were some really fun scenes - my favorite was the beer tasting.

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