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Love in a Nutshell (Culhane Family #1)

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Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband has left her, she’s been fired as a magazine editor, and she only wants to go to her parents’ summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene’s Harbor, Michigan, and make a Bed and Breakfast inn. Matt Culhane needs a spy in his brewery for a saboteur, and Kate is new in town. But Kate despises beer and nobody trusts her.
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Published January 3rd 2012 by Macmillan Audio
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DJ =^^=
WARNING for audiobook readers:
Janet Evanovich uses the same narrator that she used with the Stephanie Plum series. My only complaint about the narrator is that the character voice sound just the same. A few times I caught myself saying that's Stephanie, Joe Morelli or Ranger's voice.
Barbara ★
I really love these quirky romances by Janet Evanovich and assorted co-writers. They are cute with hottie guys, ditzy (but hilarious) heroines and screwy circumstances. Who could ask for more in a funny romance.

Kate Appleton has returned to her childhood vacation home with the hopes of renovating the cottage into a Bed and Breakfast. Unfortunately her parents have allowed the mortgage to go into arrears (is that the correct term?) and now someone has purchased the property and is trying to evict...more
Duchess Nicole
Jan 13, 2013 Duchess Nicole rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of light, sweet , PG rated contemporary romance
This was a sweet, lighthearted, nothing special contemporary romance. I think Evanovich has made such a name for herself with her humor and the crazy antics of her characters that I've come to expect it from her non-Plum titles. Sometimes she delivers, but not in this case.

The funniest part about this book was the way that Kate forces Matt in to hiring her at the beginning of the book. Matt is a stand up guy who was the wild boy of Keene's Harbor in his younger days. He's come home and is now n...more
Sean Logan
It's a bit discouraging when an author becomes so formulaic that the publisher holds them to a certain word or page count, and than 9/10ths into the book the writer realizes they had better start wrapping things up. "Love in a Nutshell" is one of these books. Janet Evanovich has perfected the light-romantic-mystery formula with her Stephanie Plum series; however, she may want to look at other authors' techniques for writing and concluding a stand alone book.

"Love in a Nutshell" is a fun book, ni...more
Mary
This was an ok book that was a quick light read but nothing that I would highly recommend. I have been a big fan of Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, but it was hard to tell how much of this was her work and how much was Dorien Kelly's work.

The plot had holes in it. After a divorce, the heroine Kate Appleton moves back to a small town in Michigan where her family has a summer home. Kate plans of fixing the home up and opening a bread and breakfast. Problem is there is a huge mortgage on the home...more
Kjen
****2.5 stars**** I know, not my usual fare. I have this need to read everything that Evanovich writes because she penned Ranger Manoso's character. Since then, she hasn't used him properly, but still I read?.... Anyway, this was a quick, ok read for me, I guess. I figured out early on who the bad guy was. Also, it is really, really obvious that Evanovich is having a hard time with sexual tension between the leads and will throw in any even remotely possible twist to stave off a love/sex scene.
Annmarie
2.5-3 stars for what it is, a fluffy, chick lit/romance read with a bit of mystery to it and not a lot of depth. It's like drinking Mountain Dew. Why did I read this? because the reviews were good and it sounded like a good beach-read type book. LJ: "Sassy dialog, laugh-out-loud humor, vastly appealing characters, and an intriguing setting make this fast-paced, suspenseful romance one to imbibe." Bah. Not so much, LJ. It's ok. It's close to that, but a few notches below achieving it. Fast read,...more
Megan
This book is awful in a stellar way. The plot is like every Janet Evanovich only less funny, sexy, or thrilling. The writing is pretty cheesy, and I have proof:

"She looked up from the cross word puzzle she was doing. "What's a four-letter word for idiot? She asked. "Matt." "Really. Throw me a word." "Dolt." She frowned down at the puzzle, then smiled up at him. "That fits." And it fit him, too. Since when had he not grabbed for what he wanted? "Can you call and reschedule tomorrow's meetings un...more
Melissa
Kate Appleton just wants a chance to restart her life. Her husband divorced her, taking her beloved poodle with him, and much of her self-confidence. Movie to Keene’s Harbor, and remodeling her family’s old summer cottage, The Nutshell, into a bed and breakfast is the new start she is hoping for; until she loses her job, and she discovers that the Nutshell needs more than just a touch of paint. In a fit of temper, Kate storms in to Matt Cuhane’s office and demands a job, because she blames him
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Sharon Redfern
This was a nice light romance from the team of Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly. For readers used to the craziness of Ms. Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, this might seem a little tame, but it is an enjoyable read. The two main characters are normal everyday people who find that they need help from each other to get their lives back on track. It is refreshing to read a book that is just plain fun to read.
Kate is divorced and trying to keep her family home so she can start a new life and career...more
Christi Snow
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 boo...more
Morgan Wyatt
Love in a Nutshell is another romance by the team of Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly, best known for The Husband List>. This contemporary romance stars a recently divorced and unemployed Kate Appleton. Down on her luck Kate has an idea to turn her family’s summer home on Lake Michigan into a charming B&B. Her only problem is money, which lack of employment exacerbates.

Kate realizes she has to use her natural gumption to get a job at Depot Brewery. She had no option to take “no” for an an
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Melissa
Kate moves into her family's old summer home when she gets divorced and loses her job with the plan to renovate it and turn it into a bed and breakfast. Only the mortgage was sold and she has to come up with the money to pay the loan in four months. She goes to work for Matt at a local microbrewery as a floater, but she is really a spy for him trying to find out who has been sabatoging his business.

I was really disappointed in this book. I read the book all in one night and can't say that I was...more
Knitme23
Well, this one started off strongly, reminding me of how Jennifer Crusie at her best can fill a story with detail that really shapes the character and plot (Faking It--lots of info on art and art dealing and preservation, etc). . . So this one started with lots of restaurant and home brew info, but then suddenly, about 1/3 in, got very thin--random plot events (her house was infested by bees and it only merits a casual one line mention?), baseless adoration (they're suddenly in love with each ot...more
Michelle
Well. I finished it. Despite a lot of reasons that I shouldn't have: dialogue that didn't gel, characters that were not fully drawn, and a terribly done romance. Why then did I finish it? I wanted it to get better. And it went so fast that it was over before I knew it. Fair warning.
Bec Sachse
You lost me at the word 'crapola' (or maybe even before that). On a positive note I did actually finish the book. On the negative side, it was like going to see a rom-com and leaving completely unsatisfied - you only just kept watching because the lead guy was eye candy.
Caro
This was good. I liked the characters and the story line. But overall this wasn't really a page-turner. This would be more for passing time and/or nothing else to read or do. It wasn't all that exciting but I liked the overall concept of the book. Good Luck!
Norma
Quick short fun summer read. I enjoyed the characters but thought it ended abruptly! I may try another Janet Evanovich book
Paula  Phillips
As a fan of her Stephanie Plum series and the one Diesel Tucker novel I've read , I have decided to go on a Janey Evanovich spree and check out her other novels. The first one up was Love in A Nutshell co-authored by Dorien Kelly. Love in A Nutshell takes us into the world of Kate Appleton whom has lost everything she had spent her life gaining from her job to her husband and even her house and pet dog Stella. With nowhere else to go, Kate decides to head to the family's summer Lake House in Kee...more
Kari Anderson
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...more
Jennifer Daiker
Kate Appleton is a hot mess and from page one that will entice you.

Fact - She's lost her job.
Fact - She lives in an old broken down house that she'd like to make into a bed and breakfast.
Fact - She has no money.

This hard headed female doesn't let that stop her. She marches right to the gentlemen who got her fired in the first place. The hottie who owns a very popular brewery and who will soon own her heart, Matt.

He gives her a job - To spy on his employees. Some strange things have been happeni...more
Amber
This book was just meh. It wasn't great and it wasn't horrible. It fell to just "ok" Maybe its me getting over the whole romance genre. Who knows. It wasn't a thick book by any means so realistically I should have been able to finish in a day maybe two. Well I kept setting it down. I liked the characters for the most part but I felt like the book was lacking something. Just not sure what. I am a HUGE fan of Janet Evanovich books. Her Stephanie Plum series is one of my faves. This book almost fel...more
Sandie
I love this writer, but I don't love her as much when she is teamed up with another writer. I also really love her stand alone romances, nearly as much as I love her series so when I saw another one out I snatched it up!

It was a very cute book....but it dragged at many points for me. There always seems to be at least one unique pet or person and sometimes both in each of these romances. This one wasn't any different and as always I enjoyed them. Chuck and Stella are definately quirky!

There was...more
Minna
Well, I read this in spite of - not because of - the author. Janet Evanovich doesn't hold any especial allure for me, and frankly after one or two Stephanie Plum books I had had enough.
I really enjoyed the setting, being from Michigan myself, but that wasn't much of a surprise. The plot was admittedly a little thin, considering the fact that a real business facing that level of sabotage would have some darn good security installed (never mind an amateur "snoop" hired for a $20,000 bonus to catc...more
Mandy Sickle
For the final week of my words with friends challenge I decided to finish off with one of my favorite authors. Kate’s life has hit the bottom so when the chance to reinvent herself comes up she has to jump at the chance. Kate’s ok with saying goodbye to the past she doesn't need the cheating ex-husband or the magazine editor job. Determine to turn her parent’s cottage The Nutshell into a Bed and Breakfast Kate sets out for Keene’s Harbor. However her problems just keep adding up after losing her...more
J
I pick this book mostly because of the cover, it got my attention and couldn’t let it go after I started reading it. I’ve finished it in 24 hours… I’m a book addicted, what else can I say.
The story is involving, mostly because of the way the chapter ends. Always with something left hanging so you need to turn the page and begin the next chapter and find out what happened next. You need to read to know how they catch the crazy person that’s been trying to ruin Matt’s business and almost getting K...more
John
From the author of book-turned-movie “One for the Money” starring Katherine Heigl, Evanovich teams up with Kelly bring you the story of Kate Appleton. Kate gets fired, divorced, and moves into her parents decrepit summer home. With the mortgage behind, she takes on a job at the local brewery to spy and determine who causing the sabotage.

Slightly amusing, slightly romantic, slightly suspenseful, and I strongly emphasize the usage of slightly. There were no “laugh-out-loud” moments, no “awws”, and...more
Bruce Snell
This is another romance novel from Janet Evanovich - this time with the assistance of co-writer Dorien Kelly. This book follows the usual Evanovich romance outline where the female protagonist, Kate Appleton, is facing personal, professional and economic difficulties, and meets a handsome, well to do business man who gives her a job. Complications ensue, and they fall in love. This book has all the complexity of marshmallow whip, but sometimes fluff is the most interesting part of the diet. I wa...more
Jaclyn
This book was just the light-hearted story I was looking for. Evanovich never seems to disappoint when you're looking for an uber chick-lit book. It had likeable, good-looking, feisty characters, a fun light-hearted love story, with just the right amount of tension and drama to make it a good story. As with all Evanovich books, I blew through this book very quickly and loved every minute. I just wish I'd savored it a bit more because now I'm ready for the next one. This is a great summer read, i...more
Jennifer
I really enjoyed reading this one. I appreciated the maturity of it, compared to Evanovich's other series (which all seem to have the same recognizable format and tone), and the pace. I was able to read this over a few days, without blazing through it or feeling like it dragged on. My only issue was when Stella arrived on scene. I'm all for a good dog angle, but this one didn't really work all that well for me and the story seemed to hit the skids at about that point, after which it seemed to wr...more
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.
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