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Motor Mouth (Alex Barnaby #2)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  21,052 Ratings  ·  689 Reviews
Sequel to the bestselling 'Metro Girl', this title features Alexandra 'Barney' Barnaby. A woman with a little bit of edge, a whole lot of smarts, and an uncanny knack for danger, Barney is back to mix it up with racing bad boy Sam Hooker and battle another set of bad guys.
Published August 6th 2007 by HarperTorch (first published October 3rd 2006)
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Jan 17, 2013 Tiffunee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baltimore mechanic turned amateur sleuth Alexandra "Barney" Barnaby), the sexy bleached blonde and her hunky NASCAR driver and sometime boyfriend, Sam Hooker, stumble into a high-octane misadventure that implicates them in numerous felonies, including multiple murder, breaking and entering, kidnapping, and, of course, grand theft auto. Now working as Hooker's race-day spotter -- and trying to come to grips with the handsome driver's recent infidelity with a salesclerk -- Barnaby guides her forme ...more
Feb 12, 2012 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one better than the first, it was hilarious from start to finish. Nothing went as they planned with hilarious results(and lots of dead bodies along the way).

(view spoiler)
Jocelyn Jazmen
This is my second Evanovich book, the first being Hot Six. And true to form, it has the same wit and charm and zinging one-liners. There is a lot of stuff on NASCAR racing which required a good knowledge of the subject, and which I appreciated up to a point. There are a lot of parallels with Hot Six, that seem to be formulaic.

Amusing Dog - in this one it's a St. Bernard, Beans. (Bob the retriever was in Hot Six)
Horny Man trying to get into heroines panties - in this one it's Sam Hooker, who ende
Jun 19, 2014 A.M. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love the Stephanie Plum series. They are formulaic and you always know what to expect but they make me laugh. This is book two in her Alex Barnaby series. Alex trained as an engineer but has somehow ended up in motor racing as a spotter.
From this position, she observes some odd behaviour from Gobbles, the spotter for another team, just before a crash that allows a less talented driver to win and her driver, Hooker, to come in second. She suspects that the team is cheating but she can’t prove i
Kate Millin
Mar 10, 2011 Kate Millin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baltimore mechanic turned amateur sleuth Alexandra "Barney" Barnaby), the sexy bleached blonde and her hunky NASCAR driver and sometime boyfriend, Sam Hooker, stumble into a high-octane misadventure that implicates them in numerous felonies, including multiple murder, breaking and entering, kidnapping, and, of course, grand theft auto. Now working as Hooker's race-day spotter -- and trying to come to grips with the handsome driver's recent infidelity with a salesclerk -- Barnaby guides her forme ...more
Jul 11, 2008 Cherise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
First I have to say that I am a HUGE Janet fan. I have all her books and have read and re-read them a zillion times. When Metro Girl came out I was excited... I was not thrilled with Metro Girl, but I liked it. I felt like it was a rushed book, not the greatest but good. Then she started Motor Mouth and kept pushing back the release date so I thought she was really taking her time with this one and it was going to be better. I was wrong! My sister and I bought the book on it's release date. My s ...more
Jun 25, 2013 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I probably would have liked this book better if I actually read it versus the book on tape. I did not care for the narrator at all. Her voices for the different characters were down right goofy. & I feel like I almost should be offended. I have seen many a NASCAR race and interviews and haven't came across anyone that sounded so stupid. Or southern. The narrator tried too hard, I think.

This was just okay. The hijinks were kind of unbeliveable, but it is a work of fiction. But I do think the
Jennifer Green
I have never really been able to get into the other Evanovich series - Stephanie Plum all the way - so I thought that the graphic novels could break me into the Alex Barnaby stream since the first book didn't quite accomplish that. But unfortunately, this is one where you should read the series so that you understand the characters. I did like the approach and the call outs for each character were great, but ....
I must admit, there were some times that this had me chuckling. Mostly I think because I listened to the first Barney novel by Evanovich as an audio-book and I can still hear the reader's voice in my head as Hooker. "Darlin'!"

The further adventures of BArney and Hooker, once again in trouble and once again in Miami. The details about NASCAR tend to bore me, but I did enjoy some of the interplay amongst characters. Discussions on "the man in the boat" and such were amusing. I did have to wonder
Jun 21, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Ok, so I didn't give up on Alex. Janet seems to have figured her out some, so I like Alex even better this time around, although I still have some beef with her. I don't find Alex's new career in NASCAR particularly plausible at all, for example. Surprising even me, Stephanie's transition to bondswoman makes more sense than Alex's engineering background turning her into a internationally-recognized racecar spotter. While I do appreciate the back-and-forth between Alex and her sometimes-boyfriend ...more
Just - The romance reader
An excellent sequel to Metro Girl the first Alex Barnaby novel. Alex "Barney" Barnaby and Sam Hooker make an excellent pair in these fast paced, action packed steamy novels. Barney is a hilarious, spunky, sassy character full of wit. Hooker is a Nascar driving, Barney loving hottie. The tag team make for a great second novel in the series. Although they stumble and make some mistakes along the way they're not so bad at the crime fighting, mystery solving business. The additional characters Rosa ...more
May 22, 2013 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first "Barney and Hooker" book that I have read. I have read all of the Stephanie Plum books to date and see a lot of similarities between the two. Beautiful woman in an on-again off-again relationship with a guy with a big goofy dog that eats everything, getting caught up in heist and multiple shootings, having to clear her name before getting caught, and lots of various colorful supporting characters.

Since I am seeking light, enjoyable, funny, action books right now this one fit
Jun 16, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Can't wait to read more about Barney and Hooker. As usual, Janet Evanovich writes characters that quickly become friends.
Kristi Cramer
I listened to the audio book.

This started out a smidge slow, but quickly escalated into one of the funniest things I've ever listened to. I'm a long haul trucker, and I listened to this in two shifts. I laughed so often I worried I would wake my husband, and I had tears trying to keep my chuckles quiet.

It is wholly unbelievable (view spoiler), but I didn't care.

A very fun, dare I say hysterical, listen. I don't know how it would transfer to read th
Again, this story tends to drag on a bit with overly detailed writing. Alexandra Barnaby is now working on the crew for Sam Hooker, a Nascar driver Alex met through the first book. Sam had a one night stand with a woman so that ended their personal relationship, creating that old sexual tension. In this story, Gobbles, a crew member for another team, is determined to discover if another team is cheating. When he goes into their trailer, he becomes trapped and the trailer leaves with him inside. ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life

"A woman with a taste for speed and a talent for breaking the rules, Barney also knows a little too much about cheating. First there was Hooker and that salesclerk. Now she's convinced one of the competitors is up to no good on the track. Snooping to find evidence, Hooker and Barney "borrow" a NASCAR hauler. Turns out, the hauler is carrying two race cars and a dead guy. It looks like Barney and Hooker are facing multiple counts of grand theft auto and homicide.

So buckle up as Barney, H
Feb 09, 2016 Ronald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Once again I read one of the other Evanovich series of books out of order. I read the comic book stories months ago. Then when I went to read this book I checked and swear I thought this was book #1 in the series. I blame the cold I was suffering from at the time. I essentially sat down on a couch and read all but the first chapter in one day. It did not help cure my cold but at least I was entertained.

Needless to say I really enjoyed this book. The story was entertaining and the characters were
Mar 17, 2009 Rayni marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I ordered 2 books through interlibrary loan & they both came today! EEK! I have to read them in TWO weeks!!! Now, the question is, which do I read first? Running with Scissors or Look Me in the Eye? Then as if that doesn't complicate matters enough, I also have Motor Mouth & Shape Shifters to read, ACCKK
Laura Monroe
Apr 12, 2016 Laura Monroe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Alex Barnaby stories are a weak cousin to the wild and crazy world of Stephanie Plum. Motor Mouth is chock full of silly from page 1, but it never quite makes the laugh-out-loud antics that Janet Evanovich fans enjoy.

Motor Mouth opens at the final NASCAR race of the season. As Hooker's spotter, Barnaby is convinced that something is fishy with the Nuevo cars, and their friend and fellow spotter, Gobbles suggests that is the case. From there, Gobbles gets caught in the Nuevo 18 wheeler, Hooker an
David Caldwell
Jun 02, 2015 David Caldwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, series, humorous
Barney and Hooker are back in another case of hilarious murder and mayhem on the NASCAR circuit.

When Barney and Hooker try to help another race car crew member, they end up getting involved in a case of high-tech cheating, grand theft, and murder. As they try to dig themselves out of trouble, they just seem to get deeper and deeper. Along with their circle of colorful friends and a big goofy dog named Beans, they will have to stay one step ahead of the police as they try to clear their names and
Jun 14, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-light
Haven't read anything with these characters by Evanovich, but she tells the "who dunnit" with the same humor and wacky situations that can be found in the Stephanie Plum series. Barnaby is a spotter with mechanic skills for a NASCAR team, Hooker is the driver, and Beans is his goofball dog. Gobbles, another spotter, makes some comments that opens the can of worms and then gets trapped inside a hauler. Hooker & Barnaby with dog in tow, go after the hauler to see if they can release Gobbles wi ...more
I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the rest. I think I got tired of the same old antics, the humor wore a bit thin, and I wanted it to wrap up. That said, I liked the main characters although I got tired of their continual banter -- even when I thought it was amusing. The dog I could have done without even though he was rather central to the plot. He certainly was not likable. I enjoy Ivanovich, but do get a bit weary. It was refreshing to read something other than a Plum novel. I ra ...more
Lindsay Boitnott
Sorry it’s been a minute since I’ve posted a review! I’ve been sneaking away to hit the beach instead of sharing all these good mysteries with you! But, I am back on board and starting the review week off with a good laugh. Motor Mouth is the second book in Janet Evanovich’s Alex Barnaby series and you can check out my review of book one, Metro Girl, for a brief intro to the characters.

Barney and Hooker are back and there is trouble in paradise as their romance went up in flames when Hooker woke
Kara Jorges
I was really looking forward to the release of this novel and had high expectations. Too bad they all fell flat. Alexa Barnaby, known as Barney, gave up her boring job in insurance to be a spotter for Nascar driver, Sam Hooker, after their first adventure. Barney and Hooker’s personal relationship went south, however, after he cheated on her with a salesclerk. They team up to rescue their friend Gobbles when he gets locked in the car hauler of some shady characters, and find themselves framed fo ...more
Dec 08, 2011 Tabi34 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, so maybe the situations are a bit implausible, but I do adore Evanovich's style and crazy characters.
Barney (Alex) and NASCAR guy (Sam) are at it again. Barney is a spotter for Sam's team. They're not together because he was doing a sales clerk, but she's still working with him. Another spotter (Gobbles) gets in a tight spot and then, well, in typical Evanovich fashion - everything falls apart. Barney and Sam hijack a car hauler of a competitor, rescue Gobbles, chop up two cars, find someth
Aug 14, 2008 Genie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alexa Barnaby (Barney) gave up a dull insurance company job and went to work for Sam Hooker; a Nascar driver. The story opens with Barney working as a spotter for Sam Hooker racing team. Since "Metro Girl" Barney and Hooker's personal relationship came to an end, however she still works with the racing team as both a spotter and mechanic. They team up to rescue their friend (and spotter for Nascar driver Spanky) Gobbles when he gets locked in the car hauler by some thugs affilated with Spanky's ...more
Iris Blobel
I had my hopes up with this series, but .... hmmm .... the second installment didn't really live up to the first one and any of my expectations. It was a good book, great story, great plot, I love Sam Hooker, but it was long and drawn out.

Alex Barnaby and NASCAR guy Sam Hooker are back solving a murder or two within the racing community. All very technical and sometimes way beyond my understanding, but not to the point where I was completely lost. I honestly believe if Janet Evanovich would give
Michelle (meshe)
Synopsis:It's the last race of the season, and the wheels are smoking and the temperature is rising at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Alexandra Barnaby is NASCAR driver Sam Hooker's raceday spotter, his eye-in-the-sky, telling Hooker when to pass and when to get off the gas. From her vantage point high above the grandstand she's also seeing things going on in the infield that will change her life. Things that will lead to a stolen racecar hauler, a kidnapped Saint Bernard, a bizarre murder, some restl
Dale Safford
Alex Barnaby-why would you give a woman character such a masculine name? Anyways, they do more law-breaking than I could ever imagine, including stealing an eighteen-wheeler that they then have to hide inside a warehouse. I did like the spunky & humorous Hispanic ladies, Rosa Florez and fruit vendor Felicia Ibarra, and also the cosmetic-enhanced wife of the murdered man. These characters have more than enough money to do just about anything they want; pretty unrealistic. Lots of lawbreaking ...more
Jun 08, 2008 Trudy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, my mom picked up this book in the middle of my Stephanie Plum obsession last year, and I read it basically because I was out of the numbers books to read. I really don't like (kind of despise) the whole NASCAR thing, so Miami and NASCAR weren't too much of a draw for me.

Unfortunately, two things are probably skewing this rating: 1) I read this book before Metro Girl so I missed some of the set up and 2) I read it while in the middle of a Stephanie Plum marathon... That being said the book
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