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Full Bloom (Full #5)

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This winter promises record-high temperatures-and A DESIRE that reaches the boiling point...
Beaumont, South Carolina, is on "sizzle" this February. So is its newest entrepreneur, Annie Fortenberry, who has inherited her grandmother's B&B. According to a local psychic she also inherited a spirit from its glory days as a brothel-not the kind of publicity the Peachtree Be
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2014 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published April 5th 2005)
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pianogal
Nov 10, 2011 pianogal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, audio
Ugh...

Is this series over yet? It was bad enough that we've jumped characters once, but then she (they) did it again. Jamie and Max - who we know - were very peripheral to this story. All the main characters were new. (Ok Annie had BRIEF cameo in the last one, but that's it.) And worse still, I didn't like any of them. Nor was the story line worth anything. A wife wrongfully accused of murdering her husband? Gee, where have I heard that before?

I've only got one more to go and then I'm back to St
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Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
A very tentative and uncertain 3 stars?? (aka I may change my opinion tomorrow)

I just don't quite know what to make of this book. It's technically the fifth book in the Full series, but in it we switch from Max and Jamie to two characters we've basically never even heard of before. It's total insta-love territory and their entire relationship is built on lies (she thinks he's a photographer when really he's an ex-cop private investigator who was hired by her mother-in-law), and it kind of squick
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Pam Donato
Fun, light-hearted romance with some murder mystery and ghost story thrown in. The characters are very quirky and make for some hilarious scenes. It was a quick read.
Stephanie Williams
I am an avid reader of Janet Evanovich. Her books never fail to have me actually laughing out loud wherever I'm reading.

If you're not familiar with Evanovich, most notably the author of the Stephanie Plum series, then I insist you go get one of her books and read it NOW. She is hilarious, and her books are loaded with antics, love triangles, and usually a lost body, or two. Lately, I have been in a slump while waiting for the next Stephanie Plum novel so I decided to take a look at some of her o
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Cindy
Feb 25, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fun installment in the "full" series - this one has Max and Jamie as peripheral characters. They are finally getting married and Annie's house is where they've selected to tie the knot. Annie's house was inherited from her grandmother and is now a bed-and-breakfast. She has a few eccentric older ladies living with her and a drunk handyman. Into her life walks Wes - totally handsome (who isn't in these stories) and slightly bad boy. He is a private investigator looking into the disappeara ...more
Amanda
May 15, 2009 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really know what I was getting into when I decided to read this. I think I figured this author was very popular and had a million books, so there had to be something good about it. This is not my style of book at all. The dialogue was lame, and the story was unbelievable and predictable all at the same time. It was supposed to be funny, but I found myself only laughing about the ridiculousness. I'm glad I can check this author off my curiosity list.

That being said, I hate giving an auth
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Laurie Stoll
Like all of Janet Evanovich's stories, I loved it! I love the light-hearted, laugh out loud style of this author!
Kelly
Feb 20, 2011 Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
This book was a light read. The authors had a really good story line going and the plot had real potential. I liked the characters and was very interested in their conflict, however towards the end the story seemed rushed. The authors took a lot of time setting everything up and introducing us to the characters. The story leading up to the climax was very well written and kept me wondering what was going to happen next, but it disappointed me. It just seemed like they spent all this time on the ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
3 STARS

"The temperature's on "sizzle" again in Beaumont, South Carolina, where peach trees are in season and ripe for the picking. So is its newest entrepreneur, Annie Fortenberry, who has inherited her grandmother's B&B (and its eccentric handyman Erdle Thorney). According to a local psychic she also inherited a spirit from its glory days as a brothel-not the kind of publicity the Peach Tree Bed & Breakfast needs if it's hosting millionaire Max Holt's upcoming wedding! If rumors of a na
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Ida
May 16, 2012 Ida rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I began this novel as a result of having just completed a very intense, disturbing true crime novel. I needed the mind candy! "Full Bloom" delivered. It is a fun-filled romp for anyone who wants a quick lighthearted read. Eccentric characters in an eccentric setting dealing with everything-that-can-go-wrong events keep the pace rapid. This book is not going to win any literary awards, but it does entertain.
❂ Jennifer
Fun and frothy and hilarious. If you liked the rom-com's of the 80's - the ones that tended to star Goldie Hawn, you might enjoy this fast read that's pure chick-lit, with a decent murder mystery thrown in.

Full review: http://jenn.booklikes.com/post/116378...
Sarina
The full series books are good too, but not as funny as the Stephanie Plum ones. These fall more into the "romance" type books. "Feel good, sappy, girl" books. Not as bad as an official "romance" novel, but definitely the focus is more on the relationships than the story.
Sandy
Aug 10, 2009 Sandy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
By far the worst book in the Full series. This time it's a different heroine and hero but it doesn't make it any better. The mystery, dialogue, and characters is lame and pathetic. I don't recommend or suggest this book to anyone. SKIP OVER THIS BOOK! 1/5 stars.
Brenda
Apr 21, 2015 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
What can I say? This will have you laughing out loud and scratching your head at the same time. Mix inept Police Chief, undercover cop from another district playing "photographer" for the Mother-in-law, missing husband, a bed and breakfast that was once a bordello and what will you get? A five star story. It is the funniest story, taking twists and turns that only make a reader laugh all the more. Ms. Evanovich has a powerful talent to spin a story that will make you laugh, wonder how someone so ...more
Denise
Oct 12, 2011 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you want a break from the Stephanie Plum series I would recommend the "Full" series. This was book number five (yes, I read it out of order) but can be read as a stand-alone. This is a romance/mystery and it had me guessing to the end as to "who dun it".
Jamii
Sep 22, 2014 Jamii rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahh another fantastic Evanovich book. This book had a captivating storyline, or several really. The characters were all very well developed, I've read one book previous to this one that had the characters of Max, Jamie, and the dog Fleas in it, so I was glad to see some familiar characters. As with all of her books, there was some very well written sexual tension and romantic relations. Also the book was jam packed with a lot of wonderful humor. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who lik ...more
Shelly
Dec 19, 2015 Shelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My first time reading anything by Janet Evanovich. What a mistake! Sometimes I enjoy quick, easy reading. But the plot was all over the map with much of it not even remotely associated with core story. It was so far from reality that I couldn't even get lost in the words. I wanted it over almost as soon as it started but I felt like it was so mindless that I should at least get through it so my terrible review was based on the entire book, not just the first chapter. Save yourself the time. Your ...more
Hannah
Very good. Really enjoyed it.
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Connie
Nov 02, 2011 Connie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FULL BLOOM by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes is 344 pages in paperback form. This is #5 in The Jamie Swift and Max Holt Series.

Brief Descrption:

The temperature's on "sizzle" again in Beaumont, South Carolina, where peach trees are in season and ripe for the picking. So is its newest entrepreneur, Annie Fortenberry, who has inherited her grandmother's B&B (and its eccentric handyman Erdle Thorney). According to a local psychic she also inherited a spirit from its glory days as a brothel
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Louise
Apr 10, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
A hysterically funny, wacky, fast moving story. Evanovich never disappoints!

From back cover:

"The temperature's on "sizzle" again in Beaumont, South Carolina, where peach trees are in season and ripe for the picking. So is its newest entrepreneur, Annie Fortenberry, who has inherited her grandmother's B&B (and its eccentric handyman Erdle Thorney). According to a local psychic she also inherited a spirit from its glory days as a brothel-not the kind of publicity the Peach Tree Bed & Break
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Lyndsay
this was the 5th book in the Max Holt series. Max and Jamie are secondary characters in this story.

Annie lives in a old mansion that once upon a time was a brothel. She thinks her husband ran out on her 3 years ago. Surprise he is dead an burried in the back yard and now she is the #1 suspect. Her newest tenant turns out toe be a PI. but he believes she is innocent.

Okay the funniest bit in the whole story is Max and Jamies' wedding. Firs Deedee (maid of honor) goes into labor so her personal as
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Jan
Oct 21, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book we get to meet The Divine Love Goddess, he gets put in the rubber room, because she believes in spirits. Ann who runs a B & B in an old Bordello, Peaches the cat, who is quite the plonk, the drunk gardener, the dishy new boyfriend, and the dead ex-husband.

But if I told more it would spoil the story. Ann is friends of Jamie Swift and Max Holt, and if you have read any of the Max Holt books, you are not going to want to miss his wedding, it is quite the treat!
Marcia Adversalo
May 07, 2014 Marcia Adversalo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is a fun light-hearted series. I found moments where I laughed out loud and other times where I shook my head. Annie and Wes started off rough and coninued down that same path throughout the whole book, until the end where shockingly (or not) they ended up together. DeeDee is always an entertaining character and her being pregnant was hilarious! There was a good suspense, but the book did come to an abrupt ending leaving me wanting more.
Frank Cavanaugh
6 of 10 5/17/14 good read but it does not meet my expectations set by her prior books. It's not the writing. I think it's the characters which are good but not as vivid. The plot is good. A B&B proprietor whose husband is murdered by the efforts of three independent individuals and acts is unusual but it works and is certainly not tipped off early. I recommend the book as an easy afternoon read.
Laurel Horner
I liked the storyline of this one. Wish they would have found out about Charles's Boss and where he was since he was not out of town, I don't like it when they leave stuff open in a book, I would like closure on that. Interesting how 3 people ultimately lead to the cheater Charles's death, he totally deserved it though. Might have preferred him as a parapelegic though he might have deserved that as well. I know I am cold hearted just REALLY dislike cheaters.
Sandra
Jul 28, 2015 Sandra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun adventure. Great house first off! And then high fives for the drunk gardener, the crazy veterinarian, the hot biker, the two elderly ladies that live in the cool house. Great cat. I hated that cat, but it was funny. I liked the whole story, but I had figured out "who dun it" about half way through. Enjoyed it anyway.
Ashley
Oct 01, 2007 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
I could have chosen any number of better books from my mom's shelves when I was at home this weekend, but this one looked perfect for a two day read at home. I do love Janet Evanovich. I just have to shake my head at some of her books that don't involve Stephanie Plum and are co-written with friends. Who co-writes a romance novel?

In this classic literary tale, our heroine owns an antebellum whore house in the South that she inherited from her grandmother and turned into a bed and breakfast. The
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Chris Birdy
Jan 15, 2015 Chris Birdy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another quick, easy read that takes you to Beaumont, South Carolina where a bed and breakfast is owned and occupied by eccentrics. Everyone is their usual off the wall self until a hunky stranger shows up. From the house haunted by ghosts to the re-appearing, disappeared husband it's madcap comedy all the way.
Jackie
Jan 31, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and laughed out loud at parts of it. I enjoyed how the authors brought back previous characters and continue the relationships. It would have been nice to have the engagement of Max and Jamie, but it was still a fun read. I look forward to reading the next one as well.
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“Everyone in the room was silent for a moment. Annie stared openmouthed at the man beneath her. So he’d noticed her after all. Her ego moved up a notch. Not that he was her type, mind you. Not that she had a type. But Wes looked, well, he looked a little dangerous, a little rough around the edges. Besides, she’d sworn off men. Still . . . Wes made her feel sort of feminine, like she should go upstairs and put on a pair of panty hose. Not a good sign.” 0 likes
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