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Full Bloom (Full #5)

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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 ki
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Published April 5th 2005 by Brilliance Audio
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pianogal
Nov 08, 2011 pianogal rated it did not like it
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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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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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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Cindy
Feb 21, 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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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
Ida
May 13, 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.
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".
Sandy
Aug 09, 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.
❂ 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.
Hannah
Very good. Really enjoyed it.
Laurie Stoll
Like all of Janet Evanovich's stories, I loved it! I love the light-hearted, laugh out loud style of this author!
Anna
Feb 27, 2016 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun read! More happened from a different characters point of view vs being from Max and Jaime but it was still a good read. I like Wes he is a little different the some guys!
Gail Williams
May 26, 2017 Gail Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like all Janet Evanovich series, the "Full" series is light, romantic & easy reading. I prefer to read series in the order they were written & each book has gotten better. The collaboration has improved in story lines, humor & depth of characters. I'm looking forward to #6.
Kathleen
This is the first in the Full series that I have read. I really enjoyed this book. The story was self contained and does not need to be read in order to be enjoyed.
Terry Dicken
Mar 07, 2017 Terry Dicken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute and predictable. What more could you want in a fun read.
Connie
Oct 29, 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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Karen
Dec 23, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read.
Elizabeth Noah Astle
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Louise
Mar 19, 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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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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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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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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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
Tiffunee
Nov 27, 2012 Tiffunee rated it it was amazing
New entrepreneur, Annie Fortenberry, 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 its hosting millionaire Max Holt's upcoming wedding if rumors of a naughty, prank-playing ghost aren't stressful enough, a mysterious man has arrived with an eye on Annie and her master suite.

I love the quirky charac
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Paula
I checked this book out from the library several years ago and it became one of my favorites so I recently bought it. I just finished re-reading it again and was reminded how much I love all the characters in the "Full" series. Max & Jamie and Wes & Annie were my favorites so this book was perfect. The 22 pound death faking cat was hilarious. I always laughed when the cat "died" and no one paid any attention to it while outsiders like Wes wondered why no one did anything. All the charact ...more
Judy Collins
Not as good as Stephanie Series; however, enjoyed it! 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 ...more
PennyiSD
Feb 23, 2008 PennyiSD rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The bloom wilted

Full Bloom was my introduction to author Janet Evanovich. I found her prose juvenile, her dialog uninspired and her humor slapstick. The characters were mostly wacky caricatures, the sexual tension was asserted but not convincing and plot, if it ever sizzled, finally fizzled.

The reading level is upper-elementary/junior-high school, but the sexy atmosphere would not (I hope!) be appropriate for that age group. Events often seem improbable and the characters rarely act with logic o
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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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