Full House (Full Series, #1)
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Full House (Full #1)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  13,902 ratings  ·  434 reviews
Nick Kaharchek sense danger the minute he sees Billie Pearce. She represents everything he's always avoided. Happy in her home life, a divorced mother of tow, Billie is the epitome of stability. She's also irresistibly fascinating to the footloose Kaharchek . . . in a car crash sort of way. Their fateful meeting leads to a story filled with seduction and mayhem and love ev...more
Paperback, Large Print, 432 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Random House Large Print (first published May 31st 1989)
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Reading this book was like eating an entire box of Hostess Ho Hos by myself--I knew it was a bad idea while I was doing it, and afterwards I felt angry and embarrassed that I did it. Even for a mindless, chick-lit beach-read, this book stretches the limits of credibility! And even if you like the author's Stephanie Plum Bounty Hunter series, forcibly thrust this book into the nearest trash can if you ever see a copy of it.
I laughed my a$$ off. This was a good story with characters that made it GREAT! I stayed up all night to finish this one, and I woke up my 7 yr old in the other room at one point because I was laughing so hard. (bad mommy-I assured him everything was ok and he fell right back to sleep) After that I held a blanket up to my face whenever the book got me going. I just recently saw Bridesmaids in the theater, and LOVED it. (might have peed my pants just a little from laughing so hard- darn side effe...more
Tammy Golden
Poorly done collaboration

I am a huge fan of Janet Evanovich. I own a copy of every book she ever wrote, including Full House in its original version. I am convinced that the reason over 70 disappointed reviewers (to date) can't recognize Evanovich's wonderful comic voice in this rewrite is because the rewrite gave the book Charlotte Hughes's voice, which is (sorry, Ms. Hughes) plodding and flat (I really disliked Hot Shot, which I only read because I heard Evanovich liked her so much she had her...more
Nov 26, 2008 Kelly rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Nobody...or anyone who needs inspiration that THEY could get published
Recommended to Kelly by: My mother-in-law was desperate to be rid of it
My mother-in-law left it at my house while she was in town and told me, "You can have this book, if you want it...I...like her humor." but that was all she said. I could tell she was thinking, "But I don't know what to think of this book..."

I hate romance novels, but a free book? Sure. I'll read it. It was the first I'd ever read by this author and that's unfortunate because I've heard positive things about her other books...but it's hard for me to believe this author could write ANYTHING worthw...more
I don't really like any other Evanovich besides the Stephanie Plum novels.
By Janet Evanovich. Grade B

I started reading this book on a lazy summer day, a rather apt time for a story set up in the green hills of Loudoun County, Virginia where it is always breezy and the sun shines cheerfully.

Filled with Evanovich's trademark style and wit, Full House is romantic suspense with a twist...

Her life was pleasant, proper, and predictable-- until he showed up and trouble moved in...

Polo instructor Nicholas Kaharchek senses danger the minute he sees Billie Pearce. She represent...more
If you're expecting something along the lines of the Stephanie Plum mysteries, this book is not for you. Full House must be viewed on its own. It's not as action-packed as Evanovich's more recent best sellers, although there's some action and a car does in fact get blown to bits. Full House, originally published in 1989 under the pen name Steffie Hall, is obviously the same author we love so much, but in her earlier days.

Nick Kaharchek has a playboy reputation, owns a newspaper and a stable, tea...more
Elizabeth Noah Astle
Oops, I read #2 in the series before I read this one which is #1.

I do remember reading this one before. Cute story. This one starts off with the meeting of Billie and Nick and about their possible romance. It has Dee Dee getting ready to marry Frankie and Nick just can not handle having her in his home right now and Max is a teenager and causing a bit of a ruckus. Nick makes a deal with Billie and convinces her to let DeeDee stay with her until the wedding comes along.

As the story progresses,...more
I read Full House by Janet Evanovich. I recommend this book. It's a story of a lady who is divorced because her ex cheated on her and wanted to try new things. He was always the best when it came to sports; therefore the 2 kids thought he could do anything. With her kids gone with her ex a while during the summer, Billie Pearce knows she needs exercise and wants to try something adventurous. She wants to learn how to play Polo. Eventhough she has been around horses, this does not equate with pla...more
I can't believe this is a Janet Evanovich book... what happened??
This is one one stupid book, the timeframe for the whole book is 2 weeks during which Nick and Billie (awful name!) meet and fall in love.
If Billie was Deedie, that would be ok but she was presented to me as a sensible, almost boring, divorced mom of two. But then she met Nick and 5 days later they had sex and got engaged in one of the weirdest scenes I've read... and then it all went to hell.
Nick was a jerk who kept repeating he l...more
After exhausting the Stephanie Plum series, I decided I would try out something else of Janet Evanovich's. I'm not huge on the "romance" stuff, but seeing as how the Plum series wasn't super heavy on it (and it was quite funny), I thoroughyly enjoyed it. When I decided to try out the Full series, I was disappointed. The writing was similar to the Plum series, however I found it lacked the humor and the interesting characters that I had come to expect from Evanovich. If you are searching for some...more
Wealthy newspaper owner and horseman Nick Kaharchek meets divorced mom Billie Pearce when she makes polo lessons at his stables part of her summer self-improvement program.

Though she’s hopeless at polo, Billie is so cute that Nick begins to invent excuses to spend time with her. First, he takes care of her when a horse steps on her foot; then, he arranges for his nutty cousin Deedee, a self-absorbed airhead, to board with Billie while her kids are away.

I am a new fan of Janet Evanovich books an...more
Didn't really care for it. The author mentions that this was written previously and she added/changed it with the help of another author and I think it kind of shows. At least it felt to me that I started reading one book and it was like I turned a page and it was a totally different book. Is supposed to be a mystery? A romance? It really felt like neither, it just sort of meandered on until it stopped. I'll keep reading the series, but I'm not in any hurry.
I've had this series on my shelf for a long time, and figured I should read it. Evanovich really only has one style of writing, and that's quirky, silly characters combined with plots that are pretty much unbelievable. Although this story was pretty predictable, it was a quick, light read and was fairly entertaining.
Connie N.
With the same sort of humor Evanovich shows in the Stephanie Plum books, this is a different series about a single mother (Billie) of 2 young kids who meets a sexy and wealthy man when she takes, of all things, polo lessons from him. They find each other irresistible despite their many differences and build a strong relationship very quickly due to some extremely pushy but lovable characters around them. Deedee is Nick's cousin and is silly and fun but very warm-hearted. Frankie is her fiancée a...more
Cute story, not a lot of depth, but that was OK. You need to suspend belief a little to make this one work.
Kari Anderson
From Amazon: Wealthy newspaper owner and horseman Nick Kaharchek meets divorced mom Billie Pearce when she makes polo lessons at his stables part of her summer self-improvement program.

Though she’s hopeless at polo, Billie is so cute that Nick begins to invent excuses to spend time with her. First, he takes care of her when a horse steps on her foot; then, he arranges for his nutty cousin Deedee, a self-absorbed airhead, to board with Billie while her kids are away.

As if that isn’t enough, Billi...more
This book would have been pretty ok if an unnecessary and ridiculous action sequence wouldn't have been forced in at the end. I didn't find very much humor in this book which was fine because I really enjoyed the characters, felt like they were given much more depth than the characters in the Stephanie Plum novels, and actually missed them when I was finished with the book. I don't really read romances, because I get so tired of innocent conversations between the characters resulting in internal...more
A really fun book.

I had been disappointed in some of the recent Stephanie Plum books because I thought they were rather repetitive.

This book is Ms Evanovich along with Charlotte Hughes at their funniest and best.

Billie is a divorced mother of 2 who decides she will take polo lessons in order to raise her value in the eyes of her children. She believes that becoming more athletic will make her seem not quite so much a boring mom to her kids.

Nick is wealthy, wealthy and wealthy. He runs the polo...more
Hmmm. I'm a huge fan of Janet Evanovich. I'm currently working my way through her entire collection. Honestly, my favorites are the pre-Plums, which I noticed this was originally a pre-Plum, which is probably why I was semi-disappointed. In this particular story she continues with her predictable formula (which I like - it is simple I can listen while I work and it provides me with great laughter). I found this particular story too 'convenient' I enjoyed the characters and thought they were well...more
Full House is one of those light hearted romances that are easy to read, entertaining and best while sitting on a beach watching the waves. Janet Evanovich is one of my all time favorite authors. I’ve read every one of her Stephanie Plum novels. Evanovich has the ability to make events exceedingly funny, where you are laffing to the point of tears and just enjoying the time your spending somewhere else.

What I love most about all of Evanovich’s books, this one included, is that while everything t...more
Manoja K.
To start, I am hesitant to mark this as romance because it's more fluffly chick-lit than romance, but according to Evanovich that what it is so that why I tagged it like that. Same goes for mystery, I mean it's not really a mystery, but there is an element of it so might as well tag it.

I saw that many people who reviewed this gave this one or two stars because they thought it was bad and, to be honest, I can see how people would think that, but I have to admit that I love this book. I love this...more
Claire Greene
Apr 14, 2008 Claire Greene rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: people reading by the pool or on a plane
I read this because I LOVE the Plum series by this author. I have actually read almost everything he has ever written. But these just did not do it for me the way the Plum series does. This series and some of her stand alone romance books (Manhunt, etc) were all right - but nothing great. There was at least some of her trademark humor, which I really enjoy but overall these felt really forced. It just didn't seem to flow like the Plum novels do. It felt like she made a list of reasons why the Pl...more
Marcia Adversalo
Janet Evanovich is one of my favorite authors. Her books are always fun and entertaining. Billie is a school teacher, which makes me like her from the start, whose husband left her for a younger woman. As the story starts, Billie's kids are with their father and she is feeling at loose ends. She decides to take polo lessons so her kids will think she is cooler. She meets Nick, the man who runs the polo lessons. They start off at odds with each other, but end up finding things in common, despite...more
Nick Kaharchek, rich newspaper magnate who teaches polo in his spare time, meets single mother, 6th grade teacher and homemaker Billie Pearce when she signs up for polo lessons to occupy her time while her children spend their summer with their father.

All bets are off when Nick and Billie accidentally fall in love. Soon they are headed for a rushed wedding, after Billie's kids return home and unanimously approve of Nick. Unfortunately Nick's less than normal family - ditzy cousin Deedee engaged...more
Oh good golly! (I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing either).

Have you ever watched Desperate Housewives? This book is a season of Housewives. Rich people interacting with supposedly 'normal' people (who are still very well off and live in houses more grand than anything I can imagine). Rich people and 'normal' people getting into crazy antics, with stupid beautiful women and buff men. Both the rich and 'normal' people lack common sense, and the foreshadowing either hits you in the face,...more
Beth Pearson
Not what I was expecting in this paperback a friend gave me about a little homemaker looking to try something new and a rich Polo player. There were lots of extra characters with quirks & a sense of humor and I enjoyed it o.k.
Not once did I think "Stephanie Plum", while reading this story.
Still enjoyed it.
I liked how down to earth Nick is, even tho he was well off. I was sort of expecting Sheridan to be part of the Plot, so the end was a bit of a twist.
Good Read.
Cally Powder
I feel like I should have given this book more than a chapter into it before I discarded and added a review, however my eyes couldn't take all the rolling. Comparing women to horses had me rolling my eyes, thinking of all the women he went after so he could screw them had me rolling my eyes and having those previously slept with women show up and have obvious problems had me rolling my eyes. As did Billie being so completely inept. Who honestly decides to take polo lessons without ever having be...more
Fun book - I listened to this while I cooked, folded laundry, etc. and it really made the time go more pleasurably. Reminiscent of the earlier Stephanie Plum novels.

Not great literature but relaxing and enjoyable.
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