Back to the Bedroom (Elsie Hawkins #1)
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Back to the Bedroom (Elsie Hawkins #1)

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From the #1 "New York Times" bestselling creator of the Stephanie Plum series comes a revised, repackaged classic novel involving a driven redheaded musician, a sexy slacker, love at first sight, a lovable gun-toting granny, suspicious neighbors, and a thrilling mystery.

For months he'd thought of her as the Mystery Woman, draped in a black velvet cloak, with outrageous red

Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Harper (first published 1989)
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Because it was there and I needed a laugh. :)
This was another one-day read, when I had too many other things I should have been doing instead. I am very fond of Janet Evanovich’s books, which is one of the few things that JoanEllen & I disagree on. It is light reading, but always fun. This one is not part of the Stephanie Plum series; instead, it is a standalone novel about a too-tight lady cello player, Katherine Finn, who meets the lazy bum living in the next house when an object falls out of the sky and crashes through her roof, and...more
So, I Read This Book Today
OK, this is just undeniably cute and clever

I have been an Evanovich fan for a long time. Her stories are strong, well written, and have women characters that are realistic. They have trouble with money, men, jobs, all those things that the rest of us have problems with. Her books are side splittingly funny, and contain the occassional explosion. Hey, who can't love a woman who blows things up?

This is a very early work, and shows how Janet got her start. I won't go over the story line, as it is q...more
This book should have been titled, "Back to the Drawing Board". This should have been remastered with the addition of a real plot! I happened to pick this up because someone had kindly (or not) left it in our rental unit and I was bored and decided to see what all of the Janet Evonovich fuss was about (I see lots of ladies in the airport reading these books and laughing hysterically). Clearly, those ladies were not reading THIS book. Within the first page the book could have been finished; lady...more
ชอบแทบทุกเรื่องของ Janet Evanovich ตั้งแต่ซีรีส์ Stephanie Plum ก็ติดตามอ่านของนักเขียนท่านนี้ตลอด ชอบอารมณ์ขันของผู้เขียนที่ถ่ายทอดมาสู่เนื้อเรื่องและตัวละคร แม้ว่าบางครั้งจะดูไม่ค่อย make sense แต่ก็ตลกฮาแบบไม่ต้องคิดอะไรมาก

เรื่องนี้ Janet เขียนก่อนซีรีส์ Plum เป็นโรแมนติด-คอเมดี้น่ารัก ๆ อีกเรื่อง

นางเอกเป็นนักดนตรีเล่นเชลโลที่ทำทุกอย่างรีบเร่งตั้งแต่ตื่นลืมตายันหลับตา ส่วนพระเอกก็ว๊างว่างวัน ๆ อ่านแต่การ์ตูนไม่ทำงานทำการเพราะดันโชคดีถูกล๊อตเตอรี่รางวัลที่หนึ่ง ทั้งสองคนดูเหมือนไม่น่าจะเข้ากั...more
***3.5*** This is a really cute read but I would have liked to see more character development with Dave. I would have liked to know about his past.
Super Cute!
I listened to the audio read by CJ Critt.
A really cute love story between two neighbors, Kate the Cellist, and David, the comic reading, toy loving, lotto winner. The story begins with a crash through Kates roof that lands onto her bed, ruining her new comforter.
David falls for her instantly, but she fights her feeling having just recently ended her marriage to a fellow musician, Anitol the oboist.

I highly reccomend listening to the audio. CJ Critt makes the book super fun to listen...more
Actual Rating: ***1/2

The pre-Plum romances from Janet Evanovich are just pure fun, fluff, and humor. According to a blurb on my library's website, the character of Elsie Hawkins in Back to the Bedroom was the prototype for Grandma Mazur.

Opening Lines:
There were seven row houses on the 400 block of A Street NE.

On love at first sight...
In her mind love at first sight was something that happened to Cinderella and Fred Astaire. Love at first sight was when two strangers locked eyes across a crowded...more
The main character upset me in this book, because she couldn't see real love when it was right before her eyes. David, the next door neighbor who had fallen in love with her, treated her like a queen, but all she gave him in return was a bad attitude and smart remarks. Finally, she realizes that love doesn't have to look and act a certain way. Thankfully she isn't too late.
Boring plot, boring characters, boring book. Not at all like her Stephanie Plum series.
Spoilers: 3.75 Stars. I really enjoyed this quick read. I am not sure if I am basking in the glow of reading The Heist which really enjoyed. This is a beach read. No big mystery. The characters help the plot move along. Interesting spin on the uptight career woman making her a musician but other elements were typical rich, kind Man-child, cranky smart aleck old lady and the obligatory arrogant ex-husband. If you are looking for something to read that does not leave you with deep thoughts this is...more
Jessica  Sinn (Chick Lit Cafe)
The sugary sweet story of a woman with the “soul of a birthday cake living in a bran muffin house” who falls for a man with the “soul of a bran muffin living in a birthday cake house” has about as much substance as a Krispy Krème doughnut. The story is simple: Girl meets boy, girl and boy fall in love and ridiculous neuroticisms and eccentricities keep boy and girl apart. Female protagonist Katherine Finn is supposed to be endearing with her wild mane of red hair and chronic fear of commitment;...more
Mary Ford
I absolutely love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books so I was hoping to find more of the same from her.

I have mixed feelings on this one. Back in the Bedroom is more irreverent kooky funny characters, dialogue, plot and scenes but it struck a strong Stephanie Plum vibe. I’ll need to look which came first but Elsie reminded me so much of Grandma Mazur that it was like reading the exact same character. Don’t get me wrong she still cracked me up more than any other character in the book (exactl...more
P. Kirby
Extra fluffy, like a box of kittens....

Kate Finn is a cellist: she's driven and strung tighter than, well, whatever the high-pitched skinny string is on a cello. (E-string on a violin.) She prides herself in maintaining her hectic schedule and the ability to keep everything under control. Of course, that all has to change, else we'd have no story.

Giving new meaning to a certain barnyard fowl's mantra, "The sky is falling," Kate's perfectly orchestrated life goes off key when a mysterious chunk o...more
He did what any intelligent man would do—he lied.
- Dave
I don’t ordinarily hold with lying, but there are times when it feels damn good.
- Elsie
There’d been plenty of times in his life when he’d had to hide his emotions, and there were those times when he’d fabricated emotions he didn’t feel. This wasn’t one of them.
- Dave
In her mind love at first sight was something that happened to Cinderella and Fred Astaire. Love at first sight was when two strangers locked eyes across a crowded ballroom, and...more
This was a cute story. The narrator is terrific (She also does the Stephanie Plum books)

You can definitely see foreshadowing of the Stephanie Plum series in Back to the Bedroom, which was published in 1989. This is more of a romance-y story with the focus being on the budding relationship between Kate Finn and her neighbor, David Dodd. However it's the slapstick comedic mishaps that keep happening that move the story along and remind the reader of situations that Stephanie Plum regularly causes...more
Lady Ozma
In a life before Plum, Janet Evanovich wrote a series of stand alone, short, quirky romance novels. Reading these you can see her progression towards the characters fans know and love in her bestselling Plum series.

Perhaps one of her better early books, Back to the Bedroom definitely keeps the reader entertained viewing a whirlwind relationship of two DC residents.

Fiery redheaded cellist, Kate, meets immature cartoonist Dave when something crashes through her room after falling from a helicopter...more
Part of a helicopter fell through her roof, making her week complete. Hearing the crash, David Dodd made his way to his neighbors house only to find that Katherine Finn knew less about it than he did. Busy person was an understatement, Kate was constantly running from lessons, to rehearsal to performances, so Dave took control of covering and repairing the roof, but he also took her to his house when things seemed to get dangerous. Men in the yard, men on the roof, even Kate’s new roommates (Els...more
I listened to this on audio. I really love Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I love her humor and her character development. You could see glimpses of her fun characters in Elsie, but it isn't developed. I think this is just the beginning when she is just stretching her wings to see what she is capable of. She has a clever storyline here with a woman who is type A personality who falls in love with a man who doesn't work and has money and she has to come to terms with the fact that he isn't dri...more
Janet Evanovich does it again with this quick read. The story line locks you in, hopeing for the couple and then you find yourself on the last chapter. Its most definitely a page turner and something to read when you are alone and need cheering up. I enjoyed being able to read it during my stay in France. It cheered me up. Falling in loves with the characters is just something I do. Kate and David are no exceptions. Everyone needs happy endings.
Before writing the Stephanie Plum series, Janet Evanonvich wrote romance novels, a number of which are now available digitally (and on sale recently) so I tried this one out. It’s pleasant, but a bit predictable and the conflict between the romantic leads did not seem strong enough to sustain an entire book. Basically the heroine is a successful violinist who starts falling for her next door neighbor, who’s good looking but doesn’t work because won the lottery. Her main objection to him is that...more
Dec 13, 2011 adventurat rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to adventurat by: Sarah
Pretty sure I heard about this book - part of a series of short screwball comedy romances recently re-released as ebooks - from the Smart Bitches. And I was thrilled to see that my library has at least this one as an ebook. Because library ebooks are made of win.

Anyway. I enjoyed this little book, which is more novella length than novel-length. David Dodd, the lottery winning slightly slobby next door neighbour is utterly charming. Kate Finn, tightly wound perfectionist cellist, is also charmin...more
Janet Hartman
This book is one of Evanovich's early books from before she started the Plum series. It was re-released after the success of the series. I decided to read this book because the elderly woman character became the basis for Grandma Mazur in the Plum books. I can see the resemblance.

If you've read any of the Plum books, you'll recognize the beginnings of the author's voice and style. However, this book is strictly a romance with only a tiny bit of mystery and thus is not my cup of tea. The hero is...more
Just a boring book. I was bored with the characters. Bored with the story line. The "danger" or exciting parts can't even be called that. I was so bored reading those parts I didn't realize something crazy was going on until it was over. I had to re-read those parts several times boy believing that it could be so bad. Oh well. This book fails.
Romance, one in a series of reprints from Evanovich's early days as a writer. Red-headed overachiever Kate Finn meets her hot laid-back neighbor David Dodd when a mysterious helicopter part crashes through her roof. As far as romances go, it's standard (though minus the big misunderstanding/third act breakup) with some truly ridiculous one-paragraph sex scenes, but it's otherwise harmless and sort of sweet, lots of cuddling and kisses on the head. I really liked the voice of the male love intere...more
This book probably deserves more than two stars. It is a really good and clean mystery/romance. Not violent or sexy but what happened with this book is predictable. I read one of her books and loved it! Read another style of hers and loved it. This book was a mixture of the two. If this is the only book by her that you read, you will love it. If you have read others, you will see what happens with most authors. You love their humor and style and so does everyone else. They know what sells and do...more
Of the early "Loveswept" books, this is my favourite so far. First of all, I always wanted to be a professional orchestra musician. Secondly, how could you not fall in love with the cutie next-door?

I have to make a quick comment regarding the fact that yes, this is definitely a cookie-cutter romance. So what? Once in a while that is exactly what a person needs. When that is the kind of book you want, this is the perfect book to read. If you want deep plot and serious character development, look...more
It took me about an hour and a half to finish this book. The entire story felt incomplete. I don't even want to call the characters cookie cutter. The plot reminded me of a story I would have made up when I was playing with my dolls when I was in the fourth grade. It held that level of maturity and understanding towards romantic relationships. It's one thing to try to write characters with a layer of innocence to their personality but this just came off cartoonish. If it wasn't for that fact tha...more
This is a re-issue of one of Janet Evanovitch's earlier books, and is a refreshing change from the Stephanie Plum books. I can't quite put my finger on the difference, but it's there, and I like it - somehow more human and real. Thanks for re-publishing this!
Stacie  M. Ritchie
This is one Janet Evanovich’s early works. As customary of these books, it could use some substance, but is a funny quick read. It starts with neighbors in a Washington DC neighborhood. Dave is a laid back guy and Katherine is always moving. When a piece of a helicopter falls through her roof, he is there to help. He is overwhelmed by her and his curiosity turns to other emotions. He continues to help her and makes himself part of her life. He realizes within days what she is to him, but she has...more
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