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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, 234 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Harper (first published 1989)
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Apr 03, 2011 Leslie rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Because it was there and I needed a laugh. :)
Oct 14, 2014 Sarah rated it did not like it
I feel compelled to read all Evanovich novels. Once again, these romance novels that were written before the days of Stephanie Plum are terrible. I don't know why I continue to do this to myself. If you've considered picking one up, don't. I can sum all of them up for you......feisty (usually redhead or blonde with ringlet curls), independent and strong-willed female stumbles across incredibly gorgeous hunk of a man who sees her and is instantly madly in love. She pushes him off repeatedly (but ...more
Nov 20, 2008 JBradford rated it liked it
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
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Jan 01, 2013 So, I Read This Book Today rated it really liked it
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
Jessica Lee
May 24, 2016 Jessica Lee rated it liked it
Two books in a row from this author, both main women are curly red heads with green eyes and male leads have dark hair dark eyes, and in both books there are men breaking into houses and the MC gets 'kidnapped' in some way shape or form. This MC was a little annoying in her constant back and forth, but who here hasn't gone overboard overthinking something in their heads? Elsie is definitely the shining star in these stories. Evanovich has a knack for witty and humorous dialogue to keep you enter ...more
Dec 08, 2009 Elease rated it did not like it
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
ชอบแทบทุกเรืองของ Janet Evanovich ตังแตซีรีส Stephanie Plum กติดตามอานของนักเขียนทานนีตลอด ชอบอารมณขันของผูเขียนทีถายทอดมาสูเนือเรืองและตัวละคร แมวาบางครังจะดูไมคอย make sense แตกตลกฮาแบบไมตองคิดอะไรมาก

เรืองนี Janet เขียนกอนซีรีส Plum เปนโรแมนติด-คอเมดีนารัก ๆ อีกเรือง

นางเอกเปนนักดนตรีเลนเชลโลทีทำทุกอยางรีบเรงตังแตตืนลืมตายันหลับตา สวนพระเอกกวางวางวัน ๆ อานแตการตูนไมทำงานทำการเพราะดันโชคดีถูกลอตเตอรีรางวัลทีหนึง ทังสองคนดูเหมือนไมนาจะเขากันไดเลยเพราะคนหนึงกซีเรียสอีกคนกชิลเหลือเกิน

Melissa Spears
Aug 20, 2015 Melissa Spears rated it it was amazing
We see Grandma Mazures prototype in this fun quirky book! I am not sure how I missed this classic Evanovich? I enjoyed this book because it showed her young unpolished writing!
Jana K.
Feb 28, 2015 Jana K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yes another good one!

I thought that I had read all of Janet Evanovich's backlist. I was wrong. And not disappointed by this earlier book.
May 19, 2014 Cynthia rated it liked it
Shelves: contmp-chk-lit
***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.
Apr 14, 2012 Alana rated it really liked it
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
Feb 15, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
laughed out loud so hard and long at the car repair place, everyone wanted to know what I was reading

For example, here are several quotes I saved (I collect them for rainy days...):

"Just because we're engaged doesn't mean you can take liberties."
"Too late. I've already taken all your liberties.."

And "it's hard to think straight when you're filling me with all your glory."

If you like this non-gross but very light-hearted banter, you will like this book.
I clearly did. Thanks, JE
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Apr 18, 2014 Marcia rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, kindle, library, x2014
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
Jan 05, 2016 Courtnie rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2015
This is exactly what you'd expect it to be. Early Evanovich, pre-Plum, where she is really working out some signature aspects of her writing that will make her the best-selling author that she is today. Sometimes you need something predictable, and that's what I wanted when I picked this up. Wacky, silly fluff - enjoyable for a Sunday afternoon at the park while watching the kids play.

(I feel the need to add that I'm watching my kids play - not random kids. Thanks)
Jan 02, 2015 Deborah rated it liked it
For months he'd thought of her as the Mystery Woman, draped in a black velvet cloak, with outrageous red curls, flawless skin, and carrying a large, odd case--but the night David Dodd saw a helicopter drop a chunk of metal through the roof of his lovely neighbor's bedroom, he got to meet the formidable and delightful Katherine Finn at last! Rescuing damsels and fixing roofs was dangerous work, he told her, and at the very least he deserved a kiss--didn't he? Kate couldn't argue with Dave's logic ...more
Nov 23, 2008 Kristine rated it liked it
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.
RC Brophy
Apr 22, 2016 RC Brophy rated it it was ok
I love Janet Evanovich, and I have listened to nearly all of her Stephanie Plum books on audio. I think I have only missed the very latest ones. I also read her book, "How I Write," and thoroughly enjoyed that. Back to the Bedroom, however, drove me crazy because the timeline didn't work at all! The characters met, had sex, fell in love, debated that love, ended up together in what from I could tell was the span of a week. I call bullsh!! on that one!!!!

The sappy business about how theirs was a
Aug 25, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Cute love story! One if the few that I have read by Janet Evanovich with dual first-person perspective. I love hearing the thoughts of the hero and heroine. Wouldn't it be great to hear the thoughts of Ranger and Morelli in the Stephanie Plum novels?
Aug 05, 2015 D.R.Slater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Back to the bedroom

I am a follower of J. Evanovich novels ever since the Stephanie Plum series. I decided to read other novels after reading 22 of her novels in a short period of time. I felt the humorous side of those novels could not be replicated but I've found myself wrong in so many ways. This novel should be a movie. The chapter with the visiting parents of Kate's and the cops using the house as steakout for a drug bust going on across the street. With all hell break all around them had me
Elizabeth Noah Astle
Cute book.

Kate Finn is constantly on the go. She has no time for love. Dave Dodd, her next door neighbor falls for her at first sight. He tells himself he is going to marry her. Kate goes back and forth in regards to having a relationship with Dave--she is convinced he is all wrong for her as he doesn't have the qualities she is looking for but, then she also loves him and tells herself it does not matter they are different. In the meantime, Kate takes in a tenant-Elsie who reminds me of Grandm
Dec 23, 2015 Kiki rated it it was ok
I'm a huge Stephanie Plum fan and was craving more but didn't want to re-read, so I decided to try JE's earlier books. Not a fan. While I still enjoyed Evanovich's writing style, the characters annoyed me to no end (minus awesome Elsie!) and I found myself rolling my eyes and grunting in annoyance a lot. I forced myself to finish out of fan loyalty and attempted to start the next in the series but quit after 1 chapter. I find the males to be presumptuous and annoying (and a bit creepy), and the ...more
Jan 05, 2015 Kim rated it it was ok
I like many others feel compelled to read all Janet Evenoviches books. I don't know why I do it.
Maureen Rae
Sep 17, 2009 Maureen Rae rated it did not like it
Boring plot, boring characters, boring book. Not at all like her Stephanie Plum series.
Martha Groeber
Dec 28, 2015 Martha Groeber rated it really liked it
Kate Finn is a concert cellist, and her neighbor David Dodd is a cartoonist. When a helicopter part crashes through her roof, Kate and Dave are drawn together. While they are attracted to each other, Kate fears that their differences are too great for them to overcome.

This is one of Janet Evanovich's early romance novels. In this novel, I can see some of the elements of her Stephanie Plum novels start to emerge: a gun-toting old lady with a big heart, several wrecked cars, and some criminals wh
Rosa Cline
3 1/2 star; I listened to this on CD and the lady that read this did a good job with the characters especially with Elsie! You will be laughing outloud at Elsie and her antics and then the way the reader 'acts' her out.

It seems like everything and anything 'bad' happens to the main character but then she falls into the life of her neighbor that is laid back and just takes things has they happen. Mix that with an older lady that is "a spit fire" makes for one interesting book. Can't wait to list
Molly Cline
3 1/2 star; I listened to this on CD and the lady that read this did a good job with the characters especially with Elsie! You will be laughing outloud at Elsie and her antics and then the way the reader 'acts' her out.

It seems like everything and anything 'bad' happens to the main character but then she falls into the life of her neighbor that is laid back and just takes things has they happen. Mix that with an older lady that is "a spit fire" makes for one interesting book. Can't wait to list
Feb 27, 2014 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 17, 2010 Mary Ford rated it liked it
Shelves: rented
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
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Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Trouble Maker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author, as well as the Fox and O'Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg.
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