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Smitten (Elsie Hawkins #2)

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Single mom Lizabeth Kane isn't exactly carpenter material -- she's never picked up a hammer in her life. But she desperately needs the construction job that builder Matt Hallahan is offering. And even though he knows trouble is ahead, Matt can't refuse Lizbeth's irresistible smile.

Matt Hallahan isn't exactly relationship material -- he has always been too busy working on o

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Paperback, 234 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by HarperTorch (first published March 1st 1990)
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Marianne
Dec 09, 2016 Marianne rated it liked it
3.5★s
Smitten is a pre-Plum novel by popular American author, Janet Evanovich. It is the second book in the Elsie Hawkins series, on whom, Evanovich says, Grandma Mazur was modelled. Fans of the Stephanie Plum series will also be interested to know that the precursor of Uncle Sandor’s ‘53 powder-blue Buick features in this instalment: Elsie drives a virtually indestructible ‘57 powder-blue Cadillac.

Divorced mother of two, Lizabeth Kane needs a job. None of her last fourteen interviews has been s
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Vanessa
Feb 08, 2012 Vanessa rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, abandoned
I was given this book in Malawi, by someone who was heading home and trying to make room in her suitcase. It sat on my desk for a while, wedged underneath a monitor lest my co-workers see it and think their new IT technician was also a connoisseur of romance novels.

One day, the power in the office went out for, well, most of the day. As I sat there in the stifling heat, my work sitting out of reach on a dead laptop, this book cried out to me. It begged to be cracked open, its mysteries perused
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Jacquie South
Apr 01, 2012 Jacquie South rated it it was ok
I have just read a whole load of Evanovich's early romance novels, and this was one of the less good ones (along with Foul Play). Found the characters less believable than usual, as we ll as less likable and the situations, which are usually exaggerated but believable in other books, to be just too unbelievable and contrived. Not one of her best :-(
Jennifer
Jun 03, 2012 Jennifer rated it did not like it
Shelves: meringue
Ok, so there are a lot of things wrong with this novel that are also wrong with most other Janet Evanovich novels. I mean, true love in 3 days? Really? But that is okay. That is part of the fun of reading novels like this. They require a 'suspension of disbelief' of sorts but they are entertaining enough. The problem with this one is that the main male character is much too aggressive for me. There are things he does in the book that are to violent to be romantic - even if you are giving it the ...more
Kara Jorges
Dec 18, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it really liked it
Janet Evanovich seems a big self-deprecating about her former career as a romance author, and I have yet to figure out why. The talent behind Stephanie Plum has always been there, her love of ill-behaved dogs and general chaos present from the very beginning.

Lizabeth Kane is divorced with two sons to raise, and she’s determined to make it on her own. She doesn’t have many marketable skills, but that doesn’t stop her from going to a construction site to ask for a job. The first person she meets i
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Jo-Jo
Nov 26, 2015 Jo-Jo rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
I found myself laughing over and over again while reading this book. It was so funny, but that is not unusual for books by Janet Evanovich. She is an author who has a quirky sense of humor that I have come to appreciate completely. I loved the banter between Lizabeth and Matt and thought their getting to know each other was really adorable...Lizabeth's fascination with becoming a fairy was awesome, and so was her relationship with her 2 sons. I absolutely adored Elsie! I think I laughed most at ...more
Hannah
This is a short, funny novel. The characters are rather endearing, especially the Lizabeth's formidable Aunt Elsie, but there is not much character development. Still, I enjoyed the interactions between Matt and Lizabeth. The dialog was often clever, but occasionally it didn't sound quite believable. For instance, at one point Matt calls one of Lizabeth's chick flicks a "sissy movie." Do grown men really refer to things as "sissy?" That sounds more like something a fourth grader would say.

A subp
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Debbie
Nov 04, 2009 Debbie rated it really liked it
Knowing she needed to find a way to support herself and her children, Lizabeth Kane made the rounds applying for jobs. Majoring in history was not a big help, so she took a chance and decided to apply for a job as a carpenter at Matt Hallahan’s construction site. Matt knew she wasn’t qualified or built for the job, but he couldn’t find it in himself to tell her no. He quickly found himself completely consumed by her, her kids, her frustrating dog Ferguson, and even her ever observant Aunt Elsie. ...more
Robbin
Mar 26, 2015 Robbin rated it it was ok
Okay this was part of my 2015 reading challenge "a book that came out the year you were born". Okay the thing that really made my eye twitch with this book was how quickly they jumped on each other. She is a mom of two and really needs a job so she goes to apply for a job in construction and starts going off to the owner about how she needs this job because of her kids (even though she doesn't know any type of construction work) and how she really wishes she was a fairy :l Okayy He hires her bec ...more
Jess
Apr 23, 2010 Jess rated it liked it
Shelves: janet-evanovich, 2010
Very cute story. But it's really, really hard not to notice the similarities between characters in these romance books and her Plum books. In this book the character of Elsie (the crazy aunt) was so similar to Grandma Mazur that it was almost reading the same story line, down to the blue caddy.

I realize that these romances were written long before the Plum series, maybe all these characters are based on the same "Real" person. Who knows? But it is a little frustrating to read the book, and have
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Jintana
เรืองนารักนาหยิกอีกเรืองของแมมายลูกติดทียังสาวและสวยมีความฝันตังแตเดกอยากเปนเทพธิดามีปีก (ทำไมนางเอกของปาแกมักจะเพียนๆ กไมรูเนอะ)สวนพระเอกกเปนผูรับเหมากอสรางบานทีหลอเซกซีตามแบบฉบับ และทีขาดไมไดคือสัตวเลียงแมวและสุนัขทีมีเอกลักษณเฉพาะตัว นางเอกมาขอสมัครงานเปนคนงานกอสราง ไมรูวาคิดอะไรอยูทำอะไรกไมเปนสักอยาง แตตองหาสตางคมาเลียงลูกเพราะหยาขาดจากสามีมา 2 ปีแลว สวนพระเอกกเหนปุบรักปับวางันเหอะ ทำงานไมเปนกไมเปนไรรับเอาไวดูเพลิน ๆ ตากยังดี

ถาเปรียบเปนนิยายนำเนายังนอยไปนะเนีย แตความนารักของตัวละครและอารมณข
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Lindsay
Apr 11, 2010 Lindsay rated it it was ok
This book was a very cheesy wannabe romance novel. It was a romance novel for the mormons. Where the author doesn't go into great detail of the loving that the man and woman have, which was fine by me. But it was pretty lame. The whole time I was reading it, which I read because I was in a reading stump and my mom had this lieing around, the whole time, I just kept thinking to myself, stuff like this doesn't really happen. You don't fall in love with your boss on the first day that you meet him, ...more
Kati
Jan 21, 2014 Kati rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so mind-numbingly dumb (for lack of a better word) I just couldn't bring myself to waste any more time on it. I realize it was probably meant to be a fluff romance and I have no problem with that, but the main female character was simply dumber than a box of rocks and it was irritating. The main male character wasn't much better ... the premise of the story that he would hire a woman with absolutely no work experience, let alone no construction experience and be in love with her al ...more
~KarenH~
Jan 23, 2011 ~KarenH~ rated it really liked it
This book was just plain fun - typical Janet Evanovich. This is one of her pre-Stephanie Plum books, and it's pretty obvious (to me at least) that several of the characters in this book were the inspiration for some of the characters in the Plum books. Matt has some definite similarities to Joe Morelli, Ferguson the dog reminds me of Bob, and Aunt Elsie IS Grandma Mazur. Even Lizabeth has a resemblance to Stephanie, although not as strong as some of the others. There's a food-stealing dog, wacky ...more
Kayla Eklund
Jun 26, 2011 Kayla Eklund rated it really liked it
When I first started this, I expected something like a Harlequin romance novel. A simple story line that would be okay at best. Surprisingly, I ended up really loving the book. Between Aunt Elsie, Ferguson, and the flasher, I couldn't stop laughing. I think I highlighted close to a quarter of the book because there were so many funny quotes. I can't wait to read the other books about Elsie. I'm sure she'll have me cracking up again.
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Aug 12, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance
Shelves: romance, read-in-2010
A fun read... cute and silly but without a whole lot of depth. Janet Evanovich's sense of humor saves the story from tanking. There's a 72-year-old aunt who is concerned about her love life, two boys and a dog who steals supper on a regular basis. The hero falls head over heels for the heroine, but she has to get over her failed first marriage before she can allow this new man to become hers.
Becky
Nov 13, 2012 Becky rated it did not like it
I couldn't get into this book when the female character needed a mans help to close a paint can and felt she needed a lesson on painting with a roller. Really? And the male character felt she should be looking into a job as a secretary? Can you say male chauvinist? The female character actually says that she hates being a "helpless female". Then don't act like one!
Kathy Davie
Oct 10, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
This fun and cozy romance is definitely a beach read --- I do enjoy Evanovich's early romances, lol. And while they're in the Elsie Hawkins series, Elsie is not the focus, but she is one heck of a spark!
Lisarenee
Jul 17, 2009 Lisarenee rated it really liked it
Shelves: comedy
There or 8 or 9 former Loveswept books that Evanovich wrote before the by the number series. This one is definitely more like the Stephanie Plum series. Very funny and I thought this would be what Stephanie would be like if she had 2 kids when she divorced her hubby.
Pamela(AllHoney)
Other than a few of the Stephanie Plum, I haven't read Janet Evanovich. This was a light contemporary romance as opposed to the chicklit of Stephanie Plum. It was just alright. Had some cute, funny moments but seemed almost too silly at times.
Summer
Jul 18, 2010 Summer rated it liked it
Listened to on CD and laughed my head off at more than one part. :)
Brooke
Nov 27, 2010 Brooke rated it liked it
Hilarious!! Laugh out loud moments! Kind of a cheesy story, but it was an enjoyable, quick read for me.
Cyndi
Jun 08, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was amazing
Cute book with Elsie Hawkins at it again. Adorable wee love story.
Todd
Feb 17, 2017 Todd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: janet-evanovich
I love these books! they are a nice easy read, especially if u need a laugh. Elsie makes another appearance! I love her! It's got everything you need in a JE book. Love, Mystery, Sex, Comedy, and a dog that eats everything!
Sharon Bezrutczyk
These books always make me laugh right out loud.
Tara
Apr 29, 2011 Tara rated it it was ok
Yanno, I started this audio book in my way to work this weekend, and then I had 3 days off. It was due back tomorrow so this afternoon while I was getting organized I finished listening. I ended up re-listening to 2 chapters because they were all so similar that I thought that it was just getting more repetitive.

I love romances, I do. Usually if the characters are silly, the plot is good, or maybe the plot is contrived but the characters are great. Sometimes the plot and the characters are terr
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David Caldwell
Apr 26, 2015 David Caldwell rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, humorous, romance
A single mom is nearing the end of her rope. Her mortgage is due, she can't find a job, and she is running out of options. Despite a complete lack of experience, she applies for a carpenter job. The contractor hires her for the simple fact that he thinks she is cute. But the more he is around her, the more he realizes that he wants her in his life. Throw in an eccentric aunt, a dog that eats everything, and a stalking exhibitionist and you have all the ingredients for a wacky comedy.

This is one
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Heather
Smitten (audio book) by Janet Evanovich

Genre: Romance, Audio Book

Now this was what I was looking for in a romance and I found it in a very unexpected place (a random pull off of the library shelf)!

Lizbeth is a newly single mother of two young boys who needs to find a way to make a living. She tries looking everywhere – but she is either over or under qualified. She makes a last ditch, rash, effort and applies for a job as…a carpenter? Now who saw that coming?

Lizbeth does not make a great carpe
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Kari
Mar 31, 2015 Kari rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2015
I have read a few of this author's early books and for the most part, I have enjoyed them. I have mixed feelings about Smitten. It was written in the early 90s and I think updated for the 2000s. The premise is that Lizabeth is recently divorced with 2 small boys. She needs to find a job so she doesn't lose her house. The problem is that her degree in History isn't doing her much good. On a whim, she applies for a job as a carpenter. Matt hires her for two reasons. He feels sorry for her and he l ...more
Alicia Kline
Sep 04, 2014 Alicia Kline rated it it was ok
I didn't care for this book. Typically, I wouldn't leave a review on something where I felt it was less than 3 stars, but since this is a big named, bestselling author, I doubt she cares what I think. My two cents certainly won't put a dent in her sales. And I'm not going to trash it; it just wasn't my thing.

I'm down for a sweet romance. It doesn't have to be all hot and sexy for me to enjoy it. And this definitely isn't erotica here. But I couldn't connect with the heroine because she was antiq
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“... even though two decades and several years had gone by since [she] first decided to be a fairy, even though Lizabeth Kane now stood five feet six inches tall in her stocking feet, even though she was thirty two years old - she still had aspirations of growing up to be a fairy.” 2 likes
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