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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...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by HarperTorch (first published March 1st 1990)
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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...more
Kara Jorges
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...more
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
Jacquie South
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 :-(
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
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...more
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...more
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
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
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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
Alicia Kline
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...more
Mollie *scoutrmom*
Sep 04, 2010 Mollie *scoutrmom* rated it 3 of 5 stars
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.
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!
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.
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.
Listened to on CD and laughed my head off at more than one part. :)
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...more
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...more
I wanna say.. My rating is only based on the first five chapters...I could not bare to finish.. If it was an actual book versus an ebook.. I would've ripped it up and burned it so no one accidentally picks it up to read.. Because its crap!

With that said.. Who in their right mind.. Goes to look/apply for a carpenter job with no experience whatsoever.. Are u stupid/crazy or stupid??? Yes I know I said stupid twice. And then I don't care how cute u are.. Any man in their right mind would NOT offer...more
Originally read January 2009.

Listen to the audio version narrated by C.J. Critt December 2011.

I didn't enjoy this book quite as much on audio as I did when I read it the first time. While the narrator got some things right (like Aunt Elsie), Lisbeth was more irritating than I remembered her. I think that was in part due to the narrator's voice inflections and delivery. Her delivery made Lisbeth sound more flippant than I'd pictured her. The narrators voice for Matt was well done, and he comes ac...more
Lizabeth Kane, 32 years-old, separated for 18 months, divorced for six and a mother of 2, will work for whatever job there is for her to pay her bills and support her growing kids.

After having been through 14 job interviews and receiving no response, she finally had been accepted on a construction project. Not as a secretary but a laborer.

She was hired by Matt Hallahan. Not because he had known her great need of job but because of lust. Attraction was there from their very first glance.

This is...more
I jumped on this book as it is a Janet Evonvoich book, and I love the Stephanie Plum series, this...not so much.

Young divorcee with two children starts a new life. College degree History, and no workable experience. Young construction boss, feels sorry, takes her on as an assistant. Crazy romance follows.
Barbara ★
Surprisingly enough I loved this book! I'm not a Janet Evanovich fan, or should I say I'm not a Stephanie Plum fan, so I was leery of reading anything by Ms. Evanovich. However, I'm so glad that I did because like I said I loved this story. This is a seriously cute love story. It reminds me of Maureen Child's Marconi Sisters trilogy. Same writing style, a quick read, instant lust between hero and heroine, humorous and flirty.

Matt Hallahan is a great guy who really needs a family - his sucks as d...more
Beverly Wiedemann
I had a hard time with the rating for this one. It was more around 2.5 maybe.

It was a cute light romance with lots of Evanovich zaniness. She definitely has a re-occurring theme in her writing of the female with grit who has somehow been dependent on others her whole life finally trying to live completely on her own. I always like that the conflict in her romance novels are always very personal and internal.

However, if you read too many of the romance novels in a row, it diminishes them. Each is...more
Listened to Smitten by Janet Evanovich. I thought this book was funny. I love the way C. J. Critt reads she is one of my favorite narrators. 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 w...more
Bethie Eaton
Thanks to Sandy G. for loaning me this book. I read this one in one day.

Elsie and her blue '57 Cadillc make an appearance in this book as well, she is the Aunt of Lizabeth. Elise makes a reference to her running into the drug dealer from the pervious book.

Lizabeth is a struggling single mother of two who is recently divorced. She has bought a fixer-upper Victorian house and is need of a job. She stumbles upon an ad for a construction worker and is able to walk to the site from her home. She has...more
This is quick read. Sweet with a happy ending. I love J. E. earlier short novels much more then the Plum series if I'm honest. Of the handful of releases I've read this isn't my favorite but it is good for bringing a smile to your face.
Heather P
First off, this book was great from the start! I know I sound like a broken record but Evanovich's books are really good! I could totally relate to Liz and how she felt. I liked how she was on her own and doing the best she could, she was strong and independent yet wanting that real MAN in her life! Matt....well he's a god sent. I loved his tenderness and loving towards Liz right off the bat. He was just sweet from day one. I liked how he was sweet yet persistent. He knew what he wanted and he k...more
Chelsey Thompson
Typical romance novel... girl meets boy. They pretty much immediately fall in love. In this case, girl tries to resist, but can't. Overall, a cute story with some funny aspects. It was nice that the romance parts of it were not overly descriptive or trashy. But in the end, not a very memorable book.

I listened to this book on CD as I drove from UT to CO. It passed the time well, but I don't know that I would pick up another Janet Evanovich book. (Although, the Lehi library does not have a great s...more
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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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