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Full Speed (Full #3)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  10,911 Ratings  ·  233 Reviews
Polo instructor Nicholas Kaharcheck senses danger the minute he sees Billie Pearce. She represents everything he's so artfully avoided. Happy in her home life, a divorced mother of two, Billie is the epitome of stability. They have nothing in common. To his horror, Nick is fascinated - and irresistibly attracted. When Billie generously offers to share her home with Nick's ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 346 pages
Published 2003 by St. Martin's Paperbacks
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Jan 25, 2012 Kristine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-library
This book is not nearly as funny as the Stephanie Plum series. The humorous sidekick (Dave) is just annoying and doesn't compare to Lula. Overall it was pretty flat.
Pamela Mclaren
Janet Evanovich has proven that she is the mistress of slapstick cozy mysteries, with Stephanie Plum, whose investigative adventures more often than not get her into the fire from the fry pan and are only exceeded by her romantic entanglements have been welcomed through 23 books.

She has followed the winning formula in a number of other series, including the "Full" books written with Charlotte Hughes and featuring "journalist" Jamie Swift and millionaire Max Holt. You'll notice that I put Jamie'
Nov 26, 2012 Tiffunee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Newspaper editor Jamie Swift likes a little predictability in her life. When she suddenly finds herself minus a fiancé and with a major case of the hots for her silent partner, millionaire Maximillian Holt, any bit of predictability goes right out the window. Max is like a tornado, turning her well-ordered world upside down. Now someone’s unhappy with Max’s recent business deal—dangerously unhappy.

Posing as husband and wife, with computer genius Muffin and a mutt named Fleas along for the ride,
Dec 13, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
I read full tilt years ago and thought it was the most entertaining thing. A hot billionaire, I fun an spunky female lead, a compelling crime mystery, and my favorite part, a talking car named muffin with the voice of Marlene Monroe. I finally came cross this one, book 3, and couldn't resist picking it up. I never read book 1. It's just as fun and entertaining as I remember full tilt to be. Lots of twists and turns. And comical banter that made me love the last book. Throw in a old hound dog nam ...more
So, I've decided that this series is similar to manga; each book is like a chapter and you end up reading them one after the other in order to get the whole story! It's been a fun story so far, what with the talking car, the inept mafia hit men, swear jars, vintage mustangs, and now the dog that doesn't like country music...
Feb 07, 2012 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed this next installment in the 'Full' series - the interplay between Jamie and Max makes this a lot of fun. I will certainly be on the lookout for the next one.
Feb 16, 2009 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Pat by: no one
You have to read the whole "Full Series" - it's addictive
Jun 08, 2015 Cyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mobsters, mayhem and a mutt...oh my! Really fun read!
Mar 14, 2017 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Janet Evanovich's books. They make me laugh out loud a lot!
Jilayne Sinkhorn
great book love this series
Kari Anderson
The Full Box is a four-book audio set. I previously listened to and reviewed Full House here on KariAnnAlysis. It was one of the first audio books I listened to. I’ll always turn to Janet Evanovich when I need a good, light read. That’s why I was thrilled when I found the rest of this series in a complete box.

Here’s a short synopsis of each book:

Full Tilt: Jamie Swift’s newspaper is running on fumes. If something doesn’t turn around soon, she will have to stop the presses. Her silent partner Max
Feb 09, 2016 Kaylie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ready to read something Full Speed?

Have you ever wanted something so much that you would do anything to get it? If you haven’t, you’ll get a good idea of what it’s like reading Full speed. And if you have, you’ll have something to relate to. Full Speed by Janet Evanovich (and the help of her friend Charlotte Hughes) is a good combination of comedy, crime, and romance that is a good, quick, and fun read.
In Full Speed Jamie wants to get a story for her paper and along the way she meets Max who is
Darla Stokes
This is the 3rd in the light mystery series featuring reporter Jamie Swift and millionaire playboy Max Holt. IIRC (it's been a few years), it's based on a romance Janet Evanovich wrote back in her Loveswept days. Jamie and Max didn't, however, live happily ever after--they keep skirting around the issue, irritating each other, working together, and occasionally losing control and succumbing to a clinch or two.

This time, they're after a crooked evangelist who's mob-connected--the same mob that tr
Jun 29, 2012 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the "Full " series. Full Speed, written by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes, is a light romantic crime novel. Jamie and Max are on the outs with each other. Max is looking into a corrupt minister. Jamie wants a good story for her paper. So, they team up again to see what mob ties the minister has and where that leads them.
I would have enjoyed the book more if I hadn't felt like I was missing something by not having read the previous book. Most of the background is e
Jan 09, 2009 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was on my 2009 TBR challenge. I picked up this book because I needed some light reading. I had just finished reading Snowflower And The Secret Fan and it profoundly touched me, yet left me feeling like nothing could quite live up to it. So I figured he Evanovitch novel would be fun. Afterall, she writes those wonderful Stephanie Plum novels.

Evanovitch actually co-authored this one (with Charlotte Hughes?). I almost stopped reading it because I was not comfortable with the topic of an evil p
Jun 11, 2012 Courtnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, reviewed, mystery
I waivered between 2 and 3 stars, so I'm going to say 2.5. Max and Jamie have enough chemistry and fun to keep reading the series, but I had my doubts until about half way through this book. There are moments of 'really good' and there are moments of 'totally lame'. I sort of wish that "Muffin", the "Kit" like computer-in-the-car-companion, would experience the blue screen of doom and have to be overhauled. She is probably the lame part of this book and I rarely find her humorous. Jamie and the ...more
Jul 27, 2009 Sandy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was WAY better than the last two installments. It actually managed to grab my attention and hold it until the end. I just started it yesterday so it's a quick read. I like how it's shaped more like a romantic suspense book than a mystery book. I'm kind of disappointed we don't get to revisit the other characters from the first book, Max's cousin Nick and his wife Billie. This book is fast-paced, there's lots of action, lots of deception and fun, memorable characters. I don't recommend ...more
Ivonne Rovira
I enjoyed Full Tilt, although not as much as I do the books in Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. However, I knew it would be unfair to hold Max and Jamie to such a high standard. At any rate, I liked millionaire (or is it billionaire?) Max Holt and small-time newspaper publisher Jamie Swift enough to hurry and order the sequel, Full Speed.

I tried to like it. I really, really did. But Max's and Jamie's behavior becomes so outlandishly stupid and the Elmer Gantry-style preacher who figures
Mar 19, 2009 Louise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
I can't say this enough but....This lady can write!! This newer series of Jamie Swift and Max Holt is great!

From back cover:

"Jamie and Max have intense chemistry-even though they drive each other crazy. Max thinks Jamie is a magnet for trouble and Jamie thinks Max is the most annoyingly sexy, mysterious man she's ever met. She knows she should stay away from him. But boy, oh boy, do the sparks fly when they get together. Jamie is a newspaper owner from a small Southern town. And in FULL SPEED, s
This third book of the full series once again follows Jamie and Max. It starts hours after the last one ended and somehow the relationship of the two main characters has changed. Jamie starts drifting in to the TSTL lane on the plot device highway. I'm all for story women. Just not women with more more determination than brains. I mean I get that Jamie is a journalist at heart but really the story she was chasing wasn't interesting enough to prostitute herself out for. I mean I'm pretty sure Chr ...more
Judy Collins
Like Stephanie Plum series better - but always drama with Max and Jamie! Jamie and Max have intense chemistry-even though they drive each other crazy. Max thinks Jamie is a magnet for trouble and Jamie thinks Max is the most annoyingly sexy, mysterious man she's ever met. She knows she should stay away from him. But boy, oh boy, do the sparks fly when they get together. Jamie is a newspaper owner from a small southern town. And in Full Speed, she's after the story of a lifetime. Max Holt is righ ...more
Feb 16, 2016 Ranooshe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charlotte Hughes is a breath of fresh air to the Evanovich novels. the Evanovich wit and humour is still there, but without the many pages wasted on thinking, performing, and discussing junk food we see in many of Evanonvich's novels, especially in the Plum series.
The characters are less insane. but the woman in the story is still stupidly brave, a magnet for men, and pretends to push them away. It's becoming a bit worn out.
I wish I read the other books in this series first, things might have m
Connie N.
#3 in the Full series, narrated by Lorelei King

Another fun episode in the lives of Max Holt and Jamie Swift. If I had not read the previous book, I think I would have been confused because it definitely carried on directly from that plot. This time Max and Jamie have gone south to see a corrupt minister, trying to discover who is trying to kill Max. This was very entertaining, with the hot but unfulfilled chemistry between Max and Jamie, revisiting with computer Muffin, a dog named Fleas, and Ja
I want to say this book was a 3.5 but it seemed to fall short of earning the 4th star. This was a cute novel that was engaging enough that I wanted to hang on to the end but at the same time, the nievity of the main character almost hurt me to the point where on a few incidents I just wanted to look away.

To this books creadit I might have enjoyed this novel more if I had started this series at the begining. I might have become more invested in the characters if I had spent more time with them.

Blah. The first of Evanovich's non-Plum books that I really didn't like. This was a continuation of the story in Full Tilt, and it was forced in so many ways. The relationship "problems" between Max Holt & Jamie Swift were crudely and artificially obstructed. So many pointless disagreements and out of character "I'm not going to tell the other person this one thing" the result of which puts everyone in mortal danger. I didn't like the bickering, the lack of real story, the bad guy, the good ...more
Usually I really like Janet Eavonovich's books, but this one made me cringe. The main character seems to have to rely on others to get her out of problems and situations. At one point it's mentioned that there multiple police officers around, but she talks to one, realizes he's dirty, and gives up. Doesn't announce to the giant crowd of people that's she's being kidnapped, just willingly gets back in the car with her kidnapper. What the hell?! She's supposed to be an intelligent person and she j ...more
Full Speed picks up almost exactly where Full Tilt leaves off, with Max and Jamie headed out of South Carolina and into Tennessee in search of the mysterious Reverend Harlan Rawlins. The Reverend appears to want Max dead, and he and Jamie want to know why. This book had all of the madcap zaniness you’ve come to expect from a book with “Evanovich” on the cover, but this one wasn’t as good as the past two. I felt like a lot of the heat was missing between Max and Jamie. Hopefully they’ll find it a ...more
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
2.5 stars. These books are fluff, pure and simple. Sure, there's usually some sort of wacky crime-related side plot. But mostly it's just fluff. Or, in this case, fluff and Jamie Inadvertently Acquires A Dog. You basically don't need your brain to read and enjoy this stuff, so it's essentially perfect when I'm on early shift and have to leave the house at 6.20am. Because seriously. My brain isn't awake at that time of day, so anything that requires me to pay attention is NOT going to be the book ...more
Not the best of this series, this story tells the story of Jamie Swift and Max Holt. Jamie and Max met when he invested in her family's failing newspaper. The story opens with her being left in a parking lot because she and Max are disagreeing on how to unmask a popular preacher as a man-slut. When Jamie dresses up as a sex addict and ends up in the apartment of the preacher when he gets his neck slit, she needs Max's, the boy genius who is a multi-multi-millionaire, help as well as that of his ...more
Jamie and Max have fallen out since the events of the last book, she got out of the car and the story opens with her trying to work her way towards the scoop of the year. Max's in-car computer Muffin is annoyed at him for leaving Jamie all alone.

Jamie is determined to investigate this, is determined to uncover the scandal and doesn't really see the danger she's in. Max can see the danger but can he respect her need to be the investigative journalist she is.

It's peppered with Janet Evanovich's tr
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“Jamie felt as though her heart would literally take flight from her crest. Damn her and her mouth. “Nick, I was sort of exaggerating about how nasty I was going to act of the plane. Why can’t we just leave Fleas with Max and get going?”
“She’s lying, Nick,” Max said. “You don’t do things her way and she turns into Satan’s daughter.”
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