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Naughty Neighbor

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  11,606 ratings  ·  534 reviews
Dear Reader:

In a previous life, before the time of Plum, I wrote twelve short romance novels. Red-hot screwball comedies, each and every one of them. Nine of these stories were originally published by the Loveswept line between the years 1988 and 1992. All immediately went out of print and could be found only at used bookstores and yard sales.

I'm excited to tell you that t
Paperback, 229 pages
Published February 26th 2008 by Harper (first published 1992)
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Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I've never read this author before so I had no idea what to expect. After reading both positive and negative reviews, I decided to read this book anyway. I'm glad I did because it was incredibly good though it was a bit cheesy. I found the story was funny, entertaining, fast-paced, and so sweet. This book mainly focused on the hero and heroine who were so adorable. I loved the way they were attracted to each other. Both of them weren't perfect, but they were perfect together! Oh, so cute!

Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
A short entertaining beach read. Early works of JE are just some fun reading!
Mar 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Naughty Neighbor is a pre-Plum romance by popular American author, Janet Evanovich. Louisa Brannigan has a great job looking as Press Secretary for Nolan Bishop, and she doesn’t need an upstairs neighbour who disturbs her sleep, steals her paper and takes her car space. Pete Streeter is a movie screenwriter who seems to be the target of some nasty people, and Louisa’s car, parked in his space, bears the brunt of it. This one is mainly romance with a touch of (very vague) intrigue. There is some ...more
Kari Anderson
Aug 24, 2009 rated it liked it
It took me two weeks to read Dracula and it’s taken me a day and a half to read this. When I finished it, my fiance looked at me and said, “Already? You just started.” What can I say, it was a cute, easy read and I love me some Janet Evanovich. That’s probably obvious since half the books I’ve reviewed have been by her.

Naughty Neighbor is before the Stephanie Plum era, but I see a lot of similarities. The lead female is always witty, the lead male(s) is always dreamy and the family is always a r
I had one major problem (and a few small ones, but more about those later) with this audio book – it was over much too soon! The story is on the shorter side, and I felt these characters had so much more to say and I wanted to get to know them more!

This quirky little story really tickled me and I didn't expect that since my initial impression was that this might be a random audio miss. The voice of C.J. Critt immediately felt off to me. It seemed more mature and slightly gruffer than what the st
Oct 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008, guilty-pleasure
This is one of Evanovich's earlier works, and man, does it show. Though there are flashes of humor throughout, the plotting is inconsistent, the characters are underdeveloped, the mystery lacks complexity, and the romance is implausible.

On the other hand, this is the kind of thing that kept Evanovich writing, and she eventually hit One for the Money, Stephanie Plum's debut. While the characters in this book--the Naughty Neighbors in the title--are no Stephanie and Morelli (or Ranger, if you pref
Crystal~BIG book addict~
I can always depend on Janet Evanovich for a funny, lighthearted, silly read.

Pete and Louisa are neighbors, Pete living upstairs and Louisa down. He is noisy, steals her morning paper and funny smells come from his apartment. Pete can hear everything in Louisa's apartment, including her phone calls from her mom. After her boss, a Senator, finds out she has an association with Pete, he fires her suddenly and the mystery begins. Pete and Louisa work together to find out what is going on.

There is
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Louisa and Peter were a fun pair. Two opposites that definitely attracted. A really fun book to read.
Tracy Kellies
Feb 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a really cheesy romance. The storyline was a bit far-fetched however I found it intriguing. Anyone looking for a quick and funny romance will enjoy this.
Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Rayni by: Author name recognition
I snagged this book off the exchange rack at the library simply because it was a Janet Evanovich book. I've looked at these "before the time of Plum" novels in bookstores, but didn't want to buy them because they look like "fluff" to me. So I was excited to find a chance to read a "guilty pleasure" book.

I read Evanovich's note to the reader in this book & loved it. She explains that "in a previous life, before the time of Plum" she had written 12 short romance novels.

It is fluff & I f
Cyndi Tefft
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was my first-ever Janet Evanovich book and I absolutely loved it! It was a short, quick read, packed tight with great one-liners that made me laugh out loud. Just ask my poor hubby, who had to stop what he was doing several times to listen to me read funny passages to him!

The best thing about this book was the absolute MALENESS of the "hero." Evanovich wrote his dialogue and inner thoughts just like a real guy, which completely tickled me.

My fave line:

Her: "Do you make love to women you do
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Not anywhere near one of her better works - in the end I only read it because the cover was yellow
Jun 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I like to tell things as it is : the pig made me buy this book.

Well, not literally, of course I didn't hear a hog tell me to grab it, but when I saw this cutie on the cover, I clicked on the add to cart button and that was it. But don't waste your breathe waiting for him to be in the story, however😞.

"Pete Streeter was to her life what the big bang had been to the creation of the universe."

Louisa's existence was peaceful before Pete became her neighbor. Press secretary for a senator, with no boy
Michelle Tempted By Books
Meh. This story was ok but rather ridiculous at the same time.
Sally Lindsay-briggs
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a light, enjoyable story of a neighbor who was a little naughty and a lot desirable. It was kind of reminiscent of Stephanie Plum, but not quite as comical. Louisa and Pete are believable and fun to read about. Loved it!
Blodeuedd Finland
Nov 06, 2009 rated it did not like it

I am gonna make this short since it was on audio and let's face it, I suck a audio. I got annoyed at the narrator, and some voices made me grind my teeth. It took so long and I must have rolled my eyes a hundred times over.

Louisa was now and again TSTL, and honestly so was he once or twice too. He was a macho pig, and she was a wimp and complained all the time. I did not like either of them.

But then we get to the real problem, it was audio, perhaps I could have liked them in a book, perhaps then
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was one of the cheesiest romance novels I've ever read. I can do cheese (I love Twilight for God's sake!) but this was over the top even for me. In addition to the romance plot line there was also a mystery plot line that seemed implausible and I had trouble following. People say that Evanovich is really funny but that wasn't true of this book.

To be fair, this book was written pre-Stephanie Plum days and probably wouldn't have been rereleased if it wasn't for the success of the Stephanie Pl
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
Very Stephanie Plumish but less fleshed out and more to the point. Almost gave it a 3 stars for effort but overall, no.

It's cutesy and easy to read fast - the characters are well enough and the dialogue funny - but it didn't tickle my tickle bone enough to make up for how fluffy it was. It has another 'modern grandmother' at the end but she's barely in it. We also get sleazy politicians and a strange mystery side story about a pig. The mystery side story wasn't important after all, just a cute
Iris Blobel
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
I'm not really sure what to say. I have no idea what the "pig" story was all about, I got fed up with all the "inner thoughts" by both, Louisa and Pete half way through the book - it felt repetitious, AND it wasn't really near as funny as most of the other Evanovich stories. Bottom line ... I wouldn't bother. As you can see, I can't even bother spending more time to write something about it .... says it all, doesn't it?
Jim son of Jim (formerly PhotoJim)
Reading this should give any starting author hope. This proves that one of your first books can be total crap and you can go on to be a very successful writer. The writing is choppy at best. The scenarios are more than improbable. The characters have few redeeming qualities. The plot is nonexistent. So why two stars and not one? Because it was merely bad. Sort or like something a friend has asked you to read. OK for an amateur, but not something you'd expect to be published anywhere.
A cute book, but the characters really got on my nerves after a while. Pete is kind of an ass and Louisa is not nearly as funny as Stephanie Plum. She's also actually kind of irritating. The mystery is also solved too fast and far too easily. The book has good bits of humor throughout and I enjoyed reading it as it shows where Ms. Evanovich started and her talent even then. Still, I like her later books better.
Stephanie Jenkins Ortiz Cerrillo
A very cute romance. Louisa and Pete prove that romance can bud from that person you think is exactly what your not looking for in a partner. That upstairs neighbor that's too noisy, steals your newspaper and appears to be a spoiled rich womanizer could just be the perfect guy after all. Pete offers her a job after she loses her job and Louisa finds herself sneaking around in the dark in an undercover investigation for a story that Pete is hoping to get involving a pig. Louisa finds she enjoys n ...more
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Cliche and corny.....but I knew that going in anyway. Entertaining if you like goofy romances.
Michelle Onuorah
Aug 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
I HATE this book. It was the biggest Barnes and Noble mistake I ever made. I traveled cross country and bought the audio book in the hopes that it would make the drive easier. I almost crashed from boredom. The characters - especially the male lead - are incredibly annoying. I couldn't stick around to see any romance blossom between these two unbelievable, vapid, moronic characters.

What's worse is I couldn't get my money back at B&N because the shrink wrap had been removed. This is by far th
Oct 17, 2016 rated it did not like it
Fluff like this is the reason women have unrealistic expectations when it comes to romantic relationships. Hot, rich, womanizing emotionally unavailable guy falls in insta-love with regular hot mess girl. Of course, he's never felt like this about anyone before. Try that in real life and see how it works out for you, ladies.

Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
The biggest thing about this book that bothers me is that a cat is being fed foods that would kill it. Evanovich should have done her homework.

I was in the mood for a quick chuckle, so I turned to Janet Evanovich. Witty, cute, and ridiculously trite. But face it, no one reads Evanovich and expects answers to life's big questions.
Kara Peterson
Mar 11, 2009 rated it liked it
This is one of her early books and you can tell. Is it fun? yes Can you see glimpses of her Motor Mouth series and One for the Money (which are both excellent)? yes, but she doesn't have the character development that happens later on. She is practicing becoming a seasoned writer with this book. Better than a harlequin romance, but not much (probably only because I like the humor).
Dawn ♥ romance
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor
Cute book with decent plot, humor, action and sex but it was short and sometimes disjoint making it seem almost like a condensed version. Louisa’s loud neighbor, screen-writer Pete, causes her to lose her government aide job so she helps him with undercover investigation.
Oct 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
uuuugh this book was soooo baddddd. she was lame and he was kind of rapey. the whole mystery part of the book was so stupid i couldn't even pay attention to it. and the person reading it on cd had the most annoying way of reading. she sounded like cheri o'teri impersonating barbara walters.
Sep 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Janet Evanovich is always a good read. A light screball comedy romance, but still a satisfying read. It give me something to read while waitng for her next Stephanie Plum book.
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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.
“Pete- What does a woman want out of marriage?
Louisa- Undying devotion and a warm place to put her cold feet when she gets into bed at night.”
“There’s always tomorrow.”

“Exactly,” she said, finishing off her first doughnut, selecting a second. Maybe she wouldn’t starve to death, she decided. Maybe she’d eat herself into obesity and explode. Death by doughnut.”
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