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Back to the Bedroom (Elsie Hawkins #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  11,176 Ratings  ·  528 Reviews
She was the mysterious woman in the long black cloak. He was the sexy guy next door. They shared a common wall between their Capitol Hill townhouses and not much else ... until disaster scored a direct hit on the mystery woman's bedroom and the sexy guy's heart. He baked her a cake, she learned to throw a football, there were some misunderstandings in the living room, some ...more
Audio CD, 272 pages
Published July 26th 2005 by HarperAudio (first published 1989)
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Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back To The Bedroom is a pre-Plum novel by popular American author, Janet Evanovich. It is the first book in the Elsie Hawkins series, on whom, Evanovich says, Grandma Mazur was modelled. Dave Dodd has been watching his busy, energetic neighbour come and go for a while: always in a hurry, keeping erratic hours, wearing a long black coat and lugging a large, oddly shaped metal case on wheels. When something really big falls from the sky and crashes through her roof, he jumps to the rescue.

Oct 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
Because it was there and I needed a laugh. :)
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
So, I Read This Book Today
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
Dec 08, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
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

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
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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)
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.
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
May 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Melissa Spears
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I like many others feel compelled to read all Janet Evenoviches books. I don't know why I do it.
Mousie Garza
It was pretty good. But why did she think her basement exploded?
Jana K.
Feb 28, 2015 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.
Maureen Rae
Sep 17, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring plot, boring characters, boring book. Not at all like her Stephanie Plum series.
Discovered I had not read this old Evanovich book. Enjoy all her Stephanie Plum books for a quick, light read. It was written before the time of Plum and in the author's words, this romance novel is 'screwball comedy'. It introduces Elsie Hawkins, who is the prototype for Grandma Mazur in the Plum books as well as Kate Finn who is very much like Stephanie. It's a one-day-read type book. Cute!
dora spira
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Fantastic every emotion you could have!

Great book first I've read I used to listen to her Plum Serious while driving to and from work there were the best and the person she had so the audio is the Best but reading one of her books instead of listening is just as good . In to my next book. Thank You
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-z-2017
This was a fun easy to listen to/ read book. Lots of laugh, a little tension and a whole lot of interesting situations that happen to the couple as they start their relationship.
Light hearted and a good read.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, borrowed
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Kiera Beddes
Janet Evanovich writes such great adventure stories. Even her early romances have so much action in them, it's hard to classify them just as one thing. These are pure fluff. But adorable fluff, kind of like the little black kitten featured on the cover here.
Gnome Claire *Wishes she was as cool as Gnome Ann*
This was a quick lighthearted and funny read. The plot is bizarre but the characters are so much fun it doesn't really matter, unfortunately I didn't actually like Kate that much, everyone else was brilliant but she was just so uptight and a bit dull in places.
Typical Janet Evanovich. Lots of aspects reminds me of Stephanie Plum and her boarder of Gandma Mazur. Light, entertaining and forgettable.
Kat Davis
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the way Evanovich adds humor to everyday situations. I couldn't put the book down because I wanted to see what happened next.
Susan Gazaway
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it!

This is a great book. I loved it and the characters are wonderful. I love a book that makes me laugh.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Love this series as much as Plum! I cannot wait until I get a chance to read the whole series.
Danielle Schutte
Fast read and very funny. Not a sappy romance though there were sappy parts. Loved Elsie.
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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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