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Back to the Bedroom

(Elsie Hawkins #1)

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  12,489 ratings  ·  605 reviews
From the #1 "New York Times" bestselling creator of the Stephanie Plum series comes a revised, repackaged classic novel involving a driven redheaded musician, a sexy slacker, love at first sight, a lovable gun-toting granny, suspicious neighbors, and a thrilling mystery.

For months he'd thought of her as the Mystery Woman, draped in a black velvet cloak, with outrageous red
Mass Market Paperback, 234 pages
Published February 25th 2014 by Harper (first published October 1st 1989)
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Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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
Shelves: romance
Because it was there and I needed a laugh. :)
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So this is certainly not my normal type of book and to be honest I only picked it up for a challenge. It had the usual contemporary stereotypes like the spunky grandmother figure. While the MCs have lived next door to one another for awhile now, it isn’t until something crash lands through her roof the two even meet-when he comes to the rescue. Within the next few days both are suffering severe bouts of instalove and it’s only the heroines supreme ideals of who the hero should be and what their ...more
Nov 20, 2008 rated it liked it
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 he ...more
So, I Read This Book Today
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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?
Jan 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Breezy and delightful first novel from this wonderful author. So light it could float, I enjoyed the characters a lot.
Barbara ★
And yet another cute romance from Janet Evanovich. Though I will admit that ditsy Kate got on my nerves after a while but laid-back David was the perfect match for her
Dec 08, 2009 rated it did not like it
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
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
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)
Nov 17, 2008 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was ok
I like many others feel compelled to read all Janet Evenoviches books. I don't know why I do it.
Judy D Collins
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
I am a huge Stephanie Plum fan and have not do not like the Full series nearly as well. Not as funny and a little boring. It was OK, but would not recommend.

May 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
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.
Melissa Spears
Aug 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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!
Mousie Cardenas
It was pretty good. But why did she think her basement exploded?
Maureen Rae
Sep 17, 2009 rated it did not like it
Boring plot, boring characters, boring book. Not at all like her Stephanie Plum series.
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This is a review of the following:

1. Back to the Bedroom (1989) 4 stars
2. Smitten (1990) 4 stars
3. Wife for Hire (1990) 3 stars
4. The Rocky Road to Romance (1991) 4 stars

OK, so these are EARLY Evanovich, but they are particularly interesting because you can see her growth. Apparently, that woman could write even back when she first started and was writing romantic love-at-first-sight drivel for cheap-o publishing houses. But they raise above the level of drivel because they are funny, they are
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of romantic comedies
I read Back to the Bedroom by Janet Evanovich, the author of the Stephanie Plum series. This is one of Janet's earlier books - one of a string of romantic comedies that were re-released by HarperCollins. The interesting fact about this book is that Elsie Hawkins is introduced and Elsie is the prototype for the future Grandma Mazur in the Stephanie Plum series. Both Elsie and Grandma Mazur are great characters and basically steal the show throughout the books. The other interesting thing about th ...more
Jerry Jares
Jun 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
Kathryn Finn lives her life in the fast lane rushing everywhere. This hare meets the tortoise when something comes crashing through Katherine's roof and lands on her bed. David Dodd is just a kid at heart, enjoying life. Two more ill-matched people could not be imagined.

David has noticed his neighbor rushing past his window on many occasions. However, the day the camera pod crashed through Katherine's ceiling was the first time they met. He decides he's going to marry Kathryn; she decides David
Connie N.
#1 in the Elsie Hawkins romance series

So cute! I haven't read Evanovich for a while, and this was a treat. Kate and Dave are wonderful main characters. Kate is a talented professional musician who has taken time for herself since she was a child. She's driven, distracted, and always on the run. Dave is a lottery winner who lives next door. He's charming and thoughtful, but he seems to have no ambition. They fall in love at first sight, but their differences seem to be overwhelming. The banter is

cute, quick read. humor. light & breezy.
engaging characters. great chemistry from the beginning b/w Kate & David.
(while there were sex scenes it was pg-13 rated in it's descriptions)
good story. Love the Elsie Hawkins character.

this was technically a re-read for me.
I'm a fan of the stephanie plum series & when Evanovich's earlier harlequinn romances were reissued, i read them. but it's been many years so i didn't remember the story for this one.
i also think El
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
So a friend of my mom's gave this to us to read while we traveled across the country to entertain ourselves. It was entertaining and cute, like a Hallmark movie, which I absolutely adore for their contrived and awkward plots. If you're into quick, light on plot, romance novels, Back to the Bedroom is definitely for you.
I feel bad for giving it only a 2-star rating but there was no It-was-cute-for-what-it-was rating which would land somewhere between the 2-star and 3-star ratings. I've just read
Linda T. Fuqua
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Book to Cuddle With

I loved this book! It is different from anything I've ever read. The characters are so well developed that you know them personally. You wish you lived next door. There is comedy, drama, danger, action, and hot romance and sex. You fall in love with Dave and Kate the two main characters, and the little old pistol toting Elsie who rents a room from Kate. She adds spice and sassiness. This story makes you smile and laugh all the way to the end. It definitely rates 5 *.
May 17, 2018 rated it liked it
This was fun and easy read. It was perfect timing for me to read because the last few book I read were dark mysteries and heavy dramas. The only problem I have with this book (and most of the rom-com genre) is how quickly the two main characters fell in love with each other. They go from being neighbors that never speak to each other to being in head over heels in love over like 24 hours. Even a sentence here and there saying that a month had passed and I would have been good.
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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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