nutshellLove in a Nutshell by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
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Kate Appleton needs a job. Her husband has left her, she’s been fired from her position as a magazine editor, and the only place she wants to go is to her parents’ summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene’s Harbor, Michigan. Kate’s plan is to turn The Nutshell into a Bed and Breakfast. Problem is, she needs cash, and the only job she can land is less than savory.Matt Culhane wants Kate to spy on his brewery employees. Someone has been sabotaging his company, and Kate is just new enough in town that she can insert herself into Culhane’s business and snoop around for him. If Kate finds the culprit, Matt will pay her a $20,000 bonus. Needless to say, Kate is highly motivated. But several problems present themselves. Kate despises beer. No one seems to trust her. And she is falling hard for her boss.Can these two smoke out a saboteur, save Kate’s family home, and keep a killer from closing in…all while resisting their undeniable attraction to one another? Filled with humor, heart, and loveable characters, Love in a Nutshell is delicious fun – Goodreads

First off, this book is not for every one. Tina, would hate this book. Not necessarily hate it, but it wouldn’t be a four star book in her eyes. I enjoyed it. I have always enjoyed Janet Evanovich’s screwball comedy romances. I needed something happy and fluffy and this provided it. There was a slight hint of a mystery back story to it but the main story was Kate getting over an asshole ex husband and Matt who is head over heels in love with Kate. Although I will admit it took awhile for Matt to fall head over heels in love with her, but when he does. He does.

The thing with romances is often it is hard to believe them. The two end up together and you’re like “oh? why?” This isn’t one of those. When these two end up together (SPOILER ALERT: THEY DO!) it is believable and perfect for the two of them. This book also takes place in Michigan, a place near and dear to my midwest heart. This made me miss home. Which is always good in a book. Not that I wanted to be homesick, but it was a good book to get homesick with.

Plus, this book was a very quick read. Finished it in a day. I wouldn’t recommend this to everyone (again see first three sentences of this review.) But if you’re in the mood for a quick fluffy screwball romance this is a good one.