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Filled with Evanovich's trademark style and wit, Full House is romantic suspense with a twist... Her life was pleasant, proper, and predictable-- until he showed up and trouble moved in... Polo instructor Nicholas Kaharchek 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, Bil Filled with Evanovich's trademark style and wit, Full House is romantic suspense with a twist... Her life was pleasant, proper, and predictable-- until he showed up and trouble moved in... Polo instructor Nicholas Kaharchek 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 crazy cousin Deedee for a while, Nick finds himself visiting-- often. And while each is slowly seduced by the other's charms, and both are wildly encouraged by devious Deedee, Billie and Nick find out that what they have in common is most important of all. But neither one knows that danger is lurking where they least expect it and a killer is closing in on them.


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Filled with Evanovich's trademark style and wit, Full House is romantic suspense with a twist... Her life was pleasant, proper, and predictable-- until he showed up and trouble moved in... Polo instructor Nicholas Kaharchek 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, Bil Filled with Evanovich's trademark style and wit, Full House is romantic suspense with a twist... Her life was pleasant, proper, and predictable-- until he showed up and trouble moved in... Polo instructor Nicholas Kaharchek 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 crazy cousin Deedee for a while, Nick finds himself visiting-- often. And while each is slowly seduced by the other's charms, and both are wildly encouraged by devious Deedee, Billie and Nick find out that what they have in common is most important of all. But neither one knows that danger is lurking where they least expect it and a killer is closing in on them.

30 review for Full House (Janet Evanovich's Full Series) [Audiobook]

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Reading this book was like eating an entire box of Hostess Ho Hos by myself--I knew it was a bad idea while I was doing it, and afterwards I felt angry and embarrassed that I did it. Even for a mindless, chick-lit beach-read, this book stretches the limits of credibility. And even if you like the author's Stephanie Plum Bounty Hunter series (which I do), forcibly thrust this book into the nearest trash can if you ever see a copy of it. Reading this book was like eating an entire box of Hostess Ho Hos by myself--I knew it was a bad idea while I was doing it, and afterwards I felt angry and embarrassed that I did it. Even for a mindless, chick-lit beach-read, this book stretches the limits of credibility. And even if you like the author's Stephanie Plum Bounty Hunter series (which I do), forcibly thrust this book into the nearest trash can if you ever see a copy of it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    *TANYA*

    This was super funny! Was it a great book? No. But still entertaining.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    I laughed my a$$ off. This was a good story with characters that made it GREAT! I stayed up all night to finish this one, and I woke up my 7 yr old in the other room at one point because I was laughing so hard. (bad mommy-I assured him everything was ok and he fell right back to sleep) After that I held a blanket up to my face whenever the book got me going. I just recently saw Bridesmaids in the theater, and LOVED it. (might have peed my pants just a little from laughing so hard- darn side effe I laughed my a$$ off. This was a good story with characters that made it GREAT! I stayed up all night to finish this one, and I woke up my 7 yr old in the other room at one point because I was laughing so hard. (bad mommy-I assured him everything was ok and he fell right back to sleep) After that I held a blanket up to my face whenever the book got me going. I just recently saw Bridesmaids in the theater, and LOVED it. (might have peed my pants just a little from laughing so hard- darn side effects of childbirth) This book almost made me laugh as hard as the movie. People were staring at me at the athletic club because I was giggling furiously while I sweated away on the eliptical. I jumped right into Full Tilt and I am having a good time with that one so far as well. Really hope Evanovich and Hughes can keep the laughs coming throughout the series, cause I bought Full House through Full Scoop, and plan to read them all before the end of Memorial Day weekend! (Beach+Book=heaven) HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK! I have not read any of the Stephanie Plum books by Evanovich yet, but I have started collecting them on my to read book case here at home because I am enjoying this author so far :0)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Howard

    5 Stars for Full House Max Holt Series, Book 1 (audiobook) by Janet Evanovich read by Lorelei King. Another fun story by one of my favorite authors. Lots of great characters and the amazing voice of Lorelei King narrating. I just love when these two women come together and make something special.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Golden

    Poorly done collaboration I am a huge fan of Janet Evanovich. I own a copy of every book she ever wrote, including Full House in its original version. I am convinced that the reason over 70 disappointed reviewers (to date) can't recognize Evanovich's wonderful comic voice in this rewrite is because the rewrite gave the book Charlotte Hughes's voice, which is (sorry, Ms. Hughes) plodding and flat (I really disliked Hot Shot, which I only read because I heard Evanovich liked her so much she had her Poorly done collaboration I am a huge fan of Janet Evanovich. I own a copy of every book she ever wrote, including Full House in its original version. I am convinced that the reason over 70 disappointed reviewers (to date) can't recognize Evanovich's wonderful comic voice in this rewrite is because the rewrite gave the book Charlotte Hughes's voice, which is (sorry, Ms. Hughes) plodding and flat (I really disliked Hot Shot, which I only read because I heard Evanovich liked her so much she had her do the Full House rewrite). In addition, the plotting flaws that everyone complains about, the one-dimensional, boring characters, the lack of humor and sexual tension, a sense that many events are just thrown in with no rhyme or reason--all this, I'm afraid, can also be laid to the door of Ms. Hughes's unfortunate rewrite. What is most sad of all, though, among all the problems this book has, is the horrible editing. What a commentary on the state of today's publishing world that even a superstar like Ms. Evanovich doesn't rate any editing by her publisher! Like most other readers commenting here, I had to *force* myself to read this book to the end, and after the first half I was skimming. Reading it was not fun, it was an experience in horror--not from the psycho-stalker villain, who was totally out of place in a light comedy--but rather the horror of feeling compelled to rubberneck at a train wreck--the wreck (please heaven I hope not!) of a wonderful writing career.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Pam Nelson

    Ok this was interesting, I picked it because of our 2020 audiobook challenge and I have to say it was pretty interesting. Was it the best mystery no but for the time period it was published in it was pretty good. I liked the characters and Max was all kinds of interesting I like how his brain works. Nick and Billie once they found their grove and admitted to more than like that was when it really started to work for me. Glad I listened, also this narrator is awesome she is a favorite of mine so Ok this was interesting, I picked it because of our 2020 audiobook challenge and I have to say it was pretty interesting. Was it the best mystery no but for the time period it was published in it was pretty good. I liked the characters and Max was all kinds of interesting I like how his brain works. Nick and Billie once they found their grove and admitted to more than like that was when it really started to work for me. Glad I listened, also this narrator is awesome she is a favorite of mine so that made it even easier to listen.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    Back in 2008-2009 I was going through a Stephanie Plum phase and so, I picked this book up at a library sale based on my enjoyment of the Plum series. I really enjoyed Evanovich’s brand of humor, but once you’ve read a few of her books it’s like having too much candy. After awhile, the klutzy, good-humored, girl-next-door heroine becomes sickly sweet. I have since burnt out on the Plum series and I think it’s safe to say I’ve burnt out on all Evanovich books because they’re starting to produce t Back in 2008-2009 I was going through a Stephanie Plum phase and so, I picked this book up at a library sale based on my enjoyment of the Plum series. I really enjoyed Evanovich’s brand of humor, but once you’ve read a few of her books it’s like having too much candy. After awhile, the klutzy, good-humored, girl-next-door heroine becomes sickly sweet. I have since burnt out on the Plum series and I think it’s safe to say I’ve burnt out on all Evanovich books because they’re starting to produce too much eye rolling and my poor contacts can’t handle it. In this one, Billie Pearce is a sixth grade teacher and divorced mom of two who, of course, loves cooking and all things family. Enter Nick Kaharchek, a billionaire with a dysfunctional family, who is looking for stability and you have the perfect pairing. Billie and Nick’s romance happens in about 5 pages and takes off from there. And because this is an Evanovich book there are a few kooky characters and a mystery thrown into the mix. Also, per Evanovich’s usual the foreshadowing is heavy and the plot lines are predictable. Overall, this wasn’t the worse I’ve read but I can recommend other Evanovich books that are much better. If you need something for travel, beach or pool this would do as it’s a quick, no-brainer type of book, so it suited my need when I went to the beach this weekend.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    This tale has a little bit of everything - romance, mystery, and suspense, with humor sprinkled in throughout the book. Billie, divorced with kids, decides to take polo lessons. This puts in motion a chain of events that begins with her disastrous first lesson, continues with her attraction to the wealthy and handsome stable owner, and ends with, well, you should read the story to find out how it ends. There’s more than romance in the air. Maybe it’s not a true Evanovich book unless a car blows This tale has a little bit of everything - romance, mystery, and suspense, with humor sprinkled in throughout the book. Billie, divorced with kids, decides to take polo lessons. This puts in motion a chain of events that begins with her disastrous first lesson, continues with her attraction to the wealthy and handsome stable owner, and ends with, well, you should read the story to find out how it ends. There’s more than romance in the air. Maybe it’s not a true Evanovich book unless a car blows up! What starts out as a light-hearted tale soon takes a darker turn. Interesting characters and an intriguing plot combine for an entertaining read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Megan (BookWifeReviews)

    This is a great example of why I don’t read a lot of contemporary romances. I want to like it but the romance is ridiculous. They got married after 2 weeks and that’s nuts. They know nothing about each other. I mean literally nothing. She goes to a pollo lesson and he's the teacher. Blah blah you know the drill. But he is a womanizer and he uses the same moves he does on every single woman. I would not be able to trust anything he did or said. The one good thing I will say about him is that he w This is a great example of why I don’t read a lot of contemporary romances. I want to like it but the romance is ridiculous. They got married after 2 weeks and that’s nuts. They know nothing about each other. I mean literally nothing. She goes to a pollo lesson and he's the teacher. Blah blah you know the drill. But he is a womanizer and he uses the same moves he does on every single woman. I would not be able to trust anything he did or said. The one good thing I will say about him is that he was fantastic with her kids. That was actually kind of adorable. I was just about to DNF this one when the kids became part of the story and I liked that. I read more fantasy because If a romance is bad in a fantasy book there is usually so much other stuff going on that I can ignore it. But this book it’s straight romance and I hated it. I will probably read the next book because Max was awesome and I am also on a mission to read all of Janet Evanovich's books.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashleigh

    I don't really like any other Evanovich besides the Stephanie Plum novels. I don't really like any other Evanovich besides the Stephanie Plum novels.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wayland Smith

    Janet Evanovich is best known for her Stephanie Plum series. Every writer, or almost of them, did something before their "big break." Full House is some of her early work, updated by Steffie Hall (believe me, nobody wants their early stories out there without being gone over again). It's interesting seeing the hallmarks of Evanovich's later writing in prototype form: screwball comedy, sexual tension, absurd scenes, just here with fewer criminals and more sex. Billie Pearce, at loose ends after a Janet Evanovich is best known for her Stephanie Plum series. Every writer, or almost of them, did something before their "big break." Full House is some of her early work, updated by Steffie Hall (believe me, nobody wants their early stories out there without being gone over again). It's interesting seeing the hallmarks of Evanovich's later writing in prototype form: screwball comedy, sexual tension, absurd scenes, just here with fewer criminals and more sex. Billie Pearce, at loose ends after a divorce and with her kids away for the summer, decides to try something new and signs up for polo lessons. But she's never even been on a horse. Polo instructor, playboy, and local rich guy Nick Kaharchek goes from bemused to smitten, surprising himself by falling for someone totally out of his circle. The course of true love never did run smooth, and among the complications here are a neighborhood insect infestation, an ineffectual handyman, some wacky relatives, and a jealous ex. It's very light reading, entertaining, but not as polished as her later work. Worth the read if you're an Evanovich/Plum fan.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...

    Over the years I have turned to Evanovich's Plum series many times. Whenever life gets tough or I hit a reading wall I find that Stephanie, Joe, Ranger and the rest are highly entertaining. No matter how many times I read the books they make me laugh right out loud and wake my sleeping family. I had never read any other Evanovich books so I chose this one to fill a challenge category. What a disappointment! There is very little wit and sarcasm here, which is some of what makes Stephanie Plum so Over the years I have turned to Evanovich's Plum series many times. Whenever life gets tough or I hit a reading wall I find that Stephanie, Joe, Ranger and the rest are highly entertaining. No matter how many times I read the books they make me laugh right out loud and wake my sleeping family. I had never read any other Evanovich books so I chose this one to fill a challenge category. What a disappointment! There is very little wit and sarcasm here, which is some of what makes Stephanie Plum so much fun. Not once did I laugh out loud. And there is also no depth to the story. No mystery. No shock or surprise. Honestly, this felt like a pulp romance book with a ridiculously hot couple on the cover. The writing was that bad.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    My mother-in-law left it at my house while she was in town and told me, "You can have this book, if you want it...I...like her humor." but that was all she said. I could tell she was thinking, "But I don't know what to think of this book..." I hate romance novels, but a free book? Sure. I'll read it. It was the first I'd ever read by this author and that's unfortunate because I've heard positive things about her other books...but it's hard for me to believe this author could write ANYTHING worthw My mother-in-law left it at my house while she was in town and told me, "You can have this book, if you want it...I...like her humor." but that was all she said. I could tell she was thinking, "But I don't know what to think of this book..." I hate romance novels, but a free book? Sure. I'll read it. It was the first I'd ever read by this author and that's unfortunate because I've heard positive things about her other books...but it's hard for me to believe this author could write ANYTHING worthwhile after reading this. I'll have to take her next books on a lot of faith after this completely fades from my memory. If a few fifty-something housewives got together with the enthusiastic idea to write a book together over the summer...I'd imagine it would read something like this one. A divorced woman named Billie (ugh!) decides to take polo lessons while her kids are visiting their father. A horse crushes her foot and her handsome polo instructor takes care of her and drives her home. The prose, so far, is irritating and cliched, but it only gets worse. The guy wants to get close to Billie so instead of asking her out, like a normal person, he dumps his over-the-top cousin (who says, "Euyyeuw!" a lot and dates a famous wrestler) on Billie. There's a bug guy named Raoul, a kid who blows things up, a rich daddy's girl ex-girlfriend who happens to be gorgeous in contrast to Billie's motherly stretchmarks...and if the characters aren't annoying enough, the situations, dialogue, and general prose are enough to make you want to throw the book aside, yelling, "You have GOT to be kidding me! THIS got published?!" It was absolutely terrible and I'm glad I didn't pay for this. Of everything I've ever read, it ranks up there as one of the worst. Actually, it's like a bad movie - it's so bad you'll be glad you read it just so you know you have read a truly bad book. Harlequinn novels are more profound than this junk.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I read Full House by Janet Evanovich. I recommend this book. It's a story of a lady who is divorced because her ex cheated on her and wanted to try new things. He was always the best when it came to sports; therefore the 2 kids thought he could do anything. With her kids gone with her ex a while during the summer, Billie Pearce knows she needs exercise and wants to try something adventurous. She wants to learn how to play Polo. Eventhough she has been around horses, this does not equate with pla I read Full House by Janet Evanovich. I recommend this book. It's a story of a lady who is divorced because her ex cheated on her and wanted to try new things. He was always the best when it came to sports; therefore the 2 kids thought he could do anything. With her kids gone with her ex a while during the summer, Billie Pearce knows she needs exercise and wants to try something adventurous. She wants to learn how to play Polo. Eventhough she has been around horses, this does not equate with playing Polo. She soon learns and her instructor, Nick Kaharchek, learns Polo is not for her. Billie grows fond of Nick Kaharchek, but knows he is from a different world. He is a millionare, owns the local newspaper, and tends horses and teaches classes on the side. Nick looks at Billie and sees someone he likes but can also manipulate a little to get his cousin off his back. His girl cousin is to be married in a couple weeks, but he can't live with her. She moves in with Billie only to go Eeewww... at everything because she is high class and does to have to deal with common things. But she is nice. The attraction for Nick and Billie is there, but both know it's a shot in the dark if they could make their different worlds emerge. Nice steamy scenes and great writing! I'm aiming to read all of Janet Evanovich's books! I've almost done it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lili

    I can't believe this is a Janet Evanovich book... what happened?? This is one one stupid book, the timeframe for the whole book is 2 weeks during which Nick and Billie (awful name!) meet and fall in love. If Billie was Deedie, that would be ok but she was presented to me as a sensible, almost boring, divorced mom of two. But then she met Nick and 5 days later they had sex and got engaged in one of the weirdest scenes I've read... and then it all went to hell. Nick was a jerk who kept repeating he l I can't believe this is a Janet Evanovich book... what happened?? This is one one stupid book, the timeframe for the whole book is 2 weeks during which Nick and Billie (awful name!) meet and fall in love. If Billie was Deedie, that would be ok but she was presented to me as a sensible, almost boring, divorced mom of two. But then she met Nick and 5 days later they had sex and got engaged in one of the weirdest scenes I've read... and then it all went to hell. Nick was a jerk who kept repeating he lusted after Billie and if he had to marry her to keep her, so be it!, he'll sacrifice... and that's exactly how he said it. Now, I would have expected Billie to be super skittish about marriage, but noooooo... she got engaged after less than a week to a super handsome and loaded man and then she kept saying things like "I've never seen him this angry" or "I didn't recognize this side of him, the business man in a suit"... well, of course she didn't!!, she didn't know him, period! And if I were a mom, I would've dumped his ass after the scene where he came up to Billie's house and yelled at Max, he was a kid!, what's he gonna do when Billie's kids screw up?, is she gonna let him treat them like that?

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wordsworth

    2.5 stars. A cliché and dull romance jazzed up by disguising it as a crazy character ensemble + whodunit story. I was intrigued by the Max storyline (for a while), but overall exhausted by the whirlwind of difficult but oblivious characters and a little offended on behalf of women everywhere by the awful stereotypes. The humor did not outweigh the negatives.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Great story to start off an entertaining series. Truly enjoying these folks, especially the beauty queen and the wrestler. So cute!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kemora Johnson

    I’ve been reading this for a few days and while it is hilarious I require Lula. I know there are other funny people but Lula from the Stephanie Plum Series was so good. I literally read the entire series in less than 5 months. I need more Lula this was a no for me around 60%. Happy reading everyone 😍

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    written in true evanovich style. fun and quirky. I really enjoyed the story and the characters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Teresa Crawford

    Total fluff but why not, it's summer! Probably what kept me reading this book was that it was set in the area where I live! Total fluff but why not, it's summer! Probably what kept me reading this book was that it was set in the area where I live!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Do we really know anyone, even someone we are about to marry? That is the issue Billie faces. A breezy novel with some dark undertones. It was a pleasure to meet these characters.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kristan

    2.5. This book was ridiculous. I love me a good, cheesy romance, but the other twists got too crazy for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    DNF. This book felt like it was written by a 12 year old. Sounded childish and honestly, lame.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I had low expectations. So it was a pretty good book. I was amused and entertained the majority of the time. So I’d call that a win.

  25. 5 out of 5

    VaultOfBooks

    By Janet Evanovich. Grade B I started reading this book on a lazy summer day, a rather apt time for a story set up in the green hills of Loudoun County, Virginia where it is always breezy and the sun shines cheerfully. Filled with Evanovich's trademark style and wit, Full House is romantic suspense with a twist... Her life was pleasant, proper, and predictable-- until he showed up and trouble moved in... Polo instructor Nicholas Kaharchek senses danger the minute he sees Billie Pearce. She represent By Janet Evanovich. Grade B I started reading this book on a lazy summer day, a rather apt time for a story set up in the green hills of Loudoun County, Virginia where it is always breezy and the sun shines cheerfully. Filled with Evanovich's trademark style and wit, Full House is romantic suspense with a twist... Her life was pleasant, proper, and predictable-- until he showed up and trouble moved in... Polo instructor Nicholas Kaharchek 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 crazy cousin Deedee for a while, Nick finds himself visiting-- often. And while each is slowly seduced by the other's charms, and both are wildly encouraged by devious Deedee, Billie and Nick find out that what they have in common is most important of all. But neither one knows that danger is lurking where they least expect it and a killer is closing in on them. This is the first book in the ‘Full’ series. Nick Kaharchek is extremely rich, runs a newspaper AND teaches polo (because he still manages to take out time for it, perfect I tell you). He was jilted at the altar by his super-hot-is-she-a-model? fiancé who is now back to claim him because she just doesn’t lose. Meanwhile, he is a temporary host to his crazy cousins- DeeDee with her tons of clothes, makeup, shoes, jewelry and what not, a fetish to date inappropriate men (see: wrestlers) and general disgust towards everything and everyone; and Max, a genius at sixteen with his abandonment issues and love for blowing up things BUT only for a cause because he is too noble to do it otherwise. On the other hand there is Mrs. Pearce aka Billie who is a stable mother of two kids, harboring self-esteem issues after her ex-husband divorced her for younger women AND her kids chose to spend the summer with him in Disneyland. Inclined on making the best of this free time, she takes up polo lessons from Nick, who already finds her attractive among the sea of other beautiful, less complicated women (of course). One fine day, his horse crushes Billie’s feet, resulting in a trip to the hospital and the beginning of their relationship. While she is still under the painkiller’s influence, Nick convinces her to rent out a room to DeeDee for a few weeks. Billie, as kind (and dumb?) as she is, doesn’t argue OR point out Nick’s deceit, and instead takes in the ever complaining chick who, no matter what, is still ‘good at heart’. Surprisingly enough, the rest of the story is pretty smooth. Billie’s children accept Nick after a happy day out. They all adjust too perfectly to be believable. However, in the end, there is some ‘trouble’ when Billie’s psychotic friend and bug killer Raoul kidnaps her from her own wedding, and hides her in a dirty shack sealed with bombs. After (just) a blow to the head, she is saved by Nick and the police and her family and a handful of wrestlers. Happily Ever After. While the story and the characters seem great when you are reading the book, afterwards, you feel stupid and a little cheated maybe. I’d call it a guilty pleasure, for the times when you want to escape in a world of butterflies, smiley faces and laughter which isn't all that believable but makes you happy anyway. Originally reviewed at http://the-vault.co.cc/

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Levine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My mom moved last year and had so many books that she couldn’t take with her; this was one of them. I’ve read several books by Janet Evanovich (Plum Series) that I’ve loved. This one was good, sort of, but had a lot of issues (mistakes/inconsistencies/what-the-hell-am-reading?), in my opinion. This is a long review. I hadn't known prior to posting the review that this was a rewrite by an author I've never heard of. The fact this book is listed under Steffie Hall confuses me. Who is she? I’m not My mom moved last year and had so many books that she couldn’t take with her; this was one of them. I’ve read several books by Janet Evanovich (Plum Series) that I’ve loved. This one was good, sort of, but had a lot of issues (mistakes/inconsistencies/what-the-hell-am-reading?), in my opinion. This is a long review. I hadn't known prior to posting the review that this was a rewrite by an author I've never heard of. The fact this book is listed under Steffie Hall confuses me. Who is she? I’m not sure if I’ve ever read or listened to a book in which the POV’s go back and forth from one sentence/paragraph to the next between the two protagonists. I’ve learned, as an editor, that a chapter or scene should include a single POV. While I didn’t get confused as to who was thinking what, I don’t think I was a fan of this style. There were some characters that I really liked like Frankie, Deedee, Max. I wasn't a big fan of the protagonists though. Billie just annoyed me and Nick doing a 180 with his life wasn't that believable. Questions/Comments: I know at the beginning of the book, the author made mention that she was releasing said book because fans had asked for one of her first books to be reprinted. So I can’t help but wonder if someone had given it a once-over before publishing it again as I found many mistakes? Billie. She has to be the first mother character that didn’t feel uncomfortable having a man pick her up. Like she didn’t have any thoughts or hesitations the multiple times Nick lifted her. The funny thing is the reader learns about midway through that Billie is insecure about her body… “One woman, in particular, had caught her eyes.” Isn’t it normally “her eye”? Or “Hold on to the saddle,” when it should have been “onto.” Or “A small cluster of fairly new, large brick colonials on the outskirts of Purcellville.” I’m wondering about the comma there. Billie took a pain pill for her foot. After a while, she’s supposed to be out of it. For example, she says “Shur” instead of “Sure.” Is there really a difference when being read though? Billie has a “morbid desire” to see the woman [Deedee] who would be living with her. Why “morbid”? Wouldn’t anyone that was having a stranger move in be curious though? “Raoul was not only a great big guy; he knew the houses well…” or “His voice was low; his eyes filled with erotic promise.” I noticed in several areas where a semicolon was used when it shouldn’t have been. When Billie is trying to talk Deedee out of her going with them to the wrestling match, Billie is standing behind Deedee and Nick is in the front doorway. Billie shakes her head “no” to Nick. Suddenly Nick’s rubbing Billie’s back. When had he changed positions though? In the limo, Nick is flirting with Billie. He kisses her and then sits back. Her response was “You’re not going to make a pass at me?” Isn’t that what he’d been doing? I had to look up the phrase “make a pass” just to confirm this. Flirting is considered making a pass; kissing is considered making a pass. I found it interesting that Billie knew a fair amount of information on Nick yet somehow missed the fact he’d been engaged to Sheridan. When Billie was at the steakhouse with Deedee, Frankie, and Nick and said that the one wrestler that Deedee had wanted to set her up with would be “far too big for someone like me. I’m sure it would be uncomfortable” was just dumb. And she doesn’t know why they’re laughing at her. As if what she said really made that much sense and she hadn’t meant his genital size. Was I the only one somewhat annoyed with sentences being started with “Probably”? Speaking of being annoyed, what about all the “she/he wondered” or she/he asked her/himself”? Strangely there were sentences in italics which read as being inner dialogue with no tags. So why did the author use the above dialogue tags and just use italics? Or the “Why/What on earth” comments? Nick tells the story behind him and Sheridan. “Now that he [Nick] was truly free to express their relationship fully, she was equally eager.” What? He’d been free to express their relationship since day one. There’s the scene when Nick makes Billie ice cream and they watch a movie. Before the movie has really begun, Billie is finished with her ice cream. Had they not made much? Not that I’m a big fan of the nitty-gritty sex scenes, but the shower scene was boring. Nick undresses Billie and is all about her boobs, yet Billie says, does, thinks nothing regarding Nick’s body. If the author was trying to keep it clean, she could have at least described his chest, legs, butt, something, the fact he was undressed in front of her? Although what about once they’re in the shower and he’s soaping her body up and sticks those soapy fingers in unknown areas of Billie which leads to her orgasming… I don’t know. Thinking about sticking soap in my who-ha doesn’t sound fun. Or once they’re in bed, Nick suddenly has a condom. Where did he get it from? Did he run back to the bathroom and grab it from his clothes? It would have been one thing had they undressed in the bedroom. These are the questions I get after reading. Or once they’re having relations, “Billie arched high when he slipped inside of her, panting as the contractions rolled across her and triggered the beginnings of Nick’s release.” He’d just stuck it in her though. He was finished already? When Billie gets mad at Nick for saying that he’d make the sacrifice and marry her… that was dumb. Is she really that unobservant/clueless? I mean she couldn’t tell that Nick was joking around? But then it’s years later when she realizes he’s joking and tries to play along. Unfortunately, she overdoes it and ruins the scene with her stupid acting skills. Billie’s kids come back early because her ex-husband hurts his foot. He calls her thirty minutes before their plane lands as he hadn’t been able to call sooner because he’d been unconscious. Couldn’t he have gotten the doctor or nurse to call her prior to knocking him out? Either way, who helped the kids pack their belongings and take them to the airport? That’s the big question there. The fact Billie drags out the marrying talk so long when it was said as a jest was…no. She knows she doesn’t want to marry him after only knowing him two weeks and his reputation, so why was it so hard to deny they were getting married? And she goes on as to why she can’t marry him: she doesn’t have a dress, she has a dentist appt, their age difference, he hadn’t actually asked her, etc. I didn’t find that funny. When Billie decides to go for a morning walk, she determines her foot is too sore to jog, but then the next page, she states her foot isn’t as sore. As sore as what? I don’t know. Yet she and Nick had been together the last week and there was no mention of her foot. Nick, Frankie, and Deedee are inviting a huge variety of people to their wedding yet Billie tells Raoul he can’t come when they’re friends and he’s been trying to help her? The scene involving Nick’s bachelor party… what can be said? Billie was all upset he’d have girls there even though the party was planned by Frankie’s manager and Nick hadn’t even been in the room. Or the ice cube debacle, when Max walks in and asks Billie what the smell is? Obviously the author was referring to when she’d fallen on the table that held the salmon and shrimp. But, had she just laid there letting the juices soak in? No. Had she taken a shower when she got home? Yes. So why would she still have smelled bad? After Billie is taken, the detective tells Nick that they’ve been talking to everyone, including Billie’s friends. How would they have known who her friends were though? Raoul had been spraying for bugs at Nick’s house. Okay. He ended up taking a picture of a neighbor girl, Julie, and pretended she was his daughter. I’m not sure if this was mentioned in the story, but how long had Raoul been spraying Nick’s house? I thought it wasn’t until after Nick and Billie meet up? But if she’d known Raoul for a year, him showing a picture of “his daughter” so late in the game would have been weird. Also, why would Nick have had a picture of Julie in the first place? When Billie had been cleaning the fridge and the pictures on the top fell, had they all been of Julie? That wouldn’t have been weird. Deedee overhears the detective saying that Nick and Max were on their way to a location across the street from the donut shop…which so happens to be where Billie’s parents were.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    If you're expecting something along the lines of the Stephanie Plum mysteries, this book is not for you. Full House must be viewed on its own. It's not as action-packed as Evanovich's more recent best sellers, although there's some action and a car does in fact get blown to bits. Full House, originally published in 1989 under the pen name Steffie Hall, is obviously the same author we love so much, but in her earlier days. Nick Kaharchek has a playboy reputation, owns a newspaper and a stable, tea If you're expecting something along the lines of the Stephanie Plum mysteries, this book is not for you. Full House must be viewed on its own. It's not as action-packed as Evanovich's more recent best sellers, although there's some action and a car does in fact get blown to bits. Full House, originally published in 1989 under the pen name Steffie Hall, is obviously the same author we love so much, but in her earlier days. Nick Kaharchek has a playboy reputation, owns a newspaper and a stable, teaching polo as a hobby. He typically enjoys the company of elegant, sophisticated, well-breed women. That is, until he meets Billie Pearce, divorced mother of two, 6th grade teacher, who comes for polo lessons as part of her recent get-into-shape program. Although the attraction is unlikely for them both, it is most definitely mutual. Following this romance is dangerously fun. Full House is witty, with plenty of steamy romance. Although it's a simply story without much depth, it's Janet Evanovich's characters that keep you interested. The characters are extremely vivid, likeable and very memorable. For example, Nick's cousin Deedee, a rich, spoiled, ex-beauty queen, sweet but dim-witted. Nick cons Billie into letting Deedee stay with her for a couple weeks until her wedding to professional wrestler Frankie The Assassin. Also beware of Deedee's 16-year-old brother, Max, a young genius, animal rights activist, who likes to blow things up to get attention. There's also Nick's ex-fiance Sheridan to contend with. And Raoul, the bug-guy who tries to please everyone in the neighborhood, but isn't too good at his job. There's bugs everywhere. Keep yourself from comparing this to Evanovich's latest mysteries and you should enjoy it like I did.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Noah Astle

    Oops, I read #2 in the series before I read this one which is #1. I do remember reading this one before. Cute story. This one starts off with the meeting of Billie and Nick and about their possible romance. It has Dee Dee getting ready to marry Frankie and Nick just can not handle having her in his home right now and Max is a teenager and causing a bit of a ruckus. Nick makes a deal with Billie and convinces her to let DeeDee stay with her until the wedding comes along. As the story progresses, Oops, I read #2 in the series before I read this one which is #1. I do remember reading this one before. Cute story. This one starts off with the meeting of Billie and Nick and about their possible romance. It has Dee Dee getting ready to marry Frankie and Nick just can not handle having her in his home right now and Max is a teenager and causing a bit of a ruckus. Nick makes a deal with Billie and convinces her to let DeeDee stay with her until the wedding comes along. As the story progresses, you see Billie going back and forth about her feelings with Nick and how Dee Dee is being Dee Dee (if you read the series you will understand what I am saying). Soon Billie's children come home earlier than planned after their dad has an accident. Eventually the day of the wedding comes and in typical fashion it does not go off without a hitch. I will not spoil it for you but, it does have a feel-good happy ending even if there are bugs involved (yuck!!). Though this is no where near the Stephanie Plum series and this was one of the first books that she had ever written, I have to give her credit--I have read worse first books that were written that took forever to finish. This one has some good laughs and keeping in mind that is was one of JE first books written, and the Plum series is great--not to mention the new series that started with wicked appetite, I have to give it the benefit of the doubt and I will finish this full series (well, hopefully my library will have them all--but, I think I have read them in the past anyways).

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristyn - Reading to Unwind

    I enjoy reading Janet Evanovich books, I find them to be very entertaining and light hearted. This book follows Billie who is a divorsed mother of two. Billie's children are with their father and she decides to take on polo instructions from Nicholas. Nicholas is a millionaire who runs a polo center. The action comes on quickly in the beginning of the book with intense chemistry. Billie and Nicohlas end up being thrown together right in the beginning with physical contact coming quickly. We get I enjoy reading Janet Evanovich books, I find them to be very entertaining and light hearted. This book follows Billie who is a divorsed mother of two. Billie's children are with their father and she decides to take on polo instructions from Nicholas. Nicholas is a millionaire who runs a polo center. The action comes on quickly in the beginning of the book with intense chemistry. Billie and Nicohlas end up being thrown together right in the beginning with physical contact coming quickly. We get to learn about Billie without her children in the beginning and get to see a compelte picture of her. Nicholas is an interesting character as more of the story is told through Billies point of view we can also see him growing and changing. Billie tells a good portion of the story and we get to see her struggles with her life grow throughout the book. The story take a few turns and has a large amount of drama that occurs. There are several charcters that are introduced throughout the book that make the story come to life. The end has a large twist that I didnt see coming. Looking back I can see a few clues but I didnt put it all together. I cant wait to read more in this series. It is a quick read that I would suggest is a great weekend winter read to curl up with.

  30. 5 out of 5

    K.

    This is total fluff from start to finish. Yes, it's completely and utterly predictable - 38 year old single mother meets gorgeous millionaire and they fall for each other instantly - and yes, it's utterly implausible. I mean, falling in love and getting married within two weeks of meeting? That's crazy talk. But sometimes? Sometimes you need utterly implausible fluff that doesn't require any brain power to read, especially when it's filled with a hilarious cast of characters and an over-abundanc This is total fluff from start to finish. Yes, it's completely and utterly predictable - 38 year old single mother meets gorgeous millionaire and they fall for each other instantly - and yes, it's utterly implausible. I mean, falling in love and getting married within two weeks of meeting? That's crazy talk. But sometimes? Sometimes you need utterly implausible fluff that doesn't require any brain power to read, especially when it's filled with a hilarious cast of characters and an over-abundance of horses, cats, and dogs (in case you're worried, nothing bad happens to any of them, unless you count Buffy the dog puking up a fake eyelash). The crime side of things is pretty rushed and comes with a side of domestic violence-y slut shaming that I could easily have done without. But I really like the vast majority of the characters, which kind of makes up for that. Or something. Basically, this book is essentially the equivalent of an ice cream sundae. You know it's bad for you and that you'll probably get an ice cream headache as a result of eating it, but while you're eating it, it's pretty much everything you want.

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