Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Audiobook review: Love in a Nutshell

This past weekend my family made the drive down to Portland and back, to visit some of my family members who live down there. Usually, the soundtrack of our trip is whatever kids' music Ethan and Vivian want to listen to, or whatever NPR station we can manage to get in on our radio. This time though, we had an audiobook to keep us entertained- Love in a Nutshell, by Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly. Here's a bit about this book, from its website:

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.
Being a typical guy, my husband does not read romance novels, so this was his first experience with one. It turned out to be a good introduction to the genre for him, since Love in a Nutshell is really funny, with a good mystery.  Daniel did make a few comments about the book like "wait, they've still only known each other for a week?" and rolled his eyes a bit at the descriptions of the makeout scenes, but he said that overall he enjoyed the book, especially the mystery that is the main element in the story. 

I thought Love in a Nutshell was very well-written and entertaining, and I will definitely be seeking out other books by these authors.  We both appreciated that there was nothing explicit in the book and that the romance scenes didn't go beyond some making out, since we had kids in the car with us who may or may not have been paying attention.   As for the audiobook itself, the narrator was fabulous, and did a good job with all the voices of the different characters.  Impressive! All together, this was a wonderful way to spend 6 1/2 hours.

Love in a Nutshell will be available in various formats on January 3, 2012. Visit this site for more information.

Disclosure: I received this audiobook to review for myself. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.


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