Smitten

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Single mom Lizabeth Kane isn't exactly carpenter material -- she's never picked up a hammer in her life. But she desperately needs the construction job that builder Matt Hallahan is offering. And even though he knows trouble is ahead, Matt can't refuse Lizbeth's irresistible smile.

Matt Hallahan isn't exactly relationship material -- he has always been too busy working on other people's houses to make a home of his own. And even though she ...

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Overview

Single mom Lizabeth Kane isn't exactly carpenter material -- she's never picked up a hammer in her life. But she desperately needs the construction job that builder Matt Hallahan is offering. And even though he knows trouble is ahead, Matt can't refuse Lizbeth's irresistible smile.

Matt Hallahan isn't exactly relationship material -- he has always been too busy working on other people's houses to make a home of his own. And even though she knows better, Lizabeth can't stop thinking about the rugged carpenter.

Is the relationship Matt and Lizabeth are building solid -- or more like a house of cards?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060598877
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/25/2006
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 162,821
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet  Evanovich

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.

Biography

When plucky Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer, she had little other choice than to take a position working for her cousin Vinnie's bail-bonds office where she'd spend her days and nights hunting down fugitives, solving mysteries, and falling ass-backwards into adventure. Come to think of it, Ms. Plum has more than a little in common with her creator Janet Evanovich.

Much like the panty-pushing Plum, Evanovich once made her trade in erotica as a romance novelist for the trashy Bantam series "Loveswept." Tiring of the genre and finding herself increasingly fixated on crime, mystery, and the kind of adventures she came to love through comic books like Uncle Scrooge, she decided to ditch steamy stories in favor of off-the-wall humor and feats of daring. As Evanovich said on her website, "after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre."

The resulting Stephanie Plum Mysteries reflect Evanovich's love for comics, toys, shoe-shopping, Cheez Doodles, and beer. Evanovich also created a memorable character that shares many of the author's distinctive traits, such as her self-effacing, dirty-minded wit. The Plum Mysteries, while often rambling and thin on plot, are never anything less than entertaining, hilarious, and refreshing in every way.

Stephanie Plum made her debut in 1994's One For the Money, in which she tracked down Joe Morelli, an ex-cop and murder suspect who'd also been guilty of taking Stephanie's virginity when she was 18. The novel's sly mix of sexiness and childlike playfulness made for a sort of young adult novel for adults.

Since then, the red-hot bounty hunter and a crew of misfits that includes retired hooker Lula, aging bail-jumper Eddie Decooch, and Plum's own hipster granny have romped their way "through the numbers," establishing Evanovich as one of the best and most inventive writers of "Strong Woman" mysteries and guaranteeing her a place on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Evanovich introduced a smart, savvy new series featuring Alexander "Barney" Barnaby, a sexy Baltimore car mechanic, NASCAR nut, and amateur sleuth with her own posse of delightful eccentrics. She's not Plum, but she's definitely a peach. Hey, what else would you expect from a Janet Evanovich heroine?

Good To Know

Evanovich's motorcycle-riding daughter Alex has created an online comic about her hamster called "Batster," which her mother proudly displays on her web site. With episodes like "Batster vs. Beerzilla," it's clear that wackiness runs in the Evanovich genes.

If you think the Stephanie Plum novels are zany, wait till you hear about what Evanovich was writing before she started getting published. As she explains on her web site, "The first story [I ever wrote] was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Steffie Hall
    2. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      South River, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Douglass College, 1965
    2. Website:

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Smitten


By Janet Evanovich

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2006 Janet Evanovich
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060598875

Chapter One

When Lizabeth Kane was five years old she wanted to grow up to be a fairy. She wanted skin that was as smooth and white as milkweed silk. And she wanted hair that cascaded halfway down her back in a luxuriant cloud of waves and curls that shone a sunny yellow by day and silver when washed by the light of the moon. She thought she'd wear a buttercup blossom when she needed a hat, and she'd go rafting on curled magnolia leaves.

At five Lizabeth understood that she was a human child and it would take some doing to shrink herself into fairy size, but she had confidence in falling stars and wishbones and birthday candles. She knew that fairies were tiny creatures, no bigger than a man's thumb, but it seemed to her that if a girl could grow up, then she could almost as easily grow down. And if she could eventually grow breasts, then probably if she tried very hard she could grow wings instead. Almost all fairies had lovely gossamer wings, and Lizabeth wasn't sure how comfortable that would be when she wanted to sleep on her back or lean against the gnarled trunk of an enchanted tree to daydream. She supposed that would be part of the price she would pay for growing up to be a fairy.

In fact, that was about the only price exacted on an adult fairy, becausefor the most part, fairies did just as they pleased. They weren't stuffed into panty hose and sent off on a bus to earn a living staring at a computer screen. They weren't polite to incompetent employers for the sake of career advancement. And they weren't expected to prepare gourmet feasts for boring men who had only one thing on their minds . . . lasagna.

Fairies were indulgent, playful creatures, and even though two decades and several years had gone by since Lizabeth first decided to be a fairy, even though Lizabeth Kane now stood five feet six inches tall in her stocking feet, even though she was thirty-two years old -- she still had aspirations of growing up to be a fairy.

She no longer cared about whittling herself down to the average fairy height of five inches, or having milkweed skin or gobs of fairy hair. Lizabeth Kane wanted the pluck, the joie de vivre, the perfect thighs of Tinkerbell. Think positive, Lizabeth told herself. If she just put her mind to it she could be plucky, she could have joie de vivre -- and two out of three wasn't bad.

She folded the morning paper under her arm and looked at the half-finished house looming in front of her. She had to be positive about getting a job, too. She was a single parent now, and if she didn't get a job soon, meeting her mortgage payment was going to be more elusive than obtaining Tinkerbell thighs.

She read the crude Help Wanted sign stuck into the front yard and took a deep breath. She'd been on fourteen job interviews in the past five days, and no one had even given her a second look. She was overeducated. She was undereducated. She was inexperienced. She was unskilled. She was virtually unemployable. Okay, Lizabeth, she said to herself, pulling her shoulders back, this is a new day. This is your last shot. And this is the perfect job. Perfect hours, perfect location, decent wages. Go for it! she told herself.

Matt Hallahan had been looking out an upstairs window. He'd watched Lizabeth fold her paper and chew on her lower lip while she stared at the house. Not a buyer, he decided. Buyers came in pairs and usually had a real-estate agent in tow. This woman looked as if she were peddling vacuum cleaners and he was her first customer. She was nervous, she was anxious -- she was cute as a bug. Even from this distance he could see she had big blue eyes, a little nose, and lots of curly brown hair that hung almost to her shoulders. She was small-boned and slim. Not skinny. Her pink T-shirt stretched tight over full breasts and was tucked into a pair of formfitting, faded jeans. He didn't know what she was selling, but he admitted to himself that he'd have a hard time not buying it.

Outside, Lizabeth stiffened her spine, pushed her chin forward, and tiptoed through the mud to the front door.

"Yoo-hoo," she called. "Anybody home?" She gasped and took a step backward when Matt appeared at the head of the stairs and ambled down to her. He was big. He seemed to fill the whole stairwell. He was half-undressed, and he was gorgeous.

She felt her heart slam against the back of her rib cage while she made a fast assessment. At least six feet two inches, with broad shoulders and a flat stomach and slim hips. No shirt, jeans that rode low, a red heart tattooed on his left forearm. He had muscular legs. Great quads. And he was tan -- everywhere.

When she finally dragged her eyes up to his face she found he was laughing at her. Smile lines splintered from deep-set blue eyes that were shaded by curly blond eyelashes and a ferocious slash of bushy blond eyebrows. His nose was sunburned and peeling.

"Lord, lady," he said, "last time someone looked at me that close was when I thought I had a hernia and the doctor told me to cough."

Lizabeth felt the flush spread from her ears to her cheeks. Get a grip, she told herself. Thirty-two-year-old mothers do not blush. She'd delivered two children, she'd learned to pump gas, she'd seen Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Jr. on screen in their underwear. She could handle anything. She ignored his remark and plastered a smile on her face.

"I'd like to speak to whoever is in charge of this construction project."

"That's me. Matt Hallahan." He held out his hand.

Continues...


Excerpted from Smitten by Janet Evanovich Copyright © 2006 by Janet Evanovich. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2011

    Short and Sweet!

    Really liked this story from the beginning. Down-to-Earth and funny characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

    had me laughing non`stop,wish more books were this entertaining.

    had me laughing non`stop,wish more books were this entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2013

    feel good, zany romance

    Smitten is one of the best feel-good books I've read in AGES. The characters are loveable, believable, and completely zany. Great, fun read!

    The only problems I have with it are the same issues that most 'romance' novels have: the POV changes too much, and the man gets all sappy in love and decides to marry the woman within the first day they've known each other. But this is a romantic FANTASY folks... people don't read books about long boring courtships and the boring death of passion after eons of marriage. They read these to be enchanted by a perfect fantasy relationship - and this story delivers in spades.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Entertaining!

    Great beach read, fun story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2008

    Fun read, but not her best

    I have every JE. This was fun light read, needs more character development. Recommend Stephanie Plum series to any new J.E. reader

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2006

    Smitten, I am!

    Janet Evanovich is the best in the business! Smitten was adorable - the characters feel real and the story line engaging. Now I'm checking out the builder who's adding an addition to my neighbor's house nextdoor! He looks just like how I imagined Matt Hallahan...hot stuff!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2006

    GO EVANOVICH!!!

    I love reading ANYTHING BY EVANOVICH!!! I am so addicted to Stephanie Plum, but am ecstatic that Evanovich writes other stories to tide me over 'til my next 'fix.'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2013

    I was a little disappointed. I expect more from Janet Evanovich

    I was a little disappointed. I expect more from Janet Evanovich. Smitten was just so so at best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Excellent

    Another book hard to put down!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2011

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    I NEED HELP PLEASE WITH JANET EVANOVICH BOOKS

    Can anyone tell me what book this is: "bad divorce, now she has a "plan" for her life. This man comes out of nowhere and is destroying her "plan." anybody have any idea what book this may be ?? thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2006

    this book is awesome

    this bookis really good i enjoy reading it in my spare time. its a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    Another Hilarious Romance

    I thought this novel was so funny. It should be a movie. This woman Lizbeth is thrown into a job with a hunky carpenter and, well, it isn't hard to imagine the rest. But the characters make the story with Janet Evanovich's usual style, which is interesting and fun. I have read most of her books and would recommend them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2006

    Another hit for Evanovich!

    You will not be disappointed with this book! It has Evanovich's classic touch of romance, humor, and of course a little mystery.

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