Love in a Nutshell (Culhane Family #1)



This is the first book in a duo. I don’t know if there are any plans for a 3rd book in this series at this time. Yes, it’s another Janet Evanovich book, and yes I am still missing my father like crazy which is why I’m gravitating to her. Unlike the other books that I’ve reviewed (Except for Turbo Twenty Three) I have never read this book before this time.

Kate Appleton is down on her luck. Her husband left her, she’s lost her job, and now that she’s at her parent’s summer home in Keene’s Harbor, the man who bought her parent’s mortgage is threatening to foreclose on her. While she struggles through her life, she gets hired by Matt Culhane, a brewmaster who needs a spy to figure out who is trying to sabotage his brewery and restaurant. There are only 3 things that make Kate bad for the job. She’s new in town, she hates beer and no one trusts her. All that aside, Kate and Matt work together to track down the saboteur while trying to keep it completely professional.

There is no way around the truth. This is a harlequin type novel through and through. I love Evanovich and her writing style comes through in this novel, however, it’s a little more unbelievable that I can handle. Kate and Matt are excellent characters that have so much potential that I feel was underutilised. I’m not saying it’s a bad book, just not something to read if you want to think deeply. You have a very fast love story, a not so tense storyline, and the end is cleaned up a little too nicely. It’s a perfect story that isn’t very believable, but nice for a few hours of turn your brain off reading. So if you’re looking for a comedic, sweet and romantic escape this is the book for you.