What a great story with lots of laughs. Kate is a cellist with no time on her hands and house with no furniture until a camera and it's tripod crash through roof and second floor ceiling. This is when her nice ordered-chaotic life take a turn towards just plain chaotic. She finally meets her new handsome next door neighbor who has won the lottery and appears to have no motivation to get a job while at the same time takes on a boarder, a 75 year old lady name Elsie Hawkins who totes around a gun in her purse. I couldn't put this book down and couldn't stop laughing, especially when Elsie was on the scene. Great book!
Sugary but far from insubstantial, eccentric characters abound in Evanovich's novels, and this title is no exception. There's Katherine Finn, a professional cellist with outrageous Little Orphan Annie hair; David Dodd, a lottery-winning hunk who is a member of the couch-potato club; and Elsie Hawkins, a 72-year-old burger slinger with a Dirty Harry style and an unlicensed WWII 45. C.J. Critt's performance is top-notch with rapid-fire repartee and sizzling sexual tension. She mixes characters, mishaps, misunderstandings, wisecracks, and romance into a well-paced mystery, which culminates in a wedding and a perfectly blended family.
even w/o a Plum in sight.. Evanovich keeps the story line, light, airy and funny.. not to mention romantic.. a good quick read...
finished in a few hours...
this is one of her earlier books being rereleased... i'll have to pick up some of her others...
Back to the Bedroom is the story of a young woman with the soul of a birthday cake living in a bran muffin house -- and a nice-looking guy with the substance of a bran muffin living in a birthday cake. They share some misadventures, some romantic moments, some misunderstandings, and ultimately they turn into wedding cake.
when I started reading this, I realised I'd read it many years ago in it's first imprint ... it was still just as funny and enjoyable with larger than life characters. If you like Grandma Mazur from the Plum series then there is a character in this one who will have you screaming with laughter!
Light happy story that has the
evanovich touch. He plays with trains. She plays with an orchestra.So when freewheeling cartoonist David Dodd and strightlaced musician Kate Finn get together,will they make beautiful music--or a total wreck of things.
story of a young woman with the soul of a birthday cake living in a bran muffin house and a guy with the substance of a bran muffin living in a birthday cake. They share misadventures, romance, a pistol packing old lady and ultimately turn into wedding cake.
Kathryn Finn lives her life in the fast lane rushing everywhere. This hare meets the tortoise when something comes crashing through Katherines roof and lands on her bed. David Dodd is just a kid at heart, enjoying life. Two more ill-matched people could not be imagined.
David has noticed his neighbor rushing past his window on many occasions. However, the day the camera pod crashed through Katherines ceiling was the first time they met. He decides hes going to marry Kathryn; she decides David is not good marriage material because he constantly seemed to play.
This is the first Elsie Hawkins book. One can already see Grandma Mauzer emerging; a saucy older person eager to shoot anyone who looks wrong.
I guess Evanovich is laughing all the way to the bank; but I would have died if someone had revived this book and reprinted it (if I were its author). In a word, it is awful. Even CJ Critt (reader) couldn't save it. 1 star
1. Back to the Bedroom (1989)
2. Smitten (1990)
3. Wife for Hire (1990)
4. The Rocky Road to Romance (1991)
I listened to this in one day while working at my computer. I found my attention kept straying away, but that that didn't keep me from falling the story. Fairly simplistic and formulaic stuff - fluffy but enjoyable, if you're not looking for a complex story. It reminded me a lot of "The Rocky Road to Romance" by Evanovich. Very driven woman with a full schedule and no money meets a rich man who falls head over heels for her, even though she says she doesn't have time for a relationship.
The one thing I don't like about any of Evanovich's books on audio is that I find the reader's voice (C. J. Critt) to be incredibly grating.
This book was originally published in 1989 and republished in 2005. It's an early Janet Evanovich romance but is typical of her later style. The story is fun and has an unusual caste of characters. Is is set in Washington, D.C.
Another re-release of an early Evanovich with what the author states as minor repaires to embarrassing goofs. Kate is easily likable in her extremely disorganized world. David Dodd is her new neighbor who apparantly does nothing all day. Elsie the geriatric tennent of Kate's third floor is the saving grace of this story. She is such a hoot and she definitely is early shades of Stephanie Plum's Grandma Mazur. One gripe I have is this is practically a love at first sight book. I don't believe in them...I don't like to read them. With that in mind I would have to say that while the humor is on target as only Evanovich can do the romance part is lacking quite a bit.
Lottery winner David Dodd is just getting settled into his new house and neighborhood when he takes note of his workaholic neighbor, Kate Finn. A cellist, Kate seems always to be on the go.
While sitting out front one morning, Dave witnesses a large object fall from the sky and crash through Kate's roof. Luckily, Kate was already out of bed, but she now has a rather large hole to deal with. Seizing the opportunity to get to know his cute neighbor, Dave makes himself indispensablewhich turns out to be a good thing, as more weird people and events start to inhabit Kate's formerly predictable life.
Evanovich scores again! I love her books!! This one is about a young cellist (Cello-ist?) who moves in next door to a man who will teach her how to just let loose and have fun. (Side note: Her new boarder will crack you up!)
Back to the Bedroom is the story of a young woman with the soul of a birthday cake living in a bran muffin house--and a nice-looking guy with the substance of a bran muffin living in a birthday cake. They share some misadventures, some romantic moments, some misunderstandings, and ultimately they turn into wedding cake.
This is the story of a young woman with the soul of a birthday cake living in a bran muffin house - and a nice looking young man with the substance of a bran muffin living in a birthday cake. They share some misadventures, some romantic moments, some misunderstandings and ultimately they turn into wedding cake.
Plum fans will be interested to find that this was the first of the four romances to feature Elsie Hawkins, the prototype for Grandma Mazur!
This is a romance novel but also an hilarous comedy. So I guess you could call it a romantic comedy. Katherine Finn is a workaholic cello player and David Dodd is a millionaire lottery winner and they live next door to each other. Things start heating up when a camera pod off of a helacopter falls through Katherine's roof. And from then on things just get crazier but along with all the zany happenings, love blooms.
"Back to the bedroom is a story of a young woman with the soul of a birthday cake living in a bran muffin house-and a nice looking guy with the substance of a bran muffin living in a birthday cake house. They share some misadventures, some romantic moments, and ul timately they turn into a wedding cake. Elsie Hawkins from this book is the prototype from Grandma Mazure ofthe Stephanie Plum series." Janet Evanovich's description of this book.
More of the same humor and unbelievably wild antics from Evanovich. I am not as much a fan of her Non-Stephanie Plum books, but this one was terrifically funny, in the same mold as Stphanie Plum. Her Grandma Mazur prototype is right on target. Loved every page of it, but was disappointed to find I read the whole thing in one night! Couldn't put it down.
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This book was quirky, but fun. It was fairly humorous, but not as funny as Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books, although Elsie reminded me of a twenty-years younger Grandma Mazur. :)
I always think its corny when people fall deeply in love and repeatedly think about marriage after just four days, but it was altogether an enjoyable book anyway.
He plays with trains.She plays with an orchestra. So when freewheeling cartoonist David Dodd and straightlaced musician Kate Finn get together, will they make beautiful music- or a total wreck of things?
Another of Ms Evanovich's amusing hard to put down books. If your a Plum fan, in this book you will find a early prototype of Grandma Mazur.
An amusing romance about a woman who lives in a "bran muffin" type house, but who has the soul of a birthday cake and a guy with the soul of a bran muffin, who lives next door to her, in a birthday cake house.
Kate, a very serious cellist, cannot understand why the man next door is always goofing off. Doesn't he have a steady job? Doesn't he have something better to do? When a piece of antenna falls through her roof, David rushes over to make sure she is alright, and begins to help Kate find a little fun in life. A new kitten and an elderly tenant keep them on their toes... Good one.
This was a fun easy to listen to/ read book. Lots of laugh, a little tension and a whole lot of interesting situations that happen to the couple as they start their relationship.
Light hearted and a good read.
For months he'd thought of her as the Mystery Woman, draped in a black velvet cloak, with outrageous red curls, flawless skin, and carrying a large, odd case-- but the night David Dodd saw a helicopter drop a chunk of metal through the roof of his lovely neighbor's bedroom, he got to meet the formidable and delightful Katherine Finn at last! Rescuing damsels and fixing roofs was dangerous work, he told her, and at the very least he deserved a kiss-- didn't he? Kate couldn't argue with Dave's logic, but how could she, the driven concert musician with more commitments than hours in the day, be falling head over heels for a likeable cuddler who seemed to be drifting through life? No one had ever made her feel as cherished or desirable, and she'd never had so much fun, but even though her eccentric boarder, Elsie, assured her that where Kate was concerned Dave had plenty of ambition, could she really love a guy who was just smart, sexy, and rich?
This is one of Janet Evanovich's previous books before the Stephanie Plum series. It is a re-release. From the book: Back to the Bedroom is the story of a young woman with the soul of a birthday cake living in a bran muffin house - and a nice-looking guy with the substance of a bran muffin living in a birthday cake. They share some misadventures, some romantic moments, some misunderstandings and ultimately they turn into wedding cake.