It took me two weeks to read Dracula and it’s taken me a day and a half to read this. When I finished it, my fiance looked at me and said, “Already? You just started.” What can I say, it was a cute, easy read and I love me some Janet Evanovich. That’s probably obvious since half the books I’ve reviewed have been by her.
Naughty Neighbor is before the Stephanie Plum era, but I see a lot of similarities. The lead female is always witty, the lead male(s) is always dreamy and the family is always a riot, especially the grandma. Definitely rang true in this book as well. I almost forgot to mention the great use of animals. Yes, there is a pig on the cover of this book for a reason 😉
I also like that I can relate to many of Evanovich’s stories. In this one, a former journalist (Pete) is trying to break a crazy story about a politician. Right down my alley.
It starts with Pete and his neighbor Louisa. They know everything about each other before meeting because the walls are thin. They hate each other in the beginning, but in the end … yeah right. You know I don’t like spoilers.
I will leave you with a couple of parts of the book that I loved though.
“The table was set for two with a white linen tablecloth, wineglasses and lavender candles. There was a daisy on her plate. It only had one petal left. Without thinking, she automatically played the game and plucked the remaining petal, silently chanting ‘He loves me.'”
How sweet is that?? Fellas, if your still reading my mushy post, definitely steal this idea 🙂
And in true Evanovich fashion, the love for donuts:
“Maybe she wouldn’t starve to death, she decided. Maybe she’d eat herself into obesity and explode. Death by doughnut.”
That’s what I’m talking about 🙂
Let me tell you though, this is a steamy book. It doesn’t take it too far and isn’t vulgar, but it’s hot!
I didn’t intentionally go to the store to get this book. I had 7 letters to fill for my A to Z Challenge and stumbled upon this for N. I am really glad I found it because it was a good book. And I like to see Evanovich’s early stuff.
There is one MAJOR drawback for this book though. One three different pages, I found errors. One page said “stick for dinner” instead of steak. One page had a set of squiggly lines between words. This may be something I don’t know about, but since there’s not one on my keyboard, I’m doubting it. And finally, there was a missing apostrophe. And it completely changed the sentence. It was supposed to be he’ll leave grease spots but was “hell leave grease spots.”
As much as I liked this cute love story, I absolutely can’t stand typos. If anyone else has read this book and thinks I’m reading wrong, please let me know.
If you can overlook the typos, pretend there are four bookmarks. If you’re anal like me, stick with the three.