Sunday, January 11, 2009

Naughty Neighbor by Janet Evanovich

Louisa Brannigan's neighbor is a handsome hell-raiser—and he's driving Louisa crazy. He makes terrible coffee, steals her newspaper, and listens through her walls. But when she's fired from her government job, Louisa is persuaded to join his undercover investigation. Sneaking around in the shadows is more fun than she ever imagined, especially when the getaway car is a Porsche.

Pete Streeter never figured on finding such an attractive partner in crime. Louisa is all he ever wanted in a woman, and more. But once he's taught her to enjoy living on the edge, will she finally feel safe in his love?

I have read quite a few of these rereleased romances from Janet Evanovich over the last couple of years. Some have worked for me but others have not. Luckily for me, this was the perfect read for a Saturday night spent at home by myself - quick, amusing, entertaining, and oh, did I mention quick?

The plot makes very little sense at all, for example the pig on the cover is relevant to the story but it doesn't really matter. Unlike a couple of her other books you really felt the connection, the chemistry, between Pete and Louisa. The suspense sub plot, if you can call it that, was wrapped up far too easily and kind of off stage from the pages of the book, the main characters fell in love too quickly, but I think that is inevitable given that the author only has just over 200 pages to have the characters meet, bond and live happily ever after.

I will definitely be borrowing the last couple of rereleases that I haven't read yet.

Rating 4/5


  1. I think your right these are quick reads. They don't require a lot of time and they are fun. I enjoy these books and look for them when they come out.

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  3. I had never even heard of these but I will have to check them out. Great review!

  4. Samantha, as long as you know what to expect they are fun.

    Actonbell, it is isn't it.

    Kathrin, thanks so much. I tried to leave a comment at your blog but for some reason I couldn't see the word verification word properly.

    Krissi, I think there is only one more left to be rereleased, although I still have a couple of more of them to read.

  5. I've read a couple of these rereleased romances although I can't remember the names right now and they are good for a quick and light read. I enjoy them once in a while. I'm still more partial to the Plum series though. I'm glad you liked this one.

  6. Outside of her Plum series, I haven't read any of her other books for obvious reasons. I have tons of books. I'm glad this one fit it perfectly. Love when that happens.

  7. I have seen this one around, and was going to read it.
    Great review :)

  8. I haven't com acrossthis author, sometimes I love those quick easy reads in between books you need to concentrate on!

  9. I haven't read Evanovich's outside of her Plum series, probably because I read one of her book from the newer series but didn't enjoy it. But I do want to read her non series one that are quick read, such Naughty Neighbor.

    I'm guessing you already got your copy of Evanovich's Spooky Plum? I already seen it at the store.

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  10. Thanks Julia!

    Clare, if you are new to Evanovich I would start with One for the Money, the first book in the Stephanie Plum series.

    Naida and J Kaye, the good think about these books is that they are entertaining and easy in between bigger books reads.

    Dar, I think her best work is definitely the Plum series as well, although the books are a bit hit and miss now, but I am on board for the whole series now...whenever it ends. I have stopped buying though and only get them through the library.

  11. Marg ~ I totally agree. Fluff is underrated. ;)

  12. Marg, I don't buy them anymore either. I get them at the library too.

  13. I've read one or two of her early books since I enjoyed her Plum books so much but I didn't really like the older ones as much.

  14. I've just started reading her between the numbers novels...though those are audiobooks really. I find those enjoyable for the most part.