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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 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?

Topics: Series, Funny, Lighthearted, Breezy, Romantic, Single Mothers, and Love Story

Published: HarperCollins on
ISBN: 9780061801808
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A very cute love story a bout a mother with two kids who bravely knocked on Matt Hallohan's door inquiring about the wanted add he placed. Immediately he was smitten with her and hired her. Thier relationship grew from friendship to lovers. It turnes out each found something valuable in the other. Together they make a perfect team.more
Knowing she needed to find a way to support herself and her children, Lizabeth Kane made the rounds applying for jobs. Majoring in history was not a big help, so she took a chance and decided to apply for a job as a carpenter at Matt Hallahan’s construction site. Matt knew she wasn’t qualified or built for the job, but he couldn’t find it in himself to tell her no. He quickly found himself completely consumed by her, her kids, her frustrating dog Ferguson, and even her ever observant Aunt Elsie. The presence of a neighborhood ‘flasher’, that seemed to take special interest in Lizabeth, gave Matt the excuses he wanted to become more a part of her life.Classic early Janet Evanovich, sweet and touching while still fun and sexy (and I am not talking about the flasher). Just the right combination of macho garbage and sissy stuff that make these characters realistic enough to be any ones neighbors. The addition of the sons (10 and 8), was also well done, sometimes kids don’t get written in the right age group, but these did (I have a 10 and an 8 yr. old), right down to their reaction to Matt’s kitchen ‘re-model’ project.more
I don't really read these types of light romance novels, but a coworker recently made me a loan of all the Janet Evanovich romance books. Evanovich is very funny, so I thought it might be fun to try her romance.This was incredibly cheesy, but it did everything I expected of it. Single mom tries to find a job, winds up in construction, she and owner of construction company hit it off. Additional points of contention for background mismatch - she grew up in a wealthy family and he - gasp - rides a motorcycle and has tattoos.Evanovich is great for humor, though. Things are spiced up along the way with a persistent flasher that keeps showing up at the woman's house at night. Nobody seems all that concerned with him. There's a large dog that will run up and steal any food left unattended. The woman's great-aunt is living with her and her two sons for the summer, and she makes for an awesome old lady who is all for high-speed car chases, flashers, shotguns, and other things. The characters themselves also quip back and forth at each other the entire time, and the jokes are surprisingly funny.It only took me a couple hours to read this, but it makes for a good palate cleanser between heavier doses of fiction.more
Cute! Ok, I think I use that word for all of her little romances but they really are. I enjoyed this one because there was a bit of a realistic situation.A single mom buys a "fixer upper" and decides to try her hand at construction in order to learn how to fix her own home. She gets a job mostly out of pity and just her luck her boss is single, handsome, charming and drives a motorcycle! Lizabeth (I'm not sure what happened to her "E") fights her attraction to Matt because she is trying to make it on her own. She's also concerned what kind of an influenced the tattooed Harley rider might be on her boys.Add Elsie (her goofy great aunt), a food obsessed dog, a neighborhood flasher, and a prissy ex-husband to the mix and you've got a fun story. Again, not a prize winner but all in all, a good way to pass the time.more
Before she started writing the excellent Stephanie Plum mysteries, Evanovich wrote some simple, short romantic comedies that are now being reprinted. These are great if you want something funny and sweet to cheer you up. There's not much too them, but I've been enjoying them due mainly to Evanovich's great sense of humor. They're all really similar to each other. Plum fans will like them because they contain the seeds of many of her best characters. Smitten is the story of the romance between a spunky single mom who becomes a carpenter and falls for the boss.more
Very funny early Janet Evanovich. You can see a lot of Granma Mazur from the Stephanie Plum novels in Lizabeth's Aunt Elsie. I read it in one evening. It's very fluffy, but fun.more
Since I sort of trashed another of these early Evanovich reprints ("Thanksgiving") I want to be sure to say here that I enjoyed this one very much.I still don't think any of these early novels are up to the level of quality shown in the best of the Stephanie Plum books, but this one was enjoyable enough for me to give it three stars and a place on my keeper shelf.more
Not my favorite Evanovich work!more
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A very cute love story a bout a mother with two kids who bravely knocked on Matt Hallohan's door inquiring about the wanted add he placed. Immediately he was smitten with her and hired her. Thier relationship grew from friendship to lovers. It turnes out each found something valuable in the other. Together they make a perfect team.more
Knowing she needed to find a way to support herself and her children, Lizabeth Kane made the rounds applying for jobs. Majoring in history was not a big help, so she took a chance and decided to apply for a job as a carpenter at Matt Hallahan’s construction site. Matt knew she wasn’t qualified or built for the job, but he couldn’t find it in himself to tell her no. He quickly found himself completely consumed by her, her kids, her frustrating dog Ferguson, and even her ever observant Aunt Elsie. The presence of a neighborhood ‘flasher’, that seemed to take special interest in Lizabeth, gave Matt the excuses he wanted to become more a part of her life.Classic early Janet Evanovich, sweet and touching while still fun and sexy (and I am not talking about the flasher). Just the right combination of macho garbage and sissy stuff that make these characters realistic enough to be any ones neighbors. The addition of the sons (10 and 8), was also well done, sometimes kids don’t get written in the right age group, but these did (I have a 10 and an 8 yr. old), right down to their reaction to Matt’s kitchen ‘re-model’ project.more
I don't really read these types of light romance novels, but a coworker recently made me a loan of all the Janet Evanovich romance books. Evanovich is very funny, so I thought it might be fun to try her romance.This was incredibly cheesy, but it did everything I expected of it. Single mom tries to find a job, winds up in construction, she and owner of construction company hit it off. Additional points of contention for background mismatch - she grew up in a wealthy family and he - gasp - rides a motorcycle and has tattoos.Evanovich is great for humor, though. Things are spiced up along the way with a persistent flasher that keeps showing up at the woman's house at night. Nobody seems all that concerned with him. There's a large dog that will run up and steal any food left unattended. The woman's great-aunt is living with her and her two sons for the summer, and she makes for an awesome old lady who is all for high-speed car chases, flashers, shotguns, and other things. The characters themselves also quip back and forth at each other the entire time, and the jokes are surprisingly funny.It only took me a couple hours to read this, but it makes for a good palate cleanser between heavier doses of fiction.more
Cute! Ok, I think I use that word for all of her little romances but they really are. I enjoyed this one because there was a bit of a realistic situation.A single mom buys a "fixer upper" and decides to try her hand at construction in order to learn how to fix her own home. She gets a job mostly out of pity and just her luck her boss is single, handsome, charming and drives a motorcycle! Lizabeth (I'm not sure what happened to her "E") fights her attraction to Matt because she is trying to make it on her own. She's also concerned what kind of an influenced the tattooed Harley rider might be on her boys.Add Elsie (her goofy great aunt), a food obsessed dog, a neighborhood flasher, and a prissy ex-husband to the mix and you've got a fun story. Again, not a prize winner but all in all, a good way to pass the time.more
Before she started writing the excellent Stephanie Plum mysteries, Evanovich wrote some simple, short romantic comedies that are now being reprinted. These are great if you want something funny and sweet to cheer you up. There's not much too them, but I've been enjoying them due mainly to Evanovich's great sense of humor. They're all really similar to each other. Plum fans will like them because they contain the seeds of many of her best characters. Smitten is the story of the romance between a spunky single mom who becomes a carpenter and falls for the boss.more
Very funny early Janet Evanovich. You can see a lot of Granma Mazur from the Stephanie Plum novels in Lizabeth's Aunt Elsie. I read it in one evening. It's very fluffy, but fun.more
Since I sort of trashed another of these early Evanovich reprints ("Thanksgiving") I want to be sure to say here that I enjoyed this one very much.I still don't think any of these early novels are up to the level of quality shown in the best of the Stephanie Plum books, but this one was enjoyable enough for me to give it three stars and a place on my keeper shelf.more
Not my favorite Evanovich work!more
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