Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Naughty Neighbor Book Review

I was totally out of library books and I went to the next book in my shelf that I had gotten for free.  Naughty Neighbor by Janet Evanovich was the next book that I had to read.  I was excited to get back to this series and see if this book had any of the same characters that the other ones did.  I had the original release of this book so it has a much different cover and I don't know if there were any updates to the book but there were some things that we are little dated like talking about the fancy car with the car phone... obviously a big feature a little while ago that is very common now because of cell phones.  Still a great read!!

Dear Reader:
In a previous life, before the time of Plum, I wrote twelve short romance novels. Red-hot screwball comedies, each and every one of them. Nine of these stories were originally published by the Loveswept line between the years 1988 and 1992. All immediately went out of print and could be found only at used bookstores and yard sales.
I'm excited to tell you that those nine stories are now being re-released by HarperCollins. Naughty Neighbor is the eighth in the lineup, and it's presented here in almost original form. Usually when I edit these books I do some modernizing. For instance, I change VHS to DVD, and roller skates to Rollerblades, and sticks of gum are now pieces of gum. I do this because the books were meant to be contemporary (as opposed to historical), and I don't want the reader to have a time disconnect. In the beginning of the original Naughty Neighbor, my heroine throws a handheld phone into the toilet, and the next morning she goes into the bathroom and sees the "slim silver antenna caught between the toilet lid and seat." Okay, so most phones don't have extended antennas anymore, but I just loved the image . . . so I left it in. And I don't know how many women wear front-closure bras anymore, but that got left in, too.
Naughty Neighbor is probably the most romancey of all the Loveswepts I wrote, but there's still a small mystery to unravel. Louisa Brannigan is a no-nonsense, hardworking press secretary, fighting her way to the top of Capitol Hill, with no help from her annoying neighbor, Pete Streeter. He receives phone calls all night long, he steals her morning paper, he thinks jeans are formal wear, and worst of all he's involved Louisa in the disappearance of a pig. So this is the story of a pig in Witness Protection and love being found by a workaholic woman and a fun-loving man who makes terrible pots of coffee.
Janet Evanovich

The thing that I really liked about this book was it was set in DC with Louisa working on Capitol Hill in the Senate.  It is fun to read about places that I used to go to and different local areas.  Louisa was working all the time and had no time to have a life.  She met her upstairs neighbor after she reached her limit of his rude behavior when he stole her newspaper.  Pete ends up getting her car destroyed and many other things over their time together and see ends up loosing her job.  It is a funny trip that these two take but you have to pick up the book and find out what happens for yourself.  I hope that you check out this book and enjoy it as much as I did.  I can't wait to read the rest of the books in this series.  Do I have any left??  I don't even know?!

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