Janet Evanovich (Steffi Hall) - Джанет Еванович (родена Джанет Шнайдер, 22 април 1943 г. в Южен Ривър, Ню Джърси) започва кариерата си, пишейки съвременни романи под псевдонима Стефи Хол, но придобива слава с поредицата от съвременни мистерии с участието на Стефани Плъм от Трентън, Ню Джърси, която става ловец на глави за да свърже двата края, след като загубва работното си място. Романите от тази поредица неотменимо са в бестселъровия списък на "Ню Йорк Таймс". Първият й роман, Hero at Large, е публикуван през 1987 г. под псевдонима Стефи Хол. На следващата година тя започва да пише за Bantam Loveswept под собственото си име. През следващите пет години продължава да пише романси за Loveswept. В това време, тя става известна с хумора в романите си. Тя счита, че е "много важно да има комичен подход. Ако можем да се смеем на нещо, ние можем да го кажем." След завършване си дванадесетия си романс обаче, Джанет разбира, че тя е по-заинтересована от написването на екшън сцените в романите си, отколкото на секс сцените.
2. One for the Money (1994) Стефани Плъм или г-ца 10 %
Книгата на Еванович е пълна с великолепен хумор, а Стефани е невероятно създание. Ню Йорк Таймс
...влиза гладко, като студено питие... сенатор Уилям Коен
Меко казано, това е забавна лудория. Стефани Плъм има не само невероятно комично семейство и странни познати, но и страхотно чувство за хумор, здравословно либидо и куража да се справи с най-ужасния бандит по улиците на Трентън.
3. Two for the Dough (1995)
Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, packing a whole lot of attitude - not to mention stun guns, defense sprays, and a .38 Smith & Wesson. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations. Aided by her tough bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and her funeral-happy Grandma Mazur, Stephanie's soon staggering knee-deep in corpses, trying to shake Morelli...and stirring up a very nasty enemy.
4. Three to Get Deadly (1997)
A saintly old candy-store owner is on the lam - and bounty hunter extraordinaire Stephanie Plum is on the case. As the body count rises, Stephanie finds herself dealing with dead drug dealers and slippery fugitives on the chase of her life. And with the help of eccentric friends and family, Steph must see to it that this case doesn't end up being her last...
5. Four to Score (1998)
Stephanie Plum, Trenton New Jersey's favorite pistol-packing, condom-carrying bounty hunter, is back - and on the trail of a revenge-seeking waitress who's skipped bail. With the help of 73-year-old Grandma Mazur, ex-hooker Lula, a transvestite musician named Sally Sweet, and the all-too-hospitable, all-too-sexy Joe Morelli, Stephanie might just catch her woman. Then again, with more mishaps than there are exits on the Jersey Turnpike - including murders, firebombs, and Stephanie's arch-rival bounty hunter chasing after the same fugitive - Stephanie better watch her back big-time if she wants to live to crack this case...
6. High Five (1999) Десетте божи заповеди
В центъра на тази история е едно красиво създание на име Стефани Плъм. Може и да ви се стори малко необичайно, но тя се занимава с издирване на лица, освободени под гаранция и укриващи се от съда. Бизнесът хич не върви. И така, с малко пари и много сметки за плащане Стефани се занимава с куп неща. Между които: чичо й Фред изчезва; Стефани е преследвана от досаден букмейкър; баба й докопва електрошоково устройство; двама мъже се опитват да я вкарат в леглото си; няма какво да облече на мафиотска сватба; отгоре на всичко един малък човек (не позволява да го наричат джудже) не иска да се изнесе от апартамента й.
7. Hot Six (2000) Пари за четири
Надзърнете в света на Стефани — най-новият роман на Джанет Еванович ще ви забавлява до припадък. Сюрреалистична, смешна, невероятно увлекателна! Стефани не може да намери покой. Иска да спи с всички мъже, но спи в крайна сметка само с един. И то какъв! Опитва се и да открие един убиец; Както и да не се влюби в партньора си; А също така да се отърве от един маниак; Да спаси мебелите си от едно куче; За капак напоследък не може да закопчае и горното копче на дънките си… СТИГА! На нея не й е лесно! Но на вас ви предстои щур купон с най-невероятната, с най-сладката, най-сексапилната и най-неуморима агентка по залавяне на обвиняеми Стефани Плъм, на която й е трудно да залови когото и да било. Но е любимка на Америка!
8. Seven Up (2001) Стефани Плъм и случаят с пенсионирания мафиот
Пригответе се за веселбата на живота си! Пенсионираният мафиот Еди Дечуч е обвинен за контрабанда, но не се явява в съда. Стефани Плъм, агентка по залавяне на обвиняеми, получава задачата да го намери и да завлече скапания му старчески задник в затвора. Оказва се, че работата не е проста, тъй като Дечуч е научил доста номера през изминалите години и не се страхува да използва пистолета си. Стефани моли за помощ Рейнджъра, прочут ловец на престъпници. Но Рейнджъра иска награда - една нощ със Стефани, от здрач до зори. А за това не бива да научава годеникът на Стефани, ченгето Джо Морели. Типична каша в стил Стефани Плъм. А до края има още кеч в калта, мотори, бързи коли и опасни мъже... Джанет Еванович е на върха!
9. Hard Eight (2002)
HARD UP Fugitive apprehension agent Stephanie Plum has a big problem on her hands: seven-year-old Annie Soder and her mother, Evelyn, have disappeared. Evelyn's estranged husband, Steven, a shady owner of a seedy bar, is not at all happy. Finding a kidnapped child is not an assignment for a bounty hunter. But Evelyn's grandmother lives next door to Stephanie's parents, so Stephanie follows the trail left by Annie and Evelyn - and finds a lot more than she bargained for. HARD RISK Steven Soder is somehow linked with a very scary Eddie Abruzzi. Trenton cop and on-again, off-again fiance Joe Morelli and Stephanie's mentor and tormentor, Ranger, warn Stephanie about Abruzzi, but it's Abruzzi's eyes and mannerisms that frighten Stephanie most. Stephanie needs Ranger's savvy and expertise, and she's willing to accept his help to find Annie even though it might mean getting too involved with Ranger. Stephanie, Ranger, Lula (who's not going to miss riding with Ranger), and Evelyn's lawyer/laundromat manager set out to find Annie. The search turns out to be a race among Stephanie's posse, the True Blue Bonds' agents Rangerette known as Jeanne Ellen Burrows - and the Abruzzi crew. Plus, there's a killer rabbit on the loose!
10. Visions of Sugar Plums (2002)
THE WORLD OF PLUM HAS NEVER BEEN MERRIER! It's five days before Christmas and things are not looking merry for Fugitive Apprehension Agent Stephanie Plum. She hasn't got a tree. She hasn't bought any presents. The malls are jam-packed with staggering shoppers. There's not a twinkle light anywhere to be seen in her apartment - and there's a strange man in her kitchen. Sure, this has happened to Stephanie Plum before. But this guy is different. He's mysterious, sexy - and has his own agenda. His name is Diesel, and he's on a mission. The question is, what does he want with her? Can he help her find a little old toy maker who has skipped out on his bail right before Christmas? Can he survive the Plum family holiday dinner? Can he get Stephanie a tree that doesn't look like it was grown next to a nuclear power plant? These questions, and more, are keeping Stephanie awake at night. Not to mention the fact that she needs to find a bunch of nasty elves, her sister Valerie has a Christmas "surprise" for the Plums, her niece Mary Alice doesn't believe in Santa anymore, and Grandma Mazur has a new stud muffin. So bring out the plastic reindeer, strap on your jingle bells, and get ready to celebrate the holidays - Jersey style.
11. To the Nines (2003)
Stephanie Plum's got rent to pay, people shooting at her, and psychos wanting her dead every day of the week (much to the dismay of her mother, her family, the men in her life, the guy who slices meat at the deli...oh, the list goes on). An ordinary person would cave under the pressure. BUT HEY, SHE'S FROM NEW JERSEY Stephanie Plum may not be the best bounty hunter in beautiful downtown Trenton, but she's pretty darn good at turning bad situations her way...and she always gets her man. In To the Nines, her cousin Vinnie (who's also her boss) has posted bail on Samuel Singh. When the elusive Mr. Singh violates his visa bond and goes missing, Stephanie is on the case. But what she uncovers is far more sinister than anyone imagined and leads to a group of killers who give new meaning to the word "hunter"... In a race against time that takes her from the Jersey Turnpike to the Vegas strip, Stephanie Plum is on the chase of her life.
12. Ten Big Ones (2004) Право в десетката
Тя е унищожила дузина коли. Мишена е за всеки психопат и бандит в Джърси. Майка и е убедена, че животът и ще свърши с насилствена смърт... или още по-страшно - без мъж. Тя е Стефани Плъм и си изкарва хляба с ритане на задници (е, тя поне си мисли, че това звучи добре). Всичко започва с обикновено посещение на деликатесен магазин. Но Стефани Плъм и партньорката и, Лула, се озовават на погрешното място в погрешното време. Обир в магазина води до експлозия, която унищожава поредната кола. Обикновен ден от живота на Стефани Плъм, само че този път тя се превръща в мишена на гангстерска банда. Суперловецът на престъпници, Рейнджъра, се държи още по-тайнствено от обикновено, а напрежението с Джо Морели се увеличава. Стефани се оказва изправена пред сложен проблем: как да се предпази и къде да се скрие, докато издирва наемен убиец, познат под името Джънкман. Има само едно безопасно място и то принадлежи на Рейнджъра. В компанията на Лула и баба Мазур Стефани се надпреварва с времето в най-напрегнатия роман на Джанет Еванович.
13. Eleven on Top (2005)
Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She's been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Stephanie thinks it's time for a change. So she quits. She wants something safe and normal. But the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can't compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now... Stephanie is stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own. He's killed before, and he'll kill again if given the chance. Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie re-examines her life and the possibility that being a bounty hunter is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest, baddest bounty hunter and businessman on two continents. Tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life - her on-again, off-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and Ranger. Can Stephanie Plum take the heat? Can you?
14. Twelve Sharp (2006)
Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, where bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's life is about to implode in Janet Evanovich's wildest, hottest novel yet! FIRST A STRANGER APPEARS While chasing down the usual cast of miscreants and weirdos Stephanie discovers that a crazed woman is stalking her. THEN THE STRANGER REVEALS HER SECRETS The woman dresses in black, carries a 9mm Glock, and has a bad attitude and a mysterious connection to dark and dangerous Carlos Manoso ...street name, Ranger. NEXT, SOMEBODY DIES The action turns deadly serious, and Stephanie goes from hunting skips to hunting a murderer. SOON, THE CHASE IS ON Ranger needs Stephanie for more reasons than he can say. And now, the two are working together to find a killer, rescue a missing child, and stop a lunatic from raising the body count. When Stephanie Plum and Ranger get too close for comfort, vice cop Joe Morelli (her on-again, off-again boyfriend) steps in. Will the ticking clock stop at the stroke of twelve, or will a stranger in the wind find a way to stop Stephanie Plum...forever?
15. Plum Lovin' (2007)
WATCH YOUR BACK... Mysterious men have a way of showing up in Stephanie Plum's apartment. When the shadowy Diesel appears, he has a task for Stephanie - and he's not taking no for an answer. LOOK BOTH WAYS... Annie Hart is a 'relationship expert' who is wanted for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Stephanie needs to find her, fast. Diesel knows where she is. So they make a deal: He'll help her get Annie if Stephanie plays matchmaker to several of Annie's most difficult clients. BECAUSE LOVE IS IN THE AIR... But someone wants to find Annie even more than Diesel and Stephanie. Someone with a nasty temper. And someone with "unmentionable" skills. AND THAT MEANS BIG TROUBLE! Does Diesel know more than he's saying about Annie Hart? Does Diesel have secrets he's keeping from Stephanie and the two men in her life - Ranger and Morelli? With Stephanie Plum in over her head, things are sure to get a little dicey and a little explosive, Jersey style!
16. Lean Mean Thirteen (2007)
New secrets, old flames, and hidden agendas are about to send bounty hunter Stephanie Plum on her most outrageous adventure yet! MISTAKE #1 Dickie Orr Stephanie was married to him for about fifteen minutes before she caught him cheating on her with her archnemesis, Joyce Barnhardt. Another fifteen minutes after that, Stephanie filed for divorce, hoping never to see either one of them again. MISTAKE #2 Doing favors for super bounty hunter Carlos Manoso (aka Ranger) Ranger needs Stephanie to meet with Dickie and find out if he's doing something shady. Turns out, he is. Turns out, Dickie's also back to doing Joyce Barnhardt. And it turns out Ranger's favors always come with a price. . . . MISTAKE #3 Going completely nutso while doing the favor for Ranger, and trying to apply bodily injury to Dickie in front of the entire office Now Dickie has disappeared, and Stephanie is the natural suspect in his disappearance. Is Dickie dead? Can he be found? And can Stephanie Plum stay one step ahead in this new, dangerous game? Joe Morelli, the hottest cop in Trenton, New Jersey, is also keeping Stephanie on her toes - and he may know more than he's saying about many things in Stephanie's life. It's a cat-and-mouse game for Stephanie Plum wherein the ultimate prize might be her life.
17. Plum Lucky (2008)
LOOKING TO GET LUCKY? Stephanie Plum is back between-the-numbers and she's looking to get lucky in an Atlantic City hotel room, in a Winnebago, and with a brown-eyed stud who has stolen her heart. Stephanie Plum has a way of attracting danger, lunatics, oddballs, bad luck...and mystery men. And no one is more mysterious than the unmentionable Diesel. He's back and hot on the trail of a little man in green pants who's lost a giant bag of money. Problem is, the money isn't exactly lost. Stephanie's Grandma Mazur has found it, and like any good Jersey senior citizen, she's hightailed it in a Winnebago to Atlantic City and hit the slots. With Lula and Connie in tow, Stephanie attempts to bring Grandma home, but the luck of the Irish is rubbing off on everyone: Lula's found a job modeling plus-size lingerie. Connie's found a guy. Diesel's found Stephanie. And Stephanie has found herself in over her head with a caper involving thrice-stolen money, a racehorse, a car chase, and a bad case of hives. Plum Lucky is an all-you-can-eat buffet of thrills, chills, shrimp cocktail, plus-size underwear, and scorching hot men. It's a between-the-numbers treat no Evanovich fan will want to miss!
18. Fearless Fourteen (2008)
Personal vendettas. Hidden treasure. A monkey named Carl. In her latest adventure, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is as FEARLESS as ever... THE CRIME: Armed robbery to the tune of nine million dollars. Dom Rizzi robbed a bank, stashed the money, and did the time. His family couldn't be more proud. He always was the smart one. THE COUSIN: Joe Morelli. Morelli is Dom's cousin. He's also a cop. Less than a week after Dom's release from prison, Morelli has shadowy figures breaking into his house and dying in his basement. Meanwhile Dom has gone missing. THE CATASTROPHE: Moonman. Morelli hires Walter "Mooner" Dunphy, stoner and "inventor"-turned-crime fighter, to protect his house. Morelli is low on cash. Mooner will work for potatoes. THE CUPCAKE: Stephanie Plum. Stephanie and Morelli have a long-standing relationship that involves sex, affection, and driving each other nuts. She's a bond enforcement agent with more luck than talent, and she's involved in this bank-robbery-gone-bad disaster from day one. THE CRISIS: Ranger. Security expert Carlos Manoso, street name Ranger, has a job for Stephanie that will involve night work. Morelli has his own ideas regarding Stephanie's evening activities. THE CONCLUSION: Be fearless. Read FOURTEEN!
19. Plum Spooky (2009)
Turn on all the lights and check under your bed. Things are about to get PLUM SPOOKY... Trenton, New Jersey-based bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is the all-American girl stuck in an uncomfortable job, succeeding on luck and tenacity. On her current most wanted list: Martin Munch, a man whose body hasn't made it out of the boys' department at Macy's but whose larger-than-life brain is the means to his business partner's murderous ends. Usually Stephanie gets her man. This time, she gets Diesel, a bounty hunter whose special skills include tracking men and pleasing women. Now it's up to Stephanie and Diesel to hunt down Munch through the Pine Barrens and face the legendary Jersey Devil - prowling above the treetops in the dark of night - and find a way to survive cranberry bogs, sand in their underwear, too many monkeys to count...and, of course, each other.
20. Finger Lickin' Fifteen (2009)
Unbuckle your belt and pull up a chair. It's the spiciest, sauciest, most rib-sticking Plum yet.. .RECIPE FOR DISASTER Celebrity chef Stanley Chipotle comes to Trenton to participate in a barbecue cook-off and loses his head -- THROW IN SOME SPICE Bail bonds office worker Lula is witness to the crime, and the only one she'll talk to is Trenton cop Joe Morelli. PUMP UP THE HEATThe reward for capturing Chipotle's killers: one million dollars. STIR THE POT Lula recruits bounty hunter Stephanie Plum to help her find the killers and collect the moolah. ADD A SECRET INGREDIENT Stephanie's Grandma Mazur. Enough said. BRING TO A BOIL Stephanie's working overtime tracking felons for the bonds office at night and snooping for security expert Carlos Manoso, aka Ranger, during the day. Can she hunt down two killers, a traitor, and five skips, keep her grandmother out of the sauce, and solve Ranger's problems and not jump his bones? WARNING Habanero hot. So good you'll want seconds.
21. Sizzling Sixteen (2010)
Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a lucky bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn't specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck... BAD LUCK: Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay to get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs. GOOD LUCK: Being in the business of tracking down people, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie have an advantage in finding Vinnie. If they can rescue him, it will buy them some time to raise the cash. BAD LUCK: Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Vinnie's messing up Mooner's vibe, running up pay-per-view porn charges in Ranger's apartment, and making Stephanie question genetics. GOOD LUCK: Between a bonds office yard sale that has the entire Burg turning out, Mooner's Hobbit-Con charity event, and Uncle Pip's lucky bottle, they just might raise enough money to save the business, and Vinnie, from ruin. BAD LUCK: Saving Vincent Plum Bail Bonds means Stephanie can keep being a bounty hunter. In Trenton, this involves hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr. Jingles. GOOD LUCK: The job of bounty hunter comes with perks in the guise of Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous security expert, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip's lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky---the only question is . . . with whom? Sizzling Sixteen . . . so hot, the pages might spontaneously combust
22. Smokin' Seventeen (2011)
Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who’s just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off.” And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie. With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.
23. Explosive Eighteen (2011)
Max Holt (with Charlotte Hughes)
1. Full House (2002)
I've been hearing from many of you that you'd like to see more books that entertain you the way my Stephanie Plum novels do. So my good friend, Charlotte Hughes, and I have teamed up to bring you a brand-new series of books. These new books are not set in the world of Plum, but they are written in the Plum tradition with fast-paced action, dysfunctional loveable characters, steamy sex, suspense, and lots of laughs. The series is kicked off by Full House, a slightly off-center love story about a devious man, an uncooperative woman, and a misguided genius. I wrote and published the original Full House in 1989 under the name Steffie Hall. I thought it was a fun book at the time, but Charlotte and I have now made it bigger and better. In Full House, Nick Kaharchek senses danger the minute he sees Billie Pearce. She represents everything he's always avoided. Happy in her home life, a divorced mother of two, Billie is the epitome of stability. She's also irresistibly fascinating to the footloose Kaharchek...in a car-crash sort of way. Their fateful meeting leads to a story filled with seduction and mayhem and love everlasting. Charlotte and I hope you enjoy this first romantic adventure, and look forward to many more.
2. Full Tilt (2002)
With Full House, my good friend Charlotte Hughes and I teamed up to create an exciting new series. Now we bring you the second book, Full Tilt, which is filled with even more fast-paced action, crazy characters, steamy sex, suspense, and nonstop hilarity. While these books are not set in the world of my Stephanie Plum novels, we're convinced they will bring you all the fun, the wisecracks, and the adventure that we love. Jamie Swift has one priority in quiet Beaumont, South Carolina: running the local newspaper. Romance runs second. But with the arrival of her silent partner, the notoriously mysterious and sexy Maximillian Holt, Jamie's life gets shaken up. Max claims he's here to give his brother-in-law a vote of confidence. A former wrestler, Frankie Fontana's now taking his shots in the political ring. Beaumont could use a mayor with scruples, but what it gets is a crime--and what Jamie gets is a story that's taking her for a ride on the wild side, complete with two assassins, a washed-up stripper, and an insane poacher. Between a spray of bullets and a fast getaway, could it get any more romantic--or dangerous? Max and Jamie are betting their lives on a long shot. Charlotte and I hope you'll enjoy reading Full Tilt as much as we have enjoyed creating it.
(Signed) Janet Evanovich Charlotte Hughes
3. Full Speed (2003)
Welcome to the world of Jamie Swift and Max Holt! My good friend Charlotte Hughes and I have teamed up to create a series of books featuring these two characters, and they've taken on a life of their own! These books are not set in the same world as my Stephanie Plum novels, but what they have in common are lovable, dysfunctional characters, villains you love to hate, and a cross-eyed way of looking at life. Jamie and Max have intense chemistry--even though they drive each other crazy. Max thinks Jamie is a magnet for trouble and Jamie thinks Max is the most annoyingly sexy, mysterious man she's ever met. She knows she should stay away from him. But boy, oh boy, do the sparks fly when they get together. Jamie is a newspaper owner from a small Southern town. And in FULL SPEED, she's after the story of a lifetime. Max Holt is right in the middle of that story, and so Jamie tracks down the millionaire playboy, forcing him to take her on as partner. What follows is a story of a corrupt minister, a gang of mobsters on the loose, a hound dog called Fleas, a wise-cracking computer genius, and lots of love in the fast lane. Not to mention plenty of steamy action between Jamie and Max.
4. Full Blast (2004)
Get ready to have the hottest time of your life with the sizzling duo of newspaper editor Jamie Swift and mysterious millionaire Max Holt. My good friend Charlotte Hughes and I set out to create a whole new world, separate from my Stephanie Plum novels, yet inhabited by the same kind of zany, hilarious, and totally unique characters that we love. There's never a dull moment for the residents of Beaumont, South Carolina. Lately, a heat wave's spiked the mercury--and everyone's sex drive! These days, when Jamie runs into Max, it's all she can do not to tear his clothes off--and the feeling is mutual. But trouble seems to follow Max like moths to a flame, and Jamie suspects he's all wrong for her. Meanwhile, the lingerie shop is having a sale on edible underwear, while the bakery's selling aphrodisiac-laced brownies and X-rated birthday cakes. Even Jamie's dog, Fleas, is dodging passes from the amorous French poodle next door! But when someone starts bumping off some of the town's more annoying citizens, all clues lead straight to the new personals section in Jamie's newspaper. Pretty soon, things are getting hot and heavy, as Max and Jamie start uncovering secrets--and undressing each other... So settle in with a tall, cool drink, and have fun with FULL BLAST. We'll be back soon, with another steamy romantic adventure featuring Jamie and Max. Happy reading!
Janet & Charlotte
5. Full Bloom (2005)
The temperature's on "sizzle" again in Beaumont, South Carolina, where peach trees are in season and ripe for the picking. So is its newest entrepreneur, Annie Fortenberry, who has inherited her grandmother's B&B (and its eccentric handyman Erdle Thorney). According to a local psychic she also inherited a spirit from its glory days as a brothel-not the kind of publicity the Peach Tree Bed & Breakfast needs if it's hosting millionaire Max Holt's upcoming wedding! If rumors of a naughty, prank-playing ghost aren't stressful enough, a mysterious man has arrived with an eye on Annie and her master suite. Wes Bridges is all leather and denim, sporting a two-day beard, straddling a Harley, and sending the B&B's testosterone level through the roof. Annie's cool demeanor may be dropping as fast as Wes's jeans, but leave it to her missing ex-husband to dampen the passion! Turns out someone has done him in, and all evidence points to Annie! Wrapped up in a murder plot, Annie must find the killer, save her own neck, and get back to where she was-wrapped up in Wes's strong loving arms... We guarantee that you're going to have as much fun reading Full Bloom as we had writing it! (Even if we were surprised by the ending!) And you won't want to miss the hair-raising shenanigans when Fleas, the hound dog, meets the most cantankerous, snooty, bad-tempered, twenty-two pound orange cat....
Janet and Charlotte
6. Full Scoop (2006)
Mercury's in retrograde, and folks in Beaumont, South Carolina, are dealing with gossip, scandal, misunderstandings, and more secrets than ever. Local pediatrician Maggie Farnsworth has even bigger worries. Her wild-girl past has caught up with her in the form of her ex-boyfriend, a jailbird who just flew the coop--and is bent on tracking down Maggie and her daughter. Fortunately, FBI agent Zack Madden is on hand for protection. Unfortunately, his presence is turning up the heat on an attraction Maggie simply has no time for...or does she? But Maggie and Zack aren't the only ones getting busy: Fleas, the hound dog, is up to his old tricks--this time with Butterbean, a very alluring...goat? Jamie Swift and millionaire Max Holt have babies on the brain. And resident psychic-slash-astrologer Destiny is fighting a crush of her own. Since the town's ice cream parlor is a magnet for gossip, no one can keep a secret and the sticky situations are getting even stickier... It's the wildest time yet in the town we love to write about, with the characters we can't get enough of. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a FULL SCOOP of fun, adventure, and romance.
Janet and Charlotte
1. Metro Girl (2004)
"Wild" Bill Barnaby's dropped off the face of the earth and big sister Alex heads for Miami, Bill's last known sighting, on a harrowing hunt to save her brother ... and maybe the world. Truth is, Alex has been bailing her brother out of trouble since they were kids. Not that Bill's a bad sort. More that he acts first and thinks later. Unfortunately, this time around, Wild Bill will be Dead Bill if Alex doesn't find him in time. Alex blasts through the bars of South Beach and points her search to Key West and Cuba, laying waste to Miami hit men, dodging Palmetto bugs big enough to eat her alive, and putting the pedal to the metal with NASCAR driver Sam Hooker. Engaged in a deadly race, Wild Bill's "borrowed" Hooker's sixty-five foot Hatteras and sailed off into the sunset ... just when Hooker has plans for the boat. Hooker figures he'll attach himself to Alex and maybe run into Bill. Maybe Hooker can salvage what's left of his vacation. And maybe Hooker'll get lucky in love with Bill's sweetie pie sister. After all, Hooker is NASCAR Guy. And NASCAR Guy is good at revving a woman's engine. The race to the finish is hot and hard, taking Alex and Hooker into international waters, exposing a plot to grab Cuban gold and a sinister relic of the Cuban missile crises. Creative cussing and sexual innuendo included.
2. Motor Mouth (2006)
Those Metro maniacs Alexandra " Barney" Barnaby and NASCAR driver Sam Hooker are back! A woman with a taste for speed and a talent for breaking the rules, Barney also knows a little something about cheating. First there was Hooker and that salesclerk. Now she's convinced one of the competitors is up to no good on the track. Snooping to find evidence, Hooker and Barney wind up with a "borrowed" NASCAR hauler, two race cars, and a dead guy. And that's just the beginning of the trouble. Buckle up as Barney, Hooker, a 140-pound bundle of Saint Bernard love named Beans, and Super Cigar Ladies Felicia and Rosa shift into gear on a wild race from Miami to South Carolina and back. Plus, everything you always wanted to know about righteous indignation, stealing an eighteen- wheeler, and sex in the fast lane.
3. Troublemaker (2010) (with Alex Evanovich and Joëlle Jones)
Janet Evanovich, the New York Times #1 best-selling author of Finger Lickin' Fifteen, brings Alexandra Barnaby and Sam Hooker, from the hit Barnaby novels Metro Girl and Motor Mouth, to Dark Horse Comics with her debut graphic novel Troublemaker! Alex Barnaby and Sam Hooker are back together and fighting crime the only way they know how by leaving a trail of chaos, panic, and disorder. Alex, an auto mechanic and spotter for racecar driver Sam Hooker, is drawn to trouble like a giant palmetto bug to a day-old taco. Unfortunately, she's also drawn to Hooker in the same fashion. There's no steering clear of trouble or Hooker when friends Rosa and Felicia call for help. A man has gone missing, and in order to find him Barnaby and Hooker will have to go deep into the underbelly of Miami and south Florida, surviving Petro Voodoo, explosions, gift- wrapped body parts, a deadly swamp chase, and Hooker's mom.
Cate Madigan (with Leanne Banks)
1. Hot Stuff (2007)
Cate Madigan isn't asking for trouble. Her wacky Irish family is constantly playing matchmaker for her with men who leave much to be desired. All she wants is peace and quiet and a nice place to live while she saves her money from tending bar in a lively Boston pub. Okay, so what if her roommate is a cross-dressing lounge singer named Marty Longfellow? In exchange for cheap rent, all she has to do is take care of his plants and collect his mail when he's out of town. And then...Marty disappears. At the same time, a bullmastiff named Beast shows up with instructions from Marty to take care of him. Can Cate handle this 120-pound bundle of joy who wants to devour everything in sight? Ex-cop Kellen McBride has decided to make Cate's bar his nightly hang-out. But is he just there for the beer? Or does he have an ulterior motive for getting close to Cate? When Cate comes home to a ransacked apartment, she realizes Kellen knows more than he's saying. Problem is, he's turning up the heat in her life--in more ways than one. Soon Cate finds herself in deep trouble with mysterious stalkers, a lovesick would-be boyfriend named Patrick Pugg, two friends who are looking for love, and the very sexy, possibly dangerous Kellen McBride. The south side of Boston has never been wilder....
Happy Reading! Janet and Leanne
1. Wicked Appetite (2010)
Seven Stones of Power. No one knows when they were created or by whom, each said to represent one of the Seven Deadly Sins. For centuries, treasure hunters have been eager to possess the Stones, undeterred by their corrupting nature. The list is long -- Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, to name a few. Now the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire, adding himself to this rogues' gallery of power seekers. He's an uncommonly dangerous man with a hunger for the forbidden and a set of abilities that are way beyond ordinary. Abilities that he feels entitle him to possess anything he might desire. That would include Elizabeth Tucker, the woman he needs to find the Stones. She's freshly transplanted from New York City to Boston's North Shore. With a new job as pastry chef at Dazzle's Bakery and an old house inherited from her Aunt Ophelia, her life is pretty much on track . . . until it's suddenly derailed by a guy named Diesel, a rude monkey, and a ninja cat. Lizzy can handle the monkey and the cat. She's not sure about Diesel. He's offering up his own set of unusual talents and promising to protect her from Grimoire, the kind of protection that Lizzy suspects might involve guarding her body day and night. The Seven Deadly Sins are pride, greed, lust, envy, wrath, sloth, and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that is wicked. Diesel thinks it also pretty much covers everything that's fun. And Lizzy thinks Diesel and the Seven Deadly Sins cover everything her mother warned her about.
1.Back to the Bedroom (1989)
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 likable 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?
Single mom Lizabeth Kane wasn't exactly construction-worker material, but she truly wanted a job -- and Matt Hallahan found her radiant smile utterly irresistible! When the virile hunk with the perfectly tanned chest agreed to hire her as a laborer, Lizabeth felt her heart -- and her libido -- send up a cheer. Since her divorce from a snobby philanderer, she'd frankly lost interest in men, but this macho carpenter who smelled of sawdust and musk made her senses sizzle. Matt was a ride through white water, a shot of adrenaline that revived her flirting instincts -- but teasing a man of action had deliciously dangerous romantic results! Matt was charmed by Lizabeth's enthusiasm, her spunky kids and wacky aunt, and did his best to seduce the lady in every room of her ramshackle home. Lizabeth worried that they were too different, that he was overly protective, that she'd make him a terrible wife. Could Matt prove she needed him as much as he needed her?
3.Wife for Hire (1990)
The Prospective Husband with a Racy Past. . . . Hank Mallone spotted trouble when she sat down and said she'd marry him! Maggie Toone was a tempting firecracker who'd make his life delightful hell if he let her pretend to be his wife in order to improve his rogue's reputation. Would his harebrained scheme to get a bank loan for his business backfire once Maggie arrived in his small Vermont town and let the gossips take a look? Maggie never expected her employer to be drop-dead handsome, or to affect her like a belt of bourbon on an empty stomach, but she was too intrigued by his offer to say no . . . and too eager to escape a life that made her feel trapped. The deal was strictly business, both agreed . . . .until Hank turned out to be every fantasy she'd ever had, and Maggie was so bright, funny and downright irresistible that Hank fell head over heels in love! While the town watched, Hank wooed his wife with a charm that had never failed him yet. Could he make her dreams real by proving she belonged in his arms?
4.The Rocky Road to Romance (1991)
When the delightful, daffy Dog Lady of station WZZZ offered to take on the temporary job of traffic reporter, Steve Crow tried to think of reasons to turn Daisy Adams down! Perhaps he knew that sharing the close quarters of a car with her for hours would give the handsome program director no room to resist her quirky charms. He always favored low slung sports cars and high heeled women, but that was before he fell for a free spirit who caught crooks by accident, loved old people and pets, and had just too many jobs! Loving Daisy turned Steve's life upside down, especially once he adopted Bob, a huge dog masquerading as a couch potato..
The Grand Finale (1988)
Berry Knudson had a talent for disaster, but when she climbed a tree to rescue a kitten, she wasn't prepared for the scrumptious hunk undressing in a nearby window-or her dive downward that smashed Jake Sawyer's pizza...and won his heart! With a smile that was half little boy, half pirate, and a mouthwatering body, Jake stunned her with a fiercely passionate embrace, then teased her with pleasure that was habit-forming. He made her blush, he made her laugh, and he made her want--but was there room in her chaotic schedule for a risk-taking inventor with dreams? Days filled with classes, nights delivering pizzas and caring for three eccentric old ladies shed rescued from the train station, didn't leave much time for courting--but Jake thrived on a challenge, and he could be very inventive, planting seductive fantasies in Berry's brain, and smoldering kisses everywhere he, touched! Could he teach her there was time to make butterscotch pudding and let herself be loved?
When Megan Murphy discovered a floppy-eared rabbit gnawing on the hem of her skirt, she meant to give his careless owner a piece of her mind--but Dr. Patrick Hunter was too attractive to stay mad at for long! With his husky bedroom voice he teased her, with his eyes the color of a stormy ocean he tantalized her...and soon she found herself falling irresistibly, helplessly in love. Maybe it was her gloriously silky red hair or the freckles on her nose, or maybe just her adorable sense of whimsy that made Pat want to carry his lovely temptress off to his old-fashioned four-poster bed. Playing house together, making Thanksgiving dinner for their families, filled both of them with a longing for the sweet times to last. But Megan had wept over one failed love, and it hurt so much to risk again. Could the doctor who kissed her breathless help to heal her heart?
Alexandra Scott: Wilderness Woman. It had a terrific ring to it, but Alex felt a sudden twinge of terror. She'd traded in her Wall Street job and fancy condo for a cabin in the Alaska woods, and there was no turning back! She'd wanted to escape the rat race, to go husband-hunting where men outnumbered women four to one, but now she was here. . . and full of doubts. Then she spotted Michael Casey--and the dizzyingly attractive pilot made her want to keep house, tuck him into bed . . .and crawl in after him! Self-sufficient, spirited, and undaunted by disaster, Alex was a delicious temptation for Casey, but he had no intention of giving up his precious bachelorhood, even for this impudent, challenging female who made his heart race and his temperature rise! When fierce attraction led to sizzling seduction, Alex had to be shameless. Casey was the adventure she'd come to Alaska seeking--but could she capture the heart of the man she loved?
Ivan Takes a Wife (1989) aka Love Overboard
Sinfully handsome schooner captain Ivan Rasmussen deserved to be called Ivan the Terrible, Stephanie Lowe decided. First he'd sold her a haunted house, and now he was laughing at her Calamity Jane cooking! She'd only agreed to work one voyage of his Maine coastal cruise in exchange for the house repairs promised by her cousin, who'd run off to marry a plumber. When the brazen Ivan, descendant of a pirate, swept her into his arms during a moonlight rendezvous, Stephanie knew how it felt to be pirate's treasure! Ivan teased her, flirted with her, and made her feel cherished as no one ever had, but when would her sexy scoundrel deliver the ravishing he promised? Ivan had expected a shipboard romance, a fling on the ocean that ended at the dock, but every time he kissed Stephanie, he thought of marriage, hearth, and home. Could he seduce his ladylove with the sweet mysteries of passion and put her private ghosts to rest?
Naughty Neighbor (1992)
PETE -- Trouble in His Eyes, and in His Wicked Grin.... He was a handsome hell-raiser, a reckless crusader in low-slung jeans -- and he was driving Louisa Brannigan crazy! Pete Streeter made terrible coffee, snatched her newspaper, and listened through her walls, but it wasn't until she got fired from her government job that she was persuaded to join his undercover investigation -- and became hopelessly entangled with the sexiest man she'd ever met! Love on the Lam Sneaking around in the shadows was more fun than Louisa ever imagined... especially when the getaway car was a Porsche. Pete never figured on finding a partner in crime who tasted like dessert, but Louisa was all he wanted in one woman -- and more. Once he'd taught Louisa to enjoy living on the edge, would she finally feel safe in his love?
First Cases vol. 3 (1999) (with Talmage Powell, Stuart M. Kaminsky, Tony Hillerman, Anne Perry, Gar Anthony Haywood, Laura Lippman, Lawrence Block, Maxine O'Callaghan, John Lutz, Jerry Kennealy, Los Roberts, Dana Stabenow and Wendi Lee )
В този сборник Джанет участва с новелата The Last Peep, която се явява първа в поредицата Stephanie Plum: Follow Tony Hillerman's Jim Chee as he investigates rumors of witchcraft in the steamy Southwest. Join Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan when she looks into a suspicious house fire in Baltimore. Compare the detecting tactics of Maxine O'Callaghan's pioneering private eye Delilah West with those of contemporary lady sleuths like Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum and Dana Stabenow's Kate Shugak. See Victorian England through the eyes of Anne Perry's Lady Vespasia. Explore modern-day Manhattan with Lawrence Block's Chip Harrison. From classic to contemporary, from hard-boiled to cozy, this wide-ranging collection of stories includes a tale for every taste.
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Hero At Large (1987)
He cooks a pot holder in the spaghetti sauce and needs lessons on making Jell-O. Still, petite skating coach Chris Nelson's committed to keeping her sexy, scruffy, new "house husband" around. After all, she did break his arm ... and his toe... and she can't just turn him out into the cold... It seemed like luck when this gorgeous stranger first stopped to help Chris with her car, but suddenly her peaceful life's topsy-turvy as tender, long-suffering Ken Callahan enlists the sympathies of her 7-year-old daughter and her meddlesome Aunt Edna. And even Chris can't deny the excitement his magnetic blue-black eyes spark deep within her... But who is he?
Foul Play (1989)
When Amy Klasse loses her TV job to a dancing chicken, handsome veterinarian Jake Elliott rescues her with an offer to be his receptionist. Jake just can't resist a damsel-in-distress and Amy certainly doesn't mind Jake's charming sincerity. Then suddenly the job-stealing chicken disappears and Amy is suspected of foul play! Amy and Jake search for clues to prove her innocence--and uncover a sizzling passion for each other along the way. Jake wants to investigate that passion further, but Amy's got a reputation to save! Will Jake have enough time to prove to Amy that love, too, is a mystery worth solving?
Full House (1989)Polo instructor Nicholas Kaharchek senses danger the minute he sees Billie Pearce. She represents everything he's so artfully avoided. Happy in her home life, a divorced mother of two, Billie is the epitome of stability. They have nothing in common. To his horror, Nick is fascinated--and irresistibly attracted. When Billie generously offers to share her home with Nick's crazy cousin Deedee for a while, Nick finds himself visiting--often. And while each is slowly seduced by the other's numerous charms, and both are wildly encouraged by a devious Dee, Billie and Nick find that what they do have in common is most important of all...