Chris Nelson knew she was tempting fate by failing to put oil in her car, so it was no
surprise when her carís motor died on her way to her job as a skating coach. Ken Callahan
stops and offers to help. Chris is relieved, until her carís hood falls on his arms, leaving
one of them broken. Chris agrees to drive Kenís truck to the hospital, but the co-pilot is
a huge Rottweiler, forcing Ken to sit between them. Chris doesnít know which she trusts
least—the fierce looking dog or the sounds Ken makes when she shifts the gears
precariously close to his private parts.
Chris drives the bandaged Ken to her house, and he learns that Chris married and
divorced before the birth of her 7 year-old daughter, Lucy. Ken meets her 75 year-old Aunt
Edna, who is always trying to find a husband for her niece. Since Chris has no car and
Ken has no place to stay, Aunt Edna suggests he stay in their spare bedroom in the basement.
Ken convinces Chris itís a great arrangement: her carís not working so she can drive his
truck to her teaching assignments. Chris isnít sure the arrangement is the best, but she
is definitely attracted to Ken, and the feelingís mutual. †Ken tries to help the family
by cooking and reading to Lucy. Chris finds him playful and virile, yet he evokes endearing,
tender emotions. Chris falls in love, but can she trust Ken after she discovers Ken is not
who he claims to be?
Itís easy to see why this delightful novel earned Janet Evanovich her first book contract.
Hero at Large has some great comic situations and teasing banter, making this a
hilarious†read. Chris is a strong, independent woman who is determined to care for her aunt
and daughter. She doesnít want to fall in love again, yet Ken is a charmer whose sense of
humor and willingness to help breaks through the barriers that exist between them. Solid plot
and adorable characters made this a great summer read, and one I thoroughly enjoyed.