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Hero at Large

by Janet Evanovich

     

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.

The Book

HarperCollins
March 30, 2010
Mass Market Paperback
0061985945 / 978-0061985942
Romance / Contemporary Romantic Comedy
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Excerpt
NOTE: Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. Hero at Large was originally published in May 1987 under the name of Steffie Hall.

The Reviewer

Linda Morelli
Reviewed 2010
NOTE: Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award-winning author of Lani's Challenge, Shadow of Doubt and Fiery Surrender.
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