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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,656 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janet Evanovich Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9780062014634
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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. The romances were originally published 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 happy to tell you that those stories have now been re-released by HarperCollins, presented in almost original form. I’ve done only minor editing to correct some embarrassing bloopers missed the first time around.

Hero at Large was the very first book published. It’s about a sexy guy who cooks a potholder in spaghetti sauce and charms a single mom and former world-class ice skater with the promise of a ride on his Zamboni. It’s got broken bones, giant turkeys, cantankerous cars, and Aunt Edna.

This was the book that changed my life forever and made me a published author. When Hero finally reached the bookstores, I was almost arrested for loitering in Walden’s. I stationed myself in the romance section and wouldn’t leave until I saw someone buy my book. It took three days!

Enjoy!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Evanovich] is funny and ceaselessly inventive.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Fat chance of missing Stephanie Plum. A Jersey girl with Bette Midler's mouth and Cher's fashion sense…With her brazen style and dazzling wardrobe, who could resist this doll?”

    New York Times Book Review 

  • “C.J. Critt plunges into the frothy romance with gusto, keeping the tempo fast and the interplay between the main characters sexy, rapid-fire, and funny.”

    AudioFile Magazine

  • “Moves at a breezy pace, engaging the reader…fun in the Florida fast lane.”

    Boston Globe 

  • “It’s funny, has great characters, and is an entertaining love story.”

    Romance Reviews Today 

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawna | 2/5/2014

    " I read this book in the last week...found it strange, and funny. I am not sure that someone that gets his arm broken while trying to help a stranded motorist would actually end up renting a room from them, but hey, it make for a great laugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Glena Muncrief | 2/1/2014

    " Total fluff, but I did laugh out loud at some of it. This is Janet Evanovich's first romantic novel. Shades of the Stephanie Plum series are evident in it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arica | 1/24/2014

    " You can tell it was one of Evanovich's earlier works. The plot was slow moving and super predictable, but I'm now on a quest to conquer them all. And it's neat to see where one of my favorite Evanovich characters, Aunt Edna, originated. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandi | 1/19/2014

    " This was such a cute story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sammy | 1/18/2014

    " Overall I really enjoyed this book, and thought it was very entertaining. When I started reading this book I thought that I really liked the character, and the climate of the book. When I visualized what was happening in the book, I really liked how the pictures in my head had alot of colors, and I was able to understand what was happening really well. My favorite character was Ken because I really liked how no matter what, he did not give up on trying to win Chris, and he never lost hope that he would win, like Chris did. I would definitly recommend this book to a friend because it was very funny, and entertaining, and the characters were so relatable. This book was very easy to understand what was happening, and pulled you into the story with the other characters. When a character felt an emotion, it made you understand their emotion. This book portrays many messages, and truths about life. You will not regret reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Akroyd | 12/30/2013

    " I absolutely love Janet Evanovich. Her books are so easy to read and make me laugh. They are a welcome break from some of my heavier and more thought provoking reading. Overall this romantic tale is the same as all of her others. Disheveled chick meets devestatingly handsome man and falls madly in love. And of course let's not forget the pushy old broad and a giant dog who are so over the top you can't help but laugh. A fun and easy read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Victory | 12/12/2013

    " Quick, silly beach read. Not in the same class as Evanovich's by the numbers series with Stephanie Plum. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 12/7/2013

    " It's a fun easy read romance. I loved it, it's a sweet story. Nothing complicated just fun. I've enjoyed all her "old" romances! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristina Hoerner | 12/4/2013

    " This was an early novel of Evanovich's written before she became famous. Not outstanding and she used plot devices, character descriptions and names that would be handled better in her later books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 11/23/2013

    " Quick read...classic Evanovich. Nothing earth-shattering here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katelyn | 11/1/2013

    " Not my favorite by this author but still a really good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitrisha Rasmussen | 10/18/2013

    " Such a great read! This book was cute and funny and completely loveable. It's one I could definately read again! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Rattiegirl | 10/17/2013

    " All of her romance novels are the same..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 10/1/2013

    " Not as enjoyable as the Stephanie Plum series, but this was her first effort. Is still entertaining and worth the read. Quick read; 288 pages fly by. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 9/16/2013

    " As with all of her books this is a cute, sexy, romance novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce Snell | 8/17/2013

    " Typical Evanovich romance - a quick read for a busy day. If you are a fan of her work, you will not be disappointed by this one - even though you already know the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Redmond | 7/19/2013

    " Funny and entertaining, yet unlikely, story of a woman who meets a guy on the side of the road when he stops to help her with her car. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patty | 6/25/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read and full of fantasy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 3/8/2013

    " Cute, sweet, cozy romance - worth a quick read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan Kinsey | 12/6/2012

    " Perfect mindless Christmas break reading. Ends rather abruptly...endings are hard. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Deborah | 9/2/2012

    " This wasn't as good as some of Evanovich's other small romances, predictable and too long. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 8/22/2012

    " One of the better of Janet Evanovich's earlier romances. Good characters and a fun story line. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gayle Kee | 8/1/2012

    " read fast. cute. I love Janet Evanovich "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wauktown Thumper | 3/1/2012

    " It was interesting. You can definitely see the change in her writing in this book & the Plum books. All thou there are some similarities (her aunt in here is grandmom Mazur in the Plum series). I liked this book, I just like the Plum series better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodi | 2/5/2012

    " A romance novel...thanks to my Mom. Should be a quick read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 9/27/2011

    " Cute little romance. Easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 9/22/2011

    " Another early romance from Janet Evanovich. There is a Bob the dog, and Aunt Edna has some Grandma Mazur tendencies. A fun summer read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josephine | 7/2/2011

    " It was a cute book!!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 6/13/2011

    " read it in a week (which is really good for me) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 6/2/2011

    " Loved this book would recomend to anyone. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amber | 3/27/2011

    " This is by far my least favorite Evanovich. I am pretty disappointed. Bah. I stopped reading half way in. It blows. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 3/20/2011

    " cute, predictable and fun; mind candy for a lazy afternoon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 2/27/2011

    " pleasant, predictable romp..
    both protagaonists were too freakin' perfect (who's that lean and muscular yet doesn't exercise?), and the attraction was too abrubt. there were a lot of smoulding eyes which were ridiculous, but quite likeable.
    and I am a sucker for a happy ending. ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jojo | 2/22/2011

    " My very first romance, or should I say fantasy book. Escapism with giddy abandon of a perfect fantasy man meets hard headed woman to while away the hours. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 2/17/2011

    " She's always got my love - great story, fun read, quick read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 2/8/2011

    " I wanted to see what Janet Evanovich's first work was like and this was her first novel. It was great to see how she's developed and changed. It was good, not great, but definitely fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorie | 2/6/2011

    " I always enjoy Janet's books. I enjoy her Stepanine series better. I would have like to seen the daughter more involved with the story. I think taking her away allowed the characters to move too quick. Also the main character could have had more friends to help me understand her more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 1/15/2011

    " Cute little romance that is very predictable but a fast read. It does cause you to have to suspend reality from your mind but it still has a smattering of witty parts. If you need something mindless this will certainly fill the bill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 1/13/2011

    " Loved this book would recomend to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/13/2011

    " It was very cute :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megnjane | 1/12/2011

    " Light and fluffy. Enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 1/3/2011

    " A world-class ice skater and single mom ventures into a relationship with a sexy guy after breaking his arm in her the hood of the car! Out of my norm of reading materials, this romance comedy was predictable but a fun easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lorraine | 1/2/2011

    " This was Janet's first... had to read it! "

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About the Author
Author Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, as well a dozen romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

About the Narrator

C. J. Critt is a veteran of Broadway, regional theater, poetry slams, and solo shows. Hailed “Spoken Word Queen” by the Dallas Observer, Critt is a produced writer-director, an Audie nominee, and a CableACE Award winner.