Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Book Review: The Grand Finale

The Grand Finale 
Author: Janet Evanovich
Title: The Grand Finale
Publisher: Spice
Publish Date: February 2009
Rating: 4 Stars
Book Blurb:  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! But was there room in her chaotic schedule for a risk-taking inventor with dreams? She took classes, delivered pizzas, and cared for three eccentric old ladies she rescued from the train station. But Jake thrived on a challenge, and he could be very inventive. Could he teach her there was time to make butterscotch pudding and let herself be loved?

Review: You can see the evolution of Plum in some of Janet's early romances that she wrote for the Loveswept line in the 80s. This one is particularly Plummy with cars getting stolen and smashed, and little old ladies running amuck! It all comes nicely packaged with the trademark Evanovich humor.

If you don't like a little or a lot of silliness in your books, you should stay away from these. There's nothing realistic about these books, just a whole lot of fun and laughter. Plus how can you not love a heroine with a name like Lidonberry Knudson? Berry for short!

Her love affair with Jake starts with a pizza delivery gone wrong and nothing really seems to go right afterward, except for the falling in love part. Her three little old lady friends that work in her pizza shop and live in her apartment kind of put a cramp to her style and when they move in with Jake after a series of unfortunate events...Jake takes matters into his own hands.

This books is all about laughing. The romance is there, but really, with an Evanovich novel, you don't pay much of attention to it. I think that's why you can still care about Ranger and Morelli after 16 books. The romance isn't that important. Its the zany antics and the cast of crazy characters that Janet creates.

Nothing is close to real life, but it is, if that makes sense. Its life exaggerated, and that's what makes her books fun. Oh and there's almost always an animal! In this book its a black cocker spaniel named Calamity Jane, who swallows a very expensive ring...and eats and poos at the drop of a hat.

This book was a real mood lifter! Definitely one for the keeper shelf, just like all of Janet's other books.


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