One family. A couple of single ladies. And two novels about that crazy little thing called love. . .
Two novels from beloved authors Janet Evanovich and Dorien Kelly, now in one great package
The Husband List New York City, 1894. Caroline Maxwell wants nothing more than to join her brother, Eddie, and his friend, Jack Culhane, on their adventures. While Jack and Eddie are off seeing the world, building wildly successful careers, Caroline’s stuck at home frightening off the men her mother hopes will ask for her hand in marriage. When her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline struggles with her instincts and the true nature of her heart. She longs for adventure, passion, love—and, above all, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title: Jack Culhane. What could possibly go wrong…or oh-so right?
Love in a Nutshell Kate Appleton needs a job. She’s been fired from her position as a magazine editor—and left by her husband. Now, the only thing left for Kate to do is retreat to her parents’ summer house, The Nutshell, in Keene’s Harbor, Michigan. Kate’s plan: to turn The Nutshell into a bed and breakfast…if she can come up with the cash. Enter Matt Culhane, who hatches a plan for Kate to spy on his brewery employees. Someone has been sabotaging his company and, if Kate can find the culprit, Matt will pay her a $20,000 bonus. But Kate despises beer. No one seems to trust her. And she is falling hard for her boss. Can these two smoke out a saboteur, save Kate’s family home, and keep a killer from closing in…all while resisting their undeniable attraction to one another?
“Evanovich and Kelly skillfully combine comedy with romance and suspense.”—Booklist
About the Author
Janet Evanovich is the author of the Stephanie Plum books, including One for the Money and Sizzling Sixteen, and the Diesel & Tucker series, including Wicked Appetite. Janet studied painting at Douglass College, but that art form never quite fit, and she soon moved on to writing stories. She didn’t have instant success: she collected a big box of rejection letters. As she puts it, “When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.” But after a few months of secretarial work, she managed to sell her first novel for $2,000. She immediately quit her job and started working full-time as a writer. After a dozen romance novels, she switched to mystery, and created Stephanie Plum. The rest is history. Janet’s favorite exercise is shopping, and her drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.
When Dorien Kelly was fresh out of the University of Michigan, she worked as a waitress while pondering the writing life. After a while, she decided she'd probably make more money as a lawyer. So back to school she went. After graduating, she practiced commercial law for several years. Ultimately, she realized that while a legal career was lucrative, it was making her too Type A to survive. Since she was tired of billing out her life by the quarter-hour and wearing pantyhose, she turned back to writing. Her first novel, a romantic comedy called Designs on Jake was published by Harlequin Books in 2002. A lot more books--and some pretty crazy times--followed. These days she's co-authoring romance novels with the amazing Janet Evanovich, working on her own projects, and thanking her luck stars for three patient and completely awesome children, and her own happily-ever after with a wonderful man.