Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.
Both of these novels feature spirited women, appealing men, and a rollicking plot. In Manhunt, which is more complex than some in the genre, Alaskan pilot Michael Casey is well drawn, and although it may strain credulity to believe that Wall Street whiz Alexandra Scott would trade her life in Manhattan for a business and home in Alaska (sight unseen), Evanovich makes it plausible. C.J. Critt narrates with great spirit and strength and a facility for defining characters; she's having such a good time that the listener can't help but be drawn into the story and want to stride into the Alaskan wilderness. Full Bloom is part of a series loosely connected by a town and earlier characters who show up in minor roles. Here, Annie Fortenberry is running a B&B in the home an ancestor ran as a brothel. Wes Bridges checks in just before Annie's husband, who disappeared three years before, is found buried on the property. It seems Wes is not just a photographer but also a P.I. There is more peril here than in the earlier book (Full Blast), a cast of eccentrics, and a resolution with unexpected twists. Lorelei King narrates with a smooth, wry voice that captures the mood, the sexy moments, and the farcical aspects of the story. Her rendition of minor characters is fully formed and adds to the humor. Both books are recommended for Evanovich fans.-Melody A. Moxley, Rowan P.L., Salisbury, NC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.