Back to the Bedroom

Back to the Bedroom

by Janet Evanovich

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For months he’d thought of her as the Mystery Woman, draped in a black velvet cloak, with outrageous red curls, flawless skin, and carrying a large, odd case — but the night David Dodd saw a helicopter drop a chunk of metal through the roof of his lovely neighbor’s bedroom, he got to meet the formidable and delightful Katherine Finn at last! Rescuing damsels and fixing roofs was dangerous work, he told her, and at the very least he deserved a kiss — didn’t he?

Kate couldn’t argue with Dave’s logic, but how could she, the driven concert musician with more commitments than hours in the day, be falling head over heels for a likeable cuddler who seemed to be drifting through life? No one had ever made her feel as cherished or desirable, and she’d never had so much fun, but even though her eccentric boarder, Elsie, assured her that where Kate was concerned Dave had plenty of ambition, could she really love a guy who was just smart, sexy and rich?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060887889
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/29/2005
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,214,262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

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.


Hanover, New Hampshire

Date of Birth:

April 22, 1943

Place of Birth:

South River, New Jersey


B.A., Douglass College, 1965

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Back to the Bedroom

By Janet Evanovich

HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2005 Janet Evanovich
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0060598859

Chapter One

There were seven row houses on the 400 block of A Street NE. Six of them were Federal style: narrow three-story redbrick buildings with long, arched windows and flat roofs. Each had a small false front peak imprinted with the date of construction -- 1881, 1884, or 1888. As was the custom at that time, basements were accessible from the front, five steps down. The first floor was five steps up. Front doors were sunk into arched alcoves, and the doors were thick oak, capped by decorative leaded windows. Yards were small, minuscule actually, but packed with flowers, herbs, ivies, and stunted dogwood trees.

The residents of A Street NE used every available inch in their tiny yards just as they filled every available second in their busy lives. It was a carefully restored Capitol Hill neighborhood with inflated Washington property values. And it was inhabited by ambitious professionals. The street wasn't so wide or so heavily traveled that it couldn't be crossed to say hello. Old-fashioned globed streetlights studded the narrow margin between curb and redbrick sidewalk, casting circles of light on shiny BMWs, Jaguar sedans, Mini Coopers, and Saab 900s.

In the middle of the block, flanked on either side by its tall, dark, dignified Federal neighbors, sat a fat two-story Victorian town house. Its brick had been painted pale, pale gray, the elaborate ribbon-and-bow stucco trim was gleaming white, and its gray tile mansard roof was steeply slanted. The house was dominated by a rounded half-turret facade with a conical gray tile roof tipped in silver and topped with a flying horse weather vane.

It was an outrageous house, a birthday cake in a showcase filled with bran muffins. And it was inhabited by David Peter Dodd, who at first glance was neither birthday cake, nor bran muffin, nor A Street material by any stretch of the imagination. With his brown hair, brown eyes, medium build, and average height, he wasn't a man you would immediately notice, and he preferred it that way.

He was thirty-one but looked younger, and he was sitting on the front stoop of his house reading an X-Men comic book when a large object fell from the sky and crashed through the roof of his next-door neighbor's house.

Katherine Finn, called Kate to her face and the Formidable Finn behind her back, was in her kitchen when she heard the crash. It sounded more like an explosion than an intrusion. The overhead Casablanca fan jiggled from the vibration, windows rattled, and a bedraggled hanging Boston fern broke from its moorings and smashed onto the kitchen floor. The half-empty quart of milk Kate was holding slid from her fingers. She felt her heart jump to her throat, muttered an expletive, and ran to the front door, pausing in midstride when the house settled down to eerie silence.

Kate stood absolutely still for a moment, listening, but she was unable to hear anything over the pounding of her heart. When her pulse rate slowed back to a normal beat, allowing her some semblance of rational thought, she concluded if anything were liable to explode it would have to be in the cellar. There were things down there that made odd rumbling noises when they were working. There were pilot lights and emergency off-on switches and an intimidating tangle of pipes and wires.

She took a deep breath, opened the cellar door, and sniffed. No smoke. She switched on the light and crept down the stairs. No fire. No evidence of explosion. She shook her head in confusion, turned to go back upstairs, and let out a shriek when she bumped into David Dodd.

Dodd looked at her over his wire-framed glasses and reached out to steady her. "Are you okay?"

She clapped her hand to her heart and gasped for breath. "You scared me!"

"I heard the noise, and I came to see if you were all right. The door was open. . . ." He made a vague gesture in that direction and removed his glasses.

They'd been neighbors for three months, but he'd never been in her house. In fact, he'd never spoken more than three words to her at any one time. That hadn't stopped him from forming an opinion.

He'd observed that she was a woman who moved fast and kept erratic hours. She didn't dally between her car and her front door, barely taking time to wave and mumble "hello" while she fumbled for keys. She usually rushed by him in a stern black coat that hung almost to her ankles, with a huge leather purse slung over her shoulder, a grocery bag balanced on her hip, plastic-draped clothes from the cleaners caught in the crook of a finger, and more often than not, she was dragging a large, odd-shaped metal case that was equipped with casters and stamped with a bunch of travel stickers.

Because he didn't know her name, Dodd thought of her as the Mystery Woman. He was fascinated by the amount of raw energy she exuded between curb and doorstep. Her impersonal, hurried hellos annoyed the hell out of him. And he hated the damn black coat.


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Back to the Bedroom 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 150 reviews.
Denisewithsabrina More than 1 year ago
Janet compares romance novels to birthday cake, and hers are just that - something simple and sweet that just makes you feel good. Back to the Bedroom is my favorite so far. You can see Janet's humor working up to be what her Stephanie Plum's books are: the accidents, the silliness, and even her first draft of Grandma Mazur are there. Read it - there's no way you won't like it. And I don't even like romance novels - just decided to give hers a try since she can't seem to write her Plum books fast enough!
thoughtsKM More than 1 year ago
I have found the books Evanovich wrote "before the numbers", to be funny, cute reads. I haven't read one of them I did not enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lives up to her reputation light fun and easy read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So glad she left out rhe explicit stuff! Thank you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Light read. Read in one night. Very funny. The ending seemed to come to a complete halt or I wasn't ready for the book to be over. Good book to start off with, if you have never read from this author before. Now into Love Overbroad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A simple, light romance. A quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic reading, but then Janet Evanovich wrote it! what can you expect!
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Back To The Bedroom is a pre-Plum novel by popular American author, Janet Evanovich. It is the first book in the Elsie Hawkins series, on whom, Evanovich says, Grandma Mazur was modelled. Dave Dodd has been watching his busy, energetic neighbour come and go for a while: always in a hurry, keeping erratic hours, wearing a long black coat and lugging a large, oddly shaped metal case on wheels. When something really big falls from the sky and crashes through her roof, he jumps to the rescue. Katie Finn doesn’t have time to deal with the hole in her roof, her broken bed and the ruined (brand new!!) feather quilt: she has a matinee to play in, she needs to get to the Kennedy Centre with her cello now! She has no choice but to leave Dave in charge. By the time she returns, in the pouring rain, Dave is on the roof trying to cover the hole. A slight mishap later, he’s lying on his back, winded, on her ruined bed. Katie straddles him to check he’s not a corpse, and he’s smitten. Elsie Hawkins, an elderly ex-resident of a care facility, turns up to rent Katie’s spare room, and Dave continues to make himself useful to Katie, hoping she’ll soon realise she’s in love with him too. And she soon is, but there’s a problem: Dave seems to be unemployed, and there’s no way she could even consider a serious relationship with someone whose work ethic is so vastly different from her own. Funny and a little bit sexy, this is an enjoyable read.
dorimoose More than 1 year ago
Another great book. All of her books I read where not disappointing. Just finished Notorious Nineteen, I think it was the best one yet. Can't wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep me in suspense, making it hard to put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fast read, it was a cute story with likable characters, esp. Elsie and had delightful humor throughout. I would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a funny book, with believable characters, ridiculous plot, but fun. There is her predecessor to Grandma Mazur and parts of this book made me laugh out loud (not good when you're sitting in a hospital waiting room). The characters are not as well defined as her later novels, but her sense of humor and writing style are certainly there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining reading!
your_father on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
fun, flirty and sexy. no thought required- perfect for a lazy afternoon. i liked it
miyurose on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a quick, fun read. There¿s no deeper meaning, no seriousness, just a couple of seemingly incompatible people with great physical chemistry who are thrown into an unbelievable situation. This is very typical Evanovich, full of wild, over-the-top scenarios. After all, there¿s nothing quite like meeting your girlfriend¿s parents for the first time while there¿s a drug bust going on across the street. This is a perfect book for a hot afternoon at the beach.
onyx95 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Part of a helicopter fell through her roof, making her week complete. Hearing the crash, David Dodd made his way to his neighbors house only to find that Katherine Finn knew less about it than he did. Busy person was an understatement, Kate was constantly running from lessons, to rehearsal to performances, so Dave took control of covering and repairing the roof, but he also took her to his house when things seemed to get dangerous. Men in the yard, men on the roof, even Kate¿s new roommates (Elsie Hawkins) fondness for large gun didn¿t make any of them feel safer. As another of Janet Evanovich¿s re-releases (pre-Stephanie Plum) (originally published in 1989), this one is typical of the contemporary romance with the comedy, timing and the far fetched situation that surrounds Dave and Kate. Although I will never forget the helicopter part (camera mount) falling in the house, the rest is of a basic romance quality - fun while it lasts but not much more.
FutureBestSeller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of Janet's older books that she is re-releasing. This is a light hearted plot with fun characters. It's a quick read so pick it up for the weekend!
tipsister on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Janet Evanovich wrote nine short romances pre-Plum. She explains this at the front of all the re-released books that have been coming out at regular intervals. I think she realizes they aren't brilliant but that they are a fun quick read.Back to the Bedroom is about a very busy woman, Kate, who has no time for anything beyond work and chores. Her neighbor, Dave is the exact opposite. He's got nothing but time and he's all about having fun. Obviously they are attracted to each other. When her house sustains damage in a freak incident, Kate and Dave get closer as he tries to help her out by hiring construction workers, and allowing her to stay with him.Through a series of events, which are at best disjointed, the couple grow close, fall apart, grow close, fall apart, and eventually get their happy ending. It's not a great book. The plot is weak and the characters are cliche. That being said, if you are a fan of Evanovich, it's worth reading if you have the extra time. It was cute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a funny delightful romance story. The author tells a good story with a great sense of humor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jane's bbots are always a wiiner! Always a winner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it!
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I drag you to res 4, where i chain you to a bed, legs spread.
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