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Plum Lovin' (Stephanie Plum #12.5)

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From #1 blockbuster bestselling author Janet Evanovich comes a Stephanie Plum novel that takes adventure, action, suspense (and maybe even true love?) to new heights.
Mysterious men have a way of showing up in Stephanie Plum's apartment. When the shadowy Diesel appears, he h
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Published January 9th 2007 by Macmillan Audio
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May 11, 2016 Jilly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella
Short. Cute. And, Diesel always shows up for these half-books. He's totally delicious and willing to whip out his dimples when necessary.

I have a hard time with the 'Between the Numbers' books. I like Stephanie Plum as a character - she is just real enough for you to think - Been there! and yet still gets in situations that are just not possible, which allows for that absurd humor to shine through in the writing. (I am pushing 40 and I have never really blown a car up - I'm just saying.)

That aside, I think this was still worth reading if you are a Plum fan. It's really not a commitment in time because you can whip through it in o
Lady Ozma
Dec 02, 2007 Lady Ozma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: friends, anyone liking comedy/chick lit or needing a good laugh
Shelves: 2007, chicklit, romance
There are many things I think of, when I hear the name Stephane Plum. Cupid is not one of them.

I would go to Stephanie Plum for advice on making my hair bigger than Mt Rushmore or what boots might make my husband sweat behind his knees. Relationship advice from the largest commit-phobe in all of Trenton probably would not get me very far.

This is one of the only books where Stephanie doesn't destroy a car and Grandma Mazur manages to not cause hairy-kairy at a funeral, but the laughs abound none
What can I say? I love Janet Evanovich, I love the Stephanie Plum series. It is the sole series of books that every single time I read them, they cause me to laugh out loud. Every one of them has been clever and well written and absolutely hilarious.

This is a "between the numbers" book, meaning she just wrote a small Plum book to keep us entertained after releasing #13 recently. In it, Stephanie agrees to help out a match maker with her most difficult clients, one of whom is her sister Valerie's
Dec 24, 2007 Katie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chic-lit, series
This was a quick read...cover to cover took only about 2 1/2 hours. There wasn't much to it...not a lot of suspense or intrigue or really much interesting. I've been looking forward to reading this author for a long time, not only because she lives in NH but because everyone seems to be reading her stuff. I hope the rest of her books are more interesting than this one! I guess this would be a good beach/pool know, when you're a little bit too distracted to pay attention to elaborate p ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Fun having another story with Diesel in it, definitely makes me want to pick up his series and start it as well.
This was very classic Stephanie with all the gang which was a lot of fun and always good for a laugh or ten.
Despite being much shorter than the full-length novels, the Between-the-Numbers stories have just as many laughs (maybe even more) than the full-length books.

In Plum Lovin', Diesel once again appears in Stephanie's kitchen with a strange request: she must play matchmaker. Vinnie is on her case about bringing in a high-bond FTA and it just so happens that the FTA is connected to Diesel and his odd task. She has limited time for both jobs -- all of the people on the matchmaking list must be "matc
I love all the regular Stephanie Plum novels but I'm not sure I like these between the numbers novellas. I was very disappointed by this one. Nothing much happened in it and it was extremely dull and boring. It wasn't anywhere near as funny as the regular novels do be and I really hate the supernatural element in these novellas. Janet Evanovich you can do better than this! To fans of the series, just jump to the next number in the series – don't bother with this one!
Feb 05, 2009 Jamieson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recently, I had the immense delight of reading Plum Lovin’ by Janet Evanovich! I’ve been waiting for this book to come out for what seems like ages, but it really hasn’t been that long. But still, when you desire a book it seems like forever.
I had such fun reading the book, but there is one HUGE problem with it. It’s TOO SHORT!

Plum Lovin’ is a Valentine’s Day novella that takes place between the numbers of the other Stephanie Plum novels. This one takes place between Twelve Sharp and the forthco
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
2.5 stars.

Look, the Between-the-Numbers books are vaguely fun. But they're also totally weird in that it takes a well established crime/chick lit series and reinvents it as tangentially paranormal. It also basically turns the existing love triangle into a love square with the addition of Diesel to Steph's List of Guys Who Randomly Appear In Her Apartment, and NO THANK YOU PLEASE.

This one made MARGINALLY more sense than Visions of Sugar Plums, in that it's basically Steph being roped into helpi
Winter Sophia Rose
Funny, Emotional, Fun & Fast Read!!! Loved It!!!
Dec 08, 2013 George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#12.5 in the Stephanie Plum Trenton, New Jersey bounty hunter series. Light in tone, long on humor with great characters. In order to obtain a bail jumper, Stephanie agrees to help Diesel, person with "unmentionable skills" who keeps popping into her life, catch another person with "unmentionable skills" who is spreading bad cases of hives all over the place. Valentine's Day is coming and Stephanie has to help several people find love or whatever romance they are seeking by that day as part of t ...more
Sep 06, 2007 Meagan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. It was a quick read. I read it today and didn't start reading until 2 this afternoon. And that's with a napping break AND a break to watch the sobfest that is Extreme Makeover Home Edition.

I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who hasn't read any of the books in the series. It just barely explains events and characters from past books.

It also wasn't as funny as previous books in the series. I think that may be because the grandma wasn't featured a lot.
In this 'Between-the-Numbers' novel, Stephanie takes over matchmaking duties. Don't expect much in the way of danger and chases, but do expect a lot of laughs as she also copes with the presence of Diesel and Bob (the dog).
May 28, 2016 Cyndi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Love this book! A little in-between the numbers with the gorgeous Diesel. Much better gift for Valentine's Day than chocolate and flowers..well maybe with them.

May 2016-- Still lovin' it!
May 20, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply love these between the plums books. It's a nice short, easy, yet still mysterious read. Diesel is by far my most favorite part of these books. He is so mysterious, he reveals just enough about himself to make you wonder who...or what he really is, but never enough to answer those questions you wonder about. I also can't help but laugh at how nonchalant Stephanie has become over the many books in this series, about all the men that just seem to come and go in her apartment. They come, th ...more
Jun 18, 2012 Corie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the crazy world of Stephanie Plum, it was fun to have the change of direction from bounty hunting and crime solving to match making. Usually I don't feel very connected with the shorter books, but I thought this one grabbed me from the begining and was busy and funny and interesting and then...poof... it was over. It was nice to have a break in this book from the constant love triagle that is "Joe-Ste-Ranger" (hehe.. my own little mash-up). Bring on more Diesel. I just adore him, in some ways ...more
Apr 29, 2015 Penka rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these books because they make me laugh! Funny characters, very true and consistent in how they behave and react. They remind me of my own family in a small village when I kind of knew what everyone will be saying or doing in a strange situation. My family was normal but families cosist of interesting members, saying strange or weird things... So, I love the series, and I read them because of the unexpected happenings in between the expected one's. Go Grandma Mazur!
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Frankly, for this Between-the-Numbers book Evanovich is just “phonin’ it in.” The usual cast of zany supporting characters is here – Lula, Grandma Mazur, etc – and the mysterious Diesel makes a return appearance. Stephanie plays matchmaker between several couples; she even succeeds in pulling off a surprise wedding – the bride and groom don’t even know about it! While I’m still mildly entertained by the wackiness, Stephanie’s basic ineptness has lost its charm for me. On the plus side, Stephanie ...more
I'm not sure that I liked this book. It was like eating a chocolate chip cookie when you really want chocolate cake. Sure, it tastes good... but it's not really what you want. I wanted Ranger, but instead got handed some dude named Diesel, who doesn't show up in any books besides these little novellas.

I like the storyline just fine, but I didn't like the supernatural side to it. It doesn't fit with the rest of the series. I almost feel like Evanovich said "I wonder if I can write paranormal roma
Feb 25, 2012 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. The between the numbers series seem to exist to explain little things like Valerie's next pregnancy and marriage. Other than that, these books aren't good. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoy the series... But these novellas are just not good. Main characters make cameo appearances and their behavior is totally out of character (Ranger apologizes for startling Stephanie after breaking into her apartment? Stephanie's Dad threatens Diesel? So not the characters evonavich has us reading about i ...more
I've read this before this first between the novels book so I'm left a little spacey and clueless. I didn't have a feel for Diesel because of this. Regardless, this felt rushed and left me wanting in terms of the usual laugh I get from the Plum series.
Mar 11, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobks, mystery
I have heard so many women rave about the books by Janet Evanovich, but I was never driven to read one. Since my book group is currently reading mysteries, I thought I would give one a try; my local library did not have One for the Money on the shelf, so I thought I would go for a "between-the-numbers" book. It was good for an audiobook - you didn't have to pay too close of attention, the characters were fun, and the plot wasn't intricate. I have been told I must try the numbers series, which I ...more
Aug 28, 2013 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have forgotten how Janet makes me laugh.

These books are not what I normally read because of the language but the outrageousness of them can't help but make you enjoy them.

Stephanie is teamed up with Diesel (who reminds me of the mascot of the Houston Dynamo) and is dealing with making people have a good Valentine's day as she searches for her new bond assignment.

All your favorite Stephanie Plum characters make an appearance : grandma, Lula, Bob, Rex, Stephanie's mom, dad and sister. Slight m
I read about 30 pages of this book and then threw it on the floor. It sucks. I have never read a Janet Evanovich novel before and I picked this one up on impulse at the library the other day. The writing was terrible and the story was horrible...It's only 160 pages so I feel like I gave it a decent shot. I did look at some reviews online and it said this was the worst book she's "written" (I guess there's some controversy as to who actually wrote this one) so maybe I'll try another of her novels ...more
Mar 26, 2016 Mindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diesel returns looking for Bernie Beaner. Beaner has the ability to spread rashes and is angry because his marriage went south and he is blaming it on Annie Hart, a "relationship specialist." (possibly cupid?) Annie is FTA as she is in a safe house to keep away from Beaner. She is accused of stealing a necklace and shooting the pawn shop owner in the foot. So, Stephanie must take over her "caseload" before Valentine's Day so that Steph can turn her in. The caseload includes Charlene Klinger, a m ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Traci rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is similar to "Visions of SugarPlums", another "between-the-numbers" entry that was published about two years ago for a Christmas read. This is also a holiday book but uses Valentine's Day as its major theme. (One wonders if she'll try for an Easter-themed entry next time - perhaps Diesel in a bunny-suit a la "Christmas Story"?)It's the usual cast of misfits as well as the usual hysterical mishaps that occur in any Plum book. And it's short - never a bad thing when it's not what most would ...more
David Caldwell
Stephanie Plum leads an interesting life. Her friends and family tend to be a little kooky and different. Her own life is definitely not what most would consider normal. But whenever Diesel pops into her life, the weirdness meter will max out. Diesel is sort of a bounty hunter for people with unusual abilities. Diesel seems to have some of those unusual abilities himself.

This time, Diesel is hunting for a gentleman that is chasing after a woman that specializes in relationships. Stephanie just h
Kris - My Novelesque Life

Mysterious men have a way of showing up in Stephanie Plum's apartment. When the shadowy Diesel appears, he has a task for Stephanie--and he's not taking no for an answer. Annie Hart is a "relationship expert" who is wanted for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Stephanie needs to find her, fast. Diesel knows where she is. So they make a deal: He'll help her get Annie if Step
Alison P
Jun 12, 2014 Alison P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 6-june-2014
I have been a reading fool lately (which means that I haven't been getting a lot of sleep). I picked up another book at the library, Plum Lovin' (Stephanie Plum: Between the Numbers)by Janet Evanovich, which I read very quickly. I was excited to start that after finishing the last novel and now they are being returned to the library together and I am on to the next one.

In this book, Stephanie is working with Diesel to take down two people that they both need. Stephanie needs Annie for a failure
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“Stephanie,' Valerie said. 'She's going to have a baby, and she's getting married.'
My father was confused. He looked around the room. No Joe. No Ranger. His eyes locked on Diesel. 'Not the psycho,' he said.
Diesel blew out a sigh.
My father turned to my mother. 'Get me the carving knife. Make sure it's sharp.”
“Men are like shoes. Some fit better than others. And sometimes you go out shopping and there's nothing you like. And then, as luck would have it, the next week you find two that are perfect, but you don't have the money to buy both."-” 46 likes
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