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Wicked Appetite (Lizzy & Diesel #1)

3.76  ·  Rating Details  ·  39,760 Ratings  ·  3,794 Reviews
Life in Marblehead has had a pleasant predictability, until Diesel arrives. Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston's North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down—and his criminal mastermind cousin Gerewul ...more
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Published January 3rd 2012 by Macmillan Audio (first published September 14th 2009)
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George #1 came out in 2009, #3 in 2015. If there's one per sin in the series, which looks certain, and *IFF* there's one a year on average from now on, which…more#1 came out in 2009, #3 in 2015. If there's one per sin in the series, which looks certain, and *IFF* there's one a year on average from now on, which seems the best possible case, we'll hit 7th-and-last in 2019. If it's every 3 years, as it's been so far, make that 2027. In which year Ms. E. will be turning 84 and just conceivably slowing down.

We can all hope to still be alive by that year, or whenever the series concludes. If not, there must be publishers and libraries in Heaven, or some even better arrangement.(less)
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Be vewy, vewy quiet, I'm hunting Stones... or possibly dwawfes!

Wicked Appetite is like an episode of Looney Tunes. It's goofy, it's over-the-top, and it's hilarious! Janet Evanovich finally gets her groove back after a long, torturous 'Plum'met into really boring fiction. I first fell in love with Evanovich way back when she was writing weird, wacky romances for Loveswept. Books like Naughty Neighbor and The Rocky Road to Romance marked her as being a class apart, especially in the paperback ro
Feb 19, 2012 Robert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
"Hi, my name's Stephanie Plum Somebody Else and I'm just like Stephanie Plum except I bake cupcakes and have a Magical Talent instead of being a bounty hunter. You don't know who Stephanie Plum is? You should buy one of her books! There are heaps! She's not a supermodel but she's sexy, she doesn't have an intimidating set of qualifications but she's still smart and sassy and she has two dangerous, mysterious hunks who fancy her! So she's just like me - except I only have one mysterious, dangerou ...more
I didn't finish this, I was listening to the audio and stopped about 1/5 of the way in. The main character is very similar to Stephanie Plum -- except she can cook and has blonde hair. Her physical description, her style of dress, her voice, her experience with men/boys (a failed engagement v. Stephanie's failed marriage both failed in "comical" ways). The main character has a side kick that is goofy and off the charts but so not interesting -- it made me miss Lula. The main character inherits a ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Janet Evanovich is the well-known author of the Stephanie Plum series of books, and here she begins another series that edges firmly into the paranormal arena. Elizabeth Tucker lives in Marblehead, just north of Boston, and makes cupcakes for a living while living in the house bequeathed to her by Great Aunt Ophelia. Her life is perfectly pleasant but very ordinary when two men walk into it and proceed to turn it upside down. One is Wulf and he is a Bad Man. The other is Diesel, our Alpha Male, ...more
Nov 24, 2012 Sheri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the humor in this book. I seriously cannot think of a book that made me laugh so much. I love sexy and fun Diesel, and Wulf seemed interesting. I have a feeling he's going to be making some mischief later in the series. I think those two are going to be fun to have together. I really enjoyed the banter between Lizzy and Diesel, and Lizzy's friends were funny, too. For these reasons, I will definitely continue the series. Oh yeah, and how can you go wrong with a monkey? I love Carl!

The on
Sep 16, 2010 May rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who think monkeys flipping off people, animals, kids, and inanimate objects is hilarious
Shelves: series
Do you think a monkey farting and flipping everyone off is hilarious? Ok, maybe the first time but would you like to read about him flipping people off every other page? If so, perhaps this is your book.

First off I've been an Evanovich fan for years. I have been anxiously awaiting this new series and hoping that going in a new direction and make a sparkling book like she used to. I have felt like the last few books she's released were flat, boring, and uninspired. So what happened here?

Diesel i
Giovanni Gelati
Sep 20, 2010 Giovanni Gelati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have received a lot of messages and questions about this novel. What do you think of it? How good is it? Does she deliver again? How much is Diesel actually in it? I could go on and on and on. I love it. Hopefully within the confines of this post I will answer all the questions that you may have, and then just do yourself a favor and click on the Amazon book cover here and suck this bad boy up. I laughed my fanny off and then some. I had many of the same questions you had. Can she pull a full ...more
Darth J
Mar 13, 2014 Darth J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who liked the "Between the Numbers" Stephanie Plum books
I was familiar with Diesel from the "Between the Numbers" Plum sub-series and I liked many of the Stephanie Plum books anyway, so when I saw that the author was going to be writing a new one with a more-than-hinted-at supernatural angle, I picked it up. (Forgive the run-on sentence.) Anyway, I have it listed on my "better than I thought it would be shelf" because Evanovich's recent books have not been her best efforts* and I had a lower expectation going into this. My 5 star rating comes from my ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bonnie by: Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Fun, highly entertaining read for when you’re in that kinda mood. There’s no dramatic (or even realistic) world-building, there’s no real plot development, so if you’re in the mood for some serious novel you are definitely looking in the wrong place. This is the book when you’re looking for a good time and want to read some real funny fluff.

Lizzy is a pastry chef who makes some seriously fabulous cupcakes with an average and fairly normal life until she meets Diesel. Lizzy is informed by Diesel
Dec 27, 2011 Leslie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One word...RIDICULOUS!!!! I gave it a chance, to page 100, then skipped to the end, deciding I wasn't going to waste anymore reading time on it.

I'd never read Janet Evanovich. I'm aware her books have been hits, bestsellers, yadda yadda. So, in an effort to try a JE novel, without starting with the Plum series, I picked this most recent work. Well, if this is how JE writes, I am no fan. Fluff. Wayyyy too fanciful. Sure, I enjoy a fantasy and the opportunity to get away, get involved in a story,
Vishakha Motwani
Jan 17, 2016 Vishakha Motwani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Having rated a couple of the Stephanie Plum series 3 stars by the same author, I didn't have much expectations from this one, nor did I read the summary before borrowing the book from Overdrive but I'm so glad I gave it a shot, I think this was my first paranormal cozy mystery and I did love it.
Lizzy & Diesel are 'unmentionables' who come together to prevent Wolf from gathering the charms of Saligia stones. It's just more light reading with a little element of plot/story forming. Overall it
Jordan Price
This story was hilarious! I was laughing out loud at several points and probably scared the cats. Readers who’ve heard of Ms. Evanovich but were daunted by the thought of plunging into the long Stephanie Plum series—take heed! Here’s your chance to get into something new!

I think a lot of urban fantasy takes itself horribly seriously, and this new series is like “Evanovich does urban fantasy”… just like you’d imagine. Irreverently.

My niggles with the plot would be that the final conflict wasn’t
Carolyn  Storer
"Wicked Appetite" has everything I was hoping for from Evanovich: quirky characters, fun plot and a smidgen of romance. This is an incredibly light read but it's entertaining and amusing. I liked the characters, who are all a bit nuts in their own way.

Lizzy is a pastry chef working at Dazzle's Bakery in Salem with friends Glo and Clara. Her life if pretty ordinary until two mystery men enter the bakery a few minutes apart. From here her life changes and she's swooped along on an adventure, which
Hmmm, a sex-deprived baker with magical detection powers, a one-eyed, ninja cat, a monkey more human than apeish, a would-be witch and a wise-cracking hunk named Diesel. Must be the first book in Janet Evanovich's new paranormal series. Lizzie, our phenomenal baker, discovers that she is one of the two "Unmentionables" who can detect magical items when two hunky cousin vie for her help in finding a stone that is related to the deadly sin, Gluttony. Let the fun begin.

I really enjoyed this book an
Tabitha Turnbow
Sep 25, 2010 Tabitha Turnbow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I know some of you are out there shaking you heads already. I’m sorry I can’t help it. We, my Mother and sisters, have been sharing Janet Evanovich novels for a while. When a new comes out we take turns with them and have a nice time discussing them when we all get together over a lunch or something like that. Wicked Appetite is no exception. Diesel is up there for me with Morelli , and for some of my sisters Ranger.
I read some of the other reviews on the novel on both Goodreads and Amazon befo
Oct 19, 2012 Elena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


I have finally managed to start the "Wicked" series and read Wicked Appetite - it was very similar to Stephanie Plum series (which I also wasn’t the hugest fan of), but i hated this !! The dialogue seemed so immature, the heroine whiny and annoying - constant talk of food and what she wants to eat (get it – “gluttony” ha ha) -it was all just booooring...Diesel was plain weird and unmemorable (besides being hot – that detail was mentioned at least 37 times)... I think that the fact
Anna Muir
Sep 05, 2013 Anna Muir rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Having never read anything by this author, I didn't know what to expect. This book is drivel and a complete waste of time. I forgot the main character's name and kept having to check the back of the book. None of the characters had any personality, what passed for a plot was so thin it could turn sideways and disappear, and the one character who MIGHT have been interesting was given no development or motives. The main character is bullied by her romance interest, who forces his way into her bed, ...more
Scottsdale Public Library
Wicked Appetite was my first ever Janet Evanovich book, and I can see why her Stephanie Plum novels are so popular! The dialogue is witty, there were several laugh-out-loud moments, and the characters cracked me up!

-Jennifer W.O.-
Janet Evanovich é uma das escritoras mais bem sucedidas a nível mundial. Quando surgem aquelas listas dos autores que mais dinheiro faturaram no ano transato, Janet Evanovich aparece quase sempre. Isto para explicar a curiosidade que sentia em ler alguma coisa dela, apesar de saber que grande quantidade de vendas não corresponde, necessariamente, a qualidade. Em Portugal, a TopSeller começou a publicar três séries de sua autoria, mas quando comprei este livro na FLL havia apenas duas e a outra t ...more
Jan 23, 2012 Chy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Maybe if I didn't read so much.
Maybe if I didn't read the Plum series.
Maybe if I didn't know "supernatural" stuff is "in."

It really reads like Evanovich wanted to cash in on the supernatural fluff department, but couldn't be bothered to leave Stephanie Plum's voice or reactions behind. I can't even remember the main character's name anymore, and I finished it last night.

Diesel used to be my sister-in-law's golden retriever, but now he's morphed into the formulaic Evanovich "guy who wants to get
All Things Urban Fantasy
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It’s impossible to read a Janet Evanovich book without smiling. The woman knows how to write funny, engaging characters, throw them into outlandish situations that always leave me wanting more. I’m a huge fan of her Stephanie Plum series (including the supernaturally spiced Between-the-Numbers novellas that this new series is based on) and have wondered for years what a full length paranormal novel from Evanovich would be like. The answer? Fam
Jan 29, 2012 Marla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't sure about this one, it features Diesel(whom my friend at work said Chris Hemsworth, from Thor, could play him in a movie and I totally agree! and that's who I'm now picturing for Diesel =) from the Stephanie Plum in between the numbers books, which didn't really fit with the rest of that series, but on it's own, in it's own 'universe', I liked it.
I could have done without Carl the monkey, also from an in between the numbers novel, and I hope he's not going to be in the rest of the seri
Banafsheh Serov
Aug 17, 2013 Banafsheh Serov rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookgroup, abandoned
My husband accuses me of having no sense of humour. Well maybe he's right. Or maybe, if I plan to invest 10 hours reading something, I'd like to find a sense of purpose in it. I found no redeeming value in either the characters or the plot. Having said that, if you like screwball plotlines and pointless narratives, you just might find Wicked Appetite highly entertaining.

Carla Geraldes
Apesar de não ter grande estória, este não não nos deixa indiferentes. Escrito de forma descontraída, leve e acima de tudo com muito humor, é um livro que se lê e uma assentada só.
Acho que este tipo de leitura é optima para quando acabamos de ler um livro mais "pesado" ou mesmo "chato". Psso dizer que me ri do principio ao fim. Adorei a Lizzy, adorei o Diesel e até do Carla (macaco) e do Gato 7143.
Agora, se estão à espera de um grande enredo, esqueçam. Não o tem. Fantasia, magia, em busca de ped
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

Basic Info

Pages/Length: 6hrs and 13mins.
Genre: Mystery

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Cliff Hanger: eh
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 7
Plot: 6
Characters: 7
World Building: 6
Flow: 6
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 6

In Dept

Best Part:
Worst Part: lacked in delivery
Thoughts Had: hm; LOL!; oh my.


Continuing the Series:
Recommending: Yes

Short Review: Since I really like the Stephanie Plum series, figured
May 28, 2015 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
I really liked this book. It was a lot of fun!
I went to this knowing Evanovich's usual work and expected something light and fun and not entirely serious at all. That said, I still had to grit my teeth at Lizzie's actions and the way the book is carried out. She finds a strange man in her house and what does she do? Not call the police. Everything is sort of just thrown at her and she's expected to fall in line really easy? Well, she does. Fall in line, that is.

It's immensely frustrating.

I dislike it when the heroes take so long to just a
I've had the hardest time ever writing this review. Please know that right off the bat. A fan of the Stephanie Plum series, I was super excited to learn that Janet had a new series coming out and was excited to see something different from her. Don't get me wrong, I love the Plum series, but after so many books I was looking to something refreshingly different but with the fun I knew would always be in Janet's writing.

What I personally felt about Wicked Appetite was that it felt too much like t
Kicking off a new series, Evanovich sticks very close to the style that has served her so well in the Stephanie Plum stories. You could substitute Stephanie for Lizzie and come up with pretty much the same woman. A little klutzy, not quite comfortable in her own skin, but this one has a job. In fact, it's a pretty good job making cupcakes at a store in Salem, Massachusetts. Then, one day, two mysterious men show up. One (Gerwulf Grimoire) is described as your stereotypical vampire but he apparen ...more
An Odd1
Mar 04, 2012 An Odd1 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Wicked Appetite" by Janet Evanovich is Diesel #1, spinoff from Stephanie Plum series, x-rated for obsession with naked body parts. Named for his powerful engine persona, I liked the overflow hot guy, big blue-eyed blondish scruffy beach-bum look. He doesn't do the magic appear-disappear here, but still "smelled like fresh-baked Christmas cookies, looked good enough to eat, and bad enough to ruin my life" p51 says Salem cupcake baker, Lizzy Tucker. They drive around following clues amid amusing ...more
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“Personally, I'm a lazy kind of guy, and leaving the door open on the mystical saves me work. I don't have to stress my brain trying to explain the unexplainable. It's magic. End of discussion.” 14 likes
“What are you doing back at the bakery?” I asked [Diesel]. “Did you know Wulf was here?”
“No. I knew food was here.”
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