This was so cute. It was so nice to see Stephanie not being a bounty hunter, but it was also BIZARRE. Also: Can we talk about the endings to these booThis was so cute. It was so nice to see Stephanie not being a bounty hunter, but it was also BIZARRE. Also: Can we talk about the endings to these books? THEY ARE SO ABRUPT. Or is it just me? I really enjoyed this one, although the culprit was sooooo surprising. I can't wait for number 12, but am I the only one who's ready for Stephanie to settle down with Morelli? OR RANGER. JUST PICK ONE....more
Oh GOD. This book was awful. When I first started reading it, I thought it was cute. But Rebecca is one of the most selfish characters I've ever met.Oh GOD. This book was awful. When I first started reading it, I thought it was cute. But Rebecca is one of the most selfish characters I've ever met. She's clearly meant to be based on the beloved Rebecca Bloomwood, but they're so far apart it's unreal. The only thing they have in common is their first name. Rebecca was just so vapid, selfish, self-absorbed. Jesus Christ, she didn't even know what country her boyfriend was in, which wound me up no end. She barely showed up to work, coming up with excuse after excuse (ridiculous excuses as well, mind) and I just wanted to punch her in the face.
I kept persevering until I couldn't persevere any more. There's only so much whinging and whining you can put up with, until you want to tell someone to get a grip and Rebecca sorely needed to get a grip. She didn't live in the real world, in fact the real world was barely a speck on her horizon.
I don't actually know how anyone could like or warm to Rebecca. She was not redeemable in the slightest. Eventually I had to give up on this book. I don't mind a bridezilla at all, in fact it can be very entertaining, but Rebecca just didn't care enough about ANYBODY ELSE to get out of her own bubble of selfishness and that is what I hated. Rebecca was too calculating and too much of an idiot for me to ever warm to her. I'm just surprised it took me until halfway through to see that she would never change. Ugh. ...more
So, this book was not amazing. The beautiful title and beautiful cover suckered me in... and it was all just a bit meh for my tastes. I'm sure I've heSo, this book was not amazing. The beautiful title and beautiful cover suckered me in... and it was all just a bit meh for my tastes. I'm sure I've heard good things about this book, but it just wasn't for me. I like my main characters with a teensy bit more spice. Yes, quiet is fine, but to not even stand up for yourself, when the guy you like is a douche? Wren, I was disappointed in you. And Gray was a douche. From trying to catch mini hotdogs in his mouth (AND CHOKING ON THEM!!!!!), to calling Wren "Weenie Girl" (UGH), to just general doucheness, I couldn't warm to him. Wren was WAY too good for him. He had no reason to be a jerk, rich does not equal jerk. But Gray was a jerk. Again, and again, and again; and instead of telling him exactly where to take his jerk self, Wren just forgives him all the time. Ugh. Talk about being passive.
I don't generally mind insta-love; I do prefer a slow burn, but sometimes your eyes meet across the room etc, and it's all Ted Mosby "I'm going to marry that girl", but I didn't quite understand what made Wren or Grey have that insta-love. Being saved from choking? REALLY? HOW ROMANTIC.
I kept reading, if only to find out what was worse than Grey writing term papers for money, and it was so much worse. It actually made me feel icky, and it was breaking the law, I'm sure. BUT YAY LET'S FORGET ABOUT THAT BECAUSE IT'S LURVE APPARENTLY. Wren really needed a reality check, no one would forgive what Gray did that easily.
So yeah this book annoyed me, way more than I actually thought, until I started writing. It wasn't amazing, and that makes me sad. And Gray was no love interest I was interested in....more
This was such a cute read! I sold at the word DOG. Which is a very common occurrence for me. Dogs are just the best, and though it was sad to read thaThis was such a cute read! I sold at the word DOG. Which is a very common occurrence for me. Dogs are just the best, and though it was sad to read that Jane had lost her dog, it was awesome to see Maybe in her life, whom Jane rescued when she was on her way to her aunt's B&B. Although I preferred when Maybe was called Penny, because it was actually a bit symbolic to a scene in the book.
This was a sweet, simple read. Kinda sad (okay, a lot sad) and I could sort of see where Jane was coming from wherein when her husband and dog die within weeks of each other, she was sadder about the dog. Now I get sad when humans pass away, we all do, but it guts me when I hear of a pet passing away. I've had that happen, a few years ago now, and it was awful. The worst thing ever. Not that I'm saying a human passing away also isn't the worst thing ever, but hearing about a human who I didn't know passing away and a dog I didn't know passing away, the dog hurts more, for reasons I can't really explain. Perhaps I'm just not wired correctly.
I love when books show the main character changing as the novel wears on. At first, Jane is completely resistant to staying at her aunt and uncle's B&B and helping out while her aunt has an operation, so it was nice to see the B&B grow on Jane, and show her there's more to life than San Diego and working in a cubbie.
It was a good read, a way to while away a lazy Saturday afternoon. There wasn't much romance, which was a shame, but after what Jane goes through you can hardly expect her to be ready to love again (with a human at least). ...more
I love Stephanie Plum and I love Janet Evanovich's writing, but after reading nine and ten after each other, I got a bit annoyed. Now, I'm not a big fI love Stephanie Plum and I love Janet Evanovich's writing, but after reading nine and ten after each other, I got a bit annoyed. Now, I'm not a big fan of love triangles usually, because if you root for the wrong guy, you end up depressed. Just give us one love interest, and let us root for him all the time! And while I usually love the Steph/Morelli/Ranger dynamic, I kept getting annoyed at Stephanie during Ten Big Ones. Let's be honest, Ranger is never going to win the love triangle, and it annoys me that Stephanie leads him on. She goes to his Batcave (which was AWESOME) and she lets him kiss her, all while she's supposed to be with Morelli and that's not fair to ANYONE and it drives me insane. JUST PICK MORELLI AND GET OVER RANGER.
I'm also surprised that after 10 books, Stephanie does not know better when it comes to people trying to kill her. Just stay in the house, girl. Or you'll likely die or be kidnapped or blow up a car. It surprises me that she's not a better bounty hunter, because even after so long, you would still be a LITTLE better. It would be nice if Steph could get herself out of a pickle once in a while, without a man.
Apart from all of that, the story IS a good one. Stephanie's offended a gang, as only Stephanie can do, and she has to keep herself alive, which is easier said than done for Stephanie Plum. It was another fun read, I love seeing Lula and Grandma Mazur going on ride-alongs, it's as funny as ever, I just want more for Steph in the love department. I know it's hard for her to commit, but seeing her play both Ranger and Morelli makes me sad. She deserves to not have either of them, because it might teach her a lesson....more