I enjoyed this latest installment of the Stephanie Plum series a lot more than I have the last several. I liked that it had a different twist in the l...moreI enjoyed this latest installment of the Stephanie Plum series a lot more than I have the last several. I liked that it had a different twist in the love story than we're used to, I liked that Stephanie had to work with one of her long standing enemies, Joyce Barnhardt, and I liked the slightly different ending. All in all, a good and enjoyable read.(less)
This book was just the light-hearted story I was looking for. Evanovich never seems to disappoint when you're looking for an uber chick-lit book. It h...moreThis book was just the light-hearted story I was looking for. Evanovich never seems to disappoint when you're looking for an uber chick-lit book. It had likeable, good-looking, feisty characters, a fun light-hearted love story, with just the right amount of tension and drama to make it a good story. As with all Evanovich books, I blew through this book very quickly and loved every minute. I just wish I'd savored it a bit more because now I'm ready for the next one. This is a great summer read, ideally by the pool with a drink in your hand.(less)
Stephanie is back and this time there is not one person who wants to kill her, but at least three. In addition to that, Stephanie is back to her old w...moreStephanie is back and this time there is not one person who wants to kill her, but at least three. In addition to that, Stephanie is back to her old ways with Ranger and Morelli as well. These books just don't do it for me anymore. I don't know if it's me, and that I've lost interest in this kind of storyline, or if the series is truly just tired. I tend to think it's a little of both, but more the latter. Evanovich offers us no new material in this latest installment. Stephanie is still blowing up cars, finding dead bodies, and chasing crazies. She's also STILL torn between Morelli and Ranger. I'm not sure what kind of timeline this series is supposed to be following, but considering I've been reading it for over two years, I place Stephanie on at least that same kind of timeline. That said, the fact that she is still dating the same two men and that they are both still tolerating it is odd to me. I realize this love triangle is largely what the series is based upon, and maybe others aren't as tired of it as I am, but it feels like I keep reading the same book over and over again at this point. I wish JE would finally wrap this series up with a real ending and move on to bigger, better things.(less)
I could barely finish this book it was so bad. I've never wanted to give negative stars before, but for this one I really wish I could. I really like...moreI could barely finish this book it was so bad. I've never wanted to give negative stars before, but for this one I really wish I could. I really like Janet Evanovich, but I must admit I was a bit skeptical when I saw she was trying to make a foray into the paranormal romance genre. However, I plowed on like a loyal reader, beginning with optimism, and hanging on to the bitter end in the hopes the story would some how redeem itself. Stick with what you know Janet, please! This book was terrible.
For the JE loyalists who have read every Stephanie Plum book in the series, this book follows her formula in that series almost exactly. Only it's worse because instead of bad guys who've jumped bail, they're hunting for magic stones, being followed by a mostly bad Unmentionable with "principles", and her pet is a cat with one eye instead of a hamster. Oh, and instead of the dog who eats everything and farts, Diesel has a monkey who eats everything and belches. Clara is Connie, Glo is Lula (and she thinks she can cast magic spells that surprise, surprise, go wrong everytime), and Diesel is a cross between Morelli and Ranger. So far there's no love triangle, but rest assured, this is a series, I'm sure the love triangle is yet to come.
I personally do not recommend this book to anyone, especially those who currently love Janet and all her books. This one was disappointing and made me feel like JE should just accept that she's peaked, be happy with the money train that is Stephanie Plum, and stop being greedy. I can't believe there are going to be more of these books. I for one will not be reading them.(less)
After I read Fearless Fourteen, I was afraid I was a little over Stephanie Plum. However, this book definitely brought me back. It had me laughing out...moreAfter I read Fearless Fourteen, I was afraid I was a little over Stephanie Plum. However, this book definitely brought me back. It had me laughing out loud, not to the point of tears like some of her earlier books, but definitely more along the lines of what I hope for when I read this series. This time around, Stephanie and Joe are on a break again, and due to extenuating circumstances involving Lula moving in with her, she ends up staying at Ranger's place again. Naturally all the usual catastrophes occur, but in fun and original ways, this time the killer is after Lula for witnessing a murder, several cars catch on fire, and there's all the chemistry b/t Stephanie and Ranger that you would hope for when she's living with him. Sp fans will not be disappointed with this one.(less)
**spoiler alert** I didn't find this one to be quite as funny as the others. There were some laugh out loud moments, but compared to some of her other...more**spoiler alert** I didn't find this one to be quite as funny as the others. There were some laugh out loud moments, but compared to some of her other stories, which at points had me crying from laughing so hard, this one just didn't grab me the same way. I don't know if I'm just over these books and ready to move on to something else, or if Evanovich is running out of fresh ideas, but I wasn't quite as charmed this time around. Maybe my expectations were too high - she's had some books that had me absolutely hysterical with laughter and that's what I look forward to every time I pick up one of her stories. That and the Ranger/Morelli triangle which also felt a bit downplayed in this one.
That being said, I did still enjoy the story and I loved seeing the relationship with Morelli develop a bit, getting to see the softer side of Morelli. The only thing that bothered me at the end was that the Lula and Tank wedding situation went unresolved. I'm guessing she's saving that for her next book, but the way it was left felt unfinished - she just sort of dropped that story line at the end and never picked it back up. That was honestly one of the main things that kept me entertained throughout the story - I can't imagine Lula being married, and I'm dying to know how Tank handles the whole thing.(less)