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Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich
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bookshelves: thriller-mystery

In this book, bounty-hunter Stephanie gets a couple two-bit FTAs (failure to appear) to get back to court. She fails miserably a couple times and rewards herself with doughnuts. While juggling lusty feelings for both Ranger and Morelli, she gets an unwanted sidekick tagging along. After getting yet another car destroyed, her neighborhood cops show up to laugh at her. She goes to have dinner with her protective mother and smack-talking grandma, while her father rolls his eyes and quietly eats his dinner. Later, Stephanie and Lulu go on a stake-out, miss their quary, and go out for pizza/shopping. Though both Ranger and Morelli try to protect her, she refuses to be cowed (though still shaking in her boots) and makes the final confrontation with the bad guy.

Sound familiar? That is essentially the plot of all of the Stephanie Plum books that I've read so far. Though it was cute at first, it gets old essentially reading the same story over and over again. I used to get the Plum books out as fluff to read on airplane trips. Now, reading it as a break in between other books, this just seems far to shallow with no real growth in the character over time.
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Janet Fine. So go away.


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