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Plum Lovin'

(Stephanie Plum #12.5)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  47,806 ratings  ·  1,549 reviews
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 ge ...more
Kindle Edition, 173 pages
Published (first published January 9th 2007)
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Christine Cody Cheri, this book is part of the Stephanie Plum series; Connie is one of the recurring characters in all of the books. I find that, with authors who…moreCheri, this book is part of the Stephanie Plum series; Connie is one of the recurring characters in all of the books. I find that, with authors who write a series, I enjoy the books much more by reading them in the order the author wrote them. A specific crime will occur and reach resolution in one book, but if you haven't read the books in order, you miss out a lot. You'll find that the author will often refer back to incidents that happened in earlier books, even incidents that did not seem important at the time. If you enjoyed this book, I recommend you go back to the first Stephanie Plum (One for the Money), which Evanovich wrote in 1994. Hope this helps. I know this doesn't answer your question specifically, but I hope it helps to explain why you might have felt you missed something.(less)
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3 out of 5 stars to Plum Lovin', an "in-between" novella in the "Stephanie Plum" cozy mystery series, written in 2007 by Janet Evanovich. There are 4 of these "in-between" cross-over novels, where Stephanie works with Diesel (from another one of Evanovich's book series) to solve a case and/or fall in love -- you can't always tell for certain! In this one, the focus is around love and Valentine's Day, as a matchmaker has gone missing after supposedly committing some crimes. Stephan
May 11, 2016 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
Mar 29, 2015 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 2018—Diesel shows up and convinces Steph to become a ‘relationship expert.’
Yes. You heard that right. The girl who can’t decide between Ranger and Morelli is given the job to help others find love. 🤷🏼♀
Lady Ozma
Sep 26, 2007 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 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
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
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!
Connie N.
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#12.5 in the Stephanie Plum series

As with all the novellas in this series, this one was very silly and light and quite entertaining. I love when Diesel is part of the story, and he was as sexy and funny as always. This time Stephanie is trying to pick up Annie, the alleged thief of a necklace from a pawn shop. But Diesel has Annie protected until he can capture the person who's out to get her. So Stephanie is left to handle Annie's job of Cupid, just before Valentine's Day. She has to find true
Feb 05, 2009 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
Dec 08, 2013 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 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.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: evanovich-janet
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).
Winter Sophia Rose
Funny, Emotional, Fun & Fast Read!!! Loved It!!!
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Diesel!!
Mar 27, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was much the same as the first Between the Numbers, but seemed to have more contact with the cannon. Was the (view spoiler) cannon like this, or is this some alteration from what was put in the main series? I also disliked (as I disliked these not being more removed from the main series due to the paranormal addition) that in this book Diesel becomes romantic non-interest #3 (and not mentioned in any of the main series books!) - the Stephanie Plum books do n ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed a break with some mindless silliness. Stephanie Plum to the rescue. I have all 3 "Plum" groups ready to go...Nothing like reading a book in 24 hours. Thank you Stephanie....certainly not fine literature, but just what I was looking for. Although, there was not nearly enough Ranger or Morelli in this "between the numbers" episode.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Stephanie Plum series. I guess this is an “in between series” with the Diesel character. This is the 2nd book in that series. I liked it but it left me wanting the original series plots and characters. Still a good read.
Not as bad as I thought it was going to be based on other reviews. Funny in many parts, this is an entertaining & quick read. Not sure I'd read more of this series, as I'm not overly compelled by Stephanie Plum's character. Only reason I read it is because I'm missing book club & a local library is hosting one around this book.
Jasmine Salcido
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good book, really looking forward to reading the series by Janet Evanovich.
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Home sick today, and this was an excellent audio book to curl up with as I coughed and blew my nose. Much better than Visions of Sugar Plums which was the first between the numbers I had read.
Apr 16, 2015 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 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
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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
Feb 23, 2012 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'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
Mar 09, 2009 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
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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."-” 47 likes
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