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Wicked Appetite

(Lizzy & Diesel #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  51,827 ratings  ·  4,651 reviews
For centuries, treasure hunters have been eager to possess the stones, undeterred by their corrupting nature. The list is long — Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, to name a few. Now the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire, adding himself to this rogues’ gallery of power seekers. He’s an uncommonly dangerous man, with ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 313 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (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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Dec 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
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
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
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020, series
I really like Janet Evanovich's books. They are fast reads and funny, and this book was no different. Lizzy is a baker with powers she did not how about until Diesel show up. Diesel is a character that is also in the Plum series. This is the first book in the Lizzy and Diesel series. I love the Plum series, and I hope this will be like the Plum series. So far it has not let me down. This book was a fast read that was funny, fun, and everything I wanted. (*) ...more
Sep 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
May 20, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
This was a fun series and a nice change in pace. I really liked Diesel from some of the Stephanie Plum short stories so it was nice to see him in his actual element but I have to say, I think I like him and Stephanie together as a team more than Lizzy and him but maybe that is just because I'm more familiar with it, who knows. It was fun seeing Carl though, he was a nice surprise to the story line. ...more
Oct 22, 2011 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
Darth J
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Monika Sadowski
May 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
What was this book about? It’s a mess. Diesel is so arrogant, dialogues are just stupid, they are constantly hungry and nobody knows how to cast a spell. Who is Wolf?
Giovanni Gelati
Sep 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
You: "You don't read Janet Evanovich. What gives?"
Me: "Witches."
You: "You know there's going to be romance in this story, right?"
Me: "Yes,'s October. I wanted a witchy story."
You: "So you picked this one? Out of all the witchy stories out there, you picked a genre you don't like by an author you no longer read?"
Me: "YOU DON'T KNOW ME! Also, everything else was checked-out."
You: "Well, don't come crying to me when you hate this."
Me: " see..."
You: *walks away, shaking head*

Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun, audiobooks, fiction
5 Stars for Wicked Appetite; Lizzy & Diesel #1 by Janet Evanovich read by Lorelei King. This was a great start to the Lizzy & Diesel story line. I thought it was a lot of fun. And of coarse the narration was superb.
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Borrrrrrrrrring lol
Way too much dialogue...
Such an easy read, perfect for an audiobook in the car.
This book really doesn't take any thought lol it's very one dimensional and flat.
It's like rom-com meets slightly fantasy world.
The best thing about this book was that it was sometimes comical.

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- J.R. Wards series The Black Dagger Brotherhood because of the sassy main character girl and hot men in a fantasy world. he Black Dagger Brotherhood is wayyyy better though.
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Aug 16, 2011 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 26, 2011 rated it did not like it
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,
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I am a huge Stephanie Plum fan, and really wanted to like this book, however it just fell a bit short....
Lizzy and Diesel were OK characters, but a little under developed, and I never understood their attraction to each other..... actually if I’m being honest everything was a little under developed, the mystery, the paranormal aspect, the secondary characters, and even the monkey.... not sure if I will pick up the next book in the series, but on a positive note it really has nowhere to go but up
Oct 16, 2012 rated it did not like it


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
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
Tabitha Turnbow
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing

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
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
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
Anna Muir
Sep 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Brittany S.
Initial Impressions 9/24/17: The monkeys, Janet? Really? What's with the monkeys in these books?
Anyway. I liked Lizzy and I like the new setting (Salem! Totally didn't pick this up on purpose because of that but yay!) but Diesel is really just 75% Ranger, 25% Joe Morelli. He's fun but none of this is very original, although I guess I didn't really expect that.

I'll still continue the series. Janet Evanovich's books are fun and a nice brain-break -- perfect for listening while I work!
3 Stars.
Amusing and funny. The audio book was well done.
Vishakha Motwani
Jan 12, 2016 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 is o
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.-
May 22, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: poop-on-toast
No sir, I don't like it. This was terrible. It's the same formula as a Stephanie Plum book except with a paranormal spin and dumbed way down. I made it 4 miserable chapters before calling it quits. ...more
Shades of Queen Betsy! This is total fluff, best listened to with a good narrator & no expectations beyond silly amusement. It certainly was that. Kind of a nice change of pace after all the serious books I've been reading.

There were a lot of fun characters. I'm tempted to say enjoyed the animals the most as they really rocked. Who can't get behind a beat up cat with ninja skills or a monkey that flips everyone the bird? (At least he isn't masturbating or flinging poo which is far more typical.
Kathy Martin
Feb 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Lizzie is content on Marblehead baking cupcakes and caring for the house inherited from her great-aunt. But her quiet life changes abruptly when Wulf threatens her and Diesel moves in to protect her. Turns out she is one of only two people who can identify the SALIGIA stones. The one Wulf and Diesel are tracking down this time is gluttony. The story was very funny - great dialog and wacky situations. The two pets - Cat 7143 and Carl the monkey - add a lot of humor to the story too.
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“Diesel rocked back on his heels and grinned at the monkey. “Carl?”
“Eep!” The monkey stood, squinted at Diesel, and gave him the finger.
“Looks like you know each other,” I said.
“Our paths crossed in Trenton,” Diesel said. “How did he get here?”
“Monkey Rescue,” Glo told him. “He was abandoned.”
“Figures,” Diesel said.
The monkey gave him the finger again.
“Does he do that all the time?” I asked Diesel.
“Not all the time.”
“I got him by mistake,” Glo said. “And now we don’t know what to do with him.”
“You could turn him loose and let him go play in traffic.” Diesel said.
- Lizzy, Shirley, Diesel, and Carl, pages 132-134.”
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