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Hot Six by Janet Evanovich
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Apr 04, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: suspense, audiobook

After reading the paperbacks in order, I've recently begun reading these books in their unabridged audiobook form in reverse order. I started with #8 (Hard Eight), recently finished up #7 (Seven Up) and the latest listen has been Hot Six. Reading these backwards has been an eye-opening experience and I'm now able to pinpoint exactly where things began to become repetitive for me as a reader (the very beginning of book #7, for those interested).

Hot Six has all of the wit and the fun its two follow-ups lack. Stephanie's car blow ups are still funny, the tension between Stephanie, Ranger and Joe is starting to wear thin but still shows moments of spark and the one-liners are abundant and are grin-worthy. In Hot Six things are just beginning to get that "same-old, same-old" feeling about them.

This time around Stephanie is on the hunt for fellow bounty hunter and lust interest, Ranger, who is a suspect in a murder case. Stephanie doesn't have a chance of catching Ranger and she knows it but she takes on the assignment anyway. Ranger soon visits her in the wee hours of the night and asks for her assistance in helping him prove his innocence. Agreeing to this, of course, only gets bumbling Stephanie into trouble with some very shady characters. As if that weren't enough Stephanie's every move is being followed by two inept bad guys and her nemesis Joyce (AKA the tramp who slept with Stephanie's ex-husband) who all hope to cash in when they bring in Ranger. Hot Six is also the book where we are introduced to Bob the pooping retriever with the eating disorder. I love, love, love Bob. His intestinal distress makes for many a laugh out loud moment. Rounding out the cast is the usual group of oddballs: Lula, the hilarious former prostitute, zany Grandma Mazer (who moves in with Stephanie!), Mooner & Dougie the dopey potheads and Joe Morelli the sexy cop and other object of lust in Stephanie's life.

The plot, the characters, heck just about everything about Hot Six is over the top and silly but that's why I enjoyed it. It's escapist fiction at its best.

Read by C.J. Critt this has been my favorite of the recent unabridged recordings. Critt has a full bodied voice, rich and nuanced with just a touch of sexy raspiness that never gets monotonous or over-the-top. The book was a pure pleasure to "hear" and comes highly recommended.
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message 1: by Antof9 (new)

Antof9 Love this review! I had read something like 1-7, and just recently realized I hadn't read the rest and there were more out, so requested them from the library. And I thought it was just me -- that they were getting rather kookier and silly. Which I guess makes sense when it's the same person in the same place for that many books in a row, but ... still, I'm glad I finished 16 and am now something like 200 in the list for the library copy of 17 :)

Bark Thanks, I really love these earlier books. I'm with you, even though they are getting kookier and Stephanie is a bit stagnant in her situation(s), I'll still keep reading them because they always manage to make me smile.

message 3: by Antof9 (new)

Antof9 Yes! I keep saying I need something like Stephanie as a junk food break in between heavier and more serious books. I can live with the kooky ... for a while anyway :)

message 4: by Catherine (new) - added it

Catherine I didn't mind the repetition of some things, but I got incredibly tired of the love triangle and the lack of growth with Stephanie. After that long she needs to at least learn something.

I listened to One For the Money in audiobook and really enjoyed the narrator as well.

message 5: by Antof9 (new)

Antof9 Yes, I agree! She just needs to get married to Joe and move on with her life. The love triangle irritates me.

message 6: by Catherine (new) - added it

Catherine I'm the opposite. I'd rather she dump Joe and move on with her life. ;)

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