I had a nostalgia attack and I missed my father so listened to this book again. My father would use to play this in the car on road trips so I brought me a little comfort during the hardest time of the year after someone passes. It’s hard to believe that it’s been over a year now… enough about my sappy story let’s get into the book.
This book is narrated by the wonderful Lorelei King, who seems to narrate all my favourite books. This is the first book in the full series. We follow Billie Pearce, a single mother who tries to learn polo while her kids are away. However, as soon as she meets Nicholas Kaharchek her life goes sideways. While sharing her house with his crazy cousin Deedee, who’s weeks away from her wedding, weird things start happening around the neighbourhood and Nick’s farm. While Nick and Billie are drawn together, outside forces seem to want them to stay apart.
This is a really fun book. The characters are wild and quirky, especially Deedee. I would not envy anyone who lived with someone even the fraction like Deedee. The story takes a twist near the end to a place that I would have never guessed it would. This is one of the things that I always love in the books I read. This is written a little like a harlequin, or at least closer to a harlequin than the rest of the books in her series. The romance is not terribly believable but it is a good base for the rest of the series so it’s worth having a little more of a light novel than the others. It’s worth a listen or a read, it’s a good story.
Yes, another between the numbers book and as you can tell they are not in order. This is the first time we meet Wulf and I absolutely love Diesel’s creepy cousin.
Diesel’s back and hot on the trail of his cousin Wulf. He’s rolling with on of Stephanie’s FTAs. In order to get Munch back, Stephanie must pair up with Diesel and step back int the cooky side of Jersey though on can argue that she never left. Between Lula’s engagement to Tank and sightings of the Jersey devil. With Ranger at her back, nothing could possibly go wrong right? Yeah right, this is Stephanie we’re talking about.
As always I love Lorelei King’s reading of the book. This book is hilarious and we get to see Tank as a cat lady and he talks more in this book than any other. I love the chemistry between Diesel and Stephanie. There is no sexual tension between them, but every time that Diesel is in town, Stephanie gets closer with Ranger who is totally my OTP. This book we get introduced to even more unmentionables which expands Diesel’s world even more. The unmentionables in Jersey are all a little whacky but in a lovable way. It makes me really want more between the number books, but Diesel has his hands full in his spin-off series. Also, I love Carl the monkey who plays a huge role in this book.
Plum Lovin’ (Stephanie Plum #12.5)
I was feeling lazy and wanted to re-listen to Plum Lovin’ again. So I did and I enjoyed Lorelei King’s performance like always. The between the number book come sequentially in the series and if you fall in love with Diesel, as I have, Evanovich has a spin-off series starring out favourite unmentionable. You don’t really need to read the between the numbers in order, however, it would help and if you are reading the Plum series. I would suggest reading the between the numbers because it makes everything make more sense because they do refer back to them.
Stephnie is just going about her day when Diesel pops in. He’s hidden her only FTA because she’s being pursued by another unmentionable. The only way that Diesel got her to stay put is if he took over her caseload. the thing is Annie Hart is a relationship expert, who’s wanted for armed robbery. Stephanie agrees to take over Annie’s case load but with 3 men in her life, she might not be the best candidate.
This is a super hilarious book. I love when Diesel and Stephanie get together because you can just feel Evanovich gets to flex her creativity and funny options in the between the number books. Some of the situations that Stephanie gets into in this book, or any other book with Diesel. How all the relationships ended up in the end, was fantastic and hilarious. All in all, this is a fantastic book, and I have nothing bad to say. All I can say is that I find if very curious that Ranger and Morelli were both out of town. This is totally worth a read if you like the Plum series.
This is the first book in a duo. I don’t know if there are any plans for a 3rd book in this series at this time. Yes, it’s another Janet Evanovich book, and yes I am still missing my father like crazy which is why I’m gravitating to her. Unlike the other books that I’ve reviewed (Except for Turbo Twenty Three) I have never read this book before this time.
Kate Appleton is down on her luck. Her husband left her, she’s lost her job, and now that she’s at her parent’s summer home in Keene’s Harbor, the man who bought her parent’s mortgage is threatening to foreclose on her. While she struggles through her life, she gets hired by Matt Culhane, a brewmaster who needs a spy to figure out who is trying to sabotage his brewery and restaurant. There are only 3 things that make Kate bad for the job. She’s new in town, she hates beer and no one trusts her. All that aside, Kate and Matt work together to track down the saboteur while trying to keep it completely professional.
There is no way around the truth. This is a harlequin type novel through and through. I love Evanovich and her writing style comes through in this novel, however, it’s a little more unbelievable that I can handle. Kate and Matt are excellent characters that have so much potential that I feel was underutilised. I’m not saying it’s a bad book, just not something to read if you want to think deeply. You have a very fast love story, a not so tense storyline, and the end is cleaned up a little too nicely. It’s a perfect story that isn’t very believable, but nice for a few hours of turn your brain off reading. So if you’re looking for a comedic, sweet and romantic escape this is the book for you.
Ok… So I know that I have reviewed the first book of the series and now the 23rd. I have been reading this series since I was 15, so there are a lot of them to cover. If you want me to review the rest of the series let me know in a comment and I’ll try to add a second day of reviewing books for you. Be warned, it will take nearly 6 months of weekly posts to catch up with the series.
So Turbo 23 is the latest audio book to come out in this series. I have fallen in love with the narrator, Lorelei King many years ago when my father would listen to audio books.
We follow out favourite bounty hunter, Stephani Plum, through her ordeal. While out capturing a felon, Stephanie and her partner Lula, stumble onto a murder. A man was killed, frozen, dressed up as a bogart bar and put in the back of a stolen bogart truck. Ranger had been brought in by the owner of Bogart Icecream as their new security specialists. Ranger brings Stephanie in as a consultant between her bond cases. With the murders piling up, they have to find out who’s behind it.
This is an excellent book. They keep getting better and better. I’m still a fan of the Ranger and Stephanie pairing and we get that quite a bit in this book. Though after 23 books it is every formulaic, Evanovich keeps finding interesting ways of killing people and odd crimes that are being committed. Ranger is more vocal in this books, a bit more that I recall from that last on, but then again after seeing him kill a man nothing else can surprise Stephanie about him. Morelli is turned into a secondary character in this book and that saddens me, and there doesn’t seem to be much hatred left between then after Ranger saved Stephanie’s life last book. I still really liked this book and the series is still one of my favourites.