Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 17) (Large Print)
Smokin' Seventeen - Stephanie Plum, Bk 17 - Large Print Author:Janet Evanovich Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. — Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further c... more »omplications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who’s just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off.” And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.
With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.« less
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Why do I keep torturing myself with these books? Probably because I so loved them up until #14 and I'm an eternal optimist, hoping something will actually happen! The cover blurb was so promising on this installment, I actually allowed myself to get my hopes up. Word of warning to those of you who would like to see things go somewhere between Stephanie and Ranger or Morelli - DON'T!! This time around, she has sex with both but that's it... wham bam, thank you ma'm skim overs then off to work, NO substantial feelings, NO emotional connection - nada. That goes double for the men,not one single scene of substance! It seems as if Evanovich uses the sex to placate fans then blames Stephanie's "confusion" as an excuse NOT to dig a smidgen deeper. This would not be so frustrating and I would have quit reading three books ago if there were not such a rich reservoir of possibilities to mine in either the Ranger or Morelli story lines (especially with Ranger, IMHO). Evanovich is such a genius at witty repartee, and sexual tension that steams right off the pages, what is she afraid of? As it is, the end result stands with NOTHING new... once again.
Nancy L. reviewed Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 17) (Large Print) on
Helpful Score: 2
I absolutely love this series and 17 was no exception! The characters are well developed and the situations are hilarious! If you have read books 1-16 this book leaves off pretty much where 16 left off and gives the same adventure and humor as all the others. Can't wait until 11/22/11 when 18 comes out!
Suzanne reviewed Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, Bk 17) (Large Print) on
Helpful Score: 1
I thought this one was better than the last few, but I knew who the killer was right away -- not too many surprises there. The campy antics were vintage Stephanie, though, and it was a fun read from start to finish.
Once again, Evanovich delivers a fast paced and side splitting hysterical adventure starring everyones favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum and the usual cast of supporting characters, Lula, Grandma Mazur, Morelli, Ranger, Connie and Mooner. Theres also a new character in the book, a possible competitor for Stephanies affections and, if her mother has anything to do about it, will be Stephanies next husband.
And if that isnt awkward enough, the bonds office is gone and the gang is working out of Mooners bus. Makes for some cramped quarters and after one FTA who believes hes a vampire tries to give Lula a hickey, shes convinced shes turning into a creature of the night. Things just cant seem to happen smoothly for Stephanie and especially after Morellis grandmother puts the eye on Stephanie, shes convinced shes cursed.
I love this series, as campy and crazy as it can sometimes get. When Stephanie is around, you can rest assured that people will die and cars will be blown up, but it all seems to work out and she comes through it all in one piece. 2011 will be an excellent year for Stephanie fans as there will be two releases this year. Book #18 will be out in November and Im very much looking forward to it.