by Janet Evanovich

Reviewer Rating:


I have been a big fan of the Stephanie Plum novels.  In this case, however, I give the book two stars for a few reasons.  Although the books are still humorous and easy to read, as someone who has read all the others, I have started to recognize canned phrases and humor.  The descriptions of Stephanie's coworkers and family seem to have been cut and pasted from each previous novel.  Also, I kept reading the series in order to see how things would end.  Will Stephanie end up with Ranger, the darkly handsome, mysterious man?  Or will she be with Morelli, a man with a bad boy past who has now softened around the edges?  After twenty books, Evanovich and her character both remain apparently unable to decide.  While the earlier books seemed to focus on this inability to decide, creating humor and books that were hard to put down, the latest one almost suggests that we shouldn't pay too much attention to all of that.  It is what it is.  Like the other books in the series, this one features a man trying to kill Stephanie, a few mishaps with tracking down skips, and it follows Stephanie's misgivings about long-term commitment.  Having invested hours of reading thousands of Evanovich's pages to find out how the series will end, I find myself ready to give up on it.  


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