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Das Nonkussultra gegen schlechte Laune! Bevor Stephanie auch nur einen Fuß aus dem Flieger von Hawaii nach New Jersey setzen kann, steht sie schon wieder knietief im Morast. Nicht nur, dass sich der erhoffte Traum- zum Albtraumurlaub entwickelt hat, auf dem Heimflug musste sie auch noch stundenlang neben einem äußerst streng riechenden Sitznachbarn ausharren. Der ist mittle Das Nonkussultra gegen schlechte Laune! Bevor Stephanie auch nur einen Fuß aus dem Flieger von Hawaii nach New Jersey setzen kann, steht sie schon wieder knietief im Morast. Nicht nur, dass sich der erhoffte Traum- zum Albtraumurlaub entwickelt hat, auf dem Heimflug musste sie auch noch stundenlang neben einem äußerst streng riechenden Sitznachbarn ausharren. Der ist mittlerweile tot. Ermordet. Die Leiche steckte in einer Mülltonne, und Stephanie steckt in der Klemme. Denn plötzlich sind das FBI sowie eine Menge zwielichtiger Gestalten hinter einem verschwundenen Foto her, das das Opfer bei sich trug. Und es gibt nur eine, die weiß, wo das Bild ist: Stephanie Plum. Unvermutet wird die Kopfgeldjägerin selbst zur Gejagten. Da können bloß noch Lula, Morelli und Ranger helfen – und natürlich Hamster Rex.

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Das Nonkussultra gegen schlechte Laune! Bevor Stephanie auch nur einen Fuß aus dem Flieger von Hawaii nach New Jersey setzen kann, steht sie schon wieder knietief im Morast. Nicht nur, dass sich der erhoffte Traum- zum Albtraumurlaub entwickelt hat, auf dem Heimflug musste sie auch noch stundenlang neben einem äußerst streng riechenden Sitznachbarn ausharren. Der ist mittle Das Nonkussultra gegen schlechte Laune! Bevor Stephanie auch nur einen Fuß aus dem Flieger von Hawaii nach New Jersey setzen kann, steht sie schon wieder knietief im Morast. Nicht nur, dass sich der erhoffte Traum- zum Albtraumurlaub entwickelt hat, auf dem Heimflug musste sie auch noch stundenlang neben einem äußerst streng riechenden Sitznachbarn ausharren. Der ist mittlerweile tot. Ermordet. Die Leiche steckte in einer Mülltonne, und Stephanie steckt in der Klemme. Denn plötzlich sind das FBI sowie eine Menge zwielichtiger Gestalten hinter einem verschwundenen Foto her, das das Opfer bei sich trug. Und es gibt nur eine, die weiß, wo das Bild ist: Stephanie Plum. Unvermutet wird die Kopfgeldjägerin selbst zur Gejagten. Da können bloß noch Lula, Morelli und Ranger helfen – und natürlich Hamster Rex.

30 review for Kuss Hawaii

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth (Book_Attict)

    Okay, I admit it -- I'm a Stephanie Plum sucker! I read Smokin' 17, and until the last chapter of the book, SWORE that I'd no longer be running out to get the hardcover edition of another Stephanie Plum book as soon as it was released, Instead,I'd be looking for the paperback at one of the used bookstores I frequent... I love Janet Evanovich's writing style, her dialogue is hilarious, the characters are great, and reading the latest installment is like going home to visit with old friends -- well Okay, I admit it -- I'm a Stephanie Plum sucker! I read Smokin' 17, and until the last chapter of the book, SWORE that I'd no longer be running out to get the hardcover edition of another Stephanie Plum book as soon as it was released, Instead,I'd be looking for the paperback at one of the used bookstores I frequent... I love Janet Evanovich's writing style, her dialogue is hilarious, the characters are great, and reading the latest installment is like going home to visit with old friends -- well, old friends that NEVER change-- but still a fun read. I've voiced my complaints in reviews for past Plum novels about the marked lack of forward progress and character development. Well, at the end of Smokin' 17 Evanovich presented herself with the perfect opportunity to go a little outside the box and move the story forward -- Stephanie gets a trip for 2 to Hawaii -- the cliff hanger at the end of the book is -- who's she gonna bring? Ranger or Morelli?? I know, I know, pretty lame for a cliff hanger, (but when it comes to Ranger & Morelli, I'm a cheap date). So I, (still firmly in "sucker mode"), preorder the book, blurb unread, and anxiously wait for it to arrive only to find (drum roll please) .....Stephanie coming home from Hawaii & getting off the plane in New Jersey... Thus missing a fantastic opportunity for Evanovich to get Stephanie outside of her comfort zone, maybe get a little more in-depth with the hottie she brought with her -- no such luck I. Am. Beyond. Pissed. This seemed to be the "travel season" for several of my favorite series, most notably Eve & Roarke/In Death series by J.D. Robb (N.Y. to Dallas) & the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs (River Marked) . While missing the supporting cast of characters in these series, we got much more in depth with the main characters and there was some definite personal growth going on...... Not so with Explosive 18.... Never (it seems) with Stephanie Plum. I guess the same jokes/situations /scenarios/car "mishaps"/Grandma Mazur/Lulu eating jokes are going to stay firmly place...and getting a little less funny with each subsequent incarnation. I was in love with this series. It was one of my favorites. Then, somewhere around Fearless 14, I started getting the feeling that Janet Evanovich was phoning these books in. Okay, reality check here. Stephanie Plum's a bounty hunter. A really inept bounty hunter. A really inept bounty hunter that someone's always trying to kill, maim, run over or blow up. She has a really close "friendship" with Ranger -- a totally bad-ass bounty hunter with his own security company, who would be MORE than happy to provide weapons & self-defense training (I'm sure). What does Stephanie do??? Absolutely nothing. She still keeps her gun in the cookiejar, her stun gun is never charged when she needs it, and her pepper spray is usually empty. She stumbles into situations becomes a “damsel in distress” and then Ranger pulls her ass out of the fire -- yet again. I swear, Rex the Hamster has better honed survival instincts than Stephanie. Her mother has every right to be worried about her; she SHOULD get a job at the button factory. As for the man issues…just for the record, I’m definitely Team Ranger. Morelli & Stephanie have history, they know everything about each other and they’re comfortable. BUT who’s always there for her when she needs him with cars, assistance and saving her life? Ranger. (Plus, as an added bonus, he’s got that whole dark, hot, mysterious bad boy thing going on). Actions speak louder than words, after all….. Will I read 19, 20, 21, etc? Probably -- I'm hooked. Will I run out and buy it retail (hardcover or paperback)? No way. I hate to say it, but the Stephanie Plum series has been downgraded to my "Used Bookstore Shopping List"

  2. 5 out of 5

    Mrs. Badass

    If you like my review, go like it on Amazon would you ? Maybe JE's publishers will see it... So, here I am again. I swore I wouldn't read another Evanovich Plum Novel--after my last review of 17, I swore tooth and nail to my husband, my mom, and my blog readers that I wouldn't read it! So...I went to the library. I really just had to know if it was as bad as the previous one. After being teased that she might make a decision in 18, I let my small curiosity overshadow my intellect. Remember back i If you like my review, go like it on Amazon would you ? Maybe JE's publishers will see it... So, here I am again. I swore I wouldn't read another Evanovich Plum Novel--after my last review of 17, I swore tooth and nail to my husband, my mom, and my blog readers that I wouldn't read it! So...I went to the library. I really just had to know if it was as bad as the previous one. After being teased that she might make a decision in 18, I let my small curiosity overshadow my intellect. Remember back in the day of the early awesome plum books, where Stephanie felt BAD for kissing Ranger when she was dating Morelli? Remember back in the day where she swore she would never be like Joyce the whore? Remember? Well, it seems Stephanie has inhaled too many donuts, smoke fumes--from her cars always catching fire, and hair spray, because after she slept with Ranger and Morelli on back to back nights in 17, cementing her in my hoochie hall of fame; She is now sleeping with both men regularly in 18. How many times was it? 3 or so with Ranger? 2 or 3 with Morelli and then I'm sure her and Ranger had more sex in Hawaii than we were told. I mean, dudes--it's Ranger...and Hawaii. I would! Well, I would if I wasn't conflicted or dating another man, but hey, that's me. I have morals and scruples and a code of non-whorism. I wish Joe had caught Steph having sex with Ranger in Hawaii. That would have been good. I also wish we got to see Joe and Ranger fight. That would have been panty melting too. But No. Picturing Lula in all black with painted on pants and boob squish, does make me laugh. I did laugh a little. But it doesn't make up for the complete 180 degree turns every character in the Plum series has taken. Her mom is a lush, Steph is a whore, Ranger has no sack, Joe lost his possessive balls too, Lula still thinks too much about food, but she at least strives to be better...sometimes. When it's easier ;) It seems that after 18 books, Ranger and Morelli have lost their balls. Huh. Who would have seen that one coming. Heh, I said coming. Did Stephanie here that? She probably is one of them right now, and while in the throes with whomever it is, is secretly wondering how long she has to wait to sleep with the other one so she doesn't seem tacky. Should she take a shower first? Nah. Why bother? She is just going to get sweaty again. I jest. Sort of. I know, If I get so angry about the direction, why do I keep reading? I keep hoping things will change and they have! Finally, they have! Only for the worse. I remember thinking, why does she keep getting back with Joe? She should give Ranger a turn. Only, not this way. Why can't she have a relationship again? For a whole book, let her be with Ranger! Then at the end, have Joe tell Ranger to meet him at midnight, in the dark park, alone. with no guns. Only fists. YAY! Pulease. Janet Evanovich? What on earth are you doing to your characters? They have completely morphed into pod-people. They have been replaced with robots! Lula got on my nerves. She reminded me of Boomer from ESPN with his "Whoops!" with her "Bams!" So, once again we are left on a 'cliff' only this time? I am not falling! I am going to back away, gracefully from the edge, and bow down to the awesomeness that Stephanie used to be, and keep her alive in my memories. I am getting off the crazy train. If I want to read cars getting blown up, her sneaky snarkness, and some hot glimpses of two actual men...I'll read the early plum books.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I like Stephanie Plum, I really do, but this series has failed to make any forward progress for at least ten books now. It's the same story over and over (and over) again. It's getting kind of pathetic that Stephanie can't pick a man. And we know that Lula's fat, and wears tacky clothes, and eats more than most circus animals... We don't need constant reminders. Please, please, please add something fresh to this series to keep the reader interested!

  4. 4 out of 5

    James

    After 18 books in this series, I can't always give out a 4 just because I laugh so hard I nearly pee myself. Evanovich has to work harder and harder to keep the high mark stars... but in all honesty, this was a hysterical edition in the series. I read it about 5 years ago but still have vivid memories of many character escapades. And when it's a trip to Hawaii (partly), who wouldn't love it. I'm going back to add small review and thoughts on any book I never actually wrote up a review for. And th After 18 books in this series, I can't always give out a 4 just because I laugh so hard I nearly pee myself. Evanovich has to work harder and harder to keep the high mark stars... but in all honesty, this was a hysterical edition in the series. I read it about 5 years ago but still have vivid memories of many character escapades. And when it's a trip to Hawaii (partly), who wouldn't love it. I'm going back to add small review and thoughts on any book I never actually wrote up a review for. And this is one of them. Reading about Stephanie Plum's inability to accurately describe someone in a picture she saw briefly is pure gold. She is so goofy sometimes... I can't believe she hasn't gotten herself wasted at this point by some of the criminals she's dealt with over the years. And Lula is my favorite character, at least whenever she appears more prominently in a book. Watching her training, and eating, is laugh-out-loud funny. I always picture Gabourey Sidibe playing her... not sure why, but that's who's in my head. I'm not a huge fan of Joyce but we all need a Moriarty of sorts, right? For those who haven't read the series, Joyce is a fellow PI and former girlfriend of Stephanie's on/off again relationship with Joe Morelli. I think I stopped here with this book and still have the last 4 or 5 to catch up on. The series stalls every so often, but within each book, there's a treasure of fun somewhere hidden if not the entire thing. They can be read in 3 to 4 hours... I would like to listen to one if they actually make an audio book. I wonder what accents everyone has, given it takes place in Newark, NJ. Basically, you've got a woman everyone finds something they love about, but also a few annoying habits. You may want to date her, but then you'd want to kill her. She's a good bestie, but even then, too many favors just to keep up with her antics. Nonetheless, it makes for a fantastic read. So if you've never read the series, don't start with this one. Go back to #1 and give it a shot. And then tell me if you're a Ranger or a Morelli fan. (I'd pick Ranger, btw... isn't it always better when the object of your affection also scares the hell out of you????) About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. [polldaddy poll=9719251]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heather Codename: ♕Dutchess♕

    Here's the thing. I love Janet. I love the Stephanie world, I really do. However - after 18 books a lot of things are starting to get very old. Let's start with: Lula's eating habits: It's getting really annoying, book after book, listening to her bitch and moan about what she eats, what she doesn't eat etc. etc. Either stick the girl on a complete diet or shut up about her eating habits. I really don't care that she's about to get sick after eating 10 cream filled donuts. She's a pig and it's ge Here's the thing. I love Janet. I love the Stephanie world, I really do. However - after 18 books a lot of things are starting to get very old. Let's start with: Lula's eating habits: It's getting really annoying, book after book, listening to her bitch and moan about what she eats, what she doesn't eat etc. etc. Either stick the girl on a complete diet or shut up about her eating habits. I really don't care that she's about to get sick after eating 10 cream filled donuts. She's a pig and it's getting disgusting. Then she gets sick and after a few seconds immediately starts stuffing her face again because she thought she was "over it." Lula and her over-dramatization of EVERYTHING. She's worse then a soap opera half the time. OMG. A cats ashes fell on me I'M BREAKING OUT IN HIVES. OMG! THE OLD GUY WHO CLAIMS TO BE A VAMPIRE JUST GUMMED ME I CAN FEEL MY TEETH GROWING. Seriously? I've read Bronte novels with less drama then Lula. Stephanie: Her love life, lack of common sense, and the incapability to do her job are past being cute. Yes, she's torn between two men and the chase is fun. It's even more fun now that her and Ranger are hitting the sack a lot more often. But the whole her mother/grandmother trying to fix her up all the time..it's old. It's done. Apparently they haven't gotten the memo yet that Stephanie isn't going to end up with some other guy they throw her way. She's in love with Morelli, she's in lust with Ranger. Her common sense and incapability to do her job go hand in hand. Let's take the newest book for example shall we? Stephanie is chasing after a purse thief. That's right ladies and gents A. Purse. Thief. A whiney, child of a purse thief who believes he can just take anything he wants because mommy didn't tell him no enough as a child. So what does our darling, clueless Stephanie do? She takes her purse with her while she's trying to bring the bad guy. And what happens children? He steals her purse and then steals her car. And if once wasn't bad enough... SHE DOES IT TWICE. Because clearly, she didn't learn her lesson the first time around. And then he continues stealing her car until she's forced to trade it in for a different one because he has the keys to her RAV4. Also, the whole "I can't ask Ranger help because he'll see me as weak" thing is past its prime. He sees you as weak and he always will. That's why he protects her as much as he does, because Stephanie cannot hold her own. Not even against a purse thief. You don't like guns. Well, get a different line of work. You don't charge your stun gun? I have no sympathy for you when you get kidnapped. You don't want to call Morelli or Ranger for help because you can't keep your vagina in check... not my problem. Stephanie is no longer a novice bounty hunter. I would never call her an expert one, but she's been in the game long enough to know the basics. Even Joyce knows how to handle herself more when she's going after FTAs then Stephanie does and this is what Stephanie does for a living. I really hope Janet starts progressing the character more in the next book. After 18 books, it should have started already.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    ************************* EDIT: Still frustrated. Still love Lula and Grandma Mazur. Problem is, I love both Morelli and Ranger. I used to lean more toward Morelli, but lately he seems sort of apathetic towards any relationship with Stephanie. It's Ranger that tries to help her out and take care of her, and he seems genuinely worried that she'll get hurt. Morelli just complains that she gives him heartburn. This one was still definitely worth reading, though if your looking for closure, it still a ************************* EDIT: Still frustrated. Still love Lula and Grandma Mazur. Problem is, I love both Morelli and Ranger. I used to lean more toward Morelli, but lately he seems sort of apathetic towards any relationship with Stephanie. It's Ranger that tries to help her out and take care of her, and he seems genuinely worried that she'll get hurt. Morelli just complains that she gives him heartburn. This one was still definitely worth reading, though if your looking for closure, it still ain't happening. I just want some resolution! PLEASE! Pick a man! Then do another series to find the other guy a freaking awesome woman. ************************* I'm really hoping for some man resolution in this one. I loved this series with a passion until a few books ago. I used to wait anxiously for the next book in the series. I've now had Smokin Seventeen for a couple of months, and still haven't read it. I heard that the Morelli/Ranger issue is still up in the air, and that Stephanie is still the same old Stephanie. I've lost my Plum love! How many years does this series cover? It would be interesting to know, as Stephanie never seems to change. And why did I love her years ago and now roll my eyes? Hmmm...maybe it's time to have an HEA, end the series, and move on to a new idea. Or just choose Morelli and give us a couple of juicy books in which he teaches her to shoot and gives her babies.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tori

    I liken this series to an original document that you print out all new, and fresh, and perfect. And then the copy get's copied, and that copy gets copied and so on until you end up with a faded, scarred, crooked, ghost of that perfect original. It's old and it's tired and as much as you used to love it, it's time to let it go and start a new, original, document. When I first discovered this series a few years ago, I absolutely loved it! I'm talking fan girl, crazed, running to the bookstore on m I liken this series to an original document that you print out all new, and fresh, and perfect. And then the copy get's copied, and that copy gets copied and so on until you end up with a faded, scarred, crooked, ghost of that perfect original. It's old and it's tired and as much as you used to love it, it's time to let it go and start a new, original, document. When I first discovered this series a few years ago, I absolutely loved it! I'm talking fan girl, crazed, running to the bookstore on my way to work to buy the hardback on the day it came out loved it. But now, I'm ready to see more growth from Stephanie. I'm ready for the love triangle to be laid to rest. And while we're on that subject I'm going to go on record and say that I adore Morelli, consider myself a Babecake, but I feel that although I thought differently at the beginning of the series, at this point Joe is not the right man for Stephanie anymore. Stephanie... Oh Stephanie. Your ineptitude isn't all that funny anymore. It's mostly just pathetic. You should be a lot better bounty hunter by now. And thankfully Ranger is always nearby to take up your slack. Sigh. Ranger. You're a lucky girl. But, even though I don't love the series like I used to, I still love these characters. I still laugh, and I will probably still read this series. I'll just get my books from the library instead of the bookstore.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Heather M. Gardner

    I enjoyed this book just like I have enjoyed all the others. I find them entertaining and laugh out loud funny. It doesn't seem to bother me, as it does others, that the character Stephanie Plum is sleeping with more than one man at a time. She's young, not in a permanent relationship and FICTIONAL.

  9. 4 out of 5

    carol.

    Hi. My name is Carol and I'm a bookoholic. I've been reading ever since I can remember, but Goodreads seems to be contributing to my disease. I can't control myself. I'm always adding books to my "to-read" list, which is so long that if I stopped adding books today, I'd still have three years of books on it. Then there is the library, where a drive-by is part of my routine. It's on the way home from work, so it is really unavoidable. If I only make a quick stop to pick up a monthly read, that isn Hi. My name is Carol and I'm a bookoholic. I've been reading ever since I can remember, but Goodreads seems to be contributing to my disease. I can't control myself. I'm always adding books to my "to-read" list, which is so long that if I stopped adding books today, I'd still have three years of books on it. Then there is the library, where a drive-by is part of my routine. It's on the way home from work, so it is really unavoidable. If I only make a quick stop to pick up a monthly read, that isn't a problem, is it? However, last time I was there I found this little number by Evanovich. I swore off the Stephanie Plum books a few numbers ago, but this one... it was on the New 14-Day Shelf. Why, that's free, not even a rental. How could I pass that up? After I finished, I felt a little dirty and rather regretful. This was a cheap drink bolted down, perfectly serviceable but lacking any soul. There are so many better books to be spending time with--why do I do this to myself? If you read any book between 8 and 17, you've read this book. No drag queens, but there is Joyce Barnhardt on the run, various oddball bondees getting the best of Steph and Lulu, Steph and Lulu ineptly breaking into a house, a bus blowing up, mom drinking, dad grunting, discussion of Lulu's clothes and eating habits, Grandma Mzur at a funeral, Connie running the business, Vinnie, car escapades, a '53 Buick, Ranger in black, Morelli in boxers, Rex and periodic attempts at kidnapping. However, it did make me laugh out loud twice. Granted, I was likely delirious after swimming two miles, but I did laugh at a henchman's frustrating interactions with Steph and Lulu (specifically, his inept English cursing (view spoiler)[for some reason, "Bitching bitches" just cracked me up (hide spoiler)] ), and an incident with rats (which kind of echoed her incident with a spider and various geese). There was also a semi-interesting plot device of referring to a significant incident that took place in Hawaii, where Steph was headed at the end of book #17. Naturally, everyone's curious what happened, but it takes a few days to find out. Of course, the usual complaints apply to this book: no forward character motion. Stereotypes that border on the ludicrous. I knew that going in, but with the two or three year break, they were less annoying than they would have been. Rounding up to two inept stars. Cross posted at http://clsiewert.wordpress.com/2013/0...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I can always count on this series to lighten my mood. put a smile on my face and laugh out loud multiple times. I love this rag tag group of friends and family, they never let me down. Guaranteed to have a good time just when I need one. :)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    I was beginning to not like ,myself so much. The honest confusion of loving two men was giving way to something that felt a little like unhealthy self-indulgence. Not liking herself too much? Well, Stephanie, join the club! According to the reviews, nobody is liking you too much anymore. And, the triangle thing has gone on way too long. At this point, they are basically a menage. Me? I'm kind of apathetic towards her at this stage. I still like the books, but they aren't magical or anything. Mor I was beginning to not like ,myself so much. The honest confusion of loving two men was giving way to something that felt a little like unhealthy self-indulgence. Not liking herself too much? Well, Stephanie, join the club! According to the reviews, nobody is liking you too much anymore. And, the triangle thing has gone on way too long. At this point, they are basically a menage. Me? I'm kind of apathetic towards her at this stage. I still like the books, but they aren't magical or anything. More like an old rerun of Friends. It will make me smile, but it's not going to stick with me later or make me think deep thoughts. I'm definitely not going to be blown away. It's just mindless entertainment. I'm okay with that.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Hilarious! Stephanie Plum is getting more and more bad-ass. Love her! If you really want to enjoy it, try the audio version. Lorelei King is a genius. She gets the voices perfectly. Reread June 2016. Never tire of these books! When Steph loses it in the garage? Never underestimate a woman who feels threatened. Reread June 2018 — when this story begins its not one of my favs, but it quickly picks up. Now that the stories are becoming more and more involved with the Morelli/Ranger dynamic I have to Hilarious! Stephanie Plum is getting more and more bad-ass. Love her! If you really want to enjoy it, try the audio version. Lorelei King is a genius. She gets the voices perfectly. Reread June 2016. Never tire of these books! When Steph loses it in the garage? Never underestimate a woman who feels threatened. Reread June 2018 — when this story begins its not one of my favs, but it quickly picks up. Now that the stories are becoming more and more involved with the Morelli/Ranger dynamic I have to put in a few instances that makes me like Ranger better. (At least for this book) Every time Steph needs him he is there to rescue her or help without placing judgement. As for Morelli—he just wants her to stay home and wait for him to have time for her. Plus, we all know he’s dating other women. ‘Dog play dates?’ Yeah, right!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    You know what, I was actually real hopeful that there would be some development in this book. For the whole series Stephanie and Lula have bungled along. For a moment I thought there would be some sort of character development. Especially over the whole Hawaii ordeal. I was flipping pages like mad to find out what happened. It was kind of a let down. We do have some introspection by Stephanie, but she said she's not the introspection type. She remarked abut how she knows it's not good of her to be You know what, I was actually real hopeful that there would be some development in this book. For the whole series Stephanie and Lula have bungled along. For a moment I thought there would be some sort of character development. Especially over the whole Hawaii ordeal. I was flipping pages like mad to find out what happened. It was kind of a let down. We do have some introspection by Stephanie, but she said she's not the introspection type. She remarked abut how she knows it's not good of her to be with two men, and she should come to a realisation. There's nothing glaringly obvious but it sure looks like we're pushing to (view spoiler)[ Morelli. Just the description and the warm feelings coming home to him.... Bye bye Ranger... I am such a huge Ranger fun, it really seems their relationship will go no where. (hide spoiler)] . This round I could honestly couldn't care about the crime and mystery, and I was really interested on the character relationship front with Ranger and Morelli. It seemed like it was going somewhere but it didn't. It seemed like Morelli and Stephanie would finally have a TALK--where they might actually sit down and be open and confront the serious issue of their relationship, where it's going and what happened in Hawaii--but none of that happened and Morelli just forgave her. Grrrrrr!!! Seriously, I don't think he would be happy to know that Stephanie is (view spoiler)[sleeping with Ranger. But I think i read someone where for a while it might have been an open relationship? But it doesn't suit Morelli's character. (hide spoiler)] Huge let down. At least there's some small improvement with Stephanie. She's still a disaster, but it seems like she's better able of looking after herself. (view spoiler)[She was pretty decent in kicking people down, bringing her gun out, smashing a face with winebottles and kicking it where it hurts (hide spoiler)] . She did mention the need for kickboxing or some sort of classes to improve, but alas once again nothing came to fruition. Looks like there seems to be no real plans for improvement on Stephanie's front either. Can't begin to say disappointed I was. I thought for a moment the author was really listening.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    Stephanie Plum is back with "capers" (read the book - you'll get it) aplenty - each of them more hilarious and scandalous than the next, in Janet Evanovich's latest, "Explosive Eighteen." I give it four stars just because it made me laugh out loud and shout "oh no" and "ewwwww" several times. Evanovich, though not known for her literary merits, is certainly a master entertainer! All of my friends are back - Lula (who was in rare form for #18), Morelli and Ranger (they took a backseat here, as St Stephanie Plum is back with "capers" (read the book - you'll get it) aplenty - each of them more hilarious and scandalous than the next, in Janet Evanovich's latest, "Explosive Eighteen." I give it four stars just because it made me laugh out loud and shout "oh no" and "ewwwww" several times. Evanovich, though not known for her literary merits, is certainly a master entertainer! All of my friends are back - Lula (who was in rare form for #18), Morelli and Ranger (they took a backseat here, as Stephanie was "off men" for the time being), Grandma Mazur, and the rest. A couple of new characters, particularly "Buggy," add to the craziness. Bail bond enforcer, Stephanie, returns from a disastrous Hawaiian trip, and swears off men as a result. This allows her to focus on her bail skips and the menagerie of individuals after her because of a photo that was inadvertently put in her bag on the return plane trip. Plenty of disastrous escapades ensue, cars disappear, the romantic tension mounts as Stephanie tries to say "no," dumb bad guys pull crazy stunts, lots of junk food is consumed, and the hamster continues to hide in his soup can - it's all there and, once again, entertained me immensely for a few hours! Nothing new here, but loads of fun!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    *Heavy Sigh* Just okay...this needs to be over soon, it's gone on way too long. Pick Joe already Stephanie, although after all you've put him through I don't know why he still wants you. A few laughs, but a lot of the same old same old, and unless Janet Evanovich comes up with a new plot line, this series will be dying a slow, painful death. I will see it through to the end, mostly to see what happens to Joe than any other character, and hopefully I won't be bored to tears in the process.

  16. 4 out of 5

    michelle

    Well, that was incredibly disappointing. I get that when reading this kind of series it is going to be repetitive. It's a comfort thing - formula is good because you know what you're going to get. Yet after 22 books (18 novels, 4 novellas), you expect /some/ character development. But it was just the same old thing. Like many others, I want Stephanie to just choose a guy already or just accept that she is a two guy girl. The latter is unlikely because of the underlying prudishness of her charact Well, that was incredibly disappointing. I get that when reading this kind of series it is going to be repetitive. It's a comfort thing - formula is good because you know what you're going to get. Yet after 22 books (18 novels, 4 novellas), you expect /some/ character development. But it was just the same old thing. Like many others, I want Stephanie to just choose a guy already or just accept that she is a two guy girl. The latter is unlikely because of the underlying prudishness of her character, but the indecision is getting damn annoying. Also, I'm probably in the minority when I say she should choose Ranger. Between him and Morelli, he's the better choice because at least he doesn't treat her like as much of a child as Joe. Which brings me to the infantilisation. FFS, she is a grown woman, she doesn't need to be treated like a child, even though she behaves like one much of the time. Gah. I could rant for ages but it won't make any difference. I will be selling my Stephanie Plum collection at a cheap price and will only get the books out of the library in the future. One final thing, sleeping naked does not a whore make. Edited to add: Just read some of the other reviews on here. Disappointed in the slut shaming, but not surprised.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lady Allison

    Two Stephanie Plums in a year! Crazy!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    EMPTY EIGHTEEN This book is a lot like opening a can of soda and finding it flat. All the stuff is there to make it a good story but there is no spark (or fizzle) between the characters that we used to get in the earlier books (1-12). Yeah all of the Ranger fans have wanted Steph to hook up with Ranger again but this time it was just sex between them and none of the fun affectionate, chemistry that used to exist between them. I am a huge Ranger fan and would love to see them end up together but i EMPTY EIGHTEEN This book is a lot like opening a can of soda and finding it flat. All the stuff is there to make it a good story but there is no spark (or fizzle) between the characters that we used to get in the earlier books (1-12). Yeah all of the Ranger fans have wanted Steph to hook up with Ranger again but this time it was just sex between them and none of the fun affectionate, chemistry that used to exist between them. I am a huge Ranger fan and would love to see them end up together but in this book he was less of a character than he was in the first few books (1-4) when we knew little about him. Even Joe seemed very one-dimensional. Over the past few months the promotion of the book has centered around what happened in Hawaii and an international incident and they together took up maybe a paragraph in the entire book. Why promote it if you are not going to write a story about these events? What? Too much work or thought for JE to actually put together a storyline on these topics? More time was spent on describing Lula’s wardrobe and eating than on an actual storyline. The storyline is very weak and boring, it was almost painful to read, I had to skim most of it to keep from falling asleep. There were also several mistakes in the characters and setting of the story. One, the neighbor that lives in the other side of the duplex where Steph’s parents live was suddenly Mrs. Ciak and I know the book Hard Eight was about Steph looking for the neighbor’s grand daughter and the name in that book was Markowitz not Ciak. I am not a writer but I do know that there is software available to help keep this kind of details straight in writing a series of books….and isn’t an editor supposed to help with that kind of stuff too? It is just lay and sloppy on the authors part to put out a book with that many mistakes. I’m not sure what Random House paid JE for this but I really hope they are rethinking about publishing another book for her. Don’t waste your money on this book. If you do want to read it, check it out from your local library.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wendy F

    I'm stuck between a 3 and a 4 star rating. On one hand, all my old complaints still stand firm. She has got to start putting more time into this series. They all just seem so rushed and like she's not TRYING anymore. But! I have to say that I have been waiting for (view spoiler)[Morelli and Ranger to finally come to blows (hide spoiler)] . That makes me want to bump it up. Plus I laughed a bit more in this one then in the last two... oh and man, those are two hot men. I swooned a bit. All in all, I' I'm stuck between a 3 and a 4 star rating. On one hand, all my old complaints still stand firm. She has got to start putting more time into this series. They all just seem so rushed and like she's not TRYING anymore. But! I have to say that I have been waiting for (view spoiler)[Morelli and Ranger to finally come to blows (hide spoiler)] . That makes me want to bump it up. Plus I laughed a bit more in this one then in the last two... oh and man, those are two hot men. I swooned a bit. All in all, I'll say its a bit better then 16 and 17.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*

    Would have liked to hear more about the whole Hawaii thing, would've been even better for it to be a main story. Ranger vs. Morelli show down, maaan I'd love to see that. But, alas, it was still fun.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Wanda

    As you can tell from my rating, I found this book to be terribly disappointing. I love Ranger, and I hate how Evanovich turned him into nothing more than a booty call for Steph, who is still too immature to deal with her feelings. Even more immature than she was in 17, or earlier books. I think Steph was stronger and smarter in OFTM than she has been portrayed in the last 5 books. Twelve Sharp was the end of the series, as far as I am concerned. It was the last time any of the characters came clos As you can tell from my rating, I found this book to be terribly disappointing. I love Ranger, and I hate how Evanovich turned him into nothing more than a booty call for Steph, who is still too immature to deal with her feelings. Even more immature than she was in 17, or earlier books. I think Steph was stronger and smarter in OFTM than she has been portrayed in the last 5 books. Twelve Sharp was the end of the series, as far as I am concerned. It was the last time any of the characters came close to acting their age, with any credibility, and that was still just barely. Since 12, all characters have taken a nose dive into adolescent silliness, I'm thinking to bring in the teenybopper audience. I guess the original fans are getting too old, and Janet needed to do something the grab the kiddies to cultivate new buyers. I know 19 is coming out in November, I cringe when I think about the damage Janet might do to my favorite characters. Not sure when I'll read that one - not pre-ordering that is for sure.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Reina

    Spoilers! I really thought we'd have some romantic resolution in this book. But it's the same old formula she stumbles through things, gets herself into trouble, and doesn't decide anything about the men and leaves you hanging with thinking "maybe in the next book". Please Ms. Evanovich have some character development/ growth! I'll give the series one more book to improve then I am done with it. I'd also love to see Stephanie get better at her job - going to the firing range, taking a self defens Spoilers! I really thought we'd have some romantic resolution in this book. But it's the same old formula she stumbles through things, gets herself into trouble, and doesn't decide anything about the men and leaves you hanging with thinking "maybe in the next book". Please Ms. Evanovich have some character development/ growth! I'll give the series one more book to improve then I am done with it. I'd also love to see Stephanie get better at her job - going to the firing range, taking a self defense class- something!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tilly Slaton

    Explosive Eighteen is a part of a brilliantly hilarious series featuring Stephanie Plum and her incredible sidekicks. I am unhappy with this book. Explanation below Stephanie Plum is at it again. Running from madmen, evading the FBI and police, outrunning mobsters and doing her best to keep Lula from shooting someone. Being a bounty hunter is positively entertaining in this series. Whenever I need a good laugh, I close my eyes and reach towards my bookshelf that holds my Evanovich collection. I ne Explosive Eighteen is a part of a brilliantly hilarious series featuring Stephanie Plum and her incredible sidekicks. I am unhappy with this book. Explanation below Stephanie Plum is at it again. Running from madmen, evading the FBI and police, outrunning mobsters and doing her best to keep Lula from shooting someone. Being a bounty hunter is positively entertaining in this series. Whenever I need a good laugh, I close my eyes and reach towards my bookshelf that holds my Evanovich collection. I never know what story I’m getting myself into, but usually I am not disappointed. Evanovich is brilliant and her sense of humor is down right breathtaking. Literally. Stephanie returns home from her trip to Hawaii. The most holy moly fact? She is not wearing a wedding ring but there is a tan line where one was worn. What happened? Did she marry Ranger or Morelli? Only reading the book will tell! Holy shit, right?! That’s all I am going to say. Vinnie is a good bail bondsman but a boil on my family’s backside. In the past, he’s been a gambler, a womanizer, a philanderer, a card cheat, and I’m pretty sure he once had a romantic encounter with a duck. As with all of the other books in this series, Stephanie waffles with the attraction and indecision between her lust of Morelli and Ranger. In my opinion, something needs to change. The relationships no longer leave me reading after midnight. If I am not captivated enough to read past my bedtime, something needs to give. And now Morelli was a good cop, a responsible home owner, and an excellent pet parent to his dog, Bob. I’d always thought he had a superior boyfriend, but his job was a constant, frequently grim, intrusion, and I couldn’t see that changing anytime soon. The other guy in my life, Ranger, realistically had no boyfriend or husband potential whatsoever, but he was an addictive guilty pleasure. He had a body like Batman, a dark and mysterious past, a dark and mysterious present, and an animal magnetism that sucked me in the instant I approached his force field. He wore only black. He drove only black cars. And when he made love, his brown eyes dilated totally black. Lula is one of my most favorite characters of ANY book that I have read. She’s my hero. A former ho, big, black and beautifully drenched in spandex suffocating in leopard print and curves that make doughnuts run for their lives, she’s wonderfully hilarious and addictive. “I’d never say anyone was fat due to that bein’ hurtful, but let’s face it, Lahonka’s a sandbag. I carry a certain amount of weight, but mine’s perfectly distributed. My big beautiful bubble butt balances out my oversized boobs…..” With that said, I am extremely disappointed in this book. Beyond totally bummed. I usually read a book that I am excited about in less than a day to a day tops. It took me until this morning to finish it. It was released on Tuesday, so that makes it … 6 days. I found myself struggling through the pages. Forcing myself to continue and endure the boring, profoundly unimaginative story, I fell asleep several times while reading. On average, I would find myself in tears from hysterical laughter while reading the books in this series. I laughed twice reading Explosive Eighteen. Not even a good wholehearted laugh. I recommend this book to those reading this series. To others, I would advise against it. There is nothing brilliant or phenomenal about Explosive Eighteen. Mild to moderately indescriptive violent and sexual content. Line of the book: “Too bad,” Grandma said. “He’s a looker, and I’m thinking about becoming a cougar.”

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jeanette

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!! Well, what little there is to spoil... Ok, here goes. I have been greatly disappointed by Janet Evanovich's work with Stephanie Plum's character since book 9 when Stephanie, Lula and Connie went to Las Vegas and Lula was on the meat diet. That was some serious laugh out loud writing. Since then the books have become extremely formulated, predictable, lacking character growth, and boring. I nearly put Explosive Eighteen into this same grouping, but was saved by Stephanie coming SPOILER ALERT!!!!! Well, what little there is to spoil... Ok, here goes. I have been greatly disappointed by Janet Evanovich's work with Stephanie Plum's character since book 9 when Stephanie, Lula and Connie went to Las Vegas and Lula was on the meat diet. That was some serious laugh out loud writing. Since then the books have become extremely formulated, predictable, lacking character growth, and boring. I nearly put Explosive Eighteen into this same grouping, but was saved by Stephanie coming very close to choosing Morelli over Ranger for a long term serious relationship. Also, she finally learned how to effectively use a stun gun, shoot a gun and defend herself upon a personal assault. The only time she had to call Ranger was to get her car back when an extremely large skip got the keys from her and kept driving it away. I didn't like that she also called him to help her break into Joyce Barnhardt's house with an alarm system. She hasn't picked up any skills hanging around Rangeman? She can't buy the same tools Ranger has to pick locks? To Ms. Evanovich: Please have Stephanie pick a guy (I choose Morelli), get engaged, get married, get pregnant, have the baby, etc. You can get a lot of mileage out of those scenarios that we have not visited, yet. Her living in the bleak apartment with a hamster, waking up to who knows who, fumbling through her job has been done to death.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Brittany

    I really couldn't get into this one. At first, I really thought the author realized that the same old formula and indecision between the characters was becoming absurd and tiring, but obviously not. The plot was slow and half way through the book I didn't care. It took me less than six hours to read this book due to the enormous margins. There was less humor in this book than in her previous novels- more than a bit disappointing. Thank goodness the library buys these books do I don't have to!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Marcia

    Let me begin by saying, I love Stephanie Plum. Love her. I love Morelli, Ranger, Lula, Grandma Mazur, Connie, Vinnie, the Burg, and everything and everyone connected to Stephanie's weird, weird world. No, I don't consider these books to be "great literature," and yes, I do think they are formulaic in the extreme. But the formula still works for me, because...and this is a BIG because...it makes me laugh out loud. Every time. I'm always happy to buy the next book in the series, and Explosive Eigh Let me begin by saying, I love Stephanie Plum. Love her. I love Morelli, Ranger, Lula, Grandma Mazur, Connie, Vinnie, the Burg, and everything and everyone connected to Stephanie's weird, weird world. No, I don't consider these books to be "great literature," and yes, I do think they are formulaic in the extreme. But the formula still works for me, because...and this is a BIG because...it makes me laugh out loud. Every time. I'm always happy to buy the next book in the series, and Explosive Eighteen was no exception. Having said that, I do think that this book seemed to have a little less meat on the bone than most of the earlier ones. And by the time the "Explosion" finally rolled around, it fell a bit flat to me. I wanted it to be...MORE...I guess, rocket launcher or no. But I still enjoyed every page. My biggest complaint about the series is the same as many others have expressed...Stephanie needs to PICK ONE. And I know in my heart which one it needs to be, namely Joe Morelli. He has waited so patiently for her to grow up and realize he's meant to be with her, that I always end up feeling a bit sad for him. I can't believe she's still dithering around over this issue. NOT that I don't think Ranger is hot. He is. He's sexy, mysterious, and dangerous, too. What he is NOT is domesticated. Can you picture this tiger drying dishes or taking out the garbage? Would you WANT to picture that? Not I. He's perfect fantasy material, but husband? Not so much. Morelli, on the other hand, is everything a woman could want in a husband, and Stephanie needs to wake up! In the meantime, I am always uncomfortable with her fairly recent habit of bedhopping between the two men, as though she has no control over her hormones at all. Call me a granny, but I prefer my heroines to behave at least a bit more circumspectly. Of course, a circumspect Stephanie Plum is a bit of an oxy-moron, but still. I would feel better about Stephanie if she aimed higher in that regard. And apparently Stephanie would feel better about herself, as well, judging from her thoughts and comments in this book. Even if the course of her relationship with Morelli (I hope) doesn't always run smoothly, I personally think she should refrain from jumping into bed (or the closet, as the case may be) with Ranger, no matter how alluring he might seem. Otherwise...well, can we say "Bimbo," boys & girls? Overall, though, these are small complaints for a series of books that still, after all this time, makes me laugh so loudly & so often. And that Laugh Factor alone warrants the 4 stars I'm giving Explosive Eighteen. Bookin' It

  27. 4 out of 5

    Arushi

    Stephanie Plum is a tramp. I was sitting on the porch in my rocking chair, whistling to myself as I read a steamy scene between Steph and Morelli moaning and praying to whoever was listening to drop a Morelli in my arms as well. I flipped to the cover to admire the intricate swirls of the title Juicy eighty five. And then it hit me. My hands were wrinkled and the reason for my moans wasn’t the raunchy scene but my old knees. I was dreaming. About reading. This book. Even when. I was ninety years Stephanie Plum is a tramp. I was sitting on the porch in my rocking chair, whistling to myself as I read a steamy scene between Steph and Morelli moaning and praying to whoever was listening to drop a Morelli in my arms as well. I flipped to the cover to admire the intricate swirls of the title Juicy eighty five. And then it hit me. My hands were wrinkled and the reason for my moans wasn’t the raunchy scene but my old knees. I was dreaming. About reading. This book. Even when. I was ninety years old. Imagine that. Janet Evanovich gives me a heartburn. Every time I pick a book from this series, she starts it with -ahem, you better listen guys- “My name is Stephanie Plum...” You’d think the readers would remember what she’s called after seventeen books but hey, doesn’t hurt to make extra sure eh? “I live in a one bed, one bath apartment.” I know. “My parents live in the burg” Do they? That’s news. “Morelli took my virginity behind the eclair cabinet .” You’re forgetting the choo-choo game part, Janet! Put it in! I don’t think I remember it even after hearing it for a thousand times. Oh, so you’ll let that one go? Shame. Then starts the history lesson about her grandad living with Jesus. Woah look, there come the repetitive jokes. Oooh, someone died. Hey! Stephanie’s involved. How unexpected. Ranger calls her a babe. She melts into goo. They do the deed. In a closet. Wait. It gets better. She swears to never sleep with another guy until this mess is fixed. You: Three stars? Three? Me: They’re all for Morelli. Really, this book does pull its socks up after the 50% mark. Things gets exciting and dare I say it, funny. Especially the whole fiasco in Mexico. Lula’s as stupid as ever but she really outdid herself in this one. Steph’s family is still crazy. Her mother still “cuts her eyes to the whiskey cabinet” every five seconds. But I guess that’s why I can’t stop reading this trainwreck. And I won’t when I’m ninety years old and can’t even get up to pee. I have a very complicated relationship with Stephanie. I ain’t letting go first. I ain’t.

  28. 5 out of 5

    TJ

    2.5/5.0 I know, I know... why do I keep torturing myself? I have no answer save that after reading 18 Stephanie Plum books, I want so badly for something to happen relationship-wise between her and either one of her guys that I delude myself into believing character growth is somehow still possible in the Evanovich world. It has to be... books 9 - 13 were rich with it. So..... there are no explanations for the constant, recent disappointments. This book opens with Stephanie flying home from Hawaii 2.5/5.0 I know, I know... why do I keep torturing myself? I have no answer save that after reading 18 Stephanie Plum books, I want so badly for something to happen relationship-wise between her and either one of her guys that I delude myself into believing character growth is somehow still possible in the Evanovich world. It has to be... books 9 - 13 were rich with it. So..... there are no explanations for the constant, recent disappointments. This book opens with Stephanie flying home from Hawaii after what promised to be a riveting development in her love life at the end of book seventeen. Unfortunately we don't get to see any of what happened, all the exciting events are only alluded to, then somewhere along the way we get a paragraph explanation after the fact. Now, given the explanation (view spoiler)[ of Stephanie offering the extra ticket to Morelli but he was too busy/ going by herself/Ranger showing up/chasing bad guys/Morelli surprising both/great fight scene between Ranger and Morelli (hide spoiler)] THAT sounds like a GREAT book!! Why didn't we get to read it?!?!?! Instead, we - once again - get the same old recycled, day to day (albeit amusing) nothingness that is Stephanie's life. No change, no growth, no romance. Morelli is - again - too busy to care. Ranger is - again - there to back her up and support her anytime she calls but has "issues" with commitment (another item alluded to from the mysterious vacation we never got to see). The only difference in the scenario is all three are jumping each others bones wherever and whenever the opportunity avails itself (don't get your hopes up, folks, none of it is given more than a passing sentence) which makes them all look - well... just trashy. Guess I need to stop complaining and quit reading. Still don't know why I can't.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Okay. So I've been a Plum fan for over a year now, and I will admit, somewhere around number 12/13, my interest in these books did head downhill, but only just a little. I knew, even after reading all the reviews, and the 1 star ratings, that I would read this book, because I love this series and unless a book is completely, unreadably BAD, I usually want to finish a series (even though this one seems to be ever-lasting!). So why the 4 stars? Because I LIKED this book. It felt like coming home. Y Okay. So I've been a Plum fan for over a year now, and I will admit, somewhere around number 12/13, my interest in these books did head downhill, but only just a little. I knew, even after reading all the reviews, and the 1 star ratings, that I would read this book, because I love this series and unless a book is completely, unreadably BAD, I usually want to finish a series (even though this one seems to be ever-lasting!). So why the 4 stars? Because I LIKED this book. It felt like coming home. Yes, Stephanie isn't getting to be a much better bounty hunter; yes, Lula still talks about food all the time and wears too tight clothes; and yes, I do realize that there has been very little character development, most frustrating in the area of who will she chose: Ranger or Morelli? No one ever said these books were supposed to be REALISTIC. Of course Rex would be dead by now, most likely, one or both guys would have walked away by now, and I know most car insurance companies would probably not be willing to sign Stephanie Plum no matter what she was willing to pay. But climbing into bed with this book after a long week and reading about Trenton, and Lula, and Grandma, and all the others was a breath of fresh air. There is nothing wrong with this book, it's not any better or worse then the majority of the other 17 books. I think everyone's expectations were placed too high... but folks... in the 17 books before, nothing really changed... what made you think it would now?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Franny (The Reader's Edge)

    I really think this series needs to reach an end. The books are full of the same stuff different title. I think she needs to pick a guy and wrap it up. This book was better than the 15, 16 and 17, but it really hasn't been the same since 12. An author really needs to know when the money train is over and the fans deserve a resolution. I keep holding out for it to get back to the magic at the beginning of the series. In addition to all this, the ebook prices for these books are unreasonable. Ok. I really think this series needs to reach an end. The books are full of the same stuff different title. I think she needs to pick a guy and wrap it up. This book was better than the 15, 16 and 17, but it really hasn't been the same since 12. An author really needs to know when the money train is over and the fans deserve a resolution. I keep holding out for it to get back to the magic at the beginning of the series. In addition to all this, the ebook prices for these books are unreasonable. Ok. Time to get off my soap box :) I found the book to be a light quick read. I enjoyed it overall, but the magic is gone for me.

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