Smokin’ Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, #17) by Janet Evanovich

Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Hardcover
 308 pages
 Published
June 21st 2011
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 complications 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.

 

I am a die-hard Ranger fan and in the beginning of the book Ranger didn’t get a lot of face time.  So, as you can imagine I was feeling a little cheated.   Then in the middle of the book Stephanie gets cursed by good old Grandma Bella with the some kinda of strange sex thing that makes Stephanie all hot and bothered for Ranger.  Which I thought great, she and Ranger are finally after the last book headed in the right direction but of course by the end of the book I was left hanging in the wind.  I know people are starting to complain that enough is enough and that Stephanie needs to make a choice and I for one will have to agree but, I think that could turn into very interesting book.

I thought the book had some awesome moments but it lacked the flare that previous books have possessed.  I especially thought that grandma Mazier was a little flat in this book.  She just didn’t deliver the same fun and over the top type personality that I am used to getting from her.  Although, Lula was still extremely funny and Grandma Bella was hilarious I just felt that the book was missing some of the key elements that has drawn me back to this series over and over again.  The books are  just getting to be to predictable and I think Evonavich needs to start changing the direction of the characters or bring it to a happy conclusion.

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