I just spent the last ten days in Trenton, NJ with Stephanie Plum, Joe Morelli, Ranger, Grandma Mazur, Lula and Bob. What a wonderful little world Janet Evanovich has created with her novels. I read all 14 books and the 3 holiday novellas -- for the second time. The first 11 books and Visions of Sugar Plums were read right after Boo was born so I didn't remember a lot of the stories (though they do run together after a few) so for the most part it was like reading them for the first time.
One For the Money -- I love how Morelli was brought back into Stephanie's life and the introductions of all of the characters. I laughed at how different Ranger is in that book. Not very mysterious at all and sort of wimpy (at least in my mind's eye).
Four to Score -- I liked the pace of this book and the fact that we finally see Morelli and Steph acting on the attraction. I'm a BIG Morelli fan. *g*
Fearless Fourteen -- I won't give away anything since the book only came out last month, but I really believe this is probably the best of all of them. Most importantly I love the way Janet wrote Joe's character as well as his and Steph's interaction. Plus there were a lot of laughs.
Plum Lucky -- OMG I don't even know where to begin with this one. Seriously. I laughed the whole way through the book and was left with wanting more when I finished. One can never have enough Diesel. Thank goodness Plum Spooky is going to be a full length Between the Numbers book because I'll need a huge Diesel fix by then and it's set during Halloween...so if you hear lots of squeeing coming from Pennsylvania in January you'll know why. It's just too bad that Diesel won't be in any of the numbered books (I asked over at her website) because I'm really tired of Steph not being able to choose between Morelli and Ranger. Why not insert some new blood into the mix. *g*
Twelve Sharp, Lean Mean Thirteen and Plum Lovin' are honorable mentions.
Least favorite book(s):
Hard Eight -- I'd probably like it more if it weren't for a certain scene where Ranger collects on Steph's "debts".
Twelve Sharp -- I know I have it as an honorable mention in my favorites, but there's a bit in there with Ranger and Stephanie before Joe decides to move into Steph's place (and it's a good thing he did!!!!) that just bugs me and makes me dislike Ranger and want to slap Steph.
Favorite character(s): Stephanie, Joe, Ranger, Grandma Mazur, Lula, Bob, Rex, Tank, Hal, Connie, Mooner, Sally Sweet and most definitely Diesel (yum!!!)
Honorable mention goes to Steph's neighbors in her apartment building
Least favorite character(s): Albert Kloughn, Valerie Plum, Vinnie Plum, Dickie Orr and Joyce Barnhardt
Favorite pairing(s): Just the one...Stephanie and Joe Morelli. Joe's the man, hands down. Yes Ranger is dark, mysterious and sexy, but definitely not the settling down type. I think I love Joe the most because he's a man after my own heart -- beer and pizza are his food of choice and he watches hockey (even if it's the Rangers). Then of course there's the fact that he's adopted Bob and will take care of Rex when Stephanie's brought him over to the house. I just adore Steph and Joe's comfortableness together and how well they know one another. Then of course there's the one line that Joe says that has cemented it for me. When Steph asks him to take care of Rex if something happens to her, Joe tells her that he wouldn't be in any shape to take care of Rex because they'd have to strap him down and sedate him if something happened to her. He loves her -- and not "in his own way".
I've decided that I want to be just like Stephanie when I grow up. I want to kick ass, take names and then maybe think about running away when an apprehension goes wrong. She's not fearless, but she's tenacious and determined. Really, Stephanie Plum is a fantastic female fictional character and we really don't have enough of those. It's too bad Tri-Star is being an idiot because I think they're really missing out on bringing these characters to the big, or small, screen.
Is it January yet?