Thursday, February 16, 2012

Explosive Eighteen

My Rating: Okay read. It is killing me to rate it as such.

SynopsisBounty hunter Stephanie Plum’s life is set to blow sky high when international murder hits dangerously close to home, in this dynamite novel by Janet Evanovich.
Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127 Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.
Only one other person has seen the missing photo—Stephanie Plum. Now she’s the target, and she doesn’t intend to end up in a garbage can. With the help of an FBI sketch artist Stephanie re-creates the person in the photo. Unfortunately the first sketch turns out to look like Tom Cruise, and the second sketch like Ashton Kutcher. Until Stephanie can improve her descriptive skills, she’ll need to watch her back.
Over at the bail bonds agency things are going from bad to worse. The bonds bus serving as Vinnie’s temporary HQ goes up in smoke. Stephanie’s wheelman, Lula, falls in love with their largest skip yet. Lifetime arch nemesis Joyce Barnhardt moves into Stephanie’s apartment. And everyone wants to know what happened in Hawaii?
Morelli, Trenton’s hottest cop, isn’t talking about Hawaii. Ranger, the man of mystery, isn’t talking about Hawaii.  And all Stephanie is willing to say about her Hawaiian vacation is . . . It’s complicated.
Source: Barnes & Noble

My Review: I love the Stephanie Plum series, but I have to be honest. I think it is time to wrap up the series. I would love to see Stephanie decide on Ranger or Morelli and move on. I don't know which one I want her to end up with, but it is time. Maybe the next (and last book in the series) could be Nuptial Nineteen and we don't know who she marries until the very end. I felt the book didn't really add anything to the series and it was more of the same thing. 

Has anyone seen One for the Money? I would like to see it, since I do love Stephanie Plum, but I haven't' had any time to get to the movies.  I like Katherine Heigl and Sherri Shepherd. I would love to know what you thought of the book (Explosive Eighteen) or the movie.

Have a great weekend, it is almost here!


  1. Well, I love your review! It's very honest, and about what I expect from the 18th book in a series! LOL I noticed on the last couple that they seem to be running out of ideas as they are just reusing old plot points, and the triangle with Steph, Joe and Ranger is starting to get on my nerves! Choose already! LOL Thanks so much for letting me know what to expect! I haven't seen One for the Money yet, but my daughter did, who also reads the series, and she loved it!

  2. I've read all the books in this series with the exception of this newest one. I really like Janet E's humorous writing but I think you are right, she's running out of plot ideas.

    My neighbor and I did see One For the Money. It had been so long since I read that book I couldn't remember what happened in it. Although I liked Katherine Heigl as Stephanie, whomever played Morelli and Ranger were just not HOT enough! The book was much better than the movie...I'd save my $$.


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