Book Review 3+ out of 5 stars for Lean Mean Thirteen, the 13th book in the "Stephanie Plum" mystery series, written in 2007 by Janet Evanovich. Another good book in the series, full of the hilarious antics, mistakes and luck Stephanie Plum faces in her job tracking criminals down. Just like the series of books... 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.
You know that the following will happen at some point in the story: you will laugh out loud at least three times (often more), Stephanie will have hot sex with Joe Morelli, Stephanie will think about the possibility of hot sex with Ranger, Stephanie and Lulu will find themselves in some embarrassing situations while trying to apprehend a bail skip (this 13th installment involves exploding taxidermy and a gravedigger who does taxes on the side), Grandma Mazur will either pack serious heat or get her hair dyed a color not found in nature, Stephanie will destroy a car (maybe two), Stephanie will feel torn between the two men in her life, the phrase "Ranger will kill me if something happens to you" will be uttered by at least one character (and maybe more), and no matter how crazy and dangerous things become, it will all turn out right in the end.
XD I have no idea how Janet Evanovich does it but I still love this series and I still cant decide if Id like to tousle Morellis nice hair or if Id rather tousle Rangers bed sheets doing the nasty with him. *LOL* Well, I guess thats exactly what Janet is aiming for and shes doing it more than just well. ;-) (Cant help but wonder if Stephanie is going to decide for one of them in the next 11 books though) Anyway!
That's why we have friends who read our books and help us see the things we don't. Here's the thing: I know you think you're writing a protracted love triangle, but in fact, you are writing a threesome. It's totally understandable that you got to this point. It's hard to write an extended love triangle; for one thing, after about the first three books, your readers tend to be snapping, "Oh my god, would you just CHOOSE?" at the character who is in the middle, or else, "Oh my god, GET OVER IT" at everyone (or both!). Also, in your case, you had two choices: either you could take the route that ends up with Morelli and Ranger killing each other (hint: not really appropriate for your neck of the genre) or you could take the route that ends up with Morelli and Ranger kind of buddies. Maybe you totally don't. 3. Have Stephanie choose Morelli, which I think is where you're trying to go, except you've written yourself into a corner on this one.
I don't ask for a great plot from a Stephanie Plum adventure or I never would have got past the 5th book in the series. I read these books because Stephanie is funny and eats the way most people over 14 can only dream of eating.
It turns out that the guy Stephanie is trying to catch for missing his court date can't leave his house because the cable company is supposed to appear sometime between now and the Apocalypse and he needs to be at home. He lost his job, but he got his cable fixed." "I hate those fuckers," Lula said. To make things worse, Stephanie's arch-enemy, Joyce, is causing a lot of trouble and is also looking for Dickie. With Morelli being a cop, he tells Stephanie to enlist Ranger for help. Ranger: "I'm heading out," he said to Morelli. I'm still on Team Ranger, but I am hoping Morelli dumps her on her ass first.
Laughs, danger, great friends and co workers, and a mystery that is always fun, this is a series that anyone that loves to laugh and still get some depth, will enjoy.
My friend Alisa bought the first book in this series for me about 2 years ago. I'm thinking no way will I like some chick lit novel. Next thing I know, I've read the book on the plane, loved it and gone home and ordered all the next ones in the series.
Incompetent bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum gets to go after her louse of an ex-husband. Top cop Joe Morelli helps her out a little, even though like all cops in these types of books, he couldn't catch a cold.
I'd like it better if Ranger fell heavy in love with someone else and he and Steph became just the best of friends...they always have each others' backs, but the flirting is so tired.