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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Another excerpt for Wicked Appetite (Diesel / Unmentionables Book 1) by Janet Evanovich


Janet Evanovich has posted what I believe is going to be the final installment to the Wicked Appetite excerpts she's been posting for the past couple of months. (Click here to go to Janet Evanovich's site, or click here to download the pdf excerpt.)

I'm not terribly impressed with the excerpts just yet, but I will probably read the book to give it a chance. The first eight or nine Stephanie Plum books were so good, part of me has hopes that these Diesel books can at least come close. Another part of me says we've already seen Diesel and those books weren't even close to the first Plum books. Still, it's a new series and I'm going to give it a chance.

Here's the blurb:
Seven Stones of Power. No one knows when they were created or by whom, each said to represent one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

For centuries, treasure hunters have been eager to possess the stones, undeterred by their corrupting nature. The list is long -- Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, to name a few. Now the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire, adding himself to this rogues' gallery of power seekers. He's an uncommonly dangerous man, with a hunger for the forbidden, and a set of abilities that are way beyond ordinary. Abilities that he feels entitle him to possess anything he might desire.

That would include Elizabeth Tucker, the woman he needs to find the Stones. She's freshly transplanted from New York City to Boston's North Shore. With a new job as pastry chef at Dazzle's bakery and an old house inherited from her Aunt Ophelia, her life is pretty much on track …until it's suddenly derailed by a guy named Diesel, a rude monkey, and a ninja cat.

Lizzy can handle the monkey and the cat. She's not sure about Diesel. He's offering up his own set of unusual talents, promising to protect her from Grimoire. The kind of protection that Lizzy suspects might involve guarding her body day and night.

The Seven Deadly Sins are pride, greed, lust, envy wrath, sloth and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that is wicked. Diesel thinks it also pretty much covers everything that's fun. And Lizzy thinks Diesel and the Seven Deadly Sins cover everything her mother warned her about.

There is certainly some promise there for a good series, and it's apparent that Janet Evanovich wants to explore the whole Urban Fantasy thing.

Carl the Monkey has had some funny moments, but at some point he just got silly and I didn't enjoy him anymore. I would probably be a lot more excited about this series if I didn't know Carl the Monkey would part of the cast of characters.

Update:  Read my review of Wicked Appetite.


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