Explosive Eighteen continues to tease us along in the Ranger vs Morelli lust triangle.
The beginning of the book is particularly annoying, as we are strung long, not knowing who she went on vacation with, or what happened.
Once we get beyond that and find out what happened, I have to wish the story had been made into a book. I think it would have been a much better story than the one we were given. The basic plot wasn't that bad, it was the execution of the plot, and the silly shenanigans getting there, that were the problem.
One good thing though - Stephanie manages to rescue herself in an amazing fashion, without being rescued by either of her guys. I'll add a star to my review for that one fact alone.
- The plot was wasn't so bad, but as I said before, the execution of it pretty much sucked.
- Pacing was fine in places and drug out in places.
- Prose and dialogue were typical latter-Plum. Sometimes I wonder if Janet Evanovich is still writing these, as those first eight or nine books were executed so much better.
- Character development continues to stagnate.
What I'm leading up to is the part where I figure out a rating, and I'm thinking it's going to be a six of ten. I keep reading the series because I keep thinking that eventually there will have to be a resolution. I'm keeping the series at a 7, but that's mainly because the first nine or so books are so good.
- Book Rating: Explosive Eighteen: 6 of 10
- Series Rating: 7 of 10
Stephanie Plus Series
One for the Money (1994)
Two for the Dough (1996)
Three to Get Deadly (1997)
Four to Score (1998)
High Five (1999)
Hot Six (2000)
Seven Up (2001)
Hard Eight (2002)
Visions of Sugar Plums (2003) (don't bother)
To the Nines (2003)
Ten Big Ones (2004)
Eleven on Top (2005)
Twelve Sharp (2006)
Plum Lovin' (2007) (don't bother)
Lean Mean Thirteen (2007)
Plum Lucky (January 2008) (don't bother)
Fearless Fourteen (June 2008)
Plum Spooky (January 2009)
Finger Lickin' Fifteen (June 2009)
Sizzling Sixteen (June 2010)
Smokin' Seventeen (July 2011)
Explosive Eighteen (November 2011)
1. Wicked Appetite
2. Wicked Business (June 19, 2012)