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Title: Smokin' Seventeen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: Published June 21st 2011 by Random House Audio Publishing Group
ISBN: 9780307932235
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"Where there's smoke there's fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. " Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear""is that Stephanie's name is on the killer's list. Short on time to find "Where there's smoke there's fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. " Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear""is that Stephanie's name is on the killer's list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer's identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it's time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie's mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both and choose a former high school football star who's just returned to town. Stephanie's sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir "bake-off." And Grandma Bella, Morelli's old-world grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts "the eye" on Stephanie. With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men, and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie's life looks like it's about to go up in smoke. The hardcover edition of "Smokin' Seventeen" contains two smokin' hot stickers inside! "From the Hardcover edition."

30 review for Smokin' Seventeen

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mrs. Badass

    Posted at Badass Book reviews You don't know me. I'm a fan of your work, have been for years. I have gotten many friends and family hooked on Stephanie, Joe, Ranger and Lula. I had every one of your books. I love your work with Charlotte Hughes and the Full Series. I have laughed and teared up, I have giggled and gasped for years, but it's time I stand up and shout. Your last three Stephanie Plum Novels have left me feeling cheated. With each new installment I hope for more. But I get the same ol Posted at Badass Book reviews You don't know me. I'm a fan of your work, have been for years. I have gotten many friends and family hooked on Stephanie, Joe, Ranger and Lula. I had every one of your books. I love your work with Charlotte Hughes and the Full Series. I have laughed and teared up, I have giggled and gasped for years, but it's time I stand up and shout. Your last three Stephanie Plum Novels have left me feeling cheated. With each new installment I hope for more. But I get the same old antics. I read a recent interview with you, in which you say that when an author finds a winning formula, to stick with it and milk it for all it's worth {Paraphrased}. I take issue with this. How can an author expect their fans to keep buying a novel with the same plots, same games, same lines, same everything? The books seem to be getting shorter, the font larger, and the quality poorer, all with a hardcover price. I used to recommend your books to all who would listen, but now? I shy away and that sucks! In your latest installment of the Stephanie Plum Series, Stephanie turns into a Hoochie. I'm sorry to say it. I don't like the word, I don't like the meaning, but it's what you turned her into. I didn't mind so much previously when she would steal a few kisses here and there between Ranger and Joe (and hell Diesel) but having her sleep with both men, in the same book, on back to back nights is just shameful. Gramma Bella SHOULD put the eye on her! Joe SHOULD dump her, so should Ranger. So what, now that Joe and Stephanie have an 'open' relationship they can sleep with whomever they want, whenever they want, and each other? Yuck. I was a Joe fan in the beginning of the series, but then he turned rather chauvinistic, spouting how she should be barefoot and pregnant and not working, and that got my feminist hackles all up and pissy. I've always been a Ranger girl, but I can't understand how he can still be around playing for scraps. Is her vagina magic? Are you gearing up to make her like Anita Blake? Because if So, please for the love of books don't!!! Characters need growth in a series. Stephanie has not grown, in fact I could argue that she has regressed. After seventeen books, she STILL can't shoot her gun, she can't use handcuffs, she blows up cars, and has no desire to learn self defense. I'm sorry, but she's an idiot. And not a funny one anymore. To me, and I know that I am not alone, Stephanie used to be a source of comic relief. She made me laugh and took me out of the seriousness of my life or other more suspenseful books I was reading at the time. But she's no longer funny, she's a joke. If you are tired of writing her, then please stop. If you think your fans will stop reading if she chooses to stay with ONE of the men, they won't. If you are doing this for the money, I'm sorry. I won't be buying anymore of your novels. If this alienates me in the book blogging world, so be it. I can't stand it anymore. I've held my council for the last three books and I can't do it anymore. It's my opinion, but I am not alone. I implore you to see reason. Please go back to writing meaningfully. Make Stephanie grow up a bit. Make her see that she has to learn. I hate to see her the way she is. I hope you have a plan. I pray to the editors that you have a plan. Please don't string us along. Don't make us hate her. We fans, and Stephanie as well, deserve better than what you are giving us.

  2. 4 out of 5

    James

    Stephanie Plum certainly has a lot of people in her life who want to tell her what to do. I'm not sure I'd handle it as well as she does... and she doesn't always handle it well. But that's why we all love her. Two key things about this particular book: 1. Dead bodies keep popping up. A detective's dream... I mean, yeah, it's bad for the person who was killed, but at least Stephanie is making some money off it, right? (I'm totally joking... she doesn't get paid enough to deal with it). 2. The rela Stephanie Plum certainly has a lot of people in her life who want to tell her what to do. I'm not sure I'd handle it as well as she does... and she doesn't always handle it well. But that's why we all love her. Two key things about this particular book: 1. Dead bodies keep popping up. A detective's dream... I mean, yeah, it's bad for the person who was killed, but at least Stephanie is making some money off it, right? (I'm totally joking... she doesn't get paid enough to deal with it). 2. The relationship spin-o-wheel is on over-drive this time. Not only has everyone stuck their nose into whether she should have Ranger or Morelli, she's being setup on blind dates now... and her friends are making bets on what will happen. You know it's bad when it gets to that degree. And if you're on book 17, do you really want a regular review on this one? If you've never read the series before, go back and read 1 thru 3. They set everything up... and by then, you'll know if you have the hutzpah to handle 'em all. And oh yeah... when I've got 18 books in the series I've read, and only done 2 reviews, and it's been 5 to 10 years since I've read them... it's gonna be hard to remember everything to finish these reviews. Yikes, why do I feel so much pressure to have a review for every rating when I've read a book. I'm such a type A over-achiever who needs a good swift kick in the... And I bet that's how Stephanie feels too! About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. 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. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. [polldaddy poll=9729544] [polldaddy poll=9719251]

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heather Book Savvy Babe

    Steph better pick a guy already….this series has been dragging the last couple of books, we need to pick a direction and move forward…. Alrighty, the review is up! You can also find this review, and see if I’m team Ranger or team Morelli on my blog @ http://booksavvybabe.com In Smokin’ Seventeen, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back in action. With not-so-trusty sidekick Lula at her side, Stephanie is on the hunt for skips, trying to decide between two men, fending off her mother’s matchmaking at Steph better pick a guy already….this series has been dragging the last couple of books, we need to pick a direction and move forward…. Alrighty, the review is up! You can also find this review, and see if I’m team Ranger or team Morelli on my blog @ http://booksavvybabe.com In Smokin’ Seventeen, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back in action. With not-so-trusty sidekick Lula at her side, Stephanie is on the hunt for skips, trying to decide between two men, fending off her mother’s matchmaking attempts, and of course, trying to stay alive. Stephanie Plum novels can always be counted on to bring a laugh to the reader, and Smokin’ Seventeen did not disappoint. Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur didn’t have huge part, but she is always entertaining. Lula, the former hooker-turned-sidekick, was her usual zany, outrageous character. The romance dynamics between Ranger, Morelli, and Stephanie was pretty much the same too, with Stephanie trying to decide between them. Thanks to Grandma Bella’s curses and love triangle dynamics, the steamy scenes heated up in Smokin’ Seventeen. Smokin’ Seventeen is a bit different from previous books in that there is not one major felon that Stephanie has to capture and turn in. Smokin’ Seventeen is more a series of smaller skips and exploits combined together. There is a feeling, which began in earlier books, that Stephanie is getting tired of the bounty hunter escapades and ready to move on. I enjoyed reading Smokin’ Seventeen, it’s a light, fun, quick read. It is not my favorite in the series, but it is always fun to see what Stephanie and the gang are up to. This installment in the series was more of the same, not much changing. The book leaves off with excitement and anticipation for the future (a little bit of a cliff hanger), and I am looking forward to see what happens next. The Stephanie Plum series is a highly entertaining and fun series, and one that I recommend!

  4. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    Why do I keep torturing myself with these books? Probably because I so loved them up until #14 and I'm an eternal optimist, hoping something will actually happen! The cover blurb was so promising on this installment, I actually allowed myself to get my hopes up. Word of warning to those of you who would like to see things go somewhere between Stephanie and Ranger or Morelli - DON'T!! This time around, she has sex with both but that's it... wham bam, thank you ma'm skim overs then off to work, NO Why do I keep torturing myself with these books? Probably because I so loved them up until #14 and I'm an eternal optimist, hoping something will actually happen! The cover blurb was so promising on this installment, I actually allowed myself to get my hopes up. Word of warning to those of you who would like to see things go somewhere between Stephanie and Ranger or Morelli - DON'T!! This time around, she has sex with both but that's it... wham bam, thank you ma'm skim overs then off to work, NO substantial feelings, NO emotional connection - nada. That goes double for the men,not one single scene of substance! It seems as if Evanovich uses the sex to placate fans then blames Stephanie's "confusion" as an excuse NOT to dig a smidgen deeper. This would not be so frustrating and I would have quit reading three books ago if there were not such a rich reservoir of possibilities to mine in either the Ranger or Morelli story lines (especially with Ranger, IMHO). Evanovich is such a genius at witty repartee, and sexual tension that steams right off the pages, what is she afraid of? As it is, the end result stands with NOTHING new... once again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Marissa

    Dear God, seriously? Another guy for Steph? I think I want to change my pick from Steph & Morelli to Morelli & Ranger. Yum!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    So, this series has held us in love-triangle hell for 17 books now. Imagine my glee when Stephanie finally starts having sex with the guy whose team I have been on the whole time! (Go Team Ranger) But, there is a slight problem with Stephanie having sex with Ranger - which, again, I love! That is that she is also having sex with Morelli. And, she is trying to hide it from Morelli. And, she says that she would freak out if she found out that Morelli was even dating another woman. Moral dilemmas ev So, this series has held us in love-triangle hell for 17 books now. Imagine my glee when Stephanie finally starts having sex with the guy whose team I have been on the whole time! (Go Team Ranger) But, there is a slight problem with Stephanie having sex with Ranger - which, again, I love! That is that she is also having sex with Morelli. And, she is trying to hide it from Morelli. And, she says that she would freak out if she found out that Morelli was even dating another woman. Moral dilemmas everywhere! Stephanie has a good reason for suddenly turning into super-slut. Morelli's grandmother put a hex on her, called the "vordo" and it supposedly makes her a dirty whore. Ranger is down with this whole thing. "I got a lot of exercise last night. I deserve this muffin." Ranger smiled. "I'll give you that. Why did you keep shouting go vordo?" ------------------------------ Ranger closed the file. "What's your plan for the day?" "I thought I'd do my bounty hunter thing." "You know where to find me if you want to do your vordo thing." ---------------------------- At eight o'clock I called Ranger. "Are you busy?" I asked him. "Is this about vordo?" You gotta love a man who will help you through your vordo! I am getting vordo just thinking about him. Despite Stephanie's sluttiness, I enjoyed the change of pace in this book. She usually spends all of her time waffling over these two guys and not actually doing much about it. It's pretty obvious, at this point, that her relationship with Morelli is going nowhere. Even her mother is trying to set her up with a new guy. "You've been seeing Joseph Morelli for years now," my mother said. "It's the talk of the neighborhood. Why aren't you at least engaged?" Which brings me to the last thing I wanted to mention in my review.. which I admit is a crappy review since I spent it lusting over talking about a fictional guy that I want in my book-boyfriend harem.. Mom says they have been dating for years. And, the series has gone on for years. And, Rex the hamster, was 2 years old in the first book...... I think you know where I'm going here.... Either someone is secretly replacing dead Rexes for new ones while Stephanie is sleeping, or Rex is the world's most amazing hamster. He's lived the lifespan of at least 2 or 3 normal hamsters. I think someone needs to contact the Guinness Book of World Records. Rex must be on one hell of a workout program!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Crowinator

    This is one of those series that I keep reading despite acknowledging that they aren't that good anymore and haven't been for a while. The last one I truly liked was number 11 (my favorite of them all). But I still love the characters so much that I can't help it, and I keep hoping that the series will return to its former glory. You know, with actually decent mysteries and character development. If this is anything like the last five, though, it will take me only a few hours to read, make me la This is one of those series that I keep reading despite acknowledging that they aren't that good anymore and haven't been for a while. The last one I truly liked was number 11 (my favorite of them all). But I still love the characters so much that I can't help it, and I keep hoping that the series will return to its former glory. You know, with actually decent mysteries and character development. If this is anything like the last five, though, it will take me only a few hours to read, make me laugh a few times, and be totally forgettable. ETA: Also, this book comes with stickers that say I [Heart] Morelli and I [Heart] Ranger, which greatly annoys me. Who are these stickers for? UPDATE: Pretty much as I thought, though better than the last one. Stephanie actually caught some skips quickly, for once, though all the standard stuff was there (cars exploding, getting food thrown on her, capturing someone naked, etc.). My two major complaints are how obvious the villain was (even Stephanie should have figured it out the first time she watched the surveillance video, like I did); and how Evanovich reused the "cliffhanger" ending from a much earlier book, where we end with Stephanie about to make a "decision" between Ranger and Morelli for a special event. I just don't care anymore. (view spoiler)[But at least she boinked Ranger AND Morelli in this one, a lot, so that's, ya know, a step. At least she's dancing on the fence while she's on it. (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Ricks

    OK, so those of us who like Ranger will like this one a little better, but I still feel like we're being strung along. I don't dislike Joe and if she's going to be with him then fine, but please stop with the flip-flopping and guilt. Evanovich needs to take some lessons from Ward, KMM or even Roberts and give us a little more detail, especially with Ranger. I mean, come on. Also, her characters still talk the same way they did at the beginning of the series - it's not the 90s and it's time to up OK, so those of us who like Ranger will like this one a little better, but I still feel like we're being strung along. I don't dislike Joe and if she's going to be with him then fine, but please stop with the flip-flopping and guilt. Evanovich needs to take some lessons from Ward, KMM or even Roberts and give us a little more detail, especially with Ranger. I mean, come on. Also, her characters still talk the same way they did at the beginning of the series - it's not the 90s and it's time to update. (view spoiler)[ At the end she's got the gift cards for plane tickets along with Dave the crazy killer's tickets and she tells Lula she's taking a trip and it's all about her lady parts, and of course, that's the end with no preview of the next book.(view spoiler)[ With the next installment I'm thinking I'll wait to see how others review it rather than pre-ordering. I feel like each novel is essentially the same story over and over with a slight twist. Stephanie will have car issues be jealous of Terry McCann even though she won't commit to Joe and doesn't know if there's anything there, Lula will get called fat and go off, Joe will question the status of their relationship but no progress will be made, and Ranger will just be hot and take care of Stephanie when needed. (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)]

  9. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    I loved this book! Ranger was in it a lot, Morelli was being ok, there was a new guy, an ok plot, lots of funny Lula, and some Grandma Mazur. Cars were lost and I found myself laughing out loud during some parts. What more could you want?? Edit: After reading some other reviews I think I must be in the minority in that I don't want Stephanie to make a choice between her guys. I like them both and this is escapism. I don't need lots of character development with this series. I like it the way it i I loved this book! Ranger was in it a lot, Morelli was being ok, there was a new guy, an ok plot, lots of funny Lula, and some Grandma Mazur. Cars were lost and I found myself laughing out loud during some parts. What more could you want?? Edit: After reading some other reviews I think I must be in the minority in that I don't want Stephanie to make a choice between her guys. I like them both and this is escapism. I don't need lots of character development with this series. I like it the way it is.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ron Arden

    I think Janet Evanovich is becoming much too formulaic in these books. This one starts out with Lula and Stephanie in the usual mix of eating, complaining and trying to make a living at Vinnie's Bail Bonds. The first 3rd of the book is really boring and focuses too much on Lula. I liked these books better when Lula was there as any minor character in Stephanie's life. She has become too much of a focus and really drags the story down. Once Morelli and Ranger enter this story, it finally starts to I think Janet Evanovich is becoming much too formulaic in these books. This one starts out with Lula and Stephanie in the usual mix of eating, complaining and trying to make a living at Vinnie's Bail Bonds. The first 3rd of the book is really boring and focuses too much on Lula. I liked these books better when Lula was there as any minor character in Stephanie's life. She has become too much of a focus and really drags the story down. Once Morelli and Ranger enter this story, it finally starts to pick up. The plot centers around dead bodies that turn up in the vacant lot of the bail bonds business. It turns out the bodies are from people who were in a weekly poker game and they are some very unsavory characters in deed. As the story moves on, Stephanie's mom is trying to fix her up with a "nice" young man, a woman is trying to run Stephanie down in her car and there a bunch of FTAs (failed to appear in court) people she needs to capture, as part of her job as a bounty hunter. The story has its funny parts, but I figured out the killer less than half way through the book and there was a lot that I didn't care about. This book is fine easy summer reading, but I think Evanovich needs to take a breather on these, so she can breathe a little more life into them.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    One of my favorites to date! Loved everything about it and the vordo, oh my the vordo. About time in some cases. ;)

  12. 5 out of 5

    MBP

    Yes, I know I swore off this series after Sixteen... hope springs eternal?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elle's Book Blog

    I love this series. It never get's old for me. And I will read every single one as long as they are published. With that, this is another FANTASTIC novel in the Stephanie Plum series and I highly recommend it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Patterson

    Life in Trenton continues for Stephanie Plum, the world’s worst bounty hunter. The writing is as good as ever. The wonderful characters are back. But Stephanie’s ‘love’ for two men has been going on for too long. It’s enough. At 30-something and still acting like a spoilt teenager, Stephanie’s act is wearing thin. I wanted to jump into the book and slap her, and offer this advice: Choose Morelli. Ranger doesn’t want you. He doesn’t want anyone. Otherwise our favourite cast is back. Rex, the hams Life in Trenton continues for Stephanie Plum, the world’s worst bounty hunter. The writing is as good as ever. The wonderful characters are back. But Stephanie’s ‘love’ for two men has been going on for too long. It’s enough. At 30-something and still acting like a spoilt teenager, Stephanie’s act is wearing thin. I wanted to jump into the book and slap her, and offer this advice: Choose Morelli. Ranger doesn’t want you. He doesn’t want anyone. Otherwise our favourite cast is back. Rex, the hamster, and Morelli’s dog, Bob, play their parts. Lula crams her voluptuous body into miniscule ‘glam’ outfits. Grandma Mazur is still obsessed with viewings at the local funeral home. Mrs Plum irons her way through stressful situations and Mr Plum reads the paper and eats dinner. Mooner’s bus has become the bail bonds office which was burnt down. Bondsman, Cousin Vincent Plum, is as creepy as ever. Grandma Bella curses Stephanie. Again. Enter Dave, a high school friend of Stephanie’s. Her mother just wants her married and is willing to overlook some of his alleged shady business dealings. Dave cooks and Stephanie likes food. So Dave gets to hang out in her apartment for a while. Add the usual murders, blown up cars, skips, fast food outlets like Tasty Cakes and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, the ‘different’ cockfighting as the crime and you have a recipe for success. By the end of the book, Stephanie has five people who want her dead. Explosive Eighteen is out in November.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Love Stephanie Plum! Reread June 2016. Well, romance got even tougher. Steph goes back and forth between Morelli and Ranger a lot, but when her mom finds another candidate, it gets worse. Reread May 2018 — Steph gets a lot more action in this book. She gets cursed by Morelli’s scary grandma and finally gets lucky with Ranger. (Maybe not so much a curse as a blessing) Meanwhile her life is in danger...again.

  16. 5 out of 5

    QueenB

    Like a lot of other people on here, I'm going to state that this is more of a 3 1/2 star rating (where's the half star option, goodreads?) The last few books from 13 on have really lost all charm and appeal for me. Recycled lines, plots, jokes, sexual tension that's not even a ping on the radar and less than no character development. I honestly felt like after 12, Ms Evanovich reached a point where she might actually have to go forward with the characters and series, so she backed off. Unfortunat Like a lot of other people on here, I'm going to state that this is more of a 3 1/2 star rating (where's the half star option, goodreads?) The last few books from 13 on have really lost all charm and appeal for me. Recycled lines, plots, jokes, sexual tension that's not even a ping on the radar and less than no character development. I honestly felt like after 12, Ms Evanovich reached a point where she might actually have to go forward with the characters and series, so she backed off. Unfortunately, she took it so far that she basically put it in reverse. These books are not supposed to be taken overly seriously. They're supposed to be ridiculous and funny and larger than life and zany with some action, suspense and smexy times thrown in. Unfortunately since 12 she hasn't delivered on most of that. However, this book was worlds better than the last 4. I actually laughed hysterically at a few parts and she definitely stepped up the steaminess which felt like overdrive considering the absolute desert we'd been wading through for several books, but you won't hear me complain. At this point I felt like I needed it as bad as Steph did. I do believe that there will be something happening with the relationship choice soon, unfortunately because of the awful way it's been written this far, if it isn't handled right in the next couple books, either way she goes is just going to feel off for me. I honestly feel that at this point the relationship with Morelli has been so very destroyed, plus the character of Morelli has been cut up pretty bad, that she really needs to make a clean break with that relationship at least for a few books while she and Ranger try to make an honest go of it. If, in the end, the Ranger thing doesn't work she can run back into Joe and they can start fresh with her and Ranger as friends and allies. Or, she and Ranger might really shock themselves and work and she and Joe can be good friends and she'll have an in at the police station. Either way, something that makes sense needs to happen at some point, but that's just my two cents. All in all a much stronger and sexier and funnier addition (though the mystery and the third love interest was basically nonstarters)that will leave fans hopeful that we're getting our Stephanie Plum back. As an aside, a big gripe I have is that in order for dumb luck to save Steph and not Ranger, she constantly runs to Morelli with all her concerns and possible leads which he never is able to do anything about instead of going to Ranger who is the only one to ever be effective at protecting her, and then she gets almost killed. Every time. Just saying.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angie

    I can't wait for this book to come out. I just really hope there is more Ranger and Joe in this book. books 15 and 16 were not her best work.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Review posted at Hesperia Loves Books It is hard to put into words how utterly disappointed in this series that I am. When I first started reading Stephanie Plum, I was immediately sucked in by her & the world in which she lives. Each book was so hilariously funny and outrageous that it quickly became a 'go-to' read for me when I needed a pick me up, escape or just good tear-streaming laughter. Now I just feel like I'm watching a really bad episode of Jersey Shore and can't stop saying 'WTF'! Review posted at Hesperia Loves Books It is hard to put into words how utterly disappointed in this series that I am. When I first started reading Stephanie Plum, I was immediately sucked in by her & the world in which she lives. Each book was so hilariously funny and outrageous that it quickly became a 'go-to' read for me when I needed a pick me up, escape or just good tear-streaming laughter. Now I just feel like I'm watching a really bad episode of Jersey Shore and can't stop saying 'WTF'!! This series has now earned it's spot on my do-not buy list, I will not continue to spend my $ on a product that is just being recycled from one book to the next. I would like to say that I'm never going to read the series again, but I honestly can't. After investing my time in reading the previous books, I have to know how the series ends. Hopefully, Ms. Evanovich you will end it soon! I would take the time to discuss the plot of the book, but, once you've read one book, the story pretty much never differs. Stephanie is after skips, Stephanie takes Grandma Mazur to visitation @ the funeral home, someone is out to kill Stephanie, Stephanie is torn between Joe & Ranger, Stephanie goes through cars like underwear & she is just as clueless and just as big of an idiot in book 17 as she was in book 1. In the beginning it was funny, now it's just painful to read. My biggest complaint with this book is this: In the past Stephanie has always made a very diligent effort to not cheat. If she was with Morelli, no matter how strong her attraction was to Ranger, she never gave into it. Now all of a sudden, she has no problems with sleeping with either of them and even back-to-back! Don't even get me started on the Porsche 'beep-beep' back alley sex, professional much?! It's like she used the curse Grandma Bella gave (which she says she doesn't believe in) to give her free license! Now, I know that her & Joe agreed to an 'open' relationship but if she found out that Joe was sleeping with Joyce or Terri, how would she react? Would she consider that cheating? You bet your ass she would! Morelli & Ranger are two very alpha males, and I honestly don't understand why they keep hanging around for whatever Stephanie decides to give them. Stephanie perceives them as commitment phobic men but has she ever considered that maybe her actions are what makes them not want to commit! I ended my Sizzling Sixteen with "God, I hope the next one is better." I've learned my lesson unlike Stephanie :/

  19. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    This series used to be fun, addictive fluff, but it's wearing thin. The bail bonds crew is working out of Mooner's van and going to desperate lengths to drum up business as bodies pile up on their lot. The usual formula is in full force, but without much of the charm of previous books. Stephanie and Lula chase wacky skips, Grandma Mazur makes a scene at a viewing, people get tasered, cars are destroyed. Even Ranger and Morelli seem to be sick of this shit, they show up for surprisingly soulless r This series used to be fun, addictive fluff, but it's wearing thin. The bail bonds crew is working out of Mooner's van and going to desperate lengths to drum up business as bodies pile up on their lot. The usual formula is in full force, but without much of the charm of previous books. Stephanie and Lula chase wacky skips, Grandma Mazur makes a scene at a viewing, people get tasered, cars are destroyed. Even Ranger and Morelli seem to be sick of this shit, they show up for surprisingly soulless romance scenes but mostly stay clear of Stephanie's investigation until their car-loaning or police-reporting services are needed. Possibly they sense that she doesn't really need them this time, considering that the mystery is obvious almost from the start (even though the reader isn't given all the connections until the inevitable confession). These books used to work in character development between the hijinks. Stephanie was learning the ropes as a bounty hunter, starting a relationship with the kind of guy she's supposed to want, and being tempted by each new reveal about the one she shouldn't. The last few novels have felt like they're in just as much of a holding pattern as the continuity-optional "between the numbers" entries, though. I used to sympathize with Stephanie's confusion, but stringing along these guys is doing more than stagnating the series. It's starting to make me feel like she's a bad person for treating them both that way. It's getting old, especially now that I'm caught up and have to wait around just to be disappointed by the lack of movement in each new release. As someone who read most of these books just last year, I can't even imagine how frustrated some of the long-time fans must be.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Maybe 3-1/2 stars. It was much better in some ways than the last few books. Lula wasn't nearly so unbelievable. Stephanie actually caught some skips. I enjoy Mooner. I was disappointed in the developments in the love triangle. It actually left a bit of a sour taste. (view spoiler)[Stephanie sleeps with both Morelli and Ranger on back to back nights. It's been a long time since she has slept with Ranger and she's had a fairly exclusive thing going with Morelli. So I basically felt like she was ch Maybe 3-1/2 stars. It was much better in some ways than the last few books. Lula wasn't nearly so unbelievable. Stephanie actually caught some skips. I enjoy Mooner. I was disappointed in the developments in the love triangle. It actually left a bit of a sour taste. (view spoiler)[Stephanie sleeps with both Morelli and Ranger on back to back nights. It's been a long time since she has slept with Ranger and she's had a fairly exclusive thing going with Morelli. So I basically felt like she was cheating. She even wonders if Morelli is sleeping around and acknowledges how upset she would be if that were the case. So, uck. (hide spoiler)] The mystery that she gets involved in plays out differently than you expect at first, although I did guess who just not why. It was cute, it was humorous. It has stickers in the back so you can be on either the Morelli or Ranger team. I'll keep reading but my vote is kick Ranger down the road and marry Morelli.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dagny

    The usual laughs but Stephanie spent a bit too much time dithering between boy friends for me. It may have been caused by Morelli's Grandma Bella's evil eye. Still, there were mom's fix-up dinners in her mission to find a husband for Stephanie and Lulu's usual insane antics. Grandma Mazur is still carrying a gun in her purse, so all is well in the Burg.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Antof9

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. These books are getting more and more outlandish every time I read one. And although they are good junk food after a heavy and/or non-fiction book, I'm kind of tired of them. It seems they're getting more over the top and crazier and crazier ideas every time (which doesn't translate to "more interesting"). Seriously, the second Stephanie thought she recognized the guy in the tape, I knew it was Dave. Did anyone reading it think otherwise? No. Evanovich has turned into the literary equivalent of t These books are getting more and more outlandish every time I read one. And although they are good junk food after a heavy and/or non-fiction book, I'm kind of tired of them. It seems they're getting more over the top and crazier and crazier ideas every time (which doesn't translate to "more interesting"). Seriously, the second Stephanie thought she recognized the guy in the tape, I knew it was Dave. Did anyone reading it think otherwise? No. Evanovich has turned into the literary equivalent of the bad figure skater who telegraphs her jump 10 seconds before she actually does it. Why are these books still going? She needs to pick an ending and write it. The last 5 or so could have been skipped because they are now formulaic and we could write our own version. Stephanie Plum books must contain: 1. Lula in spandex 2. Lula at Cluck-in-a-bucket (or whatever it's called) 3. Stephanie wanting doughnuts 4. Stephanie getting shot at or attached in various doughnut and/or restaurant establishments 5. Sleep w/ Ranger 6. Sleep w/ Morelli 7. Bob the dog eats something that's not dog and/or people food 8. At least one viewing at the funeral home 9. Stephanie ruining her and/or Ranger's car There's more but I've already bored myself. Just thankful I got this from the library. Oh, and the library copy contains "I <3 Ranger" and "I <3 Morelli" stickers at the back. Although I was something like #236 on the list for the book, both stickers are still in the back. Regardless of how popular Team Snape and/or Team Jacob stickers might be, clearly the Stephanie Plum readers don't even care enough to take the sticker out of the library book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Louise Culmer

    I have enjoyed all the Stephanie Plum novels up until this one, some more than others. But this one failed to engage me. You don't read the Plum novels for the gritty realism, but the plot of this one I thought was more than usually silly, especially the man who thought he was a vampire. And while I know Lula is supposed to be eccentric, it is a bit too much to swallow that she really believes that the chickens that are sold in supermarkets are bred without feathers. She seems to be turning into I have enjoyed all the Stephanie Plum novels up until this one, some more than others. But this one failed to engage me. You don't read the Plum novels for the gritty realism, but the plot of this one I thought was more than usually silly, especially the man who thought he was a vampire. And while I know Lula is supposed to be eccentric, it is a bit too much to swallow that she really believes that the chickens that are sold in supermarkets are bred without feathers. She seems to be turning into a female Homer Simpson. I've always found the whole Ranger/Morelli thing a bit unbelievable anyway - I mean we are constantly told that Stephanie is only average looking, so it is a bit hard to believe that TWO drop-dead gorgeous men are smitten by her. And apparently prepared to put up with her dithering between the two of them indefinitely. But now she's jumped into bed with Ranger again, and Morelli isn't supposed to even mind that? Is he a man or a mouse? I never thought I would get tired of this series, but it seems I have.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    This is really more like 3.5 stars. Wish they had the 1/2 star available! Anyway, you can never really go wrong with a Plum book. If nothing else you know you're going to get some laughs. The next book is supposed to be out in November and it looks like she's going to make a decision about Ranger & Morelli. Which is really a good thing because she was really a 'ho in this one, which she blamed on Grandma Bella!! And her mom was trying really hard to throw another guy into the mix. I'm pullin This is really more like 3.5 stars. Wish they had the 1/2 star available! Anyway, you can never really go wrong with a Plum book. If nothing else you know you're going to get some laughs. The next book is supposed to be out in November and it looks like she's going to make a decision about Ranger & Morelli. Which is really a good thing because she was really a 'ho in this one, which she blamed on Grandma Bella!! And her mom was trying really hard to throw another guy into the mix. I'm pulling for Morelli, so maybe we'll get a resolution. The mystery seems to be an afterthought in this one, but that's okay. Plus I figured out who the bad guy was pretty quick. I got what I expect from these books! (there's an editing error in here regarding a bartender who got shot in the leg that just drove me nuts!)

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    There are a few things we can always count on in a Stephanie Plum book: at least one of Stephanie's cars will be blown up; Stephanie will be conflicted over her feelings for both Morelli and Ranger; Morelli's grandmother will put the evil eye on Stephanie; Stephanie will spend time with Lula and hijinks will ensue; Grandma Mazur will try to open a coffin to get a look at the dead body inside. Every. Single. Time. Sometimes I feel like Evanovich has a computer program where she plugs in a new char There are a few things we can always count on in a Stephanie Plum book: at least one of Stephanie's cars will be blown up; Stephanie will be conflicted over her feelings for both Morelli and Ranger; Morelli's grandmother will put the evil eye on Stephanie; Stephanie will spend time with Lula and hijinks will ensue; Grandma Mazur will try to open a coffin to get a look at the dead body inside. Every. Single. Time. Sometimes I feel like Evanovich has a computer program where she plugs in a new character name here, a new detail there, and the program spits out a book. It's felt that way ever since, I don't know, book 12 maybe? Initially I thought the problem was that I read the earlier novels in quick succession and that led to burnout. But no, the problem is that every single Stephanie Plum novel is exactly the same. This is, of course, no different from the others, just a little bit less well-written. Someone in another review on Goodreads pointed out that Stephanie never grows or learns from her mistakes. It's absurd, really, how she gets herself into the same scrapes again and again and again, never stopping to think, "Hm. Maybe I shouldn't try to track down this killer myself when I actually have zero skills." She's the ultimate Mary Sue and is a moron on top of it. She either stumbles into apprehensions (moron) or needs to be rescued by either Morelli or Ranger or both (Mary Sue). How she's stayed alive for 17 books is beyond me. Evanovich throws in ridiculous characters and events just for humor, knowing full well that never, ever would anyone come across so much absurdity in one lifetime, let alone one book (which generally spans a couple weeks). In Smokin' Seventeen Stephanie apprehends a guy who thinks he's a vampire, a guy who repeatedly answers the door naked, and a woman who tries, again and again, to run her down. Meanwhile, Lula thinks she's a vampire (after getting a hickey from the faux-vampire), shoots the naked guy in the toe, steals an SUV, and commits multiple hit-and-run accidents all on one trip, including taking the bumper off a federal vehicle. Suspending disbelief quickly became exhausting. Evanovich can write an entertaining novel. She's done it repeatedly. But this is a pale shadow of the older Stephanie Plum novels. Read those, if you haven't already. But save yourself the eye-rolling and aggravation and take a pass on the later titles, this one included.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Hmmm.. This is a weird one for me. I think I loved this book as much as I hated it! I thought Lula was on fire and just the whole circumstance with the 'bonds bus' was hilarious! I love Mooner, Vinnie, Connie and all the rest! I have to say Stephanie wasn't my favorite person in this book. Ugh just the whole thing of sleeping with Ranger when she's seeing Morelli. ( whatever arrangement she says they have, I don't think Joe had a clue she's been sleeping with Ranger too!) and WTF Morelli gets sh Hmmm.. This is a weird one for me. I think I loved this book as much as I hated it! I thought Lula was on fire and just the whole circumstance with the 'bonds bus' was hilarious! I love Mooner, Vinnie, Connie and all the rest! I have to say Stephanie wasn't my favorite person in this book. Ugh just the whole thing of sleeping with Ranger when she's seeing Morelli. ( whatever arrangement she says they have, I don't think Joe had a clue she's been sleeping with Ranger too!) and WTF Morelli gets shot down twice because of a bladder infection but it's a free for all with Ranger?! Morelli gets granny panties when Ranger gets a red lace thong!! Ranger has good food and nice sheets and Morelli has a dog! Seriously??!! I do believe Stephanie loves Morelli but that she's a coward who's afraid to commit to ANYTHING and she just uses Ranger as an excuse. Like she does for everything! Vordo,etc. Sometimes I just wish Morelli would just wake up and move on but than maybe he's not ready either that's why he doesn't push her! I did think that Stephanie was a little extra stupid in this book. Taking a shower while some stranger is in your house cooking? You'd think with all her experience she would know better and be more careful. And actually you would think that Morelli would've went home with her knowing theres a killer after her! I had a feeling it was Dave the whole time so I was a little disappointed but it all worked out in the end. In saying all that ha ha.. I did actually really enjoy the book and didn't want it to end! And I do still love Stephanie. I love Evanovich's writing, her world, her characters. Everything is so light hearted and funny and always evolves around food!! I'm gonna take my friends' advice and "Take it for what it is!" I think and hope that Stephanie will eventually choose someone. Sooner than we think hopefully!! I don't think it will hurt the series, I think we're all more than ready to see her settle down! I can see her and Lula becoming Private Investigators or something like that, not as dangerous. I still can't wait to read the next book and it's out sooner than I thought so that's a bonus!! Who's she gonna take?!!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I picked up an earlier book from this series on the sale rack at the airport when I desperately needed something to read. It was hysterical and I recommended this book to a lot of people. So I was very excited to get my copy of Smokin Seventeen. To my disappointment the story was the same as the last Stephanie Plum I read with the exceptions being this one wasn't funny and Evanovich seemed to feel compelled to turn Stephanie into a slut; complete with back to back nights of sex with her differen I picked up an earlier book from this series on the sale rack at the airport when I desperately needed something to read. It was hysterical and I recommended this book to a lot of people. So I was very excited to get my copy of Smokin Seventeen. To my disappointment the story was the same as the last Stephanie Plum I read with the exceptions being this one wasn't funny and Evanovich seemed to feel compelled to turn Stephanie into a slut; complete with back to back nights of sex with her different "boyfriends." I think what I take issue with most from this book is how I'm supposed to be convinced that two, successful, super hot men want to have sex with Stephanie. She is almost as dumb as Sookie Stackhouse, lacks any kind of personality, lives in a dumpy apartment, and never seems to wear makeup, do her hair, or wear anything besides sneakers, jeans, and t-shirts. Yet, I'm supposed to believe these men are clambering for a chance to roll in the hay with her? Is she equipped with a special vagina that does tricks? I can't see any other way I'm supposed to believe these men want to have sex with her (even the killer wants in on the action). Maybe I missed an earlier book in the series which explains that yes, she does in fact have a magic vagina, but if not, then I'm going to have to say that Evanovich is trying to make her heroine seem contemporary and edgy, but ultimately misses her mark.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Smith

    Worst Stephanie Plum book yet. I have loved this series from the beginning. I loved, loved, loved One For the Money and I loved these books all the way until about book 14. I recommended these books to patrons and to friends and I anxiously awaited the next Stephanie Plum book. But somewhere around book 14 the plots got thinner, the dialogue more ridiculous and the books more repetative. Now with book 17 there is no plot, the characters are washed out boring versions of themselves. Oh! and every Worst Stephanie Plum book yet. I have loved this series from the beginning. I loved, loved, loved One For the Money and I loved these books all the way until about book 14. I recommended these books to patrons and to friends and I anxiously awaited the next Stephanie Plum book. But somewhere around book 14 the plots got thinner, the dialogue more ridiculous and the books more repetative. Now with book 17 there is no plot, the characters are washed out boring versions of themselves. Oh! and everyone has suddenly become a total loser. Stephanie becomes a slut, Ranger gets a desk job and Morelli just doesn't seem to care anymore. Their antics have become repetative and boring. ya ya ya a car explodes, Stephanie likes to eat donuts, and her relatives are crazy. But where is the excitment? I want my money back and I didn't even pay for this book. Janet Evanovich has either totally lost interest in writing this series or she has been letting other people write this series and continued to slap her name on the cover. I am DONE.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    There were a few laugh-out-loud moments (the granny panty scenes were fun) but the "bad guy" was really obvious in this episode. This did end in more of a surprise and "tease" than the other books and I have to say that I'm interested in finding out what Stephanie is planning. (for those of you who saw my review of Explosive Eighteen and are thinking "I've read this review before".....you have.....I reviewed this book but searched for the wrong book and haven't read Explosive Eighteen yet)

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tannaz

    اگر وان فور د مانی را دیده ای، توصیه می کنم این کتاب را بخوانی

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