Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Explosive Eighteen (Stephanie Plum, #18) by Janet Evanovich

"I'm always amazed at the way life plays out. How so often single decisions sets people on an irreversible journey."

Upon returning from her dream vacation, that wasn't, a dream that is, Stephanie finds she's somehow managed to pick up somebody else's photograph. Thinking it wasn't important and that she would never be able to find its owner, she threw the photo away. Unfortunately for her, the photo was more important than she could have ever imagined. People are searching for it and are willing to do whatever it takes to get their hands on it, including killing anyone who gets in there way.

Meanwhile Stephanie is being closed mouthed about what happened on her not so dream worthy Hawaiian vacation. We know it involved Marelli, Ranger, a ring that left a white ban around her otherwise tanned ring finger, and caused her to come home early and the 'boys' to be detained after they got into a fight. So the questions on everyone's mind is did she get engaged and/or married and, as the ring is nowhere to be found, what happened and with whom?

This was basically the same song, different dance from Ms. Evanovich. Every now and then, however, it's nice to add another Stephanie Plum book to your stack. Still plenty of laughs and good times to be had. This one, however, left off with an unanswered question. Early on in the book, Lula asks Stephanie if she could be pregnant? So the question on my mind is will we be hearing the pitter patter of little feet in an upcoming book and, if so, who's the daddy? I think it would be a riot if Stephanie ended up pregnant. Would She finally be forced to choose between Morelli and Ranger? Would the guys abandon her or would they each step up to the plate? Of course my ultimate fav would be for Stephanie to end up with twins, one from Ranger and one from Morelli. Hey, that kind of stuff has happened in real life, and with Stephanie's luck it would happen to her.

If I had to create a theme song for this one, I'd probably pick the music to 'Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun' by Julie Brown. I would, however, change the lyrics to something like, "Everybody run, Lula bought a rocket launcher at a yard sale in the projects just for fun." lol

Overall I gave this one 3 out of 5 roses. It was a little too predictable, but still a fun read. On the Lisarenee Romance Rating Scale, this one scored a BLUSH rating--at the beginning stages of romance where something is just starting to be stirred. I still adore Stephanie and hope we don't see the end of this series any time soon. I just hope Ms. Evanovich stirs things up a little bit in her next book. Wouldn't if be funny if one of the guys cars blew up and it had nothing to do with Stephanie? What if Stephanie lost her memory, and liked Ranger more than Morelli (yes, I'm team Ranger) or thought she was Lulu? The possibilities are endless. I say go a little crazy Ms. Evanovich. Let Stephanie live a little and take a walk on the wild side.

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