I read a number of negative reviews complaining of "same ol' thing" in plot. I found this plot far more engaging than others with Stephanie experimenting with emotions and behaviors that showed considerable courage and growth in her own way. So Stephanie is a little slow learning when to and when not to trust... Seems the 'burg did her few favors in growing up with outdated role expectations. It's no wonder her situations bore people or make them uncomfortable. As is normal, though, we blame the story for creating unidentifiable discomfort within our own psyches. Either you'll like the book for what it represents or you won't. Looks like it's a hot or not book with no warm in-betweens.
This book is a little more racy than some of the other Stephanie Plum books that she has written, but I enjoyed it very much. Love the chemistry between all the characters, and a wonderful book for people of all ages. I have read all that Janet Evanovich books, love them all!
I love this whole series of books. I often recommend them.
Lorelei King does a great job reading these books. I really love her Lula.
I travel by car long distances, and these books keep me awake and alert. I can't wait to see what these characters do next.
This just seemed like an afterthought, not very fun. More like "Lets crank out another Stephanie Plum story"
Rather boring and predictable, a real disappointment. The narrator was great, but even she couldn't make this work.
I just love all the Stephanie Plum books and this one was no exception. Kept me giggling the whole time I was listening.
Audio Book Junkie!
I always read the newest Janet Evanovich books. Smokin' Seventeen presents some new situations for Stephanie, but is very similar to the other books - but I always enjoy her outlook on life. When a book makes me laugh out loud - I will recommend it to everyone. I like the early books when they were narrated by C.J.Critt. She did a great job, so it was an adjustment to get used to Lorelei King. She does fine and is no reason not to enjoy Janet Evanovich on Audio.
Too much like the first 16. Nothing new or creative, just a rehash of the same old bumbling Stephanie with the same old Lula. No longer entertaining as you know either Morelli or Ranger is there to help. Characters have been worn out. Very disappointing as there was great potential when this series started.
The voice made Lula sound too stupid and not real. Same with Connie.
They're all the same except the bad guy and you can't cut him as he is the story this time.
Too predictable. It's like Evanovich has made a template and just plugs in new names.
I prefer a series for traveling; one that is fun, entertaining, and clever to the point of distraction.
I like all of the numbered Janet Evanovich books. They are fun and very entertaining. Stephanie is like a grown up, contemporary Ann of Green Gables, always getting in trouble, but never on purpose. I have an extra set of the series in paperbacks, that I use to introduce reading to non-readers; works every time. I have enjoyed listening to the Stephanie Plum series while I travel. I get to laugh a lot and I really look forward to my daily traveling just so I can hear the stories. Sometimes, I don't even want to get out of the car. What I like best is that there is just not one story line in a book, there are usually quite a few, but they all come together in the end. Janet's characters are a hoot!
Yes, the characters are so more "New Jersey" than when I read these books!
Anything Lula does or says!
She has a voice and personality for each character that are perfectly meshed. YOu know exactly who is talking.
Laugh, laugh, laugh
I love this series and would recommend the earlier books, but its getting to the point where every book is the same. The love triangle between Stephanie, Ranger and Morelli is tiresome, thankfully we have Lula and Grandma Mazur to keep us amused.
Lorelei King's performance is probably the main reason I go back to these books now... her narrative really brings the characters to life.