I've listened to all the numbered books in this series now, except for 5 & 6, which Audible doesn't have for some reason. I like them because they make me laugh out loud, which I frequently want to do. I've enjoyed all the books about equally well. None of them struck me as much better or much worse than the others. For this reason, I'm just going to express my general opinion of the series.
Suspension of disbelief is an important part of reading fiction. If fiction precisely imitated real life, what fun would that be? It's fun to imagine all the incidents involving chases, guns, stun guns, Lula, Grandma Mazur, and exploding cars, to name a few. However, Stephanie's "love life" is stretching my suspension to the breaking point.
This girl supposedly has 2 super-hot "chick magnets" fighting over her--sort of. You'd think she must be something pretty special, but as far as I can tell, she's just a major pain in the neck to both of them. I can see Ranger keeping her as an entertainment line item in his budget, but I have no idea why Morelli puts up with her. She's just not worthy!
Morelli loves her. She loves Morelli. They have a long history together. He's good to her. By her own account, Morelli is extremely hot and incredibly awesome in bed. Plus, he wants to marry her. You'd think that would be all that any woman could dream of.
Ranger is "magical" in bed, whatever that means. She knows virtually nothing about him, except that he's never gonna marry her. For this, she continually plays games and jeopardizes her relationship with Morelli.
I don't think any man, either real or fictional, (especially a hot-blooded Italian) would keep up a relationship with Stephanie Plum unless she changes her wicked ways pretty darn soon. She's been lucky so far. I will lose all respect for Morelli if he continues to put up with it. Enough is enough! There will still be plenty of room for adventure and mayhem if she settles down with Morelli.
I hope the next book will put an end to this ridiculous love/sex triangle.
I am an avid eclectic reader.
Lorelei King's narration of this series is what makes it all work. Stephanie Plum bond enforcement agent middle name is "trouble." Whatever will go wrong will when Stephanie and Lulu are on the job. This story kept me laughing from bridesmaid dress to car being blown up are vintage Stephanie. I wish Evanovich would have gone into more depth with Grandma Mazur going undercover at the hospital and assisted living facility. The story makes a pleasant break from more serious reading.
I've listened to (or read) all 19 books in this series, starting with One for the Money. Notorious Nineteen didn't disappoint! Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum seems to be edging slightly closer to resolving her difficulty choosing between the two hunks (Ranger and Morelli) but she still has her "issues" (cars blowing up, near death experiences, crazy eating habits) she should probably try to overcome before settling down. This book was on par with many of the past episodes and caused me to laugh out loud several times while listening. How many books can do that? If you have kept up with this series, definitely get this book. If you are new to this series, start from the beginning. Either way, enjoy!
Great story and characters that made me laugh out loud
Great as always. If she ever stops being the narrator for the Stephanie Plum Novels. I will stop listening. No narrator can make these books as enjoyable as they are.
Briggs, He is such a stinker
This is a fun series, I have been listening to a lot of Connelly, Coulter and Lee Child which are also great books. I needed a break from all the serious stuff, and this was perfect.
Yes, It's always better the second time around. Nice easy listening.
Lula, Lula, Lula. Always funny and always so easy to visualize.
Another great story by Janet Evanovich. I love the Stephanie Plum stories. She kept me in stitches.