Genre: Romance

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich

Posted January 2, 2018 by karenbaron in Adventure, Cats, Chick Lit, Comedy, Dogs, Guest Post, Murder, Mystery, Review, Series, Urban / 0 Comments

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet EvanovichHardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum, #24
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons on November 14th 2017
Genres: Chick Lit, Crime, Humor, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 320
Format: Hardcover
five-stars

Janet Evanovich’s #1 New York Times bestselling sensation Stephanie Plum returns in her twenty-fourth thriller as mutilated corpses litter the streets of New Jersey...
Trouble comes in bunches for Stephanie Plum. First, professional grave robber and semi-professional loon, Simon Diggery, won’t let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel. Stephanie’s main qualification for babysitting an extremely large snake is that she owns a stun gun—whether that’s for use on the wandering serpent or the petrified neighbors remains to be seen.
Events take a dark turn when headless bodies start appearing across town. At first, it’s just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had the heads removed. But when a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church Stephanie knows that she’s the only one with a prayer of catching this killer.
If all that’s not enough, Diesel’s back in town. The 6-foot-tall, blonde-haired hunk is a man who accepts no limits—that includes locked doors, closed windows and underwear. Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli isn’t pleased at this unexpected arrival nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant who has his own plans for Stephanie.
As usual Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers. What’s the deal with Grandma Mazur’s latest online paramour? Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses? And is the enigmatic Diesel’s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?

Can Morelli, Ranger, and Diesel save Stephanie and Lula before they lose their minds? Or has that already happened?

Hardcore Twenty-Four by Janet Evanovich is full of mystery, humor and the unknown. I have to say it again, love this series. Stephanie Plum may not think her life is great, but it is fun. Let’s face it, it isn’t like she is going to make it at a regular nine to five job. It just isn’t her.

Normally, Stephanie has two hot guys in her life, but in this one book, Diesel is back and she is juggling three hot guys. When Diesel shows up there is always more mystery to Stephanie’s regular day to day craziness. You never know what is going to pop up and grab you.

This was an exceptionally great story. These are the things that pop up in this installment, a boa constrictor named Anita, decapitated corpses, gnomes, Grandma Mazur’s new love, cheesy fries, raccoons eating peanut butter from the jar, Lula’s new extra-ordinary sense, only 4 cars (I think), Old Maid, Key West, double or nothing with Ranger, a lot of cats, and of course Zombies, but not in that order.

Janet Evanovich can truly spin a tale and her Stephanie Plum series is fabulous. My rating is 5 stars and you should read this book.

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This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book on your site. ~Jen

five-stars

About Janet Evanovich

Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.


Running Man by Jennifer Young

Posted December 26, 2017 by karenbaron in Fiction, New Adult Fiction, Review, Romance, Series / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Running Man by Jennifer YoungRunning Man by Jennifer Young
Series: Lake Garda #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Smashwords Edition on September 21st 2016
Genres: Fiction, Romance
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
five-stars

At 21, Giorgia Manfredi is a wealthy Cinderella in a golden cage. Trapped in her family's business — a luxury hotel on Italy's Lake Garda — she yearns for a normal life. When jogger Danny Davies rescues her from a mugging, Giorgia finds that love comes at a price, bringing with it hostility, deceit — and conflict. Can she forgive those she loves and find happiness with the man who’s stolen her heart?

My take on this book:                       Running Man by Jennifer Young is another good book by Ms. Young. She picks this book up three years after Going Back and it was really good. I am glad to see that Gigi is able to find love for herself while still wanting to be apart of the hotel. Well kind of. This book has three different people it follows. Gigi Manfredi, her beau, and a co-worker of Gigi’s. The book centers around Giorgia trying to have a separate personal life from the hotel while trying to take care of her father who has gone downhill when Nico and Leona return from their little honeymoon to trying to have a love life with someone that people might not like, and trying to have a good life.

Giorgia Manfredi is a twenty-one-year-old co-owner of her family’s hotel and is also an heiress.  What I like about her is that she is a pretty smart girl that is at time naive. Another thing that I like about her is that she is taking care of the family hotel and trying to live her personal life her way.  She wants a love like her brother who is now married to Leona. What I don’t like about her is that she decided she needed to away and she just took off without telling anyone. After her brother Nico confronted her, she just went back to her old ways of pleasing the family instead of wanting to fight for something that she knows that she deserved.

The next character is Danny Davies who just so happens to be Gigi’s love interest in this book. What I like about him is that before he met Gigi he was just trying to stay on the path of good on his own which wasn’t really working very well on himself. Then after he met Gigi he wanted to be good not only for himself but for her as well. What I didn’t like about him is that after Nico saw them together, Danny basically chickened out instead of trying to see if it would work with Gigi despite his checkered past.

The last character that had a chapter dedicated around them is Matt. Gigi and her dad hired Matt to replace Nico since he didn’t want anything else to do with the hotel which Gigi’s dad didn’t like. What I liked about Matt was that he was trying his hardest to keep a boat that he really did like along with a girl that he seemed to love.  What I didn’t like about Matt was that he changed his goals and wanted to prove to his dad that he was better at everything. He also was starting to go after Gigi despite having a girlfriend. Then he realized that he could have everything that his dad wanted just by marrying Gigi. He is a good character in the way that you didn’t really know what he wanted to do or that he did something until he started to unravel.

Running Man by Jennifer Young is a good read and one that I completely enjoyed. For that reason, I am giving this book five stars since it kept me engaged and wanting to know more once I closed my Kindle for the night or even to get going on my chores. It’s those types of books that I love to read.

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five-stars

About Jennifer Young

Jennifer Young is an Edinurgh-based writer, editor and copywriter. She is interested in a wide range of subjects and writing media, perhaps reflecting the fact that she has both arts and science degrees. Jennifer has been writing fiction, including romantic fiction, for a number of years with several short stories already published. Thanks You For The Music, which is set on the Balearic island of Majorca, is her first published novel.


Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich

Posted December 13, 2017 by karenbaron in Adventure, Chick Lit, Comedy, Dogs, Guest Post, Murder, Mystery, Review, Series, Urban / 0 Comments

Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet EvanovichTurbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich
Series: Stephanie Plum, #23
Published by Bantam on November 15th 2016
Genres: Chick Lit, Humor, Mystery, Romance
Pages: 288
five-stars

In the heart of Trenton, N.J., a killer is out to make sure someone gets his just desserts.
Larry Virgil skipped out on his latest court date after he was arrested for hijacking an eighteen-wheeler full of premium bourbon. Fortunately for bounty hunter Stephanie Plum, Larry is just stupid enough to attempt almost the exact same crime again. Only this time he flees the scene, leaving behind a freezer truck loaded with Bogart ice cream and a dead body—frozen solid and covered in chocolate and chopped pecans.
As fate would have it, Stephanie’s mentor and occasional employer, Ranger, needs her to go undercover at the Bogart factory to find out who’s putting their employees on ice and sabotaging the business. It’s going to be hard for Stephanie to keep her hands off all that ice cream, and even harder for her to keep her hands off Ranger. It’s also going to be hard to explain to Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, why she is spending late nights with Ranger, late nights with Lula and Randy Briggs—who are naked and afraid—and late nights keeping tabs on Grandma Mazur and her new fella. Stephanie Plum has a lot on her plate, but for a girl who claims to have “virtually no marketable skills,” these are the kinds of sweet assignments she does best.

Murder by freezing, with chocolate and nuts….you have to read this.

Turbo Twenty-Three by Janet Evanovich is hilarious. I love this series. What isn’t to love? Stephanie Plum is funny, quirky, with a great sense of humor, she has two hot guys in her life, crazy friends, and a zany family.

Lula her sidekick is a riot. Some of the stuff she says crack me up. Lula always has an opinion and she isn’t afraid to be herself. Grandma Mazur is the best. A biker chic at her age? Stephanie’s mom is going to pickle herself if she doesn’t learn to let go.

Things to watch for in this installment are clowns, lots of ice cream, red hair, Disney World, and Naked and Afraid in Trenton. I honestly think this is the most FTAs she has caught in one book.

Stephanie Plum books are all laugh out loud funny. I always feel better after reading one. My rating is 5 stars and yes, I highly recommend Janet Evanovich’s books.

**Add to Goodreads**

This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book on your site. ~Jen

five-stars

About Janet Evanovich

Janet’s Bio (quoted from her website)

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time in LaLa Land. La la Land is like an out-of-body experience –while your mouth is eating lunch your mind is conversing with Captain Kirk. Sometimes I’d pretend to sing opera. My mother would send me to the grocery store down the street, and off I’d go, caterwauling at the top of my lungs. Before the opera thing I went through a horse stage where I galloped everywhere and made holes in my Aunt Lena’s lawn with my hooves. Aunt Lena was a good egg. She understood that the realities of daily existence were lost in the shadows of my looney imagination.After graduation from South River High School, I spent four years in the Douglass College art department, honing my ability to wear torn Levis, learning to transfer cerebral excitement to primed canvas. Painting beat the heck out of digging holes in lawns, but it never felt exactly right. It was frustrating at best, excruciating at worst. My audience was too small. Communication was too obscure. I developed a rash from pigment.

Somewhere down the line I started writing stories. The first story was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania. The second story was about …well never mind, you get the picture.

I sent my weird stories out to editors and agents and collected rejection letters in a big cardboard box. When the box was full I burned the whole damn thing, crammed myself into pantyhose and went to work for a temp agency.

Four months into my less than stellar secretarial career, I got a call from an editor offering to buy my last mailed (and heretofore forgotten) manuscript. It was a romance written for the now defunct Second Chance at Love line, and I was paid a staggering $2,000.

With my head reeling from all this money, I plunged into writing romance novels full time, saying good-by, good riddance to pantyhose and office politics. I wrote series romance for the next five years, mostly for Bantam Loveswept. It was a rewarding experience, but after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre.

I spent two years retooling –drinking beer with law enforcement types, learning to shoot, practicing cussing. At the end of those years I created Stephanie Plum. I wouldn’t go so far as to say Stephanie is an autobiographical character, but I will admit to knowing where she lives.

It turns out I’m a really boring workaholic with no hobbies or special interests. My favorite exercise is shopping and my drug of choice is Cheeze Doodles.

I read comic books and I only watch happy movies. I motivate myself to write by spending my money before I make it. And when I grow up I want to be just like Grandma Mazur.


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