Books – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

and yes there are other things in life besides soap.  Hard to believe but well there it is.

This one is Books – things read, things currently being read, worth reading someday, others, well, maybe not worth the time.

Unfortunately the first one falls within that category.  So I’ll place the review of my current read on here as posted in Goodreads, form this morning’s entry.

Notorious Nineteen (Stephanie Plum, #19)Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’m not sure why it feels like a disappointment, but this episode of the Stephanie Plum series feels like a letdown. I find myelf feeling increasingly frustrated by Plum’s flip-flopping between Morelli and Ranger, not sure of which one to settle on. I also feel that by now she should be able to live on a bit of a more stable foundation on her own, increasingly skilled in her job. Less flighty, less stumbling through life, barely escaping death threats, and getting a handle on her job situation. In other words, I feel like it’s time for the Big Girl Panties.

But here she is yet again, blowing up cars and this time not only just hers, waxing hot and bothered between two men, one who loves her, wants to marry her, has a steady job, is a good man, and in her words is sexy as hell. The other is a free spirit, loves to play hard and flirts dangerously and endlessly with Plum, but doesn’t have any intentions of settling down. The perpetual single man. Dangerous, dark, brooding, smells fabulous in her words, and yet as hard to pin down as smoke. Yet she’s undecided. What part of this equation doesn’t makes sense?

I’ve always looked forward to each installment of this series, gobbling them up like Reese’s Pieces, still hungry for more, but lately, …..nnnnnnot so much. I’ve had to push myself to finish this one as she tries to find her FTA who’s fled with hidden millions, left behind angry coworkers and a pissed off wife. Others have gone missing in similar fashion yet the mystery is easy to figure out as you read and wonder how Plum could be so dense as to what’s actually taking place in that mysteriously dark and barely occupied building with a fully stocked lab.

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve grown more jaded or if this flighty, running around barely escaping yet another attempt on her life is getting stale considering the number of years of experience she’s had. It feels like it’s just too much overkill in the ditzy bondsman saga. By now everyone else has learned more than just a thing or two. Enough already. Time to be a big girl and get serious, Plum.

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