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Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck. . . .BAD LUCK:Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay toTrenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a “lucky” bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn’t specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck. . . .BAD LUCK:Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay to get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs.GOOD LUCK:Being in the business of tracking down people, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie have an advantage in finding Vinnie. If they can rescue him, it will buy them some time to raise the cash.BAD LUCK:Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Vinnie’s messing up Mooner’s vibe, running up pay-per-view porn charges in Ranger’s apartment, and making Stephanie question genetics.GOOD LUCK:Between a bonds office yard sale that has the entire Burg turning out, Mooner’s Hobbit-Con charity event, and Uncle Pip’s lucky bottle, they just might raise enough money to save the business, and Vinnie, from ruin.BAD LUCK:Saving Vincent Plum Bail Bonds means Stephanie can keep being a bounty hunter. In Trenton, this involves hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr. Jingles.GOOD LUCK:The job of bounty hunter comes with perks in the guise of Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous security expert, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip’s lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky--the only question is . . . with whom?Sizzling Sixteen . . . so hot, the pages might spontaneously combust!...

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Sizzling Sixteen Reviews

  • James
    2019-03-03 18:03

    Book Review3 of 5 stars to Sizzling Sixteen, the 16th mystery in the Stephanie Plum series, published in 2009 and written by Janet Evanovich. I've come to expect laughs and kooky characters in these books, and this one is full of them. But other than that, it wasn't as good as the rest. I'd even say this is my least favorite of the bunch. The laughs are wonderful, but the substance is declining due to the rush to put them in the stores and on the market. That said, I won't focus on all the negatives... if you love the series, stick with it... you know what to expect. But I would like things to step up more. This one revolved around getting money in order for cousin Vinny to stay in business. Vinny's not my favorite character either. I read one more after this one and then took a hiatus from the series around 2011. I'll go back later this year, only because they do make me laugh.About MeFor those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

  • Rachel
    2019-03-24 12:48

    Why do I keep reading these? The Stephanie Plum series jumped the shark about ten years ago, after book six. Those first books are some of my favorites of all time, however, so I keep going even though I ought to know better.It bothers me that Stephanie's never getting older, and she doesn't get wiser. And at this point, there's nothing "sizzling" about her attraction to Ranger. Ranger has weird, stilted dialogue, and all of their flirting is robotic and unnecessary. Morelli shows up just often enough to let you know he's still there. Lula is fun, but why does Stephanie listen to her? Why does Stephanie do anything she does? I keep hoping one of these years Janet Evanovich will announce the series is ending. I know Stephanie's been good to you, Janet, but move on with your life. So I can move on with mine.

  • Jake Rideout
    2019-03-23 17:45

    Haha I love how critical people are about these. They are what they are, people. Janet Evanovich is not going to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Here's what's going to happen: Stephanie is going to bungle some stuff, Lula is going to wear ridiculous outfits and get in everyone's way, Ranger is going to be sexy and mysterious, Morelli is going to be a frat boy, Grandma Mazur is going to cause a scene at a funeral home, at least one car is going to be destroyed, and a lot of Cluck-in-a-Bucket is going to be consumed. Yes, the series is very formulaic. But if you're reading it for something other than that formula, then you're an idiot. By number sixteen you probably should have figured this out on your own.Now, back to tradition. In lieu of a review, here's one of my favorite passages, in which Lula is speculating about what Vinnie (who has been kidnapped) is up to:"He could be in the morgue."Connie shook her head. "All the cops know Vinnie. He'd get ID'd if he showed up dead.""Then they must have shot Vinnie full of holes like Swiss cheese and weighted him down with cement boots and thrown him off the bridge into the Delaware. Or they could have taken him to a butcher shop and chopped him up into little pieces and put him into the meat grinder," Lula said. "I'm gonna eat this jelly doughnut next. I love jelly doughnuts."

  • Kricket
    2019-03-15 13:51

    frankly, i don't know why i'm putting myself through this. masochistic urge to see if evanovich will finally put us out of our misery? i swear, if she goes all the way to 20 i'm going to start writing her hate mail.** turned out the audiobook gods didn't want me to put myself through this either, a few tracks in the 2nd disc squelched to a halt and i'm letting myself off the hook. here's what happened before i quit:1. lula eats donuts2. lula shoots at people for no reason3. lula eats more donuts4. lula shoots at someone else for no reason4. ranger rescues stephanie & lula5. grandma mazur causes a ruckus at a funeralit's like she lifted paragraphs out of her other books and just kind of rearranged them. i'm so finished with this series.

  • Terry
    2019-03-14 17:41

    Worse than the last book. Don't waste your time. Not that you'll spend a lot of time reading--the book was printed with large margins & big print to disguise the fact that there isn't much book. Took me 90 minutes to read it. Nor is there much of a plot. Vinnie's been kidnapped. Hard to believe anyone would want to save a sleazebag but Stephanie, Connie, & Lula do & it's the same-old, same-old. Ditto with Stephanie's relationships with Ranger & Morelli. Even the usual car crash is tired & old. After the car crash, Hal says to Stephanie, "No disrespect but you've done better."The same can be said to Janet Evanovich about this book. It has been suggested by other reviewers that this book was ghostwritten. I could believe it. Also it appears that the copy was not proofed before printing. Bookeeping?? Come on! Also, one incident mentioned on the book jacket flap, where Vinnie is "running up pay-per-view porn charges in...Ranger's apartment", does not even show up in the story itself. Again, bad proofing? Save your money--if you absolutely have to read the book because it's next in the series, borrow it from the library!

  • Carol
    2019-02-27 15:40

    I know I'll read this because I've read all of them, but I read the first 2 chapters online last weekend and I was not impressed. I've read so much better stuff from people who can't get published that this reheated mix from Evanovich seems especially unfair. Hopefully I'll feel differently after I've read the whole book.Well, I didn't. Same ol' stuff. I know I used to like Stephanie and care about her. Now it just seems like nothing happens. There was a point where she was in a car, thinking that she should screw Ranger and then marry Morelli, and all I could think was "Fine! Do it! Do something! Make a decision!"I'm sure there will be 17 but this might be my last one.

  • Jess
    2019-02-26 14:02

    I saw another reader use this word to describe the book and it's exactly how I felt after I finished it - meh. I do realize that the Stephanie books are supposed to be fun, easy, light reads, and maybe I’m too hard on this series and expect a lot more than I should, but the past few books have been big letdowns. The “mystery” of this book lacked any depth and left me not caring at all about how it would turn out. Comedic bits and circumstances Steph finds herself in are being repeated. How many time can she fall off a fire escape and have it still be funny? Worked the first time around, not so much this time.I enjoy her supporting characters, but there was too much Lula. This happened in 15 as well, and a little of Lula goes a long way.I truly don’t know what to think about Steph and the triangle anymore. I’m a Joe fan, have been since book 1 (doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy a hot Ranger scene or two or 10) and I have a hard time understanding why these 2 guys keep hanging around while Steph is her usual undecided self. Personally, I think the series has run its course, and there seemed to be a little foreshadowing of this with Steph really thinking about how tired she is of her job. However, I’ve been with Steph, Morelli and the gang for 16 books, and I’ll keep reading until the end.

  • Vanessa Fox
    2019-03-16 09:58

    Yes, I just gave all 16 of these books 3 stars. No, I didn't just read them all in a row. I just read the 16th one while on a plane (er, I forget which one, I've been on a lot of planes this week - 8, including one transcon). It took me about an hour. I really like these books even though they all have exactly the same plot:-Stephanie is super cute and hot (despite eating only donuts and fried chicken) and all the guys want her, even though she thinks she is mostly average-Although she is the worst bond agent ever, keeps her gun in her cookie jar, and loses every skip she goes after, she somehow manages to always save the day and only sometimes has to call one of her two boyfriends to help her-Her two boyfriends are both dreamy but totally different from each other. Whatever will she do?-Lula is very sassy. And is no longer a prostitute. Grandma Plum is also very sassy. She totally wishes she had a checkered prostitute past.When I just want a fast, escapist read, I know exactly what I'll be getting into. I won't look for some light comedy to distract me from the stress and the being 40k feet in the air and end up with a Confederacy of Dunces. Sort of like seeing a Starbucks early in the morning in a foreign country. You do in fact want to try all of the random and exotic coffees, but mostly you need some guaranteed caffeine first.

  • Julie
    2019-02-25 13:54

    Much Better then the last book! I went and re-read the Plum series before starting this book. I wanted to go back and remember why I loved this series so much. This book was so much better then #15. It had the laughs the intense scenes with Ranger, and of course Morelli. But it's the Ranger that sells this book for me. It also makes me want to throw it at a wall too. It's been since Hard Eight and I've been biting my nails and starting to hate the series. I know many are Morelli fan's but there is something there with Ranger that Steph needs to explore before she walks or in Janet's case, keeps dragging it on forever with no satisfaction. Back to the current book. This one has a interesting plot and many laughs. Steph has her usual I hate my job and I don't know what I want to do with my life, melt downs, and constantly ponders over what she should do with the two men in her life. Playing with Ranger while sleeping with Morelli, is still the way she feels is the best way to handle the problem. I had hope for the ending, but big sigh.

  • Jilly
    2019-03-25 17:41

    I read the reviews on this before I picked it up, so I wasn't expecting much. I was thinking I would just get through it in order to know what's going on for the next book. And, I have to say that the negative reviews were right:it was boring, with tired old jokes and a love triangle that is getting really old. And, is Stephanie actually getting dumber? I know Lula has, but I swear that Stephanie is regressing.But, on the good side, there were a few good moments towards the end of the book, and I made my way through it pretty quickly. Ranger will always keep me coming back. I have to keep up hope for him.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2019-03-22 09:45

    I will continue to love this series, silly love triangle (of sorts) or not because it never ceases to make me laugh out loud and have a good time.

  • Cathy
    2019-02-28 12:46

    Just awful. I didn't care for even a moment about what was going on. The story is so shallow, there's no emotion, no suspense, nothing interesting. The women wander around, describing every building, street, turn, and calorie (eaten or craved). Lula's diet covers more words in the book than the search for Vinnie. She's the real star of the book, but it's all one liners. If Evanovich has realized that Lula is the draw, write a story that showcases her in a substantive way instead of just a barrage of dumb jokes. Some were funny the first time, or the third time, but not ad nauseum. And Stephanie is completely stalled, her life is exactly the same in every book now. It's boring, I want to read about a real woman, not a sketch of a character who never grows or changes. Her lines in this book, her encounters with Morelli, Ranger, her parents, Lula and Connie, Grandma Mazur, all could have just been copied from previous books. Nothing new happened. Fine, she can't choose between Morelli and Ranger. So be a writer and introduce a new man. Give Steph another crazy job to try for a while. Do something, anything, to make the book more than a retread of every other book, but continually more boring and insubstantial. And don't forget the stuff that's just absurd. Running jokes from previous books are usually fun, but out of context and taken to the extreme, it's just rediculous. By page 23 Lula had been involved in 2 incidents where she unloaded her gun, once shooting 6 bullets at guys who came on too strong, and soon after unloading the rest of the clip at a guy who stole her doughnuts. And the cops could care less; the ladies just continue on about their day. Why is that funny or interesting? Lula has been turned into a total clown. She had a lot more depth in early books, and potential to be a great long-term character. The humor wasn't always, and doesn't have to be, her entire representation. Now she's just one long joke. What a waste. But the book is supposed to be about Stephanie, right? But there's nothing new to say, everything is completely status quo with her. Same old, same old.Finally, once again the book is printed in large print, with double spacing, huge margins and full pages between chapters (which start half way down the page). It's a 140 page book masquerading as 309 pages. Great disguise, I bet it would have fooled Stephanie.

  • Jane
    2019-03-22 16:50

    I don't know why I keep reading this series. I loved it when it first started, but now, at 16 books strong (they're bestsellers), I am getting tired of the SAMENESS of them all.Stephanie Plum is crappy at her job as a bonds agent. She usually finds of her targets, often captures them with the help of Ranger, a hot security consultant, and even more regularly ends up in some kind of embarrassing escapade. She is torn between Joe Morelli, her cop boyfriend, and super-sexy mystery man Ranger. She wrecks one or two cars.This happens in EVERY BOOK.At some point, it would be nice if Stephanie Plum grew up and matured. Or changed. Or if her hamster even died. I'm very against animal cruelty, but come on, how long do hamsters live, anyway? The Stephanie Plum books evidently happen in some kind of weird alternative world in which time moves, but never forward or backward. It just kind of goes, and no one ever ages. Or learns from their mistakes.Or hires a copyeditor, I guess, given that these books are beginning to feel as though they're written in a hurry, what with all the typos and poor writing. Seriously, in every book, there are at least 5 instances of someone "cutting their eyes" at another person. These are great books to read if there's nothing else at the library. At the very least, it will make time pass. Which is more than what happens in the actual books.

  • Lana *Lifeinwordsandlyricscom*
    2019-03-24 12:47

    This one was a little weirder than usual. It was like we traveled to some alternate universe where Lula's Firebird somehow survived a bomb from previous book, Stephanie/Lula/Connie somehow made a decent burglars, and Lula actualy had something wise to say. Weird! Not bad weird but weird all the same. Maybe it was the lucky bottle.So, we finally found out why Stephanie and Joe broke up."Do you remember why we broke up?" Morelli asked."You needed space.""I needed toast. You ate the last piece of bread, and you didn't get more.""I was busy. I forgot.""You're a woman.""I'm supposed to remember toast?""Yes.""What about you? What are you supposed to remember?""Condoms."I can buy my own condoms, thankyouverymuchNow you see why I love Ranger. You would never hear something like that from him. He takes Steph as she is and doesn't try to Stepford the heck out of her. "You're very calm," he said."It's easy to be calm when I'm with you. I feel protected.""I try," Ranger said. "You don't always cooperate."This time it's Vinnie who needs help. He got kidnapped by very bad people who demand a very big ransom. Now, if it was me I'd let them keep Vinnie and his perv ass for themselves, but Steph is sentimental about such things, he's family and all that. Also she'd be out of job so there's that. Connie and Lula volunteer to help out, and together they devise a plan to rob the guy that got Vinnie and return the money in exchange for his safe return. Uhm, yeah. I still can't believe they pulled that off."I got my gun, my pepper spray, my flashlight," Lula said. "And then I got my other gun and a bread knife.""I have an Uzi and the stink bombs," Connie said. They looked at me. I had hairspray and a nail file, but it didn't stack up next to guns and stink bombs.As you can imagine, not everything with that plan went smoothly. That's ok, hobbits saved the day. Did I forget to mention hobbits were there too? They had capes.Mind boggled.Over and out

  • Lisa
    2019-03-12 13:55

    Every time I finish a Stephanie Plum book, I tell myself I'll never read another one, but here I am, with the newest one. At least it's a quick read.

  • Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
    2019-03-21 09:39

    Loved it! This whole series is fantastic and I can't get enough of it. For me, it never gets old!

  • Carol
    2019-03-01 14:03

    I loved this book so much. I have read books from this series before but I think I love this one the best. The characters were so sidesplitting funny. It was so easy to imagine them. Like Lulu with her tightfitting clothes and ample bosom, with sequins or glitter on her shoes.The dialogue was priceless with every character having their own style of talking that went right along with their unique style of dressing.The situations were so crazy too, I won't tell you about that because it would spoil your fun.This story seems like an incredible ride through ridiculous situation, one after another. I would say, the kind that makes you want to hold onto your hat.This particular book didn't have any steamy love scene in it, it was on the verge several times. I didn't really miss that though. Try not to visualize the scenes with Vinnie, Stephanie's employer who was kidnapped. Instead concentrate on Ranger or Morelli. I noticed that this story has received lower reviews than normal so I checked out why. The reviewers were all comparing this book to the others in this series. If that is the case then I have a real treat in store as I read the rest. The reader was wonderful too, she really captured the each of the characters wonderfully.This is not fiction that teaches you much, it is just fiction that lets you relax and have some fun. Think of it as a funny fantasy of a mystery!I recommend this for all the Janet Evanovitch fans and anyone who wants to add little enjoyment to their life.

  • A.J. Llewellyn
    2019-03-03 16:48

    Dear Stephanie Plum,I've devoted a number of years to your exploits. I have come to love you as a real woman in my life so it pains me to say that after reading this, your sixteenth tale of er...adventure, I feel our relationship is coming to an end.Let me explain a few facts of life to you.Something needs to happen in a story apart from witty dialogue and a lot of driving around.After sixteen books, I'd just like to see you apprehend a felon once. Just once will do.As for the two men in your life, I've decided someone needs to tell you the truth.The real reason Morelli and Ranger don't pressure you for sex is that they are diddling each other.Yes!Girlfriend, while you were busy eating (you do that constantly, BTW. How do you stay skinny with your scary intake of doughnuts and subs?) with Morelli, he got a call and had to run. He said it was business.Yeah, funny business.I still think it's not too late to salvage your smart, sassy world. Let your creator know the gig is up and you want a real story with meat on its bones...oops...now I'm getting hungry.Let Morelli and Ranger go off to their shared bliss and get yourself a hot new romance with some actual sex and no whiny discussions about toast in Book 17.Please.Love,AJ.

  • Kerry
    2019-03-04 11:55

    Yes, it's a little embarrassing to admit that I've read all of the SP series (but not the between the numbers books). They make me laugh and it reminds me of reading a comic book when I was a kid, without the pictures. The new book comes out every year around June 21 which is my wedding anniversary and coincides with a trip we take each year at that time that cries out for summer reading. SP is a guilty pleasure.After reading: this is my last investment in this series. Each one keeps getting worse and more repetitive. The first 5 or so were funny and light and silly, but still a little mystery. Now they are just boring and I just can't wait to be done with them. It's kind of like eating a box of cookies that are slowly going stale...they were fresh and tasty when you opened the box but now not so much.

  • Mary
    2019-03-03 10:37

    I hate so say this more than you know, but I was SOO disappointed in "Sizzling Sixteen." If you read the liner notes, Vinnie was supposedly staying with Ranger, but got kicked out due to "overextending" himself on pay-per-view porn, and that didn't happen in the book. If it had, that had a lot of potential to be really funny. But sadly, there wasn't anything too funny in the whole book.Also, I am over Stephanie being such a dolt at being a bounty hunter. Given so many screw-ups, you'd think she'd learn, but she never seems to.Also, let's get it on with Ranger already. I didn't say she had to marry him, but if he were real, I would want to! :-)I also think that ignoring -- for the most part -- Stephanie's family was a real shame. These "people" helped make me laugh out loud. Sadly, I did none of this while reading "Sizzling Sixteen."

  • Amber
    2019-03-22 17:01

    Stephanie Plum, Lula, Grandma Mazur, and the rest of the gang are back in a brand new adventure. When Vinnie is captured by some mobsters who he owes money to, it is up to Stephanie, Lula, Connie, and Ranger's team to track him down and save him. Can they raise the money to get him out and will their attempts be successful or will it all go up in flames? Read on and find out for yourself.This was a great installment of the Stephanie Plum series. Though there were no exploding cars this book, there were other explosions along with tons of action and comedy galore. If you like those type of things, definitely check this series out. I'll get back to books 13, 15, and the rest of the series at a later time. You can find this book and the rest of this series starting with One for the Money at your local library and wherever books are sold.

  • Giovanni Gelati
    2019-03-22 10:37

    I really don’t know where to begin this one. I enjoy these novels for so many different reasons. It is hard for me to narrow down a specific piece or element of Janet Evanovich’s work with the Stephanie Plum series that I can start with as my number one. So I am going to be bold and different today and just list the top 16 reasons why I, Giovanni Gelati of Gelati’s Scoops, don’t just enjoy, but love Sizzling Sixteen and Janet Evanovich’s style: ( without including spoilers)Number 16: The ending, I thought it was the most complete one yet.Number15: I can safely say that this is a great summer read for the beach or at poolsideNumber14: Mooner, Mooner, Mooner- need I say more dude or dudette.Number13: I can actually share this novel with almost all my daughters (all except my 11 year old)Number 12: When I read her novels and laugh out loud my wife doesn’t look at me funny; she actually understands.Number 11: When I get one of her novels, I am all of a sudden my daughters’ favorite dad and receive much more attention than usual.Number 10: The place of my birth, Saint Francis Hospital gets another mention for their great care and ability in the area of knife and gunshot wounds. I again feel proud of my birthplace.Number 9: LuLu’s fashion statements, gotta luv ‘em. I have spoken up and suggested Queen Latifa to play her in the movie, what do you think?Number 8: I love the mention of the different streets in the Burg as most of my Italian relatives lived in the area and it brings back many memories.Number 7: I live in Bucks County and can identify with all the locations she mentions. What ever happened to Italian Peoples Bakery though?Number 6: You gotta love characters that are loose cannons and also carry them. Chicks with Uzi’s , fire, stun guns, leopard pattern spandex, mayhem and disaster. Basically everything a guy looks for in the girl you want to take home to Mom & Dad.Number 5: Grandma Mazur, everybody should have one of these, at least every funeral home. Pass the cookies please.Number 4: Morelli/Ranger, Morelli/ Ranger, Morelli / Ranger, you decide. Would the novels be the same without this dynamic. I liken it to the best years of Moonlighting. Do you really want her to settle down?Number 3: The diets LuLu tries in each novel, they are well, novel. Maybe Biggest Loser can use a product placement.Number 2: One must certainly enjoy a novel where your main character has cars blow up and burn, buildings burn, her best buddy gets her Glock out of her Coach purse and shoots at anything and everything, borrows cars and those she borrows cars from don’t expect them back in one piece, the police asks her boyfriend cop if it is the mayhem at hand is work of his girlfriend again, constantly gets things stuck in her Jersey girl hair, and it seems in each novel, she must chase someone with erectile dysfunction.Number 1: I have OCD and I have read everything she has written, how can I stop now? What are you reading today? Check us out and become our friend on Facebook. Go to Goodreads and become our friend there and suggest books for us to read and post on. You can also follow us on Twitter, Book Blogs, and also look for our posts on Amazon. Did you know you can shop directly on Amazon by clicking the Gelati’s Store Tab on our blog? Thanks for stopping by today; we will see you tomorrow. Have a great day

  • Kieraanne
    2019-02-25 12:58

    *sigh* ...and Ms. Evanovich adds yet another story to her numbers series where Stephanie almost gets with Ranger for a split second, but doesn't. AAAAAGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!! I can't believe that after 16 books, she's only with him once. Why do they keep throwing her back in with Morelli? Why! I hate that guy! *ahem* So, apart from my Ranger frustration, these books seem to be getting more and more formulaic. Stephanie has to find someone, a bigger plot is uncovered. Crazy hijinks involving Lula, some sort of fried food product, and a bizaar animal or two ensue. Add some new quirky side characters and voila you have a Stephanie Plum book. It seems like there was more depth to the first nine or ten books. Like you really felt that Steph was in danger at various points throughout the story. Now, it's just crazy shenanigans and running around the whole time. Ah well...maybe she'll get with Ranger next time. ;)

  • Emily
    2019-03-11 11:00

    Yes I'm reviewing the book before I'm finished but that's only because I accidentally saw some of the negative reviews and feel I have to say something. When reading these types of books you have to expect that it's not going to be Jane Austen literature. Books like these are meant for pure entertainment...like watching a sitcom instead of a drama. Lighten up. If you're looking for Stephanie to finally make a committment to Morelli or Ranger than you are missing the point of the books and you should stop reading them. Crap I just became an online ranter...Just finished. It was as expected. I think I have read it before.

  • Lightreads
    2019-03-12 09:47

    I blame the fact that I read this on my terrible chest infection. How many times have I sworn off this series? But sometimes, all you want in the world is a new book exactly like an old book, you know?Plus one star for a moment of actual clarity. Plus one star for the thing with the alligator. Minus a star for repetitiveness, sexism, racial stereotypes, and complete failure to move! Fucking! Forward!Okay, I’m really done this time. No really. Really really. I swear. If you see me backhere again next summer, kick me, okay?

  • Mary
    2019-03-01 11:38

    If you want a laugh out loud good time the Stephani Plum series can't be beat. A quick read full of action and characters. I can't wait for the movie to come out.Grandma Mazur is a kick and the men in Stephani's life are to die for. One caveat. . .don't read in bed as your partner will get angry because you are keeping them awake with your burst of giggles that shake the bed!

  • Erin Carver
    2019-03-15 16:56

    I have been a Stephanie Plum fan ever since I can remember. They are fabulous quick reads that never let me down for a good laugh. I have to say that while this was not my absolute favorite (Hard eight for the record), it was definitely a step up from book 14 and 15, Which were severely disappointing. Like many other fans have mentioned, these books have become pretty predictable and have been relying on the love triangle and the laughs to keep propelling this series. I'm no writer, but I'm sure keeping a series going just shy of 20 years has to be exhausting, but how many cars has stephanie destoryed, how many times can grandma open the lid to the casket, etc? You all know those moments that were hilarious at first, but now just need to be retired. I have felt janet has either been spreading herself too thin with other writing projects or is just plain bored with this series, which to me, is sad. Either end it on a good note, or work hard to continue writing in a form similar to the earlier books. (1-13)HOWEVER! While 16 wasnt quite sizzling, i feel that it was creating a smooth transition for character growth that we have all been DYING for. The plot was slightly more upbeat than 14 and 15 and the side FTA apprehensions actually played into the plot later in the story. This is new and I was happy to see it. Having said this, I'm so glad to have read it. For those of you who started to lose faith, dont turn your back yet! Things are starting to get slightly interesting. If this book had been any different I probably would have abandoned the enitire series altogether. As mentioned before this wasnt quite my favorite, but I was happy to see more of Connie and Vinnie, granted they've never really been key roles, but it was nice change from an obscene amount of Lula, which can get really old, really fast. As others have previously mentioned, something needs to happen with this sick love triangle. I'm a ranger fan. His character is well written and I enjoy any scene he's in. I was a die hard morelli fan, but i feel he has become too controlling and he lost most of his flirty nature that was present in the earlier plum books. Someone needs to die, transfer job sites, a new lover for any of the three needs to come into the picture and make things interesting, heck one of them needs to give stephanie an ultimatum, etc.

  • Tammy Doherty
    2019-02-24 18:01

    Another wonderful Stephanie Plum novel. It's amazing that Janet Evanovich can keep all the same characters going over this many books, keeping them fresh and true-to-themselves. Although, I'm starting to see that Lula and Grandma Mazur have a lot in common . In "Sizzling Sixteen", Stephanie and Lula are up to their usual "barely getting the job done" tricks, with all sorts of twists in the plot. That there will be twists is expected - nothing ever seems to go smoothly for poor Stephanie. The way the twists play out is, as always, unexpected. Like a cattle stampede in Trenton, NJ! Okay, that might be considered a spoiler, but not really. One nice addition to the usual zany high jinks is that Ms. Evanovich has racheted-up Stephanie's love life dilemma. On the one hand, she's got Morelli who can't stay away even though they are currently "on a break." They have agreed to see other people, but neither is doing that. On the other hand is Ranger. 'Nuff said! Oh, but he's got a surprise in store for readers of this novel. Stephanie loves them both - but who does she love more? How can a girl possibly choose between these two men? I don't envy her!After 16 rounds with the characters in this series, you'd think I would be content. Nope. I'm eager for #17 - hoping before it's all done that Stephanie Plum will choose between Ranger and Morelli. And that nothing truly bad ever happens to Grandma Mazur. If you've never read this series, don't start here. I recommend the the Stephanie Plum series to anyone who likes a fun, easy to read novel with some mystery/suspense, a healthy dose of romance without mush, and a set of characters who are as quirky and messed up as most of us in the real world.

  • Susan (aka Just My Op)
    2019-03-23 12:56

    You know how sometimes, even when you've got some nice freshly roasted broccoli and even though you love broccoli, sometimes you just have to have that gooey brownie instead? Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum books are those brownies.Sizzling Sixteen follows the general formula of the others. Stephanie is still a not very successful bounty hunter. Rex still lives in his soup can, Lula still wears clothes that reflect her former profession of 'ho, Connie still has a Glock in her desk drawer. There is still lots of imagining sex with Morelli and Ranger, but very little actually gets done. (“He is heartstoppin' hot. I had my way, I'd spread sauce on him and work him like a rib.”) A few bad words here and there, lots of bad guys, and countless trips for fast food, especially to Cluck-in-a-Bucket.In this one, Stephanie's boss gets kidnapped because of bad debts. As slimy as he is (“Vinnie was like a fungus on my family tree”), Stephanie still feels she needs to save him. If nothing else, she needs the job. She has also inherited a lucky red beer bottle from her Uncle Pip, and its powers are going to be tested.Mooner is still around, this time with a herd of Hobbits. And he is baking Mooner special brownies, which is probably what made me compare this book to a brownie to begin with.Improbable situations, impossible characters, funeral viewings as a form of entertainment, it is all typical Plum. And it is still all fun. Just like those brownies, you don't want too many in a row but one now and then is a nice treat. I know this book has received generally poor reviews, but I give it 4 stars for pure, entertaining escapism.

  • Mrs. Missive
    2019-03-11 09:55

    Although this book started out really slow and had me rolling my eyes at the cartoony fashion of the characters, after I got about a third of the way through I found I was finally back to the Evanovich books I love reading. There was finally some Ranger tension. No Ranger Nookie....dammit...but at least a shirt came off.After about halfway through the book, you get some real conflict for a change and Vinnie's slimy ways get him into some serious trouble with a mobster. I can finally see some real story lines that could come out of that for book 17, and I am anxious to read it. Of course there are some things that I think take too much reality out of the series. 1. Rex should be dead. Hamsters do not live that long.2. Morelli should progress beyond the teenage boy stage of looking down Stephanie's shirt. He's got a house and a dog. He can grow up some.3. Stephanie and Ranger need to have some kind of relationship. WhatEVER it is it needs to happen, because all this back and forth is lame.4. Lula's gas needs to be kept out of the next couple of books. I am soooo sick of the 3rd grade fart jokes.Basically this book brought back the funny, got rid of some of the stupid, and introduced enough new elements that Evanovich will have something to build on besides the love triangle and fart jokes.The ending was well drawn out, didn't have a neat one conversation explains it all situation, and even though it was Stephanie (once again) who was tied up and duct taped, at least it was a new rescuer. This was an enjoyable read. MUCH better than 15.