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In this installment of my author spotlight, we come across the first author I have not actually met yet, so it's going to be more about her series than it is about her. I have to admit I was a little late to the party, arriving probably right around the time book 7 or 8 was being released. I'd heard loud rumblings about Janet Evanovich for awhile, but it wasn't until heard about the Joe vs. Ranger debate that my ears really perked up. I had to find out why Stephanie Plum, bounty hunter not so extraordinaire, had two prime hotties gunning for her. Still haven't quite figured it out, other than these guys think inept but endearing trainwrecks with big hair are the cat's pajamas. Don't get me wrong, because I love Stephanie to death, but come on! It should be me you're both fighting for!
Anyway, the books of Janet Evanovich won't win any literary awards, and the predictability factor is set on a permanent high, but I'm totally good with that. I know what I'm getting: a lot of fluff, some giggles, a few naughty moments with whichever guy Steph is jonesing for this week, which by the way, these moments seem be getting less and less. Give me more! The biggest gripe I have is that most of the time Stephanie doesn't seem to be really enjoying herself as much as she should. I'm thinking it's guilt, brought on by her family, minus Grandma Mazur of course, because GM would shove Steph onto the nearest male, unless she was trying to jump him herself.
Also, I don't think Ms. Plum has totally committed herself to the idea of marriage and all that comes with it, which is why I don't have a problem with her hooking up with Ranger from time to time. I believe she cares for Joe, but I'm not totally feeling the love there. Besides, once Stephanie chooses, it may go to the way of Moonlighting, or The X-Files.
So we have an author here who's created an engaging set of characters: Stephanie, her parents, her sister, Joe, Ranger, Lula, Connie, Vinnie, her ex Dickie, her nemesis Joyce, and some other random people who flit in and out of her life. She has an on-again, off-again thing with Joe, and when they're off, chances are she's with Ranger. If I had one complaint, it's that when she's with Joe or Ranger, I wish we could experience more of their...togetherness. Ms. Evanovich is rather brief and sketchy with the details, and I like the details.
So, are you a Joe or a Ranger girl?
What's the appeal?