Monday, July 2, 2012

Review: Wicked Business

Wicked Business
Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GoodReads Synopsis: Lizzy Tucker’s once normal life as a pastry chef in Salem, Massachusetts, turns upside down as she battles both sinister forces and an inconvenient attraction to her unnaturally talented but off-limits partner, Diesel.

When Harvard University English professor and dyed-in-the-wool romantic Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered and thrown off his fourth-floor balcony, Lizzy and Diesel take up his twenty-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust. Following clues contained in a cryptic nineteenth-century book of sonnets, Lizzy and Diesel tear through Boston catacombs, government buildings, and multimillion-dollar residences. On their way they’ll leave behind a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances, and general mayhem.

Diesel’s black sheep cousin, Gerwulf Grimoire, also wants the Stone. His motives are far from pure, and what he plans on doing with the treasure, no one knows . . . but Lizzy Tucker fears she’s in his crosshairs. Never far and always watching, Grimoire has a growing, vested interest in the cupcake-baker-turned-finder-of-lost-things. As does another dangerous and dark opponent in the hunt—a devotee of lawlessness and chaos, known only as Anarchy.

Treasures will be sought, and the power of lust will be unmistakable as Lizzy and Diesel attempt to stay ahead of Anarchy, Grimoire, and his medieval minion, Hatchet, in this ancient game of twisted riddles and high-stakes hide-and-seek.

My Thoughts: Oh Man…there wasn’t near as much of the seductive, witty, banter between Diesel and Izzie in this go-round as there was in the first book! I just love their verbal sparring! Also Diesel has his own apartment so he doesn’t spend as much time sleeping at Izzie’s! UGH!

Speaking of verbal sparring…throughout the first book, “Wicked Appetite”, Diesel keeps telling Izzie, during her moments of gluttony, “be glad we aren’t looking for the lust stone”…guess which stone they are looking for this time…yeppers, the “lust” stone…and it was pretty funny.

Gerwulf continues to be a thorn in their side, but he is upstaged by someone calling them self “Anarchy” and they will, undoubtedly, be around for the next installment. Hatchet provides much comic relief as does Glo.

Overall it’s another fun-filled roller coaster ride and a perfect beach/pool read. I’m looking forward to the next book in hopes there is more Diesel/Izzie/Gerwulf time. Should be interesting and I hope, very funny!

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