Saturday, June 27, 2015

Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich

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Book: Wicked Business
Author: Janet Evanovich

Summary: 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.

Release Date: 06/19/12 by Bantam
Rating: 3.5/5

Wicked Business is the second book in the Lizzy and Diesel series.

This book continues a few months after Wicked Appetite and delivers the same feeling as the first. It was a nice, light and easy read with plenty of adventure and humor to tide you over throughout the book. The sexual tension between Diesel and Lizzy create some interesting moments between the pair and make up a good majority of the driving factor for me to continue reading the book and series. 

Among some of my favorite parts in the book, are the many nods to Harry Potter. Each mention left me as giddy as a school girl with a crush and I felt like I was in on some kind of secret. Not only that, but the small nods were done in a tasteful way. It wasn't as if the characters were just mentioning the Harry Potter series just to mention it, but rather the conversation flows naturally and makes sense where it is placed.

I also greatly enjoy Glo's character. She is one who is filled with a lot of hope. Hope to find "the one", hope to have magical abilities, and hope to save the world. She is just such a fun character and really lights up the pages that she is featured on. I find myself laughing at her magical antics and also at the fact that each guy she meets, she begins to wonder if he might be "the one". Her relationship with Lizzy is also very much realistic. They both clearly have their own lives but they still talk and hangout like close friends would do.

We were also introduced to a new character in this book, Sandman. Having this older gentleman who can talk people to sleep and then steals their stuff is very interesting. And not only that, but he was super proud of the fact that he could bend three spoons at one time so of course, when he ends up with a chance to prove his magical worth, he definitely delivers. I loved the fact that he kept leaving his sons house and would go to the park so he could get free bologna sandwiches (which actually really made me want to eat some) because his son would not let him have any. This character definitely added some more comedic moments, and I do hope to see him again in the future, even if its a passing mention.

Wicked Business I felt also had a much better adventure than Wicked Appetite. It was much more reminiscent of a treasure hunt than the previous book had and the clues were expertly placed but also not such a huge stretch that I was left miles behind the characters trying to figure out how they solved each clue. And of course, the next day when I went by a church and saw their bells, all I could think about was this book.

What could I have used more of in this book? I just felt like things went by much too quickly. Clues were found and solved with relative ease and I would have loved to see them a bit more drawn out and maybe even some dead end clues. I'm also not a huge fan of the way things are becoming a bit more like a love triangle. I was actually pretty excited that things were kept between Diesel and Lizzy in the first book but now events are beginning to make things seem like Wulf is interested in Lizzy too. Hopefully, this is just a passing mention and nothing major will come about from it.

That being said though, I did enjoy the book, and I do look forward to reading the next in the series. If you enjoy the Stephanie Plum series, the odds are that you will also enjoy this series. Wicked Business is a great second book in the series and definitely delivers for its fans. The third book in the series, Wicked Charms, is now available for purchase so go check it out!

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