Posted by: Jennifer | January 11, 2007

Plum Lovin’ – Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich. Plum Lovin’ (New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2007). 9780312306342.

Main Characters: Stephanie Plum, Diesel (who also appears in Visions of Sugar Plums), and Lula. 

Series: Stephanie Plum Series whic also includes One for the Money, Two for the Dough, Three to Get Deadly, Four to Score, High Five, Hot Six, Seven Up, Hard Eight, To the Nines, Ten Big Ones, Eleven on Top, Twelve Sharp and Visions of Sugar Plums.

Main Characters: Stephanie Plum, Diesel (who also appears in Visions of Sugar Plums), and Lula.

Description from book:

Watch your back . . .

Look both ways . .

Because love is in the air . . .

and that means big trouble!

Mysterious men have a way of showing up in Stephanie Plum’s apartment. When the shadowy Diesel appears, he has a task for Stephanie. Annie Hart is a “relationship expert” who is wanted for armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Stephanie needs to find her, fast. Diesel knows where she is. So they make a deal: He’ll help her get Annie if Stephanie plays matchmaker to several of Annie’s most difficult clients. But someone wants to find Annie even more than Diesel and Stephanie. Someone with a nasty temper. And someone with “unmentionable” skills. Does Diesel know more than he’s saying about Annie Hart? Does Diesel have secrets he’s keeping from Stephanie and the two men in her life–Ranger and Morelli? With Stephanie Plum in over her head, things are sure to get a little dicey and a little explosive, Jersey style!

My Thoughts:

I definitely enjoyed this book. It is extremely cute – and easy to read. It took me just about an hour to get through it once I got home from work this afternoon. I love the zany Diesel and his band of “unmentionables.” The fact that Bernie Beaner’s special ability is to give people hives is pretty hysterical – not the kind of thing you run across in your average work of fiction. At the end when everyone is breaking out, I was laughing out loud.

The biggest bummer is that neither Ranger nor Morelli play a significant role in the story – much like the other novella Visions of Sugar Plums. Of course, I have to admit that there may be an upside to that since I certainly am rooting for one of the men in Stephanie’s life over the other. When I first read both Eleven on Top and Twelve Sharp, I read the end first to make sure that the the ending wouldn’t depress me. I’m sure I will do the same thing when Lean Mean Thirteen comes out in June. I hate it when I get this caught up (or obsessed with) in something.

Overall, Plum Lovin’ is a really, cute Valentine’s Day story. Everyone that Stephanie and Diesel set out to help ends up happy on the big day. Stephanie gets flowers from all three men (does she really need more men in her life????).

Read first: January 11, 2007.



  1. […] The character of Diesel only appears in the holiday novella’s Visions of Sugar Plums, Plum Lovin‘ and Plum […]

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