REVIEW: Seven Up – A Stephanie Plum novel by Janet Evanovich

Evanovich went above and beyond when she created Seven Up!

This book is filled with missing friends, death, a kidnapped Grandma Mazur and … mud wrestling?  Ha!

Stephanie Plum and Lula are my heroes.  They really make me appreciate the diversity of friendships that I have.  Even when my life decides to go a little strange, I can always count on the loved ones in my life to help me giggle.

Stephanie:  For the better part of my childhood, my professional aspirations were simple-I wanted to be an intergalactic princess.  I didn’t care much about ruling hordes of space people.  Mostly I wanted to wear the cape and the sexy boots and carry a cool weapon.

Mazur does not disappoint in this book!  Sharing a mysterious relationship with the bad guy of the book, DeChooch, her family is forced to endure her unusual and mind-blowing facts of her life.

“Not that I know of,” Grandma said.  “From what I know, Loretta liked her men hot, and Eddie DeChooch couldn’t get it up.  I went out with him a couple of times and that thing of his was dead as a doorknob.  No matter what I did I couldn’t get nothing to happen.”

And if that wasn’t enough…Stephanie’s perfect sister with her perfect life shows up unexpectedly for a shocking family reunion.

“I’m never going to get married again,” Valerie said between sobs.  “Never, never never.  Marriage is the work of the devil.  Men are the Antichrist.  I’m going to become a lesbian.”

In Seven Up, the earth-pulling, heart-tugging sexual tension between Ranger and Stephanie becomes explosive and tingling!  I found myself shhing my husband and lifting my book up to hide his view while snapping, “Hold on!  This is a good part!!” :0

I love Morelli.  I do.  I think the relationship has grown and it’s very cool.  But there is always the part of me that craves the bad boy.  The untamable.  The totally rockin’ awesome and downright sexy shadow of a man that lurks in my dreams and pulls a reaction from me that I seriously doubt I’d ever admit 😉

I don’t especially want to marry a cop.  Morelli doesn’t want to marry a bounty hunter.  And then there’s Ranger.

I mean, what if I spent the night with Ranger?  What then?  Suppose he was so amazing I got ruined for all other men.  Suppose he was better in the sack than Joe.  Not that Joe was a slouch in bed.  It was just that Joe was mortal, and I wasn’t sure about Ranger.

One part of me hopes Morelli pulls through and doesn’t ruin his chances with Stephanie, but the other part crosses my fingers that the feelings between Ranger and Stephanie rip things apart… Mmm.. I look forward to reading the rest of the series just to glide through the special moments of uncomfortable and awkward yumminess that leaves you hanging…wondering if the dreams will ever come true.

As always, Lula’s graceful eccentricities leave me breathless with laughter.  In this book, Stephanie and Lula become closer and share more intimate moments.  It’s very cool to watch friendships blossom.  And with Stephanie and Lula’s friendship, you can only anticipate and imagine what will happen next.

Lula reset the safety on the gun.  “I think I messed my pants,” she said.

“Uh-oh,” Lula said.  “Are you crying?”

“No.  I think I inhaled a bug a couple blocks ago.”

I definitely recommend this book to anyone that is reading this series in order.  Although the book can be understood as a stand-alone, the relationships will leave you oooing if you start at the beginning.

Mild sexual contact.  Non-descriptive but gruesome violence.  As far as age preferences, I would definitely advise to read this book before allowing a young adult to do so.  Immature adults should not read this book.

Kindle is charging, and the dishes are done!  Time to start the next book in the Stephanie Plum series, Hard Eight!

Happy reading! ❤

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