Monday, July 25, 2011

Review: Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich

Fearless Fourteen
Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



As I've said before, I've made it rather far to decide I don't like the series, now. Evanovich continues to improve and bring us thrilling adventures that are fun to read.

This installment introduces Brenda, the 61-year-old pop tart. She drinks, gropes her bodyguards, and runs around literally chasing down news stories in an effort to reinvent herself. She's this book's answer to the fact that Stephanie is getting too competent to make stupid, silly mistakes, so someone has to make them for her.

Lula remains a major player in the madcap adventures, and there's a reappearance of Mooner, the innocent stoner who manages to get himself in a lot of trouble.

The plot, itself, revolves around a missing $9M robbery haul, and the mysterious fourth partner who helped pull it off. Stephanie proves just as lucky, and to have learned something from her previous adventures, in figuring it out.

I thought the romantic angle, too, was a good balance. Both of her love interests make good arguments for winning her over for good, and the tension continues to simmer in a convincing way. I'm not shouting at the character to quit being a twit and just pick one, as I suspected I would be this far into the series.

One note about the audio edition: it has an interview between Janet Evanovich and the narrator, Lorelei King, at the very end. It gives insight both into the books, and into the voice acting process, and it was a cool bonus. I was glad I'd picked it up on audio, just to hear that blurb.



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