Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ten Big Ones & Eleven On Top [Double Book Review]

Ten Big Ones:
#10 in Stephanie Plum series
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 312 pages
Published June 22nd 2004 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2004)
ISBN: 0312289723
Eleven on Top:
#11 in Stephanie Plum series
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published (first published June 21st 2005)

Ten Big Ones:
She's accidentally destroyed a dozen cars. She's a target for every psycho and miscreant this side of the Jersey Turnpike. Her mother's convinced she'll end up dead . . . or worse, without a man. She's Stephanie Plum, and she kicks butt for a living (well, she thinks it sounds good to put it that way. . . .).

It begins as an innocent trip to the deli-mart, on a quest for nachos. But Stephanie Plum and her partner, Lula, are clearly in the wrong place at the wrong time. A robbery leads to an explosion, which leads to the destruction of yet another car. It would be just another day in the life of Stephanie Plum, except that she becomes the target of a gang---and of an even scarier, more dangerous force that comes to Trenton. With super bounty hunter Ranger acting more mysteriously than ever (and the tension with vice cop Joe Morelli getting hotter), she finds herself with a decision to make: how to protect herself and where to hide while on the hunt for a killer known as the Junkman. There's only one safe place, and it has Ranger's name all over it---if she can find it. And if the Junkman doesn't find her first. With Lula riding shotgun and Grandma Mazur on the loose, Stephanie Plum is racing against the clock in her most suspenseful novel yet. Ten Big Ones is page-turning entertainment, and Janet Evanovich is the best there is.

Eleven On Top:
Stephanie Plum is thinking her career as a fugitive apprehension agent has run its course. She's been shot at, spat at, cussed at, fire-bombed, mooned, and attacked by dogs. Time for a change, Stephanie thinks. Time to find the kind of job her mother can tell her friends about without making the sign of the cross.

So Stephanie Plum quits. Resigns. No looking back. No changing her mind. She wants something safe and normal. As it turns out, jobs that are safe and normal for most people aren't necessarily safe and normal for Stephanie Plum. Trouble follows her, and the kind of trouble she had at the bail bonds office can't compare to the kind of trouble she finds herself facing now. Her past has come back to haunt her. She's stalked by a maniac returned from the grave for the sole purpose of putting her into a burial plot of her own. He's killed before, and he'll kill again if given the chance. Caught between staying far away from the bounty hunter business and staying alive, Stephanie reexamines her life and the possibility that being a bounty hunter is the solution rather than the problem. After disturbingly brief careers at the button factory, Kan Klean Dry Cleaners, and Cluck-in-a-Bucket, Stephanie takes an office position in security, working for Ranger, the sexiest, baddest bounty hunter and businessman on two continents. It might not be the job she'll keep for the rest of her life, but for now it gives her the technical access she needs to find her stalker. Tempers and temperatures rise as competition ratchets up between the two men in her life---heron-again, off-again boyfriend, tough Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and her bad-ass boss, Ranger. Can Stephanie Plum take the heat? Can you?

My Thoughts:
Ten Big Ones:
This one gets INSANE. Cheese poofs, humping dogs, and a cross dresser in a bus. I mean where does Evanovich get this stuff?

Regardless it's absolutely hilarious and I love it.

Stephanie stays at Morelli's for a little bit of this book and stays at Ranger's business building as well. She drives 5 different cars. AND Ranger [highlight: says he loves her] - #swoon

Eleven On Top:
Stephanie thought she could quit bounty hunting - oh goodness! She goes through a few menial jobs with crazy reasons why she is terminated from those jobs. This one errs on the sick, twisted side for the main "villain" and it's super CRAZY. Steph also starts working at RangeMan which is just amazing. I STILL cannot decide if I'm Team Ranger or Morelli. They are both so amazing. {As of today, I've read 12 and 13 too}

Oh and this quote: “Here's a basic difference between Morelli and me. My first thought was always of cake. His first thought was always of sex. Don't get me wrong. I like sex . . . a lot. But it's never going to replace cake.”

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