Monday, August 24, 2009

Review: Two For the Dough (A Stephanie Plum Novel) by Janet Evanovich

I've read my fair share of "first of a series" books. I can honestly say that there are only a few whose #2 books make it to my nightstand. Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series didn't make it to my nightstand -- only because I picked up the book in the morning to read as I ate my cereal, and finished it by the time I had dinner that night.

No, I don't only read when I eat, and I don't always eat when I read. Stephanie Plum, however, is a girl who can eat and she makes me hungry -- donuts, drive-thru, and mom's cooking, yum!
Her awesome eating habits aside, Stephanie Plum is still my favorite bad-ass Jersey girl. Joe Morelli makes another appearance in Two for the Dough (Stephanie Plum, No. 2) , and I hope he continues to show up in the next book in the series. We see *ahem* more of Morelli, although he and Stephanie fail to seal the deal, so to speak. Joe Morelli is that perfect blend of the cool, funny, and handsome guys I went to high school with. I actually started to formulate a little recipe on this page complete with names of guys from my old neighborhood, but I don't want anyone to feel left out, nor do I want their wives sending me hate mail. Moving on!

Once again, I was cracking up while reading this book. One of my favorite parts was when Stephanie was in the beauty parlor, thinking she's all tough because she is carrying concealed. Meanwhile, it becomes an all-out competition among the ladies as to who's packing the most heat. Hysterical! Illegal, sure, but funny as hell.

Ok, back to Stephanie's eating habits for a quick second. Since this whole book cracks me up, I will be taking my favorite lines and sharing them with you. Here's a conversation between Stephanie and Joe Morelli:

"You have a terrific family, but they'll have you on Valium in forty-eight hours."
"Plums don't do Valium. We mainline cheesecake."

If you're looking for a fun, easy read, I highly recommend Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series.
For more, visit Janet Evanovich's website.
Track my progress on the Stephanie Plum Challenge.


Catherine said...

Oh Alison, don't be a tease. I want the names!

Alison said...

Oh, Cat, you know I would if I could...

Chad Aaron Sayban said...

I've seen her books at the stores, but I might have to try one of them now. Thanks for the review.

Ashley @ Ashley's Library said...

I really like the Stephanie Plum series! I was reading them one after the other but forced myself to take a break as the rest of my books began piling up in ridiculous amounts!

Alison said...

Like you, I could so easily get lost in the Stephanie Plum series, and with 16 books to read, that would leave at least 2 weeks of review books sitting neglected. This is why I keep my new habit limited to weekends. The perfect Saturday read!!

Alison said...

I also have to recommend the Christopher Reich series that The Man is reading (link to left). I need to sit with him to write a review this week, but he really loved Rules of Vengeance!

Lula O said...

This one is one of my favorites in the series, and yes, we all love Morelli, but you just wait, it gets WAY betta.

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