Stephanie Plum is in rare form in Hard Eight. I was cracking up so hard I was crying (the spider in her car!). I had a hot flash at the mere mention of Ranger or Morelli ("I wouldn't mind seeing him naked," Grandma said.) And I was truly terrified for poor Steph (f-ing rabbit).
Stephanie is having her usual problems with her FTAs, but it's when her parents' next door neighbor comes asking for help locating her daughter and 7 year old granddaughter that things get dangerous and cars start blowing up...again.
Eddie Abruzzi, who is a war gamer and a hater of women in general, has made Stephanie his new enemy. Luckily for Stephanie, she has two tall, strong, brave, manly men looking out for her well being.
Speaking of manly men...
Morelli grabbed me by the front of my shirt, pulled me to him, and kissed me. His tongue touched mine, and I felt liquid fire slide through my stomach and head south. He released me and turned to go.
"Hey!" I said. "What was that?"
"Temporary insanity. You drive me nuts."
And he stalked off down the hall and disappeared into the elevator.
Trust me when I tell you, that is no where near the hottest part of Hard Eight. Oh. Boy.
And now, for my favorite New Jersey quote:
I hit Route 1 and put my foot to the floor. This brought me into the flow of traffic. In Jersey we think the speed limit is merely a suggestion. No one in Jersey would actually do the speed limit.Love it. So true. Why is Stephanie on Route 1? I'm not sure how I missed this in the earlier novels (too busy catching my breath from laughing so hard, probably) but Stephanie Plum is a Rutgers girl! Say it with me...Rrrrrrr....Uuuuuuuu.
I love writing Stephanie Plum reviews - it's where I can break all the rules and it's ok. You know I love the books, they're like candy! I've turned on so many of my fellow New Jersey friends to this series, so we can all laugh a little. Life can get rough in NJ, we need to laugh at our own crazy state once in a while. (And not like that Jerseylicious or Jersey Shore garbage - for the record that's NOT New Jersey!)
Looking forward to - To The Nines!