Book Review: Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a lucky bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn't specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck. . . .

Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay to get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs.
Being in the business of tracking down people, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie have an advantage in finding Vinnie. If they can rescue him, it will buy them some time to raise the cash.
Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Vinnie's messing up Mooner's vibe, running up pay-per-view porn charges in Ranger's apartment, and making Stephanie question genetics.
Between a bonds office yard sale that has the entire Burg turning out, Mooner's Hobbit-Con charity event, and Uncle Pip's lucky bottle, they just might raise enough money to save the business, and Vinnie, from ruin.
Saving Vincent Plum Bail Bonds means Stephanie can keep being a bounty hunter. In Trenton, this involves hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr. Jingles.
The job of bounty hunter comes with perks in the guise of Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous security expert, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip's lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky---the only question is . . . with whom?
Sizzling Sixteen . . . so hot, the pages might spontaneously combust!

Wow, that's a long summary!  I understand that there are a lot of people who were disappointed with Sizzling Sixteen.  You cannot approach the Stephanie Plum series expecting the rules of the "real world" to apply.  That's why these books are the perfect summer reads: they are light-hearted, funny, sometimes silly, and totally implausible.  Implausible, you say?  Yes!  In what dimension can you:
  • Eat everything you want and not gain weight
  • Blow up/wreck/irreversibly damage multiple cars
  • Have an ongoing sexual-tension filled flirtation with two unbearably sexy men and never have either one of them give you an ultimatum
  • Be saved from danger by grown adults dressed up as hobbits
  • Never load your gun but manage to get away unharmed every time you're taken hostage (at least one time per book)
  • Distract an alligator with fried chicken...can you see how I could keep going with this? 
If anyone knows a place where things like this actually happen, sign me up---I want to live there. Especially if Ranger will be there too...

Just One Gripe:
The plot is kind of weak, as usual.  This is overshadowed by the fact that the series is so funny.

The Best Thing About This Book:
I read the Stephanie Plum series for the humor. They are laugh-out-loud hilarious! I bust out laughing at least five times per book and Sizzling Sixteen did not disappoint in that respect.  Grandma Mazur, Lula, Mooner, the Hobbits, all of it was awesome!

Appropriate for a younger audience:

Characters: 4/5
Plot: 3/5
Humor: 5/5
Originality: 3/5
Ending: 4/5
Total Score:  19/25

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