After I read Finger Lickin Fifteen, I swore I was done with this series. But my
curiosity got the best of me, so I purchased Sizzling Sixteen, hoping for some
kind of growth with one of my favorite characters. Not even a lucky bottle can
save this dying character. We were introduced to Stephanie Plum back in 1994
and the last 16 years have shown very little growth and development for the
character. Not only does she not age, she never seems to get her life on track.
She never has enough money to pay her rent. She cant keep a decent car, not even
a borrowed one. And she cant keep her boyfriend around for long. Weve seen her
break up with Morelli over immature arguments and misunderstandings countless
times, but theres never a mature solution. And lets not forget the second man in
her life, you know the one whos been after her for the last ten years, Ranger.
If you are expecting anything different, Sizzling Sixteen will disappoint in a
major way. Same story with a different plot.
This time our never changing
heroin is out to save her low life cousin, Vinny with her lucky bottle in tow.
Lula and Connie come along for the ride and the story goes from there.
Sizzling Sixteen is luke warm at best, with no real plot twists or character
development. Lula is funny, Stephanie is still pawning over two men and is just
pitiful, and Vinny is scum. Whats new? Absolutely nothing.
Sizzling Sixteen is cute, but the Stephanie weve all grown to love i
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!
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