Synopsis: Whether it’s monkey business, funny business, or getting down to business, Janet Evanovich’s Lizzy and Diesel series proves that there’s no business like Wicked Business.
Lizzy Tucker’s once normal life as a pastry chef in Salem, Massachusetts, turns upside down as she battles both sinister forces and an inconvenient attraction to her unnaturally talented but off-limits partner, Diesel.
When Harvard University English professor and dyed-in-the-wool romantic Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered and thrown off his fourth-floor balcony, Lizzy and Diesel take up his twenty-year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust. Following clues contained in a cryptic nineteenth-century book of sonnets, Lizzy and Diesel tear through Boston catacombs, government buildings, and multimillion-dollar residences. On their way they’ll leave behind a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances, and general mayhem.
Diesel’s black sheep cousin, Gerwulf Grimoire, also wants the Stone. His motives are far from pure, and what he plans on doing with the treasure, no one knows . . . but Lizzy Tucker fears she’s in his crosshairs. Never far and always watching, Grimoire has a growing, vested interest in the cupcake-baker-turned-finder-of-lost-things. As does another dangerous and dark opponent in the hunt—a devotee of lawlessness and chaos, known only as Anarchy.
Treasures will be sought, and the power of lust will be unmistakable as Lizzy and Diesel attempt to stay ahead of Anarchy, Grimoire, and his medieval minion, Hatchet, in this ancient game of twisted riddles and high-stakes hide-and-seek.
Review: I love Janet Evanovich, well I should say that I love her Stephanie Plum series. I read the first volume of this new series to its output with much hope and I was a little disappointed. But knowing what to expect this time, I enjoyed it a little more. Well it is for sure far from our Stephanie but Lizzy is also quite a character. This is a nice read once that we know the direction of the story.
Then I must say that I love Diesel, I adored him in the spin-offs and I still enjoy him here. He is so determined in his choice, and if our heroine does not agree with him, well then … what difference does it make? It is always quite funny as he manages her to do whatever he wants all times. Okay but not nearly in all circumstances. She is always brought in some terrible stories that make her discover some new aspects of the world where she lives.
Sure Wulf and Hatchet are there too and it was a delight to follow them. I must say that it’s hard to really understand them, they can in a second pass from the nicest person to the most wicked person in the world. Then we see Hatchet trying some spells, what could be better? This is the most hilarious thing between laxatives, buttons or love, there are plenty problems. Well I admit that I preferred his character when he was in love with Glo. Well he doesn’t hesitate to do what he needs when he wants something. A serenade? Yes, yes, of course!
In this novel, the characters are all here and we meet Sandman, the same we saw in the Stephanie Plum series, okay he didn’t do that much, but it’s really nice to see him. So here we find our little duo who always tries to cope with their attraction, in search of the stone of love/lust that everyone wants. Why is that? It is hard to say even if we understand pretty fast for Anarchy. However, for Wulf it is a different story. But finding that the stone is not a simple matter, and this quest will lead them in places that they could not imagine.
This book was light and fun. A mixture always perfect when you are on a vacation. I read with pleasure the whole adventure of our two protagonists. Well, when Janet Evanovich offers the Chick-lit story, I’m always up for it!