Title: Ten Big Ones
Author: Janet Evanovich
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; Audio Renaissance
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Source: Audiobook from the library
Audiobook reader: Lorelei King
First line: The way I see it, life is a jelly doughnut.
As Ten Big Ones begins, Stephanie Plum is living with detective Joe Morelli. Everything seems to be going well for them in the relationship department, until Stephanie decides to track down a particularly dangerous skip. Joe wants her to stay home where it’s safe; Stephanie isn’t quite ready to settle down yet.
When Stephanie becomes the target of a hired hit man for the Slayers, a Trenton gang, she takes refuge in Ranger’s apartment, which only increases the attraction she feels for him. She’s still caught between these two gorgeous men (what a problem to have), and also she’s being hunted by someone very dangerous. In the middle of all this, her sister Valerie is planning her wedding to attorney Albert Kloughn, with the help of her wedding planner, Sally, the cross-dressing musician-slash-school bus driver. Throw in a woman who robbed a Frito Lay truck after too many days on a low-carb diet, the always hilarious Lula, and spunky Grandma Mazur, and you have the recipe that makes these novels so much fun.
Until this book, I was firmly in the Joe Morelli camp. Of course, if I was talking real life, then the stable cop who wants to protect me would be the obvious choice. But one of the best things about reading is that we get to live in fantasy-land, right? And if I was Stephanie, I’d be torn, too. On the one hand, Joe may be her best prospect for marriage and children – and the biological clock seems to be making itself known whenever she’s around Valerie’s new baby. On the other hand, Ranger allows Stephanie to be who she is, he doesn’t want her to change, the way Joe does. Plus, he told her he loved her – in his own way. I am now as torn between the two as Stephanie is! And I have five more books to read about her exploring both options.
This was the second Stephanie Plum audiobook that I’ve listened to in the Audio Renaissance editions, read by Lorelei King. The first few I listened to were Recorded Books editions, read by C.J. Critt, and I have come to love both readers. There are slight differences in the two – with Critt better at doing the male voices, in my opinion, but they are both a delight to listen to.