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Sizzling Sixteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Sizzling Sixteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Written by Janet Evanovich

Narrated by Lorelei King


Sizzling Sixteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

Written by Janet Evanovich

Narrated by Lorelei King

ratings:
3.5/5 (117 ratings)
Length:
3 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Jun 22, 2010
ISBN:
9781427209665
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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...

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.

Good Luck: 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.

Bad Luck: 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.

Good Luck: 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.

Bad Luck: 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.

Good Luck: 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, it might spontaneously combust!

A Macmillan Audio production.

Publisher:
Released:
Jun 22, 2010
ISBN:
9781427209665
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.


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  • (3/5)
    I read this book in one day. I have read all the previous Stephanie Plum books and I enjoyed them all. This was probably not the best in the series, but still a good read, especially for fans of the series.

    The story centers around Stephanie's boss Vinny being kidnapped and the subsequent attempts to pay the ransom and get him back. Vinny is not the most likable character, and I didn't really care if they got him back or not. The main focus of the story was on Stephanie, Lula and Connie. It was nice to see Connie do more than just sit behind the desk. On the other hand, other characters such as Joe, Ranger and Grandma only made brief appearances. The perpetual love triangle between Stephanie, Joe and Ranger was not explored very much in this book. There was some interesting stuff with Moon and his hobbit convention. I did laugh out loud a couple of times at the absurdity.

    Overall, this was a fun way to spend the afternoon.
  • (3/5)
    Stephanie and Lulu are in fine comedic form in their efforts to rescue Vinnie from the consequences of his vices.
  • (4/5)
    Another rollicking Stephanie Plum story, another several hours of chuckles and delightful characters. Sixteen and counting!
  • (3/5)
    Book sixteen (or maybe twenty, depending on how you count them) in Janet Evanovitch's Stephanie Plum series. This time, Stephanie's cousin/boss gets kidnapped and held hostage by a gangster who's threatening to kill him unless someone pays off his gambling debts. Also, there's an alligator. And people dressed up as hobbits.At their best, these books can be reasonably funny. At their worst, I find them kind of annoying. This one was neither. It's vaguely amusing in places, maybe, and it's still playing up the interminable love triangle I was tired of three books in. But mostly it was just readable and instantly forgettable, with a possibly even dumber than usual plot.Honestly, I think I'm just getting tired of this series. And yet, I somehow can't seem to stop reading it. Send help.
  • (3/5)
    While better than its immediate predecessor, I don't feel it quite meets the expectations I had based on previous books in the Stephanie Plum series. Stephanie seems stuck in the same old ruts--she still can't decide between Morelli and Ranger, and she hasn't progressed in her job to the point where she can catch even one FTA with a minimum of fuss. At some point, her character needs to grow, or the series becomes a mere caricature.

    I do like how Evanovich weaves humor into her plotlines.
  • (3/5)
    Kind of dull, but at least it's a turn around from the previous 3. Honestly what an improvement, it seemed as if Evanovich read the readers' reviews of her last book & focused on improving the series.

    Stephanie wasn't as an insipid incompetent as in the previous 3, Lula was more of a person & not such an insulting clownish caricature as in the previous 3. Her relationship w/ Joe & Ranger were (in my opinion) more realistic.....

    So yes I liked it.....it was a good quick vacation read.
  • (3/5)
    Another Plum book, another storyline where Stephanie dances around and flirts endlessly with Ranger and goes on and on about how sexy he is, but still ends up with Morelli. Again. Although the storyline with Mooner and the Hobbit convention was totally worth reading this one.
  • (4/5)
    fabulous fun!
  • (3/5)
    BOTTOM-LINE:Still enjoyable read, but the plot was thin.PLOT OR PREMISE:Vinnie has gambling debts, and if he doesn't cough up $800K, he's toast. Which would put Connie, Lulu and Stephanie out of work, so they pitch in to help. If they can keep him safe that long..WHAT I LIKED:The various options to get money to save Vinnie were varied, fun and creative. And the plot involving the Bulgarian was decent..WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE:It takes a LONG time to get to the solution, and the Hobbit ending was a bit over the top..DISCLOSURE:I received no compensation, not even a free copy, in exchange for this review. I am not personal friends with the author, nor do I follow her on social media.
  • (3/5)
    It was okay for a Stephanie Plum book. Wish it had more Ranger/Morelli stuff. Fun with the crazy though
  • (1/5)
    I don't know why I'm reading this - the first 6-8 in the series were hilarious. Now it's just more of the same. Still mildly entertaining but meh ...
  • (3/5)
    I've had time to reflect on this one before writing a review. Up until now I've whole-heartedly enjoyed every single adventure with Stephanie though throughout the last one I was beginning to wonder if she would ever grow up. And now I'm ready for her to move on it seems she agrees with me. Stephanie has hinted that she no longer enjoys being a bounty hunter and is considering her options.

    There was a point in this book where I believed it to be the last of the series but I'm fairly sure it will be coming to an end soon, and I think it's time. Don't get me wrong there were still some hilarious scenes but certain things had begun to irritate me so I hope the series ends before I have to abandon it before I start disliking it.
  • (5/5)
    once again another great one. Explosions, fires, bad guys trying to get to the bonds office and this time they may have succeeded. However Vinnie sure gets himself into a pickle this time. The morrelli Stephanie thing is an off again this time. Sigh..
  • (3/5)
    After the movie, One for the Money (I loved it), I wanted to read the books. I was half happy and half disappointed (to be fair the first few books were better than the rest - I've read 17 or 18). The writing isn't anything special but there is banter and wit (which is waning). I love her grandma, the ex-hooker, and some other random side characters - that and the witty moments kept me coming back for more.By the time of the 5th book (or at least by the 10th) you would think she would start to get the hang of her job or get a new one - nope. At a certain point she is just a pretty woman of 30ish who can't pick from 2 men (or choose to move on from both), who is bad at her job, and relies on luck and the men in her life to save her (to be fair I think of one time she was saved by a woman).So why do I keep reading? In spite of how annoying she is, and how she is hopelessly in love with 2 mildly mentally abusive men? Despite all the half attractive or good guys being over 6 ft tall for some reason and all the other men are taken or ugly? The reason is the supporting crazy characters, and the fading wit.
  • (5/5)
    Thanks again Janet Evanovich for some great laughs. Extra good story - Stephanie Plum in all her glory :)

    Fantastic ending.. and I just can;t help myself a tiny spoiler - Hobbits save the day!! LOL.
  • (2/5)
    Eh. Slightly better than the last one, but still growing stale. And then I read the back of one of her newer books, and I wasn't all that impressed. I think it's time for me to give up on Janet Evanovich.
  • (5/5)
    The bonds office burns down Vinnie over does it with his betting and has alot of bad guys after him then there caught. Steph was on the outs with morelli and at end of book Morelli shows up with new panties for her because vinnie waas wearing hers, ranger at end heads out for 2 weeks out of country several close calls with Steph but nothing happens but she owes him...
  • (3/5)
    This series is turning into a carwreck that you don't really want to see but for some reason can't look away. For the first half of this book I was so frustrated with it and contemplated not continuing on with this series. Then something in the second half just dragged me back in. There is no character growth whatsoever in this series. It seems like a similar event happens in every book and the characters all react the same in each book. Stephanie's immaturity is extremely annoying and I am tired of her Ranger/Morelli dilemma. Just pick one already (It is the friggen 16th book and she has yet to choose one)! The second half of this book was what saved it for me and I will probably continue on with this series (I will most likely read up to the nineteenth but not read any more after that) because I am curious as to what they will do about the office.
  • (5/5)
    Hilarious. Broadly and farcically hilarious. The hobbit rescue scene may have hit a height that cannot be matched. Even Lula is a bit less grating than usual. Loved it. It even made my husband laugh out loud, so that's saying something.
  • (4/5)
    Sizzling Sixteen is a winner in the Stephanie Plum series. Some of the more recent books in this series have suffered from overuse of the same old gags. This one seemed much fresher. Vinnie, Stephanie's bail bondsman boss, has been kidnapped. His three employees, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie are trying to track him down and rescue him while at the same time raising $1million+. Stephanie's high school friend Mooner also figures heavily in the plot along with Ranger. Morelli is kind of off to the side in this one although he's around. Actually, if it weren't for Ranger there would be no more Stephanie. I think the books where Ranger figures heavily in the action move a little better than those where Morelli leads. Just my personal bias, however. It's a quick, fun read that offers a good pick-me-up.
  • (5/5)
    Vincent Plun, bail bondsman, has run up a large gambling debt and has been kipnapped. Stephanie Plum, who works for him, tries to find him.
  • (5/5)
    once again another great one. Explosions, fires, bad guys trying to get to the bonds office and this time they may have succeeded. However Vinnie sure gets himself into a pickle this time. The morrelli Stephanie thing is an off again this time. Sigh..
  • (4/5)
    Sizzling Sixteen is a winner in the Stephanie Plum series. Some of the more recent books in this series have suffered from overuse of the same old gags. This one seemed much fresher. Vinnie, Stephanie's bail bondsman boss, has been kidnapped. His three employees, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie are trying to track him down and rescue him while at the same time raising $1million+. Stephanie's high school friend Mooner also figures heavily in the plot along with Ranger. Morelli is kind of off to the side in this one although he's around. Actually, if it weren't for Ranger there would be no more Stephanie. I think the books where Ranger figures heavily in the action move a little better than those where Morelli leads. Just my personal bias, however. It's a quick, fun read that offers a good pick-me-up.
  • (4/5)
    The hobbits invasion was Unique and well described. I could see it happening in my mind.
  • (3/5)
    The latest Stephanie Plum novels finds Stephanie, Lula and Connie trying to come up with the money to pay the ransom rescue Vinny from his bookie. Of course, there are lots of failed plans, a destroyed car, doughnuts, Cluck-in-a-Bucket, a new diet for Lula and more Ranger (forget about Stephanie and just come get me, Ranger).

    Lorelei King does another excellent job of narrating this audiobook. I am never disappointed in one of her performances. I can see the characters she's reading. This isn't my favorite Stephanie Plum novel but it was another solid entry in the series.
  • (2/5)
    I really wanted to like this book. The first books in this series were hilarious, but unfortunately things have been going downhill for a while, and “Sizzling Sixteen” (or “Fizzling Sixteen,” as some Amazon.com reviewers dubbed it) sets a new low.Oh, where to start? The plot: Vincent Plum gets abducted, and it is up to Stephanie, Lula, and Connie to get him back. Not-at-all-amusing hijinks ensue. This book appears to have been put together by a robot at an assembly line, using a checklist of things that happen in every Plum book — Stephanie attempts to apprehend odd FTAs, acts inept, and destroys a car; Lula is dieting; Vinnie is a weasel; Grandma goes to a funeral; Ranger and Morelli both want Stephanie, who can’t decide what she wants. Throw in a Hobbit Convention (don’t ask), and here I am, wondering what the hell happened to a series that used to be so great.The only person who experiences any kind of character growth is Vinnie. Good for him, but it makes the fact that the rest of the crew are staying the same or regressing that much more obvious. There is one nice scene between Stephanie and Ranger, but other than that it’s all same old, same old, and sadly not very funny. I still laugh out loud when I re-read the earlier books, but “Sizzling Sixteen” failed to produce an audible chuckle. We have read it all before, and it was much better written back then, too.There is some sloppy editing going on, as well. The jacket copy mentions things that never happen in the book — Vinnie watching porn pay-per-view at Ranger’s apartment is, thank God, a figment of the blurb-writer’s imagination. There are some odd word choices — “the road was hard-packed dirt and either side was forested” (that “either” is just bugging me); and I could have sworn I saw “adios” spelled “addios” once (but now that I went looking for it, it’s hiding from me). In general, the writing did not flow well, and there are many stilted phrases like the one I quoted above.It could be that Ms. Evanovich is burnt out, and needs to take a break from writing Stephanie Plum books. I hope so, because the alternatives (that she actually believes “Sizzling Sixteen” is a great book worth the hard-cover price, or that the newer books are written by a ghost writer) are worse. Perhaps with a better editor and some constructive criticism, the series will get back on the right track. I won’t be holding my breath, though, and will check out book 17 from the library, when (and if) it comes out.
  • (3/5)
    Loved the audio and always a smile on your face with these characters! 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!
  • (3/5)
    Stephanie is losing steam. I use to laugh out loud reading the stories but this one only raised a few amused snorts. The series seems to be losing steam.
  • (3/5)
    This is good bubble gum fiction and nothing more. The stories are really getting repetitive and sometimes annoying, but it is a quick read and laugh out loud funny at moments. As long as you don't expect too much out of it, its a nice escape.
  • (3/5)
    Oh no, I'm totally bored with this series now, hate to say it ( and I have seventeen already) probably won't continue reading it any more… sad.