Book Review: Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss

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Welcome Home, Caroline Kline by Courtney Preiss opens with Caroline Kline couch surfing in New York City due to her no longer having a job and her fiance breaking up with her. The cherry on top is when Caroline finds out her father is not doing well and has to go home to New Jersey to help out. She finds one thing she didn't expect . . . true love. I received an Advanced Readers Copy of Welcome Home, Caroline Kline from NetGalley for free in exchange for my honest review.  The synopsis of this book was intriguing, and I absolutely love baseball, so I couldn't wait to dig in to this story. Unfortunately, the story started off a bit slow and continued to be slow at points throughout the book. The slowness of the plot made it difficult to stay interested in the characters and their fate.  At one point, I didn't really care if I finished the story or not. With that being said, I'm glad I stuck with the book because the last 15% of Welcome Home, Caroline Kline started to

Book Review: Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum, #14.5) by Janet Evanovich

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Janet Evanovich writes a few books in the Stephanie Plum book series called "A Stephanie Plum Between-the-Numbers Novel". Typically, they're novellas, and I finish them with the thought that they're cute but not very engaging, and they usually don't move the rest of the series forward. And, I don't particularly like the character named Diesel. On top of that, the third "Between-the-Numbers Novel", Plum Lucky (Stephanie Plum, #13.5) couldn't hold my interest, and I gave up after the first chapter.  I do plan on going back and reading it to see if I just wasn't in the right mindset to read it.

With that being said, I was pleasantly surprised with Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum, #14.5) by Janet Evanovich. This time, it is a full size novel, and I have to say, it's the one I absolutely fell in love with and changed my mind about the "Between-the-Numbers" books in the series.

Things I enjoyed about Plum Spooky was that it somewhat picked up where Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum, #14) left off and tied in with the rest of the Stephanie Plum books, which was a refreshing change from the others. It's also a little creepier with it taking place in a place called "The Barrens", a remote wooded area with a lot of colorful characters. With that being said, I wouldn't say it was scary, but I think I would've been creeped out if I had gone hiking or camping in the woods after reading it. I also found Diesel to actually be likeable in this book. Normally, I find him a bit annoying.

One of the characters in this book that I found hysterically funny was the "flame farter". Between him and Lula farting, I had a case of the giggles. Usually, I don't find fart humor funny, but I must have been in the mood to laugh, and it hit my funny bone in just the right way. Another character named Martin Munch went by his last name. Every time I saw his last name, I thought of Munch from Law and Order:  SVU. It made me wonder if Janet Evanovich was watching reruns of the show in her downtime while she wrote the book. Another great thing with the characters is that you find out if Lula and Tank will take their relationship to the next level or not. And, I really want Carl, the monkey, to make more appearances in the series.

Five out five stars is what I gave Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum, #14.5) by Janet Evanovich, and it is easily the best book out of all the "Between-the-Numbers" books. 

Synopsis of Plum Spooky (Stephanie Plum, #14.5) by Janet Evanovich:  Stephanie and Lula are tracking down Martin Munch in the Pine Barrens with the help of Diesel. They encounter the Jersey Devil, the Easter Bunny, a flame farter, and a whole cast of colorful characters and even get stuck in a cranberry bog.


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