Book Review: Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4) by Elle Cosimano

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Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4)  by Elle Cosimano opens with Finlay Donovan and her nanny, Vero, planning a trip to Atlantic City to pay off some debts, find Javi, and retrieve a stolen car.  But first, they come up with a cover story that backfires miserably.  Finlay and Vero have to be clever and sneaky to accomplish what they set out to do, but will they have to come clean? Thank you, NetGalley, for the Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice (Finlay Donovan, #4) by Elle Cosimano.  This is one of the books I was most excited about being able to read before it was in stores.  I received the eBook for free in exchange for my honest review. The fourth installment picks up where the last book ended and ties up the loose ends from Finlay Donovan Knocks Them Dead (Finlay Donovan, #3)  . . . so much so that I thought that this was going to be the last book in the series.  However, Finlay Donovan Rolls The Dice ends up having a couple of cliffhangers,

Book Review: Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum, #16) by Janet Evanovich

sizzling sixteen janet evanovich stephanie plumIn the latest installment of the Stephanie Plum book series, Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum, #16) by Janet Evanovich, Vinnie Plum has run out of luck. His gambling debts caused him to be kidnapped and put his business, Vincent Plum Bonds, in jeopardy. Vinnie's employee and cousin Stephanie ropes coworkers Lula and Connie into helping her find Vinnie.

Although, I thoroughly enjoyed Sizzling Sixteen, the one thing that I was confused about throughout the entire book was that Lula kept mentioning her car (a Firebird), and I thought it was destroyed in Finger Lickin' Fifteen (Stephanie Plum, #15). I kept telling myself that maybe she purchased a new Firebird, but she sure didn't act like it. I go back and forth between liking Lula and disliking her. There are some books where she just gets on my nerves, and this is one of them.

With that being said, I did enjoy that Connie was featured more than normal and that we learned a little bit more of her. I hope we get to see Connie featured more as the series goes on. And, I enjoyed getting to know Stephanie's cousin Vinny more as a full fledged character instead of being just a minor player in the series. I'm glad that his character description of being a weasel was expanded to show us how he was a weasel instead of just being told he was one. I think my favorite part was when he was locked out wearing only Stephanie's underwear and her utter horror of the situation. What I loved even more was when Morelli showed up with a replacement pair for Stephanie.

Have I mentioned that I really want Stephanie and Morelli to end up being married? If they got married, I feel like the story line could be advanced a bit without ruining anything.  I've seen it done in other book series, and it really worked out well. Furthermore, as much as I enjoy the character of Ranger, I'm growing bored of him being a distraction for Stephanie and getting in between furthering her relationship with Morelli. And, Ranger's character hasn't grown much since he quit working for Vinny.

All in all, I enjoyed Sizzling Sixteen (Stephanie Plum, #16) by Janet Evanovich and gave it four out of five stars. I can't wait to see what happens in Smokin' Seventeen (Stephanie Plum, #17).

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