Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review: Wicked Charms

Wicked Charms (Lizzy & Diesel, #3)Author: Janet Evanovich
Series: Lizzy & Diesel, #3
Released: June 23rd 2015
Publisher: Bantam
Length: 320 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

Lizzy and Diesel return once again in an all-new adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Janet Evanovich and her co-author, Phoef Sutton!
Murdered and mummified more than ninety years ago, bootlegger Collier “Peg Leg” Dazzle once found and re-hid a famous pirate’s treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice — the very item reluctant treasure seeker, Lizzy Tucker, and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. While Lizzy would just like to live a quiet, semi-normal life, Diesel is all about the hunt. And this hunt is going to require a genuine treasure map and a ship worthy of sailing the seven seas . . . or at least getting them from Salem Harbor to Maine.
Greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren’t the only ones searching for the lost pirate’s chest. There are people who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it, and are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil, just to hold the fortune in their hands. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel’s deceptively charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It’s hard to say how far he’s willing to go to gain either one.
It’s a swashbuckling adventure full of raiders, monkeys, minions, and mayhem. Lizzy and Diesel are going to have to do everything they can to keep their heads above water and hope they are living a charmed life.


Could I leave just that in lieu of my review? Because in this unique case, it might just be enough. Ridiculous. And sort of wonderful, but that goes without saying – after all, we’re dealing with Janet Evanovich, the uncrowned queen of wicked humor and unresolved sexual tension.

We rejoin our heroes as they continue their search for Seven Stones of Power. The stones reflect seven deadly sins, and with two found in the previous books, it is now time to find the stone of avarice. Lizzy and Diesel are Unmentionables, people with special powers, and although he’s far more experienced (in more ways than one, ahem), Diesel doesn’t stand a chance of finding the stones without Lizzy, who can sense their proximity and authenticity.
“I’m willing to trade this unpleasant monkey for the pieces of eight you’ve acquired and a small service from Ms. Tucker.” “Get serious,” Diesel said. “Keep the monkey.”
The plot is much stronger in Wicked Charms than in the previous two books, but it’s still a far cry from a structured, serious novel. After all, only Janet Evanovich could combine wannabe medieval knights, wannabe pirates, wannabe witches and one very rude monkey into something even close to coherent. Although it’s better plotted, this is still very much reminiscent of Looney Tunes and all the characters are just spectacularly silly. Ridiculous, I tell you.
“And I think he was taking pictures of us,” I said to the guard. “Up our skirts.” “You’re wearing jeans,” the guard said. “So we outsmarted him!” I said.
The sexual tension in this book is insane! We’ve been waiting so long to see Lizzy and Diesel together, but one or both of them could lose their powers if they ever get together. Diesel himself is charming and hilarious, but I find myself even more attracted to his evil cousin and their nemesis Wulf. Everyone loves a bad boy, right?
”Why can’t you save the world by yourself?” I asked Diesel. “Why do I have to go along?” “You have to do your touchy-feely thing. I’m big and strong and smokin’ hot, but I’m not touchy-feely.” This was all true.
Aside from his name on the cover, I didn’t notice any differences now that Phoef Sutton joined as co-author, which means that he did so quite seamlessly. I’m not sure how much he’s contributing at this point, but he got the overall tone of Janet’s writing perfectly. And now that he’s here, maybe we won’t have to wait three years for the next book. That last paragraph left me screaming for more.
If you’re looking for something to brighten up your day, you can’t possibly go wrong with one of Janet’s books, and especially not with this series. As long as you don’t expect anything even remotely serious, you’ll find yourself enjoying every word. Also, laughing like a lunatic is good for your abs, soldier. Go for it.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. I love her Stephanie Plum Series, or at least, all that I've read so far and I imagine I would like this as well. Even though this doesn't sound like the strongest book of the bunch I do remember meeting Diesel in one of the shorts with Stephanie and liking him.

  2. I like Janet's writing, I really do. She's funny, engaging, and very quick. I've gotten seriously annoyed with her Stephanie Plum series lately though; I think she should've just quit with book 12 or so. The love triangle is absolutely ridiculous (choose Ranger! Morelli is an ass), and she seems like she's just lost her enjoyment of them.
    I haven't read this series yet, though I've seen it at my library. Might have to pick it up!

  3. Oh the things you post that I want to read! Sigh. She's another author with a long list of published work I've always wanted to check out. Sigh.

  4. Sometimes a silly, fun, ridiculous read is perfect for me. I will keep this one in mind next time that mood strikes.

  5. I skipped your review about this one because I'm reading it right now but I'm curious to see how it is in the end.

  6. I tried reading book 1 but it was too much for me, I could not finish it

  7. I had no idea she had a new series out. And ridiculous you say? Well, I'm in.
    I do love the sound of the tension between the two characters.
    Glad this was fun for you, Maja! :)

  8. Laughing like a lunatic sounds like something I really want to read, so I'm all in for this one, Maja!!

  9. Ridiculous is such a good word to describe this series Maja, and it just makes me happy. Sometimes I'm in the mood for something silly and fun and out there, and Janet Evanovich never disappoints in that area. I'm hoping the Lizzy/Diesel tension isn't drawn out quite as long as the epic Stephanie Plum love triangle though. I'm not sure I could take it!

  10. Ha. I have yet to pick up a Janet Evanovich book, but they seem like the perfect remedy for the times you're looking for an entertaining, funny and yes, ridiculous read.

  11. I don't know anything about this series, but ... wow! I LOVE your review :D I'll definitely have to check it out!

  12. I haven't read anything by this author, but I got this book for review, so what the heck. I need a laugh, even if it is ridiculous.

  13. I can always use a laugh so I'll keep this series in mind for the future. It's sounds ridiculously silly (but in a good way).


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