Not all books I enjoy are actually good. Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich falls into the category. I found it a fun, light-hearted romp, but I can’t say “this book is so good – you need to read it,” because honestly it’s not and you don’t. I listened to it on audio while running, doing laundry, walking the dog, and it was perfect for my purpose.

This is the second in a series and I did read the first, well listened to it. The set up is that Lizzy, a baker, and Diesel, a man whose job it is to find things or people are on the search for a set of ancient relics representing the seven deadly sins. Also after them is Diesel’s cousin, Gerewulf Grimorie, and the kicker is that all three are Unmentionables, people with enhanced powers. Lizzy for example can feel the magic in objects. Diesel and Wulf have all kinds of powers, including opening locks (Diesel) and burnig people’s skins (Wulf). In this installment, they’re on the hunt for the Luxuria Stone, supposedly infused with the power of lust.

Hijinks, hilarity, a monkey, a guy who thinks he’s some kind of medieval knight- it’s a lot like literary junk food. But I do love candy, and chocolate, and popcorn.

This one a had a scavenger hunt feel. Diesel and Lizzy had to figure out a clue, whether it be about a book of poems or a set of church bells, then follow where that clue led to the next clue and so on until they finally get the stone. Of course, the baddies are right beside them, or ahead or behind the whole way.

All the characters are over the top. Diesel is sexy, rough and tumble. Lizzy is sweet and in over her head. Wulf is evil. Lizzy’s friend Glo is the ditsy optimist, and I like them. They make me smile and laugh.

3 out of 5 stars

Category: Romance – Paranormal

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Lizzy and Diesel #2
Published June 19, 2012
6 hours
Read by Lorelei King

Book soure: Library

Lizzy and Diesel Series

  1. Wicked Appetite
  2. Wicked Business

This was my fifth read for R.I.P. VII, a reading event embracing the ghastly and ghostly, mysterious and grim. It definitely involves the paranormal even if it is on the lighter side of RIP reading. R.I.P. VII is hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.

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