Janet Evanovich’s Smokin’ Seventeen goes on sale today, and finally—maybe?—Stephanie Plum will make a choice between Ranger and Joe Morelli. Here’s the book blurb:
Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum.
Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list.
Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, things get even more complicated for Stephanie when family and friends decide it’s time for her to decide between long-time off-again-on-again boyfriend, Trenton cop Joe Morelli, and the bad boy in her life, security expert Ranger. Stephanie’s mom is encouraging Stephanie to dump them both, and choose a former high school football star who has just returned to town. Stephanie’s sidekick, Lula, is encouraging Stephanie to have a red-hot boudoir “bake-off.“ And Grandma Bella, Morelli’s Old World grandmother, is encouraging Stephanie to move to a new state when she puts “the eye” on Stephanie.
With a cold-blooded killer after her, a handful of hot men and a capture list that includes a dancing bear and a senior citizen vampire, Stephanie’s life looks like it’s about to go up in smoke.
Janet Evanovich conducted a poll on Facebook, and given the choice between Ranger and Joe Morelli, two-thirds of the respondents said Stephanie should pick Ranger.
Here’s Joe Morelli, according to Evanovich’s website:
“Probably I can find her breast without it, but it’s good to know there’s a navigational system on board if I need it.” — Morelli
Detective, Crimes against Persons, Trenton PD
Distinguishing Characteristics: Scar through one eyebrow, eagle tattoo on chest, molten chocolate eyes, rock hard buns
And here’s Ranger, according to Evanovich’s website:
“Last time you called me late at night you were naked and chained to your shower curtain rod. I hope this isn’t going to be disappointing.” — Ranger
Ricardo Carlos Manoso (AKA: Ranger).
CEO of RangeMan, LLC. Specializes in fugitive apprehension, body guarding, real estate, and other semi-legal, mostly-moral business ventures.
Distinguishing Characteristics: 200 watt smile, body that could stop a clock, pony tail.
Usual Attire: Black T-shirt, black cargo pants, Navy S.E.A.L.s hat.
Who would you choose?
Megan Frampton is the Community Manager, Romance, for the HeroesandHeartbreakers site. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her husband and son, and has Mary MacGregor’s song, “Torn Between Two Lovers,” running in her head at this very minute.