2.5 starsIn this 2nd book in the Lizzy and Diesel series, the duo are hunting for the magic Luxuria stone The book can be read as a standalone In the Lizzy and Diesel books, the main characters have special abilities that they use to search for stones infused with dark magic In this book Lizzy and Diesel are in a race against Diesel s no good cousin Gerwulf to find the Luxuria Stone, which induces lust Gerwulf s goal is to collect all the magic stones, which would apparently give him g 2.5 starsIn this 2nd book in the Lizzy and Diesel series, the duo are hunting for the magic Luxuria stone The book can be read as a standalone In the Lizzy and Diesel books, the main characters have special abilities that they use to search for stones infused with dark magic In this book Lizzy and Diesel are in a race against Diesel s no good cousin Gerwulf to find the Luxuria Stone, which induces lust Gerwulf s goal is to collect all the magic stones, which would apparently give him great power And Diesel s job with Lizzy s help is to stop Gerwulf from amassing the stones As the story opens Gilbert Reedy, a Harvard English Professor, has been killed and Gerwulf has Reedy s book of sonnets, known to contain information about the Luxuria Stone In the thin plot Lizzy and Diesel, who have obtained the key to the sonnet book, run all over the greater Boston area searching for clues that will lead to the stone Hard on their heels are Gerwulf and his henchman Hatchet, who dresses in medieval garb and brandishes a sword The characters, though mildly amusing, are not very well developed Lizzy is a culinary school graduate who bakes cupcakes, bread, and meat pies for the bakery that employs her Diesel is a part time bounty hunter with a pet monkey, Carl, and a very hot body However, Lizzy and Diesel can t act on any physical attraction between them because this will lead to the loss of someone s special abilities so there s always sexual tension Other characters are even less developed Gerwulf looks like a sexy vampire.Lizzy works with two women, bakery owner Clara and co worker Gloria who can detect clues invisible to others And then there s Anarchy, a mysterious woman who also wants the stone And so on To me, the most fun characters are Carl the monkey and Hatchet the swordsman who actually made me laugh out loud The plot of the book is not compelling and I didn t much enjoy the story And in the end, nothing much had happened In the future I ll probably stick to the Stephanie Plum books and skip the Lizzy and Diesel series.You can follow my reviews at I absolutely love this seriescupcake baker turned sleuth, Lizzy is funny as hell and Diesel is to die for sexy The antics they get up to are just too much and their crew are just hysterical We have Gloria Glo , the counter girl at the bakery, who is a wizard wanna be and always trying potions on anyone requiring magical assistance and travels with her manly Broom We have Carl, Diesel s pet monkey who s forever giving people the finger We have Cat 7143, Lizzy s shelter cat who seems mor I absolutely love this seriescupcake baker turned sleuth, Lizzy is funny as hell and Diesel is to die for sexy The antics they get up to are just too much and their crew are just hysterical We have Gloria Glo , the counter girl at the bakery, who is a wizard wanna be and always trying potions on anyone requiring magical assistance and travels with her manly Broom We have Carl, Diesel s pet monkey who s forever giving people the finger We have Cat 7143, Lizzy s shelter cat who seemslike a familiar than a normal cat and he attacks bad people We have Gerwulf Wulf Grimoire, Diesel s evil cousin who wants to the seven Stones of Saligia And we have Steven Hatchet who is Wulf s evil minion who is stuck in the Medieval age and acts, dresses and talks like he s back in the day Oh and I guess we can t forget Anarchy, the nutjob bad girl who is always threatening to burn something down if she doesn t get her way It s all just too funny.Lizzy can sense energy locked inside objects like the Stones of Saligia and Diesel is a bounty hunter who works for the agency that keeps watch over humans with exceptional abilities, like his cousin Wulf When Gilbert Reedy is murdered, Lizzy and Diesel take up his 20 year quest to find Luxuria Stone, the stone of lust, which once was the true love stone before it was corrupted This is a wild, madcap adventure with theft of artwork, religious artifacts and even the plaque off some old building The whole gang gets involved as each clue is found and deciphered One stealing from the other and or threatening and or kidnapping It is just funny as hell from the first page all the way until the last.The attraction between Lizzy and Diesel is driving them nuts but according to Diesel, they can t get busy because one of them will lose their special skills and there s no way to predict which one So the sexual tension is high and the sexual innuendos fly back and forth.My favorite quote comes from Hatchet, the Medieval nutcase I will retreat for now, but I will be back I will pounce when you least expect it And I will conjure my own dark powers to battle your evil forces Stand back now while I take my leave, and thou willst give up those cupcakes Just like the Plum series, with some name changes and a little supernatural nonsense thrown in LIzzie Stephanie and she s pretty much the same character She makes cupcakes instead of being an incompetent bounty hunter, but apart from that, she s much the same Talks a good game, but always needs a man to bail her out of trouble.Wulf Ranger dark and mysterious Diesel Morelli sexy and a lawman Glo LulaClara ConnieBlown up carsNaked men in the bed.Which one s will she end up sleeping Just like the Plum series, with some name changes and a little supernatural nonsense thrown in LIzzie Stephanie and she s pretty much the same character She makes cupcakes instead of being an incompetent bounty hunter, but apart from that, she s much the same Talks a good game, but always needs a man to bail her out of trouble.Wulf Ranger dark and mysterious Diesel Morelli sexy and a lawman Glo LulaClara ConnieBlown up carsNaked men in the bed.Which one s will she end up sleeping with Get the drift Same people, different names, not much plot Same old Janet Evanovich.If you ve read much of the Plum series, you re probably tired of the cut and paste writing by now anyway and shouldn t bother with this book It certainly isn t worth buying Borrow from the library, or don t bother at all Second in the Lizzie and Diesel humorous romantic suspense series revolving around a group of extraordinary beings the Unmentionables Based in Salem, Massachusetts In this story, they re after the Luxuria stone, the stone of lust.Diesel is a secondary character from the Stephanie Plum series We were first introduced to him in Janet Evanovich, mega bestselling author of the beloved Stephanie Plum series, is back and better than ever Her novels, hailed by GQ as among the great joys of contemporary crime fiction, deliver rollicking adventure with crackling wit and hilarious mayhem And, now, one of the hottest writers today returns with dynamic duo Lizzy and Diesel to prove that when hunting down bad guys, the real fun is in the chase When Harvard University English professor and dyed in the wool romantic Gilbert Reedy is mysteriously murdered and thrown off his fourth floor balcony, Lizzy and Diesel take up his twenty year quest for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed by some to be infused with the power of lust Following clues contained in a cryptic nineteenth century book of sonnets, Lizzy and Diesel tear through Boston catacombs, government buildings, and multimillion dollar residences, leaving a trail of robbed graves, public disturbances, and spontaneous seduction Janet Evanovich does it again and gives us another exciting un put down able read that is striking a chord with readers everywhere This is the 2nd book in the Lizzy and Diesel series I have to say this is a weird, but fun series They are quick reads and funny I love listening to Janet Evanovich books by audiobooks, and that is how I read this book I also read will listen to book 1 in this series and I review it. This was better than the first Lizzy and Diesel book, but still not one of my favorite books It was okay.The thing is, I like paranormal books There are a lot of great paranormal series out there Harry Dresden, Rachel Morgan, Kate Daniels andThis book was funny, but not very well written Kinda like the Stephanie Plum books Wait, make that exactly like the Stephanie Plum books.Lizzie is Stephanie Diesel is a combination of Ranger and Morelli sexy and flirty but he doesn t try to h This was better than the first Lizzy and Diesel book, but still not one of my favorite books It was okay.The thing is, I like paranormal books There are a lot of great paranormal series out there Harry Dresden, Rachel Morgan, Kate Daniels andThis book was funny, but not very well written Kinda like the Stephanie Plum books Wait, make that exactly like the Stephanie Plum books.Lizzie is Stephanie Diesel is a combination of Ranger and Morelli sexy and flirty but he doesn t try to hold Lizzie back the way Morelli does Wulf is a slightly darker Ranger, but without a lot of chemistry with Lizzie Glo is Lula without the extra padding Clara is Connie This book lacks Grandma Mazur but has Hatchett in her place And I like the Plum books because they are funny So I will enjoy this series as it progresses But it isn t really paranormal in a good way Janet Evanovich writes all around the idea of magic without approaching it directly, trying to make it allnormal So she is missing out on what makes Harry Dresden and Kate Daniels awesome Like I said, I ll still readof this series But I have come to the conclusion that J.E books are fluff for me They are funny and enjoyable but nothing I will ever pre order or read on the first day of release Just fun time wasters to tide me over between other series I enjoy SPOILERS KindaDon t waste your time If you enjoyed the characters from the first book in this series then you may enjoy this one, but honestly it was weak writing and terrible sentence structure I honestly read this one because of the characters, Diesel and Wulf, from her Plum series, but even her strongest characters bored me in this book She had an okay action sequence at the end and I guess the only real thing I loved about this book was Wulf s character change at the end I hope to see SPOILERS KindaDon t waste your time If you enjoyed the characters from the first book in this series then you may enjoy this one, but honestly it was weak writing and terrible sentence structure I honestly read this one because of the characters, Diesel and Wulf, from her Plum series, but even her strongest characters bored me in this book She had an okay action sequence at the end and I guess the only real thing I loved about this book was Wulf s character change at the end I hope to seeof him and to see himinvolved in the next book Overall the idea is really comical and interesting, but the writing and sentence structure are crap I can t tell if she s trrying to just be funny or if she wants it to be a mix of comical and serious, like in the Plum series The lines aren t clearly drawn and it bugs me that these characters blow off serious things like coming face to face with a psychopathic killer and joking with them, while they threaten your life Not her best work by far, but because I ve started the series I ll probably finish it Seriously, these books, they re ridiculous.I don t recommend reading them all in a row It s just too much.You You just read two in a row and have started on a third Me yeahI know You And you gave this one three stars Me sheepish yeahI know You What the hell is wrong with you Me shrugsOk, so I do really like the female friendship thing going on in here And the pastries I like those And the cat The cat is great Also the monkey.I really don t know why I m reading Seriously, these books, they re ridiculous.I don t recommend reading them all in a row It s just too much.You You just read two in a row and have started on a third Me yeahI know You And you gave this one three stars Me sheepish yeahI know You What the hell is wrong with you Me shrugsOk, so I do really like the female friendship thing going on in here And the pastries I like those And the cat The cat is great Also the monkey.I really don t know why I m reading these and, worse, why I like them because, honestly, they re so eye roll worthy.Wart s right, they re guilty pleasures, my own little treat in this tricky month Brief summaryLizzy and Diesel are after the Luxuria, or Lust, stone in this book Hot on their heels is Hatchet Wulf is a mysterious as usual There is a new Unmentionable looking for the stone this time and she makes Wulf look normal.What I likedThere was a lotgoing on in Wicked Business than there was in Wicked Appetite Lizzy and Diesel are all over the place looking for clues to the Luxuria stone And I liked seeing a nice side to Wulf in this book I hope we see that again What I di Brief summaryLizzy and Diesel are after the Luxuria, or Lust, stone in this book Hot on their heels is Hatchet Wulf is a mysterious as usual There is a new Unmentionable looking for the stone this time and she makes Wulf look normal.What I likedThere was a lotgoing on in Wicked Business than there was in Wicked Appetite Lizzy and Diesel are all over the place looking for clues to the Luxuria stone And I liked seeing a nice side to Wulf in this book I hope we see that again What I didn t likeI expectedlust Lizzy went crazy when she had the gluttony stone, but there wasn t much reaction to this stone Brief thoughtsI can see why people are annoyed with the similarities between this series and the Stephanie Plum books, but I love the silly scenarios, crazy sidekicks and explosions