My rating: 3 of 5 stars
If you’re new to Janet Evanovich’s novels, you’ll probably enjoy Wicked Appetite, the first in her “new” series. Set in Salem, MA, this book is full of eccentric, sometimes wacky characters, an outlandish plot, a hapless leading woman attracted to the world’s sexiest man, and an evil villain. On the other hand, if you’re familiar with Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you’ve seen nearly all of this before, numerous times.
In Wicked Appetite, pastry chef Lizzie learns that she has a secret power, the ability to differentiate magical amulets from ordinary ones. Against her will, at least initially, she joins forces with Diesel, who has more dynamic abilities. Together they set out to track down a few of the powerful sort of amulets and foil the dastardly intentions of Diesel’s cousin, Gerewolf Grimoire, who intends to rule the world. Between bouts of danger and narrow escapes, Liz bakes cupcakes, hundreds and hundreds of them. And the chemistry between Diesel and Liz intensifies.
This rather simplistic plot is animated by lots of slapstick, and a few genuinely funny moments. In a few scenes, the cat and the monkey nearly steal the show. But this book is essentially same old, same old, with lots zaniness and sexual innuendo.