Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich
Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel
Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn’t take him down, he may take her out.
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.
I think I am about done with the Stephanie Plum series. While reading Takedown Twenty I kept thinking did I read this one already? No? Am I sure? Then check the publication date. Yeah pretty sure since it came out after I last read one so...it was just the same thing. I was gifted the first three books in this series and devoured them. I loved how fun they were and they were just good reads. Really I read the first 19 in a row, back to back, and by 19 I was getting a little tired of the same old same old. Nothing really changes except who Stephanie is trying to catch. Ugh. But I keep reading them because I remember how much I enjoyed those first books.
So I was hoping that Stephanie at some point would grow and learn something from all of her mistakes. Apparently not. She is getting older, but she is exactly the same as the first book. She still doesn't know what she is doing so...she really should do something else. Also the Ranger/Morelli situation really annoyed me in this one. She is with Morelli, wants to be with Morelli, but yet lets Ranger kiss her and almost gives in to more with Ranger? Okay. Really it seemed like she wants to be with Ranger, but Ranger doesn't want to settle down so she is with Morelli instead. I mean Ranger is so attractive she can barely contain herself when he is around. I just wish she could definitively choose one of them. The whole back and forth with both of them is just boring by this point, unless they are both on board for an open relationship or something which I don't think Morelli is.
Then there is Lulu and Grandma who are doing the same things they did in every other book. Lulu eats a lot, grandma wants to get some, they are just...by this point it is just like yes I have read this before. Even though technically I have not read this specific book, I have. In every scene I was like oh is this where x happens? No they are doing slightly different y now, but it is similar enough to x they could have just done that again. It was way too much like the other books that by this point I am bored with the story. I want something new. I want Stephanie to change. I want her to choose. I want her to learn something. I want her to be smarter. I want a different book than one I have already read. I saw there is yet another book coming out in this series. Unless it is the last book I won't be reading it. I am curious how the whole thing will end, curious enough to read the last book, but until then I will just read something else. Something new. Something I haven't already read a million times before.