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The pros: 1) The storyline was interesting and not entirely over the top. 2) Less slapstick and more substance in the writing as it related to the plot. 3) Lula and Grandma were less annoying than some books
The cons: 1) The pacing was slow 2) Lacked the witty dialogue and humor of some of her other books. All the characters felt depressed and dull. 3) Her relationship/interaction with Morelli was flat. It not sexy, not funny, not annoying. Nothing. Diesel summed it up best. Tedious. 4) Ranger doesn't even show up until Chapter Twelve, and then it is lackluster. He's mostly just there to advance the story by providing something Stephanie needs. No heat, no sexy moments. One almost touching moment, but even that falls flat. 5) All the same gags, but somewhat subdued. Destroyed cars, Lula antics - clothes too small, obsession with food, mother tippling, father shoveling food into his mouth at the table, viewings. 6) Even the interaction with Diesel lacked interest. 7) The ending caused pain to shoot behind my eyeball, probably because I had spent money and wasted time on this completely uninspired book.
At least Wulf shows up for about a nanosecond, so I can only hope the reintroduction of Diesel and Wulf means there might be another Wicked book coming out down the line. That would be the only good thing coming out of this disappointing read. I keep saying I'm done with these books, and I keep getting sucked back in hoping for the magic. Sadly this one might have finally convinced me it's time to move on.