Books before food (and any sort of comfortable life).
Summary: Seven Stones of Power. No one knows when they were created or by whom, each said to represent one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Now the Stones have found their way to Salem, Massachusetts, and so has Gerwulf Grimoire, adding himself to this rogues’ gallery of power seekers. He’s an uncommonly dangerous man with a hunger for the forbidden and a set of abilities that are way beyond ordinary. Abilities that he feels entitle him to possess anything he might desire. That would include Elizabeth Tucker, the woman he needs to find the Stones. With a new job as pastry chef at Dazzle’s Bakery and an old house inherited from her Aunt Ophelia, her life is pretty much on track… until it’s suddenly derailed by a guy named Diesel, a rude monkey, and a ninja cat. Lizzy can handle the monkey and the cat. She’s not sure about Diesel. He’s offering up his own set of unusual talents and promising to protect her from Grimoire, the kind of protection that Lizzy suspects might involve guarding her body day and night. The Seven Deadly Sins are pride, greed, lust, envy, wrath, sloth, and gluttony. That pretty much covers everything that is wicked. Diesel thinks it also pretty much covers everything that’s fun. And Lizzy thinks Diesel and the Seven Deadly Sins cover everything her mother warned her about.
It’s really hard to find an author who you can count on to make you laugh, but somehow Janet Evanovich does this. How classic of her to include things like the replacement of trashed vehicles, the useless-but-funny sidekick who refuses to learn from her prior mistakes, and compulsive eye-rolls. Anyone who is a Stephanie Plum fan will recognize Diesel, Wulf (short for “Gerwulf”), and Carl the monkey from the “Between-the-Numbers” series, but you don’t have to read the Plum series to understand the Diesel series. (Well, hopefully this book will turn into a series). It was really funny, and just an overall great book. Although I thought Lizzy’s character was a lot like Stephanie Plum’s character, there were still enough differences between them to make them not seem like the same person. My favorite part of the book (This doesn’t ruin anything, but viewer discretion is advised. Lol.) is when you see how Leonard More’s piece of the stone affects him. Leonard is a “glutton for punishment” because of the stone, and I almost died laughing when Diesel told him that if Leonard gave him the stone he would no longer be a glutton. Well good ol’ Lenny retorted with, “No more hanky panky spanky? What if I’m a bad boy?” I honestly could barely even type that without laughing hysterically. There’s so much more humor and wit. You’ll just have to read it for yourself.