Synopsis from Simon & Schuster:
Stephanie Plum returns to hunt down a master cyber-criminal operating out of Trenton in the 28th book in the wildly popular series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.
When Stephanie Plum is woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of footsteps in her apartment, she wishes she didn’t keep her gun in the cookie jar in her kitchen. And when she finds out the intruder is fellow apprehension agent Diesel, six feet of hard muscle and bad attitude who she hasn’t seen in more than two years, she still thinks the gun might come in handy.
Turns out Diesel and Stephanie are on the trail of the same fugitive: Oswald Wednesday, an international computer hacker as brilliant as he is ruthless. Stephanie may not be the most technologically savvy sleuth, but she more than makes up for that with her dogged determination, her understanding of human nature, and her willingness to do just about anything to bring a fugitive to justice. Unsure if Diesel is her partner or her competition in this case, she’ll need to watch her back every step of the way as she sets the stage to draw Wednesday out from behind his computer and into the real world.
About: Game On is a mystery thriller written by Janet Evanovich. It was recently published on 11/2/2021 by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, paperback, 304 pages. The genres are mystery thriller, romance, contemporary fiction, and humor. This book is number 28 from the Stephanie Plum series. According to the publisher’s website, “founded in 2002, Atria was from the start intended to be an environment where new ideas could flourish, the best writers of fiction and nonfiction could thrive and connect with an ever-widening readership, and the best practices of traditional publishing could be integrated with cutting-edge developments in the digital world. In short, a place where great books could come to light.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading Game On on 10/11/2021 and finished it on 11/3/2021. I read too many books at a time and it took me longer than normal but Definitely a fantastic read! I had no idea this author’s book is what I have been looking for. I loved the humor. I enjoyed Stephanie’s Grandma’s humor, sass, and overall attitude. Good set of characters overall. The men in Stephanie’s life all sounded wonderful and handsome. Lucky her! I have seen this author’s books a few times but it’s still on my TBR. Luckily I made time for it this month and enjoyed reading it a lot. I will for sure read more of her books in the future! I did enjoyed the Stephanie Plum movie I saw awhile back. Stephanie’s mom sounded like my mom. She washed my clothes and cooked for me when I visited her. I liked her comment about cooking and knitting. So true! I would like to know what she decided to do with her “thing” in the end because it exceeded the length of a scarf. I enjoyed the light romance in this book.
This book started with Stephanie, bail bonds enforcement, as she was woken up in the middle of the night by a noise in her living room. She panicked and thought about the location of her gun and phone, none of which was by her side, when Diesel appeared. Diesel was her rare more than friends boy toy because his job often took place overseas. Now he’s back in town and wanted to pick where things left off with Stephanie. Stephanie refused him this time because she has a boyfriend named Morelli. Her new client was named Oswald because he failed to show up at the courthouse. His crime was breaking and entering. But Diesel is here because his client is also Oswald. Turned out, Oswald did more. He hacked Diesel’s secret employer and the employer wanted Diesel to fetch Oswald. Along the way, one to two person(s) was killed and another person admitted that he and his friends hacked into Oswald’s computer system. They all thought maybe Oswald had that person(s) killed in retaliation.
Game On was well written and a fast paced read! I enjoyed the cat and mouse chase. I liked that Stephanie utilized all strategies to catch the bad guy. She took in ideas from everyone and took actions. I liked her close relationship with her family. The Baked Potatoes group sounded fun. Would have been great to read their chat during their hacking process and their short lived success. I think this thriller was a light hearted read. The killing was bad but readers were spared the details. Although this book belong in a long series, I was okay reading it as a standalone. I have collected a few books by this author so I’m excited to start reading the next one, even if I’m reading backwards in this series. I do recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Over the last twenty-five years, Janet Evanovich has written a staggering twenty-four #1 New York Times bestsellers in the Stephanie Plum series. In addition to the Plum novels, Janet has coauthored the New York Times bestselling Fox and O’Hare series, the Knight and Moon series, the Lizzy and Diesel series, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, and the graphic novel, Troublemaker (with her daughter, Alex Evanovich).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Atria Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.