Wicked Appetite is the first book in the new Diesel series by Janet Evanovich and a novel from St. Martin's Press.
Seven Stones of Power.
No one knows when they were created or by whom, each said to represent one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
For centuries, treasure hunters have been eager to possess the Stones, undeterred by their corrupting nature. The list is long - Genghis Khan, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, to name a few. 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. She's freshly transplanted from New York City to Boston's North Shore. 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.
Wicked Appetite is a hilarious read. :)
I love the idea of Stones that represent the Seven Deadly Sins and Wicked Appetite is about Gluttony.
Diesel is an Unmentionable - that means he is human - but with special abilities. He has certain powers that allow him to do certain things for BUM, the Board of Unmentionable Marshalls. And right now they want Diesel to find the Stones.
Enter Elizabeth Tucker. She is also an Unmentionable - much to her surprise - she has the ability to detect a certain kind of energy. Energy like the Stones put off - and Diesel needs her to help him find the Stones.
Janet Evanovich is one of my all time favorite authors. She has a unique writing style and the ability to inject humor in the most unlikely of places.
Often that humor is crude - and I admit to a juvenile delight in reading it. :)
As with the Stephanie Plum series, Ms. Evanovich makes her secondary characters just as important as the primary ones - and Wicked Appetite has several that stood out for me and made me laugh out loud - Glo, Shirley and Carl the monkey. :)
I can't wait to read more in this series.
I give Wicked Appetite 5 out of 5 stars.