Wicked Appetite is the first book in the Lizzy & Diesel series by Janet Evanovich. This paranormal mystery was published in 2010 by St. Martin’s Press.
I purchased and read this book because I enjoyed Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series.
Life in Marblehead has had a pleasant predictability, until Diesel arrives. Rumor has it that a collection of priceless ancient relics representing the Seven Deadly Sins have made their way to Boston’s North Shore. Partnered with pastry chef Lizzie Tucker, Diesel bullies and charms his way through historic Salem to track them down—and his criminal mastermind cousin Gerewulf Grimorie. The black-haired, black-hearted Wulf is on the hunt for the relic representing gluttony. Caught in a race against time, Diesel and Lizzie soon find out that more isn’t always better, as they battle Wulf and the first of the deadly sins.
With delectable characters and non-stop thrills that have made Janet Evanovich a household name, Wicked Appetite will leave you hungry for more.
Jen’s Review of WICKED APPETITE
This review first appeared on our old site, booksthathook.com. I have edited and (hopefully) improved it.
Lizzy meets Diesel and Wulf on the same day. Wulf brands her with magic. Diesel shows up soon after and says he will protect her. He also explains why Wulf wants her: she is an Unmentionable who can find enchanted objects. The rest of the book is spent trying to keep certain magical objects out of Wulf’s hands.
The story moves along steadily from start to finish. There weren’t any lags. The plot made sense, too. However, I noticed a few minor things that didn’t match up.
I expected this book to be a mystery, but it was more of an adventure because the villain was known from the beginning. There wasn’t much suspense or intrigue. I knew what the villain wanted and why. The only suspense had to do with whether Lizzy would find the objects before Wulf. Wicked Appetite could also be grouped under paranormal romance, but the romance is more of a subplot than a main plot.
I thought the main characters, Diesel and Lizzy, were well-developed.
The villain Wulf was developed enough to make him a good foe, but I thought more could have been done to make his motivations and actions believable.
Glo, a wanna-be witch, is the most developed sidekick. I never did understand, though, why her spells always went awry.
Lizzy and Diesel definitely have chemistry, but they can’t be together because of rules. I am curious to see what will happen between them in the next books (WICKED BUSINESS and WICKED CHARMS) because not much happened in this one besides flirting and a few kisses.
The monkey and the one-eyed cat added some subplots that kept the book interesting and entertaining.
The story is told in first person, past tense. This works well for this story, except for when the author made Lizzy notice things about herself or others that she probably wouldn’t have if she were a real person. For example, someone she knew would walk into the room and she’d list all the physical characteristics of that person. Real people don’t do that when they see someone they know. So it made me very aware of the author inserting herself into the story.
The author’s style is simple, straightforward, and conversational.
There wasn’t much in the way of worldbuilding. Apparently, there is an organization that oversees the Unmentionables. I didn’t learn much about them or their history.
Setting details were clear and up front at the beginning of each scene. I liked that I could visualize the setting well, but I didn’t like the way it was dumped on me each time. I would have preferred to learn about the setting through Lizzy’s observations or interactions with the environment.
Do I Recommend?
WICKED APPETITE is an enjoyable read despite some of the issues I mentioned above. It’s entertaining, creative, and has likable characters.
I expected the book to be funny because I have read Janet Evanovich before. It was funny in parts, but not laugh-out-loud funny like ONE FOR THE DOUGH. Still, it made me smile. The only bad thing about the silliness is that it makes it hard to buy into the paranormal aspects.
I think this would make a good movie because of the goofiness of Glo’s spells gone awry and the flirting between Diesel and Lizzy.
If you haven’t read the Lizzy and Diesel series, I do recommend you give it a try. It’s a fun, lighthearted, and easy read.