Wicked Charms: A Lizzy And Diesel Novel by Janet EvanovichWicked Charms: A Lizzy And Diesel Novel by Janet Evanovich

Wicked Charms: A Lizzy And Diesel Novel

byJanet Evanovich

Hardcover | June 23, 2015

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Lizzy and Diesel are back in an all-new wicked adventure from Janet Evanovich and Emmy Award–winning co-author Phoef Sutton.
 
Before he was murdered and mummified nearly a century ago, notorious bootlegger Collier “Peg Leg” Dazzle discovered and re-hid a famous pirate’s treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice—the very item reluctant treasure seeker Lizzy Tucker and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. While Lizzy would just like to live a quiet, semi-normal life, Diesel is all about the hunt. And this hunt is going to require a genuine treasure map and a ship worthy of sailing the seven seas . . . or at least getting them from Salem Harbor to Maine.
 
Greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren’t the only ones searching for the lost pirate’s chest. People who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil just to hold the fortune in their hands. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel’s deceptively charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It’s hard to say how far he’s willing to go to gain either one.
 
Wicked Charms is a swashbuckling adventure full of raiders, monkeys, minions, and mayhem. Lizzy and Diesel are going to have to do everything they can to keep their heads above water and hope they’re living a charmed life.

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“Delivers what Evanovich’s readers have come to expect: laughs, oddball situations, quirky supporting characters, and a dash or two of romance.”Examiner.com
Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg, the Lizzy and Diesel series, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and Troublemaker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.   Phoef Sutton is a writer, producer, and novelist w...
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Title:Wicked Charms: A Lizzy And Diesel NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.6 × 6.4 × 1.09 inPublished:June 23, 2015Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553392719

ISBN - 13:9780553392715

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amusing read! Another amusing in between book by Stephanie
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny Loved the book it was fun read and playful. Love Diesal and Carl the monkey.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Carl the monkey was the highlight... I was going to rate this two stars, but decided on three because Hatchett and Carl the monkey amuse me. I absolutely loved the first two books in the series; the stories were fun and funny, the characters were engaging, the dialogue was hilarious. This book was just ridiculous. I didn't care about the story, nobody seemed quite in character (with the exceptions of Hatchett and Carl), and while the dialogue was still very funny at times, I found myself laughing at how ridiculous some parts were just as often as I laughed at what was intended to be funny. If another Lizzy & Diesel book is released, I'll probably still read it because I really do love Carl the monkey... plus, I'm a sucker for anything with Janet Evanovich's name on it. But, I don't think I'd recommend this to anyone.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh! I have loved the other books in this series and have read them over and over again but this one was missing some of the magic and great writing that the previous novels had.
Date published: 2016-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great adventure I'm really enjoying the Wicked series. Anything Janet writes is so much fun to read. Looking forward to more!
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Where's the development? It had lots of charm and quirky situations but I was surprised by the lack of character development. The characters seemed to be at a standstill for emotions. Nothing really draws strong emotions. I hope the next installment is more interesting. It was funny and made me smile many times, just not that interesting.
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked charms I just love the series. She really gets your imgination going. I would lve to see those two grt together
Date published: 2015-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wicked Charms.. Really enjoy the Lizzy and Diesel stories, not 0nly the two Named perrsons ,their friends but also the history of the areas around Boston and Salem. And it all starts with a bakery, great cupcakes,magic ,brooms, and of course relationships.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Laugh out loud! I loved this book! Once again Janet Evanovich has given Diesel and Lizzy a great adventure on their quest to recover another of the seven stones of power. A little bit of danger, some adventure, a couple of bad guys to thwart and lots of laugh out loud moments, make this a book that can't be put down until it is finished! I highly recommend this book and the others in the series!
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from fun for the beach as long as you can suspend disbelief I've enjoyed reading many or Janet Evanovich's books in the past. In fact, I used to await the next book with baited breath every time I finished the latest offering. "Wicked Charms" by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton has a similar feel to Janet's Stephanie Plum series. The difference between the two series' is in the main characters Lizzy and Stephanie. Lizzy Tucker isn't as unskilled as Stephanie Plum. there's also a bit of magic thrown into the mix with this series, making the book fun and other worldly. Lizzy is a spectacular baker who works at Dazzle's, an old, renowned bakery in Salem, Mass., but baking isn't her only talent. She is also what is called an Unmentionable. Lizzy has magical powers. She has teamed up with Diesel, another Unmentionable, to find seven magical stones. Each stone has the power of one of the seven deadly sins, pride, greed, lust, envy wrath, sloth and gluttony. Power seekers and treasure hunters throughout time have sought to posses these stones even though possessing them is fraught with danger. In this, the third offering of the series, Lizzy finds herself seeking the stone of Avarice which imbues the possessor with unlimited greed and monitory power. She and Diesel battle against a billionaire who is using his money to buy Lizzy's affection, he wants to publish her cookbook and put her name on hundreds of bakery products. This time the hunt involves pirates, buried loot, treasure maps and gold coins. Lizzy and Diesel just want to rid the world of this dangerous stone before any one person can wield it's power. As long as you are willing to suspend disbelief, this book was fun for about two thirds of it's pages. At that point it just began to get so silly that I kind of lost interest. Because the major part of the book was fun and the relationship between Lizzy and Diesel is interesting and spicy to read, I'm giving this book three out of five stars. I think it would be an entertaining beach read in between serious mysteries. I would think of it much like a palette cleanser. "Wicked Charms" is out now (as of June 23, 2015) and can be purchased as a paperback, Kindle book or a hardcover.
Date published: 2015-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The wait is finally over! I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Finally! I waited and waited and waited for this next installment of Lizzy and Diesel to come out, and I was absolutely not disappointed! This series just keeps getting better and better. This story had everything I was waiting for, laugh out loud witty and hilarious dialog, a mystery to solve, romance heating up between Lizzy and Diesel, paranormal ridiculousness, a slew of crazy characters (including Carl the monkey),and my favorite part Wulf. He reminds me of a less evil Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Can't wait for the next in the series. Hopefully not as long of a wait as this one.
Date published: 2015-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A delightful book to read! Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton is the third book is the Lizzy and Diesel series. I adored this book! Lizzy Tucker lives in Marblehead Harbor, Massachusetts and works as a baker for Dazzle’s Bakery. That is when she is not out saving the world with Diesel (just Diesel)! It turns out that Lizzy has two unique abilities. Lizzy has the ability to find the Saligia Stones. There are seven of the stones and they have only found two of them. Lizzy is touring the Pirate Museum with Glo (that’s her name) and Glo’s boyfriend, Josh (who talks like a pirate all the time). She touches a cage containing a peg leg pirate and it comes crashing to the ground. Turns out a real skeleton (with a peg leg) was in the cage. Lizzy gets to meet coroner, Theodore Nergal. Nergal is a very nice guy with a special ability of his own (he had never told anyone about his ability before and was glad to find other people with abilities). Turns out there an unusual coin in the peg leg. They will need to find all eight pieces (get it: pieces of eight). They need the full coin to read the map. They can then find the location of the latest stone (Blue Diamond of Babur). Lizzy and Diesel have to battle and outwit Wulf (Gerwulf Grimoire is his full name and is actually Diesel’s cousin) as well as Martin Ammon (a rich and powerful man). Along the way there will be a few hiccups (like Glo using her spell book incorrectly) and almost death incidents (Glo and Lizzy almost drown). Hopefully, good will persevere over evil in the end! I give Wicked Charms 5 out of 5 stars. I have not laughed so hard in a long time. Doozy, my dog, did not know what to make of my laughing at first. Then he got all excited and starting doing his little jack rabbit jumps all over my bed! There are some great lines and memorable characters (Steven Hatchet is a riot and I loved Glo with her broom) in this book. I have not read any other books in this series, but I will definitely read them now. This is one of best books I have read in quite a while. I was hooked from the beginning and did not want this book to end. I received a complimentary copy of Wicked Charms from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The reviews and opinions expressed are my own.
Date published: 2015-06-21

Read from the Book

Chapter OneMy name is Lizzy Tucker, and I live in a small, slightly tilted historic house that sits on a hill overlooking Marblehead Harbor in Massachusetts. I inherited the house from my Great-­Aunt Ophelia when I was twenty-­eight, and I’m not much older now. I share the house with a tiger-­striped shorthaired cat. When he was rescued from the shelter his tag said Cat 7143, and it’s stuck as his name. Cat has one eye, half a tail, and I’m pretty sure he was a ninja in a past life. I’m a Johnson & Wales culinary school graduate, and when I’m not being asked to save the world I work as a pastry chef at Dazzle’s Bakery in Salem.It was ten o’clock at night, Cat and I were watching television in bed, and a big, scruffy, incredibly hot guy walked into my bedroom.“What the heck?” I asked. “Where did you come from?”“Originally? Switzerland, but I was mostly raised in Southern California.”“That’s not what I mean. What are you doing in my ­bedroom?”He kicked his shoes off. “I’m undressing. And then I’m going to bed.”“No! Not allowed.”“Extenuating circumstance,” he said, peeling off his shirt. “I’m between places of residence.”“I don’t care if you’re between a rock and a hard spot. You can’t stay here.”His jeans hit the floor. “Of course I can. We’re partners.”“We’re not that kind of partners. We work together. We’re not supposed to be . . . you know.”“Don’t get your panties in a bunch. I have total ­self-­control.”I leaned forward for a closer look. “Are those parrots on your boxers?”“I got them in Key West. Cool, right?”Okay, I have to admit it. The whole package was cool. The guy’s name is Diesel. That’s it. Only one name. And the name suits him because he plows over you like a freight train. He’s over six feet of hard-­muscled male perfection. His dark blond hair is thick and sun-­streaked and perpetually mussed. His eyes are brown and unreadable. His smile is like Christmas morning. His attitude is deceptive—­casual on the outside but intense on the inside. His moral code is all his own.“All right. You win,” I said, knowing there was no way I could physically remove him. “You can sleep on the couch.”He stuck his thumb into the waistband on his boxers. “I don’t fit on the couch.”“Hey,” I said. “Wait a minute!”Too late. The boxers were on the floor with his shirt and jeans.I clapped my hands over my eyes. “I can’t believe you just did that.”“I sleep nude. Women don’t usually mind.”“I mind!”“I get that,” Diesel said. “Move over.”I have a queen-­size bed. Plenty big enough for me and Cat. Not big enough for me and Cat and Diesel. Truth is, I wouldn’t mind getting romantic with Diesel, but we have an odd relationship. Diesel isn’t normal. And it would seem that I’m not normal, either. I thought I was normal until Diesel popped into my life shortly after I moved to Marblehead. Now weird is the new normal.The way Diesel tells it, there are some people on Earth who have enhanced abilities that can’t be explained in ordinary ways. They might be useful abilities, such as Diesel’s talent for opening locks. Or they might be hellacious powers, such as calling down lightning or levitating a garbage truck. Crazy, right? It gets even better. Supposedly there are seven ancient stones that hold the powers of the seven deadly sins. They’re known as the seven SALIGIA Stones. If these stones fall into the wrong hands, all hell will, quite literally, break loose. I’m one of two people in the world who have the ability to locate the stones. Sort of like a human divining rod. Lucky me. So far, Diesel and I have acquired two of the stones, nearly getting blown up and kidnapped and chopped into tiny pieces with a broadsword in the process. When we find a stone, Diesel sends it off to some higher power for safekeeping. At least that’s his story.“We’re not supposed to sleep together,” I said.“Sleeping is okay. Getting busy not so much.”Turns out if two people with enhanced abilities get busy, one of them will discover that their special powers have gone up in smoke. If I could be sure it was my special powers that would disappear, I’d be happy to take one for the team. But what if it was Diesel who got cleaned out? I’d be on my own to save the world. This wouldn’t be a good thing.I grabbed a pillow and put it between us. “Just to be safe,” I said.“Sweetheart, if I decide to risk my abilities, that pillow isn’t going to save you.”. . .My alarm went off at four-­fifteen in the morning, and I rolled over into Diesel. He was deliciously warm, he smelled like gingerbread cookies, and the pillow was missing.“Hey,” I said. “Are you awake?”“I am now.”“Something’s poking at me under the covers,” I said. “That better not be what I think it is.”“Maybe you should take a look just to be sure you’ve identified it correctly.”“That would be awkward.”“I could deal,” Diesel said.“It might lead to . . . things.”I sensed him smile in the dark room. “No doubt.”He moved over me and kissed me. There was some tongue involved, and heat flooded into every part of me. So maybe I could save the world on my own if it came down to that, I thought. Maybe I didn’t care if one of us lost our abilities. Maybe I just cared about running my hands over every fantastic part of him, and then following it with my mouth, and then the inevitable would happen. Oh boy, I really wanted the inevitable.“Damn,” Diesel said.“What? What damn?”He slipped out of bed and got dressed in the clothes that were lying on the floor. “There’s a problem,” he said.“Can you solve it?”“Absolutely.” He laced up his shoes. “I’ll be back.”

Editorial Reviews

“Delivers what [Janet] Evanovich’s readers have come to expect: laughs, oddball situations, quirky supporting characters, and a dash or two of romance.”Examiner.com