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The Big Kahuna
Summary: A stoner, an Instagram model, a Czech oligarch, and a missing unicorn. Nick Fox and Kate O’Hare have their work cut out for them in their weirdest, wildest adventure yet in this latest entry in the New York Times bestselling series by Janet and Peter Evanovich.
Straight arrow FBI Agent Kate O’Hare always plays by the rules. Charming Con Man Nicholas Fox makes them up as he goes along. She thinks he’s nothing but a scoundrel. He thinks she just needs to lighten up. They’re working together to tackle the out-of-bounds cases ordinary FBI agents can’t touch. And, their relationship? Well, there hasn’t been so much explosive chemistry since Nitro was introduced to Glycerin.
Next on the docket: The mysterious disappearance of the Silicon Valley billionaire, known as the Big Kahuna. Kate’s been assigned to find him but no one seems particularly keen on helping. His twenty-six year old adult actress wife-turned Instagram model wife and his shady Czech business partner are more interested in gaining control of his company. For that they need a dead body not a living Kahuna.
The only lead they have is the Kahuna’s drop-out son, who’s living the dream in Hawaii – if your dream is starting your day with the perfect wave and ending it with a big bowl of weed. To get close to the Kahuna’s son, Kate and Nick go undercover as a married couple in the big wave, bohemian, surfer community of Paia, Maui. Living a laid back, hippy-dippy lifestyle isn’t exactly in Kate’s wheelhouse, but the only thing more horrifying is setting up house with Nick Fox, even if he does look pretty gnarly on a longboard. If they don’t catch a break soon, waves aren’t the only thing she’s going to be shredding (or bedding).
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
I still remember my first Janet Evanovich book- One for the Money. An ex-boyfriend’s mom bought it for me- said it was a must read. That summer, before To The Nines was released, I FLEW through books 1-8.
Sadly, the Stephanie Plum series has lost its magic for me.
So, when I saw the Fox and O’Hare series and I read The Heist- I was all “YES!!!!!” Nick and Kate had some of that Stephanie and Joe chemistry, there was an Ocean’s 11 meets White Collar vibe, and it was just FUN.
Books 1-5 of the Fox and O’Hare series, I would recommend over and over again to anyone looking for a fun series, for people looking for a return to the fun of early Plum.
However, The Big Kahuna……..
I should have cancelled my pre-order the first time that Amazon notified me that there had been a change in publication date.
What I liked:
The cover. I like the colors!
And the use of a certain line from A-Team- the reference made me giggle.
What I didn’t like:
This series has always been co-written by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. And then I noticed that there was a new co-writer. But when the book came out- it’s one of Janet’s family members (maybe a son- IDK her entire family makeup).
IDK who was writing a good bit of the earlier books (or if it was a 50/50 split)- but this book is just not up to par of the earlier books.
There was lots of rinse and repeat dialogue.
I think the character’s name was Cosmo- he reminded me SO much of Albert Kloughn from the Plum series. But he was more annoying- probably because I could anticipate where his dialogue was headed.
And belfie? Just no.
Bottom line: I was expecting so much more from this book. I rated it 2 stars on Goodreads and honestly considered giving it a 1 star. The A-Team reference saved it from a 1 star fate.
*I purchased this book for my own non-review book reading time. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
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T @ Traveling With T