On Stephanie Plum

The Bad Boy Next Door

An Open Letter to Stephanie Plum

By Shanna Swendson

Dear Stephanie,

I know you don’t know me, but I’m a big fan. I’ve been following your adventures (and misadventures) for some time now, so I feel like I know you pretty well. I hope you don’t think I’m being presumptuous in offering you a little advice, girlfriend to girlfriend.

I have just one thing I really want to say to you, and it’s important: Wake up and smell the doughnuts and coffee! You may have managed to snag the perfect man, and unless you realize that and quit dithering, you may lose him.

Seriously, Steph (mind if I call you Steph?), what more could you want in a man than what you have in Joe Morelli? He’s basically a combination of every female fantasy–a bit bad boy, a bit boy next door, a bit tough guy, a bit best buddy. Not to mention the fact that he’s hot for your bod, no matter how many doughnuts you eat.

Okay, so maybe I’m not the best person to be offering anyone relationship advice. I haven’t exactly had a lot of luck in that area (but then, I’ve never met a Joe Morelli). However, I know a thing or two about romance and relationships. I write about them all the time. Yeah, what I know may be stuff that only works in fiction, but considering the fact that you and Joe happen to be fictional, I think you could consider me an expert on the subject.

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