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Joe Morelli vs Ranger

Now or Never (Stephanie Plum #31) by Janet Evanovich
Now or Never
Stephanie Plum #31
by Janet Evanovich

The latest Stephanie Plum novel from #1 New York Times bestseller and “the most popular mystery writer alive” (The New York Times) Janet Evanovich.

Stephanie Plum, New Jersey’s hardest working, most under-appreciated bounty hunter, returns with a bang in her latest adventure. While Stephanie’s personal life is hanging by a thread, a killer case lands on her doorstep that changes everything. Full of humor and suspense, Now or Never proves that a new book from #1 bestselling writer Janet Evanovich is always right on time.

235 days ago
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Please have Stephanie marry Joe Morelli already.
It’s time!
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234 days ago
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Yes Stephanie has to marry Joe Morelli! I love Ranger but Morelli is the one! 
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233 days ago
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She should marry Ranger. He completely supports and aids her in her work. Morelli has issues with her chosen profession. It will cause contention between them. Ranger is the one for her. Makes for a great future series ????
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222 days ago
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I agree! She should be with Ranger! He supports her for her and doesn’t try to change her. I like Morelli, but I think he is just a comfort zone for Stephanie. 
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220 days ago
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Absolutely should be Ranger!! Ranger has always been a supportive giver while Morelli is a taker.
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220 days ago
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Why should Morelli be the one? Even his proposal is all about what he wants. 
Ranger is a giver, Morelli is a taker.
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220 days ago
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Agree completely. Can’t imagine any interesting stories with Morelli and Stephanie as a married couple, but her and Ranger ….wow
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220 days ago
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Joe and Ranger deserve better than Stephanie.

She and Joe would argue all the time about everything...kids, family, jobs, chores...heck they already do!  She's left him before because he wanted "too much sex"! ???????

She and Ranger wouldn't work out.  He sees her too much as a pet...a goofy one.  Stephanie is Ranger's version of Bob.  And I doubt his karma issues would allow him to settle down.  Besides, he'd shoot her family in a heart beat!  
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207 days ago
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Yes, Ranger!!!
207 days ago
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Absolutely Ranger! He doesn't try to change her desire to work. He cares about her. He supports her choices. Morelli wants her because of what he wants and doesn't support her work and independence. I think his viewpoint is what fits his life first, the "I want" factor.
200 days ago
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It has to be Ranger!!!! 30 books of teasers, if not Ranger I will stop reading this series.
199 days ago
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I agree!
I hope it's Morelli.  I love Morelli.  I love Ranger too, but I just think Stephanie and Morelli belong together.  they were meant to be.  
190 days ago
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Why do you think so? I read the books in german and i think that Ranger is not a guy to marry. He acts like Stephanie is his pet. And i hope that after this book the serious is complet. Its time to bring the books to a great end. 
179 days ago
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Got to be Morelli. They are meant to be and we need the spark and chaos that ensues. Can you imagine how orderly things would become if she moved into Rangers' premises. Unless of course, it got blown up????
176 days ago
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Right. She has always been in love with him. Ranger is fun and daring like cake. Joe is who she had always loved. 
175 days ago
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Babe……it had to be Ranger??????
174 days ago
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Has to be Morelli....they have history, Ranger is only sexual attraction 
174 days ago
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Oh WOW I hope she picks Ranger! Or she may not pick either and stay single.
172 days ago
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I agree with you ranger is the one she's already been through morelli and they can't get it straight she should choose ranger he's always there to help and support her
170 days ago
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I agree. She and Morelli belong together. She's just a game to Ranger.
170 days ago
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Yes! It has to be Morelli. Ranger doesn't love her. He loves the chase. She's just a game to him.
166 days ago
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no no no no no
Joe has used and abused her long enough
166 days ago
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Exactly right.
Ranger loves her unconditionally. Morelli loves Morelli.
163 days ago
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Yes I want her to marry Ranger. Like in 31 have Ranger message Stephanie and tell her Morelli knows about her staying with him. Then that gives question if he really wants to marry her OR just wants her away from Ranger. I want her with Ranger lol
161 days ago
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I think she should marry joe morelli she has a pass with him. They go back and forth with each other. Ranger act like she a pet and just want sex. He not marriage type nor would she like be married to him. Morelli Challenge her. Morelli has a right to questing about ranger. Ranger a booty call and will be just that. He is not boyfriend or husband guy. He your more of a player and sex here and there. So I hope it joe morelli not Ranger 
160 days ago
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Stephany and Joe have a past that should stay there,steph and ranger has a connection that goes deeper then sex.I think ranger is realizing why he's so enamored with her, he's in love.
159 days ago
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Now he wants to get married? What happened?Joe purposed before and decided on a pool table instead. Joe also told Steph his biggest fear is one day she would be the mother of his children. Like that's hot,what woman doesn't want to hear that?
159 days ago
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I think Joe needs someone more traditional. Lets face it Steph is still getting stuff blown up. Ranger can help her become who she is meant to be. What that is I don't know, I just know that she is ment for more.
159 days ago
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Joe wanted to marry her before and traded that proposal in for a pool table and lets not forget when he told her that his biggest fear was she might be the mother of his children. Joe needs someone more traditional. Steph is not traditional, I believe Ranger is a better fit for her. She just has to be brave and take that chance.
155 days ago
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She should marry ranger her mom will want morelli but Ranger has shown his love many more times. He respects her and protects her. 
154 days ago
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I agree it should be Ranger!!!
154 days ago
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Clearly Ranger …he loves her the way she is. Always has. Clear back when his daughter was kidnapped he said he couldn’t lose her. They’ve always been serious. Morelli is a good person but he needs a traditional wife(She didn’t hit him with her car for no reason)That’s not Stephanie. Period.
154 days ago
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Ranger, definitely Ranger.  He loves, respects and protects her.  Ranger encourages her, challenges her and, Ella says she’s the only female he has ever let in his private space.
Morelli takes her for granted.  They are like a couple that’s been married too long. 
154 days ago
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Definitely Ranger. I just finished Dirty 30. Morelli just wants her to stay home and take care of him and children when they have them. He doesn't like her line of work, never has. Ranger supports her and let's her be herself. They would make a dynamic couple working together. 
153 days ago
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Neither.. They both have their own agendas. I think this is a great spot for Diesel to appear.
152 days ago
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If not Morelli, I will stop reading this series.  Personally, Stephanie is not a nice person and all about herself, bed hopping and not being able to make a commitment herself.  Ranger isn't the one for her, he only supports Stephanie because he was a bounty hunter.  I'm done with these books.
143 days ago
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It has to be Morelli. He and Stephanie have a past. They grew up together. He has finally realized he wants to be with Stephanie- Ranger would never fit into Stephanie”s family life. Joe and Stephanie need to walk down the aisle together!
143 days ago
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Definitely Ranger. He loves her unconditionally and supports whatever it is she does. Morelli is a good guy but with a lot of old fashioned ideas. He's already told her he was afraid she'd be the mother of his children. Traded her for a pool table. Told her she's horrible at her job. AND wants her to quit her job. Ranger... whatever your heart desires, BABE. He ALWAYS has her back. Is the Batman to her Robin. Feeds her when she's hungry and is a gentle place for her to land, ALWAYS. 
140 days ago
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Visitor, (November 17, 2023)Why should Morelli be the one? Even his proposal is all about what he wants. 
Ranger is a giver, Morelli is a taker.
Definitely think it’s time for Ranger and her to hook up and end this series.
139 days ago
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I not only think she should marry Ranger, she needs to take Bob! 
 
I was in complete shock that Ella didn’t have Bob decked out in a Rangeman leash, collar, and harness by the time Morelli got back Miami!
 
Marriage to Morelli would require Stephanie to become an inauthentic version of herself. While I’m certain it’s unintentional, Morelli is low key emotionally abusive. 
 
And quit saying Ranger treats her like a pet! Stephanie only says that, only because she has no idea how to understand someone showering her with that level of unconditional love. 
Ranger has sacrificed enough. He thought Morelli was the better choice, so he sacrificed himself.
By the way, I’m convinced Ella is actually some sort of mother figure, but it’s been kept a secret. 
How much fun would it be to have Ella gracefully put Bella and Stephanie’s mom in their place! 
137 days ago
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Visitor, (February 6, 2024)I not only think she should marry Ranger, she needs to take Bob! 
 
I was in complete shock that Ella didn’t have Bob decked out in a Rangeman leash, collar, and harness by the time Morelli got back Miami!
 
Marriage to Morelli would require Stephanie to become an inauthentic version of herself. While I’m certain it’s unintentional, Morelli is low key emotionally abusive. 
 
And quit saying Ranger treats her like a pet! Stephanie only says that, only because she has no idea how to understand someone showering her with that level of unconditional love. 
Ranger has sacrificed enough. He thought Morelli was the better choice, so he sacrificed himself.
By the way, I’m convinced Ella is actually some sort of mother figure, but it’s been kept a secret. 
How much fun would it be to have Ella gracefully put Bella and Stephanie’s mom in their place! 
I have gone back and forth as much as Stephanie has between Morelli and Ranger.  The bottom line is she belongs with Morelli. Being a cop he has helped her as much as he could without possibly losing his job.  Stephanie loves chaos and between the two families her life will be as chaotic as it gets.  
135 days ago
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She's not going to get married at all, unless the author is going to end the series. 
135 days ago
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Ranger is the one. He has grown as a person and he is genuine.  
135 days ago
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Ranger would take Stephanie on a life of adventure, and keep her young and carefree. A baby would settle, but not stop these 2 and Ella the perfect Nanny! Morello would squash Stephanie, turn her into a stay at home mom and just be a faded dream and become middle aged!
133 days ago
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Totally agree, Ranger.  He supports and protects her.  For him to offer marriage is huge!  It must be love. 
Morello is great, but he wants different things.  He hates her job and wants to have a family.  She’s not there yet. 
130 days ago
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I believe Ranger is the one for her..he is always there for her.
117 days ago
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I agree that Morelli is her right choice!  I thought that it was interesting that after her apartment fire, the only piece of furniture that was left was her dining room table and chairs.  Morelli has made room for it because his pool table went to his brother!  A perfect situation!  lol
113 days ago
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Yes, Joe and Stephanie have so much history. They keep coming back to each other. Plus Joe has asked her to merry him before 
111 days ago
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Face it, all you straight ladies out there that have ever been married, Joe Morelli is our expectation and for whom we settle. I want to live vicariously through Stephanie. She deserves and should choose to be with the man who supports, trusts, and loves her unconditionally. Bob is the only unconditional love in the Morelli relationship. Stephanie needs to break the expectation mold and live bold. Choose Ranger!  Besides, if things go south, alimony from Ranger will be far sweeter than from a Trenton cop. Just sayin’…….
110 days ago
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Yes for sure. And her best lover!
80 days ago
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Visitor, (March 6, 2024)Yes for sure. And her best lover!
Definitely should be Ranger. Ever time Stephanie needs to be rescued Morelli relies on Ranger to be sure she’ll be ok. Ranger has totally made himself vulnerable by proposing to Stephanie - what has Morelli done? Sacrificed his pool table ! Lol Also Ranger should win by his sheer patience waiting for Stephanie- and for all who says Ranger treats her like a pet? Isn’t that called unconditional love - which is so hard to find in most marriages! 
78 days ago
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I think that Stephanie is out of her league with Ranger.  He is much better at his job than she is; it would not be an equal partnership.  Plus, she would always be living on the edge.  The adrenaline rush she gets with him is good as an occasional thing; I don't think anyone could live with that 24/7 (except of course Ranger.)  Being with someone that exceptional and extreme, I think would start causing more self-doubt than she already has.  The many times she thinks to herself that he likes her around because she 'amuses him' - I agree that she seems like a pet to him at times, a pet that he has come to depend on to be there, and that he really doesn't want to lose.  The way she resisted him in Dirty Thirty because of her 'commitment' to Morelli probably made him realize that he had to get the advantage somehow, to lessen the threat.  What better way than to put her off balance with a marriage proposal?
Also, with Ella managing his life, as she would probably come to manage Stephanie's (and Rex's) - what would there be left for her to do?  Ranger comes to her rescue and helps her out with cases, but I can't see him in true working partnership with her; she's just too risky to smooth running of operations as a whole.  I think that she would come to feel unnecessary in life.  Trapped in a golden cage.  Women have married before for safety [and sex]; it doesn't always work out so well.
There also seem to be many unspoken mysteries in Ranger's life, especially in his past.  We don't know what kind of enemies he has made along the way; these things have a way of coming back to haunt one.  And as his official loved one, she could potentially become a target of some very bad people.  I don't think Stephanie would necessarily be that safe.  (Safety is, in the end, an illusion.)
I can see Ranger with a highly competent international spy w/a sense of humor, actually - a better match, as  two professional equals.
 
I think Stephanie & Morelli are more evenly matched - cop and apprehension agent.  They both screw up at times, but somehow muddle through.  I also think Bob is a factor (almost like a child they have together.)  And Morelli did give his pool table to his brother in the last book.  I think that was a major shift for him, in a sense declaring his house no longer a hangout for the guys, but more a focus on a future together with her.  And I think he would know at this point that he's not going to dissuade her from what has by default come to be her chosen profession, as much as they might argue about it.  She might have to put this on hold if she had kids...but once they were in pre-school...!  (Plus, I can't envision her life without Lula and Connie.  They are a team; not always totally incompetent either.  And a major source of humor I'd hate to see lost.)
 
Just my random thoughts at this point; the next book, due out in November, could change everything.
71 days ago
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How does Stephanie explain her engagement to Ranger
36 days ago
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No Joe is her true love. She has been in love with her her whole life. 
27 days ago
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Come on ladies go back and read the books. Some of you are making a big stink about Steph being with two guys, what about joe? Does he not work with his ex, disappears with her at weddings and is seen jumping from her bedroom window? He even hooked up with that woman that was hired to find the diamonds, fortune and glory.

I own every plum book even the run offs with diesel. I reread them always and I truly believe if Joe wasn't around, Steph would be with ranger. Most important if ranger wasn't around Steph would have died (alot).