I completely agree with what you've stated about the lack of descriptiveness in the writing. The first time Stephanie moved into Ranger's apartment she was running for her life from the Slayers. We were scared and while we 1/2 wanted her to grab a gun and go take them on we also 1/2 agreed with Ranger and just wanted her safe. We crept around with her wondering "could this be the Batcave?" Now....she's there because Lula is snoring.
Steph and Joe used to go "off again" because of major differences in philosophy over where their lives were headed. Should they get married? Will they have children or are their jobs too dangerous to ever allow for that? Can they compromise? Now.....they fight over peanut butter.
The books are quickly becoming a very pale imitation of what was a wonderful and vibrant series.