Saturday, November 26, 2016

BOOK REVIEW - ONE FOR THE MONEY by JANET EVANOVICH - STEPHANIE PLUM # 1 - MYSTERY - CONTEMPORARY CRIME - ST MARTIN'S GRIFFIN - PENGUIN

By: Janet Evanovich
Published By: Penguin , St Martin's Griffin 
Released: Available Now
Details: Paperback from library, 290 Pages.

My copy, the cover isn't even listed on Goodreads. Bahahaha

RATING: 4.25 RANGER & JOE CHUCKLING STARS! 

ONE FINE MESS
Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, home to wiseguys, average Joes, and Stephanie Plum, who sports a big attitude and even bigger money problems (since losing her job as a lingerie buyer for a department store). Stephanie needs cash—fast—but times are tough, and soon she’s forced to turn to the last resort of the truly desperate: family...

ONE FALSE MOVE

Stephanie lands a gig at her sleazy cousin Vinnie’s bail bonding company. She’s got no experience. But that doesn’t matter. Neither does the fact that the bail jumper in question is local vice cop Joe Morelli. From the time he first looked up her dress to the time he first got into her pants, to the time Steph hit him with her father’s Buick, M-o-r-e-l-l-i has spelled t-r-o-u-b-l-e. And now the hot guy is in hot water—wanted for murder...

ONE FOR THE MONEY

Abject poverty is a great motivator for learning new skills, but being trained in the school of hard knocks by people like psycho prizefighter Benito Ramirez isn’t. Still, if Stephanie can nab Morelli in a week, she’ll make a cool ten grand. All she has to do is become an expert bounty hunter overnight—and keep herself from getting killed before she gets her man...




BOOK REVIEW:


I have wanted to start this series for a while and damn it I had not, so books got swooshed to the side to make way for One For The Money which was first released in 1994.

I know! Way to go for this series to be living on and current with Turbo Twenty-Three just releasing in 2016.

*glove clap to Janet*

This first installment is such a fun, light read that had me turning the pages. I would call it a poolside read and I enjoy this type of easy read inserted into my reading piles.

Well in parts it was a light read as Janet does bringeth the gross too. I am raising my ewwww eyebrow at the man who decided to redecorate Steph’s door.

I am not gonna repeat what the book is about, but I will tell you Stephanie Plum has a quirky family and you gotta love Grandma Mazur. Stephanie is thirty years old and has some growing to do.

Enter Joe Morelli who is thirty two years old and has got himself in a spot of mistaken-for-a-crime-committed. He is a cop.

Miss Plum is a loveable ex lingerie sales lady with a penchant for getting herself into trouble and charging forth when she should be getting back up.

Ranger, oh Ranger. YUMMO! He is kinda Steph’s sidekick who pops up to help her out a few times and be the Obi Wan Kenobi of the two. Gotta say the lad in the movie who played Ranger was rawrrrrr... if not a bit older than first written and bringing the hair style into the more current 2011.


His full name is Ricardo Carlos Manoso. Second generation Cuban-American. Was Special Forces. Works for Vinnie now. He makes apprehensions other agents only dream about.


His straight black hair was slicked back in a ponytail. His biceps looked like they’d been carved out of granite and buffed up with Armour-all. He was around 5’10” with a muscular neck and a don’t-mess-with-me body. I placed him to be in his late twenties.


Steph needs employment as her assets are depleting around her as she lives from one day to another. Shenanigans ensue and she’s gotta learn the new job she has taken on with speed, being a bounty hunter.

The writing is easy, the plot not as predictable as I thought it might be. I got twisted! And I love a twist.

All in all you can’t help wanting to be Steph’s side kick because she is bumbling her way around, with a couple spunky men ready to help her out.

I must read on...Two For the Dough.



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