One for the Money
By: Janet Evanovich
Source: Bought for fun
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.
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.
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. -Goodreads-
First off, I must say that I am oddly obsessed with this series of books. I have read them all at least three times and when my sister asked me to write a review of the first installment I decided to read it again. I just can not get enough of Stephanie Plum!!! I'm so freaking stoked about this novel being made into a movie! I feel like Jessie Spano in "Saved by the Bell" singing out loud... "I'm sooo excited and I just can't hide it!!!!" (minus the speeders, of course! Ha!)
The book takes place in Trenton, New Jersey. Stephanie Plum is divorced and out of work. Desperate for money, she blackmails her cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a shot at being a bounty hunter for his bail bonds company. Getting to work on her first case, she realizes she will be hunting down the man who convinced her at six to play a game of choo choo train in his garage and ten years later play hide the cannoli behind the eclair case at the bakery... Joe Morelli.
Not having the first clue on how to capture a fugitive and not too keen on handling a gun, Stephanie, has to rely on pure luck to make it as a bounty hunter. With some help from Vinnies top Apprehension Agent, Ranger, she does learn some tricks of the trade, but mostly looks like Calamity Jane!
This book is hilarious, fast paced, full of suspense.... an all around great read.
Evanovich struck gold with this series and it has all the makings of a great movie and hopefully in the future a great series of movies! It is relatable to every woman who has wanted a great adventure in their life, Hot love interests, and a crazy family!
If you have not read any of these books, please do! You will not be disappointed! For those who have read them 18 will be out in November and I've already preordered my copy!!!
And for your enjoyment....
Thanks Tascha for another great review!!!