Thursday, February 9, 2012

One for the Money

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

Release Date: June 13, 2006
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages: Paperback (320pgs)
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Mystery/Humor
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Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Description: 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.

Review: A good friend recommended this series to me a year ago, but I just never read them. After watching the movie trailer, I really had to start reading this series. I absolutely loved this book. All I did was laugh the whole time I was reading. 

Stephine Plum just got a divorce, lost her job, and about to lose her apartment. She is really down on her luck. She needed a job and couldn't find one because she was either over qualified or under qualified. Stephanie lands a job working at her cousin Vinnie's bond agency. She becomes a bounty hunter so she can make ends meat and pay her bills. She is a very determined woman, and she doesn't give up no matter what curve ball is thrown her way. 

Joe Morelli is a cop and he is out on bail for murder. Stephanie used to be in love with Morelli when she was younger, and still has feeling for him. Stephanie's commission for catching Morelli is $10,000, and that kind of money will turn her life around. She has to battle with her feelings for Morelli, and making money to pay her bills.

The writing in this book is great. There was never a dull moment throughout the whole book. There was the right amount of mystery, suspense, and humor. The story line is great as well. In a way woman can relate to Stephanie. Some time or another we get hung up on our ex's, and we don't know how to get them out of our heads. People fall through hardships in their life, and try like hell to make things better in their life. 

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One for the Money

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