Book Review: One For The Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich

Posted 7 August, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 3 Comments

Title:One For The Money
Author:Janet Evanovich
Series:Stephanie Plum, #1
Publisher:St. Martin’s Press
Release Date:June 13,2006
Source:From my purchased collection (My FTC Disclaimer)
Purchase:Amazon, Barnes and Noble
Rating: 5 Books

Watch out, world. Here comes Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie’s opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey.

She’s a product of the “burg,” a blue-collar pocket of Trenton where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and (God forbid you should be late) dinner is served at six.

Now Stephanie’s all grown up and out on her own, living five miles from Mom and Dad’s, doing her best to sever the world’s longest umbilical cord. Her mother is a meddler, and her grandmother is a few cans short of a case.

Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. Stephanie knows zilch about the job requirements, but she figures her new pal, fearless bounty hunter Ranger, can teach her what it takes to catch a crook.

Her first assignment: nail Joe Morelli, a former vice cop on the run from a charge of murder one. Morelli is also the irresistible macho pig who took Stephanie’s virginity at age sixteen and then wrote the details on the bathroom wall of Mario’s Sub Shop. There’s still powerful chemistry between these two, so the chase should be interesting.

It could also be extremely dangerous, especially when Stephanie encounters a heavyweight title contender who likes to play rough. Benito Ramirez is known for his brutality to women. At the very least, his obsession with Stephanie complicates her manhunt and brings terror and uncertainty into her life. At the worst, it could lead to murder.

Witty, fresh, and full of surprises, One for the Money was among the most eagerly awaited crime novels of the season.

Author Bio:
Janet Evanovich is the #1 bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum novels, twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels and graphic novels, Wicked Appetite (the first book in the Lizzy and Diesel series,) and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

My Review:
Okay, so I’ve been listening to the bloggers on the web, and of course, my darling dad- who absolutely LOVES Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series- and broke down and starting reading them. I have only read one other besides this one, and that was an in-between-the-numbers, called Plum Spooky. Let me say this: I’ve been a hermit all my life! LoL! This book was AWESOMENESS!! I was instantly hooked, instantly swept away to Jersey, and instantly fell in love with Stephanie, Ranger, Morelli, Rex and Grandma Mazur!!

One For The Money was absolutely awesome. It was suspenseful, it was laughable, it was page turning. I loved Stephanie Plum. She’s a down on her luck gal in the Burg of Jersey and took on a job with cousin Vinnie as a Recovery Agent….better known as a Bounty Hunter. Yep, a bounty hunter. Her first assignment? To bring in Joseph Morelli….the boy who showed her his father’s garage when she was 6…..and boy is she not ready for that! So, what really happened when Vice Cop Morelli went to check on an informant? Did he REALLY shoot a guy down in cold blood? Or was it as he said, self defense?

I LOVED every minute of following Stephanie around Jersey, listening to the accents and seeing the sights, as she hunted for clues to help bring in Morelli and get that $10 grand she was after. It really was quite an enlightening experience.

I DEFINITELY recommend this with a 5 book rating, but, reader beware: make sure you have LOTS of free time as you won’t want to put this book down. Oh and wear Depends…’ll laugh til you pee (not really but….well, shhhh…don’t tell anyone about that okay?)! Evanovich is at the TOP of my FAVORITE authors list. Her combination of suspense and laughs is PERFECT. I can’t wait to jump into Two For The Dough!

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