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. . .
Seriously, I couldn’t put this book down. Even when my eyes were screaming and bucking for rest I kept reading until I was finished. I have to say Stephanie Plum has to be one of the most well-developed, three dimensional characters I’ve had the pleasure of reading about. She has a bit of an edge to her and seems to roll with the punches pretty well. She’s observant, willing to learn new things, and a little sarcastic. And even though she encounters situations and circumstances that frighten the bejeesus out of her, she still manages to face them with an unparalleled boldness.
The plot is well paced and well developed by Evanovich. The imagery is great and the story really snatches the reader and expertly drags them into Stephenie’s world. The reader joins Stephanie on her journey through all the nooks and crannies of New Jersey. You feel the close knit, yet almost distant, community, the rush of the city, and the taste of fine Italian cuisine. I could almost tatse the Pinos Pizza.
And the supporting characters were the best. Among my favorites were Lula, the brazen hooker who worked Stark Street, and Grandma Mazur. That old lady was a damn mess, with her blue spandex biking shorts and rolled up pantyhose. And when she blew the ass off a cooked chicken with Stephanie’s gun I almost choked with laughter. And who could forget Joe Morelli? I liked him. I mean really liked him. There was something very non-typical about him. From his antics as a child and young man, you don’t think he’d grow up to be a cop, but Joe was hard, yet understanding and sold on his own crusade.
The chemistry between Joe and Stephanie was irresistable. But since both of them are super competative and pretty stubborn, neither seem to be willing to completely give in or bend easily to the other. Which is great because it made for much better and more interesting interaction between the two. I love the verbal sparring, and the war of wills between Stephanie and Joe, and some of their scenes made me chuckle. Their relationship is charming, and I think premature at this stage. But I cannot wait to see where it goes and how it grows. Something tells me they will make a great team.
Overall, LOVED the book. Evanovich did a phenomenal job weaving this tale and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series!
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