One For The Money by Janet Evanovich

Goodreads Summary: 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.

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My Views: Hmm, well, first off thanks to Kimberly @Turning the Pages, whose constant reviews of this series finally made me pick up this book.

And thank you to Melissa, with whom I paired up for a buddy read at a Goodreads Group.

Alright, I started off liking Stephanie despite her histrionics and all the stupid things she does and I hated Joe Morelli, who wouldn’t? So I totally didn’t get Stephanie when she couldn’t hit him nicely but well..

And whom did I love the most? Grandma, of course. Gosh, I love that lady. She got the most laughs from me. Hilarious!

The book is nicely paced, the characters well-written, the plot/mystery is good, what more do you want? Oh, yes, of course, the humor is right there.

And I ended up liking Morelli. 🙂 So well, there, I said it.

I’m not sure why I didn’t love this book (5 stars). Well, this happens when you write a review ages after you read it. I think it was the pace. I miss some action, perhaps should pick up a mystery/thriller next.

P.S. I watched the movie after reading the book and I was hugely disappointed. It doesn’t even reach half the brilliance of the book. 😦

So, am I going to read the series? You bet. But not right away, some time soon.

3.5 stars – Somewhere between ‘I liked it’ and ‘I really liked it’.

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12 thoughts on “One For The Money by Janet Evanovich

  1. Christy @ Love of Books says:

    I really liked this series – it’s just crazy fun. lol. But I haven’t read them in years.. I forgot what number I was on. I think I was around 13 or 14. I’ll have to start all over just to refresh.

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  2. pageoflovealexa says:

    Hmm I think I’m going to stay away from this series because it is one of those where you just can’t see yourself getting involved or caught up on a 17ish book series.

    Thanks for the great review though, I was glad to see that new to the series people are reading it and enjoying it.

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  3. This is a series I want to check out sometime but I think it probably has stretched to thin at this point it is up to 18 or 19 books. I hate it when the movie doesn’t even come close to the book. I will try and read the book first.

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    • It’s not a book loaded with information so I don’t think you need to read them back to back, each would be stand alone. You should read it for fun sometime. 🙂

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  4. hilda says:

    Stephanie is one of my favorite heroines! Not because she’s incredibly brilliant or strong, but because she’s really funny, nice, and FUN! Grandma made me smile a lot too. She’s crazy! x) I’m more of Team Ranger, but lately I’ve been favoring Morelli. If only they can stop their on-off relationship. 😛

    Awesome review, Pragya! So glad you enjoyed this book. 🙂

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  5. I go back and forth about whether or not I want to start this series. :/ It’s so long! I might pick it up if I see it in the library though. Great review 🙂

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    • Well, it’s not a series with lot of details and I think each one would hold on its own, so you don’t need to read it back to back. I will read the second one when I can. No rush! Thank you. 🙂

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