Jul 11, 2012

Book Review: One For the Money


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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I am definitely behind the times when it comes to reading this book but when I saw the movie I just couldn't hold out any longer.  I enjoyed the movie and enjoyed this book even more.  

There is a lot of action happening what with boxers turning into stalkers and cars blowing up yet what really kept me reading was the characters.  Stephanie is a Jersey girl through and through.  And way over her head when she takes on a job as a bounty hunter yet she is not about to give up.   A very plucky heroine whom it was a real pleasure watching as she learns and grows.  

Of course she starts out taking on a jumper whose skills far out match her own.  And it doesn't help that they have a personal history.  Joe Morelli, being investigated for murder, is one hot hunk of a man and deep down a good guy.  Oh and there is a personal history between the two that causes some sparks between them.

If you are anything like me and haven't had a chance to read this book then I recommend not waiting a minute more.  The book is pure brain candy.  There are some tense moments and some violent scenes but there is really a book that can be read by anyone of any age.

I rate this book a 4.25.  

***I picked this book up at my local library.
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