From GoodReads: “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. As 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…”
MEDIUM: purchased the audiobook
1. I really wasn’t expecting to like this book, so I was pleasantly surprised.
2. Janet Evanovich is someone I associate with romance novels, which are not really my cup of tea. This book to me was less romance, more mystery/adventure.
3. Stephanie Plum is a great character. She’s realistic, flawed. Desperate.
4. The history between Stephanie and Morelli was great! I laughed my ass off when she hit him with the car.
5. I didn’t really connect with Morelli the way I thought I would. Obviously, Stephanie likes him, so I wanted to like him. But, he is really an ass. She probably should have just run over him again.
6. That being said, Morelli is not the bad guy in this story. Ramirez is the worst of the worst. He is the perfect villain, complete with his own greedy henchman.
7. One character I would have loved to see more of is Ranger. Of course getting shot can sideline someone.
8. In fact, I think Stephanie should ditch Morelli for Ranger. That would be good.
9. I loved the scenes with Morelli’s mom, and with Stephanie’s family. It’s nice to feel like you are not the only one with crazy relatives. But seriously, what’s up with the duck?
10. I still stand by Stephanie being a great character. I hope she develops in a way that she sees she can save herself and doesn’t need a man to do it for her. I hope her gun training is an indication of character development along those lines.