I just finished reading One for the Money by Janet Evonovich. I really enjoyed the book! Here’s a description from Janet’s site:
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.
Stephanie’s Grandmother is a freaking nut! There was a specific scene with her where I seriously laughed out loud for about 5 minutes. I loved the whit of this book. It’s refreshing to read something not having to do with vampires or shifters. (I’ve read a lot of those lately.) I can not wait to start reading Two for the Dough. While looking for the title of book two of the series so I could request it from the library I found out that One for the Money is being made into a movie. It’ll be released July 8, 2011. I can’t wait for a girl’s night out to see it. Here is the cast:
Katherine Heigl … Stephanie Plum
Jason O’Mara … Morelli
Sherri Shepherd … Lula
Daniel Sunjata … Ranger
Patrick Fischler … Vinnie Plum
John Leguizamo … Jimmy Alpha
Ana Reeder … Connie Rossoli
Ryan Michelle Bathe … Jackie
Debbie Reynolds … Grandma Mazur
Katherine Heigl is even an Executive Producer of the movie. I’m not too sure I like the cast they picked, but I’m still very interested in seeing it.
Stay tuned for more book reviews. I’m going to work out a system to make my reviews all have the same type of ranking and info.