One for the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) by Janet Evanovich


“Stephanie’s all grown up and out on her own, living five miles from Mom and Dad and 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, 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, el primo 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’s the inamorato who charmed Stephanie out of her virginity at age sixteen. There’s still powerful chemistry between them, so the chase is interesting.”

-Synopsis from inside front cover


Cover image from StoryGraph

Janet Evanovich is a prolific writer and I’ve wanted to read the Stephanie Plum series for years now, so I finally decided now was the time. I picked up a copy at the library which contains the first three books in the series, so while the above image is the cover of One for the Money, the below image is the one that I read…

Cover image from StoryGraph

This book was so fun, funny, entertaining, and I’m so glad that I decided to read it.

Stephanie Plum takes a job as a bounty hunter for the sole purpose of being able to pay her rent. She is down on her luck, reluctant to move back home with her parents, and hoping that this will be her ticket to making some money.

There is no denying that Stephanie is a strong female lead. She is funny and smart but has a lot to learn about being a bounty hunter. Her new job takes her to the dangerous Stark Street where she crosses paths with some dangerous individuals. I wasn’t prepared for just how dark the story would get, and yet somehow the light tone continued throughout the book and made it work.

I was very creeped out by one character in particular and hated reading the passages where he and Stephanie had to exchange words. I loved the cat-and-mouse chase between Stephanie and Morelli, and the conflict that arises when Stephanie begins to question Morelli’s guilt in the crime which he is being accused of. They have to work together in the end and that is easier said than done.

I can see that Ranger and Joe Morelli will be competing for Stephanie’s attentions from book to book, and yet the love triangle does not feel forced or uncomfortable. Stephanie likes them both for different reasons, and the whole thing is uncomplicated somehow.

I so enjoyed reading this book, and I’m glad that I finally started this series!

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