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. (Goodreads Overview)
I have had these books on my to-be-read list for a LONG time. This is a VERY lengthy series (18 books as of the time of this post) which has been my number one deterrent. I wasn't sure I wanted to tackle that many books in addition to all of the other series I started last year and still need to catch up on. When I saw the movie was released last month starring Katherine Heigl as Stephanie Plum, I decided it was finally time to step up to the challenge.
This was a very fast read and highly entertaining. I enjoyed watching Stephanie struggle to learn the finer points of becoming a bounty hunter. There were a few situations that she got herself into that caused me to literally laugh out loud. There were others that were downright frighting and would have had me running to the nearest unemployment office. (Unemployment would have looked like a far better alternative to chasing down fugitives.)
Once Stephanie realizes this is a life and death occupation, she begins to take things more seriously. She seeks out the assistance of Ranger (another bounty hunter) and Eddie Gazarra (a relative that is a cop) to teach her how to shoot and successfully apprehend an FTA...a suspect that "failed to appear" for their court date. None of her training goes to waste. She has taken on a VERY dangerous occupation and does surprisingly well at it...given her limited amount of training and experience. She manages to be in the right place at the right time and has reasonably good investigative instincts. She isn't going to be working for the secret service anytime soon, but she manages to put food on the table and oil in her car. (You will see what I mean by that last comment if you read the book.)
Overall...If you are looking for a fluffy, fun, read that doesn't require much thought...this series is for you. I really liked the hot and cold relationship between Morelli and Plum and look forward to seeing what is in store for them in Two for the Dough.
Here is a link to the movie trailer. If you have seen the movie please leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts. Personally, I am thinking this will be a rental. I don't think I am willing to pay theater prices to see this one on the big screen, but I really do want to see it.