Stephanie Plum Parts 1 & 2 – Janet Evanovich – Book Review

I was looking at my book list lately and realized that I have been reading a lot of series lately.  Usually I like to wait until I’m done reading a series, then review the whole thing.  A little while ago though, I started reading the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich.   There is so far 17 books in this series.  I’ve read the first two so far.  One For the Money and Two for the Dough.  I thought since I’m starting from the beginning and have so far to go, that I’d take you along for the ride, so to speak.

So Stephanie Plum is a laid off lingerie buyer turned bounty hunter from Trenton, New Jersey.  When she gets laid off, things start to get pretty desperate, and she goes to see her cousin Vinnie, who is a bondsman.  The position that she was looking for had already been filled, but she ends up on the case to find Joe Morelli, a vice cop that she has known all her life, that has been accused of murder and jumped bail.  To say that she is not emotionally invested in Morelli would be a lie as the two do share a bit of a past, and she has succumbed to Morelli’s womanizing ways on occasion.

The first two books are actually very good.  They are hilarious, quick reads, not really too thought provoking, but totally worth the time.  The family dynamic between Stephanie and her Mother, Father and Grandma Mazur is awesome, and that is mostly because there is such a ring of truth to the relationships.

In the second book Grandma Mazur plays a larger role.  The antics are truly laugh out loud material.  I have always said, that it’s when something makes you laugh out loud when you are by yourself, that you know it is truly funny.

The relationship between Stephanie and Joe is still changing and evolving, but I think they’re heading in a direction that it’s going to become more.  There’s also her bounty hunter friend Ranger, who seems quite sexy and I think there is definitely potential there too.

Knowing there are fifteen more books to go before I get caught up doesn’t seem daunting at all.  Right now I’m looking forward to getting into Chapters and picking up three and four….and maybe five.  I’ll be sure to let you know how that goes. 🙂

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