Ten Big Ones By Janet Evanovich
Stephanie Plum thinks that life is like a jelly doughnut.
"You don't really know what it's about until you bite into it. And then, just when you decide it's good, you drip a big glob of jelly on your best T-shirt."
Unfortunately for Stephanie, she is running out of clean t-shirts.
Stephanie Plub is a BEA, which means Bond Enforcement Agent, which means she is a bounty hunter. She works for her cousin Vinne, who is a bail bondsman. She took the job in a moment of desperation and found that she kind of liked it.
She is not really a GOOD bounty hunter, like her mentor Ranger is. She is also not a BAD bounty hunter, like her friend Lula is. She's somewhere in the middle, and seems to be protected by a force of pure dumb luck....if you don't count how many times her cars get blown up.
As a bounty hunter, she is used to having the bad guys shoot back at her, but she doesn't like it very much.
She is also rather unprepared for having an illegal bounty put on HER head. She finds herself the target of a local gang, who have hired a professional hitman to go after her.
Morelli, her on again off again boyfriend, tries to lock her up in his house to keep her safe. She doesn't feel safe there though, and doesn't want to go home and put her family in danger. She doesn't want to stop doing her job and hide, but she also doesn't wan to die. So she holes up in Ranger's apartment while he is out of town.
Between bouts of cowering in terror, and showering with Ranger's yummy body wash, Stephanie and her usual sidekicks Lula and Grandma Mazur, go after the bad guys.
She is also trying to help Sally Sweet, the cross dressing singer/bus driver, plan her sisters wedding.
As with all of the Stephanie Plum novels, this one had a ton of laugh out loud moments, and even though you might worry for Stephanie while she's being shot at, you know that end the end she's going to be okay.
"Ten Big Ones" is the 17th book I read in 2014.
Our heroine, Stephanie Plum, never wanted to be a bounty hunter. It just sort of happened when she lost her job as a lingere buyer, and was having to sell off her appliances to pay her rent. As a last resort she blackmailed her cousin Vinne, a bail bondsman, into hiring her.
Stephanie lives in a part of New Jersy called The Burg. She lives alone in her apartment except for her hamster Rex.
She has two love interests. Mainly there is Joe Morelli, a Trenton cop she has known all of her life. Then there is Ranger, the dangerously mysterious bounty hunter who is also her mentor.
When not out chasing people who have skipped on their bond, she can be found mooching supper off of her parents, or taking Grandma Mazur to a funeral parlor for a viewing.
She love peanut butter and olive sandwitches, and pineapple upside down cake.
(image is of Katherine Heigle as Stephanie Plum from the movie "One for the Money." Image found under a "free to use and share" license.)
If "Ten Big Ones sounds interesting to you, then you might want to check out this box set. In it you get the first three of the Stephanie Plum novels.
You can see for yourself how Stephanie makes her move from lingerie buyer to bounty hunter.
If you are a more visual person, then you might want to check out the movie "One for the Money". Based on the first Stephanie Plum novel,
One for the Money stars Katherine Heigl as Stephenie Plum, and promises big laughs!
Janet Evanovich started out writing romance novels, and now is a multi best selling author. If you want to learn some of the tricks of her trade check ouy "how I Write."