Love Overboard **US BOOKRING**
6 journalers for this copy...
Stephanie finds herself in a bad situation after purchasing a home in Maine and just as she is settling in, the house starts to fall apart. In order to have the house repaired she makes a deal with Lucy, who is about to marry a plumber. She takes Lucy's position as cook on Ivan Rasmussen's sailboat. She arrives in a comically disheveled state and Ivan is not left with a good first impression when she attempts to cook fish chowder for twenty-six people. Fortunately she finds Lucy's recipes.
Ivan Rasmussen seems to be constantly on the prowl and Stephanie has absolutely no experience with men and is saving herself for marriage. The story is light on the erotic, but heavy with playfulness and passionate kissing. Janet Evanovich plays with old-fashioned propriety and more modern sensibilities. She is at times overly playful at the end of sensual encounters and uses some more flippant terminology that almost causes the reader to view the relationship with a much more casual interest.
Overall this story did amuse me and it is a super quick read. There are interesting twists and turns at the end that I would have never expected, so this book does have an added dash of creativity. Janet Evanovich also lets us into Ivan Rasmussen's mind, although he is mostly thinking about how he can capture Stephanie's attention. Stephanie is too busy setting food on fire in the kitchen to fan the flames of love. Later, she also has to deal with ghosts, annoying plots and house repairs.
Love Overboard is a sweet read that may leave you wishing your man would act more like a pirate or at least take you on a cruise.
I purchased an extra copy of this book and am starting a bookring with it. :)
1. Journal when you receive the book.
2. Read within a month.
3. PM next in line for their address.
4. Journal when it leaves.
Hope everyone enjoys it!
Here is the list so far, it’s continued where it stopped in the last bookring I hosted for this book.
1. LiciMarie (Dallas, TX)
2. llama-mama205 (Pittsboro, NC)
3. glade1 (McLeansville, NC)
4. CheriePie (Wilmington, Massachusetts)
5. timollie5502 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
On to glade1.
I will PM CheriePie for an address and get this on its way ASAP. Thanks, cadelgarza!
Update: Mailed to CheriePie on 7-20-05.
FYI, the envelope glade1 had sent me the book in, she had put tape over the stamps, and that's not allowed since the PO can't stamp them or mark them as used if there's tape over them. So there was a "Return for Postage" hand/finger stamp on it that said, "Stamps void when coated, covered, defaced or reused. Return for Postage." Fortunately, the PO sent it on to me anyway instead of returning it to the sender. But I just wanted to note this to her for future information... the PO will often return packages if they can't stamp directly on the stamps to mark them used... thus it's not a good idea to tape over them. (I'm glad they overlooked it this time, though I did feel obliged to pass along the message. :)
Thanks again for including me in this ring.
Anyhoo, going in I was afraid that being one of Evanovich's first novels, it was going to be strictly romance, the kind of stuff I usually hate. But I was pleasantly surprised. Sure, there were a few things that bugged me... the way she stressed at least once every few pages that Ivan had pirate blood running through his veins for instance. As if that's supposed to make him some really sexy dude! Unfortunately, the media has warped the public's perception of pirates such that they're seen as romantic and dashing heroes, which is really not the case at all. Pirates were never the gorgeous "Johnny Depp" type creatures portrayed by Hollywood, but were thieves, who would go days, months even, without bathing, thought nothing of slicing the throat of a "trusted" friend if it meant a bigger share of the pie for them, etc. So as I read, whenever there was reference to Ivan's "pirate blood", I'd have to force myself to see the Johnny Depp type of pirate instead of the dirty, rotten scoundrel type. But that was really the only part I didn't like...
On the up side, the action was swift and interesting, with a bit of intrique, and even a ghost thrown in. And Evanovich's humour, though not quite up to par with her Stephanie Plum series, was evident throughout.
All in all, a fun read and a book I'd certainly recommend to other Evanovich fans. Thanks for sharing!
I've PMed timollie5502 for her address and will get this in the mail to her just as soon as I get it. (I got through it so quick that I didn't have a chance to PM her before I was done in only 2 days. It's probably even a single day read for many... I just had a lot of other stuff going on too.)
UPDATE: Mailed to timollie5502 on 20-Aug-2005 via Media Mail.
All the same, it was a nice, light read that I finished in a day - so it can't be that bad. I'm glad I read it, but I look forward to reading something newer of hers soon!
I sent cadelagarza a PM to ask her what's next for this book!
Edit 10/10/05 - this book is on its way home!