Love Overboard **US BOOKRING**

by Janet Evanovich | Romance |
ISBN: 0060598840 Global Overview for this book
Registered by cadelagarza of Dallas, Texas USA on 5/2/2005
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by cadelagarza from Dallas, Texas USA on Monday, May 02, 2005
Love Overboard was my introduction to Janet Evanovich's novels. Her style is playful and the cooking theme was of interest. This does seem to be an unbridled female fantasy, complete with an aggressive man who can't resist the female of his desire. Of course it helps that he has pirate blood and a love of adventure. In fact, this story is almost more of a mystery novel than a romance.

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. :)

Journal Entry 2 by cadelagarza from Dallas, Texas USA on Monday, May 02, 2005
Starting a ring for this one. Typical rules apply:
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)



Journal Entry 3 by LiciMarie from North Richland Hills, Texas USA on Friday, May 06, 2005
CAD and I meet for lunch Friday May 6, 2005 so I could receive this book. I am a big Evanovich fan some I am eager for this read.

Journal Entry 4 by llama-mama205 from Pittsboro, North Carolina USA on Sunday, June 26, 2005
Rec'd this book yesterday. I am a sucker for Evanovich's books. I have one other bookring ahead of this but I am a pretty fast reader. Thanks for sharing!

Journal Entry 5 by llama-mama205 from Pittsboro, North Carolina USA on Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Not as good as the Stephanie Plum series, but the main character did remind me of her. A little mystery...a little romance...a pretty fast read.

On to glade1.

Journal Entry 6 by glade1 from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Saturday, July 09, 2005
Received in the mail today. It is behind two other bookring books but I hope to move through them pretty quickly. More later...

Journal Entry 7 by glade1 from McLeansville, North Carolina USA on Monday, July 18, 2005
What a hoot! I always enjoy Evanovich. I agree that Stephanie Plum is far better, but this certainly was a fun, light, quick, happy read. And I can always use one of those! I laughed out loud at some of her turns of phrase, especially the "humming doodah" :)

I will PM CheriePie for an address and get this on its way ASAP. Thanks, cadelgarza!

Update: Mailed to CheriePie on 7-20-05.

Journal Entry 8 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Thursday, July 28, 2005
This came in yesterday's mail. I've got a few rings and rays ahead of it but should be able to get to it within a few weeks.

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.

Journal Entry 9 by CheriePie from Campbell, California USA on Friday, August 19, 2005
I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I guess I should've figured that seeing as it was Evanovich, which I guess is the reason I signed up for this ring in the first place. :)

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.

Journal Entry 10 by timollie5502 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Just got this in the mail today! I'm looking forward to getting to it right away!

Journal Entry 11 by timollie5502 from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, August 25, 2005
This was not my favorite Evanovich, by far. I know it was some of her first work, and I should cut her some slack, but it really reads like someone's first work. The relationship between Stephanie and Ivan developed way too quickly, and the language she used just seemed so much simpler...
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!

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