Monday, August 29, 2005

#55 Love Overboard by Janet Evanovich

Date Started: Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Date Finished: Thursday, August 18, 2005
My BookCrossing Rating: 7 stars
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.

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