Love Overboard

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In a previous life, before the time of Plum, I wrote twelve short romance novels. Red-hot screwball comedies, each and every one of them. Nine of these stories were originally published by the Loveswept line between the years 1988 and 1992. All went out-of-print immediately and then could be found only at used bookstores and yard sales.

I'm excited to tell you that those nine stories are now beingre-released by HarperCollins. Love ...

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Overview

Dear Reader:

In a previous life, before the time of Plum, I wrote twelve short romance novels. Red-hot screwball comedies, each and every one of them. Nine of these stories were originally published by the Loveswept line between the years 1988 and 1992. All went out-of-print immediately and then could be found only at used bookstores and yard sales.

I'm excited to tell you that those nine stories are now beingre-released by HarperCollins. Love Overboard is second inthe lineup, and it's presented here in almost original form. I've done only minor editing to correct some embarrassing bloopers missed the first time around. And I changed the title because I thought the original title (Ivan Takes a Wife) was boring!

Love Overboard is a romantic tale about a handsome ship'scaptain; a wary wench from Jersey City; a hundred-year-old, two-masted schooner; and an entire town of shoemakers. There's some getting naked, some blueberry pie, more getting naked, and at the end . . . Okay, I won't tell you about the end, but it's really good and it'll make you feel happy.

I took my family on the road trip from heck to research this book. When we finally got to Maine it was all worthwhile because we fell in love with the boats and the people who sailed them.

Enjoy!

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An offbeat shipboard romance is at the heart of Love Overboard, another of Janet Evanovich's screwball romantic comedies to be brought back into print. Here, bright, sexy, fast-talking Stephanie Lowe has shucked her old life as a former narc in Jersey City to become a bed-and-breakfast owner in Camden, Maine. It's not exactly working out: Her dream house suffers from broken plumbing, sagging porches, and lack of money. Urged on by her cousin Lucy and the promise of free plumbing, Stephanie signs on for a week as chef for the guests and crew on board Ivan Rasmussen's 100-year-old masting schooner. Around town Ivan is referred to as Ivan the Terrible -- terribly handsome, terribly eligible, and terribly slippery -- but is he also terribly rotten? Ivan and Stephanie deal with family ghosts, haunted houses, and embalmed bodies as they fumble their way toward love. The repartee is pure Evanovich and the relationship, genuinely sweet. Ginger Curwen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060598846
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/25/2005
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 252,024
  • Product dimensions: 6.74 (w) x 4.12 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet  Evanovich

Bestselling author Janet Evanovich is the winner of the New Jersey Romance Writers Golden Leaf Award and multiple Romantic Times awards, including Lifetime Achievement. She is also a long-standing member of RWA.

Biography

When plucky Stephanie Plum lost her job as a lingerie buyer, she had little other choice than to take a position working for her cousin Vinnie's bail-bonds office where she'd spend her days and nights hunting down fugitives, solving mysteries, and falling ass-backwards into adventure. Come to think of it, Ms. Plum has more than a little in common with her creator Janet Evanovich.

Much like the panty-pushing Plum, Evanovich once made her trade in erotica as a romance novelist for the trashy Bantam series "Loveswept." Tiring of the genre and finding herself increasingly fixated on crime, mystery, and the kind of adventures she came to love through comic books like Uncle Scrooge, she decided to ditch steamy stories in favor of off-the-wall humor and feats of daring. As Evanovich said on her website, "after twelve romance novels I ran out of sexual positions and decided to move into the mystery genre."

The resulting Stephanie Plum Mysteries reflect Evanovich's love for comics, toys, shoe-shopping, Cheez Doodles, and beer. Evanovich also created a memorable character that shares many of the author's distinctive traits, such as her self-effacing, dirty-minded wit. The Plum Mysteries, while often rambling and thin on plot, are never anything less than entertaining, hilarious, and refreshing in every way.

Stephanie Plum made her debut in 1994's One For the Money, in which she tracked down Joe Morelli, an ex-cop and murder suspect who'd also been guilty of taking Stephanie's virginity when she was 18. The novel's sly mix of sexiness and childlike playfulness made for a sort of young adult novel for adults.

Since then, the red-hot bounty hunter and a crew of misfits that includes retired hooker Lula, aging bail-jumper Eddie Decooch, and Plum's own hipster granny have romped their way "through the numbers," establishing Evanovich as one of the best and most inventive writers of "Strong Woman" mysteries and guaranteeing her a place on the New York Times bestseller list.

In 2004, Evanovich introduced a smart, savvy new series featuring Alexander "Barney" Barnaby, a sexy Baltimore car mechanic, NASCAR nut, and amateur sleuth with her own posse of delightful eccentrics. She's not Plum, but she's definitely a peach. Hey, what else would you expect from a Janet Evanovich heroine?

Good To Know

Evanovich's motorcycle-riding daughter Alex has created an online comic about her hamster called "Batster," which her mother proudly displays on her web site. With episodes like "Batster vs. Beerzilla," it's clear that wackiness runs in the Evanovich genes.

If you think the Stephanie Plum novels are zany, wait till you hear about what Evanovich was writing before she started getting published. As she explains on her web site, "The first story [I ever wrote] was about the pornographic adventures of a fairy who lived in a second rate fairy forest in Pennsylvania."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Steffie Hall
    2. Hometown:
      Hanover, New Hampshire
    1. Date of Birth:
      April 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      South River, New Jersey
    1. Education:
      B.A., Douglass College, 1965
    2. Website:

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Love Overboard




By Janet Evanovich


HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.



Copyright © 2006

Janet Evanovich

All right reserved.


ISBN: 0060598840


Chapter One

Ivan Rasmussen swirled the last of his coffee
around the bottom of his mug, looked past the
prow of his ship to the sloping green lawn of
Camden Harbor Park, and wondered for the
hundredth time in the past two hours what the
devil had happened to his cook, Lucy. She was
never late. Until now. Now she was beyond
late, and because she was his friend as well as
his cook, he was worried.

He squinted at a flash of color and movement
toward the top of the hill, and unconsciously
let his mouth fall open at the sight of a
young woman rolling down the grass embankment.
She came to a spread-eagled stop when
she reached the cement footpath at the bottom,
and she uttered an expletive that carried across
the short span of shoreline, bringing the first
smile of the day to Ivan's lips.

Stephanie Lowe, the woman Ivan had been
watching, struggled to her feet, adjusted her
battered backpack, and scowled at the grass
stains on her knees. She was looking ahead to a
whole week of cooking for Ivan the Terrible in
exchange for free plumbing repairs to her bathroom.
And if that wasn't awful enough, she
was the one who had to bring Ivan the good
news that his usual cook was taking an impromptu
vacation.

"Lord, I'm such a dope!" Stephaniemuttered,
smacking herself on the forehead, broadcasting
her thoughts to all watching. Nothing like
making a memorable entrance. If one more
thing went wrong, she was going home. The
heck with it all, she thought. She wasn't crazy
about this deal anyway. She'd seen Ivan only
once, but he'd made a lasting impression on
her. He was over six feet with gray-green eyes
and strawberry blond hair. And at the time of
their meeting he'd been all packaged up in a
custom-tailored, navy pin-striped suit that had
made him look more like a chairman of the
board than the captain of a schooner.

Stephanie searched the crowded harbor for
the Josiah T. Savage, gasping when she realized
it was directly in front of her, tied to a floating dock at the end of the cement path. It would be
the last of the windjammers to leave the harbor,
she thought with an inward groan--late to
leave Camden because it was waiting for its
cook. Unfortunately, its cook had suddenly decided
to get married. Double unfortunately, its
cook was her cousin Lucy.

Lucy had provided her with a few vital statistics
on the Savage. It was a windship. A tall
ship. A hundred-year-old, two-masted, coasting
schooner with seventy feet of deck length,
carrying twenty-two passengers and four crew
members on six-day cruises along the islandstrewn
coast of Maine. Lucy's description of her
captain had been equally brief. Ivan Rasmussen,
she'd said, was better known as Ivan
the Terrible because he was terribly handsome,
terribly eligible, and terribly slippery. Stephanie
had her own reasons for believing he was terribly
rotten.

She took a quick survey of the ship and spotted
Ivan standing on deck, coffee mug in hand,
looking at her as if she'd just dropped off the
planet Mars.

Get it together, Stephanie, she told herself.
Life was filled with trade-offs. If you packed
away a whole bag of cookies, then you had to wash them down with diet root beer. This was
just another of life's cans of diet root beer.
Cousin Lucy worked as a cook on Ivan's windjammer.
That morning cousin Lucy had decided
to run off and marry Stanley Shelton.
Stanley Shelton was a plumber. Stephanie desperately
needed a plumber. Simple, right?
Cousin Lucy got a honeymoon, and Stephanie
got a toilet. Okay, no problem. Piece of cake.
There was no reason to be nervous. Ivan should
be happy to have her aboard, she reasoned.
Where else would he get a cook on such short
notice? She was actually doing him a favor.

Besides, after what he'd done to her, he deserved
to eat her cooking for a week. Anyway,
how hard could it be? She'd just whip up forty
or fifty peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and
send all the passengers off to an island in the
dinghy. It might even be fun--a week on the
high seas with the wind at her back and the salt
spray in her face. It was going to be an adventure.
A new experience.

She approached the boarding ramp and
looked up into Ivan's eyes, deciding they
seemed only mildly predatory, more curious
than anything else, narrowed against the glare,
shaded by thick curly blond lashes. His hair was longer and lighter than Stephanie had remembered
it, curling over his ears and along
the nape of his neck. He'd grown a beard since
she'd seen him--very close-cropped, oddly
dark compared to his hair, and overwhelmingly
masculine. He wore faded, frayed cutoff
jeans that Stephanie admitted were perfectly
proper but seemed sinfully erotic, molded to
Ivan's male contours.

She bridged the short span between wharf
and ship, automatically taking inventory of her
surroundings, and plastered a hopeful smile on
her lips. "Hello."

"Hello," he responded, contained amusement
clear in his voice.

There was a flicker of recognition in his eyes,
but Stephanie knew he hadn't placed her. She
wasn't surprised. He probably swindled
women all the time. He probably couldn't keep
track of all the people he'd stuck it to.
"Stephanie Lowe," she said. "We met two
months ago when I bought your house." The
very same house that had been falling apart
piece by piece ever since she'd moved in, she
silently added.

Ivan's brows drew together . . .


Continues...




Excerpted from Love Overboard
by Janet Evanovich
Copyright © 2006 by Janet Evanovich.
Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.


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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    If your young and like romance, you'll like this book.

    It's a good story, but, as explained, it's one of her earlier works. Written before (in my opinion) she had fully blossomed as a writer. It lacked the Evanovich edgy humor.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2012

    highly recommend

    Love this book! I have read many of Janet Evanovich's books and this is one of my favorites! It's her typical fun, quirky, romantic love story with hilarious characters who get themselves in odd predicaments. I really like these re-releases of her early writings and this one is a must read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 14, 2012

    Very funny

    Janet Evanovich gets into the minds of the awkward woman who sees herself as Anjelina Jolie. Very well written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2007

    A True Stephanie (Plum) Fan

    This book was really dreadful. A lusty sailor with pirate blood meets a virgin on the dark side of 30 and falls immediately in love. Barbara Cartland maybe but not Janet Evanovich. There is a reason her earlier efforts 'all went out-of-print immediately and then could be found only at used bookstores and yard sales'!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2005

    Fun and comical

    Not as good as the Plum series. But, non the less, funny and romantic! Don't hold it against the author.....she is wonderful! Just getting started when the book was first published.....has quickly evolved.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2005

    A CAPTIVATING READING

    Janet Evanovich, best known for her immensely popular Stephanie Plum series, has taken home a mantel full of awards for her fast paced mysteries - everything from the Silver Dagger to the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association's Dilys Award (this honor twice). In 1989 Ms. Evanovich tried her hand at another genre - romance, and penned 'Ivan Takes A Wife.' That story has been recently released under the title 'Love Overboard,' and is charmingly read by voice performer C. J. Critt. For those who like a light hearted look at romance, this is an entertaining way to spend 5 hours. Stephanie Lowe finds herself doing business with a Maine schooner captain, Ivan Rasmussen, the descendent of pirates. In Stephanie's mind, Ivan doesn't deserve to be called captain but more appropriately Ivan The Terrible, and surely a pirate himself because the house she just bought from him is near tumble down and perhaps even occupied by ghosts. Ivan has a tendency to complain about what Stephanie considers to be either inconsequential or unavoidable, but he is very attractive, can be charming, and is madly in love with her. What to do? Listen and see. - Gail Cooke

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2005

    Superb

    I am a bigger fan of Janet's now than ever! I love her mysteries but her romance is even better. What I like the most about her books is that she adds humor into her stories. If you have never read anything by her, this is the book to try. Her writing is for both women and men.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2013

    Casey

    Oh...bella....i really didnt wnt to break up with u its just......im not trying to blame but it was wills idea

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Casey

    Same nite bella luv u

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Andrew

    Reedsburg beavers

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    good book

    cute book, quick read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

    Cute

    It isnt as good as her Plum series but it was a nice way to spend a rainy afternoon.

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  • Posted January 10, 2012

    Good read

    This. Book was fun with some mystery, and of course sex appeal. I would highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    I Liked it.

    I liked this book, not quite loved it like her other novels but it was enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    Starts out great, but fizzles into generic romance

    It looked like a great read in the preview, sassy, sarcastic and fun, but unfortunately it became too much generic romance novel in the middle. The characters lost some of their offbeat humor. Stephanie is supposed to have been an undercover cop prior to her move, but her investigative skills seemed a little lacking.
    It was still a pretty good read if you just want some fun and entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2010

    good reading, not as well developed plot

    This must be one of her earliest novels. It still is funny and good reading, but the characters aren't as well developed as usual. However, I did enjoy it.

    It has humor, ghosts, nut cases, and romance. Well worth the money I spent.

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  • Posted October 16, 2008

    more from this reviewer

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    1st JE book I've ever read

    This book was hilarious! I loved it. It was something different from what I normally read. I will definately read more of her books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2007

    Its just OK

    The book was unrealistic in some parts and very dull in others. The begining was very enjoyable, not so much the rest. As a young reader, it was not interesting enough for me to continue with related books by this author. I would not consider it a waste of time, but not a valuble way spend your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    Very cute story, but the narrator ruins it

    Evanovich writes very cute stories. Very upbeat, never depressing. And it would be really great on CD if they would get rid of the narrator and get someone good like Gary Littman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2007

    smitten kittens

    This is a cute story but like the person mention it doesnt have alot of substance it is purely for enjoyment purposes. I would have liked it if she had developed the plot more.

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