Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Love Overboard

Love Overboard

3.7 73
by Janet Evanovich

See All Formats & Editions

She's been called "side-splittingly funny" (Publishers Weekly), "a blast of fresh air" (Washington Post), and "a winner" (Glamour). She is, of course, Janet Evanovich, the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum mystery series. Now available for the first time in more than a decade comes


She's been called "side-splittingly funny" (Publishers Weekly), "a blast of fresh air" (Washington Post), and "a winner" (Glamour). She is, of course, Janet Evanovich, the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum mystery series. Now available for the first time in more than a decade comes Love Overboard, the hilarious story of a sinfully handsome schooner captain and the spirited woman who agrees to work on his cruise ship. It's a classic novel of comic mayhem from the incomparable Janet Evanovich.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
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

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Sold by:
Sales rank:
File size:
496 KB

Read an Excerpt

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

"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

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 . . .


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.

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

Hanover, New Hampshire
Date of Birth:
April 22, 1943
Place of Birth:
South River, New Jersey
B.A., Douglass College, 1965

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Love Overboard 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 73 reviews.
DeRofan More than 1 year ago
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.
JenellKBWilcox More than 1 year ago
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.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Love Overboard is a pre-Plum romance by American author, Janet Evanovich. Having just bought a house that seems to be developing one structural problem after another, ex-cop Stephanie Lowe takes a job as cook on a small cruise vessel in exchange for some plumbing work. The captain, Ivan Rasmussen, descendant of the infamous pirate, Red Rasmussen, is a notorious womaniser, but something about the quirky and feisty Stephanie grabs onto his heart. This is an entertaining read: the characters are not one-dimensional, but there’s no great depth there. There’s a fair bit of slapstick, some intrigue, plenty of romance, a bit of sex, a disappearing corpse and a ghost to keep things lively. Some issues also contain an excerpt from another pre-Plum novel, Back to the Bedroom.
mharikai More than 1 year ago
Janet Evanovich gets into the minds of the awkward woman who sees herself as Anjelina Jolie. Very well written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
cute book, quick read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It isnt as good as her Plum series but it was a nice way to spend a rainy afternoon.
Twertie More than 1 year ago
This. Book was fun with some mystery, and of course sex appeal. I would highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book, not quite loved it like her other novels but it was enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago