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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,457 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janet Evanovich Narrator: C. J. Critt Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2005 ISBN: 9780060835002
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Sinfully handsome schooner captain Ivan Rasmussen deserved to be called Ivan the Terrible, Stephanie Lowe decided. First he’d sold her a haunted house, and now he was laughing at her Calamity Jane cooking—fish-eye stew and burnt chocolate chip cookies—and making fun of her hair after she’d had to comb it with only a toaster for a mirror. She’d only agreed to work one voyage of his Maine coastal cruise in exchange for the house repairs promised by her cousin, who’d run off to marry a plumber. But when the brazen Ivan, descendant of a pirate, swept her into his arms during a moonlight rendezvous, Stephanie knew how it felt to be a pirate’s treasure. Ivan teased her, flirted with her, and made her feel cherished as no one ever had, but when would her sexy scoundrel deliver the ravishing he promised?

Ivan had expected a shipboard romance, a fling on the ocean that ended at the dock, but every time he kissed Stephanie he thought of marriage, hearth, and home. Could he seduce his ladylove with the sweet mysteries of passion and put her private ghosts to rest?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An offbeat shipboard romance is at the heart of Love Overboard, another of Janet Evanovich’s screwball romantic comedies...Genuinely sweet.”

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “C.J. Critt performs the novel...with her usual expertise...Fans of Janet Evanovich will enjoy a peek into the wisecracking, smart-alecky style that has won her kudos in the Stephanie Plum series.” 

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara ★ | 2/5/2014

    " Cute but I didn't enjoy it as much as her other romances. It took a long time to like Stephanie, the bungling idiot. Though I did immediately like Ivan. All of a sudden the house that Ivan sold Stephanie was falling apart and had ghosts. I knew something was up but I surely didn't figure it out. The surprise was kind of far-fetched but humorous anyway. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Audiobooks Only | 2/1/2014

    " I read this when it was called Ivan Takes a Wife. Janet Evanovich was my induction to humorous romance and I'm a fan for life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lani ~Crahfty~ | 2/1/2014

    " I listened to this on audiobook. I was thrilled that I finally listened to a Janet Evanovich book that didn't have that annoying Elsie Hawkins character. I think that made me like it more... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 1/31/2014

    " Fluffy early book by Janet Evanovich. This one even had a teensy bit of a mystery to it. It was cute and funny and I enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole Imbrunone | 1/31/2014

    " Read in one afternoon. Great mindless book however a little shotty on the overall review "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Danielle | 1/29/2014

    " This was, hands-down, the stupidest book I've ever read. I'm shocked and flabbergasted that people are giving it good enough reviews for it to average 3.5 stars. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C.j. | 1/24/2014

    " 2.5 stars ..So far my least favorite Evanovich book. Didnt like that the main character's name was stephanie and that she was a 29 year old hot virgin who ends up giving it up after knowing some guy a few days. It was an easy light read and mildly entertaining. I finished it in a few days, but definitely not Evanovich's best work. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/22/2014

    " For a no brainer, silly romance novelm this was pretty good -- not too over the top. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kati | 1/20/2014

    " Only if you need a non-thinking airplane book "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristin Redmond | 1/15/2014

    " Always love a book set in Maine and on the coast. A cute romance, one of Evanovich's older stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 1/12/2014

    " Listening to on audio book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/3/2014

    " Her romances are always so much fun! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry Tischer | 1/2/2014

    " The same as the rest. OK "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vanessa | 12/25/2013

    " I could not put this book down read in all in less then 24 hours :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca Boschee | 12/19/2013

    " Novellas are a great way to start a successful writing career. Also, romances can be hilarious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandy Forman-Johnson | 12/18/2013

    " typical cute Janet Evanovich..easy reading "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce Snell | 12/11/2013

    " An early Evanovich romance - this time set on a boat where the heroine takes a job as a cook. It is love at first sight with the ships captain with the romance continuing even after the cruise is done. No surprises here, but no problems either. A good way to kill a couple hours. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 11/30/2013

    " She's a wench & he's a captain - fun romantic & happy ending "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandy | 11/11/2013

    " it was cute i guess "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tjoel2 | 9/17/2013

    " Read May 2010 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 P. S. | 9/14/2013

    " I read this when it was originally released and called Ivan Takes a Wife. It was hilarious. I don't know how good the rewrite is. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sherry | 6/20/2013

    " A disappointment after reading the Plum series. The comedy felt forced and the writing was cliche. Not my best pick. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tifalopez | 1/23/2013

    " Good book but not a's funny as I'd hoped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather in FL | 1/8/2013

    " It was a cute story. Kinda fluff, but enjoyable. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Connie | 12/24/2012

    " A 'romance' that smacks of Harlequin. Not my thing, although it had some humour in it which was appreciated. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Valerie F | 12/11/2012

    " I still don't like romances not even by J-Ev "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 9/27/2012

    " Pretty good story... more of a mystery than a romance... I liked Ivan's character and the ghost :) The writing was almost too simple, though... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethe | 9/21/2012

    " not nearly as good as Stephanie Plum series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunnie Stonelake | 4/10/2012

    " I listened to this on audiobook. It was a good story!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maryann | 11/2/2011

    " Pretty dated and kind of cheesy. I usually like Janet's books, but this was a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 9/22/2011

    " Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very cute story! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reba | 5/28/2011

    " Ok, this was a little TOO light and fluffy for me. Like a Harlequin romance . . . "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lyndsay | 5/18/2011

    " Save your time. It was just okay. Evanovich didn't blossom till the plum series. This was a waste of time. I read it after the plum.

    Weird plot line. very disconnected. The part on the boat, then the dead bodies in the bnb. Just not very cohesive "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Gizzard | 4/11/2011

    " Old book, should have left it archived. Evanovich calls it a madcap comedy, which I generally like, but this was poorly written and not very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 3/29/2011

    " Stephanie Lowe decides Maine schooner captain and pirate descendent Ivan Rasmussen deserves to be called Ivan the Terrible. The house she just bought from him is falling apart and possibly haunted "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Maryann | 3/1/2011

    " Pretty dated and kind of cheesy. I usually like Janet's books, but this was a disappointment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/6/2011

    " Good book if you want something light and quick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/31/2011

    " Good leisure reading. You can see some lead up to the Stephanie Plum series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/24/2011

    " Every now and again, you need to read a silly love story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Reba | 1/16/2011

    " Ok, this was a little TOO light and fluffy for me. Like a Harlequin romance . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/13/2011

    " I'm really not one for the mushy romance stories, but this one had a pirate! Well okay...more like a descendant of a pirate, but still...it's good enough for me. The story overall was entertaining and I liked it (much to my surprise). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 12/10/2010

    " This was a light and fun read. One of Janet Evanovich's romance novels, but with a fun story and great characters. Good fluff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 11/18/2010

    " Very cute! JE never fails to entertain while introducing readers to great people who are funny! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 11/16/2010

    " Cute book and easy read. Pure entertainment! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shannon | 10/20/2010

    " A cute fun read. The characters were likable and fun, if not slightly misguided in their quest. LOL! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda | 10/4/2010

    " I read this when it was called Ivan Takes a Wife. Janet Evanovich was my induction to humorous romance and I'm a fan for life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 9/22/2010

    " This was really cute! I enjoyed it... "

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