Metro Girl (Alex Barnaby, #1)
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Buckle your seat belts.Number one New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich is moving into the fast lane with Metro Girl, a thrilling, high-octane misadventure with high stakes, hot nights, cold-blooded murder, sunken treasure, a woman with a chassis built for speed, and one very good, very sexy NASCAR driver who's along for the ride.

"Wild" Bill Barnaby's dropped o...more
Paperback, Large Print, 384 pages
Published November 2nd 2004 by Harper (first published November 1st 2004)
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Antof9
Having just read A Thousand Acres, I needed something "lite", and this perfectly fit the bill. I found it fun and silly, and some of the writing was quite clever. Calling Hooker "NASCAR guy" was genius. Judey was a little bit of a characature, but the lines about him having "two eyebrows" made me LOL.

One of the things I liked was all the pop culture references. I've often found things like that missing in the Sue Grafton "alphabet series" (it's ok though; that's an older series -- I just find th...more
Marla
I read the hardcover, large print edition of this, which I point out because it got really funny around pages 280/300. As usual for a Janet Evanovich book one of the characters was driving a Porsche, it was not however a Cayenne or a Turbo(gasp!), but they did mention they were thinking of upgrading to a Turbo so there's that. =P There was also a Mini Cooper which I believe Stephanie drove at one point in her books. =)

This takes place in Miami and I couldn't help but think they needed to get in...more
Heather
This was a lot of fun to read. I'd been told that these weren't as good as the Stephanie Plum novels so I was delightfully surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It almost read like a Carl Hiaasen novel; mostly owing to the south Florida setting and odd ball characters. Some of the action in the book was a little preposterous at times but nowhere near the almost unbelievable level of a Plum book. Overall a solid story with enough suspense that had me reading it all in one sitting. Just the summer r...more
C
I read this while waiting for Lean Mean 13 to become available at my local library. I was disappointed to find that the characters and premise were very similar to the Stephanie Plum series; I would go so far as to say that Metro Girl is just Plum-lite, the only difference being that while I love Stephanie, I find Barney barely tolerable.

In spite of the similarities and the annoying protagonist, you're better off reading this than either of the "between-the-numbers" books.
Barks & Bites
I listened to this on my Ipod while cooking and cleaning various messes around my house. I thought it was very similar in style to the Plumb books.

This time around the heroine is Barney, a blond gal who grew up around mechanics. Her love interest is a blond Nascar driver who thinks he's just the hottest thing ever. The two meet and pair up when Barney's brother goes missing. It was very cute, light and fluffy and just the thing to distract me from the grossities that I must clean up.
Just - The romance reader
I can tell this will be the first of many Janet Evanovich novels for me. Chick-lit mixed with a good mystery and lots of action, Metro Girl was truly entertaining. Alex "Barney" Barnaby and Sam Hooker make quite the pair, thrown together for very different reasons, both are in search of Barney's missing brother Wild Bill. They go on a dangerous adventure with lots of chaos and drama, while the Nascar driving Hooker tries to steal Barney's heart.
Parisa
I'm sorry, Janet. But seriously. This book was filled with exactly the same characters as the Plum series, but they had different names. Come on. I liked the Plum series for the most part, but that doesn't mean I want to read it over and over again under the pretense of it being a new story with new people.
Jamieson
Janet Evanovich is best known for her Stephanie Plum series (“One for the Money”, “Two For the Doe”, “Three To Get Deadly”, etc) featuring Stephanie Plum: A so-so bounty hunter with big hair, a big mouth and a gun. Each of the novels has rocketed to the New York Times Best Seller List and has made her a publishing phenomenon. The books are laugh out loud funny and Evanovich has amassed herself quite the loyal fan base. Myself included.

I for one love her Stephanie Plum novels, so I was extremely...more
Sarah Gonalez
Metro Girl was a mystery that turned out to be a comedy at the same time. It's about a woman named Alexandra Barnaby who is in search of her lost brother, Bill. While in her search, she's accompanied by an arrogant, egotistic, and at the samae time Handsome race car driver in search of his missing boat. Both characters scope out different people in this long search for Bill. As the story precedes and they learn more and more about the situation her brother is involved and without even knowing in...more
Lynda
Older sister Alexandra Barnaby affectionately known as Barney received an unsettling early morning phone call from her wild brother Bill ending with the scream of an unknown woman. Rushing to her brother’s aid once again, Barney arrived in South Beach to discover Bill was missing and his friend Sam Hooker was not happy to find his sixty-five foot luxury boat gone with Bill. Sam and Barney scoured the clubs looking for Bill’s whereabouts only to realize whatever Bill was mixed up in was bad enoug...more
Kiera Beddes
Genre: kidnapping, treasure hunting, psychopaths, etc.
Summary: Alex Barnaby "Barney" grew up in a mechanic shop, so she knows her way around cars. When her good-for-nothing brother "Wild" Bill calls her in the middle of the night. Alex knows something is wrong, so she flies down to Miami to help him out. In Miami, she finds out that Bill stole NASCAR Sam Hooker's boat, and he'd like it back. Hereafter comes a long list of everything that could go wrong, does. Alex and Sam manage to find Bill, pi...more
Julie Burns
I couldn't finish this book. I'm a big fan of the Stephanie Plum series and maybe my expectations were set too high, but I thought Metro Girl was too fluffy. I had no desire to stick with it and wished Evanovich would simply get back to her primary series.
Daphne
It was funny, but Alex Barnaby is no Stephanie Plum and Sam Hooker is no Joe Morelli. I may be interested in reading the next one…haven’t decided yet. I got this on audiobook, and I didn’t like the reader, so maybe that’s why. 3.5/5

Robin
Don't bother.

Boring isn't the word.

Also, it's Stephanie Plum meets high humidity.

By the end of the book, I was pulling for an alligator to eat them all.

Read the Stephanie Plum books instead, and skip this one.
Anita H
I really enjoy Janet Evanocich. Her Stephanie Plum novels are a fun, put your mind on hold, good time. This book, however, was beyond stupid. It was so dumb that I was mad at myself for taking time out of my day to read it.
LiteraryLover
I liked this book. But it was hard since you can't help comparing it to the Stephanie Plum series. It's not as good as the Stephanie books but it was still good enough for me to want to read the next one sometime.
Jennifer
This is one that I want to re-read. It's been a few years now and when I think back to the elements of it - I really enjoyed the ride.(HA! I made a funny!)
Leslienorvell
This book is far-fetched, impractical and entirely entertaining. Easy read. I read this book, as in a real book with pages... So it took me 4 months.
Angie
I really wanted to like this new series, but I didn't. I love Janet, but I just don't care about these characters.
Beth Gibson
Fans of Janet Evanovich may enjoy this series. Though her bounty hunter character Stephanie Plum, is enjoyable, the series also gets old, for one because the boyfriend question is never resolved. Also, Stephanie never seems to get any smarter and still manages to blow up everything. Though I don't think some of those aspects are going to be any different in this series, it does feature a different character, who at least appears to be somewhat more intelligent and definitely more self sufficient...more
Tiffunee
Not one of my favs by Janet Evanovich. It is still readable.
Laurie Hanan
This book was a disappointment, even from Evanovich.
Stefanie
Review originally published at http://www0.epinions.com/review/Metro...

Janet Evanovich is probably best known for her numbered series of fluffy mysteries featuring Jersey girl Stephanie Plum. After ripping through all eighteen of those books in a little over a month, I thought I'd try one of Ms. Evanovich's other series. Metro Girl is the first of currently two books about Baltimore babe Alexandra Barnaby. Alex (known to her family as ‘Barney') grew up in her father's garage and can disassemble...more
Kari Anderson
Drivers, start your engines, Alex “Barney” Barnaby, queen of the track is on a mission. Sister of the year award goes to the Baltimore woman. She is such a great sister that when her brother Bill calls her late one night and hangs up after a woman screams, she jumps on a plane to go save his butt. Bill lives in hot, muggy Florida and it doesn’t tell Alex long to figure out Bill is in some big trouble. But luckily, Barney isn’t alone on her mystery solving trip. She is assisted by NASCAR guy, Sam...more
Jerry
New faces/places and funny - but plot just excuse for story!

We're not surprised at the very mixed reviews for Evanovich's latest, her first non-Plum (bounty hunter) "mystery" not counting her romance novels. Her catty, funny writing style; zany characters; and long sustained sexual tension between the leads are certainly reminiscent and welcome reminders of what has brought our author success and us readers amusement to date. But the plot is so incredible, so silly, that it doesn't serve as the...more
Heather
I'm so glad I decided to try this one! I've been a Plum fan for a long time and have been disappointed by Evanovich's latest "Wicked" series. Too many car explosions and too much cupcake scarfing for my taste. This book, however, felt like a return to classic Evanovich! The characters are eccentric, but not over the top and they keep you laughing with their witty banter and inability to cope with certain situations.

One thing that this book has in common with all of Evanovich's novels is the run...more
Leigh Ann - Silver Wings Reviews
I absolutely adore Janet's Stephanie Plum series, but after reading Wicked Appetite, which I found very mediocre and with characters too much like Stephanie, I didn't really have much hope for this series. I was pleasantly surprised! Barney isn't anything like Stephanie, but she's still very likable. Hooker and Morelli have alot of personality in common, but are different enough that you don't forget what series you're reading (which is how I felt about Wicked Appetite.) I found this book to be...more
 Arushi
I will read anything and everything by Janet Evanovich. Even if she writes about something as..unusual as a cow falling in love with an orangutan; and having sexy mixed babies. I will also, unfortunately so, fall in love with her characters and story line no matter how ridiculous both of them can be sometimes. I’m crazy okay? Okay.

Truth is, I’d first read Metro Girl about two years ago and I can’t put it in words how amazing I thought it was. Reading it the second time around, I actually found a...more
Tabi34
Classic Evanovich! I guess part of why I love Evanovich books is because she writes in a formula style and I know what to expect. I have read all of the Stephanie Plum books and this one follows the same pattern. Girl gets sucked into a mystery/situation that she is unable to handle, but she tries by bumbling along. Then there is the hot guy who thinks about sex a lot. In this case it's Sam Hooker, a NASCAR driver who is also inept at solving the problem, but he's along for the ride so to speak....more
Christy
Alex Barnaby - Barney to family and friends - heads to Miami after receiving a frightening phone call from her little brother, Bill. When she arrives at Bill's apartment, it's been trashed and a man with a fake eye tries to kidnap her. If that isn't bad enough, it seems Bill has disappeared with NASCAR driver Sam Hooker's boat. And Hooker's not a happy camper. Hooker trails Alex as she tries to find out the whereabouts of her brother, intrigued by her rebuffs to his advances. Things turn serious...more
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