I always love a good Stephanie Plum story. I sought this one out because I wanted to find out how it all got started. It contained stronger language than most and the most disturbing character/scenario I've encountered in any of Evanovich's books (Ramirez and his fetish). Stephanie does not come into her full self and we see very little of the usual colorful characters (Lula, Grandma Mazer etc.)that flavor most Stephanie Plum stories. All in all, I'm glad I didn't read this first as I may not have read any others.