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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Funny, Warm, a Mood Pick up

The author, who started on the romance aisle can found in general fiction these days, as was this novel--often a sign of quality. I'd liked the other book by her I'd tried, <i>Anyone But You</i>. More than once I've been told by people who don't like romance...
The author, who started on the romance aisle can found in general fiction these days, as was this novel--often a sign of quality. I'd liked the other book by her I'd tried, <i>Anyone But You</i>. More than once I've been told by people who don't like romance books that Crusie is their one exception--I can understand why. I loved the heroine, Minerva Dobbs, a "chubby" thirty-something who has friends and a sister who love her and a mother who drives her insane. And Calvin Morrisey--I fell a bit in love with him myself. Aside from them there's an entire cast of lovable, quirky secondary characters. This might even be called "chick-lit" as much as romance because the friendships and family relationships are very important here. There wasn't one word, not one sentence of this book I didn't savor--down to the love scene which makes the usual sex scene in books seem bland and generic no matter how explicit--because Crusie imbues it with humor and wrote it so this is something not interchangeable with other characters but belongs to Min and Cal. The book even has a theme(tm). The text is headed by a quote from Gloria Steinem: <i>Women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage</i>. Oh, and after this I'm going to have to make Chicken Marsala. And maybe get a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Read the book and you'll understand. Funny, sharp, smart, literate, with a good, clean prose style--I loved this to death--it deserves shelf space--I could see rereading this (particularly as a pick-up on a rotten day). Will I be reading more Crusie? You betcha!

posted by Lisa_RR_H on July 1, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Good but not great

The reviews hyped this book up for me and maybe I was expecting too much when I started reading it, but I was a little disappointed. It had several funny moments, but I didn't find myself laughing out loud. Nor was it that romantic or thrilling and it was very predict...
The reviews hyped this book up for me and maybe I was expecting too much when I started reading it, but I was a little disappointed. It had several funny moments, but I didn't find myself laughing out loud. Nor was it that romantic or thrilling and it was very predictable; I felt like I had to force myself to finish unlike some of her other books where I couldn't put them down. Maybe this appealed to many readers due to the main character being somewhat flawed by her weight, something others can relate to, but this concern is addressed in plenty of other books such as Bridget Jones, Jemmina J, Good in Bed, etc. making this not an original topic. I thought Return to Temptation was a much better book which stood out, quite unique, and made me remember it as well as connecting it to Crusie for a lasting impression.

posted by risuena on May 19, 2011

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    Good but not great

    The reviews hyped this book up for me and maybe I was expecting too much when I started reading it, but I was a little disappointed. It had several funny moments, but I didn't find myself laughing out loud. Nor was it that romantic or thrilling and it was very predictable; I felt like I had to force myself to finish unlike some of her other books where I couldn't put them down. Maybe this appealed to many readers due to the main character being somewhat flawed by her weight, something others can relate to, but this concern is addressed in plenty of other books such as Bridget Jones, Jemmina J, Good in Bed, etc. making this not an original topic. I thought Return to Temptation was a much better book which stood out, quite unique, and made me remember it as well as connecting it to Crusie for a lasting impression.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Slow

    I had a hard time getting into this book. It dragged in some parts then other parts were good. I do not think this is one of Jennifer Cruise's best book

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

    Meh, it's okay...

    To me, this book was like any romanic comedy - not quite as bad as The Wedding Planner, but just as cliched. I gave it more than 1 star because (unlike The Wedding Planner) there were parts where I actually laughed out loud and the characters were pretty well developed - and I was able to finish it. If you are a fan of say, Two Weeks Notice, you might like this book. Just know when you pick the book up, you're already going to know how it ends after the first chapter.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

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    Hilarious! Funny! Quirky! Great!

    I absolutely loved this book! It has unique characters that, as usual have unusual names and traits. This was the first Jennifer Crusie book that I read, but not the last! I have since bought every one of her books that I could find. I've read almost all of them and have not been disappointed yet. In Bet Me you will be laughing out loud at the "family dinner" scene in a restaurant. Her dialogue has characters constantly talking over each other, multiple conversations going on and yet it all makes sense! It is the first book I ever laughed out loud as I read it! Don't peak ahead for the dinner scene, it will ruin the fun! I'm sure you will enjoy this book as much as I did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2005

    SO GOOD in the beginning and then it dies

    I am a Crusie fan. I have read all of her books and most are delightful. My favorites were Fast Women and Welcome to Temptation. And as I started reading this book I thought I would add it to my list of favorites by the author. It was so dry and funny in the beginning, and then it just got too corny and cheeseball for me. Owell. I am still a fan of her fun, light novels. I just wish she could've maintained the momentum she had going in the beginning of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2004

    Laugh out loud but alittle too much about Food

    The characters are funny and I did laugh out loud but then I started getting alittle annoyed with the excessive obsessing about food. The last chapter was funny but stupid at the same time. Cal used a Krispy Kreme doughnut for an engagement ring, and Min actually did not remove it. Prior to that the main character right before the sex scene starts to talk about how she is going to 'spread' or get more fat in the future, and the beautiful, physically fit hero, Cal, is still okay, a bit unbelievable! I still love Jennifer Cruise books though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2004

    At Least It Was Better than Fast Women

    I just finished this latest effort by Jennifer Crusie and I'm glad she refrained from the usual 'woman loses man--woman jumps into bed with next available man' routine. This book was funny due as much to the 2 main characters as to the supporting characters. However, I'm still wondering what it was that REALLY drew the 2 main characters together and I can only come up with 2 possibilities: food and ego. It was a fun read and maybe if I stop analyzing romance novels too much, I can just enjoy them for what there generally are: whimsical stories about 'happily ever after,' which probably will never come true but are nice to think/read about. Kudos, Ms. Crusie!

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