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Lucy Armstrong is a director of television commercials who?s just been recruited to finish a four-day action-movie shoot. But she arrives on the set to discover that the directing staff has quit, the makeup artist is suicidal, the stars are egomaniacs, the stunt director is her ex-husband, and the lead actor has just acquired as an adviser a Green Beret who has the aggravating habit of always being right.

Green Beret captain J. T. Wilder had thought that hiring on as a military ...

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Lucy Armstrong is a director of television commercials who’s just been recruited to finish a four-day action-movie shoot. But she arrives on the set to discover that the directing staff has quit, the makeup artist is suicidal, the stars are egomaniacs, the stunt director is her ex-husband, and the lead actor has just acquired as an adviser a Green Beret who has the aggravating habit of always being right.

Green Beret captain J. T. Wilder had thought that hiring on as a military consultant for a movie star was a good deal: easy money and easier starlets. Instead, he has to babysit a bumbling comedian, dodge low-flying helicopters, and resist his attraction to a director who bears a distracting resemblance to Wonder Woman. Then the CIA calls, and he realizes that somebody is taking “shooting a movie” much too literally.

Full of suspense and humor, nonstop action and fast-paced dialogue, Don’t Look Down is the perfect blend of male and female, adventure and romance, Mayer and Crusie.

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Bestselling authors Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer scramble their usual genres -- romantic comedy and action thrillers, respectively -- into one tasty omelet, seasoned with plenty of sex, romance, action, and danger.

Movie director Lucy Armstrong and Green Beret captain J. T. Wilder don't exactly get along at their first meeting on the set of the movie Don't Look Down. Lucy, a director of dog food commercials in New York, has come to the Savannah swamps to finish up the last four days of shooting -- only to discover that her ex-husband is the stunt director, her sister seems to be on drugs, and the stars are nutty egotists. Lucy chalks this up to the usual movie production chaos; then the script for this so-called romantic comedy takes a mysterious and abrupt right turn into action-adventure land -- complete with helicopters, Navy SEALs, and exploding cars! To complicate things further, the CIA contacts J.T. and lets him in on a secret: A terrorist with the Russian Mob is using the movie as a money-laundering scheme and clearly has his own reasons for the script change. Then the body count starts to rise...

We won't give away the rest of the plot, but the character of Lucy's five-year-old niece, Pepper, is terrific, and the dynamics between Lucy and Wilder are thoroughly enjoyable. Ginger Curwen
Publishers Weekly
The pairing of readers Lawlor and Raudman misses more than it hits in this uneven audiobook. Lucy Armstrong, a director of dog food commercials, accepts the job of helming the last four days of an action-adventure movie. Before she has a chance to spend time with her sister, Daisy, who is also working on the film, Lucy is soon embroiled in a real-life adventure involving money laundering, kidnapping, the Russian mob, a one-eyed alligator and a most unexpected romance. In theory, the idea of having two readers portraying the male and female characters of a novel, as well as rotating chapters to correspond with the book's alternating viewpoints, would seem like a good one. Unfortunately, the audio suffers from poor production values. Raudman gives a rich, intimate sound to her reading, but Lawlor seems to be stuck in the next room for his, thus destroying any attempt at realistic dialogue between the characters. The book itself is a fun bit of fluff, and each reader individually gives a fine performance, but the contrast in sound quality and acting styles proves more distracting than effective. Simultaneous release with the St. Martin's Press hardcover. (Reviews, Feb. 27). (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Noted romance/chick-lit author Crusie (Bet Me) and adventure author Mayer (Z: A Dave Reilly Novel) team up with mixed results in this not-really-a-romance, not-really-a-thriller offering. Sensible film director Lucy is recruited to finish up a movie shoot and encounters hard-living Green Beret J.T. Wilder. The one thing they have in common is that neither of them really wants to be there. Lucy is miserable dealing with her ex-husband, the stunt coordinator for the film, and J.T., who has been hired as an advisor, ends up baby-sitting a wannabe action star. The whole production is shrouded in mystery, right down to its sources of financing (turns out it's a money-laundering scheme for a terrorism supporter). Romantic intrigue among cast members, bumbling CIA agents, a swamp sniper, and Lucy's family problems round out a detailed and often overly busy plot. While the writing is seamless, fans of Crusie will miss her usually snappy style and steamy love scenes. Still, her name alone is bound to generate demand. For most public libraries. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Mayer and the usually irresistible Crusie (Bet Me, 2004, etc.) stumble in this romantic action film of a novel about a woman trying to direct a romantic action film set near Savannah, Ga. After the previous director succumbs to a heart attack, Lucy Armstrong agrees to direct for the shoot's last four days the movie on which her ex-husband Conner is stunt coordinator, mainly because she wants to spend time with her sister Daisy, also working on the movie, and five-year-old niece Pepper. Lucy is worried about Daisy, who seems drugged out, and Pepper, who seems lonely (and unbearably, unbelievably precocious). Lucy learns from her assistant that an action ending has been tacked on to the romantic comedy. Although the ending, requiring dangerous stunts, makes no sense, she is pressured by the movie's mysterious Irish backer Finnegan to finish filming. Meanwhile, Conner says he wants to get back together, but Lucy-wisely-no longer trusts him and finds herself more attracted to the leading actor's new stunt double, a Special Forces macho warrior named J.T. Wilder. Lucy does not know that J.T. has been assigned by the CIA to track down Finnegan and the Russian mobster to whom he owes 50 million dollars' worth of Mexican phallic sculptures. J.T. wins Pepper's heart when he gives her a Wonder Woman Doll. It doesn't take him much more to win over Lucy, with whom he's soon having torrid sex. Meanwhile, scary things are happening that may or may not be accidents. Throw in a one-eyed pregnant alligator and a sniper sharing the nearby swamp and the danger quotient rises, especially when Pepper is kidnapped. Despite plenty of blood-and-guts violence, there's not much mystery to pull the reader along.Oddly wimpy and not much fun.
From the Publisher

"This first collaboration between bestselling romance writer Crusie and adventure-thriller writer Mayer is a rare delight. Mayer's delectably dry sense of humor perfectly complements Crusie's brand of sharp wit, and together the two have cooked up a sexy, sassy, and smart combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible."--Booklist

"Bless the day that Crusie and Mayer sat down to chat, for this collaboration is inspired!"--Romantic Times BOOKreviews (Top Pick)

"Noted romance/chick-lit author Crusie (Bet Me) and adventure author Mayer (Z: A Dave Reilly Novel) team up [and] the writing is seamless." --Library Journal

"The two writers/two viewpoints style lends itself to humor, and the authors don't stint on fast-paced action and complication."--Tampa Tribune

"It's light; it's witty; it's a page-turner. It's romantic, in a he-man/she-modern-woman manner."
--The State (South Carolina)

"Combines wit, romance, and movie-quality action in one fast-paced book."--News and Sentinel (Parkesburg, WV)

"Plenty of big guns, helicopters…and light repartee…all in good fun. Readers will be happy to get a bit damp."--Publishers Weekly

"Think Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Schwarzenegger in the movie True Lies."--Georgia Library Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781469253688
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer  Crusie

Jennifer Crusie is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of Tell Me Lies, Crazy for You, Welcome to Temptation, Faking It, Fast Women, and Bet Me.

Bob Mayer is a former Green Beret and the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of thirty-two novels under his own name and the pen name Robert Doherty. More than two million copies of his books are in print.

Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer are the authors of Don’t Look Down.

Biography

Don't expect to see Fabio's flowing mane on the cover of any of Jennifer Crusie's romance novels. She completely eschews the tradition of overwrought melodrama and heaving bosoms to toss a comic gauntlet into the romantic arena. Her fun, funny, and frisky books are a refreshing breeze in a genre that could easily grow stale.

Former schoolteacher Jennifer Smith got her Master's degree in Professional Writing and Women's Literature at Wright State University. She wrote her thesis on women's roles in mystery fiction before trying her hand at penning romance novels using her grandmother's family name Crusie. Despite her impressive credentials, she dismisses her debut novel Sizzle as "lousy" even as her fans clamber to gets their hands on this long out-of-print pulp romance. "That damn book is following me around the way early porn films follow actresses," so says Crusie one her web site of Sizzle.

No matter what the author thinks of her first effort, the astounding string of critically lauded bestsellers that followed it have firmly established Crusie as one of the very best writers of contemporary romantic fiction. Much of this is due to her sharp wit and ear for comedic dialogue, humor being an element often sorely missing in romance novels. From the sly private dick tale What the Lady Wants to the frantic Faking It, Crusie's books contain the perfect balance of suspense, snickers, and steamy love scenes.

What's more, the author has raked up a slew of awards, as well as spots on "best romance novels of the year" for Anyone But You, Temptation, Fast Women, and Faking It. Getting Rid of Bradley scored Crusie a RWA Rita award for Best Short Contemporary Fiction, and in 1996, she received a career achievement award for her work in the romantic comedy genre from Romantic Times magazine.

Now, after 13 crowd pleasers and award winners, Crusie is offering up her first-ever collaboration. She teamed up with hard-boiled action writer Bob Mayer (Operation Dragon-Sim) to conjure up Don't Look Down, a wacky escapade that is equal parts comedy, adventure, and playful erotica.

In Don't Look Down, movie director Lucy Armstrong goes toe-to-toe and heart-to-heart with J.T. Wilder, a green beret who serves as an advisor on a movie that is taking an unexpected turn from romantic comedy to blow-‘em-up action flick. Publisher's Weekly has declared the joint-effort "good fun," and Crusie reveals on her website that more fun with Mayer is on the way. The team is currently working on their second novel together Agnes and the Hitman.

As for future solo ventures by Crusie, there's plenty more in store. She not only has another release slotted for 2006 -- a sexy yuletide novella titled Hot Toy, which will appear in St. Martin's Press' Santa Baby anthology -- but she currently has no less than five additional projects on the burner. Among these upcoming releases are a collection of short stories and a book that Crusie is particularly qualified to create: a guide to writing women's fiction.

Good To Know

Crusie and Bob Mayer are making things a little easier for guys who want to check out their new collaborative novel Don't Look Down. All you have to do is remove the cutesy dust jacket to reveal a tough-as-nails camouflage cover design and voila! No one will ever know you're enjoying a romantic comedy.

Crusie is the proud owner of three dogs, one of which is named Lucy. Oddly, the main character of Don't look Down is also named Lucy -- and happens to be a director of dog food commercials. Coincidence?

Crusie has a few nonfiction works to her credit, including introductions in Totally Charmed, a collection of essays about Alyssa Milano's cult TV series, and Anne Rice: A Critical Companion, which the author wrote under her given name of Jennifer Smith.

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    1. Hometown:
      Ohio
    1. Date of Birth:
      1949
    2. Place of Birth:
      Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Bowling Green State University, 1973; M.A., Wright State University; Ph.D., Ohio University, 1986

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Don't Look Down


By Crusie, Jennifer

St. Martin's Paperbacks

Copyright © 2007 Crusie, Jennifer
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780312938512

Chapter One  Lucy Armstrong was standing on the Eugene Talmadge Memorial Bridge when she first spotted the black helicopter coming at her through the sunset.  Based on the rest of her day, that wasn’t going to be good.  Twenty feet to her right, her assistant director, Gleason Bloom, ignored the chopper and worked the set like a depraved grasshopper, trying to organize what Lucy had already recognized as her career’s most apathetic movie crew. Her gratitude to Gloom for his usual good work was only exceeded by her gratitude that he hadn’t yet seen that the movie’s stunt coordinator was Connor Nash, now half hidden behind his black stunt van, arguing with a sulky-looking brunette.  Of course, Gloom was bound to notice Connor sooner or later. I’ll just point out that it’s only four days, she thought. Four lousy days for really good money, we check on Daisy and Pepper, we finish up somebody else’s movie, we go home, no harm, no foul—  Off to the west, the helicopter grew closer, flying very low, just above the winding Savannah River. All around were brush and trees, garnished with swamp and probably full of predators. “The low country,” Connor had called it, as if that were a good thing instead of a euphemism for “soggy with a chance of alligator.” And now a helicopter—  Lucyrocked back as fifty-some pounds of five-year-old niece smacked into her legs at top speed, knocking her off balance and almost off her feet.  “Aunt Lucy!”  “Pepper!” She went down to her knees, inhaling the Pepper smell of Twizzlers and Fritos and Johnson’s baby shampoo as she hugged the little girl to her, trying to avoid the binoculars slung around Pepper’s neck. “I am so glad to see you!” she said, rocking her back and forth.  Pepper pulled back, her blond Dutch Boy haircut swinging back from her round, beaming face. “We will have such a good time now that you’re here. We will play Barbies and watch videos, and I will tell you about my Animal of the Month, and we will have a party!” Her plain little face was lit with ecstasy. “It will be so, so good!” She threw her arms around Lucy’s neck again and strangled her with another hug, smashing the binoculars into Lucy’s collarbone.  “Yes,” Lucy said, trying to breathe and hug back, thinking, Great, now I have to play with Barbies. She pulled back to get some air and said, “Nice binoculars!” as she tried to keep from getting smacked with them again.  “Connor gave them to me,” Pepper said. “I can see everything with them.”  “Good for Connor.” Over Pepper’s head Lucy saw the helicopter cut across a bend in the river, zipping through an impossibly small opening between two looming oak trees. It’s heading right for us, she thought, and whoever is flying that thing is crazy. Then Connor raised his voice and said, “No,” and she looked over to see the young brunette step up into his face, giving as nasty as she got.  Lucy thought, Good for you, honey, and stood up, smiling at Pepper. “But I have to work first, so—”  “I will help you work,” Pepper said, clinging to her, her smile turning tense. “I will be your assistant and bring you apples and water.”  Lucy nodded. “You will be a huge help.” She took the little girl’s hand and looked back at Connor. After kicking herself twelve years ago for having been so stupid as to marry him, looking at those broad shoulders and slim hips now reminded her why her brain had gone south when she was twenty-two. Good thing I’m smarter now, she thought, and looked again.  The way he was talking to the brunette, the way she leaned into his comfort zone, they were sleeping together. And she looked to be about twenty-two.  That must be his target age, she thought. I should tell Gloom that, he’ll laugh.  Gloom. She looked back toward the set and didn’t see him, but the helicopter was now zipping underneath one of the port cranes, then banking hard toward the bridge. Lucy shook her head, trying not to be impressed. The pilot probably had Top Gun in permanent rotation on his DVD player. Whatever happened to the strong, silent type?  “Aunt Lucy?” Pepper said, her smile gone, her face much too worried for a five-year-old.  “You’ll be a huge help,” Lucy said hastily. “Huge. Now, where is your mama—Ouch!”  Her head snapped back as Gloom yanked on her long black braid from behind. “Connor Nash,” he said, and she dropped Pepper’s hand and grabbed the base of her braid to take the pressure off her skull.  “Yeah.” Lucy tried to pry her braid out of his hand. “I was going to mention that.”  “Really? When?”  “As late in the game as possible. Which appears to be now.”  “What were you thinking?” Gloom glared at her, his gawky form looming beside her.  “Gloom?” Pepper said, and he looked down and let go of Lucy’s braid.  “Peppermint!” He picked her up, swooshing her up to hug her, almost getting beaned by her binoculars as he smacked a kiss on her cheek.  Pepper giggled, happy again, and wrapped her arms around his neck.  “I’m so glad you’re here,” she said, strangling him. “We will have a party.”  “You bet.” Gloom peeled one of her arms away from his windpipe. “Tell you what, go get your mama and tell her we need to make plans. There will have to be a cake—”  “Yes!” Pepper said, and tried to wriggle her way to the ground. Gloom set her down, and she was off like a shot, blond hair flying and binoculars bouncing as she headed for the craft services table set up near Connor’s van, the source of apples and candy and water bottles and, evidently, her mother.  Lucy frowned up at the sky. “We didn’t order a helicopter today, did we?”  Gloom yanked her braid again.  “Ouch. Stop that.”  “Now about that Aussie bastard,” Gloom said.  Down the bridge, Connor looked up at them, distracted by the commotion, and saw Lucy for the first time. His face lit up—God, he’s beautiful, she thought—and then he started up the bridge to her.  “Connor called and offered us an obscene amount of money to finish this thing and I said no,” Lucy said, talking fast so that Gloom wouldn’t say, “Hello, dickhead,” when Connor reached them.  The brunette went after Connor, catching his arm, and he stopped and tried to shake her off.  Gloom’s dark brows met over his nose. “If you said no, why—”  “And then Daisy called and said to please come down because we hadn’t seen her and Pepper in so long, and I said no, I’d send her the money to come visit us. . . .”  The brunette held on, but Connor yanked free, making her stumble back as he came up the bridge, oblivious to the chopper closing in on them. He kept his eyes on Lucy, everything in him focused completely on his objective.  And that’s why I married you, Lucy thought.  “So why are we here?” Gloom said.  “Because Daisy put Pepper on the phone and I told her we weren’t coming and she cried.” Lucy switched her attention back to Gloom. “Pepper’s not a crier, you know that, Gloom, but I understand that you hate Connor, so you go tell Pepper we’re not staying. Take Kleenex. Meanwhile, I’ll explain to Connor why he’ll be directing these last four days himself instead of paying us a small fortune to do what we can do in our sleep.”   “What?” Gloom said and turned to follow her eyes and saw Connor. “Oh, fuck.”  “Be nice,” Lucy said. “He—”  She broke off as the bubble-shaped helicopter suddenly gained altitude and swooped over the closest bridge tower, sharp against the red sun. Connor stopped and looked up at it and then got an odd look on his face, anger or surprise, she couldn’t tell.  Gloom stepped closer to her as the chopper dived to the middle of the bridge and abruptly slowed, coming to a perfect hover just to the east, well out of the way of the cables that lined the roadway. Then it pirouetted smoothly, moved sideways down the bridge, and to the ground. Pepper came running back from craft services to say, “Wow,” as the chopper touched down lightly next to the roadway.  “There’s no helicopter on the shooting schedule,” Gloom said, frowning. “And that one has—is that a machine gun?”  Lucy peered at the ugly-looking contraption bolted to the right skid. “I think so.” She bent to pick up Pepper. “I don’t think it’s on Connor’s schedule either. Look at him.”  Connor’s shoulders were set as he reversed direction and headed for the chopper, walking past the brunette without even acknowledging she was there until she grabbed his arm again. Honey, never interrupt him when he’s on a mission, Lucy thought and looked back at the helicopter.  A man got out, ignoring the blades whooping by just over his head, broad shouldered and slim hipped in Army camouflage, with none of Connor’s electricity or glossy good looks, just tan and solid in the middle of the noise and wind. He walked forward out of rotor range and halted to look back at the chopper, his lantern jaw in profile, completely still in the storm, and Lucy lost her breath.  “Tell me that’s my action star,” she said.  Another man dressed in jeans, a black T-shirt, and flip-flops got out of the copter on the other side, tripping over the skid as he stumbled out from under the blades. Then he stood up and joined the quiet man on the edge of the road, swaggering as he went.  “That’s your star,” Gloom said. “Bryce McKay. Medium-famous comedian. Great at pratfalls. Action? Not so much.”  “Right,” Lucy said, but her eyes went back to the quiet man, so much like Bryce physically, so much his opposite in every other way. Anybody that still had to have his act together. None of that macho garbage that had driven her away from Connor after six months of marriage.  Connor shook off the brunette and moved down the bridge to the helicopter, his focus on the newcomer, his hands out at his sides. Hell, Lucy thought. He’s already gunning for this guy.  The quiet man turned to face him. Connor stiffened, and the other man stared back, not moving.  “Oh, boy,” Gloom said happily.  “Oh, great,” Lucy said. “And they’re both thinking, ‘Mine’s bigger than yours.’ ”  “I love this,” Gloom said. “It’s like High Noon. Maybe somebody will finally outdraw that son of a bitch.”  “Yeah, that would be good except this is real life, not a Western,” Lucy said, exasperated. “Why don’t they just pull them out and show them to each other?”  “Pull out what?” Pepper said.  “Their binoculars.” Lucy put the little girl down. “I have to go see what’s going on, baby. You wait here with Gloom.”  “I want to come,” Pepper said, her smile gone.  “Oh, I do, too.” Gloom picked up Pepper. “I think this is going to be my party.”  “Try to control your joy,” Lucy said and headed down the bridge to contain the disaster, trying not to admire the quiet man for remaining so still in the midst of the chaos.  Copyright © 2006 by Argh Ink and Robert J. Mayer. All rights reserved.  
 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2006

    I miss the old Crusie

    This book was okay. Kind of hard to get into, but the ending was pretty good. I was mainly disappointed by the fact that this was obviously not Crusie's voice. She has such a distinct style, and this fell far short. It was nice she tried something different, but please! go back to writing on your own! Bring back the voice that created the wonderful books that came before Don't look down.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    I was also disappointed in this book. The only character that I found likeable was Pepper the 5 yr. old. I've read worse but still.........

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 13, 2012

    It was harder than I expected to get past those first sixty page

    It was harder than I expected to get past those first sixty pages. And I’d been all set to give DON’T LOOK DOWN three stars, but then something changed for me. Enough that I found myself flipping through the pages, rather amused by the storyline, and engaged with the characters to the point that I wanted to know what happened next. I hadn’t expected this turn of events, and I found myself increasing my rating to a solid 3.5 stars.

    Another aspect that helped me enjoy this read was a behind-the-scenes look at the movie business. I love movies, probably a bit too much, to the point that I consume movies the way writers consume words and electronic pages on a computer screen. Like the rest of the book, the behind-the-scenes look was all in good fun, but even that brief glimpse was enough to peak my curiosity and keep the pages turning in front of me.

    Sure, the movie experience may have been a bit outlandish, and the characters may have been a bit larger than life for me at times, but I found myself thoroughly immersed in the worlds of Lucy Armstrong, J.T. Wilder, and Pepper. Good beach reads are notorious for somewhat zany plotlines and off-the-wall characters, and this book was no different. And for me, that certainly added to my enjoyment. Because the bottom-line was I needed to be in the right frame of mind to finish this story, and once I was, I jumped out of the helicopter and onto the movie set with the ease of an experienced paratrooper.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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  • Posted February 27, 2010

    Hard to Get Into

    This book is really slow moving at first, and really hard to get interested in. Towards the end it was entertaining enough that I wanted to finish it just to find out how they wrapped things up. Like most of the other reviews I've read, I would agree with the point that Pepper is the most likable character. She kept me entertained. I have read other Crusie books that I liked much better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2008

    Crusie needs to write solo

    I love every Crusie book, I read them over and over again. But this book was nothing like her normal books. It was to much adventure and it got confusing. The main guy was unrealistic and hard to like. She needs to go back to writing solo!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2008

    OK

    I think OKay, but not great rates it. I think Jennifer Cruise is really going to have to watch quality before people stop reading her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2007

    Why???

    Why do these two write together? Separately, they are both good 'she is better' but together they are weak, implausible and STUPID. I used to buy a Crusie the day they came out -- now I wait for a used copy. Soon, I wont buy at all. These are really bad books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2007

    Not her Best

    Love, love, love Jennifer Crusie's writing, but this one was incredibly disappointing. The story was such a mess and the characters not interesting. I kept looking at the book cover to make sure that this was actually a Jennifer Crusie book. I don't mind that characters are not infallible, but I really couldn't understand the dynamics between the 2 leads. Sorry if you paid full price for this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2006

    A reviewer

    I love Jennifer Crusie! I have read and re-read all of her previous books and they are wonderful! This book was sooooo awful. The characters were flat and really annoying. There was way too much cursing. There was no chemestry between the main characters. I have not idea how they fell in love when they didn't spend that much time alone getting to know each other. Usually when you read a Jennifer Crusie book you walk away with the feeling that these two people were really meant for each other and will be in love forever. I can totally see this relationship being over in 6 months if they don't kill each other before that. I hated this book! I have been very disappointed by the newest releases of MANY of my favorite authors (Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Johanna Lindsey) and this is just one more let down. I am just about ready to give up on all new novels (especially the ones written by seasoned authors) and just re-reading the great books I currently own. Sorry about the rant, DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME & MONEY WITH Don't Look Down. Go out and buy Bet Me, Fast Women, Welcome to Temptation and everything else written by Crusie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2006

    has potential

    i was disappointed by this book. i absolutely love jennifer crusie and was really looking forward to a new book. but this just went so fast, there was no chemistry between the two main characters, and alot of the characterization was lost in the shuffle. however, i thought this book had great potential and if they keep up a collaboration, i can only hope the books get better. also, it made me want to get a bob mayor book to see what it was like. rent don't buy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2006

    This. Is.The. Worst. Book.Ever.

    It's not just that the writing is inconsistent, it's not just that the characters are un-engaging, it's not just that the story-line is stupid.... I guess it's the total package of garbage that is this book. Don't waste your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2006

    Not what I expected.

    This is not one of Jennifer Crusie's better books. The characters don't seem real and the plot doesn't make a lot of sense. These two authors make be great writing solo, but it doesn't work together. It's like reading two separate books that some one is trying to cram together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2006

    Jennifer, you let your public down!!

    I've read every book by Crusie and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. I was eagerly awaiting this publication. When I saw that it was a collaboration, I was wary. So many authors are doing that today, and the result is the loss of their own voice. And that is totally what happened here. I had a difficult time finding any of Jennifer Crusie in this novel. Confusing plot, too many characters...Don't bother with this one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2006

    So Disappointing!!

    I have loved Jennifer Crusie forever. So I always am thrilled when there is a new book. But when I started reading this book, I was so disappointed. It made no sense, the characters didn't come alive I have no idea what happened. But if I see another book written in collaboration with Bob Mayer, I will not buy it. My advice: Don't waste your time or your money. And Jennifer, please keep writing the books that you did before this bomb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2006

    Boring

    I too am an avid reader of Jennifer Crusie's books and was excited when this new one hit the stands. All I can say positive about the book so far is that I have no trouble falling asleep at night when I read just a few pages. I wouldn't even recommend buying the paperback until it goes on the half price shelf! It's obvious the beginning isn't Crusie's voice. I had to keep re-reading the pages to catch the direction and rhythm. Very disappointing and honestly quite boring. It's unfortunate that our favorite writers feel they can widen their audiences by collaborating. Frankly, it doesn't add a thing and results in loosing a loyal reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2006

    Color me disappointed

    I am such a HUUUUUGE fan of Jennifer Crusie that I can't believe this wasted effort on her part. What part of this travesty was hers? If I had bought this book before any of her others, I would never have picked up another. That hurts me because I so enjoyed all of her characters in all of her other books. She has such empathy and warmth for her 'people' and such believability in all of her stories. How could she have submitted this for publication and have her name put on this?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2006

    not quite a Crusie

    Not only were there too many characters, they all felt forced. Sort of like cardboard cut-outs of the real thing. Pepper was cute, but did she really need to be in this story? Also the sex scenes were not up to the normal Crusie standard--especially the one which used rope. I found that cliche' for the hero. I never felt the sizzle I usually do with a Crusie book. Wait for the paperback or go to the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2006

    Who Are You and What Happened to Jennifer Crusie?

    I purchased this book with GREAT expectations. I absolutely LOVE Crusie's work and have found each of her books better than the last. Until now. Don't Look Down is so atypical I had a rough time believing Crusie wrote it. The only reflection of her previous work I noted was the amusing struggle of 'self' exposed through the silent musings vs. the outward dialogue of both Wilder and Armstrong. Beyond that, the dialogue (especially that of Bryce) was completely stilted and demanded more of a suspension of disbelief than I was willing to offer. I never quite got to the point where I cared about Pepper or Daisy--or, frankly, Lucy! The time period encompassed by the novel was, for me, far too brief to have resulted in the 'soul mate' relationship that supposedly blossomed. Sorry Jennifer...this was NOT your shining moment, but I haven't given up on you....yet!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2006

    a worthy collaboration -- new genre: manly chick-lit

    After having a disappointing reading experience recently, I decided to pick up Jenny's latest. I can count on her to dish steamy love scenes, witty dialogue, male love-interests I'd like to ... well you get the idea. A collaboration with an exceedingly manly former Green Beret who writes action/trillers -- all the better!! It did not disappoint -- entirely. Figuring out which voice (Jenny or Bob) was 'speaking' was a little trying at first but once in groove was fine. A couple of satisfying love scenes and action/triller plot were chick-lit worthy. Not her best, as some characters and themes seemed re-hashed and some of the wit and sharpness was a bit dulled. Jenny's female characters are always vibrant and large, while male characters tend to be more flat, monochromatic and generally unrealistic. I had hoped a male voice would bring more to the male characters in the novel. The manly male characters did end up in camouflage (figuratively and literally) but the 'emotional stuff' still didn't quite resonate. I do intend to pick up at least one of Bob's books, so it did succeed in piquing my interest in the 'other writer' and overall was an enjoyable read. Read it if you like Jennifer Cruise, need a sassy diversion, and/or enjoy manly men in uniforms doing manly things.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2006

    What a let down...

    I too have read every Jennifer Crusie book and have enjoyed them as a quick read. This book was annoying. The beginning had so many characters I had to reread to figure out who everyone was and get a feel for where they were going. I found it difficult to enjoy JT's character. This book was so unenjoyable that I would not even pass it on to my friends as I usually do.

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