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Jennifer Crusie Bundle: Getting Rid of Bradley\Strange Bedpersons\What The Lady Wants\Charlie All Night [NOOK Book]

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"Wonderful, fresh, funny, tender, outrageous..." says Booklist of Jennifer Crusie, whose wry, witty romantic comedies have made her a New York Times bestseller. This bundle includes four ferociously funny, sexy romances, Getting Rid of Bradley, Strange Bedpersons, What the Lady Wants and Charlie All Night.


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Overview


"Wonderful, fresh, funny, tender, outrageous..." says Booklist of Jennifer Crusie, whose wry, witty romantic comedies have made her a New York Times bestseller. This bundle includes four ferociously funny, sexy romances, Getting Rid of Bradley, Strange Bedpersons, What the Lady Wants and Charlie All Night.


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426804953
  • Publisher: MIRA
  • Publication date: 8/1/2007
  • Sold by: HARLEQUIN
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 103,571
  • File size: 628 KB

Meet the Author

Jennifer  Crusie

Jennifer Crusie has written more than fifteen novels and has appeared on many bestseller lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, USA TODAY and the New York Times.


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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  • Posted April 26, 2010

    What books are included in this bundle?

    How can an eBook customer know what they're paying for if it isn't written on the website?

    16 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Not the best Crusie books, but still fun

    Books included:
    Getting Rid of Bradley (one of my least favorite Crusie book)
    Strange Bedpersons (cute!)
    What the Lady Wants (haven't read this one yet)
    Charlie All Night (enjoyable read)

    - Plot summaries -
    Charlie All Night:
    Dumped by her boyfriend and demoted from WBBB's prime-time spot, radio producer Allie McGuffey has nowhere to go but up. She plans to make her comeback by turning temporary DJ Charlie Tenniel into a household name. And if he's willing to help cure her breakup blues with a rebound fling, that's an added bonus.

    Charlie just wants to kick back, play good tunes and eat Chinese food. He's not interested in becoming famous. But he is interested in Allie. And after all, what harm is a little chemistry between friends?

    But suddenly their one-night stand has become a four-week addiction. Night after night on the airwaves, his voice seduces her.and all the other women in town. He's a hit. It looks as if Charlie's solved all Allie's problems...except one. What is she going to do when he leaves?

    What the Lady Wants:
    Mitch Peabody was learning pretty fast that the life of a private detective was not all it was cracked up to be. Cheating husbands, suspicious wives, unsuspecting mistresss -- case after case left him cynical and disillusioned. This was nothing like the world of tough-talking detectives and smart-mouthed, stunning dames he'd envisioned . . . until she walked through the door.

    Right down to her stilettos, Mae Sullivan was a knockout with a lethal body -- and a lethal family to go with it. There was something not quite on the up-and-up about her, but she came with a case he couldn't afford to refuse . . . and left him with a case of lust like he hadn't had since high school. It didn't take long for him to fall for her, hook, line and sinker. But was Mae only interested in catching the double-crossing crooks who murdered her uncle . . . or did the lady want to catch him?

    Strange Bedpersons:
    Tess Newhart knows her ex-boyfriend Nick Jamieson isn't the right guy for her. He's caviar and champagne; she's take-out Chinese pot stickers. He's an uptight Republican lawyer; she was raised in a commune and thinks Cinderella is politically incorrect. He wants to get ahead in business; she just wants.him-only not the social-climbing Nick, but the sweet, caring, unbuttoned-down Nick.

    And Nick wants her, too, but there's no way Tess is about to play second fiddle to his obsession to make partner.

    Yet somehow she finds herself agreeing to play his fiancée for a weekend business trip that could make or break Nick's career. And while he's wrapped up in convincing Tess that he needs her in his respectable world, Tess is doing her best to keep her left-wing opinions to herself and her hands off Nick.

    Getting Rid of Bradley:
    Lucy Savage is finally getting rid of Bradley-and his hideous green recliner. Bradley is out of her life for good. Or so she thinks. Turns out Officer Zack Warren wants to arrest the very same Bradley for embezzlement and figures the lovely Lucy can lead him straight to his target.

    Good thing there's a cop around. Because someone shoots at Lucy and then blows up her car. Zack insists she needs twenty-four-hour protection. What does he think her three dogs and attack cat are for? Still, he insists on moving right in to Lucy's house.

    Now there's danger lurking outside and in her own kitchen, bathroom-and bedroom. Or maybe Zack is just what Lucy needs...

    10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    great buy

    Bet me is still my favorite. All these were good, but Getting Rid of Bradley was my least favorite. Hard to get into. Usually she has me hooked in the first couple pages.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

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    Getting Rid of Bradley

    I couldn't wait to read a Jennifer Crusie book. I've always heard how great she is - and after buying the bundle from B&N for my Nook, this was the first book I read.

    Lucy, the main character, is ready to change her life and become someone different after a divorce. She wants to be a more spur of the moment girl. She meets Zack, a cutting edge cop/detective, whom by chance is also investigating Lucy's ex-husband, or so it seems.

    The storyline is cute, but I found the conversations between the two main characters tiresome and sometimes boring. They bicker back and forth, and eventually work things out, but this isn't a book that will go on my all time favorites list. I was slightly disappointed, as this was my first Jennifer Crusie read. I'm hoping the next one is better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Enjoyed the bundle vert much. Had read some of the bookds before and laughed just as much this time. I now have a place to go when feeling down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    The book equivalent of a "chick flick"

    As always, Crusie delivers a funny, quirky story with snappy dialogue and I am left wondering whom would I cast in these roles if it were a chick flick.........

    The amazing thing is I read these books in paperback and enjoyed them all over again on my nook! Her books should be shared with good friends and sisters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2011

    Good read

    I really enjoyed this bundle. Books are pretty short, only about 150 pages but all fun and silly.

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  • Posted April 27, 2011

    Great Bundle

    I bought two of her books for my nook and loved them, then I saw this bundle and what a great buy. I couldn't put my nook down. I read four of her books in just a week. Love her writing, would highly recommend this bundle.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    Great set of books for the price-fast & light reads!

    So after reading quite a few of her books, I find them quite entertaining. They are quick, light, and sexy. I wouldn't say that they are that romantic because the main characters just fall in love too quickly; her stories remind me more of lust, if you consider the time frame of the plots. Neverless, I enjoyed her different writing style, not your typical romance. Some of her stories are unbelievable, but again, they're fun reads, just keeping in mind that they're fiction. The first book of the bundle, Getting Rid of Bradley, I thought was quite entertaining. The main characters are a little different/offbeat from her other characters, and I found them quite humorous. The plot was set up to be I thought a complex mystery, but when it unraveled, it was a little disappointing and anti-climatic. I enjoyed it more for the characters than the plot. Strange bedpersons was really witty, funny, and a lot of fun to read. It's probably one of my favorite shorter books that she's written. The dialogue of the main characters made this book stand out to me. What a Lady Wants was a quick light read. I thought it was okay, it wasn't bad but nothing really stood out to me. Sometimes I felt like the supporting characters were more interesting. Charlie All Night was along the same lines. I felt like the roomate was more interesting, the romance time frame a little unbelievable, and nothing really stood out. I liked the banter the leading male dished out, but the leading female kind of fell flat for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2010

    Thanks for listing the content, Friendly Face

    I loved Getting Rid of Bradley...think it's one of her best. The latest ones she's done have been very disappointing to me. Her early ones, however, I love and this bundle is great.

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