Bet Me

Bet Me

by Jennifer Crusie
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Bet Me 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 706 reviews.
Lisa_RR_H More than 1 year ago
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!
poosie More than 1 year ago
Cal and Min meet in the worst possible way - through a bet. But as they get to know each other as friends, the two fall in love, but refuse to admit it to each other. Not a suspense thriller, but I couldn't put it down. Between bets gone bad and overcoming poor self image problems Cal and Min battle parents and friends to discover that life doesn't have to be perfect to find the Fairy Tale!
Pamela_G_S More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the most hilarious books I’ve read in a while! Great dialog, great romances, great relationships. An easy, fun read to enjoy and not have to study or interpret its meaning. Loved the slow development of Min and Cal’s relationship, perfect for a romantic comedy! Kick back and enjoy! Take it with you on vacation! Enjoy!!
STORE NOOKUSER More than 1 year ago
They need to make a movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Minerva 'Min' Dobbs has only three weeks before her sister's (Di) wedding, when her boyfriend (David) dumps her in a bar because she refuses to go to bed with him. David thinks Min will come crawling back to him and into his bed. On the contrary, only minutes later, Min's friends (Liza & Bonnie) convince her to go talk to the handsome man across the room (Cal). But as Min gets near, she overhears David make a bet with Cal. David bets that Cal cannot get Min into his bed within a month. ......................... Calvin 'Cal' Morrisey is David's old nemesis. Cal is everything David is not. Cal also has a long history of dating gorgeous women only a few months before leaving them. Cal never means to hurt any of the ladies, but once they fall in love with him, he leaves. .................... Min decides to make 'The Beast' (Cal) sweat his ego and get him as a date to Di's wedding. What follows is a hilarious tale! And Min learns that 'the fairy tale thing' is definitely NOT for kids. ...................... ***** This story is solid gold! As much as I enjoyed this author's previous books, this one is the best yet! There is no doubt in my mind that it will hit the best sellers list AND win awards. Yes, it IS that good! Jennifer Crusie, you deserve a standing ovation for this little gem. Highly recommended! *****
Guest More than 1 year ago
In her early thirties in Southern Ohio, Minerva Dobbs still dreams of forever love stories, but currently is down on men though she still hopes to find that one male who is a good person and nice, especially to her. Her thoughts as she linger in the upscale Yuppie bar is that her latest loser David deserves a swizzle stick shoved by her into his heart though he probably wouldn¿t miss a beat.................................. Hollywood handsome Cal Morrissey has a $10,000 bet with his pals that he will bed Min within a month. Min knows about the wager and decides to play along with Cal so that he can escort her to her sister¿s wedding and then dump him with her sheets remaining dry. As Cal and Min compete for the upper hand and their friends interfere either by separating or pushing them together, they fall in love. However, will Min trust this slick stud with her heart especially when she agrees with Gloria Steinham that ¿Women¿s total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage¿................................. The Steinham line is a great opening to a humorous off beat relationship tale as it distinctly shows the gender differences that help turn this tale into an audaciously delightful screwball comedy. Min is a delightful cynic while Cal is a charming schemer. The support cast including Krispy Crème is an eccentric bunch, but the novel belongs to the lead couple war to implement their respective plan that makes for a fine time for readers who appreciate a wacky romance................................... Harriet Klausner
Lizzy_Rousseau More than 1 year ago
Like all of Jennifer Crusie's books, this story was such fun to read and impossible to put down! Min is a great addition to the long list of Ms. Crusie's strong, quirky female characters.
risuena More than 1 year ago
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.
booklovinmama More than 1 year ago
Love this book, couldn't put it down and suddenly it was 3am! It was that good. Min is a woman that almost any woman can sympathize with. Some parts had me laughing so loud my husband thought I was going crazy. Definitely recommend this book, I'm going to read more of her her stuff next. :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie is a fairy tale come to life. Minerva Dobbs gets dumped and overhears a bet that sexy Calvin Morrisey makes about her going to dinner with him. The dinner doesn¿t go very well but they keep getting thrown together. Bet me is a delightful read form beginning to end. Love is never easy but Min and Call show us it¿s worth it. Bet me is a keeper and a favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jennifer Crusie gives her readers a humorous, fun, smart love story. It's truely enjoyable and you won't be able to put it down. It's almost sad to be finished the book. This novel is a lot of fun. It's perfect for those looking to escape for a while with a lighted-hearted story of love, romance and all the fun you can have getting to that point!! One of my favorites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't been so upset about finishing a book as much as I am for this one. You will laugh, you will probably cry and you won't want to put it down. Cal and Min are perfect together!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cruise is ABD in women's studies and has an MFA in creative writing, and it shows -- yet she doesn't forget what a real romance is with Bet Me. This book is especially poignant if you've ever (constantly?) felt like a fat girl in a thin world. Be prepared to laugh, and maybe even cry. Sharply crafted yet whimsical -- how does she do it?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Jennifer Crusie's books but this was a total waste of my time. Like the other reviewer Cookie said, I was tired of hearing about Krispy Kreme donuts, chicken marsala, etc. This was written like an amateur writer not like an experienced one like J. Crusie. I just hope her next one will be more enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is my absolute favorite out of all Crusie`s books (and I've read them all). The main characters are a joy to read; even the side characters had me cracking up! I can read this one over and over again. Read it...I promise you won't be disappointed.
Morgan_S_M More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I read this, it was just what I needed! Fun fluff with substance. I was surprised at how much of the story revolved around not only Min and Cal but their respective friends too, and them evolving into a group. I really liked that. It was a very cute, fast read and made me smile.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Formulaic and not very original. I think the writing style is good and may consider another book by Cruise if it is on sale. However, the whole fairy tale part of this was over done and it was just overall too trite.
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Tangen More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much that I've reread it almost every time I'd had to replace it. It seemed to leap off my bookshelves into the purses of friends. So this time I got it in audio, and found it to be even better! The six friends and their exes are all single thirty somethings, there are also a couple of siblings, some parents, and a nephew. There is drama with lots more situational and verbal humor. I'll leave the summarizing to the publisher's blurb and skip the spoilers. Just know that this is a really fun pick me up book!
JudyBookLover More than 1 year ago
Bet Me is my favorite Jennifer Crusie Book! It's the best one she has written IMHO. Minnie is a really good heroine. She deserves the love she finds - so good love story - plus the book is really smart about relationships and how they work: romance, friendship, family, all of it! I even learned some things about romantic chemistry that I did not know before! I like also how the "perfect man" romantic partner has a flaw - he is dyslexic - so it has troubled his confidence - and Minnie is the one who understands how hard this has been for him. So yes there is a lot of real romance between the two of them. Jennifer Crusie's books are always funny too and this one definitely does not disappoint in than area!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
such a well written story.
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