Don't Look Down

Don't Look Down

by Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
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Don't Look Down by Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Crusie teams up with USA Today bestselling author Bob Mayer to write a sizzling, high-octane romantic adventure about a straight-talking woman and a straight-shooting man…

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 make-up artist is suicidal, the stars are egomaniacs, the stunt director is her ex-husband, and the lead actor has just acquired as an advisor a Green Beret who has the aggravating habit of always being right.

Green Beret Captain JT 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, non-stop action and fast-paced dialogue, Don't Look Down is the perfect blend of male and female, adventure and romance, Mayer and Crusie.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429903356
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/01/2007
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 89,389
File size: 326 KB

About the Author

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 USA Today bestselling author of thirty-two novels under his own name and the pen names Robert Doherty and Greg Donegan. He has over two million books in print.

Jennifer Crusie was researching her dissertation on the differences in the way men and women tell stories when she got sidetracked into writing romance novels.

Her first book was published in 1993 (which pretty much finished off any hope of her getting that PhD) and her twenty-second book, Maybe This Time, came out in August of 2010, all of which she considers a minor miracle, especially since she is also a New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author and a two-time Rita award winner.



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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 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.........
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
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
CEGB More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a very big fan of Jennifer Crusie, however this book was sooo disappointing. I don't feel like she wrote any of this book. foul language throughout, the bland limp characters, the story did not make any sense. Ugh I have never ever read any of her books & not wanted to reread it a hundred times over. This one left me totally annoyed. Jennifer Crusie stands on her own, she doesn't need to ever collaborate with this Bob Mayer ever again.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Difficult to keep reading, waiting and waiting for character development, plot and some romance. Seems to be a he-wrote-it, she-tried-to-fix-it novel. I liked the swamp ghost better than either of the main characters!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my least favorite of Jennifer Crusie's books. The plot is beyond implausible, as are the characters.Everything seems forced.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh, did I want to love this book! Bought it Day One, planned to make my husband read it. But the writing needs more polish, the character count needs cutting, the plot needs tightening. Yes, there are some fun scenes, some snappy dialogue, some goofy characters--could be an entertaining movie. But I think I'll make hubby read 'Welcome to Temptation' instead...and hope that Crusie/Mayer Book 2 is a smoother read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun romance with enough adventure to keep it interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago