Getting Rid of Bradley

Getting Rid of Bradley

by Jennifer Crusie

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Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie

Lucy Savage is not having a good week. Her cheating husband, Bradley, lobbed the final insult when he stood her up in divorce court. A dye job gone wrong has left her hair green. And someone is trying to kill her. To top it off, sexy cop Zack Warren is certain that the very same man Lucy is trying to wash right out of her hair is the same Bradley he wants to arrest for embezzlement.

When someone shoots at her and then her car blows up, Zack decides she needs twenty-four-hour police protection. Next thing Lucy knows, Zack has moved in to her big Victorian house, making them both sleepless…and not just from things that go bump in the night!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781460305102
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 10/15/2012
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 46,272
File size: 423 KB

About the Author

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.



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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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"I've never known anyone who was stood up for her own divorce before," Tina Savage told her sister. "What's it feel like?"

"Not good." Lucy Savage Porter tried to smooth her flowered skirt with a damp hand. "Can we go? I'm not enjoying this." She gave up on the skirt and clutched her lumpy tapestry bag to her as she glanced around the marble hallway of the Riverbend courthouse. "Bradley signed the divorce papers. We don't even need to be here."

Tina shook her head. "Psychologically, we need to be here. You had a ceremony when you got married, you need one when you get divorced. I want you to feel divorced. I want you to feel free. Now sit over there on that bench while I find Benton to tell me why this is taking so long."

I'd feel a lot freer if you'd stop ordering me around, Lucy started to say, and then blinked instead. She'd been having rebellious moments like that a lot lately, but they were hard to hold on to, especially since the only time she'd actually followed through on one, it had been a disaster. Right now she was sitting under a brassy head of curls because she'd decided to go blonde as a symbol of her freedom. Some symbol. She looked like Golden Barbie with crow's-feet.

Maybe the problem was that she wasn't an independent kind of person. Other than the hair fiasco, every time she'd decided to be more independent, logic stopped her cold. After all, Tina was right. She did need the closure of hearing the divorce decree. And the bench was the best place to sit. It would be illogical to disagree just for the sake of disagreeing.

No matter how good it would have felt.

She went over and sat down on the bench.

Tina was gone already, trying to find her hapless attorney in the flood of suits that washed around her. Poor Benton. He'd gone beyond the call of lawyerhood in ramming Lucy's divorce through the courts in two weeks, but that wasn't enough for Tina. Tina wouldn't be satisfied until Benton brought her Bradley's head on a platter. Lucy had a momentary image of Tina, dark and svelte and dressed in her white linen suit, standing in front of a flustered Benton who was offering her Bradley's handsome head on a turkey plate.

She liked it. Tina always did have the best ideas.

Tina suddenly appeared before her, parting the suits before her like the Red Sea. "There's some kind of delay. It'll be another hour, but then we'll go have lunch."

Another hour. "All right. At Harvey's Diner?"

Tina shrugged. "Whatever you want."

"Thank you." Lucy dug her physics textbook out of her bag.

"What are you doing?"

"I have to teach Planck's constant tomorrow." Lucy paged through the book. "It's a tough one to get across. I'm reviewing."

"You know, the next thing I'm getting you is a new job," Tina said, and disappeared back into the suits.

A new job?

"I like my job," Lucy said, but Tina was already gone.

Okay, that's the last straw." Lucy closed her book with a thump. Nobody's ordering me around anymore. From now on, I'm going to be independent even if it is illogical. I'm going to be a whole new me.

That's it.

I'm changing.

"Okay, that's it. I'm quitting," Zack Warren said to his partner. His shaggy dark hair fell across his forehead, almost into his eyes, but he was too mad to brush it back.

"Don't tell me, tell Jerry." Tall, cool, and controlled, Anthony Taylor nodded toward the man who had just pulled a gun on them.

Zack turned back to the gun, wavering now in the hands of the balding, middle-aged embezzler who stood quivering in his bad suit behind his empty desk. Jerry watched them warily, as warily as a cautious man might regard two big guys he was holding a gun on.

"I'm quitting, Jerry," Zack said. "You can let me go because I'm not going to be a cop anymore. You can have the badge."

He started to reach into his worn black leather jacket, and Jerry squeaked, "No!"

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Getting Rid of Bradley 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 164 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Apparently an early novel(1994) of Cruise's. Humorous...even laugh out loud silly at times. The main character is dingy but lovable as are her pet dogs. I thoroughly enjoyed reading all 150+ pages of this book.
Island_Reader_Tina More than 1 year ago
Hero: 3/10 Heroine: 7/10 Romance: 5/10 Humor: 10/10 Pace: 9/10 Suspense: 3/10 I fell in love with this book instantly. From the characters to the writing to the laugh-out-loud hilarity. The whole time reading the story, I gushed over everything. The dialog, the pace, the snappy and fun banter between all the characters. I was all happy sighs and ear-to-ear smiles. Until the end. When the "hero" punched the neighbors cat so hard thereby "…provoking a scream from her that could have peeled paint." Page 256 of the paperback version. I'm very disappointed. The author couldn't have him accidentally step on her tail or something?? I've done that before… they can be quite vocal in those circumstances as well. But to PUNCH a cat?! Not cool at all. So, a 5+ star "favorite" read is now 3 stars and headed for the dump. What a pity…
Anonymous 12 months ago
A quick read that was a lot of fun!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, fun read! Had me laughing!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun read.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
humor, romance, suspense, mystery, relationships, dogs, law-enforcement Another Crusie book guaranteed to have you snorting your caffeine! It's got a vintage house full of dogs named after physicists, more situational humor than a Mel Brooks movie, an embezzler,the bomb squad, and more. I first read it years ago and several times since, it never seems to lose its appeal!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lots of humor. Good characters. Many jokes and funny situations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Loved the characters. Pretty funny and kept me interested.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book a funny and cutes story, where a women can never have to many dogs. Or toss a recliner down some stairs and assault an cop and you love her the entire time.
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feather_lashes More than 1 year ago
Getting Rid Of Bradley is a standalone novel from author Jennifer Crusie. I've read some great chick-lit books that have successfully lifted my mood and made me laugh out loud in public. That's why chick-lit (with plenty of romance and humor) is a favorite genre of mine. It's not remotely realistic so the reader still gets that "escape into a book" experience but the humor just does wonders for the soul. Getting Rid Of Bradley won't likely ever make my list of top ten chick-lits but it did the job well enough. I liked the mystery and suspense element added to this story. It gave this title that little nudge that made it unique and a fresh reading experience. I absolutely loved the first Jennifer Crusie book I read: Bet Me and I will continue reading Ms. Crusie's books to see if she has any more stories that can be added to my top ten!
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jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Getting Rid of Bradley by Jennifer Crusie She's just gotten divorced and feels free again. Until she gets mugged in the alley. Bad things lead to her ex-husband, Bradley but she holds the secret. Somebody blows up her house, many times, her car, and the protection comes to pay a visit and stay. She has feeling for the cop and he as well. Lucy can't wait til they find out the person, there are a ton of bank bonds out there still and a strange double identity. Comical and serious at the same time.
AJBA More than 1 year ago
She writes easy reading books, funny. Have read alot of her books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent summery read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After falling in LOVE with Bet Me, this was a giant disappointment. I thought I had found a new favorite author. I made all of my friends read Bet Me and they as well loved the book. We all also felt the same about Getting Rid of Bradley. I wanted to shake Lucy and whack Zack in the back of the head. However, after one reads it numerous times out of sheer boredomm it becomes tolerable. My advice? Don't spend your money on it but free is free. It is also more entertaining then reading a bus time table or counting tiles on the floor
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Loved it!!