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Retro Review: Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Posted March 1, 2017 by Casee in Reviews | 9 Comments

Retro Review: Bet Me by Jennifer CrusieReviewer: Casee
Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Publication Date: August 31st 2004
Pages: 391
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Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Even if he is gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey. Cal knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. Even if she does wear great shoes and keeps him on his toes. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again.
But Fate has other plans, and it's not long before Min and Cal meet again. Soon, they're dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kreme donuts, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a freakishly intelligent cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of. Including the biggest gamble of all—true love.

******As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we’ll be re-posting old reviews that make us cringe, laugh or sigh all over again.

This review was originally posted on June 2, 2008.

This wasn’t my first Crusie book. Years ago I read Charlie Something-or-Other. I didn’t really care for it. In fact, I had no idea why everyone was so crazy about this author. Yes, the book I read was an early Crusie novel. That’s why I wasn’t in any hurry to give her another try. Look at Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught…all authors whose earlier works are more loved than their more recent books. That’s my excuse for waiting so long to read Bet Me. I guess I have to thank Holly b/c I would have most likely not tried to read it again if she wouldn’t have coerced pressured bullied suggested it in such a wonderful way. (Holly: Am I good like that, or what? It’s ok, you don’t have to bow down to my greatness..we know. We know. LOL)

That being said, I’m so glad that she persevered b/c I loved this book.

Min Dobbs decides to teach Cal Morrisey a lesson when she overhears him making a bet that he can get her into bed. Deciding that she will string him along for three weeks until her sister’s wedding, Min accepts his invitation for dinner. It only takes one dinner for Min to admit that she doesn’t have it in her to string someone like Cal along. At the end of the night, they part ways, both satisfied that they will never see the other again.

Fate definitely had a way of laughing in their faces. Again and again Min and Cal ran into each other. Yet each time they parted, that was it. They were never going to see each other again.

There is really no easy way to review this book other than to say if you haven’t read it, you’re missing out. Crusie has some of the best dialogue that I’ve ever read. The relationship between Min and Cal was far from an easy one. Though they both had admitted to themselves that the other is “the one”, they both had hangups that wouldn’t let them admit it out loud. Add in Min’s jealous ex-boyfriend and Cal’s rational ex-girlfriend and you have a book that you can’t put down.

I loved everything about this book from how it began, to the continuing conflict, to both Min and Cal’s parents, to the ending. Everything about it just hooked me from page 1.

5 out of 5.


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The Challenge Has Been Issued….*Bet Me*

Posted March 23, 2011 by Holly in Miscellaneous | 14 Comments

Bet MeAs most of you know, I adore Jennifer Crusie’s novel, Bet Me. Although I’ve enjoyed many of her other novels, Bet Me is the best of the best. It would put it in the top 5 of my all time favorite contemporary romances. It’s amazing.

Over the weekend I met up with Lori, Tracy and Nikki for lunch and book shopping. We had an awesome time talking books, life and gossiping about all of you making plans for RT (we’ll be there!). Before I go on, I want to thank the girls for allowing me to invite myself to their lunch (the bitches wouldn’t invite me on their own..I had to invite myself). Love you girls.

Anyway, we went to Borders in Santa Clarita, which, sadly, is closing. They still had a really great selection of older (nothing released in the last month) romances @ 50% off. I ended up buying 4 books for $16, and one of them was The Iron Duke in trade (I misplaced my copy). It was a good day.

As we were wandering around the store, we came across a copy of Bet Me. Lori, bless her heart, confessed that she didn’t care for Crusie and refused to read Bet Me. Refused. Y’all, she wouldn’t even try it! Can you imagine?

Naturally Nikki, Tracy and I encouraged her to stop being so pigheaded and give it a try. She said she would, if she happened to get it for free, and Nikki said “DONE! I’ll send you my copy.”. Lori said, fine, if Nikki sent her the book she’d read it. And if she enjoyed it she’d write a review letting the world know Holly Was Right.

Which got me to thinking about when Casee had to admit to the world that I was right. A few years ago, Casee too was being pigheaded refused to read Bet Me. She said Cruise wasn’t for her and that was that. But then we shamed gently persuaded her to try it and guess what? She loved it. She gave it a 5 out of 5.

Course the downside is that if Lori hates the book I’ll never hear the end of it. But really, I think my track record speaks for itself. Lori will love it. It has Krispy Kremes, Brats and Elvis. What’s not to love?

What do you think? Will Lori love Bet Me? Let’s convince her to read it quickly so we can prove that I am right, not that there’s any doubt find out for sure.

Casee, do you care to weigh in?

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My HP Cherry Has Been Popped!

Posted May 31, 2010 by Rowena in Discussions, Features | 5 Comments

Times are a changin’ for me because there used to be a time when Holly would pimp these books on me and then I’d look them up online, see the covers and say, “Sure, sure, sounds good Holly” but she would know, just as I would know, that I wasn’t going to touch the book, let alone buy the book because the covers are… how should I say this….not cute.

Holly has slaved over trying to get me to read a Harlequin, not for weeks, not for months…but for years and it was just a habit of mine to breeze right over her gushing about this book and that book and this author and that author. I just wasn’t interested, I could not buy a book that I did not like the cover on. All of my favorite authors have been blessed with great looking covers so I didn’t blink about buying and reading their books. My whole theory was there are so many good books out there with pretty covers that I didn’t have to use my money for ugly books.

I know, snob, right?

I shudder at how snobbish I was.

But, I stand (or actually I sit) before you right now a changed woman.

I, Rowena of Book Binge, have finally read my first Harlequin Presents book and I liked it a lot.

And that’s not all, I have a whole grip of HP’s that I will be reading…and because I know she’s not going to shut up until I do, I have to give credit where credit is due. I’d like to publicly thank Holly for never giving up on me. I’d like to thank her for showing me that you really can’t judge a book by it’s cover because there are treasures hidden behind some of the covers I’ve turned away and I know better now.

I won’t be making the snobbish mistake I made before. I know what I’m missing out on now and I won’t ever turn away these little gems, the HP’s that I’ve read have been pretty great so far so …I’m excited for more.

Let me ask you. Are you a cover snob? Do you need me to sic Holly on you to make you change your ways? haha…what was your first HP and what HP book made you love this line of books?

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