Book Reviews of Bet Me

Bet Me
Bet Me
Author: Jennifer Crusie
ISBN-13: 9780312303464
ISBN-10: 0312303467
Publication Date: 2/10/2004
Pages: 384
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 301 ratings
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 14
Okay -- wow, this was good! I have never read Crusie before, so I was expecting just another semi-generic chick lit novel. I've never been so glad to be disappointed!

I think this is the most perfect chick lit book I have ever read. It was hilarious, for one -- the one-liners just kept coming the whole novel through. And they were *good* one-liners, funny, smart, sexy, and witty. The characters were fabulous -- well-drawn, quirky, likeable (the good guys), deliciously unlikeable (the bad guys), intelligent, and fully fleshed-out. These were people I wanted to get to know and hang out with, the kind of people I could see myself being friends with. And the plot was utterly absorbing. Once I started, I couldn't put the book down. Literally. I stayed up until 9:00 in the morning finishing this thing; by the end, I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open, but I kept on reading instead of doing the sensible thing and, y'know, sleeping, because I just *had* to know what happened next. It's been a while since I've been that caught up in a book. I'm going to have to check out Jennifer Crusie's other novels, because that was really a lot of fun!

Oh! I forgot to mention the best part! The overweight heroine doesn't lose weight to win the heart of the hero! Not only is she as fat for the happily-ever-after ending as she was for the beginning, but the hero kept feeding her all the way through the novel because he liked the look on her face when she ate something yummy. I was starving when I finished "Bet Me" -- people kept eating pasta, chicken marsala, and Krispy Kreme donuts! I've been waiting a long time for a book that said you don't have to be thin to be happy, and actually *meant* it. Thanks, Ms. Crusie!
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Helpful Score: 11
I CAN TRULY SAY THAT I LAUGHED MY WAY THROUGH THIS BOOK- I LOVE HIM BUT I DON'T LIke HIM! I READ IT AT A MEDICAL MANAGERS MEETING WITH BLUE CROSS AND UNITED HEALTHCARE. I SAT ON THE BACK ROW AND I HAD TEARS TRYING TO NOT LAUGH OUT LOUD! :}
IT IS TRULY THE BEST ONE OF HERS I HAVE READ.
P.S. I WILL NEVER EAT A KRISPY KREME DONUT AGAIN WITHOUT REMEMBERING THIS BO0K!
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Helpful Score: 10
I thought this was a wonderful book to read after a bad week - a good pick me up with a guaranteed HEA. The "Bet Me" cover looks a little like a chick-lit but this is a romance. The pair involved are not the typical hero and heroine - Min is not a size 4 and is constantly berated for this by her mother, and Cal looks like the perfect man but is human (with a learning disability and a very cold family). Min takes an instant dislike to Cal when she overhears what sounds like Cal betting her ex-boyfriend that he can bed Min within a month. Min decides to punish Cal by letting him take her to dinner and giving him a miserable time. After the bad date they both think that's it and wish each other a happy life, but circumstances keep bringing them together. They are really perfect for each other, they just don't seem to realize it. The ensemble cast and amusing banter adds to the fun.
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Helpful Score: 8
Ha! Delightful!! This is a really fun novel - fun in all senses of the word. Character and plot development is strong; dialog is witty - and there is a happy ending. A super-fun book enjoyed by me, my mother & my daughter - making it a true "multi-generational" book.
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Helpful Score: 8
This was a great book! I loved the humor and the unusual obstacles these two had to overcome--also includes an interesting cast of friends and their attempts to find love. Leading lady is a not-so-slim gal with poor self-esteem and main man is purrrfect.
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Helpful Score: 7
I love Minerva Dobbs! She's tough, smart, funny, curvy, sassy and has a fabulous shoe collection (which just speaks to my heart). Upon hearing that she's become part of a guy bet, she decides to take the guys for their money. Meanwhile Calvin Morrisey can't get over Minerva's shoes, her delicious kisses, her womanly figure and her witty comebacks. To top it off, his nephew loves her too... now who can resist that. With their friends in the fracas, it's just page after page of hilarious antics and ridiculous rationalizations. A definite winner.
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Helpful Score: 6
I thought this was great. I loved the fact that the heroine is not a size 4. I liked the witty dialogue and the less than perfect Mothers. I would like Min for a girlfriend.
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Helpful Score: 5
WOW! what an excellent book. one of my top 5. i just finished it and i want to read it again. love that the characters act like real people have real fights and real make ups. just perfect!
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Helpful Score: 5
This book is so good! I laughed all the way through it. The main character is so much against men in general and then Bam(!), one comes along that she can't figure. Could hardly put it down!
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Helpful Score: 5
This was my first J Crusie, but not my last! I really enjoyed this book. It's a romance, but not too lovey, filled with lots of jokes, snarks, and fun characters
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Helpful Score: 4
This book was really cute. I read it in one day, because I couldn't wait to see what would happen next!
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Helpful Score: 4
I've read this book so many times it isn't funny, but I just love it! It's very funny and super smart, a great vacation read.
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Helpful Score: 3
probably my favorite Crusie books. I love the charactors in this story, the humorous dialog and the romance.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is an excellent book. I laughed alot and it was very well written. I fell in love with all of the characters. I want more books like this!
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Helpful Score: 3
Loved the story. A lot of laughs plus romance. Will look for more of her books.
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Helpful Score: 3
I have no idea why but this is one of my favorite books I've read. I'm keeping a copy to re-read it again.
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Helpful Score: 2
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!!! It is hard to resist reading it cover to cover...I had such a hard time putting the book down. I finished this book in 3 days I loved it so much!!
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Helpful Score: 2
A smart, sexy story of intrigue, seduction and blackmail... will have readers laughing out loud and racing through the pages.
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Helpful Score: 2
I think I'm the only person in the world who didn't love this book. It had its moments, yeah, and was mildly funny. But I couldn't relate to any of the characters, everyone seemed to have the same snarky sense of humor, 90% of the book was dialog -- which started to wear me down -- and overall it seemed glib and self-conscious. Others found the food themes to be delightful, but after the fifth or sixth mention, they just felt like a crutch (likewise the stray cat). All that said, Crusie is still a much better writer than most modern romance authors -- I just wish that were a bigger compliment.
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Helpful Score: 2
this would have been a great boy meets girl, fall in love, live happily ever after story. there were enough twists and turns along the way to keep the story interesting and too cliched. i was dissapointed with the total train wreck inserted at the end - seriously, can you actually believe that 2 sets of parents would be mortified to hear that there 30-something children were going to consummate their relationship???
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Helpful Score: 2
Really cute book. The first one I have read by her. I really liked all the characters even the bad guys. I love the fact that Min is not the typical size zero perfect heroine, and I love that Cal teaches her to love her body. I laughed so many times during this book. Overall I say it's an A.
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this book. It is cute and funny. It reminds me of the humor of Janet Evanovich. This book is a great book to read on vacation.
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Helpful Score: 1
I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
I liked this book! It was cute and had such a fun story. I was surprised by how quick I went through it! Good book!
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Helpful Score: 1
This is one of my favorite girl books, it is just pure fun.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great read, I read a little bit every night, really enjoyed it!
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Helpful Score: 1
This has to be my favorite book of all time. I read this book probably at least once a month. Everytime, I realize that I love Min more and more and more. And Krispy Kremes. And shoes :)
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fun read!
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Helpful Score: 1
I loved this book! At first I wasn't thrilled with any of the characters, but then they grew on me. It was sucha funny book!
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Helpful Score: 1
OMG, I LOVED this book ! I could not put it down between the one-liners and the complete synicism of the main characters, I couldn't wait to see what happened. Jennifer Crusie is a delightful author who understands character development and gives you what you want and need in a story. Every time Min gives Cal a verbal jab, I wanted to yell âYou go, girl!â and every time the two of them had the thoughts of the other one in their head, I wanted to yell, âGo for it, you idiot !â. A completely delightful book that you will not want to put down.
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Helpful Score: 1
Ah who can resist a bet? This book was good, lots of laughs as always is the case with Jennifer Crusie. Read this in a day since it was too hard to actually put down and go to sleep. two thumbs wayyyy up.
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Helpful Score: 1
Awesome book...entertaining, witty and sexy story. Great when you're in the mood for a lighthearted read. I've read it two or three times and was a little reluctant to post it on PaperbackSwap!
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Helpful Score: 1
Just another great book by Crusie! If you haven't already..check out any of her books...you will be hooked!
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Helpful Score: 1
I LOVE this book! Jennifer Crusie is an amazing author, and this book was no exception. I loved the characters (which I found relatable) and the plot, which held me to the end! If you love romance and a great plot, this is the perfect book.
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Helpful Score: 1
Witty! A lighthearded story.
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Helpful Score: 1
It all starts with a misunderstood bet between two men over heard by the intented woman. All kinds of antics occurr between all three characters. In the end the good man gets the girl, but which one is it? Very entertaining reading.
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Helpful Score: 1
Crusie has done it again with her great characters and witty dialogue.
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Helpful Score: 1
Fun and offbeat romance. Different heroine than most, in a fun way.
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Helpful Score: 1
Minerva is a little overweight and is dumped by an X boyfriend because she turns him down. Charm boy, Cal comes into her life as he accepts a bet to bed her in 3 weeks. They each have three friends that play an active role in helping or hindering their budding relationship. Impossible parents do all they can to prevent their falling in love. Love wins out. The story was good entertainment but a bit too sexy for my taste and language too foul to please me.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book. I read it in a day. A little wordy in places but a fun read. Great beach read!!
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Helpful Score: 1
A really fun book - I like all Jennifer Crusie's work. She develops her characters fully and the dialogue is always witty. From the back: "...Crusie delivers a novel about long shots, risk management, true love and great shoes...".
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was quite good. It's a novel about long shots, risks, management, true love, and great shoes. Light reading but kept my attention
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Helpful Score: 1
Sweet, cute, and a lightning-fast read. Sprinkled throughout are reminders of certain fairy tale elements - the pumpkin couch, for instance. I loved it.
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Helpful Score: 1
I love Jennifer Crusie's books! I read almost NO romance, but I have to read her books. They are full of great characters and witty dialog and steamy love scenes. This is probably my second favorite of hers after Welcome to Temptation, but it's hard to say which is the best since they're all good!
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Helpful Score: 1
Very fun & fab book! Great summer beach read. I will deffinatly check out more of her books.
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Tremendously funny! Made me want to run out and buy Krispy Kremes for my husband.
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I love this book. Bet Me is the first Jennifer Crusie book that I read and I've read many more of her's since. I have recommended her work before and will continue to do so.
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Helpful Score: 1
You can't help but hope for true love with this book. A quick read despite it's thickness. Great for the beach!
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Helpful Score: 1
I'm a fan of Jennifer Crusie's books. This book carries you away and is very entertaining...story moves quickly and I read it in 2 nights!
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Helpful Score: 1
Asuper fun Crusie book. I really like the characters, they are troubled and beautiful in the usual Crusie way. A funny book is hard to write, but Crusie does it with style. I wish I could speak as quick-witted as Min, if she were a person, I want her as a friend. Near the top of my list of her books, happily read again and again.

Minerva Dobbs, confident enough to let her last breakup go without a fight (he deserved, it the bum), is nonetheless self-conscious about her 'zaftig' figure. Cal Morrisey is confident in his abilities to bet to win, but smart enough to not take a bad bet. When they meet and sparks fly and they gamble on each other, all bets are off.
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Helpful Score: 1
This book was excellent. A funny, romantic, easy read.
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Helpful Score: 1
One of my favorite reads - laugh out loud funny, romantic and fast paced.

Min is a 30-something single girl who's just been dumped by her rat fink boyfriend David. And now she's seeing Cal, the guy David bet to pick her up at a bar.
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Helpful Score: 1
Jennifer Crusie is one of my very favorite authors. For contemporary adult fun, you can't beat her books! Each book is worth the read. Thanks 4 reading.
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Helpful Score: 1
Typical, fun-filled Jennifer Crusie. If you've liked her other books, you'll like this one.
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First Jennifer Crusie book I read. Enjoyed it very much.
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My favorite of Crusie's books. Excellent romance and a really fun read.
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an absolute gem!!!
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Helpful Score: 1
Great book!We read this for our Book club & I'm glad I did! Easy read!!
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This is a cute story and since the heroine is a little slimness challenged it was easy for me to identify. Lots of easy banter between the characters and fashion and food descriptions. Pretty good fluff.
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Fun lighthearted romance. If you've read Crusie's other books like "Faking It", you know what to expect. Romance readers will really enjoy it.
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I really liked this book! The characters were well thought out and thier interactions was fun to read. What was most enticing about the book is how the main characters (Min & Cal) knew each other better than they knew themselves, thus allowing acceptance of what they thought were weeknesses. Just the thought of someone knowing you better than yourself, understanding your strengths and flaws, and head over heals in love with that knowledge is intoxicating. The book is funny and insightful. I like books that surprise me, I thought it would be a light and fluffy read, but this one gave me some food for thought as well.
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Light reading, a little trite, but with some genuinely witty dialogue and better than average steamy scenes. 6/10.
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Minerva Dobbs knows that Cal Morrisey asked her to dinner on a bet. The only reason she went out with him was to get back at her ex-boyfriend who bet against Cal. When the evening is over, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But fate has other plans and before long Min and Cal meet again.

I loved this book! Even though I've had no time to read this week, I kept trying to squeeze in a few pages when I had time. Min and Cal are a fantastic couple. The epilogue is great. It tells what happened to every character...not just Min and Cal. I wish more authors would do that. My rating: 5 Stars.
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"Bet Me" was the first Crusie book I ever read and I absolutely loved it. Since then I have read every book she has written and loved them all, but this one is the best! Funny, intelligent not fluffy. You will feel good when you finish the book-well worth a very late night read...
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Nice and light reading for a weekend afternoon
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Very funny, although somewhat predictable.
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If you're in the mood for some snarky romance with unconventional characters and witty dialogue, then this is for you. Crusie hits all the fun expected parts of this kind of book without being formulaic or awkward.
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Love all Jennifer Crusie books, but this one is my favorite.
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Very funny, with very likable characters.
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Funny, sexy, quick read when you need a bit of relief from daily stresses.
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I don't generally read romance, but the characters are surprisingly engaging in this book. The chick has some spunk, there are real people trying to keep the two lovebirds apart (rather than the usual chance events and stupidity-related problems), and there are no maternal urges in sight. Bonus points because though I hate girls who obsess about dieting, the book actually used that as a problem to deal with rather than some personality quirk. Pretty kinky sex scenes. There's light bondage!
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This was a really, really good book and a fast read.
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Great book! I couldn't put it down! I love Jennifer Crusie's books.
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Loved, loved,loved this book! It's sassy, and sexy, and oh so funny.
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I love all of Jennifer Crusie's books, but this one is by far my favorite. It is a book that I have taken down and enjoyed a few times.
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I truly enjoyed this book...I read it in 2 nights because it was an easy read and the story kept me engaged throughout. A sexy story with quirky characters and fast pace!
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Good beach book.
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Entertaining, smart sassy, wit and romance.
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Cute, fun book.
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Two stubborn people find love after they are brought together by a bet.
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Excellent book. This book really had me rooting for the characters. This has to be one of my all time favorites.
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Great Book couldn't put it down!!!
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Fast read. Entertaining
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Very cute modern romance!
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I loved this book, Minnie is a little chunky in her words and dont think anyone like Cal could love someone like her but all it took was a bet from a ex boyfreind that Cal could get Minne in his bed and the fireworks began. I loved the dialog
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This is a great book. Jennifer Crusie is a great author. She has a great sense of humor.
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Fun read with great characters. Creative use of Krispy Kremes!
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This was a nice easy to read book that has you not wanting to put it down. A+
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Calvin morrisey is a betting man, Min Dobbs is the current subject of his bet. 10 bucks says he can take her to dinner. 10,000 bucks says he can take her! Min is cranky, and smart, and does not want to make a commitment.
Good cast of supporting characters and a fun read.
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One of my favorite Cruisie books
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I love Jenny! Another great read!
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very good, one of my favorites form this author.
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*****
I loved this story! Very funny and lovable characters!
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Jennifer Cruise has yet to disappoint me! humourous and loveable!
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I laughed until I cried when I read this.
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This is my first Jennifer Cruise book, it was enjoyable. A very easy summer day on the beach kind of read.
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I love Jennifer Crusie, ths book is so funny,it is a typical romance but has a LOT of wit,Jennifer is great arthur by her self, Her books that she is writing with the guy co-arthur are not as good as the ones she writs by herself.
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I really enjoyed this book.. gave me inspiration to start excercing! Has a really wonderful guy character and sub characters!
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This book is fabulous! It is laugh out loud funny, my family looked at me like I was crazy when I was reading this book because of all the laughing I was doing. Great Book, you MUST read it!!!
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I really enjoyed this book. I have read it several times and laughed every time.
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This is book is a keeper. It is the one book that you can read over and over again. It is hilarious. Laugh out loud funny. One of the funniest I have read so far.
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An enjoyable book.
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Really enjoyed this book. One of my favorites by Crusie
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GREAT BOOK!
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Very fun book!
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I love this book, it was a great story told by a great storyteller. I will not let my copy go and if I am feeling down about myself, this book is a great pick me up.
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I had never read a Jennifer Cruise book until I started Paperback Swap! LOVE HER! Though I am a lover of CHICK LIT I am not a lover of ROMANCE Novels-way too predictable.
Crusie is technically a romance writer but her stuff reads much more like Chick lit. ( For me Chick lit is about 3 dimensional women who have careers and children and aren't focused solely on "A MAN" Whereas ROMANCE genre seems to be 2 dimensional woman who only want 1 thing ( and it isn't good sex ; ) Please ladies - this is just my opinion -= not trying to insult anyone's taste. I just think Crusie straddles the chick lit/romance category very nicely. her books have GREAT characters and loads of humor. Plus Crusie seems to really like animals as they seem to be in all of her stories.

BET ME is Crusie at her best. Fantastic characters with a REALLY nice subplot about not having to be SKINNY to be happy.

Thank you Paperback swap for turning me on to this GREAT writer!
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This was a cute story. Believable plot, well-developed characters. Overall a fun read.
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I'm not into contemps much but this was an enjoyable read. Witty and fun! =)
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This is one of the best books I've ever read! Funny and engaging from start to finish! Jennifer Crusie - thank you so much for writing this book!
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This book seems to have been written as an insulting cliche for fat women. Maybe it's just supposed to be funny and doesn't quite make it. Here's the main character: She's "not beautiful" and is overweight. She is a scowling, self-deprecating actuary who dresses in gray boxy suits and denies herself carbs and butter. She has pretty toes and wears cute shoes. Here's the plot: Gorgeous hunk takes her out on a bet, and puts a bite of krispy Kreme doughnut in her mouth to shut her up. The look on her face is so sensuous that he continues to date her by putting doughnuts, ice-cream, and chicken marsala in her mouth just to see that look again. He persuades her that she is not fat, just voluptuous, round and sexy. She begins to wear lace. She wins him from the ex-girlfriend who looks like a Victoria Secret model and who loves to tell men that she has a perfect body and is fantastic in bed. (Girlfriend also enjoys untying her clingy wrap dress to show them her perfect body in her transparent pink underwear.) When our hero and heroine first make love, foreplay is tying her up naked and feeding her Krispy Kremes while he licks icing off her breasts. Can you guess the conclusion? He proposes to her by putting a Krispy Kreme doughnut on her finger!
Oh, and the ex-girlfriend? She was writing a book, till someone told her no one wants to read about how another beautiful girl gets the beautiful man of her dreams. I think I'm mostly mad at the girl at the bookstore who recommended the book to me. I keep wondering if she thought I look like fat woman desperate for love and doughnuts.
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This book is one of my favorites from Jennifer Cruise. I love the "not so coincidental" incidents. Very fun and humorous book.
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What a great book. A cute story showing how two completely different people can get swept up in the beginnings of a relationship - and fight it the whole way.

I loved the storyline where couple meets in the bar based on a bet. I don't want to over share because I want everyone to go check out this book, such a great summer read. It is light and cute.

The one issue I found was - my copy that I have been moving with me for awhile was a mass market paperback. I had not read a mass market paperback in awhile and now I know why - I hated it. It was impossible to read on the treadmill. I had to use two hands to read it. I officially will avoid mass market in the future, the price does not entice me anymore.

Back to the book review - I really don't want to share much for fear of ruining such a cute little book. But I would absolutely pass this book onto all the ladies in my life.
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Fun book. Would recommend for an easy fun read.
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Loved it!
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Another fun Crusie read!
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I really enjoyed this book...quick read...read it in one day
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I really liked this book. Normally I don't touch Chick Lit, but this one was LOL funny all the way through
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My absolute favorite book. One I have read many times. The characters are realistic and flawed. Jennifer Cruisie writes entertaining reads that pull you in and keep you turning pages.
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Great read!
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A comtemporary romance. Smart, sexy and witty.
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I loved this book! I could hardly put it down. Funny, light and easy read. Can't wait to read something else by the author.
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Jenny Crusie does funniest, sexiest and best writing in all of contemporary romance.
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I have loved almost every Jennifer Crusie book I've read; this is top two or three. Funny with great characters and dialogue; a little romantic, a little sexy without being crude.
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Light reading ~ good beach book
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Quick and fun read!
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Funny book!

Minerva Dobbs knows that happily ever after is a fairy tale, ecspecially witha man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Even if he is goreous and successful Calvin Morrisey.
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Oh my goodness! This book has got to be my absolute favorite book by Jennifer Crusie!!! I sat in bed with my little reading light giggling until I just couldn't read any longer. Well, until my husband kicked me out of bed because it was shaking from the giggles.

If you've never read Jennifer Crusie, then this is the one to start with.

And if you've already am a fan of hers, yet haven't read this book...what's wrong with you??? Hurry up and get from someone! You won't be disappointed!!!

;-)
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I found myself laughing out loud repeatedly by page 3, and didn't look up again until page 97. This is definitely one of her best. Now that I have finished it, maybe I can get some sleep tonight!
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A great, fun read. Romantic and extremely funny. I loved it!
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Cute, sweet love story. Fast read.
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This was a funny book. I liked it a lot.
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I absolutely love Minerva Dobbs, and Calvin is every normal girls dream! This is funny and sweet and all about the happily ever after!
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Jennifer Crusie is a great author and this is one of her best! The characters are colorful without being too cartoonish. A very funny, entertaining book.
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I had never read this author before, but *totally* loved the book! Very light, witty and quite entertaining...
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Crusie is wickedly funny and this is one of my favorites!
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A fun read. I enjoyed it.
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Such a cute contempory fairy tale!
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Great read- one of Crusie's best EVER!
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Great book!
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Wonderful book about a man who asks out a woman to win a bet.
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Good chic book. Clever, interesting.
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loved this book. would love to see a sequel with the friends
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One of Crusie's better novels, this one is a study of frustration or, at least, delayed gratification. Recommended.
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This book was fun and entertaining. A wonderful, smart woman with lots to offer...but only her friends recognize it because she hides it under boring, dowdy clothes gets dumped because she won't put out. A guy with committment phobias is bet by her ex that he can't get her. The chase that ensues is hilarious... Sometimes the best things that can come into your life are the things you never knew you wanted/needed.
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A girl/boy and fate, romance, jealosy and fun to listen to on a long trip
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Loved it!!! i can relate to the lead character as never before.!!
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Brand new, Bought it to listen on a car ride but my daughter would not let me listen to it, so I only got through the first tape! It was a great book so I know it is good!
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Laugh out loud funny with very believable characters. A lot of fun
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I love Jennifer Crusie - and her heroines are great "real" people. Funny, funny, funny!
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My favorite Jennifer Cruise. Loved the hero, Cal.
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This was a really fun book to read. Highly recommend.
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The chubby girl wins out in the end. Good for her.
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Another good book by Jennifer.
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I had never read anything by this author before, and I was very impressed. I definitely reccomend this book to everyone! It was a fun love story!
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Not your typical female lead, its nice to read a book about characters that aren't perfect.
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A fast, fun read. Light, but entertaining!
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Loved this "fairy tale" story about the chubby girl and the beautiful man. My favorite part is that you actually find out what happens next.
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Jennifer Cruise does it again. Bet Me is a funny, romantic book about a man likes to play and a woman who likes to play it safe. Throw in meddling friends, 2 jealous exes, overbearing parents, and a cat named Elvis, and you have a great "get away from it all" book.
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This is the second Jennifer Crusie book I have read and it was as good as the first. Her stories are believable. A little mix of love, mystery, just a good read.
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Standard chick lit - but entertaining nonetheless.
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I haven't found a book of hers yet that I haven't enjoyed. They lift your spirits if you're down. Funny with a good story.
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Every southern girl needs to read this book! Absolutely laugh out loud & fun. Great book for any road trip
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Great weekend read. I love a happy ending!
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Minerva Dobbs is a character I could really identify with! A 33-year-old, carb-loving, statistics-quoting, chubby brunette actuary who adopts a mangy one-eyed orange cat ... Minerva is in desperate need of a suitable date for her sister's wedding. ...

"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." (From the back cover)
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Very good book! Couldn't put it down.
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Couldn't put it down
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Good book. I laughed out loud.
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Cute story of a BBW and teh guy who loves her, no matter what size she is. He loves feeding her dougnuts, which drives her mom crazy...lol.
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LOVED this book, i love this author and read all of her books. Could not put it down! Finished it in one day...would recomend it to anyone!
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This was a very light and entertaining read. A very good beach book
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Real.
Sexy.
Don't miss it.
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Crusie delivers a novel about long shots, risk management, true love, and great shoes. I loved this book. I have read a lot of Ms. Crusie's novel and have found them all to be a great read.
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couldn't put the book down- one of her best IMO - great beach reading!
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True to form for Jennifer Crusie. Fast paced, entertaining read.
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classic Crusie at her best!
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JENIFER CRUSIE WRITES GREAT STUFF. IT'S QUICK, SHARP, FUNNY AND VERY VERY REAL. THE CHARACTERS ARE ALL CHARACTERS, WITTY AND INTERESTING. THE HEROINE IS ALWAYS AN IMPERFECT WOMAN WITH A GREAT MIND AND SOUL.
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A great Book from Crusie. It's a novel about risks, true love and long shots. Hard to put it down.
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Nice quick read, enjoyed this book.
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Excellent!! I read it in 2 days!
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An entertaining twist on the Blind dates
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Awesome read by a wonderful author. You will laugh out loud for sure.
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Jennifer Crusie's characters are real and incredibly funny--the ones in Bet Me are no exception. A great read!
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Well, Jennifer Crusie is always great in my opinion. Her books always make me laugh because inevitably there is a quirky animal thrown into the mix to mess with the main characters. Her books are really witty, great dialogue, good romance, sexy....what else can I say. I have read everything of hers twice over and will always go back for more.
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Hilarious, steamy funny and a delight to read! A novel about long shots, risk management, true love and great shoes!
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Funny and light read. I really liked this story alot!!
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I have only read a few of Crusie's books, however, this is the best one I have read. Very funny.
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Funny, steamy book about a man who cannot understand why he is so attracted to a slightly overweight woman. One of Crusie's best books.
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As a rule, I don't read romance novels (and in my defense, the ones you see on my bookshelf are ones from a co-worker that she gave me to post)...this one was a HOOT...I mean, laugh out loud stuff. I really liked Min alot, because she's not a toothpick, and she obviously enjoys life & food....I just finished this & thouroughly enjoyed it.
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Very fun, easy read!
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Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asker 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 is 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.
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Thirty-three-year-old Minerva Dobbs is annoyed when her current boyfriend dumps her three weeks before her sisters' wedding. But she's downright furious a few moments later when she overhears her now "ex" boyfriend bet hunky Calvin Morrisey that he can't take her home and bed her. In fact, she's so angry at them both that she lets Cal take her to dinner and decides to string him along until after her sisters' wedding. Minerva pegs Cal as a handsome "used car salesman of seducers." Cal thinks Minerva is a "cranky, starving, risk-averse statistician." But Minerva's hormones keep whispering "this one," although she knows the gorgeous Cal isn't the man for her practical, white-cotton-bra, several-pounds-over-thin, self. And Cal is blindsided by the lust he feels for the voluptuous, sensual woman he glimpses behind Min's actuary exterior. While Cal and Min struggle to deal with their mutual distrust and attraction, their friends and families try their best to interfere and direct the progression of the unlikely romantic connection.

Bet Me is unabashedly, irrepressibly romantic. In the wacky, wonderful world of Min and Cal, author Jennifer Crusie leaves no humorous situation unexplored--no potential comedic cauldron left unstirred--no hysterically funny complication left undeveloped. The reader is treated to a seemingly mismatched hero and heroine who fling caution to the winds to explore their unexpected attraction. The sexual tension is hot, the dialogue witty and wickedly sarcastic, and the supporting cast of secondary characters hilarious. Like Min's favorite Krispy Kreme donuts, this novel is rich and sinfully delicious.
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Ah, funny, moving right along to all the other adjectives!
Great read!
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First book I read from Jennifer and it was great.
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Even though I had read the book, I enjoyed listening to the audio and even picked up on some things I missed when I read it. The reader is good, and it's a fun "listen". Any girl who loves shoes and feels less than rail-thin will love it.
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One of her best so far.
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A truly addictive read. Started, and finished, in one beach visit!
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Bet Me is unabashedly, irrepressibly romantic. In the wacky, wonderful world of Min and Cal, author Jennifer Crusie leaves no humorous situation unexplored--no potential comedic cauldron left unstirred--no hysterically funny complication left undeveloped. The reader is treated to a seemingly mismatched hero and heroine who fling caution to the winds to explore their unexpected attraction. The sexual tension is hot, the dialogue witty and wickedly sarcastic, and the supporting cast of secondary characters hilarious. Like Min's favorite Krispy Kreme donuts, this novel is rich!
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It was a decent ready. Light and cute!
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Very quick read, cute and funny.
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FRomthe back cover--Minerva Dobbs knows how to work the odds.Calvin Morrisey always plays to win. But when they face off, neither one is prepared because when real life meets true love, all bets are off....Funny,sexy and a fun read.
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Funny but dragged a bit
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if you like jennifer crusie then you'll love this book! I couldn't put it down!
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Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy talk, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Even if he is gorgeous and successful Cal 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 eachother 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.
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Couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read another of her books.
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I love Jennifer Crusie--her books never disappoint--and this was yet another smart, funny read.

From Booklist
Minerva Dobbs thought David Fisk might be the one she\'s been waiting for, until he dumps her three weeks before her sister Diana\'s wedding. Min soon realizes just how lucky she is to be rid of David when she overhears him at her favorite bar betting a handsome stranger, Calvin Morrisey, that Cal couldn\'t bed Min in a month. At first Min debates the idea of giving them both a piece of her mind, but then she remembers she still needs a date for the wedding. Why not use the all-too charming Cal just like he was going to use her, and then dump him? Of course, Min never expected that Cal might turn out to be \"the one.\" A sturdy statistician who thinks Elvis Presley is the only man worth waiting for discovers that fairy tales can come true if you are only willing to believe. New York Times best-selling Crusie maintains her winning streak in another wickedly witty, deliciously sexy contemporary romance. Finding exactly the right balance between cynicism and optimism, Crusie deftly blends snappy dialogue; quirky, irrepressible secondary characters; and two beautifully matched protagonists struggling against their romantic fate.
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Great humor and a quick read.
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Thirty-three-year-old Minerva Dobbs is annoyed when her current boyfriend dumps her three weeks before her sisters\' wedding. But she\'s downright furious a few moments later when she overhears her now \"ex\" boyfriend bet hunky Calvin Morrisey that he can\'t take her home and bed her. In fact, she\'s so angry at them both that she lets Cal take her to dinner and decides to string him along until after her sisters\' wedding. Minerva pegs Cal as a handsome \"used car salesman of seducers.\" Cal thinks Minerva is a \"cranky, starving, risk-averse statistician.\" But Minerva\'s hormones keep whispering \"this one,\" although she knows the gorgeous Cal isn\'t the man for her practical, white-cotton-bra, several-pounds-over-thin, self. And Cal is blindsided by the lust he feels for the voluptuous, sensual woman he glimpses behind Min\'s actuary exterior. While Cal and Min struggle to deal with their mutual distrust and attraction, their friends and families try their best to interfere and direct the progression of the unlikely romantic connection.
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Enjoyable and easy to read. Great story with the characters.
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I thought this was a great book - great, quick read! Highly recommended!
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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 keep 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.
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I loved this book! Super fast read, funny and heart warming.
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loved this! Great story - very easy read.
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I loved this book so much I turned right around and read it a second time. It has such great dialogue, truly believable. It is smart and funny. Definitely a must read.
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LOVED IT...VERY CUTE & FUNNY!
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A novel about long shots, risk management, true love, and great shoes...Minerva Dobbs knows how to work the odds. Calvin Morrisey always plays to win. But when they face off, neither one is prepared because when real life meets true love, all bets are off...Minerva 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 as 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--true love.
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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 freakisly intelligent cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of.. Including the biggest gamble of all..true love.
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Fun book!
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Good Book!
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This is great Chick Lit. I recommend this highly.
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Read by Deanna Hurst. Abridged on 4 audiocassettes; 6 hours. I love Jennifer Crusie--her books are always smart & funny. Read more (including Min's recipe for Chicken Marsala) at http://www.jennycrusie.com
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A lot of ppl love Jennifer Crusie. I decided to ck her out but I guess it's just not my cup o' tea.
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great fun to read
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Does not have its dust jacket
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Brand new - never read - perfect as a gift. "No one can resist Jennifer Crise's novels!"