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Subject: Couple questions about Jennifer Crusie
Date Posted: 1/11/2008 1:10 PM ET
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I just finished Agnes and the Hitman, a collaboration between Crusie and Bob Mayer, guess you'd call it a romance thriller. I liked it, although with a couple of qualifications, and as it's my first time reading anything by Crusie am wondering if those aspects are common to her writing. (On the whole I would have to say the Bob Mayer half of the book, from the hero's perspective, was my favorite, and what kept me going when the first porn sex scene occured and nearly derailed the whole book for me.)

Well, start there: are her sex scenes always awful? Either bumping up against being straight out porn, or composed in one breathless, sentence long paragraph with no pacing or sensory input to really make it sexy? Also, does she always overuse emphasis? In other words: Will her characters be speaking normally, and then suddenly everything  is emphasized, often in a really random and peculiar way that makes it sound like everyone's hysterical and shouting in a tunnel?

I could actually overlook the sex scene thing since I often skim over those anyway, but the emphasis thing kind of got on my nerves after awhile.  I liked her part of the book well enough to try something else by her, but would love to know if perhaps her solo titles are put together a little better.

Thanks!

Rebecca

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 1:59 PM ET
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I don't recall thinking that about any of her solo titles, but it's been while.  I can't comment on Agnes and the Hitman or her other collaboration with Bob--I've started Don't Look Down, but didn't get to any of the "juicy" stuff yet.  I love her writing in general, so I guess this wasn't an issue in her solo titles, or it's just like this and it somehow didn't bother me ;)  Sorry to not be of much help!

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 3:20 PM ET
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I haven't read Agnes yet but I have read some of her others and didn't get that impression.

Sherri

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 3:27 PM ET
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I have enjoyed a lot of her solo titles , but I have always found her writing to be a little different. 

I haven't read Agnes, but I have tried to read Don't Look Down multiple times and I just cannot get into it.  I found it to be a bit too confusing for my tastes.  I have the book in paperback and hardback on my bookshelf, he he.

I loved Bet Me if you are interested in trying one of her solo titles, you might enjoy that one.

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 9:55 PM ET
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I"m no help..I read erotica but I recently finished 'Bet Me' by Crusie and don't recall anything too explicit...lots of innuendos probably but only one 'sex scene' that I recall. hmm..maybe I'll look for the one you read..I have another book the 2 of them did but haven't ifnished it so not sure.

but for the most part I've found her books (by herself) to be c ute/funny - 'bet me' and 'anyone but you' though both do have some sex but can easily be skimmed over.

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 10:29 PM ET
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I've read most of her books, except for the collaboration ones, and I didn't really get any of those things, either.  My favorite of hers is Welcome to Temptation, with Bet Me being second. 

Date Posted: 1/11/2008 11:18 PM ET
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I haven't read this book, just most of her category stuff that's now getting reprinted.  Temptations and Loveswepts and such where there are some sex scenes but nothing too much since the categories don't do very explicit sex scenes.

Subject: Jennifer Crusie
Date Posted: 1/12/2008 2:50 AM ET
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Her newer stuff is pretty explicit, comparable to most of the "hot" chick lit stuff.  I love Crusie's humor, but I don't think it really comes out in her collaborations with Bob Mayer at least not in Don't Look Down.  Haven't read Agnes but really didn't care for DLD.  Try Fast Women or Welcome to Temptation and just scan through the sex scenes; her humor is worth it, but definitely not romantic suspense.

Date Posted: 1/13/2008 9:08 PM ET
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I've really liked all her stuff and didn't notice anything strange about the sex scenes, including Agnes and the Hitman.  That being said I recommend Bet Me for and if you don't like that one then she is not for you.  As far as Don't Look Down...just skip it and read Agnes and the Hitman instead - much better.

Date Posted: 1/14/2008 8:01 PM ET
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Agnes and the Hitman is different than her other books - I think the hot & heavy aspects in Agnes are harder and edgier because of the characters not necessarily because of who wrote what.

To get a true "feel" for Crusie I HIGHLY recommend "Bet Me" she won a RITA for it, it's terrific and my all time favorite book.

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 12:48 PM ET
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Thanks everyone who replied, I appreciate it. I will test the Crusie waters some more, and have added a couple of her titles to my reminder list here. Overall I really did enjoy "Agnes and the Hitman," and suspect there's a strong chance she could really win me over.

Date Posted: 1/15/2008 12:49 PM ET
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Rebecca, I really recommend "Getting Rid of Bradley" - that is one of her best in my opinion.

Sherri

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 9:34 PM ET
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well I was searching for something else and found this thread and since I've now listened to the audio of Agnes and the  Hitman I can understand now what Rebecca was talking about. The first sex scene was a bit wild..no love involved just anger and her wanting to f*ck and be f*cked it seemed like. now overall I enjoyed the story but gosh that first scene was a bit, um, shocking!

I've read 'getting rid of bradley' and 'bet me' and they were hilarious and not like Agnes...

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 10:11 PM ET
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I've read a couple Jennifer Cruisie books and I found the sex scenes to be pretty lackluster.  They were barely described. 

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 10:21 PM ET
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yeah the other 2 I've read were like that but in agnes and the hitman she goes for the gusto..that is compared to the usual sex in her books! agnes has an anger management problem and her fiance just angered her enough to kill(she has a reputation for hitting people with frying pans) so she wants sex so she practically rapes the guy and keeps hitting until he finally turns her over and lets her beat t he sheets while he gives it to her...sorta surprising to find in one of her books you  know? esp after the barely described scene in Bet Me!

Date Posted: 10/1/2008 10:23 PM ET
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Bet Me and Getting Rid of Bradley were originally published as Harlequin Temptations.  They didn't allow very explicit love scenes.

Date Posted: 10/2/2008 1:10 PM ET
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I've read em all and own them all. LOVE THEM all and no most aren't explicit at all. They are funny and goofy stories and you love the secondary caharcetrs. My favorites were:

-Tell Me Lies

-Welcome to Temptation

-Bet Me

-Fast Women.

I didn't like Agnes as much. That was a collaboration and I prefer ehr going solo but if you want really funyn chick lit try her. Tell me Lies I found hysterical-the mystery was weak but the whole opening portion witht he brownie and wnating to kill her husband was pricesless.

Angie -
Date Posted: 10/2/2008 5:56 PM ET
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I liked her solo titles a lot better than the collaborations.