I'll read anything Jennifer Crusie writes. Most of her novels multiple times, but this, like most of the other books she's written in collaboration, once is enough.
I laugh out loud at regular intervals with her solo books, but I realized as I was finishing this that I only laughed out loud once in this book. At almost 400 pages, I think it's too long. The story is just not tight enough and there are places where it drags. Ms. Crusie has said it takes her 2 years to write a solo book. I'm willing to wait. In fact, I'd rather wait and add a re-reader to my shelves that get a once-is-enough book.
I'm about halfway through this book now and uncertain whether I will continue. There's a sort of forced overcuteness to it. The female characters are somewhat individuated, but the males are sketchy and pretty much could be anybody. I kinda like the Goddess, but I'm already tired of the talking dogs.
This might make a funny movie, depending on the casting, because you'd have the different faces of the actors to help you keep the characters straight, and their work to lend some personality to them.
I think many readers might find this more entertaining than I do - admittedly much contemporary romance with supernatural elements is ho-hum to me - but even to such readers I'd say: At 7.99, don't buy it new, it isn't worth it.
I'll start by saying that I LOVE Jennifer Crusie's books, so I have high expectations for any book with her name on it. However, this is not her finest. It's good, but not as good as "Welcome to Temptation", "Tell Me Lies", "Agnes and the Hitman", etc. It was well worth the price (got it on sale at Target!) and enjoyable, but just not as great as I expected. The talking dogs were funny and the three main women were well-fleshed out, but the guys were pretty interchangeable. I wish they had narrowed down the number of females in the group as seven plus the goddess was too many. The concept was fasinating and the ending funny, but "The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes" (the other book Crusie has co-written with two other authors) was better.
These three authors blend their styles together so well, it's almost impossible to tell where one author stops and another one starts. But mainly, they tell a fun, witty and sexy (very sexy) story of 3 women and their entanglement with a Mesopotamian goddess and god. The dogs have some of the best lines and the women score their men in a hot, hot way.
I actually laughed out loud quite a few times through this book, but then, I AM a dog person, and don't you sometimes wonder what your dog is thinking? The story was a little "cutesy" but enjoyable, the characters a little oversimplified (who finds two best friends and the man of her dreams all in under two weeks??) but entertaining. For me though - the best part was the pack of dogs. :) If you're looking for a quick fun read, I would recommend it.