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Kelley

I honestly write these reviews in a spirit of sharing and helpfulness. I have no idea why I always end up sounding so snotty...

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  • Strange Bedpersons

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Madison Vaughn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (69)

    Tess Newhart knows her ex-boyfriend, Nick Jamieson, isn't the right guy for her. He's caviar and champagne; she's take-out Chinese pot stickers. He's an uptight Republican lawyer; she was raised in a commune and thinks Cinderella is politically incorrect. He wants to get ahead in business; she just wants him - only not the social-climbing Nick, but the sweet, caring, unbuttoned-down Nick.

    Kelley says: "I'm sorry!"
    "I'm sorry!"
    Overall

    I keep writing reviews of this book and deleting them because I love Jennifer Crusie and don't want to be mean.(What if authors have some horrible traffic accident compusion to read these reviews?)

    Okay - here goes. While Welcome to Temptation makes me wish I could write, Strange Bedfellows sounds like something someone like me did write. It sounds like something written by a not very good writer who likes Jennifer Crusie.

    I don't know how that happened, but whatever there is of Crusie's energy and wit here is wasted on this uninteresting story of two very uncompeling people who have zero chemistry together. I listened to the first hour thinking she still hadn't introduced the hero. But she did. He was just very very dull. (I never heard the end so maybe a new guy shows up in chapter 10 - but I doubt it.) As for the plot... it's like the hero.

    Maybe it's part of the new 'romantic realism' trend. Taking the fantasy out of romance so that women develop realistic expectations about relationships.

    Result for me: Kinda like spinach ice cream. Or perhaps a dust sandwich. Ew.

    Re-listen to Crusie's good books (there are many - check the stars) and leave this be.

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