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Bet Me | [Jennifer Crusie]

Bet Me

Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. 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 are dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kremes, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a mutant cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of, including the biggest gamble of all: real love.

©2004 Jennifer Crusie; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Hurst's voice contains an energy and exuberance that leaves little doubt that she's the perfect narrator for Crusie's heartfelt comedy of errors....[A] zesty, vibrantly told tale." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Karen Huntersville, NC, United States 03-29-15
    Karen Huntersville, NC, United States 03-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful listen"

    This is a book you will listen to time and time again.
    Enjoyed the story and reader was great recommend

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    Caren Sorrells 03-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bet Me to be better than the print version?

    I only listened to this book, so I cannot compare it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bet Me?

    I loved the part when they made a stand and told their parents how it was.


    What does Deanna Hurst bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her narration was great. Always knew which character was talking.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. I listened in the car, at my desk, cooking...


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    A. Stuart 02-24-15
    A. Stuart 02-24-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, great narration"

    The distinct voices, easy to track, made this book for me. I read it when it was first published, and enjoyed the audiobook even more.

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    Jeffrey Fingler 02-20-15
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    "Women are beautiful in all sizes!"

    Overall I enjoyed this book and I think the narrator did a good job with her variety of voices. I like the build up to the "climactic" scene and the scene itself, and would have enjoyed a little more of the steamy parts.

    Leading lady is plus-size and carries all the negativity that she needs to lose weight. Sadly her thoughts ring true with society and what we women think about ourselves (even when we're not plus size), so it's refreshing to have a story about a real-sized woman!!

    Sometimes distracted by the over-use of "____ said". There are more ways to say that, like "he snarled", "she huffed", "she snapped", "she sighed", "he echoed"...

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    LaLectora Germany 02-16-15
    LaLectora Germany 02-16-15

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    "Okay not great"

    Too many: yes, no, maybe, almost...which made it predictable and tiresome. It made the plot contrived, and it was a shame because it had the possibilities for a superb farce.

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    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-01-15
    Cam Las Vegas, NV, United States 02-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Okay story, not terribly engaging though"

    The story was not bad but it lacked that excitement element. Liked that the heroine was "chubby" but the fact that the hero was a hunk made the story unbelievable. People usually become who they want to attract and if the guy is that hot, it is unlikely he would go for her. Almost makes one think that this story was what J Crusie wishes would happen. I do wish we lived in a world where the inner beauty counted and the outer shell was icing on the cake, but as we all know that is not real life. this aspect of the story made it unbelievable and unlikely. A negative in my opinion.

    I usually evaluate a book by my reaction to it. If I can't put it down, it is well written, engaging and well performed and if I can walk away and stay away for hours at a time, well, then it is not a winner. The book was not bad but it was not good either. I'd say don't waist your credit on this one.

    Thank you for reading my feedback and thank you for leaving me a response.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mel Chicago,IL United States 09-24-14
    Mel Chicago,IL United States 09-24-14 Member Since 2010

    mel

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    "pretty good"
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    writing is good, narration good, a cute story, the only thing that annoyed me was the way they kept describing how she ate fattening foods as if she was having an orgasm, kinda grossed me out. i get she is a bigger girl but that doesn't mean i want to hear about someones food porn. but that was the only thing that annoyed me, rest of story was good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 04-14-14
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Cute, adult, funny, but not really hot"

    This was a very nice story, it didn't have a lot of action, and not much heat, but the characters were funny and there wasn't a lot of contrived drama.

    Calvin Morrisey has a history of loving them and leaving them. He's 35, he never plans on marrying and kids are NOT his thing, but he is a MAN!

    Minerva (Min) Dobbs is a 33 year old actuary, she runs statistics and can tell you that 20 billion hot dogs are consumed by American's every year...but she can't tell you why no man has ever really "done it" for her.

    Meeting at a bar one night started a chain of events that neither Calvin or Min could escape...have you ever tried NOT to run into another person but the universe conspired against you and all you kept doing was running into that ONE person?

    Comedy ensued, listening to them try to stay apart was actually hysterical, and overall it was just a really nice book. I could have done with less harping about carbs and butter from Min's mother, but it was part of who she was....personally I wouldn't speak to my mother anymore if that's all I heard...but it is what it is.

    If you are looking for a steamy romance with graphic nudity then this isn't the book for you, but if you are looking for an adult book, not even close to YA fiction, with REAL adults not twenty somethings pretending to be adults...then I highly recommend this book. It was fun and easy and kept you guessing...and there was even a nice re-cap on the end on how everyone's happily ever after really went.

    Narrator was decent on male and female voices.

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    Kim Racine, WI, United States 03-18-14
    Kim Racine, WI, United States 03-18-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Romance Comedy"
    Any additional comments?

    Bet Me is a standalone novel from author Jennifer Crusie and I loved it! I read this book years ago and I had forgotten how cute it was. Audible had it in one of the buy one/get one sales, so I got it. I liked it so much better in the audio version. Ms. Hurst did a wonderful job narrating. I loved all the characters especially Min, she was a funny, mouthy woman who had some serious self esteem issues until Cal finally convinced her she was beautiful. The banter that goes on between them is so witty and endearing! I actually laughed out loud a few times. If you are in the mood for a light, funny and entertaining listen, I recommend Bet Me.

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    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-27-13
    Kimberly Indianapolis, IN, United States 12-27-13 Member Since 2015

    I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything

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    "One of my "go to" books"

    Setting is Ohio, time frame is contemporary ( I do wish that kind of information was included in all book reviews. I think I'll go back to my other reviews and make it so.)
    Let's start with the overall production of the work, shall we? I don't usually bother to mention it unless it's terrible enough to spoil the experience. In this book, the production, direction, and narration are excellent. They really add to the enjoyment.
    I loved the heroine because she comes across as real. She has issues about her weight - she isn't a stick figure - which is not helped by her mother harping on it. But she's also a strong person, except in the areas of her insecurities. This may irritate some of you, but keep in mind that personalities are really what drive the story. The hero is a gorgeous self-made man who never loses a bet. He's perfect. Except he really isn't and he knows it, so he isn't a jerk. He comes across as the kind of guy who IS NOT best friends with every reflective surface he passes. He has his own insecurities. The only synopsis I'll give you is that the plot revolves around misunderstandings. It made me laugh, and I got a little teary at times. Oh, I almost forgot to tell you that the secondary characters are well-developed, and integral to the plot. You'll love them or dislike them, depending on how Jennifer Crusie wanted you to feel about them.
    This is one of my "go to" books when I get restless and nothing else is really catching my interest. I also will use it as the filling in the sandwich of two disparate genres. It is, in my humble opinion, definitely worth the credit!

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