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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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    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 04-14-14
    NEW NAME Georgia, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2012

    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"
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    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 2008

    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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    Lisa FAIRVIEW, NC, United States 11-08-13
    Lisa FAIRVIEW, NC, United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I've listened to this one many times"
    Would you listen to Bet Me again? Why?

    Yes, I have. Steamy enough to be exciting but not raunchy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personality of the lead character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Family dinner with his.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    "The beast"; "...clicked on the sidewalk like a back beat."; cinnamon and lavender. Glenlivet.

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    Kelly Waterford, MI United States 09-03-13
    Kelly Waterford, MI United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This book just makes me happy."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bet Me to be better than the print version?

    I so enjoyed this book. I've listened to several Jennifer Crusie books and I've enjoyed them all, but this one is my all time favorites. I adore the characters, the banter, the entire story. It is fun, and I have already listened to it twice.


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    momx4b 08-11-13
    momx4b 08-11-13 Member Since 2012

    mom of 4

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    "Thoroughly enjoyed"
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    I enjoyed this story very much. The characters were funny. It was great to read a love story where the female interest was not thin and gorgeous, she was real. I don't want to give this story away but I think all women should want a man that loves her for her and not what she looks like.

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    Donna Cummins (McDonald) Lexington, KY USA 07-18-13
    Donna Cummins (McDonald) Lexington, KY USA 07-18-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Funny, clever, and entertaining"
    What did you love best about Bet Me?

    I loved the dialogue between the hero and the heroine. They were both very sharp and witty. The dialogue reminded me of old movies like "His Girl Friday" with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the slightly overweight heroine and the slightly caddish (Is that a word--lol?) hero. Their journey to discovering that they liked, lusted, and then loved each other was one of the best that I've ever read in print. It seemed like it could really happen which is essential to a contemporary love story. The narrator's read was very good and I find myself turning to this book, out of the hundred+ audiobooks I own, for a repeat listen now and again. It is always nice to like the way one of your favorite books is being read.


    Have you listened to any of Deanna Hurst’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was my first book by this narrator, but I've read many of Cruise's books. In this particular book, Cruise does something very interesting with some long, unbroken streams of internal thought in paragraphs. The narrator handled these really well and I was very impressed by her interpretation of the unique writing style in this book. I would definitely buy other books with this narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would have to give a movie tag line some thought. I really liked the hero's comments about how kissing the heroine felt like "falling into her". So it would probably be something along that line.


    Any additional comments?

    I am an author myself. Because of that I am very picky about what I give my time to concerning reading and listening. I am also very selective about reviewing any kind of book. When I do, it's because the book has a special value to me. This book always brings a smile to my face and gives me a laugh. I bet it would do the same for you if you like romantic comedy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Golden Penny TN 07-18-13
    Golden Penny TN 07-18-13 Member Since 2010
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    "4.5 for SURE!"

    Wow, how have I moved so far into this genre and never picked up a Jennifer Cruise book. Shame on me. But, oh how i've remedied this conundrum! Bet me was hilarious! Although the betting did kinda get out of hand there... it was awesome. Min wasn't my favorite character ever, but I loved Cal. So while it was kinda funny to have them together... the book in its entirety made up for it, and then some. Especially if you throw in the meddling Ex's! All in all, very credit worthy!

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    Tonya 07-17-13
    Tonya 07-17-13
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    "Boring"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you like boring books, this one is for you. I have listened to some of her other books, and they have been enjoyable, but not this one. It just was very predictable, and should have only been about 4 hours long, just kept trying to add chapter to this book that was not needed.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, and some anger


    Any additional comments?

    Not her best

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    amanda United States 07-07-13
    amanda United States 07-07-13
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    "Cute light read"
    Would you listen to Bet Me again? Why?

    Probably not, seemed pretty predictable. Would make a great lifetime movie


    What did you like best about this story?

    Entertaining. Love the authors quirky cute characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Bet me!


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