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.
"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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What I Loved: Minerva Dobbs is a fantastic lead character. She is funny, snippy, real, and just downright screwed up as the rest of us. I laughed a lot reading this book and I even cried at some points. I probably would have done exactly what she did if I was in the same predicament. At 33, perpetually single, she is a good reputation of most single women in her 30s. Calvin was a fantastic leading man. He was stubborn, charming, screwed up, and gets into plenty of situations that put him into hard situations. Those two together are the most fantastic couple I have read in a long time. I love Liza, Tony, Bonnie,Emilio, and Roger they were fantastic friends to Cal/Min. David/Cynthi were great "villains" and perfect thwarts along the way. The parents will just crack you up and the siblings are a big part of their life too. Everything meshes together really well.
What I Liked: Everything! This truly was a great book:)
Complaints: None :)
Audiobook specific review: The narrator Deanna Hunt did a fantastic job. She did a great job with the book :)
Why I gave it a 5: I liked everything about this book. It was such a fantastic read from beginning to end. You would not go wrong reading this book if you like romance, fun, and great couples!
Who I would recommend this too: Contemporary, Chick-lit, and Romance readers would all love this!
I've been searching for a romance author who can put a clever twist into a story, and I think Stephanie Crusie is perfect. Her humor and phrasing is modern and snappy. The plot line is filled with many surprises along the way. "Bet Me" was great fun to read.
Out of the many Cruise books I give this one the better rating than the others. It is fun, zippy, good narrator and I listened twice in two years. Most Cozy's I can only handle once; but this one is playful enough and the banter back and forth is witty enough to keep me listening intently.
If you are looking for a steamy sexy romances this book is not for you. However if you are in the mood for feel good, hilarious romance with quirky side characters, this book is JUST for you. I bought this on sale and was not expecting much. BOY was I wrong. I had a lot of fun, including laughing out loud on a train. The dialougue and the situation got really silly and funny. I must've looked like a maniac. I have to say because I listened to it, hearing "she said," "he said" repeatedly got tiresome and annoying in somepart.
I also have to point out I looked up the receipe for Chicken Marsala after I read this book. I need to cook it at least once!
I have listened to this book twice and will do so again!
It is great entertainment - the narrator does a swell job and keeps your interest throughout the story.
If you want a book that will help you pass a few hours and leave you with more than a few smiles - give this one a try.
It is my favourite Jennifer Crusie (audio) so far!
I have never liked romances, but this one has changed my mind. This book was so incredibly nuanced, detailed and layered. The main characters are complex, hilarious, and they have stayed with me.
I downloaded this book to listen to during a cross state drive and I loved it and it made my long drive fly by.
The narrator annoyed me for the first few minutes but then I really enjoyed her as she really did a good job of giving each character their own voice.
And let me not forget that the main character is plus size, and she is beautiful the way she is and she is loved the way she is. I wish there were more books like this one!
I am now ready to download another Crusie book!
Mom of three
I really enjoyed this book and did not want it to end. I'm ready for the sequel. The story line was quirky and characters were fun. Great diversion and light listen. This was the first Crusie novel for me but won't be the last.
I really enjoyed Bet Me. There were parts of the story that kind of made you roll your eyes but there were more funny parts than eye rolling parts so I consider this book a win. This was my first Jennifer Cruise book but it won’t be my last. If you like strong female characters, loveable (but not push over) guys, and lots of witty and funny dialog then I would recommend this book. I will be trying other Jennifer Cruise books in the future.
The characters were great! Loved the main characters wit & sense of humor! Worth the money - looking for another one from this author.
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