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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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    Amazon Customer Round Rock, TX USA 03-25-09
    Amazon Customer Round Rock, TX USA 03-25-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Another win!"

    I love this and all of J. Crusie's books - ALL of them. This is definitely a favorite. The really steamy stuff is saved for the end, but there are moments when the iPod will fog up a little throughout. The story is fun, relate-able and very well told. My only complaint is that no one in my life is as witty as ANY of her characters, so real life seems a little duller when I finish off one of her books. That PhD was worth every minute she worked to get it - her books all capture an amazing part of being a "modern" woman. This is a great addition to the J. Crusie collection.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    E Chapel Hill, New Caledonia 10-31-08
    E Chapel Hill, New Caledonia 10-31-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Great Story - narration wasn't that bad"

    I enjoyed the story very much. It's my favorite Jennifer Crusie - it's funny, and sexy and the growing relationship between the characters is enjoyable. I genuinely liked the main characters in this story - they were nice people - I wanted them to be happy. And I loved that Min was a normal sized woman and Cal appreciated that. Some of the minor characters were a bit over the top, but it's a romance - you expect that and it makes it fun to read.

    I didn't think the voices were terribly distinct, but it didn't matter- the reader has a lively voice, she does female characters well, and unlike many readers who over do the male characters - she doesn't try to make us believe she's a guy. Also, Crusie has so many tags (he said, she said), that it honestly doesn't matter.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 07-15-13
    Queen Squared Columbia, SC, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2010

    Queen Squared

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    "Taking a Gamble on Love"

    On the night that Min's boyfriend, David, dumps her (in a bar!), he also bets handsome and successful businessman, Cal Morrisey, that he can't get her to sleep with him in a month. Cal is loath to make the bet, and decides to counter David's bet with a less offensive one...that he could get her to have dinner with him that night. Unfortunately Min, who was about to approach him at the behest of her friends, overhears (and misunderstands) part of the conversation. As Min & Cal get to know each other, often trying to avoid their mounting attraction and feelings toward each other, that first night's events continue to haunt them. All of this is compounded by and ex-boyfriend an ex-girlfriend who can't seem to let go, and continually interfere in hopes of getting their exes back.

    Jennifer Cruise has included a wonderful cast of characters whose witty conversations are matched by their deep friendship. There are also multiple sub-plots in the book which helps keep every minute fun & exciting. What's really interesting is that Cruise has managed to depict a great attraction between Cal & Min with almost no sex scenes. Deanna Hurst does a good job as narrator. I thought her child's voice was especially adorable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    barb marion, IN, United States 02-21-13
    barb marion, IN, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2012

    I'm totally addicted to audio books! I listen when my eyes get too tired to read and when I am driving or just don't want to sit and read!

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    "Huh?"
    What did you like best about Bet Me? What did you like least?

    I really tried to listen to this 4 or 5 times but I kept falling asleep. Just could not get into the story at all. I had a hard time keeping track of who was trying to hook up with who and who was fooling who?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer Crusie again?

    Yes, I love many of her books! This just wasn't one of them. The characters were just not interesting and had little personality.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Did not distinguish between characters well at all...I think that was part of not being able to get into the story.


    Did Bet Me inspire you to do anything?

    Wish I hadn't wasted a credit...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gwendolyn Bellevue, Nebraska, United States 10-03-12
    Gwendolyn Bellevue, Nebraska, United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love It!"

    This is my all time favorite romantic comedy. Partly because there aren't a ton of embarrassing sex scenes. This story is a comedy on how men and women see relationships differently, the hilarious love advice they give each other, and how two people who are exact opposites can actually be perfect for each other. I loved all the laugh out loud situations Jennifer Crusie put her characters in. And I've never read or listened to a story where all the characters seemed to mesh so well with each other. You actually feel like one of the gang when you listen to each person's story and cheer them on. You even find yourself enjoying the scenes where the 'bad guys' are plotting against the 'good guys'. I have listened to this book at least 4 times and I never get tired of it. A very light-hearted, funny look at the he says/she says of romance.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kristina Granada Hills, CA, USA 01-06-10
    Kristina Granada Hills, CA, USA 01-06-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Not bad, but I have read better."

    I enjoyed this audiobook, however the writing is definitely nothing compared to Nora Roberts or Susan Elizabeth Philips novels. When those novels are read aloud, the words seem to take on a life of their own. While the characters were great and storyline upbeat and fun, the writing (as it is read by the narrator) is distracting. The author uses the word "said" waaaaaaay too much to describe conversations between characters. It's used so much that at one point, that's all I really heard when the narrator was reading a conversation between characters. I like the storyline, characters and overall mission of the book...but it just isn't as fun to listen to. If you want a great romance author that is upbeat and fun and will get your heart racing and feeling giddy, then I suggest reading/listening to Susan Elizabeth Philips novels.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Sware Overland Park, KS, USA 08-11-08
    Sware Overland Park, KS, USA 08-11-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story, very poor performance"

    The story is fantastic, I was caught up in the story despite the terrible narration. I mean the narrator didnt even try to perform. Cal and Min sound exactly the same. The story is great 5* but the narration is really a disappointment.

    11 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Gosch 06-17-14
    Jill Gosch 06-17-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Really?"
    Would you try another book from Jennifer Crusie and/or Deanna Hurst?

    Probably not. The entire book was so ridiculous. I love a good gal novel, but all this book did was back and forth junior highish obsessive "romance". I was rolling my eyes so much,I could not finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lucy asheville, NC, United States 04-25-14
    lucy asheville, NC, United States 04-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "a piece of fun"

    an easy listen, loved the highlight of how mothers can have such high expectations of their daughters that are so unreasonable. Crusie did a great job of satire with the mother. One of Crusie's better books.

    0 of 0 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 2012

    Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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