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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.

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"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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My favorite Crusie book. Wonderfully witty lines.

Guaranteed to make you feel good. I did not want to stop reading.

The book starts with a well done mis-communication - the bet. David bets Cal that he can’t get Min to bed in a month. Cal refuses but says he’s willing to bet ten dollars that he can walk out the door with her. Min overheard part of the bet but not all of it, and she thinks it’s a bet to have sex with her. She is angry, but she leaves with Cal because she wants to be rude to him. Their paths keep crossing, and each time she insults him. But at the same time they are kind of falling for each other, but they don’t want to. It’s a fun set up with clever dialogue.

One of the best things about Bet Me were the character definitions. The good guys had flaws and weaknesses.

Min is caring and smart and works as an actuary. She has a round shape and will never be thin. Her mother has bullied Min her entire life about dieting and losing weight. Min tries to diet to please her mother but it doesn’t work. Cal encourages her to eat forbidden foods: bread, butter, doughnuts. He enjoys watching her sensual love of food. And he likes her looks.

Cal was dyslexic which had limitations for him, yet he was smart about people and did well in business because of that. He too was bullied by his mother who was rich, thin, unaccepting of other people, and uncaring about other people.

Cynthie was a psychologist studying dating and mating habits. She was writing a book. She was so sure she was right about Cal and Min - spouting things like they are in this stage or that stage and here’s what’s going on. Yet she was sooooo wrong - almost stupidly wrong.

Bonnie was sweet, innocent, and naive appearing. Yet she was the most successful at finding and knowing a guy was right for her from the moment they met. She was smart in that way - so opposite from Cynthie who thought she knew it all, but was all wrong.

A great scene is when Min has dinner with Cal’s family. I read this book several years ago and that dinner scene stayed vivid in my mind ever since.

AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
Deanna Hurst did an excellent job.

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Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 391 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words but not often used. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: one. Setting: current day southern Ohio. Copyright: 2004. Genre: humorous contemporary romance, plus size heroine.

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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.

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Favorite Crusie book so far.

I've listened to 4 Crusie books. This was my first listen a few years ago. Listened to it again this week and it was just as cute the second time around. Pure chick lit and I mean that in a great way. Enjoyed Deanna Hurst's narration.

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Great story but...

the main thing wrong with this audible book is the constant.."min said, "cal said, "?said. It is ridiculously used thousands of times and in most cases is not needed. it was distracting and made the recording less interesting.

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PURE JOY!!!!

I love her sarcasm...specially towards her mother. i love all the funny witty humorous 1 liners. i promise you wont be dissapointed!!!

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she said - he said - she said

I actually had to stop listening to this book because the author seems to think the listener is not smart enough to figure out who is speaking, even if there are only 2 people in the room. Following nearly every statement is "he said" or "she said", I found myself saying this along with the reader and it started to drive me nuts! I finally had to move on to another book and just figured this credit was wasted.

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Cute premise but...

Cute premise but some of the side characters were really horrible people. Some of them were horrible supposedly because they cared for Min. Some were just flat out horrible. The narrator was okay but she was hamstrung by the writing. I should've read the story instead of listening to the audiobook. That being said - loved Cal and Min.

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  • 10-31-08

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.

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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.

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I seem to be in the minority

I seem to contradict most people here but I couldn't wait till this book was over. I found the storyline boring and unimaginative, the characters underdeveloped and stereotypical, and phrases repetitive. If you enjoy chick lit this could be it for you because it's quite steamy. And who knows, maybe it just wasn't the right time for me :-)

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  • 11-13-19

An absolute gem

Jennifer Crusie shows her genius for warm and wonderful characters. This is one of her best with gentle humour and a fabulous storyline. Just sit back and enjoy!

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  • Jumpin' Bean
  • 10-25-19

Oh I do wish there were more ...

I just plain adore Jennifer Crusie's books. Sadly there are so few (and some are a little better than others).
Lovely lovely characters, lives you wish you could have, happy endings, nicely plotted - just wonderful.
Always my go to books if I'm feeling a bit doggy-downtail. Always make me worry a bit when the end is coming and I'll have to step out of that world.
Go for it if you are feeling a bit blue, you will feel better at the end. Any of her books here on Audible are a treat. Apart from the dogs/goddesses one, you can give that a miss maybe.
Just relax in a bubbly bath with mug of cocoa or glass of something fizzy and cold and melt into the book like chocolate on a warm day.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-06-21

Fun Romcom

Don't feel like a drama? This is fun and whitty. I first read this book 20 years ago and now time poor it was just as good to listen to. Fun characters with loyal friendships and being open to accepting yourself. Fun romcom.

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  • MadHatter
  • 12-23-20

Great book, but needs a major edit

I have read and enjoyed this book several times. However it looses a star for one glaring error - the word ‘said’ is over-utilised by about 99%. Seriously, “he said”, “she said”, every damn time. Use ANY other verb occasionally - he growled / smirked / choked / observed. She smirked / cried / hissed / crowed. Get it? Using SAID constantly is boring, lazy and misses so much opportunity to add to the mood.
It is a great, funny, sweet novel, but it needs an edit and republish.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-12-20

delightful

read the book several times over the years, and each time enjoyed thoroughly - it hasn't dated on me yet - so though would risk narration based on reviews and so glad I did. it's really a 4.5 in its genre for me. Clever and fun dialogue drives the plot, some crazy too real characters add entertainment (min's mother to note one). narrator brought fresh joy for me, and even though there didn't seem to be a huge difference between min and Carl's voices, I always knew who was talking, so she nailed it without the overacting that many narrators for opposite genders. I so appreciated an atopic romance that while not falling for typical fairy tale, and silly plots, is then a real fairy tale. couple are a perfect match for each other, in the all the ways it really counts, and the delightful plot and dialogue let them explore that.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-20-19

Best One Ever. A witty, joyful, true romance.

Loved it. Narration was great too. I love romance stories where the sex is near the end, it doesn't overwhelm or repeat through the story, and the tension stays between the protagonists throughout.