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Publisher's Summary

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Jennifer Crusie returns with her most hilarious, sizzling novel yet.

Nell Dysart's in trouble. Her divorce is 18 months old, she's been sleepwalking through life, and the best job she can get is with a detective agency that specializes in relationship work. Determined to turn her life around, Nell flings herself into making McKenna Investigations a better place.

On day one, she uncovers an embezzler. On day two, she turns up bribery. On day three, she has sex with the wrong man. On day four, she steals a dog. On day five, her boss tries to fire her... And fails miserably. Because even Gabe McKenna has to admit that no matter how much he hates the confusion she's brought into his life, Nell shares his passion for making things right.

It's not long before they share another passion, one they can't ignore - even in the face of distractions like adultery, blackmail, arson, murder, and really bad business cards.

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

Critic Reviews

"Aglow with the sparks of wit and and sassy." ( Kirkus Reviews)"A beach book for your brain...a sexy, intellectual read." ( Redbook)"Burr puts her all into the steamy scenes that get better and better as the book progresses." ( AudioFile)

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  • Barbara
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • 08-02-08

Great romance, good wit, and more than it seems

First Sandra Burr is delightful. She differentiates between characters with ease, and listening to her work is refreshing. Her voice has a bubble of amusement which lets the listener understand how the characters can see humor in the most depressing situations without glossing over the dark parts. This is a story of three women past their youth, and discovering that after all the best is yet to be. But even though the plot is superficially about discovering old murder, hidden diamonds, and poisonous secrets, it is also about discovering the characters never stop growing and learning, and under the wit and humor are the way these three women, and the men they love adjust to their new understanding. Oh yes, the sex is great. Experience does count here. This isn't a social studies text book, its a great story neatly woven and fun. I really like this author. She just gets better.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Shannon
  • Rochester, NY, USA
  • 08-12-08

Couldn't put it down!

I'll agree that the plot was not quite your everyday normal life story, however the whole story was so intriguing that I kept my earphones on whenever I could to keep listening to the story! The imagery kept the whole thing fresh and clear in my mind's eye, the voices differed enough that you could keep the multitude of characters straight, and I kept crossing my fingers for everything to work out for Nell and the rest of the crew. I loved the china and how a collection could almost become a character in the story. And being a "first wife" I loved to see how Nell interacted with her ex-husband and his new wife!

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Carolyn
  • Woy Woy, Australia
  • 09-14-08


First Jennifer Crusie book for me but certainly not the last. What a very witty story,good narration,I found myself laughing throughout the book, humour from beginning to end. The women in this book are hilarious,good friends through thick and thin, and mostly in trouble.A thoroughly enjoyable book

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Bonnie
  • Bellmore, NY, United States
  • 09-29-08


I bought this because it was on sale. I was truly surprise at how funny and enjoyable the story was and the characters were.

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  • Lajuan
  • Idabel, OK, United States
  • 08-30-08


This story was a pleasure. The age group very enjoyable because I am not 20 something. It was funny, interesting and entertaining, with some murder and mayhem just to keep it spicy. I really liked Nell...I recommend it.

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  • kelly
  • NEW ORLEANS, LA, United States
  • 11-18-10

Terrible Narrator

I loved the story! It was fun, sexy and exciting but the narrator made the men sound like they were on helium and the women sounded way too "Leave It To Beaver" for me. The words the women were saying didn't match what they sounded like at all. Who wants to listen to June Cleaver use four letter words and have a temper?

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Brilliant Book

I loved this book it is beautifully written and I enjoyed every moment of it! A brilliant listen

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Great Listen.

Very much enjoyed this book. Great story and really well read.

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  • Nancy
  • South Beloit, IL, United States
  • 01-03-09


GREAT, FUNNY, INTERESTING AND WONDERFUL READ ! Jennifer Crusie is a genius with writing humorous women stories. Best money I ever spent on audio books! A MUST READ!!

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  • Helen
  • Austin Texas
  • 09-08-08

Entertaining and Fun!

You will laugh and enjoy this book. Strong female characters learning to live life through changes, using humor, practicality and intrique. The men (the good guys) are great too. The male and female dialogue is so entertaining, you will laugh out loud. The narrator does an excellent job transitioning voices. I appreciated the tea cup metaphors and differences in male and female well as the resourcefulness of this cast of characters. Helps to remind us to not take life so seriously! Narrator is 5 stars too. Just simply a fun escape!

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  • sarahmoose2000
  • 07-17-11

Trying to be Evanovich

Not as good as Welcome to Temptation but still a fun listen. Nell is divorced, her husband got the company they built up together and now she needs a new job. She becomes an office manager in a private detective agency, but constantly clashes with the boss, even though she finds herself attracted to him.

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  • Lakey
  • 12-01-14

I enjoyed the written version

I've been ill and needed something easy to listen to. I read this book years ago and enjoyed it so bought the audio version. It's still good, funny, relaxing and with a happy ending.

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  • lisa
  • 05-10-17

Great twisty story plus Dachshund

Loved this well narrated tale of women who are always there for one another... keep dodging those trucks honey...