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Publisher's Summary

A heartwarming tale of opposites attracting, from the first name in romantic comedy: Jennifer Crusie!

Tess Newhart knows her ex-boyfriend, Nick Jamieson, isn't the right guy for her. He's caviar and champagne; she's take-out Chinese pot stickers. He's an uptight Republican lawyer; she was raised in a commune and thinks Cinderella is politically incorrect. He wants to get ahead in business; she just wants...him...only not the social-climbing Nick, but the sweet, caring, unbuttoned-down Nick. And Nick wants her, too, but there's no way Tess is about to play second fiddle to his obsession to make partner.

Yet somehow she finds herself agreeing to play his fiancée for a weekend business trip that could make or break Nick's career. And while he's wrapped up in convincing Tess that he needs her in his respectable world, Tess is doing her best to keep her left-wing opinions to herself and her hands off Nick.

©2009 Jennifer Crusie; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Crusie seems incapable of writing a boring page or one that's not aglow with sparks of wit and romance." (Kirkus Reviews)

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  • Kelley
  • CA, United States
  • 09-14-09

I'm sorry!

I keep writing reviews of this book and deleting them because I love Jennifer Crusie and don't want to be mean.(What if authors have some horrible traffic accident compusion to read these reviews?)

Okay - here goes. While Welcome to Temptation makes me wish I could write, Strange Bedfellows sounds like something someone like me did write. It sounds like something written by a not very good writer who likes Jennifer Crusie.

I don't know how that happened, but whatever there is of Crusie's energy and wit here is wasted on this uninteresting story of two very uncompeling people who have zero chemistry together. I listened to the first hour thinking she still hadn't introduced the hero. But she did. He was just very very dull. (I never heard the end so maybe a new guy shows up in chapter 10 - but I doubt it.) As for the plot... it's like the hero.

Maybe it's part of the new 'romantic realism' trend. Taking the fantasy out of romance so that women develop realistic expectations about relationships.

Result for me: Kinda like spinach ice cream. Or perhaps a dust sandwich. Ew.

Re-listen to Crusie's good books (there are many - check the stars) and leave this be.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Judy
  • Champaign, IL, United States
  • 08-11-09

Couldn't finish it

I have been a fan of Jennifer Crusie for many years now, and this is the first one of her books that I simply could not finish. The entire premise of the book was ludicrous, and the individual characters were either whinny or just plain unrealistic. The lead characters were so mismatched that it's hard to believe that he would have begged and pleaded that she be the one to go away with him for such a career-shaping weekend. And where JC books are generally known for their wit and humor, this book was not in the least bit funny. It was very disappointing.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • JANE
  • Shawnee, KS, United States
  • 11-16-10

Ehhhh

It was okay. Very predictable. Passed a few hours while I was cleaning, but cant say much more than that. I just finished it a couple of days ago and I had to go back and read the description again to remember what it was about because it was so forgetable.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • JEAN
  • nederland, TX, United States
  • 11-18-10

OK OK OK

I listened to this book, forgot to do review and click it off my ipod. I was away on a trip and was going to catch some sun and saw it. I forgot I had listened to it, so started to listen. I got to the second chapter thinking I have heard this before so Jumped to the end. Yep I had. It was ok listen because if it was bad I would have remembered an wrote immediately. But, seems like if it had been a favorite I would have wrote right away, and remembered the book. Love Jennifer and her work, but this one must have been a sleeper for me. Not bad but not wow wow wow. Sorry

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Cute story!

I like Jennifer Crusie's books - always a light, fun read! This was another such book - funny characters/comments, some romantic fare, and a satisfying conclusion - great beach or poolside book!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • EnVee
  • JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA, United States
  • 12-11-17

Shove a sock in it Tess

Normally I love Jennifer Crusies books,but this one was hard getting through.Couldn’t wait for it to be over with and it’s mainly due to her heroine Tess.Talk about someone not willing to compromise and bend a little,but she sure expects everyone else to.If I were Nick,I’d move on,sounds like he’s going to have a life time of headaches and debates over the stupidest things if their not divorced before too long.Narrator did good though,she wasn’t the reason for the books low rating.

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Good story, poor narration

Excellent story as usual from Crusie. The narration, not so much. In several places, it sounded like she hadn't read the story before.

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Slow but ok

Nick and Tess are so different its funny. Tess is pretty selfish in the beginning but its not so annoying as the book goes on

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Hard work.

I love J. Crusie's writing. I'm so glad to have read many of her other books before listening to this one. Completely unlikeable heroine. I kept waiting for an improvement. Never came. Honestly, the most unpleasant heroine i have encountered.

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  • Brenda
  • Etoile, TX, United States
  • 01-31-15

dud

There is no way the same person who wrote this book wrote Crusie`s other books. Additionally the narration is awful.