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Strange Bedpersons

Narrated by: Madison Vaughn
Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
4 out of 5 stars (392 ratings)
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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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These stories stand the test of time. Good writing, generally no graphic offensive language and a strong heroine to set the pace of a story. I found this author as my favorite narrator Angela Dawe recorded 3 stories for the author. Author should like author Karin Slaughter,re record her older stories with Ms Dawe. Listening to a story is not just the overall plot, but the the narrator understanding the author and performing like a play. My scores for narrators are what makes me purchase an author. Most of author’s work is best enjoyed the 2nd time listening. Most listeners want the plot, but ms Crusie strength is in the dialogue so the second time is better. My fave is Trust Me on This. Short, funny, makes you smile big time AND feel good.
This story is good but like a couple of the stories on Audible Escape, this narrator is just ok. Not bad! But not great either so l don’t want to listen a second time. Narrator just does not have the timing down. And like in most of author work, needs a great narrator eg Sandra Burr, Ms Erickson, and Ms Dawe. So if only 1 try go with these narrators.
Loved the cat and our hero as he had drive and focus. Our heroine has spunk, but I had very mixed feelings about her main message. I did not appreciate how she dragged our hero into her space. Must love the 60’s and the hippie movement to relate to the heroine. So not my cup of tea.
I do use the 1.2 speed, give it a try
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Strange 🛌

More like, all the unusual/exciting places to be intimate. The last Crusie book I read Tess and Nick are together in, but their story is here. It reminds me so much of this story I heard about a woman and her ex that had tremendous passion and attraction for one another but that was where it ended. I think Tess and Nick are the perfect balance for each other, but the start of their relationship is rocky at best. Particularly when it comes to politics. Which are a hot button no matter who you are. As usual I was more impressed with the story and writing than with the narration, but it wasn’t bad. Vaughn does an okay job, not spectacular, but few narrators are.

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Ugh, just stop!

The story drags with no real substance. And the female lead is so self absorbed for a woman that is supposed to be portraying and strong, intelligent woman who serves and helps others but is really just selfish and narrow minded, like a child, me, me, me... couldn’t finish it!
This is very disappointing from an author I love. On the other hand she has me still thinking about the book.... bad thoughts but thinking none the less.... 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Skip it

I love Jennifer Crusie’s books...except this one. I read this years ago and couldn’t finish it because it was so awful but thought maybe I was overly critical and tried it again. Nope, It’s even worse than remembered. The characters are cliched/stereotypes with every tired catchphrase used and overdone characteristic thrown in.
The female lead character is supposed to be some great selfless humanitarian instead she is narrow minded self righteous egotistical and intolerant and I can’t even listen to her at 2x speed.
This title Is listed as coming after Manhunting and before Getting Rid of Bradley—Over 20 years old and both are still fun and engaging stories—I think it’s more likely this was an early attempt that was pulled out and published when she became popular. And shouldn’t have been.
The narrator is barely average quality which doesn’t help.

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A great and Sexy story.

I like this author .I don't know why but she is a great story teller. you will love her books.