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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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  • 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

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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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Couldn't finish

I can't think of another book that I disliked as much as this one. I have read one other book by this author and I loved it. I could not stand the main character in this one. I tried to make it but couldn't get passed chapter 5. If it gets better after that I will never know. I had no problem with the performance.

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The first book that made me hate the work "said"

Here's a new drinking game for you. Take a shot every time the word "said" comes up in this book. You'll be hammered before you're halfway thru the first chapter. The majority of the story consists of "Tess said", "Gina said", "Nick said", and "Park said". I enjoyed Jennifer Crusie's first book in spite of the narrator that gasped at the end of every line. I had to fight to get past that and ignore it. However, listening to this narrator say those words in a flat voice over and over and over had me remembering a book mark I once possessed that had this phrase written on it: This is not a book that should be taken lightly. It must be thrown with great force.

Tip to the author: Invest in a thesaurus.

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It was okay.

I thought the narrator was good. I had a hard time with the main character Tess. She was so difficult sometimes and so annoying how she put everyone down for there likes just because it was a different richer quality of life. I liked Nick and their relationship confus

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Great Book

Really funny and witty. Tess is stubborn and Nick is relentless in loving her. You won't be disappointed.