10.12.13

BET ME, by Jennifer Crusie

Righteous, prissy David, frustrated because his new girlfriend won't hop in the sack with him, chooses The Long Shot club as their break-up site. Minerva Dobbs, not exactly bereft at the news she's no longer shackled to David, thinks a swizzle stick through his heart would be nice. Moments later, Min meets handsome (I feel for not-handsome guys, life gives them such disrespect) Calvin Morrisey. It's disinterest at first sight. David has bet Calvin Morrisey $10 he can't walk out the nightclub door with Min. She overhears the bet and it's all downhill from there. Mostly. click to read more...
With Crusie's usual cast of one-of-a-kind characters, there's plenty of opportunity for witty dialogue, theme discussions mostly centering around Krispy Kreme donuts, and hideous parents who should be incarcerated for the way they talk to their kids. Cal's young nephew is a heartbreaker, Cal's ex is totally off the wall, and the insufferable David only gets worse. Up against any other romance writer, these books are great. But...

Maybe I'm suffering from an overload of Crusie, something I never thought possible, but this book wasn't as fabulous as her others. And it wasn't because the extremely candid heroine Minerva Dobbs think she's overweight. With a size 8 or 10? Get real. No, despite Crusie's great dialogue and fascinating characters (the names alone are worth opening the book), it didn't really jell. Not to say I didn't enjoy it, impossible not to be entertained by these romances, but...she's done way better.It's a 4.
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