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Trust Me on This

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Reporter Dennie Banks has just stumbled upon a story that could make her career: A renowned professor and marriage expert is about to get a divorce. Dennie learns that the professor will be attending a popular literature conference, so Dennie gets herself a ticket also, hoping to meet the professor there and pitch her story. Meanwhile, Alec Prentice is a government agent specializing in fraud prevention. Currently he's on the trail of Brian Bond, a con man who's been running a real estate scam for years. Alec learns that Bond will be at the same conference looking for his next victim, so Alec goes undercover to catch him in the act. Bond always works with a woman, so when Alec walks into the hotel bar and sees him talking to a beautiful brunette, he assumes that she's Bond's partner. Of course, the woman is actually Dennie, who was merely making polite chitchat with Bond. As both Alec and Dennie try to focus on their missions, they become increasingly distracted by their mutual attraction. But will their career ambitions get in the way of romance?

I've read and enjoyed some of Crusie's books in the past, and this one was billed as a screwball comedy, so I was hoping to like it a lot more than I did. There's nothing particularly wrong with the book, but there's just nothing original or interesting about it either. I couldn't really relate to Alec or Dennie, both perfect physical specimens whose intelligence is frequently mentioned but never actually shown. Their relationship seems to be based entirely on physical attraction, and neither character really changes in the course of the novel. The "comedy" aspect of the book also fell very flat to me; frankly, the witty banter just wasn't that witty. The basic plot is fun and might make a decent movie, but it's too flimsy to sustain an entire novel. I suppose the novel does touch on some deeper themes, such as the potential conflict between career ambitions and romantic relationships, but it doesn't really say anything innovative about the issue. Overall, even as a fan of romantic comedies, I'd say skip this one.
  christina_reads | Dec 12, 2014 |
Trust Me on This is a reissue for Crusie, but since I didn't get a chance to read it the first time around I was glad for the chance now. I've been a fan of Crusie since reading Welcome to Temptation, which has since become a favorite. I've found many of her most recent efforts--mostly collaborations with another author--disappointing, however. Trust Me on This is a return to classic Crusie. The author herself calls it a "screwball comedy" and it is, with misunderstandings gallore and a plethora of offbeat and eccentric characters to keep track of. It is a quick, fun, and satisfying read. The only loose end I felt remained at the end was why Janice Meredith went to the lengths she did; I'm sure if we could have seen her motivation it would have made more sense but really, I'm not going to lose sleep over it. I really enjoyed this entertaining story and am glad for the opportunity to read it. ( )
  beckymmoe | Apr 20, 2013 |
OKAY. You may have noticed that I have become slightly addicted to Jennifer Crusie’s books. The thing is, I generally really like her characters and plot and am slightly uncomfortable with the amount of, err, stuff that goes on. However, I did really like Trust Me on This. So I’d say, depending on your personality/comfort level, tread carefully. But she’s also a smart, fun read. ( )
  maureene87 | Apr 4, 2013 |
Funny,light reading. ( )
  crishbugarin | Mar 20, 2013 |
Mistaken identities and humorous situations abound in this light, fluffy comedy of errors/romance. Reporter Dennie Banks is hunting the interview that will finally make her career. Government agent Alec Prentice is undercover after a con artist. Con artist Brian Bonds has just found the perfect marks. Sherri, his girl friend, is out for revenge. Victoria Prentice is finding life a bit boring, and she's depending on nephew Alec to provide some entertainment. And Harry? Harry just wants to get back to his criminal database... The flyer for the Popular Literature Conference promised four fabulous days and three glorious nights - it's a sure thing somebody's going to have a good time, and it might as well be you! Enjoy. ( )
  SunnySD | Jan 10, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0553593382, Mass Market Paperback)

Jennifer Crusie believes there is a difference between male and female humor: male humor is slapstick and often pokes fun at people (like Three Stooges); female humor is derived from the relationship of things or people to one another, such as in a Seinfeld episode on television. A case of mistaken identities is the perfect soil for Crusie's "female" humor in Trust Me on This. Dennie Banks is a serious reporter, hot on a story, not a con man's moll. Alec Prentice is a clever, undercover agent, not a dumb male chauvinist hunk. Dennie and Alec can't quite read each other because they have ulterior motives. Thank goodness their hormones keep getting in the way. Eventually they are going to get to know each other, whether they want to or not.

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Dennie Banks is an investigative reporter chasing down the biggest story of her career. Alec Prentice is a government agent working undercover to catch an elusive grifter. When they meet by accident, it's a case of mistaken identities at first sight. What they don't mistake is the instant attaction they have for each other, an attraction they'll do everything in their power to resist--because Dennie thinks that Alec is running interference for her interview subject, and Alec suspects that Dennie is linked to his swindler. As the confusion grows, so do their feelings for each other, and what begins as a romantic comedy of errors may just end in the love affair of a lifetime.… (more)

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