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Jennifer Crusie

Author of Bet Me

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About the Author

Jennifer Crusie was born Jennifer Smith in Wapakoneta, Ohio in 1949. She received a bachelor's degree in art education from Bowling Green State University, a master's degree in professional writing and women's literature from Wright State University, and an MFA in fiction from Ohio State show more University. Before becoming a full-time romance author, she was an art and English teacher. Her first book, Manhunting, was published in 1993. Her other works include Strange Bedpersons, What the Lady Wants, Charlie All Night, Anyone but You, The Cinderella Deal, Trust Me on This, Crazy for You, and Maybe This Time. She has received several awards including the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Contemporary Single Title for Bet Me and the RITA Award for Best Short Contemporary for Getting Rid of Bradley. She wrote several collaboration novels including Don't Look Down, Agnes and the Hitman, and Wild Ride all with Bob Mayer, The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes with Eileen Dreyer and Anne Stuart, and Dogs and Goddesses with Anne Stuart and Lani Diane Rich. She also wrote a book of literary criticism on Anne Rice, published under the name Jennifer Smith. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Jennifer Crusie

Bet Me (2004) 3,165 copies
Welcome to Temptation (2000) 2,295 copies
Faking It (2002) 2,090 copies
Fast Women (2001) 1,789 copies
Crazy for You (1999) 1,639 copies
Agnes and the Hitman (2007) 1,538 copies
Tell Me Lies (1998) 1,462 copies
Anyone But You (1998) 1,461 copies
Getting Rid of Bradley (1995) 1,337 copies
Manhunting (1994) 1,303 copies
Don't Look Down (2006) 1,256 copies
Charlie All Night (1995) 1,163 copies
Strange Bedpersons (1995) 1,127 copies
Maybe This Time (2010) 1,023 copies
What the Lady Wants (1995) 906 copies
The Cinderella Deal (1995) 878 copies
Santa, Baby (2006) — Contributor — 635 copies
Dogs and Goddesses (2009) 558 copies
Trust Me on This (1997) 536 copies
Wild Ride (2010) 524 copies
I'd Kill for That: A Serial Novel by 13 authors (2004) — Contributor — 143 copies
Sizzle (1994) 141 copies
Be Mine (2013) — Contributor — 128 copies
Lavender's Blue (2012) 52 copies
Hot Toy (2015) 40 copies
Rest In Pink (2023) 30 copies
One In Vermillion (2023) 24 copies
Manhunting | Brazen (2015) 2 copies
Fogadj rám 2 copies
Zgrywa (2004) 1 copy
Love is Bad Company (2009) 1 copy

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Okay so a lot of the fat phobia - internalized and external - didn't age well BUT this really had some great writing and some really smart observations. Crusie amazes me. Also, in case you can't tell THIS IS A SEX BET BOOK. So fair warning because I Hate Bet Books. They hurt my heart and make me cry but I was already committed to this book prior to figuring that out (I know it's called Bet Me but I am not smart). So, for me, the bet-trope worked so fucking well in this book than in any other bet book I've read.

There was SO MUCH DIALOGUE and that was really difficult to get into at first. Like, so many people are talking to one another constantly - which was kind of genius - but was a big shift for my brain. There is a large cast of characters that I did have some problems remembering well. BUT I actually think this would have made an amazing movie (or audioplay). Like is Jennifer Crusie a secret-screenwriter? Because it felt like I was reading a film - in a good way! I loved the epilogue - a tie for favorite epilogues with Kristen Callihan's The Hot Shot.

ps. is that chair scene an homage to Judith Ivory's Untie My Heart? Because I know Crusie loves Ivory! Also, am I going to make Judith Ivory connections appear whenever convenient? Yes. I am.
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s_carr | 135 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |
I don't know how to say this without saying it in this way . . . there are no books like Jennifer Crusie books. There's a rhythm, a beat, a tempo and it's easy to find yourself out of sync with her if you're not paying attention. I mean this as a compliment: like, there is a precision to the timing of her dialogue and it feels like a well-crafted screenplay. A bit of a, "stay in your seats so you don't miss out on the action."

some cw's: death of spouse (MMC's wife dies, historical), death of parent (MMC's father dies, mother of MMC's daughter dies both historical), cheating (FMC is in a relationship with someone when she begins a sexual relationship with the MMC, so technically cheating however it was clear the FMC was trying to break up with this person for a while - and even on page tried to break up with them over the phone but they were trying to manipulate her - long story long, cheating in books isn't an issue for me and the cheating in this book didn't bother me since imo it was a gray area), drugging (FMC's brother drugged someone in high school), on-page sex, difficult family dynamics… (more)
s_carr | 69 other reviews | Feb 25, 2024 |
Funny, but a bit more erotic that first one I read.
bentstoker | 69 other reviews | Jan 26, 2024 |
Light, funny romance book.
bentstoker | 135 other reviews | Jan 26, 2024 |



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