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Bet Me

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Author: Jennifer Crusie

Published: August 31st 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2004)

Format: Mass Market Paperback , 391 pages

Isbn: 9780312987855

Language: English


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Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Even if he is gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey. Cal knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. Even if she does wear great shoes and keeps him on his toes. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, th Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Even if he is gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey. Cal knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. Even if she does wear great shoes and keeps him on his toes. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans, and it's not long before Min and Cal meet again. Soon, they're dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kreme donuts, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a freakishly intelligent cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of. Including the biggest gamble of all—true love.

30 review for Bet Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    D.G.

    After reading this, I don’t think I’ll eat Chicken Marsala ever again. The heroine of this book ate Chicken Marsala in two different restaurants, twice for takeout, at a wedding, at a dinner with her friends and cooked it 4 times with different levels of success. I don’t know if there’s anything more boring than a person who never tries anything new (if I’d been the hero, I’d have stopped dating her just because of this.) I enjoyed the first part of the book – the humor was not over the top and After reading this, I don’t think I’ll eat Chicken Marsala ever again. The heroine of this book ate Chicken Marsala in two different restaurants, twice for takeout, at a wedding, at a dinner with her friends and cooked it 4 times with different levels of success. I don’t know if there’s anything more boring than a person who never tries anything new (if I’d been the hero, I’d have stopped dating her just because of this.) I enjoyed the first part of the book – the humor was not over the top and the plot was wacky but not creepy. Then as the book progressed, I found two of my big pet peeves: adults that don’t confront their parents when they’re out of line and the demonizing of men. You see, I had a mother like Min’s so I totally understand what it is to live with constant criticism regarding my figure. But when I was in my 20s, I had a very firm chat with my Mom about it and told her I wouldn’t tolerate that behavior. Did my Mother stop completely? Of course not, but at least now it’s manageable and not humiliating like it used to be. And that’s why I cannot respect Min who at 33-years old, should not let her mother choose her hairdo, her clothes or the food she eats. I HATED how Cal was demonized because he dated a lot. He was so nice and thoughtful that women fell in love with him in droves and when he realized they were more serious than him, he would break up with them. The bastard! Doesn’t he know that once a woman falls in love with him, he owes her a ring no matter his feelings? He made them fall in love! It’s his fault! Because you know, women are little girls that cannot take responsibility for their own feelings and must get every man they want. **Throwing up now** Then the ending was so saccharine, I don’t think I’ll eat anything sweet for a month. The narration was good but I don’t think that Cal’s voice was distinctive enough. But what makes this narration really irritating is the author’s writing style. Almost every line of dialogue ends in ‘he said’ or ‘she said’ so after a while, I wanted to shoot myself. I had to speed up this book a lot, just to see if I could stop hearing ‘so and so said’ after every sentence. Because I liked the humor, I was thinking that I should give this author another shot, but then I thought that for the first time ever, an author has put me off food. If nothing else, that’s my clue that I should never read anything by this author again. She's liable to make me swear off bread or chocolate and THAT I couldn't stand.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dita

    Eye roll...that is all.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Cute story, but I'm still not sold on Jennifer Cruise. I've read this one and Welcome to Temptation, which are supposed to be her top two books and my feelings for both are overwhelmingly...ok. I know she's supposed to be one of the queens of Chick-lit, so this leads me to believe that Chick-lit will never be my jam. Which is fine. Ok. Min is chubby. And Min is always gonna be chubby. She doesn't magically lose the weight then find her prince charming. And prince charming (Cal) isn't one of those Cute story, but I'm still not sold on Jennifer Cruise. I've read this one and Welcome to Temptation, which are supposed to be her top two books and my feelings for both are overwhelmingly...ok. I know she's supposed to be one of the queens of Chick-lit, so this leads me to believe that Chick-lit will never be my jam. Which is fine. Ok. Min is chubby. And Min is always gonna be chubby. She doesn't magically lose the weight then find her prince charming. And prince charming (Cal) isn't one of those guys who already knows he likes the curvy ladies. It isn't until he talks to her that he realizes he finds her interesting and sexy. The problem is, he's taking a break from women. <--because they are nothing but grief! But Min is different. And she's worked her way under his skin... The back and forth between these two was really cute and sweet. And I enjoyed the fact that she wasn't thin. One thing I thought was maybe a little odd were all the food references. I didn't find the find the scene where he tied her up and fed her donuts all that sexy, to be honest. But...to each their own. Also, how many times can you eat chicken Marsala before you get thoroughly sick of it? Yikes! Branch out and try something new, girl! Anyway. I blew through it in a couple of days and don't regret it one bit. Chick-lit may not rock my world, but I certainly don't feel like it's a waste of my time.

  4. 4 out of 5

    • Lisa •

    5 'DONUT' STARS. A fabulously written book with plenty of heart and soul, low on the drama and high on the humour, 'Bet me' is a book that all romance lovers should have on their 'I need to read' shelves. My book heart was crying out for a chic-lit fix, so with a few recommendations for this book under my belt I decided to forge ahead and reconnect with my first love of reading style. This author did not disappoint 'Bet me' was a gorgeously funny and romantic escape and i'm left with a huge smile 5 'DONUT' STARS. A fabulously written book with plenty of heart and soul, low on the drama and high on the humour, 'Bet me' is a book that all romance lovers should have on their 'I need to read' shelves. My book heart was crying out for a chic-lit fix, so with a few recommendations for this book under my belt I decided to forge ahead and reconnect with my first love of reading style. This author did not disappoint 'Bet me' was a gorgeously funny and romantic escape and i'm left with a huge smile on my face. What's it all about ... Minerva 'Min' Dobbs is a slightly cynical, witty and suspicious thirty something who has found herself dumped by a man who she barely liked let alone loved. Trouble is Min has an impending wedding to attend as her sisters bridesmaid, throw in the need for a date, two hilariously entertaining best friends, an overbearing mother and a dress that doesn't fit and Min finds herself looking for a replacement man to fill the dateless gap. Min is well aware that there is no such thing as a prince charming to deliver her own happily-ever-after especially one who asks her on a date to win a bet. Calvin 'Cal' Morrisey is ridiculously handsome and successful, this charmer is not looking for a long term commitment especially with the girl who fails to fall for his boyishly good charms, so the two meet through a dubious bet and fall straight into drama, chaos and the possibility of love, 'Bet me' is the wonderful story of Cal and Min ... Can opposites really attract? What did I love? Spectacularly well written, witty and full of humour this story is chic-lit at its finest. The book was so random it was amusing, I could not get enough of this loveable story that I devoured in just one sitting. Lately I have found myself so overrun with dramatic books that 'Bet me' was a complete breath of chic-lit air. I loved both the hero and heroine in this story, I fell in love with Min, she was sassy and vulnerable and I loved her quirky, goofy sense of humour even with her self doubt she was always likeable a great leading lady for the delectable Cal, this hero was outstanding he was sweet and sexy and all things book yummy, I was more than pleased to meet this duo. The book has Great supporting characters and so many point of views in the book I lost count, just know this; it worked and I loved getting snippets of 'life' from all the characters. The dialogue between the characters is nothing short of amazing, it is so fast paced and entertaining I was in awe at my reading experience. There was nothing that I didn't love about this story and I'm rushing now to read other books by this talented author. Amazing intro, juicy in between bits and a deliciously scrumptious ending, I am officially in book love. Final thoughts ... Jennifer Crusie is obviously an established author, her writing style is flawless and this book had me swooning and laughing in equal measure. 'Bet me' brought me back to question myself as to why I've been leaving this genre of book collecting dust on my shelves, its a funny, quirky tale of learning to trust and that love is often found in the strangest of places. What more can I say? If you are a fan of a romance with more laughs than your local comedy club, then don't hang around, go grab it readers ... Kisses.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jilly

    Yay, funny and sarcastic! Jilly's kind of thing!! Minerva is the heroine of our story and she is the kind of girl who makes her other friends look hotter by comparison. She's also a bit chubby and hasn't eaten a carb in years. In other words, miserable. I've always said that you can never be happy unless you eat carbs. I went on a carb-free diet for a few months and, although I lost weight, I also went on a killing spree. You probably saw me on the news. I killed the crap out of tons of pigs. You Yay, funny and sarcastic! Jilly's kind of thing!! Minerva is the heroine of our story and she is the kind of girl who makes her other friends look hotter by comparison. She's also a bit chubby and hasn't eaten a carb in years. In other words, miserable. I've always said that you can never be happy unless you eat carbs. I went on a carb-free diet for a few months and, although I lost weight, I also went on a killing spree. You probably saw me on the news. I killed the crap out of tons of pigs. You know, because of all the bacon I ate. But, believe me, I was unpleasant to be around. Yeah, I know that's hard to believe because of all of the joy I bring to your life, but it's true. In other words - without carbs life is a vast hellscape that never ends.... until you eat one again... Yeah, it's pretty easy to get out of hell. Just eat a Snickers. Yeah, but he looks happier after that donut. So poor Minerva is in hell and then her boyfriend breaks up with her because she wouldn't have sex with him. To add insult to injury, she hears him making a bet with a hot guy that he can't get her to have sex with him either. Minerva does what any raging carb-starved girl would do - she decides to torture the hottie who is trying to pick her up to win a bet. I approve of this. Cal is the hero who took the bet. He isn't interested in Minerva, and she isn't interested in him. It becomes a strange anti-relationship and you end up just waiting for the whole thing to implode. On the other hand, some people will do anything to win a bet. Their romance is really cute and funny, and they both have friends who become a great part of the story. I cared as much about what was going on with their friends as I did about them. I kind of wanted them to get their own books, but I was happy enough that Crusie gave us their fates in an epilogue. jennifer Crusie's style of writing is unique. I think she will be either a love-or-hate author because of it. She uses a lot of dry humor and there always seems to be a big cast in her books. I am having fun with it, so I think I'll move on to a few more.

  6. 5 out of 5

    emma

    you know that horrible trope (read: flaw) in fiction involving the inability of some (ahem, many) male authors to write even semi-believable female characters? like there's something off about them you can't put your finger on (although usually it's the fact that they talk about having boobs all the time like the novelty hasn't worn off). anyway. this book is like if female authors couldn't write believable men. (which they can, because empathy, but apparently can't when it's a mid-2000s attempt you know that horrible trope (read: flaw) in fiction involving the inability of some (ahem, many) male authors to write even semi-believable female characters? like there's something off about them you can't put your finger on (although usually it's the fact that they talk about having boobs all the time like the novelty hasn't worn off). anyway. this book is like if female authors couldn't write believable men. (which they can, because empathy, but apparently can't when it's a mid-2000s attempt at writing a fairytale-level romance.) we spend 400-ish pages reading about the whirlwind (not a strong enough word) hate-to-love romance between Calvin and Minerva. yes, those are really their names. no, it does not seem necessary. Min's defining trait is that she's fat. you may be tempted to yell at me about this, but that would be you shooting the messenger, and also it wouldn't be very nice and please be nice to me all the time forever. anyway, there is nothing that Min is called more in these pages than some variation on fat, including: chubby, overweight, round, so on. to say CW: fat shaming would be an understatement. it is not only f*cked up, it is very annoying. Cal's defining trait is that he is perfect. that's it. like this guy is: - a 10/10 in looks - a 10/10 in body - a complete charmer - the owner of his own company - willing to constantly reassure Min that she is beautiful and her curves are also beautiful - as a sidenote, also weirdly into both Min's feet and force-feeding her food in what is supposed to be, i guess, a Romantic Thing but does not seem that way to me - a player but also one who You Can Change - droppin' the L-word in under a month - amazing in bed - totally neutral toward his bombshell relationship-psychologist ex who is actively trying to win him back - cool with being yelled at (and hit) by Min, her friends, and her family until Min deigns to fall in love with him - the former roommate of the owner of an unbelievably delicious Italian restaurant - relatedly, up for delivering free, mouthwatering chicken marsala to your apartment - discovering your long-lost prized possession after spending a minute in your basement - giving gifts and also cats - a frequent Krispy Kreme customer - a youth softball coach - totally down to propose on the one-month anniversary. he sounds like a robot. bottom line: i wish there was a plot twist to this book and it was like ACTUALLY HE WAS A ROBOT ALL ALONG. A ROBOT BUILT OUT OF THE DEEPEST DESIRES OF EVERYONE WHO SAW BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY IN THEATERS. would be a lot more interesting. -------------- i actually just...enjoyed a rom com, so... attempting to recreate the magic

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jo ★The Book Sloth★

    5 Beautifully Insane Stars This book was...bizarre but so damn charming. It was full of light humour and absolutely free of drama. It is a book you read when you need something to pick you up. I'm so glad I read it! The main characters were mostly insane...really. We have "Min" who after being dumbed by the world's biggest idiot goes into her "all men are pigs" phase, and we have "Calvin", the comitment-phobe, who gets entangled in a stupid bet against his will. They are our main couple. She is a 5 Beautifully Insane Stars This book was...bizarre but so damn charming. It was full of light humour and absolutely free of drama. It is a book you read when you need something to pick you up. I'm so glad I read it! The main characters were mostly insane...really. We have "Min" who after being dumbed by the world's biggest idiot goes into her "all men are pigs" phase, and we have "Calvin", the comitment-phobe, who gets entangled in a stupid bet against his will. They are our main couple. She is a little chubby and never takes risks, he is a gambler. They decide they have nothing in common and won't be seeing each other again. But fate has other ideas... “What i'm trying to tell you," Min said, "is that im going to grow up to be one of those chubby old ladies. It's in my genes. Like self raising flour. i'm going to pouf." "That's going to work out well for me," Cal said. "Because i'm going to grow up to be one of those horny old men who chases chubby old ladies around the couch.” The "mean" characters were completely insane... "David" the douche makes the bet with Calvin that he can't get Min in bed in a month, just after he breaks up with her, despite the fact that he wants her back. "Cynthie", Cal's crazy ex, wants him back. She is a relationship gourou and she is certain that love can be clinically analyzed and she is meant to be with Cal... Don't get me started with Cal's mom, Aka "The Iceberg". This book strikes for funny and light and the characters reflect it. The "friends" were just as crazy... In this category we have "Roger", who glances at Bonnie for the first time and decides he'll marry her(but he'll wait a month before he proposes), and "Bonnie" who believes in fairytales and princes(Roger is hers). They are both completely adorable, like teddy bears, and perfect for each other. And then Tony and Liza, who are the "man-whore" and the "free-spirit". I'll just say that every time Cal kissed Min, Liza decked him with her purse. Need I add anything?? “This is a woman you've known less than twelve hours. It took you a year to pick out a couch, but you're seriously—" “Yes,” Roger said. “She's the one.” The result?? A beautiful mess of a book. It was charming and cute and so easily read that you didn't want it to end. *******************Re-read June 2015*******************

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    WOW! Great story! Excellent writing! Amazing Characters! Min.. Great decision! Cal... We KNOW you didn't make the bet so.. .. in the end it made me want to eat LOTS, AND LOTS of Krispy Kreme donuts!.. *sigh* WOW! Great story! Excellent writing! Amazing Characters! Min.. Great decision! Cal... We KNOW you didn't make the bet so.. .. in the end it made me want to eat LOTS, AND LOTS of Krispy Kreme donuts!.. *sigh*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    4.5 Fairy Tales Do Come True Stars! It's been a long time since I've read a JC book. I remember her always putting a smile on my face and once again JC had me smiling and laughing many times. I loved Mim and Cal! Hell I loved everybody in this book! I might have liked it so much because Mim and Cal acted like enemies instead of lovers. lol All because of a bet made between Mim's ex David and Cal (which Mim over hears). So Mim starts off hating Cal right away and is quick to shoot down his charmin 4.5 Fairy Tales Do Come True Stars! It's been a long time since I've read a JC book. I remember her always putting a smile on my face and once again JC had me smiling and laughing many times. I loved Mim and Cal! Hell I loved everybody in this book! I might have liked it so much because Mim and Cal acted like enemies instead of lovers. lol All because of a bet made between Mim's ex David and Cal (which Mim over hears). So Mim starts off hating Cal right away and is quick to shoot down his charming ways. They butt heads every time they are around each other. They never want to see each other again but fate has different plans for them. And when it came to the important stuff they were both there for each other! I loved how Cal made Mim feel sexy about not being a size two. He loved to watch her eat. He made her eat. He also was quick to put Mims mom in her place when it came to her harping all the time to Mim about not eating carbs and dieting. I loved how Mim stood up to Cals family and never made him feel stupid because he was dyslexic. Elvis (her cat) was awesome! I loved how every time Cal or Mim voiced out loud to themselves that they were never going to see each other again something weird would happen. Cal burned his finger or bumped his head. Mim stabbed her self with a loose staple. Haha! These two had really good friends! They were all wonderful and had each other's back! Oh and Mim had some really cool shoes and she loved Elvis Presley! She had me jamming many times during this book. It brought back memories of my mom playing Elvis records when I was younger. Haha! This was told through many different POVs and I really liked that a lot. I had no problems figuring out who's head I was in. lol If you're looking for a light on drama funny read with tons of tension this ones for you!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    Until recently, this was not available on KINDLE in Europe and I really wanted to read it so what's a girl to do - had to order the paperback. Loved it. No sooner had I the paperback than it became available on KINDLE in Europe. What's a girl to do? Download it and read it again ... Great, great story. Until recently, this was not available on KINDLE in Europe and I really wanted to read it so what's a girl to do - had to order the paperback. Loved it. No sooner had I the paperback than it became available on KINDLE in Europe. What's a girl to do? Download it and read it again ... Great, great story.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell

    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Jennifer Crusie is one of those "canon" romance authors that everyone who loves the genre seems to have read, but for some reason, I never got around to it... until now. Part of my trepidation was because a lot of those early contemporary romances that everyone loves don't really age all that well. Unlike historical romance novels, where you can say, "Okay, that's super uncomfy and problematic but it was set 200 years ago when men swam f Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest Jennifer Crusie is one of those "canon" romance authors that everyone who loves the genre seems to have read, but for some reason, I never got around to it... until now. Part of my trepidation was because a lot of those early contemporary romances that everyone loves don't really age all that well. Unlike historical romance novels, where you can say, "Okay, that's super uncomfy and problematic but it was set 200 years ago when men swam freely in the sea of privilege and everyone wore their racism like a merit badge instead of sneakily trying to get around it like a paywall in a freemium app," the problematic tropes hit much closer, which is why I wasn't able to enjoy the earlier books by authors like Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Rachel Gibson. To my surprise, though... BET ME feels very progressive and was just as fun and breezy as some of my favorite recent romance novels. Plus-size rep is something that a lot of 1990s and 2000s chick-lits do HORRIBLY wrong, but even though Min has a lot of self-hatred, it's understandable because of her emotionally abusive mom... and honestly, Min doesn't let it get in the way of her living her best life. She has a great job and knows it (works as an actuary), has a squad of friend!goals BFFs, and the book opens up with her being dumped with a guy who's angry because she won't sleep with him and even though he says some cruel things, she's just like, FUCK THIS DOUCHE. The douche in question is named David, and he's part of the reason Min has her meet-cute with Cal(vin), the reformed playboy who's just trying to live his best life while dodging clingy women and enjoying the peace and quiet of bachelorhood. David, angry at Min for not really being as repentant as he wanted, bets that Cal can't get Min in bed or get her to agree to dinner. Min overhears the bet and goes out to dinner with Cal. It's hate at first sight, even though the dinner is great, and they bicker through the meal and he walks her home (eeeee) although he accidentally elbows her in the eye. Then they go out again, and again, and AGAIN, and it starts to feel like this could be real. But both of them have huge hang-ups that they've been hiding from one another that might break the relationship before it even really sprouts the wings it needs to get it off the ground. A really good romance has great side characters. I loved Cal's nephew, Harry, and his lesbian bartender friend, Shanna. Tony and Roger were great, too. Min's sister Diana is wonderful and much more complex than I was expecting, and I loved Bonnie and Liza. Even Cynthie was much more complex than I was expecting from an OW, although man did she have issues. All of the side romances were pretty funny and one of the best scenes in the book is the family dinners that Cal and Min have with each other's relatives where they defend each other against their families and it is SO CUTE. Easily one of the most casually touching scenes in a romance I've ever read. I don't always like fluffy romances because sometimes they can be so sweet, you can practically feel the cavities sprouting like flowers in your teeth. But this really, really worked for me. I think it's because of how it kind of cheekily acknowledged its tropeyness while also deflecting some of them, and featured a genuinely likable and funny heroine who was self-conscious without kind of feeling like a soap box for Problematic Views About Heavy People masquerading as rep, and Cal was a wonderful love interest who was one of the best reformed playboys I've read about in a while. This is how you write a guy who is a bit of a cad but still redeemable. He was really sweet but a little immature and just needed to find the right person to love him for who he was while also not taking any of his bullshit. It takes a while to get steamy but once it does, it's surprisingly kinky haha. If you're a fan of Lisa Kleypas, I think you'll really enjoy this book! 4 to 4.5 stars

  12. 4 out of 5

    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    Actual rating: 1.5 stars. Because I'm in a good mood today. Warning: the gif is strong with this one. Again. Why? Why the bloody fish did I do this to myself? Because I'm a first-class idiot, that's why. And because I'm a complete, utter, total masochist, that's also why. Yep, that's me, the human piñata. Okay, let's get this over with as quickly and painlessly as possible. This book made me feel like: And also like: And also, also like: All in all this proved to be a charmingly delightful reading ex Actual rating: 1.5 stars. Because I'm in a good mood today. Warning: the gif is strong with this one. Again. Why? Why the bloody fish did I do this to myself? Because I'm a first-class idiot, that's why. And because I'm a complete, utter, total masochist, that's also why. Yep, that's me, the human piñata. Okay, let's get this over with as quickly and painlessly as possible. This book made me feel like: And also like: And also, also like: All in all this proved to be a charmingly delightful reading experience. And I have to say it put me in a deliciously jovial, cheery mood. Good times and stuff. » And the moral of this Next Time Anyone Sees Me Reading a Book Similar to this One Please Do Me a Favor and Shoot Me in the Head Thank Thee Kindly Super Extra Crappy Non Review Thingie (NTASMRaBSttOPDMaFaSMitHTTKSECNRT™) is: ah, sugar-shock inducing books, there really is nothing quite like them. Who would want to read gloriously dark stuff packed with liars and assholes when such enchanting tales as this one exist? I sure wouldn't. Oh no, not me. P.S. One day chicken Marsala will save the world. It will eradicate all diseases, make hunger disappear, stop armed conflicts and bring peace on earth. Trust me on that one, I read this book, I know what I'm talking about.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Didi

    4.5 STARS! Sometimes I find myself discovering a new to me author, and thinking...WHERE THE HELL HAVE I BEEN?? Why haven't I heard of Jennifer Crusie before now? Despicable. And because I'm late into the game, I won't bother explaining what this book is all about. I loved it. I loved Cal. Truly loved that dream of a book boyfriend. He was honest, sweet, considerate, giving, loving and an an all around true gentleman. The scene where they're eating chicken Marsala--umm...YUM!--and he describes how 4.5 STARS! Sometimes I find myself discovering a new to me author, and thinking...WHERE THE HELL HAVE I BEEN?? Why haven't I heard of Jennifer Crusie before now? Despicable. And because I'm late into the game, I won't bother explaining what this book is all about. I loved it. I loved Cal. Truly loved that dream of a book boyfriend. He was honest, sweet, considerate, giving, loving and an an all around true gentleman. The scene where they're eating chicken Marsala--umm...YUM!--and he describes how he sees her body...sigh. Seriously, I was this close to tearing up. With Min's mom dishing out endless weight loss advice, and her ex being a douche, Min deserved someone who could see her for herself and love her deeply, want her desperately and keep her forever. Min was funny. I always felt she put up a shield against people that would judge her, or assume things. This was of course a defense mechanism, and it was hilarious in the beginning when she used it like crazy against Cal. There were tons of laugh out loud moments, a fantastic secondary cast--loved her bff's Bonnie and Liza!--touching scenes, swoony scenes and a romance that gave me the warm fuzzies! Cheesy right? Doesn't matter, I loved this. Tony was awesome, really standing up when it was necessary, and pointing Cal in the right direction. David was a total idiota, and Cyn, poor, sightless Cyn. She was smart professionally, but totally clueless personally. Love can't be theorized and tested using variables and science. This style of plot where there are other things going on above the main romance are my favorite. They keep you on your toes and round out everything beautiful that is reading. I'm now off to start reading JC's other books, this is why goodreads is so great, we discover new and fantastic authors! The ending was beautiful, the pacing incredible, no filler whatsoever. I especially loved how the epilogue was written, answered all my questions, and proved some of my suspicions. But the real winners? Cal and Min, loved them! Highly recommended.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ You know when you read a great book when, not even in the middle of it, all you can think of is : I was seriously beating myself up with this the whole time! It felt so good to read this book! To sum it up quickly, I loved it for a lot of reasons but mainly : 1 - Dialogues Jennifer Crusie knows how to make her characters talk! Vividly! 2 - Humor I was really laughing out loud at some quotes or situations! This book is filled with sarcasm and high quality banter. I ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ You know when you read a great book when, not even in the middle of it, all you can think of is : I was seriously beating myself up with this the whole time! It felt so good to read this book! To sum it up quickly, I loved it for a lot of reasons but mainly : 1 - Dialogues Jennifer Crusie knows how to make her characters talk! Vividly! 2 - Humor I was really laughing out loud at some quotes or situations! This book is filled with sarcasm and high quality banter. I know you stole me from my real parents, they'd let me eat butter. Min swallowed "the thing is, im going to spread. Hips, thighs-" "for future reference," he said starting to laugh. "if you're sitting half naked on my lap and you tell me you're going to spread-" “It's a good thing he broke up with you because now you're free for when the right man finds you. Your prince is on his way." "Right. I'm sure he was on his way but a truck hit him.” 3 - Shoes! Minerva is a woman after my own heart... She is a shoe's freak! She had the most awesome shoes! And how fun it was witnessing Cal discovering a foot fetish... lol. 4 - Food ! Do not read this book on a diet. Scratch that, read it on a diet! I was craving donuts and italian's food the whole time! 5 - Fairytale-ish This story is filled with fairytale references, but our heroine and hero being such down to earth persons, they aren't even aware of it all! 6 - Villains! Yes, all fairytales needs their villains... And I loved that we get their POV in this story! 7 - Elvis! Elvis was a character of its own league here! But wait, are you talking about... Presley? Costello? The Cat? To summarize, this book is a gem, have it ready on your shelf for any unexpected craving of all of the above. The Bet might have be witty, charming, sassy, smart and fabulous but there is nothing quite as nice as LOVE! ** Thanks to Lana and Mo for recommending this! xxx **

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (and the Book Boar)

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 3.5 Stars Actual footage of my face when anyone at the office tries to recommend a book to me . . . . In case you aren’t familiar, my mood tends to fluctuate between . . . . . And . . . . . When (literally) the nicest person I’ve ever worked with in all 417 of my years here on Earth told me I should read Bet Me I just knew I was going to break her perky little heart. Imagine my surprise when I actually liked this dang thing! Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ 3.5 Stars Actual footage of my face when anyone at the office tries to recommend a book to me . . . . In case you aren’t familiar, my mood tends to fluctuate between . . . . . And . . . . . When (literally) the nicest person I’ve ever worked with in all 417 of my years here on Earth told me I should read Bet Me I just knew I was going to break her perky little heart. Imagine my surprise when I actually liked this dang thing! Obviously this is not a selection that is Pulitzer worthy, but when you need a break from the smarty or heavy or stabby options, it’s quite a fun little palate cleanser. The premise here is of the “I bet you can’t bag that broad” variety. The difference with this selection? The potential baggy just so happens to overhear said wager so the ol’ trope is immediately turned on its ear. Another difference? While the leading male is very much stereotypical rom com dreamboy material . . . . . The leading lady is of the real plus-sized variety (not just the “ooooh my tummy pooch is sooooooo frustrating and I wish my thigh gap were bigger”) which had me like . . . . . I will say I absolutely did not enjoy the added storyline of the two exes and thought that just created tons of additional unnecessary pages about people I did not like. Other than that, though, this was quite fun.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ♥Sharon♥

    4.5 Stars This was a nice little surprise. I didn’t even have it on my TBR list. I was scrolling through my FB feed about a month ago and Susan Elizabeth Philips posted something about it. She loved it so I one clicked it. How could I go wrong! Bet Me had a great cast of characters. I adored the heroine Min. She was strong, funny, sweet, and very relatable. I’d love to have her in my circle of friends. The hero Cal was perfectly flawed and he too was very relatable. Their story was a fairy tale o 4.5 Stars This was a nice little surprise. I didn’t even have it on my TBR list. I was scrolling through my FB feed about a month ago and Susan Elizabeth Philips posted something about it. She loved it so I one clicked it. How could I go wrong! Bet Me had a great cast of characters. I adored the heroine Min. She was strong, funny, sweet, and very relatable. I’d love to have her in my circle of friends. The hero Cal was perfectly flawed and he too was very relatable. Their story was a fairy tale of sorts. The kind that leaves you warm in fuzzy inside. The secondary characters were fabulous. While it was Min and Cal’s story we also got a little side story with Bonnie and Roger. And Cal’s nephew Harry the ichthyologist was too cute. She is an Elvis fan. He is a Crispy Crème’s fan. They were perfect for each other! It just took them bit of time to figure it out! Jennifer Cruise is a new author to me and I am looking forward to reading more of her stuff.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Norah Una Sumner

    It all started with a bet ... One exciting and incredibly fun chick lit novel that will make you laugh and make you think about whether a happy ending is really possible and theory of chaos real. Min is serious. Cal is a charmer. Min is ready for something more. Cal is not known for serious relationships. Min is angry at men, especially after her last relationship. Cal is not ready for a woman who will tell him "NO". Min is a curvy brunette. Cal likes blondes. And they definitely hate each other. B It all started with a bet ... One exciting and incredibly fun chick lit novel that will make you laugh and make you think about whether a happy ending is really possible and theory of chaos real. Min is serious. Cal is a charmer. Min is ready for something more. Cal is not known for serious relationships. Min is angry at men, especially after her last relationship. Cal is not ready for a woman who will tell him "NO". Min is a curvy brunette. Cal likes blondes. And they definitely hate each other. But when fate and a strange bet take over their lives, perhaps one of the most famous assumptions - "opposites attract"- will come true. It's all up to you to find out if it's really like that.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Karla

    5 Stars!! This is my 3rd time reading, or rather this go around I listened to the audio version. Still a 5 star book, the audio version was wonderful, and Deanna Hurst rocked the read. The story still had the same impact it did when I read it the first and second time. One of my favorite plump girl...full figure...curvy women reads! I smiled like an idiot from beginning to end! Calvin Morrisey is the sweetest guy ever...I love him! Original review posted 2/11 Great book. Lots of fun, loads of laug 5 Stars!! This is my 3rd time reading, or rather this go around I listened to the audio version. Still a 5 star book, the audio version was wonderful, and Deanna Hurst rocked the read. The story still had the same impact it did when I read it the first and second time. One of my favorite plump girl...full figure...curvy women reads! I smiled like an idiot from beginning to end! Calvin Morrisey is the sweetest guy ever...I love him! Original review posted 2/11 Great book. Lots of fun, loads of laughs, and some really quirky, memorable characters. What starts out as a bet, turns into love…only Cal and Min have a little trouble figuring that out. But the journey is oh so much fun. Harry "Harrison", cutest little dude ever...wish the author would right about this adorable ichthyologist! A real feel good book. It's a keeper, one of JC's best!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Zeek

    Fantastic Contemporary Romance! I've been wanting to read Bet Me for some time now after seeing all the good reviews- despite the fact I tried one or two other Cruise books awhile ago and wasn't all that hip to them. I liked them well enough but nothing really demanded she become an "autobuy" author. Bet Me might change that. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! Min Dobbs has everything a girl could want, good, stable job, close friends, who cares if she has less than ideal weight? And okay, in the men d Fantastic Contemporary Romance! I've been wanting to read Bet Me for some time now after seeing all the good reviews- despite the fact I tried one or two other Cruise books awhile ago and wasn't all that hip to them. I liked them well enough but nothing really demanded she become an "autobuy" author. Bet Me might change that. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! Min Dobbs has everything a girl could want, good, stable job, close friends, who cares if she has less than ideal weight? And okay, in the men department, she's a bit lacking too. The story starts off with Min being dumped by a less then perfect boyfriend, David. Immediately her friends try to help by getting her to hook up with the handsome man standing on the balcony- right next to recent dumpee boyfriend. When Min decides to take on her friends challenge and meanders over to meet the admittedly attractive man, she freezes in horror when she overhears Dumper Dave making a bet with sexy new man, Cal Morrissey, that he can't get Min to sleep with him in a month's time. More horrifying, Cal promptly follows Min after she returns to her girls, seemingly taking on Dumper's bet.. Because she wants a date for her sister's wedding in 3 weeks, she decides to take him up on his offer for dinner- figuring she'll play the bet against him. One problem. Cal's not a bad guy. He's smart and more down to earth then Dumper Dave ever was. And yep, she falls for him- hook, line (well, maybe not every line) and sinker. Cruise does a fantastic job of characterization and dialogue and I couldn't put this one down. I really loved Min and Cal, especially Min and Cal together. The side characters were just as much fun and I wonder if Min's friend Liza is going to get her own book eventually?? I think what I liked most is that her characters felt so real. Min and crew could be any one of us modern girls trying to make their way in shark-infested waters. Cruise also plays around with our desire for Happily Ever Afters and how that struggles against the fact that those are hard to come by now-a-days. It's a fun, fast read and I recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it yet- which is admittedly very few!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    I needed this book! It seems as if all of the books I read lately are such intense reads. Bet Me was the perfect reprieve. From the first page, it was just so much fun! I mean, she introduces her "R rated pixie" friend on like page five. The intro scene is Min in a bar with her friends while her boyfriend is breaking up with her. It's obvious that she couldn't care less. That is, until she overhears the bet being made with the "Hunka hunka burnin' love" standing next to her new ex. Call is the p I needed this book! It seems as if all of the books I read lately are such intense reads. Bet Me was the perfect reprieve. From the first page, it was just so much fun! I mean, she introduces her "R rated pixie" friend on like page five. The intro scene is Min in a bar with her friends while her boyfriend is breaking up with her. It's obvious that she couldn't care less. That is, until she overhears the bet being made with the "Hunka hunka burnin' love" standing next to her new ex. Call is the perfect guy, which is not what Min wants or expects. Their courtship is full of unexpected encounters...so many that they both get the feeling that fate is really weird. No one would have pictured them together, least of all themselves. But no matter how much they try to stay away, everything just seems to fall into place. Min is a typical woman in that she sees only the worst in herself physically. It takes awhile, but Cal unintentionally forces her to see her as she truly is. It was actually quite beautiful to see this part come about, because it was such a subtle change, but remarkable. Without sounding like the typical book cover review blip, I'll say this: Ms Crusie writes with such wit and passion and humor, I was literally smiling the entire time I read this book. Going on my love love love shelf!

  21. 4 out of 5

    bibliophile (Romance Addict)

    This book is HILARIOUS!! & CUTE! Story: We meet Min, a woman who doesn't care much about her looks, and is characterized by her friends as plain. After breaking up with her boyfriend, she decides to go out to dinner with a guy who wants to win a bet on her. Calvin is gorgeous, and man whore, a guy who woman shouldn't get too close to, but when coincident plays in the role, Cal & Min gets closer together, and might possibly fall in love. However, will they last together? “Nobody in my life has This book is HILARIOUS!! & CUTE! Story: We meet Min, a woman who doesn't care much about her looks, and is characterized by her friends as plain. After breaking up with her boyfriend, she decides to go out to dinner with a guy who wants to win a bet on her. Calvin is gorgeous, and man whore, a guy who woman shouldn't get too close to, but when coincident plays in the role, Cal & Min gets closer together, and might possibly fall in love. However, will they last together? “Nobody in my life has ever known me the way you do. Nobody in my life has ever made me feel as good as you do. You know me, you know everything about me, and when you leave me, you're going to be leaving the real me, the me nobody else has ever seen, that's who you're going to be rejecting.” _______________________ Positive: -The humor. The best part about this book is that it's hilarious! I was laughing every five minutes at how funny Cal & Min were. This was a great plus for this book since I enjoyed it so much! -Cal & Min! I really like how different their relationship was. I am VERY grateful to the writer since she didn't make it too dramatic between them unlike other chick-lit's book. I also like how they trusted each other despite everything that happened. -The side characters: I love Bonnie, Liza, Tony, Di, and all the side characters! I also really like the fact that there are so many side characters to begin with! _______________________ Negative: I HATE David, and Cyn! God, especially Cyn since she was acting like a know it all! But I love how she couldn't stir anything in the book!! Final thoughts: I really like this book!! At first, it was totally four stars for me, but then it grew on me since the book only got better. I love the character development, and how Min & Cal changed slowly. I also like the fact that it took time for the relationship to grow & it wasn't a one-moment thing. This book is hilarious, and has a very good plot. Recommend: I recommend this book to readers who wants a light read. This is highly recommended to readers who just read a VERY heavy subjected book, and want something funny, and light.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jasmin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I belong to the 6% of the human populace who do not like this book. And I have to say, I do not like being the odd man/woman out. I honestly wanted to like this book. This is included in All About Romances Top 100 list and on Dear Reader Top 100 list plus it won Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Contemporary Single Title (2005), so it was justified that I had high hopes for this. Also, all my goodreads friends rated this four stars or more, however, the characters and dialogues were I belong to the 6% of the human populace who do not like this book. And I have to say, I do not like being the odd man/woman out. I honestly wanted to like this book. This is included in All About Romances Top 100 list and on Dear Reader Top 100 list plus it won Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Contemporary Single Title (2005), so it was justified that I had high hopes for this. Also, all my goodreads friends rated this four stars or more, however, the characters and dialogues were unbelievable. Examples are: (1) Bonnie turned back to the field and called Roger's name. When he came trotting over to them, she said, "Honey, are you going to ask me to marry you?" "Yes," he said. "I didn't want to rush you, so I thought I'd wait till our one-month anniversary. It's only eleven days." "Very sensible," Bonnie said. "Just so you know, I'm going to say yes." Roger sighed. "That takes a lot of the worry out of it." He leaned over and kissed her and went back to the field. Seriously, does that really happen in real life? I think not. (2)When Diana, Min's sister, decided not to get married since her fiancee is a cheating bastard, her mother caught her drinking wine, but then her mother quickly said: "Do you know how many calories—" Mothers are not like that. The could be calorie police at times, but not at a really lousy time, such as your failed wedding. And if the mothers are all like that, I'll stab them to death. (3)Statistics are vital in everyday life. Dialogues with a mention of statistics a little often are cute, however, almost every conversation with a mention of percentages of whatever does not strike me as amusing. (4)The characters also talked about theories on love. That got me confused on what I am reading. Whether this was a contemporary romance book or a psychology book. And in my honest opinion, I think the author was trying to merge the two in one. Also in the duration of the book, there wasn't any real focus on the H/h. One minute, it's Min and Cal, then next, it's different people talking. The thought and motive were both good, however, it would have worked more if this was a movie. To all my friends who loved this, I am absolutely sorry. I really wanted to love this book. And it wasn't due to a lack of effort on my part.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Don't you just love it when you re-read a book you haven't read in years and are instantly reminded of a genre you used to adore, and a book you thought was wonderful? If possible, I enjoyed this even more on my second read. Ah, Cal. What a dreamboat.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Oh, Christ, I gave her a feral cat I adore this book and I'm currently on my 58th reread, approximately. Any book that can rouse my hunger for both chicken marsala and serious shoe shopping at the same time is a winner.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anuradha

    EDIT - 16/02/2017: I had a horrible day today (well, yesterday), and amidst all my bitchiness and PMS and crying and general bad mood, I couldn't find enough chocolate. Anywhere. So yeah, I read this book again; I don't really know why, and it really made me feel better. I'm upping this to five stars. ORIGINAL REVIEW: Hallelujah! A book written for women where the heroine is not a klutz or a bimbo or a stereotype. Meet Minerva Dobbs, a slightly chubby actuary who doesn't seem to have much luck i EDIT - 16/02/2017: I had a horrible day today (well, yesterday), and amidst all my bitchiness and PMS and crying and general bad mood, I couldn't find enough chocolate. Anywhere. So yeah, I read this book again; I don't really know why, and it really made me feel better. I'm upping this to five stars. ORIGINAL REVIEW: Hallelujah! A book written for women where the heroine is not a klutz or a bimbo or a stereotype. Meet Minerva Dobbs, a slightly chubby actuary who doesn't seem to have much luck in finding true love. Her total asshole boyfriend dumps her for not having sex with him, and she doesn't grovel. Instead, she contemplates killing him. She is not a total fucking doormat. She talks her mind and eats like a pig, even if she doesn't want to. A woman after my own heart! She wears these statement shoes and doesn't really give a damn what people think. She's smart, sassy, kind, wonderful, and beautiful. She knows what she wants from life, and is absolutely the best sister ever. Meet Calvin Morrisey. A total babe. A 10/10. Smart, compassionate, with a heart of gold, despite his "tough guy" exterior. I love that he loves her when she eats and acts like a total boss bitch. I love that he loves her shoes and appreciates her for the amazing person she is. His relationship with his nephew is adorable, as is said nephew's slight crush on Min. (view spoiler)[You know how they say that every man ultimately marries his mother? Well, Harry (nephew) marries his aunt. (hide spoiler)] I also like that none of the characters is an empty shell. Even Cynthie, the ex-girlfriend trying to win Cal back is beautiful and sexy... and a qualified psychologist. This is not to say that the book didn't have its flaws; it had its "disapproving parents", its "fairy godmother BFF", and of course, the "big fight before the hero and heroine realise they're meant for each other after all". Okay, to be honest, it had a few of those. But hey, it is fiction at the end of the day, and its ultimate aim is to make you feel good. And make you feel good, it does. Oh, and the banter. Both sexual and otherwise, the banter is everything. I like books where the characters actually have things in common, where they can talk about things and actually connect, rather than, well, merely connect their bodies (if you know what I mean), and Min and Cal's relationship was one of minds, souls, and of course, bodies. Find someone who teaches you to cook Chicken Marsala. Find someone who defends you at all costs. Find someone who enjoys licking frosting off of you as much as they enjoy seeing you licking frosting off of doughnuts. Most of all, find someone who loves you unconditionally. For who you are. Forever.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Crystal~BIG book addict~

    4.5 Betting Stars! This was such a great book!! Jennifer Crusie writes a great love story with lots of humor. Thank you for picking it for me Alexandra!! You did good :O) 4.5 Betting Stars! This was such a great book!! Jennifer Crusie writes a great love story with lots of humor. Thank you for picking it for me Alexandra!! You did good :O)

  27. 4 out of 5

    rayne ♥

    okay, I legit thought the cover was a picture of flying tampons. instagram | blog | goodreads okay, I legit thought the cover was a picture of flying tampons. instagram | blog | goodreads

  28. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    God bless Chick-lit. Especially Chick-lit that's happy and filled with sexual tension and innuendo! Here's the story: Min Dobbs (yes, horrible name, but it illustrates how 'plain' she sees herself) gets dumped in the opening sentences by David, who then meets up with God's gift to women, Cal Morrisey and bets him that Cal can't bed Min in a month (because David couldn't in two). At the exact same moment, Min and her girlfriends are checking out Cal and daring Min to go over to him. She does and o God bless Chick-lit. Especially Chick-lit that's happy and filled with sexual tension and innuendo! Here's the story: Min Dobbs (yes, horrible name, but it illustrates how 'plain' she sees herself) gets dumped in the opening sentences by David, who then meets up with God's gift to women, Cal Morrisey and bets him that Cal can't bed Min in a month (because David couldn't in two). At the exact same moment, Min and her girlfriends are checking out Cal and daring Min to go over to him. She does and overhears the bet, with one slight misunderstanding and the game begins. It's full of little heart-stopping girly-girl fantasy love life moments, from both main characters, and naturally several $10 bets. And, of course, the uncaring, mean spirited, unattentive-to-what-their-child-really-needs/wants parents who jump in now and then, creating doubt about what seems too good to be true. All of the characters were interesting, and those that wouldn't be were for the most part ignored (the immediately in love friends, Min's father and likely secretary/lover) and a few curve balls were sent (like when the domineering best friend who knows the secret to all beastly men NOT hooking up with the constantly-looking good-natured lesbian bartender). Just about everybody had a theory for love -- Chaos theory, the Fairy Tale -- but the one that was my favorite, the one I thought I should have copied down, was Cynthie's theory. She said there were four stages of love: 1. Assumption: subconcious cues that the person you're with is someone you assume you'd be attracted to 2. Attraction: looking to see if the person you're with is appropriate for you. This phase is chockfull of various clues, like copulatory gazes, accepted touches, mirroring each other's moves, etc. 3. Infatuation: attraction reinforced with joy and or pain leads to infatuation, in which you make a connection and attach to each other 4. Mature, Unconditional Love: the final stage; nothing can separate you now Like I said: happy Chick-lit. Made me giggle more than once, made my heart stop in anticipation and envy, and left me with a smile on my face every time I stopped the disc. My one major complaint about this book (which may not be a problem for people who read the actual book rather than listen, cause I'm sure it wouldn't have bothered me then): SAID It seemed as though Jennifer Crusie* had never read a thesaurus for alternative choices for "said". And it popped up almost every sentence. "Blah blah blah," Min said. "Yadda yadda yaadaaa," Cal said. Et cetera et cetera...That's the only time the book annoyed me or made me roll my eyes. One other item that has kept me from reading more by Crusie was her fascination with specific food items/meals, in this case Krispy Kreme donuts and Chicken Marsala. *Slightly edited to reflect a spelling error on my part, willfully pointed out by a troll. Thank you for your correction.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    My favorite Crusie book. Wonderfully witty lines. Guaranteed to make you feel good. I did not want to stop reading. The book starts with a well done mis-communication - the bet. David bets Cal that he can’t get Min to bed in a month. Cal refuses but says he’s willing to bet ten dollars that he can walk out the door with her. Min overheard part of the bet but not all of it, and she thinks it’s a bet to have sex with her. She is angry, but she leaves with Cal because she wants to be rude to him. Th My favorite Crusie book. Wonderfully witty lines. Guaranteed to make you feel good. I did not want to stop reading. The book starts with a well done mis-communication - the bet. David bets Cal that he can’t get Min to bed in a month. Cal refuses but says he’s willing to bet ten dollars that he can walk out the door with her. Min overheard part of the bet but not all of it, and she thinks it’s a bet to have sex with her. She is angry, but she leaves with Cal because she wants to be rude to him. Their paths keep crossing, and each time she insults him. But at the same time they are kind of falling for each other, but they don’t want to. It’s a fun set up with clever dialogue. One of the best things about Bet Me were the character definitions. The good guys had flaws and weaknesses. Min is caring and smart and works as an actuary. She has a round shape and will never be thin. Her mother has bullied Min her entire life about dieting and losing weight. Min tries to diet to please her mother but it doesn’t work. Cal encourages her to eat forbidden foods: bread, butter, doughnuts. He enjoys watching her sensual love of food. And he likes her looks. Cal was dyslexic which had limitations for him, yet he was smart about people and did well in business because of that. He too was bullied by his mother who was rich, thin, unaccepting of other people, and uncaring about other people. Cynthie was a psychologist studying dating and mating habits. She was writing a book. She was so sure she was right about Cal and Min - spouting things like they are in this stage or that stage and here’s what’s going on. Yet she was sooooo wrong - almost stupidly wrong. Bonnie was sweet, innocent, and naive appearing. Yet she was the most successful at finding and knowing a guy was right for her from the moment they met. She was smart in that way - so opposite from Cynthie who thought she knew it all, but was all wrong. A great scene is when Min has dinner with Cal’s family. I read this book several years ago and that dinner scene stayed vivid in my mind ever since. AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: Deanna Hurst did an excellent job. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 391 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words but not often used. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: one. Setting: current day southern Ohio. Copyright: 2004. Genre: humorous contemporary romance, plus size heroine.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hodan (Ho.th.an)

    i got ill reading this book, i like chick-lit but this was way toooooo much. the "i love you but you're the devil" and the "she got so dizzy looking in to his dark eyes" thing got on my nerves!!!!!!!!! the word dizzy is used more than 90 times in this book. its not bad but its not good, this is the kind of book to read when you have nothing else to do. nothing at all, nothing on TV, no good books, no one to call, its raining outside and you can go out, you also can't fall asleep or feel like eat i got ill reading this book, i like chick-lit but this was way toooooo much. the "i love you but you're the devil" and the "she got so dizzy looking in to his dark eyes" thing got on my nerves!!!!!!!!! the word dizzy is used more than 90 times in this book. its not bad but its not good, this is the kind of book to read when you have nothing else to do. nothing at all, nothing on TV, no good books, no one to call, its raining outside and you can go out, you also can't fall asleep or feel like eating. thats the only time you should read this book. Half of the book is for people with short-term memory loss b/c the samething keep happening, they fight, he loves her, she loves him, hes the beast, hes the one, hes an ass, shes a bi*ch its too long and too much!!!!! there are a lot of awkward and weird parts in this book and i did not care for them, i think the writer was on acid or something stronger when she wrote it, or maybe she did have short-term memory loss. the ending was something else and the entire book is a fairy tale even though it makes fun of the idea. i would say skip it and save yourself the headache. trust me its not worth it!! if u love yourself don't read this.

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