Quite frankly, like most of Crusie's fans I don't need to read the reviews before I buy one of her novels. I have read them all and she is consistently, bright funny and sexy.
Still for those that do want to hear a review I'd say that 'Bet me' will appeal more to those that enjoyed 'Crazy for you' than say 'Faking it', in that Ms Crusie drops the funny twisting turning suspense that has been a backdrop to most of her other love stories, in favor of a 'straight' purely romantic girl-meets-boy book.
Its the story of Minerva Dobbs, pretty but plump eternal wall flower and seriously sexy Cal Morrisay who takes her out to dinner to win a bet and vows never to repeat the experience. Fate however has something other to say and this unlikely couple find themselves irrisistably drawn to each other.
I don't know if it's my favorite Crusie, but 'Bet Me' satisfied my sugar cravings, it's an unashamedly romantic, boy meets girl, boy 'hates' girl, girl returns the sentiment with knobs on. At that moment you know they belong with each other and you sit back and enjoy the ride.
'Bet me' is funny and really quite sexy (although Crusie does make you wait, she more than makes up for it with some sizzling between the sheets action). I have to admit that I found her reference to fairy tales a little heavy handed, but all is forgiven because I adore the art of simply telling a love story well. Crusie fans might miss the twisty turny slap stick suspense of her other romantic thrillers but this for me was a joy.
Read 'Welcome to Temptation' to see what all the fuss is about but do come back to Jennifer being simple, sweet and sexy in 'Bet me' after you're done.