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Bet Me [Paperback]

Jenny Crusie
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1 Oct 2004
Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. 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.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (1 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330489321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330489324
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 846,315 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thirty-three-year-old Minerva Dobbs, the subject of the bet in Bet Me, is annoyed when her current boyfriend dumps her three weeks before her sister's wedding. But she's downright furious a few moments later when she overhears her now "ex" boyfriend bet hunky Calvin Morrisey that he can't take her home and bed her. In fact, she's so angry at them both that she lets Cal take her to dinner and decides to string him along until after her sister's wedding. Minerva pegs Cal as a handsome "used car salesman of seducers". Cal thinks Minerva is a "cranky, starving, risk-averse statistician". But Minerva's hormones keep whispering "this one", although she knows the gorgeous Cal isn't the man for her practical, white-cotton-bra, several-pounds-over-thin, self. And Cal is blinded by the lust he feels for the voluptuous, sensual woman he glimpses behind Min's actuary exterior. While Cal and Min struggle to deal with their mutual distrust and attraction, their friends and families try their best to interfere and direct the progression of the unlikely romantic connection.

Bet Me is unabashedly, irrepressibly romantic. In the wacky, wonderful world of Min and Cal, author Jennifer Crusie leaves no humorous situation unexplored; no potential comedic cauldron left unstirred; no hysterically funny complication left undeveloped. The reader is treated to a seemingly mismatched hero and heroine who fling caution to the winds to explore their unexpected attraction. The sexual tension is hot, the dialogue witty and wickedly sarcastic, and the supporting cast of secondary characters hilarious. Like Min's favourite Krispy Kreme doughnuts, this novel is rich and sinfully delicious. --Lois Faye Dyer, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No suspence but plenty of sizzle 31 May 2004
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bet Me 19 Feb 2004
Format:Hardcover
I have read all (yes all) of JC's books and couldn't wait to read this (I was on the waiting list for a long time). Yes it does read slightly different to her other books, and yes the plot is laid out differently, but it does not take away any of the brilliance of this author. I can't think of a single reason why anyone should not like or not get this book, it's easy to read (but not simple), fun (well hilarious actually), has a great story line and the fact that it has an ending telling you what happens to the characters in the future is a very nice change.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This story is solid gold. 31 Jan 2004
By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Minerva "Min" Dobbs has only three weeks before her sister's (Di) wedding, when her boyfriend (David) dumps her in a bar because she refuses to go to bed with him. David thinks Min will come crawling back to him and into his bed. On the contrary, only minutes later, Min's friends (Liza & Bonnie) convince her to go talk to the handsome man across the room (Cal). But as Min gets near, she overhears David make a bet with Cal. David bets that Cal cannot get Min into his bed within a month.
Calvin "Cal" Morrisey is David's old nemesis. Cal is everything David is not. Cal also has a long history of dating gorgeous women only a few months before leaving them. Cal never means to hurt any of the ladies, but once they fall in love with him, he leaves.
Min decides to make "The Beast" (Cal) sweat his ego and get him as a date to Di's wedding. What follows is a hilarious tale! And Min learns that "the fairy tale thing" is definitely NOT for kids.
***** This story is solid gold! As much as I enjoyed this author's previous books, this one is the best yet! There is no doubt in my mind that it will hit the best sellers list AND win awards. Yes, it IS that good! Jennifer Crusie, you deserve a standing ovation for this little gem. Highly recommended! *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars full of sparkle and wit! 26 Feb 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read most of JC's books, but this one definitely takes the cake! It's written differently from all her other books, but it's amazing how well the plot links up, and how she explores every single witticism and situation!
In this story, Minerva Dobbs (Min) is a 'healthy' girl who longs to be thinner - like almost every girl out there on the planet! Her mom therefore considers her boyfriend David to be a living God, wondering how a handsome man like him would go out with a 'plain wallflower' like Min (her mom isn't one of those conventional mums - she is convinced Min is boring since Min wears cotton underwear, and is always making Min feel inferior about her weight).
Hence, when Min is dumped by David, everyone is devestated. Min even more so, especially when she realises she never even loved him in the first place. Furthermore, her sister's wedding is in a few weeks time and guess what? Her date's gone! So her best friend Lisa is determined to play matchmaker and matches her with the least likely candidate - Calvin Morrisey (Cal).
Cal is suave, ruggedly handsome, and everything Min knows isn't good for her. They hardly see eye to eye, Cal reckons Min is too sarcastic and high-maintenance for him and Min knows that Cal will definitely break her heart. How then, can they keep their hands off each other?
Definitely a recommended book, I've read it at least 5 times and still can't get enough of it! This book combines romance with fairytales and yet presents it in a really believable package.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I DON'T BELIEVE IT!!! 25 July 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The fabulous Ms Crusie has done it AGAIN!!! Every time a new book of hers comes out, I think it can't possibly be better than the last and yet every time she surprises me. I LOVED this book. I couldn't put it down, reading it into the night even when I had work the next day. I loved everything about it from Cal and Min's first date to Liza whacking Cal around the head at regular intervals to Elvis, the mysterious one eyed (!) cat. I've read reviews that say this book is predictable, that it was obvious Min and Cal would end up together but if you don't want predictable, don't read a romantic comedy because you're guaranteed a predictably happy ending. I loved it and don't care what anyone else thinks.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
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I think I set my expectations too high but I felt the writing was pretty poor and whilst I enjoyed the middle chunk of the book, the first chapter failed to grip my... Read more
Published 11 months ago by loveisastateofmind
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit repetitive but a good buy
I liked this book and have since recently bought another. I liked the characters and they all had brilliant names as well as having interesting or nice personalities. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sketcha
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Possibly the best Crusie written. Plot, characters and pace all excellent. Much deeper than previous books, this one really explores women's feelings about their own bodies and... Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by Triumph
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I am a huge fan of Jennifer Crusie this book is one of my favourates a good romantic if you enjoy this one you must read tell mt lies (this is my fav), welcome to temptation and... Read more
Published on 29 Feb 2012 by helly
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly her best
I have been a fan of Crusie since I read Welcome to Temptation 10 years ago and have read most of her books. Read more
Published on 30 April 2011 by E. S. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit at it's best
A great read, so good that I have read it again and again since I have bought the book.

Min does not believe in happily ever after - especially not with a guy who agrees... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2008 by Betty
5.0 out of 5 stars top of the list
I tend to re-read Crusie's books, I read them over and over again. Bet Me is one I've read more than most and immediately went to the top of my JC list - pipping Welcome to... Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2007 by rhian_eve
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Even Jennifer Crusie's own website describes this book as the 'Crusie-est' book that she has written. I loved it and gobbled it up in one sitting (from 10pm to 3. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2007 by tigersfan
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad for a romance novel
This is a romance/chicklit cross and not my 'thing' usually, but it was a book group book and I was persuaded to read it. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2007 by Green Book Addict Librarian
5.0 out of 5 stars i wish i could give it more stars!!!!
To begin with, the plot of this book is so unusual but is based in reality so it has that "kooky" edge that only the great jennifer crusie can pull off. Read more
Published on 2 April 2007 by Ms. S. Morgan
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