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Strange Bedpersons (MIRA) [Mass Market Paperback]

Jennifer Crusie
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17 July 2004 MIRA
Tess Newhart knows her ex-boyfriend Nick Jamieson isn't the right guy for her. He's caviar and champagne she's take-out Chinese pot stickers. He's an uptight Republican lawyer she was raised in a commune. He wants to get ahead in business she just wants... him . But there's no way Tess will play second fiddle to his job. Yet somehow she finds herself agreeing to play his fiancée on a weekend business trip that could make or break Nick's career. And while he's trying to convince Tess that he needs her in his respectable world, Tess is doing her best to keep her opinions to herself and her hands off Nick.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; Reprint edition (17 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1551667436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1551667430
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 10.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 891,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange BedPERSONS!! 10 Feb 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read a couple of Cruise's newer books such as `FAST WOMEN' and `FAKING IT' I decided that I wanted to read some of her earlier works so I purchased `STRANGE BEDPERSONS' and `MANHUNTING'. The writing styles of the latter are so different from those of the former it is almost hard to believe that the same person wrote them, however, while I wasn't thrilled with `MANHUNTING' I really enjoyed `STRANGE BEDPERSONS' despite the difference in style.
The relationship between Nick and Tess was endearing and it was fun watching these two completely opposite people develop a fling into something much more. I also enjoyed the relationship between the secondary characters Gina, Tess' best friend, and Park, Nick's colleague and long time friend. More over, I liked the fact that there was an actual story here, not just watching two people fall in love. I felt for Nick who was fighting to make partner in his law firm and the highly liberal Tess who was torn between the Nick she saw at home and Nick the social climber. I noticed that a lot of people gave this book poor reviews but, for a good "opposites attract" love story; I give it four stars!
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3.0 out of 5 stars okay 17 April 2013
By Carol
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I usually enjoy Jennifer Crusie but this book was okay in my opinion but
not one of her best. I would borrow and read but not buy again
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Bedpersons 11 Nov 2012
By Ins
Format:Kindle Edition
Witty, well written and romantic! Love it! Jennifer Crusie books has always been well written and I this book I had to finish reading in 2 hours. Entralling and superb!
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18 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good fun book 18 Jan 2004
By Tora F
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A fantastic light weight read from Crusie who is in my opinion the best romance novelist at the moment. This is one of her early novels so it doesn't have the complexity of her recent novels but anyone who is after a short lightweight romantic story then this book is for you.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Works Well 12 Jun 2002
By Mayfayre - Published on Amazon.com
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The characters in this story are a bit dated: he's a Republican yuppie lawyer aiming to be made a partner in his law firm, and she's a commune-raised, out-of-work, liberal educator. The book was published in 1994 so that explains it. But even so, this is another funny and entertaining book by Ms. Cruisie, with sharply drawn characters and crisp dialogue.
I intially wasn't drawn to Tess Newhart - she's in her mid-thirties and still living in a thrift-store-furnished apartment, getting involved with protests, etc. My first reaction was "grow up already". But the more I read the more I liked her and felt in sympathy with her. Nick Jamieson is more than the standard smooth-talking lawyer he appears to be, even if it seems as though making partner is his sole goal in life. There is some classic rapid-fire dialogue between Tess and Nick, and the "conversations" Nick has with his secretary Christine are worth the price of the book alone. Secondary plots concern an unsuitable romance between Tess and Nick's best friends (a retired chorus girl and a well-heeled partner in the law firm), and a possible case of literary plagerism.
Tess and Nick's relationship is both humorous and romantic, their sexual encounters are inventive and sensual, and the secondary characters round out the story nicely. This is a book worth finding.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A big disappointment 21 Dec 2003
By Claretta - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I'm a big fan of Jennifer Crusie's - I think Welcome to Temptation is one of the best romance novels ever - but this book really doesn't work, even allowing for the fact that it's rather dated. The plot is a mess and the characterisation is so unsubtle that after a while you want to scream: 'Okay, Jennifer, I got it! He's sexy but straightlaced, she's sexy but flaky ... you don't have to keep hammering the point home.' I was so bored with Strange Bedpersons that I found myself skipping bits of it -and I never thought I'd say that about a Crusie novel.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange BedPERSONS!! 6 Jun 2004
By DevJohn01 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Having read a couple of Cruise's newer books such as `FAST WOMEN' and `FAKING IT' I decided that I wanted to read some of her earlier works so I purchased `STRANGE BEDPERSONS' and `MANHUNTING'. The writing styles of the latter are so different from those of the former it is almost hard to believe that the same person wrote them, however, while I wasn't thrilled with `MANHUNTING' I really enjoyed `STRANGE BEDPERSONS' despite the difference in style.
The relationship between Nick and Tess was endearing and it was fun watching these two completely opposite people develop a fling into something much more. I also enjoyed the relationship between the secondary characters Gina, Tess' best friend, and Park, Nick's colleague and long time friend. More over, I liked the fact that there was an actual story here, not just watching two people fall in love. I felt for Nick who was fighting to make partner in his law firm and the highly liberal Tess who was torn between the Nick she saw at home and Nick the social climber. I noticed that a lot of people gave this book poor reviews but, call me a sucker for a good "opposites attract" love story; I give it four stars!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never want to be without this book 14 Oct 2005
By Omnivorous Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is perhaps my favorite modern novel. Unlike Crusie's later works, it's basically just fun - no underlying explorations of the pain of divorce or the masks we wear - just fun. As always Crusie isn't afraid we won't love her imperfect characters, who learn to accept each other's imperfections, also. Nick and Tess bounce through the early pages of the book like pinballs - attracted and repelled by each other simultaneously - until they work through their problems. They are surrounded by richly realized family and friends. Few romances have as satisfying a mystery subplot. As with all Crusie novels, there are sentences that must be rolled around on the tongue and savored.

And you can make a meal off the meals in the book, from the jittery house party dinner that sets the mystery in motion to the hilarious evening at the pretentious restaurant that "reveals all," with plenty of take out Chinese in between.

Like the characters, the book has some flaws. It needs a prequel to explain how Tess and Nick kept their friendship going and provide more evidence of Nick's career obsession. And, trust me on this, no liberal, no one who lived in a low-income neighborhood and worked with semi-delinquent youth, would suggest becoming a district attorney as a first choice for a good-guy lawyer - child support enforcement, public defender or environmental law are much more likely.

Sadly, in today's polarized politics, the likelihood of two people bridging the red state-blue state divide is even smaller than in 1994 when this book was published.

Give this book a try, and then read, What the Lady Wants, which is nearly as funny and fun.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud 5 Dec 2004
By M. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have really enjoyed all of Crusie's books that I have read (3 or 4, before this one), but I will readily admit that this is the first one that actually made me laugh out loud. The scene in the restaurant is absolutely hilarious. I think it is a good short read, not too sappy, and definitely a mood-lifter.
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