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Anyone But You (Hqn Romance) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2006

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"One of the funniest, sexiest romances of the year." -- Library Journal on Anyone But You

About the Author

Jennifer Crusie has written over a dozen novels, and has appeared on many bestseller lists, including those of Publishers Weekly, USA Today and the New York Times. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Hqn Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 037377138X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373771387
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jennifer Crusie was researching her dissertation on the differences in the way men and women tell stories when she got sidetracked into writing romance novels.

Her first book was published in 1993 (which pretty much finished off any hope of her getting that PhD) and her twenty-second book, Maybe This Time, came out in August of 2010, all of which she considers a minor miracle, especially since she is also a New York Times, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestseller and a two-time Rita award winner.

Jenny is currently working on her new Liz Danger mystery series. She is a very happy woman.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading Ms. Crusie's latest books, I've made it my business to search out her earlier books, and I'm glad that I've done so. I've found some gems, of which this is one. This time the twist on the romantic theme is that it involves a 40 year old woman and a 30 year old man.
Nina used to be the perfect corporate executive's wife, but after 15 years she realized that she wasn't happy, got divorced and began to finally live her own life. Alex is her downstairs neighbor, an emergency room doctor, and a serial dater. However, once he meets her, his life plans change and he sets out trying to find a way to convince her that she belongs in his life. Add to this mix Alex' brother Max (a gynecologist), Nina's friend Charity (who's about to write a book on her 12-man string of failed romances), and Fred (a part manic-depressive stray dog who's got a severe Oreo jones) and there are more than enough opportunities for the humorous scenes that Ms. Crusie does so well.
Nina and Alex are obviously a couple who are meant for each other, but before true love can triumph each must overcome their own personal obstacles - Nina's problem with dating someone so much younger, and Alex' family pressures and mistaken goals. But the story doesn't bog down with angst, and everything is leavened with humor. And, I was especially glad to see Nina's 40 year old self taking center stage, rather than being relegated to being a secondary character. It's so refreshing to read a romance that doesn't contain a dewy twenty-something <grin>. This is a fun book, and it's worth searching out and buying.
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By A Customer on December 9, 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Have you ever been given dirty looks by elderly folks because you were laughing hysterically while reading a book at the county fair? No? Then you haven't read "Anyone But You"...
Beyond funny, this wonderfully witty novel by the supreme Jennifer Crusie is one of her best. The unconventional love story of Nina and Alex is accented by a excellent cast of supporting characters. The most notable of these is the incorrigible Fred, who lives up to the standard set by his predecessor, Bob, the dog from one of Crusie's previous works, "What The Lady Wants".
Perhaps a bit more 'adult' than her other novels, I would heartily recommend it to anyone that enjoys their romance stories with a large dose of side-splitting laughter. One warning: Do not eat potato chips while reading this book! I nearly choked to death halfway though Chapter 2...
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I laughed so hard while reading this book, I had people edging away from me on the bus. Nina, newly 40 and freshly divorced, adopts a basset hound, the very unperky Fred. Then she meets her sexy, younger neighbor and sparks fly. This is probably one of the most witty, enjoyable romances I've ever read. Highly recommended!
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By A Customer on March 21, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
More so than "Manhunting" or "Getting Rid of Bradley", this book shows us how Crusie has developed into the writer of such great titles as "Crazy for You", "Tell Me Lies", "Welcome to Temptation", and "Fast Women". Although written in the short format of pulp romance, the humor, the wit, the passion (yeah, lots of that), the wonderful (and believable) dialog is all there. Crusie has such a knack for taking impossible situations (and let's face it, they are all really wacky, all of the books) and making them believable and highly enjoyable. To be frank, this is the kind of book that I would NEVER read, but since it was early Crusie I did. I am so very, very glad I did. Worth finding - it's terrific.
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By Annie on January 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Anyone But You is a hardcover release of the paperback version that Crusie published back in 1996.

Nina is a newly divoriced woman at the age of 40. Finally with the freedom to be her own woman and do her own thing, she got a bit lonely. After some consideration, Nina decided to get herself the one thing her husband never wanted: a puppy. What she got instead was a basset hound - beagle mix with a depression problem.

Alex is a 30 year old ER doctor who is certainly playing the field and is not looking to settle down. He wants someone to simply enjoy old time movies in the confort of home with no strings attached.

As Fred works his match making magic, these slowly begin to realise that they could possible be just right for each other if they would only admit to the truth.

Anyone but you is a fun, sexy read with the most adorable dog. Fred.
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Format: Hardcover
...and I almost did but my two year old would have rather me read `HOP ON POP' a thousand times over. So I happily obliged and then as soon as he went to bed picked up this delightful short novel by Crusie once again and finished it off before the night was over.

`ANYONE BUT YOU' is the story of Nina Askew a forty-year-old divorcee trying to make a new life for herself. She has a new job, a new apartment and a newfound independence, now all she wants is the cute little rambunctious puppy that she has always dreamed of having but instead she gets Fred. Fred is part basset, part beagle who is way past his prime and far from the perky little pup that Nina had dreamed of but on his "last day" at the pound Nina knows she must rescue this languid dog from certain death. As it turns out adopting Fred was the smartest decision she ever made, not only does he quickly ingratiate himself into Nina's life but he also introduces her to Alex Moore her sexy, YOUNGER downstairs neighbor. Nina and Alex have a lot of common interests and are clearly attracted to one another but Nina, being ten years older than Alex, knows that they can never be more than friends, for how can she compete with those perky twenty something's that he is used to dating?

The friendship that develops between Nina and Alex is sweet and touching, something one only hopes to have with a significant other. And the sex scenes were some of the hottest and most romantic that I have read in a while. I believe Crusie's focus on the friendship between Nina and Alex made them one of the best-matched couples I have ever had the pleasure of reading about!
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