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Anyone But You (Hqn Romance) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2006
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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...
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.
`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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Book was okay. Storyline was kind of shallow and one dimensional. Not the best book I've read but not the worst either.Published 1 month ago by Olivia Burnett
Jennifer Cruisie is my favorite "Genre Fiction" (romance) writer. She has such great humor, and humanity in her books. Plus dogs (thus the Fred Askew reference). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Three Henkiss
Amazing I can't stop reading. Love it this book so much, hope to read more books from this author againPublished 3 months ago by Niceli AB
I don't think I've read a Jennifer Crusie book I didn't love. And this one was lovely.Published 4 months ago by An Avid Reader