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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (April 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312348126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312348120
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,397,285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A one-eyed alligator and a pre-Columbian collection of jade phallic symbols figure into this nutty swampland romp from Crusie (Faking It, etc.) and Mayer (Operation Dragon-Sim, etc.). Lucy Armstrong takes a break from doing dog food commercials to take over a full-length feature shoot in the Savannah River swamps, where she finds half the crew is missing, her ex-husband in charge of stunts and a nonsensical script. Meanwhile, Green Beret J.T. Wilder, stunt double to the lead actor who secretly works for the CIA, thought this gig would be easy money, but he soon finds himself embroiled in a money laundering scheme while trying to catch an arms dealer for the Russian mob, tracking a spy through the muck and resisting his growing desire for a woman who looks like Wonder Woman—Armstrong, natch. Plenty of big guns, helicopters, clichéd gender dynamics and light repartee follow—and it's all in good fun. Readers will be happy to get a bit damp. (Apr.)
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From Booklist

It sounded simple. Go to Savannah. Finish directing an action-adventure film. Earn some quick money. Get a chance to see sister Daisy and niece Pepper. Instead, as soon as Lucy Armstrong arrives on the set of Don't Look Down, she discovers that nothing about her current job is simple. The cast is lackluster. What she has seen of the script is, even by Hollywood standards, unbelievably incoherent. The stunt coordinator is none other than her annoying ex-husband, Connor Nash, and her sister seems to have become a zombie. Bryce McKay, the movie's leading man, turns up with Captain J. T. Wilder, whom Bryce has personally hired to be his stunt double and military consultant. The last thing Lucy needs is a taciturn, too-sexy-for-his-own-good male like J. T. on her set, but once the going gets tough, someone like J. T. turns out to be exactly the kind of person Lucy decides she wants in her life. This first collaboration between best-selling romance writer Crusie and adventure-thriller writer Mayer is a rare delight. Mayer's delectably dry sense of humor perfectly complements Crusie's brand of sharp wit, and together the two have cooked up a sexy, sassy, and smart combination of romance and suspense that is simply irresistible. John Charles
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Customer Reviews

The only character I really liked was Pepper; she was adorable, but she couldn't carry the story on her own.
Peabody823
It wasn't the writing, but the plot and story line that I just couldn't get into and I could really have cared less about the characters.
Avid Reader
I'm still not really sure what happened in the book, and I have yet to figure out the motives of the bad guys.
Shelley

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl on April 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just read a bunch of reviews and was surprised by the negative ones. First of all, this is a collaboration not a typical Crusie or typical Doherty.

It is fiction, not reality, so the timelines shouldn't be such an issue, nor the plot for that matter. Of course it needs to be somewhat believeable as far as characters staying true to themselves - which they do. People are complaining that the hero slept with someone other than the hero is interesting to me. In Crusie's Fast Women, the heroine slept with the hero's best friend/business partner/cousin before she hooked up with the hero. And I loved it because that was what would have happened to those characters under those conditions. Did Crusie lose readers for that? Are those the same readers that don't appreciate the hero in Don't Look Down sleeping with the actress first?

I am a fan of both Crusie and Mayer. Their collaboration hit the high point of both of their talents as far as I'm concerned. I read Don't Look Down in two sittings and immediately started looking for their next book.

This is the first effort by this team. As they grow together, I expect it will only get better. But the first effort was more than good enough.

Entertainment is subjective. It's natural that the book wouldn't appeal to everyone. Even loyal fans who want to see their author stay the same and not branch out into something new and different.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful By BCB on April 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Complaining that Don't Look Down is not a typical Crusie novel is like saying that a triple rich mocha chocolate raspberry mousse with whipped cream and a cherry on top is not a Hersheys bar. Those who have grown comfortable with the formulaic girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy back and lives happily ever after of the standard romance novel will perhaps have difficulty comprehending this delightful blend of witty romance and suspenseful action adventure.

Lucy, the heroine, is a competent, take charge, look out for everyone else kind of woman who is suddenly faced with a situation in which she can't protect the ones she loves. Is it an unrealistic situation? Sure, but this is fiction, meant to entertain. It is not a factual recitation of what happened last week to your neighbor down the street. JT is a refreshing change from the cliched hero who walks onto page one with his only flaw being that he doesn't immediately understand he is in love with the heroine. He, too, is a take charge kind of guy; he just wants to get the job done and go home. Instead he finds himself drawn into the lives and troubles of other people, and falling in love.

The secondary characters are finely drawn, from the heartbreakingly precocious Pepper, trying to be the grownup her mother is not, to the charmingly misbehaved LeFavre who, for all his recklessness, is the definition of loyalty and backs up our hero when needed.

Crusie and Mayer are to be congratulated for this well-written, highly entertaining blend of genres and voices. Nothing wrong with Hersheys bars, I love those too, but I'll eagerly await the next Crusie/Mayer creation. And don't forget the cherry on top.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on March 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I personally think both Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer are excellent writers. You could easily tell when Jenny was writing a scene and when Bob wrote one. I liked the differences in their individual writing styles.

It wasn't the writing, but the plot and story line that I just couldn't get into and I could really have cared less about the characters. The only one I really liked was Pepper. Everything happens within four days and it just seemed so rushed to me it was hard to follow.

I didn't get into the Lucy and J.T. relationship either. The fact that he sleeps with one woman one day and turns around and sleeps with Lucy two days later made me think J.T. was a creep. I'm not sure this was supposed to be a romance, though. If not, it succeeded.
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45 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on May 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Holy cow--I trusted this author and bought a HARDBACK book--me-- who doesn't even buy trade paperbacks because of the higher cost

and was I tricked! Jennifer Cruise is a great author and having read all of her books, at least one is always at the ready to read at the end of that rotten day for a happy ending. I don't know who THIS GUY is she felt she needed to write with, but he brings little to the party, but, I suspect, a higher cover price. Any of her books are a much better choice than this foolish story that perpetuates the worst stereotypes about "romance" books. One of the most annoying components was the deluge of characters introduced solely by dialogue in the

first 50 or so pages. That meant I had to constantly flip back and forth through the pages to see who was saying what to whom! Grrr! Buy three of her earlier paperbacks for what you spend on this hardback and have a much better time. This book is a mess!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By An Avid Reader on September 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I would like to give this book a "One Star," a "Five Star," and an "Other Star" rating.

"One Star" is for the steamy scene where the woman says "No" and the man (whose point of view we are hearing (surprise, surprise!)) provides a macho-"father knows best" rationalization for his failure to stop. You've reassured us that "no means no," Dr. Crusie, so why didn't you make him stop? You're our role model! If you couldn't convince Mr. Mayer that "no means no," what hope is there for the rest of us?

"Five stars" because, on its own merit, _Don't Look Down_ is one of the best books I've read this year. It was funny, fascinating, intriguing and an excellent read!

"Other Star" because of the grief I feel for the loss of the book Jennifer Crusie would have written if she hadn't been collaborating. Recently, I was too ill to read. Of the few books on tape/CD that could hold my attention, make me laugh, and block out the pain, the best were written by Jennifer Crusie in her own voice, i.e., prior to _Don't Look Down_.

I hope someone will tell Jennifer Crusie this for people like me: you do more than entertain us, Dr. Crusie, you help us get through the day and make us believe we can be whole again. You make our marriages stronger. Sometimes when the demands of a sick wife seem to be wearing my husband down, I borrow a line from one of your books and we laugh... So please don't stop! If you want his point of view, invite Mr. Mayer to your writer's group. We need to hear your undiluted voice--your powerfully healing, powerfully female voice!
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