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From the Back Cover
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Crusie's delivers a novel about long shots, risk management, true love, and great shoes...
Minerva Dobbs knows how to work the odds.
Calvin Morrisey always plays to win.
But when they face off, neither one is prepared
Because when real life meets true love, all bets are off...
Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Even if he is gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey. Cal knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. Even if she does wear great shoes, and keep him on his toes. 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, and it's not long before Min and Cal meet again. Soon, they're dealing with a jealous ex-boyfriend, Krispy Kreme donuts, a determined psychologist, chaos theory, a freakishly intelligent cat, Chicken Marsala, and more risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of. Including the biggest gamble of all-true love.
"Bet you can't stop reading it. Absolutely, irresistibly hilarious."
"Crusie maintains her winning streak...wickedly witty, deliciously sexy."
- ASIN : B000FC1A8O
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press; 1st edition (April 1, 2007)
- Publication date : April 1, 2007
- Language : English
- File size : 952 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 432 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0312987854
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #173,053 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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This book is about an overweight curvy woman who is 30 something with a great career, who gets dumped because she doesn't put out. The dumper ex makes a bet with a super hot colleague that the super hot colleague can't get her into bed because she's so frigid. Then the story begins, super hot fit man pursuing an overweight not traditionally attractive woman. The story goes on an on without much of an exciting plot like beyond that. The woman talked a lot about how she feels super fat and unattractive and doesn't understand why the guy wants her. She spends a lot of time putting herself down in front of him, and not believing him when he's sincerely interested. Several scenes and i mean SEVERAL are designed around her not fitting into clothes, and also designed around him forcing her to eat Krispy cream donuts and high calorie Italian food even when she pleads with him not to. I'm not sure if it's a fantasy of some women to be overweight but be with a super fit hot guy who forces you to eat Krispy Kremes, but for me it just really grossed me out. There was so much of this that I just started feeling sick by the end.
even the sex scenes involve Krispy Kreme donuts. Yuck.
I'd skip this one if I was you. Generally well written so the author may have some better books out there.
I can't believe I haven't read this book until now. It has all the elements I love in a romantic comedy. First, it's really funny with witty and zippy dialogues, hilarious but probable interactions and situations among characters.
Second, the hero and heroine are likable and relatable with enough strengths and weaknesses to make them real. I like that Min is full-figured but wasn't ashamed of it and didn't try to lose weight to get her man. I liked that Cal has vulnerabilities but is also confident about himself and he really, really knew Min. I love that they tried to stay away from each other yet fate kept bringing them together. I appreciate that they got each other's backs when it comes to defending the other against their awful families.
I also like that although there are a lot of secondary characters in this book, their presence is all because of Min and Cal. I love the friendship, the cat, Elvis, even the families. I love the Stats nickname (that's me), the cute shoes, the Chicken Marsala, and the doughnuts. This book just hits the right spots for me
The witty dialog and screwball nature of the plot and the ensemble cast of cooky cohorts made me overlook the things I typically don’t like in romances:: bets about getting someone in bed— I loathe this particular trope, incessant harping on weight— especially the heroine’s, awful parents— and we get a BOGO with this book because both sets are awful, and 30 somethings who can’t say what they mean and mean what they say and who are still bullied by their parents— H and h both.
And yet, I still loved this book. Because it has the screwball comedy feel and the Doris Day movie feel— executed perfectly in the 21st century context.
Cal and Min were destined to meet. If only because Cal accepts a bet (from Min’s ex boyfriend) that he can convince Min go to dinner with him. And Min thinks she hears him accept a bet (for $10 mind you) to get her to sleep with him in 30 days. What we have next is a series of misunderstandings, assumptions and great footwear!
What really makes the story are the surrounding cast of characters. Both Cal and Min’s friends (and their families but to a much lesser extent) really add to the story. They are funny and annoying but they really love their friends and want them to be happy.
I didn’t love this book mainly because of the fat-shaming. I understand why it was used but I didn’t enjoy it coming from Min’s mom or from Min herself. Other than that, the story was enjoyable with a ridiculous number of funny lines!
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However. I loved the writing style. The characters are great - particularly the heroine Min, she's my hero. The lead male Cal was also brilliant. And the back up characters, friends and family, were also fantastic. There is a part where Liza drags Min away from Cal and makes a comment to the effect of "Min was swapping tongues with a donut pusher" and I honestly burst out laughing.
The chemistry between Min and Cal at the beginning of the book was fantastic. It was that alone that had me hooked. But then it all got a bit unrealistic and daft. I felt like the fate-factor was overplayed a bit too much. I was willing to overlook that but honestly the ending was just... missing that intensity. I felt like the whole book was building to something and then it didn't deliver. It felt rushed to me.
I'll give it a 3 star, purely because the second half and the ending weren't what I expected judging by how good the first half was. However, I loved the writing style and characters so much I have purchased another of this lady's books.