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Bet ME [Paperback]

Jenny Crusie
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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Feb. 6 2004
Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. But fate has other plans...

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Minerva Dobbs is an overweight, over-cautious woman in her 30s, but when she hears her ex-boyfriend bet handsome Calvin Morrisey that he can't get Min into bed within a month, she decides to give both men a taste of their own medicine. Inevitably, Min hits a stumbling block when she finds herself falling hard for Cal, who lures her with rich food and mind-boggling kisses. Cal, in turn, can't resist the lush, sexy Min. Their road is not an easy one, and they have to consume massive quantities of Chicken Marsala and Krispy Kremes—some might argue too many of each—before they reach their happy ending. Hurst's voice contains an energy and exuberance that leaves little doubt that she's the perfect narrator for Crusie's (Faking It, etc.) heartfelt comedy of errors; she ably captures both the fragile and feisty sides of Min's personality. The Southern accent she adopts may confuse some listeners since the story is set in a generic Midwestern city, and the audio can bog down in dialogue-heavy scenes. But listeners will hardly notice as they savor this zesty, vibrantly told tale.
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Minerva Dobbs thought David Fisk might be the one she's been waiting for, until he dumps her three weeks before her sister Diana's wedding. Min soon realizes just how lucky she is to be rid of David when she overhears him at her favorite bar betting a handsome stranger, Calvin Morrisey, that Cal couldn't bed Min in a month. At first Min debates the idea of giving them both a piece of her mind, but then she remembers she still needs a date for the wedding. Why not use the all-too charming Cal just like he was going to use her, and then dump him? Of course, Min never expected that Cal might turn out to be the "one." A sturdy statistician who thinks Elvis Presley is the only man worth waiting for discovers that fairy tales can come true if you are only willing to believe. New York Times best-selling Crusie maintains her winning streak in another wickedly witty, deliciously sexy contemporary romance. Finding exactly the right balance between cynicism and optimism, Crusie deftly blends snappy dialogue; quirky, irrepressible secondary characters; and two beautifully matched protagonists struggling against their romantic fate. John Charles
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Excellent June 30 2004
By Aimee
Okay -- wow, this was good! I have never read Crusie before, so I was expecting just another semi-generic chick lit novel. I've never been so glad to be disappointed!
I think this is the most perfect chick lit book I have ever read. It was hilarious, for one -- the one-liners just kept coming the whole novel through. And they were *good* one-liners, funny, smart, sexy, and witty. The characters were fabulous -- well-drawn, quirky, likeable (the good guys), deliciously unlikeable (the bad guys), intelligent, and fully fleshed-out. These were people I wanted to get to know and hang out with, the kind of people I could see myself being friends with. And the plot was utterly absorbing. Once I started, I couldn't put the book down. Literally. I stayed up until 9:00 in the morning finishing this thing; by the end, I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open, but I kept on reading instead of doing the sensible thing and, y'know, sleeping, because I just *had* to know what happened next. It's been a while since I've been that caught up in a book. I'm going to have to check out Jennifer Crusie's other novels, because that was really a lot of fun!
Oh! I forgot to mention the best part! The overweight heroine doesn't lose weight to win the heart of the hero! Not only is she as fat for the happily-ever-after ending as she was for the beginning, but the hero kept feeding her all the way through the novel because he liked the look on her face when she ate something yummy. I was starving when I finished _Bet Me_ -- people kept eating pasta, chicken marsala, and Krispy Kreme donuts! I've been waiting a long time for a book that said you don't have to be thin to be happy, and actually *meant* it. Thanks, Ms. Crusie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars All bets are off.... Feb. 19 2004
I don't read a lot of "chick lit" -- but I do love Jennifer Cruisie. Cruisie's wit shines through in her characterization, her dialogue, and her ability to laugh at situations she's doubtless been in, through her characters' eyes.
All of that seems missing from "Bet Me", her latest. I'm told it's an older manuscript that got polished for publication -- but much of what I enjoy about Cruisie's work is missing. There are no really likeable characters here, especially in the parents of lead characters Min and Calvin. In terms of romance and sexual situations, which Crusie excels at - you can get warm reading what Calvin thinks about Min, but you really can't see much real passion from any of the other characters for their various partners. The characters I hated included Cynthie, David...and I was pretty impatient with Bonnie and her outlook on fairy tale lives (although her proposal to Calvin's friend was witty)...and Crusie went on and on about Min's weight, her self-consciousness, and her carb count. Truly, this book was an advertisement for Krispy Kreme donuts and chicken Marsala.
Crusie can do much, much better, and I'm looking forward to her next work of original, and not reworked material.
2 stars - I really wouldn't bother, if I were you.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ho-Hum and a rant Feb. 12 2004
By Lori
After I read Bet Me, I thought 'been there, done that. ' It seems like the author combined 'Fast Women' and 'Welcome to Temptation,' and threw in some new music (Elvis) and fairy tale stuff. There's the little kid and the baseball game, the three tight women friends, someone gets hit with something, the frozen mother and so on. And speaking of the frozen mother, it would be so nice to see this author portray a woman in her fifties as something other than an ice matron or manipulative or frozen or unfulfilled or incomplete or dead below the waist. When you think about some of her older female characters (Gwen, Liz, Nanette, Cal's mother, Maddie's mother) Crusie seems to perpetuate these stereotypes of the woman over fifty.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tiresome!! Feb. 12 2004
As the story opens, Minerva Dobbs is being dumped by her boyfriend in a bar. Later Min hears her ex making a bet with Calvin Morrisey. David bets that Cal cannot get Min into bed within a month's time. The bet is $10,000. but Min thought she heard $10. Furious, Min decides to use Cal for a month because she now needs a date for her sister's wedding. When Cal introduces himself and asks her out to dinner, she accepts. During dinner she realizes that she may not be able to hold out against this handsome man and decides to scrap her plan but fate will continue to throw these two together.
I read another book by this author entitled "Welcome To Temptation" and I did not like it. I will always give an author another try so when I read the first chapter of "Bet Me", I thought I was in for a good read. Well, halfway through I was again bored with these quirky characters. I am not a sourpuss or a prude and I love "Sex In The City" but all these characters really needed to get a life. Min is voluptuous and is constantly bemoaning her weight. Min's mother constantly reminds her about her weight. Cal is a hit and run lover who cannot commit to a woman. One friend, Bonnie is living in a fairy tale world. Min's sister, Diana, is not a happy bride. Min's mother is a pain in the butt. Cal's mother is a self-centered witch. And we hear the same things over and over and over. The love scene finally arrives at the end of the book and that also is a big letdown.
I now realize that there is no sitting on the fence with this author. You either like or dislike her work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The main characters have flaws just like real people
Absolutely enchanting. Not about skinny young people. The main characters have flaws just like real people. Can picture yourself in the story.
Published 2 months ago by Geraldine Mathewson
4.0 out of 5 stars yes!
I quite liked this book. I liked all the characters and how the plot unfolded. All six of their main friends are quirky individuals I would like to know except David who is... Read more
Published 9 months ago by cozyfan
5.0 out of 5 stars My first Crusie Book and now I own them all...
I LOVED this book! I never read any of Jennifer Crusie's books and now I have all but her very latest (I'm trying to get the ones out of print on ebay LOL). Read more
Published on June 21 2006 by S. Powers
4.0 out of 5 stars Lack of pronouns distracting
I know this is a trivial matter, but I've been listening to "Bet on Me" on CD over the past day or so on a long road trip. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by Kari E. Knowles
4.0 out of 5 stars Argh... Chicken Marsala!!!
I like this Jennifer Crusie book. Her main characters weren't perfect and yet still found their prince charmings. Read more
Published on July 3 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Where do I start?
The book was adorable for about the first 10 chapters....then it's a spiraling descent into stupidity and repetition that could only end when one throws the book against the... Read more
Published on June 29 2004 by Isobel
5.0 out of 5 stars BET ME is a wonderful beach read
I picked up this book, thinking it sounded pretty interesting, and wanting something light after all the thrillers I've been reading. This book did not disappoint! Read more
Published on June 26 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time!
After looking over the other reviews, much to my surprise, I realize that the vast majority of reviews of this book thought it was great. Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by amyincanton
4.0 out of 5 stars Best one liners...
Great read - I stayed up until 3 so I could finish in one setting. Wonderful main characters that were so real and genuine they felt like a breath of fresh air in the world of... Read more
Published on June 16 2004 by H. Chambers
5.0 out of 5 stars Bet Me
This book was wonderful. From start to finish, I was entertained and laughing all the way through. I fell in love with Min and Cal from the start. Read more
Published on June 14 2004
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