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Getting Rid Of Bradley [Mass Market Paperback]

Jennifer Crusie
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Dec 1 2008
Lucy Savage is finally getting rid of Bradley—and his hideous green recliner. Bradley is out of her life for good. Or so she thinks. Turns out Officer Zack Warren wants to arrest the very same Bradley for embezzlement and figures the lovely Lucy can lead him straight to his target.

Good thing there's a cop around. Because someone shoots at Lucy and then blows up her car. Zack insists she needs twenty-four-hour protection. What does he think her three dogs and attack cat are for? Still, he insists on moving right in to Lucy's house.

Now there's danger lurking outside and in her own kitchen, bathroom—and bedroom. Or maybe Zack is just what Lucy needs.…

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"Jennifer Crusie has a marvelous writer's voice -- funny and dead on realistic at the same time." -- Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Jennifer Crusie is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of Tell Me Lies, Crazy for You, Welcome to Temptation, Faking It, Fast Women, and Bet Me. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Bad. One and a half stars March 28 2014
By HeaLea
Format:Kindle Edition
While I didn't enjoy this book at all, I was able to finish it, so I'll give it an extra half star.

The main characters, Lucy and Zack, are just intolerable. Let's start with Lucy. She has no personality other than stupid. Seriously, this is your typical too-stupid-to-live character, yet at no point does she actually die. That was a little disappointing. She is completely forgettable and unremarkable, but everyone that meets her is inexplicably enamoured of her. The best friend of the love-interest is "sending his love to Lucy", after meeting her a few times over the span of one or two days. And she is petulant for no reason other than it just so happens to move the plot along.
The male character, Zack, is just as bad. He is the typical bad boy, player type that suddenly falls for the girl and does a 180. He is condescending, controlling, and over-bearing. His best friend can barely say hello to Lucy without Zack jumping down his throat.
He constantly acts as though Lucy is completely incapable of doing the most basic things by herself, which is infuriating. Then, there was the charming moment when he ordered Lucy to grab him a beer and make him dinner.
We're told throughout the book of the character's motivations, but never once do they seem genuine. We're told time and time again that Lucy is logical. That is supposed to be her entire personality, but her actions are always petty and ridiculous. Zack on the other hand is wild and afraid to commit, but we never actually see any of that. According to his actions, he is an over-eager commiter.
The whole book reads like a woman's fantasy of meeting the bad boy and changing him with the power of her lovin'. Not only does the bad boy completely fall for the girl, he proposes marriage after a few days. Seriously. They have sex once and he's a new man.
It was cheesy and dull. I wouldn't suggest anyone read it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good...but not her best work... March 20 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Lucy Savage is having a streak of bad luck. It all started two months ago when she married her husband, Bradley, because of the second law of thermonuclear dynamics. Well, maybe it was actually to get the house of her dreams, a big old Victorian. But after catching Bradley with the blonde, it was time for Lucy to move on. Then things went from bad to worse. Bradley stood her up in divorce court; she was tackled in an alley by a gun-wielding hoodlum, who turned out to be a cop. Of course, she didn't find that out until after she beat him up. She's been shot at, her car blew up, and experimentation with color has left her hair green.
Zack Warren, the sexy detective Lucy attacked, is sure her ex-husband is the same Bradley he's trying to arrest for embezzlement. Now Zach has moved in with Lucy to provide police protection. But they both may need protection, more from each other, because the case is not the only thing heating up!
I have read a couple of other books by Crusie, and while this story was good, I didn't feel it was her best work. Overall, it was cute and the dialogue witty, but it lacked the laugh out loud humor found in her other work I've read thus far. It was a fast-paced read, but I did find it relatively easy to lay the book aside when I needed to. Lucy and Zack were likeable main characters, but not very memorable.
Ms. Crusie hooked me upon reading my first book by her, "Welcome to Temptation", probably one of the best novels I've ever read. Since then, I'm working on her backlist, which is how I came across this story. This looks to be an early work of hers, and I can see her growth as a writer. As for a recommendation, if you're a Crusie fan, I'd recommend trying this one. If you've never read her work, start with "Welcome to Temptation", instead of this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one Sept. 6 2009
By Lou
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was surprised that is was a good book because I've read all the great ones at first (Fast Women, Agness & The Hitman, Faking It) and then got to the lot less good (Welcome to Temptation, Dogs & Goddesses, Don't Look Down, The Unfortunate Miss Fortune, Tell Me Lies etc etc...
Can't depend on the reviewers because some fans will love any kind of books from their favorite author even if it's pretty bad and give all the books a 4 1/2 or 5.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Really... get rid of Bradley... June 28 2004
By Pansori
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The ONLY reason I am giving this book a MARGINAL 2 stars is because it is entertaining in how bad it is. The plot is contrived, the characters are one sided and annoying and the writing is wretched. And no... it's not even funny. I didn't even crack a grin.
But probably the biggest annoyance with the book is how annoying the characters itself are. Lucy tries so desperately to assert her "independence" it's irritating... and the bad boy sexy mytery cop? The whole mid-life crisis thing made him not so mysterious... and defiantly not sexy...
Honestly there were times when I had to stop reading in the middle of a chapter and just walk away because it just raditated with... stupidity.
If you want to read about a smart, funny airhead, with not one but TWO sexy men than please check out Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series.
Trust me, you're wasting your time by reading the title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knock-out book! June 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is just what I would want. Handsome cop protecting me against the bad guys and then falling in love with the cop. Getting Rid of Bradley is a romance novel through and through. Cute, absolutely hilarious! and makes you blush. This is a fast read and it makes you want more and more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Fun, Fluffy & Forgettable...
Lucy Savage was not having a good day. Her husband, whom she was trying to divorce for cheating on her, didn't even do her the courtesy of showing up at the courthouse where their... Read more
Published on Jan. 22 2004 by Silmarwen
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! :)
"Getting Rid of Bradley" by Jennifer Crusie is one of my favourite books. I read a lot and I know what I like, and this is definitely it! Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars My first "grown-up" book
I am 19 and I finally started reading books with sex in them. I am a bit of a goody-goody. This is a great book for beginners like me. I thought it was funny and sweet. Read more
Published on June 22 2003 by Megan- College Student
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy!
On the day the divorce from her womanizing husband, Bradley, is final, Lucy Savage can't stop looking at the dangerous looking man in the diner--so different from her banker ex. Read more
Published on June 17 2003 by Kimberly Borrowdale
5.0 out of 5 stars Too short, but very enjoyable
Something about this book just grabbed me. The characters were totally likeable and the chemistry between Lucy and Zack was amazing. Read more
Published on June 16 2003 by Amy A Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming!
I like Jennifer Cruisie books, which are rather more intelligent romantic fiction than most of the alternatives available right now. Read more
Published on June 9 2003 by D. Rizzo
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute, sweet and satisfying!
This book was a fabulous read. A funny, down-to-earth, modern-day romance,"Getting Rid Of Bradley" is a book I'd recommend to any romance-lover. Read more
Published on May 26 2003 by R. Sinclair
1.0 out of 5 stars Not the most sophisticated writing
I love Jennifer Crusies books, and while this title wasn't a complete waste of my time, it wasn't a keeper either. Read more
Published on May 22 2003
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