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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Fun, Fluffy & Forgettable... Jan. 22 2004
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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 marriage was dissolved. Her brassy blonde hair, which she had just had done, looked terrible and her sister was nagging at her to take more risks again. More risks?! Didn't she realize that every time she took a risk it ended in disaster? Still, the day wasn't a total wash, there was a pretty cute guy in the diner where she had lunch with her sister. Well, she thought he was pretty cute until he tried to mug her in the alley. Then he had the gall to claim to be a police officer trying to save her life after someone took a shot at her!
Detective Zack Warren has never seen anyone as in need of protection as Lucy Savage, but he definitely doesn't want to be the guy trying to do the protecting. All he wants is for Lucy to lead him to her ex-husband Bradley whom they suspect of stealing several thousand dollars from the bank he worked at. Only problem is Lucy told Bradley she never wanted to speak with him again and hasn't seen or heard from him since. Still, Zack has a hunch that Lucy is key to breaking the case so he moves in with her and her two nutty dogs to provide 24 hour protection. Next thing she knows, Lucy has accidentally turned her hair green, adopted another dog off the street and fallen head over heels in love with Zack! But she knows that Zack isn't serious when he says that he loves her and wants to marry her, after all, he is way too big of a risk for her to take...
Getting Rid of Bradley is a fun, fast read that I enjoyed, but it is nothing special or spectacular. This is a bit disappointing as Jennifer Crusie's books are usually pretty memorable - for her zany characters if nothing else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book! :) Oct. 13 2003
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"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! The book is character-driven and both the heroine and hero are entertaining and endearing. Lucy Savage, previously Lucy Savage-Porter - which, according to her sister, made her sound like an angry bell-hop - is quirky and crazy. Between her ever-changing and often increasingly bad hair days and her lovable dogs - who are rounded characters in themselves :) - she keeps the pages turning. She meets the love of her life, Zack Warren, after mistaking the unsuspecting sexy cop for a mugger and beating him up in the street - although he maintains that he let her do it, of course. What with her obsessive soon-to-be-ex-husband on the loose, at least one criminal running around shooting at people and a mystery to solve, Zack decides that there is simply no other way around it than that he should move into her beloved house - which she likes more than her ex - with her. Lucy soon finds that Zack - who is in denial that he is in his thirties and could soon be *gasp* old - is a mix of mischievous little boy and mature sex-on-legs man, and Zack swings from commitment-phobe to realising quite quickly that he never wants to leave Lucy, the dogs and the house - heck, he's even loving her cooking lessons! - and just has to figure out a way to get her out of the divorce court and straight back down the aisle - with him! This book is fast-paced, well-written and just plain funny! Highly recommended for romance readers or anyone with a sense of humour.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Bad. One and a half stars
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by HeaLea
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good one
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... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2009 by Lou
2.0 out of 5 stars Really... get rid of Bradley...
The ONLY reason I am giving this book a MARGINAL 2 stars is because it is entertaining in how bad it is. Read more
Published on June 28 2004 by Pansori
5.0 out of 5 stars Knock-out book!
This book is just what I would want. Handsome cop protecting me against the bad guys and then falling in love with the cop. Read more
Published on June 14 2004
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 15 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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