Title: Bet Me
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: Jennifer Crusie
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Paperbacks, Sept. 2004
Sexy Rating: 5
Description from Amazon.com:
Author Jennifer Crusie’s 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 doughnuts, 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 Me is the winner of a 2005 RITA Award.
This book is 11years old but it is still one of the very best examples of snarky, romantic dialog. It will have you laughing from the beginning because misunderstandings abound and coincidences push the story along. It is a quick read in spite of the nearly 400 pages. Min and Cal are meant for each other, we know that, but they are having all kinds of trouble coming to the same conclusion. They also have friends who doubt their compatibility and each has a former ex who is trying to sabotage the budding relationship. Min has body-image insecurities and Cal does his best to reassure her that she is perfect the way she is.
This is a book on my keeper shelf and I promised myself to reread it this summer. I’m so happy that I did and realize it deserves a reread more often than every eleven years. It is impossible for me to give a book less than 5-stars when it leaves such a big smile on my face.