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Advance Review- Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie

Title:  Hot Toy

Hot Toy

Genre: Contemporary Holiday Romance Short Story

Author: Jennifer Crusie

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, October

Pages: 77 (e-book)

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Rating: 4.5

Sexy Rating: 3

Description from Amazon.com:

Previously published in the anthology Santa, Baby, HOT TOY is now available as a standalone e-story for the first time! Mayhem ensues under the mistletoe as a determined shopper grabs the very last hot toy action figure off the shelf, only to find herself plunged into the middle of a real-life spy game and in the arms of a sexy secret agent…

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Unless you want to wake the entire household with your laughs, you better not read this at night in bed.  I nearly choked trying to stifle laughs as I read this at 11pm.  This is a mad-cap Christmas adventure with bad guys and good guys and….wait a minute, who is the bad guy and who is the good guy?  Jennifer Crusie can write humor that is not silly (hate that) but very witty.  Even though there is a lot of slap-stick scrambling it all plays well in this delight of a short story.  Yes, this is the perfect quick read for when the holidays are starting to get you down.

 

 

 

 

 

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Deet’s Keeper Shelf Review- Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Title:  Bet Me

Bet Me

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Jennifer Crusie

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Paperbacks, Sept. 2004

Pages: 391

Source: purchase

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

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Review- Maybe This Time by Jennifer Crusie

Title: Maybe This Time

Genre: Romantic Fantasy

Author: Jennifer Crusie

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, 2010

Source: Library

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 5

Description: (from Jennifer Crusie’s website)

When Andie Miller goes to see her ex-husband, North Archer, to return ten years of uncashed alimony checks, he asks for one final favor: A distant cousin has died and left him guardian of two orphans who have driven out three nannies already; will she take the job? Bribed with money and a need for closure, Andie says yes, packs her bags, and heads for Southern Ohio.

But when she meets the two children she realizes things are much worse than she feared.  The children aren’t any run-of-the-mill delinquents, the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers, and something strange is happening at night.  Plus, Andie’s fiance thinks it’s a plan by North to get Andie back, and since Andie’s been dreaming about North since she arrived at the house, she’s not sure he isn’t right.

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This one was a total surprise for me.  I expected a light, romantic “Crusie” read and I got that and more.  There are ghosts and they are not all that benign.   There are spots of typical, witty Crusie dialog but also there is a real suspense filled story going on here.  There is hot sizzling sex, too. I also  had trouble fitting this into a typical genre catagory. 

North Archer is the White Knight here and I do swoon.  It is really hard to figure out why Andie divorced him although she had her reasons.  North’s brother, Sullivan, is rather a dilettante but he’s as charming as they come. The Children are very mysterious and well drawn.  Andie’s mother is a hoot and the housekeeper keeps us guessing.  The other side characters blend in with the plot seamlessly.  But the ghosts steal the show; creepy, scary, whimsical but never silly or cheesy.

This was a really good page turning read.  But sensitive you may sleep with the lights on for a night or two.

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Review- Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Title: Bet Me

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Author: Jennifer Crusie

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press, 2004

Source: Purchase

Rating: 5

Sexy Rating: 5

Description from back of the book:

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.

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I seem to be tossing around a lot of “5 star” ratings lately but honest to Pete I’ve been lucky with some really good reads.  This delight from Jennifer Crusie just made my day…week…month.

  Funny?  Here’s a small sample of funnys:

 “Roger was ten feet away looking at Bonnie as if she were the center of the universe.  Bonnie was looking at Roger as if he were a very nice man she didn’t know very well.  Cal shook his head.  Watching Roger date was like watching a toddler in traffic.”

          ”  “I’m fine,” Min said, putting as much chipper as she could into her voice.  “I’m turning over a new leaf.  Taking risks.  Like having lunch with a wolf.”

            “I’m a wolf ?” Cal said

            “Oh, please,” Min said, “You picked me up on Friday with ‘Hello, little girl.’  Who do you think you were channeling, the Prince?” “

On top of a good story, sharp dialog, and great secondary characters, Crusie throws in some top notch psychology on the whys and hows of falling in love.  Of course she also shows how even the psychology can’t work with the wrong people.

 This is a great summer beach read.  If you can’t find it at the bookstore, try the library.

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