Bet Me

[Read] ➵ Bet Me By Jennifer Crusie – 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 imp 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 keeps 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 againBut 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 risky propositions than either of them ever dreamed of Including the biggest gamble of all—true love.Bet Me

Jenny Crusie is the NYT bestselling author of twenty some novels and lots of other stuff Her latest novel Maybe This Time hit shelves in August Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 391 pages
  • Bet Me
  • Jennifer Crusie
  • English
  • 26 April 2015
  • 9780312987855

10 thoughts on “Bet Me

  1. says:

    After reading this I don’t think I’ll eat Chicken Marsala ever again The heroine of this book ate Chicken Marsala in two different restaurants twice for takeout at a wedding at a dinner with her friends and cooked it 4 times with different levels of success I don’t know if there’s anything boring than a person who never tries anything new if I’d been the hero I’d have stopped dating her just because of this I enjoyed the first part of the book – the humor was not over the top and the plot was wacky but not creepy Then as the book progressed I found two of my big pet peeves adults that don’t confront their parents when they’re out of line and the demonizing of men You see I had a mother like Min’s so I totally understand what it is to live with constant criticism regarding my figure But when I was in my 20s I had a very firm chat with my Mom about it and told her I wouldn’t tolerate that behavior Did my Mother stop completely? Of course not but at least now it’s manageable and not humiliating like it used to be And that’s why I cannot respect Min who at 33 years old should not let her mother choose her hairdo her clothes or the food she eats I HATED how Cal was demonized because he dated a lot He was so nice and thoughtful that women fell in love with him in droves and when he realized they were serious than him he would break up with them The bastard Doesn’t he know that once a woman falls in love with him he owes her a ring no matter his feelings? He made them fall in love It’s his fault Because you know women are little girls that cannot take responsibility for their own feelings and must get every man they want Throwing up nowThen the ending was so saccharine I don’t think I’ll eat anything sweet for a monthThe narration was good but I don’t think that Cal’s voice was distinctive enough But what makes this narration really irritating is the author’s writing style Almost every line of dialogue ends in ‘he said’ or ‘she said’ so after a while I wanted to shoot myself I had to speed up this book a lot just to see if I could stop hearing ‘so and so said’ after every sentenceBecause I liked the humor I was thinking that I should give this author another shot but then I thought that for the first time ever an author has put me off food If nothing else that’s my clue that I should never read anything by this author again She's liable to make me swear off bread or chocolate and THAT I couldn't stand

  2. says:

    Eye rollthat is all

  3. says:

    Cute story but I'm still not sold on Jennifer CruiseI've read this one and Welcome to Temptation which are supposed to be her top two books and my feelings for both are overwhelmingly ok I know she's supposed to be one of the ueens of Chick lit so this leads me to believe that Chick lit will never be my jamWhich is fine OkMin is chubby And Min is always gonna be chubby She doesn't magically lose the weight then find her prince charming And prince charming Cal isn't one of those guys who already knows he likes the curvy ladies It isn't until he talks to her that he realizes he finds her interesting and sexyThe problem is he's taking a break from women because they are nothing but griefBut Min is different And she's worked her way under his skin The back and forth between these two was really cute and sweet And I enjoyed the fact that she wasn't thin One thing I thought was maybe a little odd were all the food references I didn't find the find the scene where he tied her up and fed her donuts all that sexy to be honest Butto each their own Also how many times can you eat chicken Marsala before you get thoroughly sick of it? Yikes Branch out and try something new girlAnyway I blew through it in a couple of days and don't regret it one bit Chick lit may not rock my world but I certainly don't feel like it's a waste of my time

  4. says:

    5 'DONUT' STARSA fabulously written book with plenty of heart and soul low on the drama and high on the humour 'Bet me' is a book that all romance lovers should have on their 'I need to read' shelves My book heart was crying out for a chic lit fix so with a few recommendations for this book under my belt I decided to forge ahead and reconnect with my first love of reading style This author did not disappoint 'Bet me' was a gorgeously funny and romantic escape and i'm left with a huge smile on my faceWhat's it all about Minerva 'Min' Dobbs is a slightly cynical witty and suspicious thirty something who has found herself dumped by a man who she barely liked let alone loved Trouble is Min has an impending wedding to attend as her sisters bridesmaid throw in the need for a date two hilariously entertaining best friends an overbearing mother and a dress that doesn't fit and Min finds herself looking for a replacement man to fill the dateless gap Min is well aware that there is no such thing as a prince charming to deliver her own happily ever after especially one who asks her on a date to win a bet Calvin 'Cal' Morrisey is ridiculously handsome and successful this charmer is not looking for a long term commitment especially with the girl who fails to fall for his boyishly good charms so the two meet through a dubious bet and fall straight into drama chaos and the possibility of love 'Bet me' is the wonderful story of Cal and Min Can opposites really attract?What did I love?Spectacularly well written witty and full of humour this story is chic lit at its finest The book was so random it was amusing I could not get enough of this loveable story that I devoured in just one sitting Lately I have found myself so overrun with dramatic books that 'Bet me' was a complete breath of chic lit air I loved both the hero and heroine in this story I fell in love with Min she was sassy and vulnerable and I loved her uirky goofy sense of humour even with her self doubt she was always likeable a great leading lady for the delectable Cal this hero was outstanding he was sweet and sexy and all things book yummy I was than pleased to meet this duo The book has Great supporting characters and so many point of views in the book I lost count just know this; it worked and I loved getting snippets of 'life' from all the characters The dialogue between the characters is nothing short of amazing it is so fast paced and entertaining I was in awe at my reading experience There was nothing that I didn't love about this story and I'm rushing now to read other books by this talented author Amazing intro juicy in between bits and a deliciously scrumptious ending I am officially in book loveFinal thoughts Jennifer Crusie is obviously an established author her writing style is flawless and this book had me swooning and laughing in eual measure 'Bet me' brought me back to uestion myself as to why I've been leaving this genre of book collecting dust on my shelves its a funny uirky tale of learning to trust and that love is often found in the strangest of places What can I say? If you are a fan of a romance with laughs than your local comedy club then don't hang around go grab it readers Kisses

  5. says:

    Yay funny and sarcastic Jilly's kind of thingMinerva is the heroine of our story and she is the kind of girl who makes her other friends look hotter by comparison She's also a bit chubby and hasn't eaten a carb in years In other words miserable I've always said that you can never be happy unless you eat carbs I went on a carb free diet for a few months and although I lost weight I also went on a killing spree You probably saw me on the news I killed the crap out of tons of pigs You know because of all the bacon I ate But believe me I was unpleasant to be around Yeah I know that's hard to believe because of all of the joy I bring to your life but it's true In other words without carbs life is a vast hellscape that never ends until you eat one again Yeah it's pretty easy to get out of hell Just eat a SnickersYeah but he looks happier after that donutSo poor Minerva is in hell and then her boyfriend breaks up with her because she wouldn't have sex with him To add insult to injury she hears him making a bet with a hot guy that he can't get her to have sex with him either Minerva does what any raging carb starved girl would do she decides to torture the hottie who is trying to pick her up to win a bet I approve of thisCal is the hero who took the bet He isn't interested in Minerva and she isn't interested in him It becomes a strange anti relationship and you end up just waiting for the whole thing to implodeOn the other hand some people will do anything to win a betTheir romance is really cute and funny and they both have friends who become a great part of the story I cared as much about what was going on with their friends as I did about them I kind of wanted them to get their own books but I was happy enough that Crusie gave us their fates in an epiloguejennifer Crusie's style of writing is uniue I think she will be either a love or hate author because of it She uses a lot of dry humor and there always seems to be a big cast in her books I am having fun with it so I think I'll move on to a few

  6. says:

    you know that horrible trope read flaw in fiction involving the inability of some ahem many male authors to write even semi believable female characters? like there's something off about them you can't put your finger on although usually it's the fact that they talk about having boobs all the time like the novelty hasn't worn offanyway this book is like if female authors couldn't write believable men which they can because empathy but apparently can't when it's a mid 2000s attempt at writing a fairytale level romancewe spend 400 ish pages reading about the whirlwind not a strong enough word hate to love romance between Calvin and Minerva yes those are really their names no it does not seem necessaryMin's defining trait is that she's fat you may be tempted to yell at me about this but that would be you shooting the messenger and also it wouldn't be very nice and please be nice to me all the time forever anyway there is nothing that Min is called in these pages than some variation on fat including chubby overweight round so on to say CW fat shaming would be an understatementit is not only fcked up it is very annoyingCal's defining trait is that he is perfect that's it like this guy is a 1010 in looks a 1010 in body a complete charmer the owner of his own company willing to constantly reassure Min that she is beautiful and her curves are also beautiful as a sidenote also weirdly into both Min's feet and force feeding her food in what is supposed to be i guess a Romantic Thing but does not seem that way to me a player but also one who You Can Change droppin' the L word in under a month amazing in bed totally neutral toward his bombshell relationship psychologist ex who is actively trying to win him back cool with being yelled at and hit by Min her friends and her family until Min deigns to fall in love with him the former roommate of the owner of an unbelievably delicious Italian restaurant relatedly up for delivering free mouthwatering chicken marsala to your apartment discovering your long lost prized possession after spending a minute in your basement giving gifts and also cats a freuent Krispy Kreme customer a youth softball coach totally down to propose on the one month anniversaryhe sounds like a robotbottom line i wish there was a plot twist to this book and it was like ACTUALLY HE WAS A ROBOT ALL ALONG A ROBOT BUILT OUT OF THE DEEPEST DESIRES OF EVERYONE WHO SAW BRIDGET JONES'S DIARY IN THEATERSwould be a lot interesting i actually just enjoyed a rom com soattempting to recreate the magic

  7. says:

    5 Beautifully Insane StarsThis book wasbizarre but so damn charming It was full of light humour and absolutely free of drama It is a book you read when you need something to pick you up I'm so glad I read itThe main characters were mostly insanereally We have Min who after being dumbed by the world's biggest idiot goes into her all men are pigs phase and we have Calvin the comitment phobe who gets entangled in a stupid bet against his will They are our main couple She is a little chubby and never takes risks he is a gambler They decide they have nothing in common and won't be seeing each other again But fate has other ideas “What i'm trying to tell you Min said is that im going to grow up to be one of those chubby old ladies It's in my genes Like self raising flour i'm going to poufThat's going to work out well for me Cal said Because i'm going to grow up to be one of those horny old men who chases chubby old ladies around the couch” The mean characters were completely insane David the douche makes the bet with Calvin that he can't get Min in bed in a month just after he breaks up with her despite the fact that he wants her back Cynthie Cal's crazy ex wants him back She is a relationship gourou and she is certain that love can be clinically analyzed and she is meant to be with Cal Don't get me started with Cal's mom Aka The Iceberg This book strikes for funny and light and the characters reflect itThe friends were just as crazy In this category we have Roger who glances at Bonnie for the first time and decides he'll marry herbut he'll wait a month before he proposes and Bonnie who believes in fairytales and princesRoger is hers They are both completely adorable like teddy bears and perfect for each other And then Tony and Liza who are the man whore and the free spirit I'll just say that every time Cal kissed Min Liza decked him with her purse Need I add anything?? “This is a woman you've known less than twelve hours It took you a year to pick out a couch but you're seriously—“Yes” Roger said “She's the one” The result?? A beautiful mess of a book It was charming and cute and so easily read that you didn't want it to endRe read June 2015

  8. says:

    WOW Great storyExcellent writingAmazing CharactersMin Great decisionCalWe KNOW you didn't make the bet so in the end it made me want to eat LOTS AND LOTS of Krispy Kreme donuts sigh

  9. says:

    45 Fairy Tales Do Come True StarsIt's been a long time since I've read a JC book I remember her always putting a smile on my face and once again JC had me smiling and laughing many times I loved Mim and Cal Hell I loved everybody in this book I might have liked it so much because Mim and Cal acted like enemies instead of lovers lol All because of a bet made between Mim's ex David and Cal which Mim over hears So Mim starts off hating Cal right away and is uick to shoot down his charming ways They butt heads every time they are around each other They never want to see each other again but fate has different plans for them And when it came to the important stuff they were both there for each other I loved how Cal made Mim feel sexy about not being a size two He loved to watch her eat He made her eat He also was uick to put Mims mom in her place when it came to her harping all the time to Mim about not eating carbs and dieting I loved how Mim stood up to Cals family and never made him feel stupid because he was dyslexic Elvis her cat was awesome I loved how every time Cal or Mim voiced out loud to themselves that they were never going to see each other again something weird would happen Cal burned his finger or bumped his head Mim stabbed her self with a loose staple Haha These two had really good friends They were all wonderful and had each other's back Oh and Mim had some really cool shoes and she loved Elvis Presley She had me jamming many times during this book It brought back memories of my mom playing Elvis records when I was younger Haha This was told through many different POVs and I really liked that a lot I had no problems figuring out who's head I was in lol If you're looking for a light on drama funny read with tons of tension this ones for you

  10. says:

    Until recently this was not available on KINDLE in Europe and I really wanted to read it so what's a girl to do had to order the paperback Loved it No sooner had I the paperback than it became available on KINDLE in Europe What's a girl to do? Download it and read it again Great great story

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