Published: August 31, 2004
St. Martin's Press, paperback
GR Summary: 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.
I don't know why, but I don't read a lot of adult fiction. Being in my mid-20s, you would think I'd have a full track record. Well, I don't. But I have awesome blogger friends who are filled to the brim with recommendations for my first foray into adult romance. BE T ME had some seriously delightful moments and hilarious banter. It was not without flaws, but color me convinced to read more romance!
Min has been dealt a rough hand when it comes to family and relationships. Her mother is HORRID (let my mom try and tell me to lay off the carbs. LET HER TRY.) and she's just been dumped by some douchebag because she wont sleep with him. So I'd imagine her to be a little less doormat-y when she overhears said douchebag betting this hot guy he can't get her into bed. But no, SHE GOES ON THE DATE. Luckily, a series of tension-filled and entertaining events ensue.
See, here's the thing. I get that Min is not a size 0. I understand that she's a bigger girl (by the way, when did "almost a size 8" become fat? I think not.) and while I understand that it's pertinent to the story, the fact that we are FREQUENTLY reminded that she's "fat" got very off-putting after awhile. I didn't care that she was overweight. I just wanted to read about her and Cal and their romantic shenangans.
Aside from that teensy rant, this reading experience was seriously enjoyable. It was refreshing for the characters to be like me: working and jaded. (HA!) I will absolutely be reading more adult romance in the very near future.