Friday, May 25, 2012

My Thoughts: Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Published: August 31, 2004
St. Martin's Press, paperback
Source: Purchased
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.


  1. I too read mostly YA although I'm in my twenties but why not? It's an amazing genre! But I follow April's blog good books and good wine and her review was so good I ha to pick this book up! Since then I've read several more of Jennifer Cruise's books but this story still remains my favorite! Great review btw!

  2. I agree that size was just too too much of an issue! How great is the name Minerva Dobbs though?!

  3. I love YA regardless of age..this book looks good too.

  4. I love Cal & Min. So. Much.

    This was my first successful foray into adult romance as well!

  5. HAHA I agree with your rant, as you well know. But this is a cute book! I think we need to read some more adult books, what do you say?

  6. Oh goodness I loved Cal. I loved Min. I loved when he sings Love Me Tender. BE STILL MY HEART.

    I am so glad you finally read/reviewed Bet Me! <33333

  7. I read this after seeing rave reviews online too, and loved it. But I do agree that the weight issue seemed very heavy handed. So did the whole veal marsala (or was it chicken?) thing. How many times is she going to eat or try to cook that dish. Sheesh. But other than that I REALLY enjoyed the book. Talk about some slow burn! It's fun to read some "grown up" books once in a while:)

  8. Um...I'm a size 8 and consider myself skinny. So suck it society! :P

    Anyway, I've only just starting making forays into romance myself! This is one that's been recommended to me on a number of occasions, so when I saw you were reviewing it I got quite excited. It sounds cute and fun, and like I'd want to punch her mother in the face, but other than that I'm there!