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Crusie’s witty dialogue and unique characters are at their best in this fun novel (after reading it, I raced through most of Crusie’s catalogue)
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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.

Bet Me is the winner of a 2005 RITA Award.



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Jennifer Crusie is the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of Maybe This Time, Welcome to Temptation, Tell Me Lies, Crazy for You, Faking It, and Fast Women. She has also collaborated with Bob Mayer to write Wild Ride, Agnes and the Hitman and Don’t Look Down. Crusie earned her bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University, a master’s from Wright State University, and a master of fine arts from Ohio State University. Before devoting herself to writing full-time, Crusie worked as a preschool teacher, an elementary and junior high art teacher, and a high school English teacher. She lives on the banks of the Ohio River.
Published April 1, 2007 by St. Martin's Press. 432 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on May 20 2010 chick-lit clichés a triple shot of adrenaline, intelligence, and smart-mouth wit.Bet you can’t stop reading it. Absolutely, irresistibly hilarious.

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Reviewed by Anne Browning Walker on Jul 27 2012

Crusie’s witty dialogue and unique characters are at their best in this fun novel (after reading it, I raced through most of Crusie’s catalogue)

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Reviewed by Sarah Jean Ellsworth on Jan 05 2012

It’s the character-driven realism that makes this book such a gem. Min and Cal, along with their friends and families, are flawed, interesting, complete human beings who you can’t help but cheer on.

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Above average
Reviewed by Stephanie Gurnsey Higgins on Oct 02 2009

This is one of those books from my keeper shelf that I revisit every year and darned if it doesn't get better and better...this is a well-crafted, well-told story that hits it in all the right places.

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Reviewed by January 21, 2011 on Jan 21 2011

BET ME is a winning book. Although this reviewer feels it went on a bit too long, Jennifer Crusie does an excellent job creating some very funny characters.

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Reviewed by Melissa Howard on Jan 16 2009

What about the main character’s Cal and Min? They are believable human’s full of contradictions and flaws. ...And to appreciate them and their romance, you must read their story.

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