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Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

August 5, 2011 - Amy Phelps
A bet leads to love in "Bet Me" by Jennifer Crusie, a reissue.

Minerva "Min" is the chubby and slightly bitter about men one of her group - the petite blonde Bonnie who believes in fairy tale romances and the wild redhead Liza who can't be tied down to any man, but is fiercely loyal to her friends. After Min is dumped by her boyfriend, David, at a popular club, a few weeks before her sister's wedding, Bonnie and Liza look around for someone to be her date. Across the room they spot a group of guys - Roger, Tony and Cal, and zero in on one in particular for Min, while they pair up with the other two.

Cal is gorgeous and successful and more than a little charming. But charm doesn't work on Min. And Cal doesn't seem interested in Min, either. But when David runs into the group of men and makes a bet that Cal can't get Min to leave the bar with him, this kicks off a series of events noone could have predicted. For even though they seem like opposites, Min and Cal just might be perfect for each other. With some very funny misadventures along the way, like a smart cat named Elvis, an obssession with chicken masala and Krispy Kreme donuts, two scheming exes and one completely crazy wedding, Min and Cal just might get their happily-ever-after in the end as well.

This is a very funny, charming book with a cast full of witty characters who spout repartie that everyone wishes they were smart enough to say. Crusie's books are smart romantic comedies, something most of the movies coming out of Hollywood wish they could be, and are always a delight.

"Bet Me" is published by St. Martin's Griffin. It is $14.99 and is 401 pages long.


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