St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312303464, 384pp.
Publication Date: August 26, 2004
This is New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Crusie's novel about long shots, risk management, true love, and great shoes. . . .
Minerva Dobbs knows how to work the odds.
Calvin Morrisey always plays to win.
But when they face off, neither one is prepared.
Because when real life meets true love, all bets are off. . . .
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 doughnuts, 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.
"Bet you can't stop reading it. Absolutely, irresistibly hilarious." --Kirkus (starred)
"Bet you can't stop reading it. Absolutely, irresistibly hilarious."
"Hard to resist . . . [a] roller-coaster ride . . . perfect escapist fare!"
"Crusie has a gift for concocting nutty scenarios and witty one-liners. . . . Genuine laughs."
"A hoot. Oh, go ahead. Indulge."
"Few popular writers handle light romantic comedy as deftly as Jennifer Crusie. . . . A funny, fast-moving, densely plotted comedy/caper."
"The action is fast, the characters are quirky, and the one-liners never stop. . . . Fast-paced and sexy."
"Delightful . . . could be likened to skinny-dipping in a cool pond on a muggy, hot summer afternoon: risqué, yes---maybe even a little kinky---but, oh, so refreshing."
"As refreshing as a mint julep in the summer heat."
"A smart, sexy story of intrigue, seduction, blackmail, and art forgery...will have readers laughing out loud..."