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Bet Me
Bet Me | Jennifer Crusie
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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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Victoriahoperose
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This is definitely my new favorite by Jennifer Crusie. I loved the storyline and all of the characters. It felt like I was watching my favorite rom com. Predictable, but awesome all the same. The ending was perfect and I really enjoyed everything about this one. Definitely a great pick me up!

OneCent76 She has great books. 5mo
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Comet2
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I asked my friend if she had a favorite book. She gave me Bet Me. It was fun. The cat is the best! I made a playlist with all the songs in the book and we baked a bookish cake.

LitsyWelcomeWagon So cute and creative! Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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CarolynM Welcome to Litsy🌼 I like Jennifer Crusie too. My favourite is 7mo
ImperfectCJ Now that's a cake! Welcome to Litsy! 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🎈📚💗 7mo
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Comet2
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It was so fun we baked a cake!

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love this! Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 7mo
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fenchxrch
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Mehso-so

I was on a historical romance kick and I needed a palate cleanser. Everyone speaks highly of this author and especially this book in particular, but it didn't work me. It wasn't badly written — I just didn't love the heroine and her weird shoes. Every time I read a description of her latest pair of shoes, I'd grimace and get pulled out of the story.

I just haven't been able to find a contemporary romance I like! I'll keep trying...

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Gnora
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Day 5: Favorite Book

"An hour spent reading is one stolen from paradise." - Thomas Wharton

#Library30 #LibrarainsofLitsy #NLW #MyLibraryMyStory #FaveBooks

rretzler Love Fahrenheit 451. Haven‘t read it in ages though so I may be due for a reread 10mo
Gnora @rretzler I read it about once a year. This is the library copy, but my personal copy is more annotation than book at this point! 👐🏻 10mo
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YummyLibrarian
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Published in 2004 and it still hold up.
It‘s the banter and the pace. Jennifer Cruise writes a full story where the romance is real and it‘s not about the sex. Plus there‘s the food.
#fictionforfoodies #romance

EclecticBookLover It's a classic ❤️ 13mo
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esurient
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Hysterically funny mature romance (het, childfree). The competitive groveling in the climax wasn't to my taste, but the h-and-H defending themselves/each other to each other's parents made me damn near cheer out loud. There should be much more 'I'll fight the world for you' in modern romance. Pick! #thisisareread

WhiskeyMistress I love this book, and no lie, make Chicken Marsala according to this books recipe, and my friends beg me to make it all the time. 14mo
esurient @WhiskeyMistress Dang I am so hungry for that right now. Did your copy have a recipe that gave proportions? How much wine to so much chicken? 14mo
WhiskeyMistress @esurient I can email you a picture of the page in my recipe book, just let me know your email! 14mo
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esurient @WhiskeyMistress Oooh! 'memdash2013@gmail.com' Thank you!! 14mo
WhiskeyMistress @esurient sent it! Let me know if you have questions. It‘s like four ingredients and so simple but it doesn‘t taste simple!! 💖 14mo
esurient @WhiskeyMistress Yum! Got it! I think I have everything on hand except the mushrooms! 14mo
WhiskeyMistress @esurient let me know how it turns out!! 14mo
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esurient
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Hullo, opening lines of new book.

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shrewandsnail
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Book haul! I also got a bunch of Sarah MacLean and a Beverly Jenkins. Coas Books in Las Cruces has the biggest romance section! I was amazed.

Crewgurl Oh I liked Do You Want To Start A Scandal! 2y
Liatrek Love Beverly Jenkins❤️ 2y
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Jeanne_S
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Mehso-so

Light verging on vapid.

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mariaku21
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#meetthelittens @maich
1. Born in LA, moved around in my twenties and back home
2. Oooh my constant re-read is the tagged book.
3. The Diviners is so good! 🗽
4. While you were sleeping / Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman = magic!
5. Criminal Minds
6. Pearl Jam, Tom Petty, Heart, to name a few
7. Green. All the shades of green.
8. Fiction - all the fiction.
9. In LA
10. Not right now 😩

Bklover 5❤️ (edited) 2y
ItsAngel I stacked your book. ♥️ Pearl Jam. Green is a fav. ✌🏼 2y
mariaku21 @ItsAngel I seriously love that book, it's my "comfort book". ♥♥to PJ! So glad to meet another fan! 2y
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mariaku21 @Bklover 🙌🙌😊 2y
MayginReads 💜 Spencer, though I haven't watched that series in many years 2y
mariaku21 @MayginReads I watch it most nights on syndication. ♥ Spencer and Penelope, what a friendship 2y
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knbrower
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Excellent book to cure a book hangover!

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beyondbookish
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So excited to read this author‘s work!! 📚📚📚

LaurenReads She‘s pretty funny! 2y
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mariaku21
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1. Mindy and Cal are snarky, witty, and had great chemistry.
2. Ooh.. so many.. Westley and Buttercup, #Reylo , Anne and Wentworth
3. Peonies. love them so much I succumbed to another tattoo 😊
4. Reese's peanut butter cups
5. Umm... I guess red.
@JoScho for #manicmonday

batsy Anne and Wentworth 💘 2y
tpixie Love peonies! 2y
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EclecticBookLover
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1. Tea. I love Irish and English breakfast teas for everyday but I'm up for flavors depending on the mood.
2. First Valentine's as a newlywed 😊
3. Nope
4. Vanilla or homey scents w/ cinnamon.
5. Berry, mint. Love dark chocolate.
6. Red
7. Silky
8. Mint
9. All of the above!
10. No, but I really need to work on that.
11. Goodreads my profile has the link
12. Nope
#cupidgoespostal #thisorthat #cupidgoespostalthisorthat

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brandymuses
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1. Bet Me by Jennifer Cruisie (where actual comfort food is a big part of the plot)
2. Santa Baby and that stupid Hippopotamus song are tied
3. Yes
4. 😂😂😭😭
5. Got it.

#friyayintro

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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

Light & cute but totally implausible, given the time line.

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Caitriona
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Another good one from Crusie. The big misunderstanding at the start of the book is satisfactorily resolved!

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MaidaMalby
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Five statistically significant stars. This book made me happy while reading it. Adorable and relatable characters, quirky story, laugh-out-loud situations, touching moments- everything contributed to a great book. I will always remember Min and Cal, their friends and families, Elvis, shoes, and Chicken Marsala. And, betting, of course.

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quietjenn
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Vacation book no. 2. My expectations are ridiculously high, since I've had so many people recommend it. I hope that doesn't jinx it. #romantsy

QuietlyLaura My husband read Bet Me and really liked it, too! 3y
farre I really like that one! 2y
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EverydayPrincess
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This book might be my favorite fairytale. Crusie is a genius, I love her work.

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literary_lost
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This is one of my all time favorite books!!! I keep going back to it even after so long. It makes me happy and wistful and dreamy all at the same time❤❤❤❤ Jennifer Crusie at her best! A definite 5 star for me though this may be better suited as a light-hearted, silly read during a slump😍

bookslayerReads Added this one to my stack! Gonna read it soon hopefully! 3y
literary_lost @bookslayerReads Yaayy! I hope you enjoy it❤Im glad you are on Litsy! I just wanted to have an account to keep track of what I've read and stuff but also share pics😆 3y
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Cinsai
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Still on of my favorite books to read when I need a pick me up. Min and Cal are such fun and the dialogue sparkles. You can tell Ms. Crusie is a fan of screwball comedies. ❤️⭐️❤️⭐️❤️⭐️

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Cinsai
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CrowCAH Such a fun read! 3y
Cinsai It always cheers me up when I'm blue @CrowCAH 🌈❤️✨ 3y
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Reggie
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#scenesfromanitalianrestaurant Back when I was looking for a "and they lived happilyever after" book. This was it. This book gave me my first foodgasm. The female MC has a thing for chicken marsala and what attracts the male mc to her is the way she eats her food, and chews, and smacks, and appreciates. And while I was reading that part during lunch at work, I'll be damned if I didn't have the best grill cheese of MY LIFE!!!!!!!! Lol

Cinfhen 🤣🤣🤣my 15 yr old makes a killer grilled cheese, it involves mac & cheese, sweet chili, Tabasco and pickles!!! 3y
Cinfhen And my chicken Marsala is a family favorite 😇 3y
Reggie Lol @Cinfhen that sounds freakishly delicious 😋 If you ever ate at our employee dining room you would understand this miracle of this grilled cheese. Lol (edited) 3y
BB1958 I don't ever miss a Reggie review. Very tasty stuff! Lol indeed 3y
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Verity
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Yes. I know. I should have read it sooner. I've heard it recommended so many times that it shouldn't have taken me this long. But it did and I'm sorry. Bet Me is amazing. It's smart and snarky and funny and I could read about Min and Cal all day. Don't be stupid like me, read it now.

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robinb
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I'll give this a pick for its humor and its depiction of the wonderfully "round" Min. But I must say that I find myself more and more less attracted to contemporary romances. Not sure what it is specifically, but it seems I much prefer historical novels (romance, mystery, etc.). The only exception would be my newly discovered interest in urban fantasy (aka Kate Daniels). #lovelivinginthepast #romantsy #osrbc

EloisaJames I love this book too, although I didn't think the characters really thought/acted young. It's hard to get that right in contemporary fiction. 3y
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robinb
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Never read her. Looking forward to this! #romantsy #osrbc

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ferskner
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Soooooo out of my comfort zone, but also deliciously light for Sunday night reading. Also, I just barely realized her last name is Crusie, not Cruise. D'oh!

CrowCAH This was a funny book; not my typical either, but enjoyable! 3y
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LaurenReads
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Thanks so much @ScientistSam !!! Everything is so great!!! I ❤️ it all and can't wait to read these books. And that pouch and sticker?!?! So awesome. #cupidgoespostal

MMenefee 💚❤️💙📚 3y
RiotMom Awwww I love Bet Me. It's one of my favorite things to read when I'm having a crappy day. Jennifer Crusie writes fantastic heroines. 3y
OrangeMooseReads That little bag is awesome! #hamilton 3y
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mischa
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#riotgrams #kissingbooks As you all know, I love a good kissing book. Most of mine are on kindle, but I do also own some of my favorites in physical form and here are a handful of those. Bet Me is my go-to when I need cheering up - be the Min you want to see in the world. 🖤🖤🖤 #romantsy

EloisaJames I like everything but that nightgown in the end! (I have fashionista tendencies when it comes to nightwear.) 3y
mischa @EloisaJames Hahahaha. I happily block out the nightgown and imagine it as something different. 😜 3y
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DeekshaGahlaut
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"Once upon a time, ... , the world was full of good men..., Those days are gone now."

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jlabombard10315
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Preparing to re-read an old favorite. ❤

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Maggie
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Once again, wish I had a handsome man to make Chicken Marsala for me (or, more accurately, to make this for since my cooking is about all I bring to the table) but...sigh.
Kinda sad this book is over, too.

BookishMarginalia Bon appetit! 3y
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Maggie
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#CurrentMood. Probably shouldn't be reading romance today, but, here we are. I'm a glutton for punishment. 😔

Dolly Cool photo 3y
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Maggie
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I mean...I wish a handsome man was feeding these to me on a park bench like in the book...

Then again, it's 19 degrees outside, and they're not love handles if nobody loves you.

BooksForEmpathy Um YUM! 3y
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leslieisreading
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I miss romantic comedies, so few are getting made these days. There are so many contemporary romance novels that would be perfect for adaptation - get on that, Hollywood! Bet Me, a Jennifer Crusie classic, was the first to come to mind. #seasonsreadings2016

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deefig
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This is one of the best romance novels/chick lit, that I have ever read. Real situations, real people and a realistic love. There's lots of sexual tension but only one actual lovemaking scene in the book. #hea

SarahSaysRead Bet Me is my FAVE romance novel! I miss Jennifer Crusie. 3y
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surlyspice
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i. love. this. book.

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Maggie
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Vacation time. :)

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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On this session of snuggling with Bailey.

OSChamberlain Didn't even see him 😂😂 3y
LeahBergen I didn't either, @OSChamberlain ! 😂 3y
Ashley_Nicoletto She is black as the night. 😂 3y
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Sarrie
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I am finally fighting off this reading slump! Caught up on my All The Books podcast, some World of Warcraft, and finished Bet Me (which was amazing). This week may turn around yet!

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Julsmarshall
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Loved it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #24in48.

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Julsmarshall
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Hope to finish this today between orientation activities!

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vickie
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Pink party to kick off my first #24in48 #readathon!

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JennaRoot
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Loved it!

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JennaRoot
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This is the first time I've ever eaten a meal to match the book I'm reading... So chicken Marsala it is and maybe I'll get some doughnuts too. Thanks for the fun book rec @bookriot !!

MrBook Nice pairing 😎👍🏻! 4y
Varshitha I loved this book!! 4y
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Revisiting a gem: Best dismissal of horrible ex-boyfriend ever! I just love this book. Min is who I want to be when I grow up, the hero is complicated and appealing and funny, all the supporting characters are delightfully quirky, and the banter is so much fun. One of my favorite romances ever!

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Loreen
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It's my June Reading Wrap Up:
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LisaMakeWords
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Well, I tore threw this one. Bet Me was rec'd on the Get Booked podcast, and I thought I would try it out. Cal and Min are so charming with their antics. I wish the ending had been a bit neater and I thought discussions about Min's weight bordered on too much but overall a likeable quick read.

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