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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 keeps him on his toes. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, th 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 keeps 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.


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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 keeps him on his toes. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, th 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 keeps 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.

30 review for Bet Me

  1. 4 out of 5

    D.G.

    After reading this, I don’t think I’ll eat Chicken Marsala ever again. The heroine of this book ate Chicken Marsala in two different restaurants, twice for takeout, at a wedding, at a dinner with her friends and cooked it 4 times with different levels of success. I don’t know if there’s anything more boring than a person who never tries anything new (if I’d been the hero, I’d have stopped dating her just because of this.) I enjoyed the first part of the book – the humor was not over the top and After reading this, I don’t think I’ll eat Chicken Marsala ever again. The heroine of this book ate Chicken Marsala in two different restaurants, twice for takeout, at a wedding, at a dinner with her friends and cooked it 4 times with different levels of success. I don’t know if there’s anything more boring than a person who never tries anything new (if I’d been the hero, I’d have stopped dating her just because of this.) I enjoyed the first part of the book – the humor was not over the top and the plot was wacky but not creepy. Then as the book progressed, I found two of my big pet peeves: adults that don’t confront their parents when they’re out of line and the demonizing of men. You see, I had a mother like Min’s so I totally understand what it is to live with constant criticism regarding my figure. But when I was in my 20s, I had a very firm chat with my Mom about it and told her I wouldn’t tolerate that behavior. Did my Mother stop completely? Of course not, but at least now it’s manageable and not humiliating like it used to be. And that’s why I cannot respect Min who at 33-years old, should not let her mother choose her hairdo, her clothes or the food she eats. I HATED how Cal was demonized because he dated a lot. He was so nice and thoughtful that women fell in love with him in droves and when he realized they were more serious than him, he would break up with them. The bastard! Doesn’t he know that once a woman falls in love with him, he owes her a ring no matter his feelings? He made them fall in love! It’s his fault! Because you know, women are little girls that cannot take responsibility for their own feelings and must get every man they want. **Throwing up now** Then the ending was so saccharine, I don’t think I’ll eat anything sweet for a month. The narration was good but I don’t think that Cal’s voice was distinctive enough. But what makes this narration really irritating is the author’s writing style. Almost every line of dialogue ends in ‘he said’ or ‘she said’ so after a while, I wanted to shoot myself. I had to speed up this book a lot, just to see if I could stop hearing ‘so and so said’ after every sentence. Because I liked the humor, I was thinking that I should give this author another shot, but then I thought that for the first time ever, an author has put me off food. If nothing else, that’s my clue that I should never read anything by this author again. She's liable to make me swear off bread or chocolate and THAT I couldn't stand.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Cute story, but I'm still not sold on Jennifer Cruise. I've read this one and Welcome to Temptation, which are supposed to be her top two books and my feelings for both are overwhelmingly...ok. I know she's supposed to be one of the queens of Chick-lit, so this leads me to believe that Chick-lit will never be my jam. Which is fine. Ok. Min is chubby. And Min is always gonna be chubby. She doesn't magically lose the weight then find her prince charming. And prince charming (Cal) isn't one of those gu Cute story, but I'm still not sold on Jennifer Cruise. I've read this one and Welcome to Temptation, which are supposed to be her top two books and my feelings for both are overwhelmingly...ok. I know she's supposed to be one of the queens of Chick-lit, so this leads me to believe that Chick-lit will never be my jam. Which is fine. Ok. Min is chubby. And Min is always gonna be chubby. She doesn't magically lose the weight then find her prince charming. And prince charming (Cal) isn't one of those guys who already knows he likes the curvy ladies. It isn't until he talks to her that he realizes he finds her interesting and sexy. The problem is, he's taking a break from women. <--because they are nothing but grief! But Min is different. And she's worked her way under his skin... The back and forth between these two was really cute and sweet. And I enjoyed the fact that she wasn't thin. One thing I thought was maybe a little odd were all the food references. I didn't find the find the scene where he tied her up and fed her donuts all that sexy, to be honest. But...to each their own. Also, how many times can you eat chicken Marsala before you get thoroughly sick of it? Yikes! Branch out and try something new, girl! Anyway. I blew through it in a couple of days and don't regret it one bit. Chick-lit may not rock my world, but I certainly don't feel like it's a waste of my time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Jayne

    5 'DONUT' STARS. A fabulously written book with plenty of heart and soul, low on the drama and high on the humour, 'Bet me' is a book that all romance lovers should have on their 'I need to read' shelves. My book heart was crying out for a chic-lit fix, so with a few recommendations for this book under my belt I decided to forge ahead and reconnect with my first love of reading style. This author did not disappoint 'Bet me' was a gorgeously funny and romantic escape and i'm left with a huge smile 5 'DONUT' STARS. A fabulously written book with plenty of heart and soul, low on the drama and high on the humour, 'Bet me' is a book that all romance lovers should have on their 'I need to read' shelves. My book heart was crying out for a chic-lit fix, so with a few recommendations for this book under my belt I decided to forge ahead and reconnect with my first love of reading style. This author did not disappoint 'Bet me' was a gorgeously funny and romantic escape and i'm left with a huge smile on my face. What's it all about ... Minerva 'Min' Dobbs is a slightly cynical, witty and suspicious thirty something who has found herself dumped by a man who she barely liked let alone loved. Trouble is Min has an impending wedding to attend as her sisters bridesmaid, throw in the need for a date, two hilariously entertaining best friends, an overbearing mother and a dress that doesn't fit and Min finds herself looking for a replacement man to fill the dateless gap. Min is well aware that there is no such thing as a prince charming to deliver her own happily-ever-after especially one who asks her on a date to win a bet. Calvin 'Cal' Morrisey is ridiculously handsome and successful, this charmer is not looking for a long term commitment especially with the girl who fails to fall for his boyishly good charms, so the two meet through a dubious bet and fall straight into drama, chaos and the possibility of love, 'Bet me' is the wonderful story of Cal and Min ... Can opposites really attract? What did I love? Spectacularly well written, witty and full of humour this story is chic-lit at its finest. The book was so random it was amusing, I could not get enough of this loveable story that I devoured in just one sitting. Lately I have found myself so overrun with dramatic books that 'Bet me' was a complete breath of chic-lit air. I loved both the hero and heroine in this story, I fell in love with Min, she was sassy and vulnerable and I loved her quirky, goofy sense of humour even with her self doubt she was always likeable a great leading lady for the delectable Cal, this hero was outstanding he was sweet and sexy and all things book yummy, I was more than pleased to meet this duo. The book has Great supporting characters and so many point of views in the book I lost count, just know this; it worked and I loved getting snippets of 'life' from all the characters. The dialogue between the characters is nothing short of amazing, it is so fast paced and entertaining I was in awe at my reading experience. There was nothing that I didn't love about this story and I'm rushing now to read other books by this talented author. Amazing intro, juicy in between bits and a deliciously scrumptious ending, I am officially in book love. Final thoughts ... Jennifer Crusie is obviously an established author, her writing style is flawless and this book had me swooning and laughing in equal measure. 'Bet me' brought me back to question myself as to why I've been leaving this genre of book collecting dust on my shelves, its a funny, quirky tale of learning to trust and that love is often found in the strangest of places. What more can I say? If you are a fan of a romance with more laughs than your local comedy club, then don't hang around, go grab it readers ... Kisses.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lady Heather

    WOW! Great story! Excellent writing! Amazing Characters! Min.. Great decision! Cal... We KNOW you didn't make the bet so.. .. in the end it made me want to eat LOTS, AND LOTS of Krispy Kreme donuts!.. *sigh*

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jo ★The Book Sloth★

    5 Beautifully Insane Stars This book was...bizarre but so damn charming. It was full of light humour and absolutely free of drama. It is a book you read when you need something to pick you up. I'm so glad I read it! The main characters were mostly insane...really. We have "Min" who after being dumbed by the world's biggest idiot goes into her "all men are pigs" phase, and we have "Calvin", the comitment-phobe, who gets entangled in a stupid bet against his will. They are our main couple. She is a 5 Beautifully Insane Stars This book was...bizarre but so damn charming. It was full of light humour and absolutely free of drama. It is a book you read when you need something to pick you up. I'm so glad I read it! The main characters were mostly insane...really. We have "Min" who after being dumbed by the world's biggest idiot goes into her "all men are pigs" phase, and we have "Calvin", the comitment-phobe, who gets entangled in a stupid bet against his will. They are our main couple. She is a little chubby and never takes risks, he is a gambler. They decide they have nothing in common and won't be seeing each other again. But fate has other ideas... “What i'm trying to tell you," Min said, "is that im going to grow up to be one of those chubby old ladies. It's in my genes. Like self raising flour. i'm going to pouf." "That's going to work out well for me," Cal said. "Because i'm going to grow up to be one of those horny old men who chases chubby old ladies around the couch.” The "mean" characters were completely insane... "David" the douche makes the bet with Calvin that he can't get Min in bed in a month, just after he breaks up with her, despite the fact that he wants her back. "Cynthie", Cal's crazy ex, wants him back. She is a relationship gourou and she is certain that love can be clinically analyzed and she is meant to be with Cal... Don't get me started with Cal's mom, Aka "The Iceberg". This book strikes for funny and light and the characters reflect it. The "friends" were just as crazy... In this category we have "Roger", who glances at Bonnie for the first time and decides he'll marry her(but he'll wait a month before he proposes), and "Bonnie" who believes in fairytales and princes(Roger is hers). They are both completely adorable, like teddy bears, and perfect for each other. And then Tony and Liza, who are the "man-whore" and the "free-spirit". I'll just say that every time Cal kissed Min, Liza decked him with her purse. Need I add anything?? “This is a woman you've known less than twelve hours. It took you a year to pick out a couch, but you're seriously—" “Yes,” Roger said. “She's the one.” The result?? A beautiful mess of a book. It was charming and cute and so easily read that you didn't want it to end. *******************Re-read June 2015*******************

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tea Jovanović

    Drage moje, vidim da ste je mnoge pročitale... i da se većini dopala... drago mi je (kao uredniku knjige)... :) Jednom rečju, šta god da pročitate od ove autorke lepo ćete se zabaviti, nasmejati... Pravi laki, zabavni, i A klase "ženski" romani... Beach read :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    4.5 Fairy Tales Do Come True Stars! It's been a long time since I've read a JC book. I remember her always putting a smile on my face and once again JC had me smiling and laughing many times. I loved Mim and Cal! Hell I loved everybody in this book! I might have liked it so much because Mim and Cal acted like enemies instead of lovers. lol All because of a bet made between Mim's ex David and Cal (which Mim over hears). So Mim starts off hating Cal right away and is quick to shoot down his charmin 4.5 Fairy Tales Do Come True Stars! It's been a long time since I've read a JC book. I remember her always putting a smile on my face and once again JC had me smiling and laughing many times. I loved Mim and Cal! Hell I loved everybody in this book! I might have liked it so much because Mim and Cal acted like enemies instead of lovers. lol All because of a bet made between Mim's ex David and Cal (which Mim over hears). So Mim starts off hating Cal right away and is quick to shoot down his charming ways. They butt heads every time they are around each other. They never want to see each other again but fate has different plans for them. And when it came to the important stuff they were both there for each other! I loved how Cal made Mim feel sexy about not being a size two. He loved to watch her eat. He made her eat. He also was quick to put Mims mom in her place when it came to her harping all the time to Mim about not eating carbs and dieting. I loved how Mim stood up to Cals family and never made him feel stupid because he was dyslexic. Elvis (her cat) was awesome! I loved how every time Cal or Mim voiced out loud to themselves that they were never going to see each other again something weird would happen. Cal burned his finger or bumped his head. Mim stabbed her self with a loose staple. Haha! These two had really good friends! They were all wonderful and had each other's back! Oh and Mim had some really cool shoes and she loved Elvis Presley! She had me jamming many times during this book. It brought back memories of my mom playing Elvis records when I was younger. Haha! This was told through many different POVs and I really liked that a lot. I had no problems figuring out who's head I was in. lol If you're looking for a light on drama funny read with tons of tension this ones for you!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    Until recently, this was not available on KINDLE in Europe and I really wanted to read it so what's a girl to do - had to order the paperback. Loved it. No sooner had I the paperback than it became available on KINDLE in Europe. What's a girl to do? Download it and read it again ... Great, great story.

  9. 3 out of 5

    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    Actual rating: 1.5 stars. Because I'm in a good mood today. Warning: the gif is strong with this one. Again. Why? Why the bloody fish did I do this to myself? Because I'm a first-class idiot, that's why. And because I'm a complete, utter, total masochist, that's also why. Yep, that's me, the human piñata. Okay, let's get this over with as quickly and painlessly as possible. This book made me feel like: And also like: And also, also like: All in all this proved to be a charmingly delightful reading ex Actual rating: 1.5 stars. Because I'm in a good mood today. Warning: the gif is strong with this one. Again. Why? Why the bloody fish did I do this to myself? Because I'm a first-class idiot, that's why. And because I'm a complete, utter, total masochist, that's also why. Yep, that's me, the human piñata. Okay, let's get this over with as quickly and painlessly as possible. This book made me feel like: And also like: And also, also like: All in all this proved to be a charmingly delightful reading experience. And I have to say it put me in a deliciously jovial, cheery mood. Good times and stuff. » And the moral of this Next Time Anyone Sees Me Reading a Book Similar to this One Please Do Me a Favor and Shoot Me in the Head Thank Thee Kindly Super Extra Crappy Non Review Thingie (NTASMRaBSttOPDMaFaSMitHTTKSECNRT™) is: ah, sugar-shock inducing books, there really is nothing quite like them. Who would want to read gloriously dark stuff packed with liars and assholes when such enchanting tales as this one exist? I sure wouldn't. Oh no, not me. P.S. One day chicken Marsala will save the world. It will eradicate all diseases, make hunger disappear, stop armed conflicts and bring peace on earth. Trust me on that one, I read this book, I know what I'm talking about.

  10. 3 out of 5

    Didi

    4.5 STARS! Sometimes I find myself discovering a new to me author, and thinking...WHERE THE HELL HAVE I BEEN?? Why haven't I heard of Jennifer Crusie before now? Despicable. And because I'm late into the game, I won't bother explaining what this book is all about. I loved it. I loved Cal. Truly loved that dream of a book boyfriend. He was honest, sweet, considerate, giving, loving and an an all around true gentleman. The scene where they're eating chicken Marsala--umm...YUM!--and he describes how 4.5 STARS! Sometimes I find myself discovering a new to me author, and thinking...WHERE THE HELL HAVE I BEEN?? Why haven't I heard of Jennifer Crusie before now? Despicable. And because I'm late into the game, I won't bother explaining what this book is all about. I loved it. I loved Cal. Truly loved that dream of a book boyfriend. He was honest, sweet, considerate, giving, loving and an an all around true gentleman. The scene where they're eating chicken Marsala--umm...YUM!--and he describes how he sees her body...sigh. Seriously, I was this close to tearing up. With Min's mom dishing out endless weight loss advice, and her ex being a douche, Min deserved someone who could see her for herself and love her deeply, want her desperately and keep her forever. Min was funny. I always felt she put up a shield against people that would judge her, or assume things. This was of course a defense mechanism, and it was hilarious in the beginning when she used it like crazy against Cal. There were tons of laugh out loud moments, a fantastic secondary cast--loved her bff's Bonnie and Liza!--touching scenes, swoony scenes and a romance that gave me the warm fuzzies! Cheesy right? Doesn't matter, I loved this. Tony was awesome, really standing up when it was necessary, and pointing Cal in the right direction. David was a total idiota, and Cyn, poor, sightless Cyn. She was smart professionally, but totally clueless personally. Love can't be theorized and tested using variables and science. This style of plot where there are other things going on above the main romance are my favorite. They keep you on your toes and round out everything beautiful that is reading. I'm now off to start reading JC's other books, this is why goodreads is so great, we discover new and fantastic authors! The ending was beautiful, the pacing incredible, no filler whatsoever. I especially loved how the epilogue was written, answered all my questions, and proved some of my suspicions. But the real winners? Cal and Min, loved them! Highly recommended.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ You know when you read a great book when, not even in the middle of it, all you can think of is : I was seriously beating myself up with this the whole time! It felt so good to read this book! To sum it up quickly, I loved it for a lot of reasons but mainly : 1 - Dialogues Jennifer Crusie knows how to make her characters talk! Vividly! 2 - Humor I was really laughing out loud at some quotes or situations! This book is filled with sarcasm and high quality banter. I know you stole ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ You know when you read a great book when, not even in the middle of it, all you can think of is : I was seriously beating myself up with this the whole time! It felt so good to read this book! To sum it up quickly, I loved it for a lot of reasons but mainly : 1 - Dialogues Jennifer Crusie knows how to make her characters talk! Vividly! 2 - Humor I was really laughing out loud at some quotes or situations! This book is filled with sarcasm and high quality banter. I know you stole me from my real parents, they'd let me eat butter. Min swallowed "the thing is, im going to spread. Hips, thighs-" "for future reference," he said starting to laugh. "if you're sitting half naked on my lap and you tell me you're going to spread-" “It's a good thing he broke up with you because now you're free for when the right man finds you. Your prince is on his way." "Right. I'm sure he was on his way but a truck hit him.” 3 - Shoes! Minerva is a woman after my own heart... She is a shoe's freak! She had the most awesome shoes! And how fun it was witnessing Cal discovering a foot fetish... lol. 4 - Food ! Do not read this book on a diet. Scratch that, read it on a diet! I was craving donuts and italian's food the whole time! 5 - Fairytale-ish This story is filled with fairytale references, but our heroine and hero being such down to earth persons, they aren't even aware of it all! 6 - Villains! Yes, all fairytales needs their villains... And I loved that we get their POV in this story! 7 - Elvis! Elvis was a character of its own league here! But wait, are you talking about... Presley? Costello? The Cat? To summarize, this book is a gem, have it ready on your shelf for any unexpected craving of all of the above. The Bet might have be witty, charming, sassy, smart and fabulous but there is nothing quite as nice as LOVE! ** Thanks to Lana and Mo for recommending this! xxx **

  12. 5 out of 5

    Viri

    Reseña en el blog!!! https://www.virivillarreal.com/2018/0... Hace mucho tiempo que no disfrutaba tanto leer un libro. En este caso, es una relectura. Sip, lo sé... ¿Yo releyendo algo? en otra vida quizás. Jajaja, pues NO. Lo hice y I REGRET NOTHING! LO AMO. LO AMO. LO AMO. ESTE ES ESE TIPO DE LIBROS QUE TIENES QUE LEER. LO AMOOOOOOOOOOO. Un poco bizarra la situación en la que se comienza a desarrollar la relación pero me encantó tanto o más que la primera vez. Este libro es único. No tiene ningún Reseña en el blog!!! https://www.virivillarreal.com/2018/0... Hace mucho tiempo que no disfrutaba tanto leer un libro. En este caso, es una relectura. Sip, lo sé... ¿Yo releyendo algo? en otra vida quizás. Jajaja, pues NO. Lo hice y I REGRET NOTHING! LO AMO. LO AMO. LO AMO. ESTE ES ESE TIPO DE LIBROS QUE TIENES QUE LEER. LO AMOOOOOOOOOOO. Un poco bizarra la situación en la que se comienza a desarrollar la relación pero me encantó tanto o más que la primera vez. Este libro es único. No tiene ningún personaje malo. Todos me gustaron, en serio, hasta los villanos terminaban por hacerme mover la cabeza de incredulidad con sus "teorias" jajaja Cal es amor. No hay más. Desde su primera aparición te conquista, es de los personajes que debes conocer para enamorarte más pero que a primera vista son irresistibles. No hay palabras para describir lo emocionada que me puse al releer sus pensamientos y acciones. Es que era leer una escena suya y yo ya estaba suspirando. Min en cambio es distinta. Una chica de talla grande (sip, lo sé... muy predecible) con algunos problemas de autoestima. Algo que gracias a dios no se toca tanto como se pensaría pues en realidad ni siquiera son SUS problemas, más bien los de sus familiares. Min es una chica común, pero encantadora. Descubres en ella una personalidad más vivaz y arriesgada de lo que puedas imaginar viendo su apariencia general. Un libro 100% recomendado para pasar un rato agradable, disfrutar, reírte, enamorarte y terminar con una sonrisa en la boca súper grande. 4.5 porque mi cursi corazón me pedía niños jajaja (no habla mi reloj biológico lo juro)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Norah Una Sumner

    It all started with a bet ... One exciting and incredibly fun chick lit novel that will make you laugh and make you think about whether a happy ending is really possible and theory of chaos real. Min is serious. Cal is a charmer. Min is ready for something more. Cal is not known for serious relationships. Min is angry at men, especially after her last relationship. Cal is not ready for a woman who will tell him "NO". Min is a curvy brunette. Cal likes blondes. And they definitely hate each other. B It all started with a bet ... One exciting and incredibly fun chick lit novel that will make you laugh and make you think about whether a happy ending is really possible and theory of chaos real. Min is serious. Cal is a charmer. Min is ready for something more. Cal is not known for serious relationships. Min is angry at men, especially after her last relationship. Cal is not ready for a woman who will tell him "NO". Min is a curvy brunette. Cal likes blondes. And they definitely hate each other. But when fate and a strange bet take over their lives, perhaps one of the most famous assumptions - "opposites attract"- will come true. It's all up to you to find out if it's really like that.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Duchess Nicole

    I needed this book! It seems as if all of the books I read lately are such intense reads. Bet Me was the perfect reprieve. From the first page, it was just so much fun! I mean, she introduces her "R rated pixie" friend on like page five. The intro scene is Min in a bar with her friends while her boyfriend is breaking up with her. It's obvious that she couldn't care less. That is, until she overhears the bet being made with the "Hunka hunka burnin' love" standing next to her new ex. Call is the p I needed this book! It seems as if all of the books I read lately are such intense reads. Bet Me was the perfect reprieve. From the first page, it was just so much fun! I mean, she introduces her "R rated pixie" friend on like page five. The intro scene is Min in a bar with her friends while her boyfriend is breaking up with her. It's obvious that she couldn't care less. That is, until she overhears the bet being made with the "Hunka hunka burnin' love" standing next to her new ex. Call is the perfect guy, which is not what Min wants or expects. Their courtship is full of unexpected encounters...so many that they both get the feeling that fate is really weird. No one would have pictured them together, least of all themselves. But no matter how much they try to stay away, everything just seems to fall into place. Min is a typical woman in that she sees only the worst in herself physically. It takes awhile, but Cal unintentionally forces her to see her as she truly is. It was actually quite beautiful to see this part come about, because it was such a subtle change, but remarkable. Without sounding like the typical book cover review blip, I'll say this: Ms Crusie writes with such wit and passion and humor, I was literally smiling the entire time I read this book. Going on my love love love shelf!

  15. 3 out of 5

    Karla

    5 Stars!! This is my 3rd time reading, or rather this go around I listened to the audio version. Still a 5 star book, the audio version was wonderful, and Deanna Hurst rocked the read. The story still had the same impact it did when I read it the first and second time. One of my favorite plump girl...full figure...curvy women reads! I smiled like an idiot from beginning to end! Calvin Morrisey is the sweetest guy ever...I love him! Original review posted 2/11 Great book. Lots of fun, loads of laug 5 Stars!! This is my 3rd time reading, or rather this go around I listened to the audio version. Still a 5 star book, the audio version was wonderful, and Deanna Hurst rocked the read. The story still had the same impact it did when I read it the first and second time. One of my favorite plump girl...full figure...curvy women reads! I smiled like an idiot from beginning to end! Calvin Morrisey is the sweetest guy ever...I love him! Original review posted 2/11 Great book. Lots of fun, loads of laughs, and some really quirky, memorable characters. What starts out as a bet, turns into love…only Cal and Min have a little trouble figuring that out. But the journey is oh so much fun. Harry "Harrison", cutest little dude ever...wish the author would right about this adorable ichthyologist! A real feel good book. It's a keeper, one of JC's best!

  16. 5 out of 5

    bibliophile (Romance Addict)

    This book is HILARIOUS!! & CUTE! Story: We meet Min, a woman who doesn't care much about her looks, and is characterized by her friends as plain. After breaking up with her boyfriend, she decides to go out to dinner with a guy who wants to win a bet on her. Calvin is gorgeous, and man whore, a guy who woman shouldn't get too close to, but when coincident plays in the role, Cal & Min gets closer together, and might possibly fall in love. However, will they last together? “Nobody in my lif This book is HILARIOUS!! & CUTE! Story: We meet Min, a woman who doesn't care much about her looks, and is characterized by her friends as plain. After breaking up with her boyfriend, she decides to go out to dinner with a guy who wants to win a bet on her. Calvin is gorgeous, and man whore, a guy who woman shouldn't get too close to, but when coincident plays in the role, Cal & Min gets closer together, and might possibly fall in love. However, will they last together? “Nobody in my life has ever known me the way you do. Nobody in my life has ever made me feel as good as you do. You know me, you know everything about me, and when you leave me, you're going to be leaving the real me, the me nobody else has ever seen, that's who you're going to be rejecting.” _______________________ Positive: -The humor. The best part about this book is that it's hilarious! I was laughing every five minutes at how funny Cal & Min were. This was a great plus for this book since I enjoyed it so much! -Cal & Min! I really like how different their relationship was. I am VERY grateful to the writer since she didn't make it too dramatic between them unlike other chick-lit's book. I also like how they trusted each other despite everything that happened. -The side characters: I love Bonnie, Liza, Tony, Di, and all the side characters! I also really like the fact that there are so many side characters to begin with! _______________________ Negative: I HATE David, and Cyn! God, especially Cyn since she was acting like a know it all! But I love how she couldn't stir anything in the book!! Final thoughts: I really like this book!! At first, it was totally four stars for me, but then it grew on me since the book only got better. I love the character development, and how Min & Cal changed slowly. I also like the fact that it took time for the relationship to grow & it wasn't a one-moment thing. This book is hilarious, and has a very good plot. Recommend: I recommend this book to readers who wants a light read. This is highly recommended to readers who just read a VERY heavy subjected book, and want something funny, and light.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sonia De la rosa

    Leer reseña completa en el blog http://www.lacomunidaddellibro.com/re... Creo que con esta vez es la cuarta que leo este libro, es uno de ésos libros que siempre recurro cuando estoy pasando por una época en que no consigo que ninguna novela me enganché, siempre que lo leo la historia me atrapa de una forma que hace que lo devore y esté hasta la madrugada para terminarlo (menos mal que siempre me lo leo en sábado). Es una novela ágil, divertida (de las que te hacen reír a carcajadas) y muy románti Leer reseña completa en el blog http://www.lacomunidaddellibro.com/re... Creo que con esta vez es la cuarta que leo este libro, es uno de ésos libros que siempre recurro cuando estoy pasando por una época en que no consigo que ninguna novela me enganché, siempre que lo leo la historia me atrapa de una forma que hace que lo devore y esté hasta la madrugada para terminarlo (menos mal que siempre me lo leo en sábado). Es una novela ágil, divertida (de las que te hacen reír a carcajadas) y muy romántica (sin ser empalagosa). Cal y Min son dos protagonistas muy diferentes entre ellos. En una situación normal ninguno de los dos hubieran salido juntos, Min odia a Cal, bueno, en realidad parece odiar a todo el género masculino aunque es compresible si tenemos en cuenta que la noche que lo conoció acababa de cortar con ella su novio, y tampoco ayudó el hecho que lo oyó apostar a que conseguía llevársela s cenar. A Cal le parece que es una bruja, por muy encantador y educado que es él Min no deja atacarlo durante toda la cena. Así que los dos llegan a la misma conclusión, esa será la última y única vez que saldrán juntos, pero la casualidad, el universo, la teoría del caos (al leer el libro os enteraréis en que consiste), el destino, o lo que sea... No hacía más que juntarlos. Es una novela que destila un humor irónico, con una protagonista imperfecta, según los canones de belleza actuales. Un protagonista que te enamora desde el principio porque siempre esta ahí cuando más lo necesita Min. Un grupo de secundarios que a mi me han parecidos geniales, y que nos ayudan a ver las diferentes formas que tenemos las personas al enfrentarnos al amor, la soñadora, la escéptica.... Una cosa que me ha gustado mucho de la novela es que los protagonistas tienen muy claras sus ideas, no quiero hacer spoiler así que no sé cómo explicarlo... hace unos meses que en una lectura conjunta lo estuvimos hablando... En la novela romántica parece que tiene que acabar siempre sucediendo dos cosas, que sin ello parece que no puede haber final feliz, pues en esta pareja no querían una de esas dos cosas... He estado dudando con la puntuación, no sabías si darle tres o cuatro estrellas. En algunos momentos me ha costado seguir los diálogos, algunos son un poco confusos que han hecho que tuviera que releerlos varias veces, no sé si es culpa de la traducción o de la autora. No es un problema constante, ni que impida que se pueda leer. Al final le he dado cuatro estrellas porque me lo he pasado bomba con su lectura. A pesar de este punto negativo os recomiendo la novela, en la actualidad está descatalogado pero se puede encontrar de segunda mano, yo perdí mi libro y sin buscar mucho encontré en una librería de segunda mano un ejemplar para sustituirlo.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Anuradha

    EDIT - 16/02/2017: I had a horrible day today (well, yesterday), and amidst all my bitchiness and PMS and crying and general bad mood, I couldn't find enough chocolate. Anywhere. So yeah, I read this book again; I don't really know why, and it really made me feel better. I'm upping this to five stars. ORIGINAL REVIEW: Hallelujah! A book written for women where the heroine is not a klutz or a bimbo or a stereotype. Meet Minerva Dobbs, a slightly chubby actuary who doesn't seem to have much luck i EDIT - 16/02/2017: I had a horrible day today (well, yesterday), and amidst all my bitchiness and PMS and crying and general bad mood, I couldn't find enough chocolate. Anywhere. So yeah, I read this book again; I don't really know why, and it really made me feel better. I'm upping this to five stars. ORIGINAL REVIEW: Hallelujah! A book written for women where the heroine is not a klutz or a bimbo or a stereotype. Meet Minerva Dobbs, a slightly chubby actuary who doesn't seem to have much luck in finding true love. Her total asshole boyfriend dumps her for not having sex with him, and she doesn't grovel. Instead, she contemplates killing him. She is not a total fucking doormat. She talks her mind and eats like a pig, even if she doesn't want to. A woman after my own heart! She wears these statement shoes and doesn't really give a damn what people think. She's smart, sassy, kind, wonderful, and beautiful. She knows what she wants from life, and is absolutely the best sister ever. Meet Calvin Morrisey. A total babe. A 10/10. Smart, compassionate, with a heart of gold, despite his "tough guy" exterior. I love that he loves her when she eats and acts like a total boss bitch. I love that he loves her shoes and appreciates her for the amazing person she is. His relationship with his nephew is adorable, as is said nephew's slight crush on Min. (view spoiler)[You know how they say that every man ultimately marries his mother? Well, Harry (nephew) marries his aunt. (hide spoiler)] I also like that none of the characters is an empty shell. Even Cynthie, the ex-girlfriend trying to win Cal back is beautiful and sexy... and a qualified psychologist. This is not to say that the book didn't have its flaws; it had its "disapproving parents", its "fairy godmother BFF", and of course, the "big fight before the hero and heroine realise they're meant for each other after all". Okay, to be honest, it had a few of those. But hey, it is fiction at the end of the day, and its ultimate aim is to make you feel good. And make you feel good, it does. Oh, and the banter. Both sexual and otherwise, the banter is everything. I like books where the characters actually have things in common, where they can talk about things and actually connect, rather than, well, merely connect their bodies (if you know what I mean), and Min and Cal's relationship was one of minds, souls, and of course, bodies. Find someone who teaches you to cook Chicken Marsala. Find someone who defends you at all costs. Find someone who enjoys licking frosting off of you as much as they enjoy seeing you licking frosting off of doughnuts. Most of all, find someone who loves you unconditionally. For who you are. Forever.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Grecia Robles

    Me encantó 😄😄😄, desde el principio me hizo reír mucho es de esos libros que sirven para mejorar tu estado de ánimo para enamorarte y hacerte sonreír Al principio es una historia de amor-odio donde los personajes no se toleran, se conocen en un bar y por una apuesta van a una cita que resulta ser desastrosa y ellos lo único que quieren hacer es no volverse a ver pero por azares del destino se vuelven a ver una y otra vez parece que esta empeñado en que estén juntos. Min y Cal tienen una gran quími Me encantó 😄😄😄, desde el principio me hizo reír mucho es de esos libros que sirven para mejorar tu estado de ánimo para enamorarte y hacerte sonreír Al principio es una historia de amor-odio donde los personajes no se toleran, se conocen en un bar y por una apuesta van a una cita que resulta ser desastrosa y ellos lo único que quieren hacer es no volverse a ver pero por azares del destino se vuelven a ver una y otra vez parece que esta empeñado en que estén juntos. Min y Cal tienen una gran química echan chispas y juntos son fuego 🔥🔥 a mi me encantaron todos sus encuentros. Min no es la típica protagonista de molde, ella es según "llenita" de esas mujeres que se sienten gordas con una mamá que todo el tiempo le está diciendo que tiene bajar de peso pero como le dijo Cal ella es sexy, curvilínea con carne para agarrar Y Cal ay Dios !! Lo adoré es imposible no amarlo 😍😍,  es que es un pan de Dios es sexy guapo pero a la vez es tierno un gran amigo, que tiene grandes inseguridades que es lo que lo hizo humano💕❤💕❤. Y los amigos son como el ingrediente extra que les da sabor todos me encantaron excepto las amigas zorra de la hermana de Min

  20. 3 out of 5

    Natasha

    Don't you just love it when you re-read a book you haven't read in years and are instantly reminded of a genre you used to adore, and a book you thought was wonderful? If possible, I enjoyed this even more on my second read. Ah, Cal. What a dreamboat. <3 Read #2: March 6, 2016 - 5 stars Read #1: August 17, 2012 - 5 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jasmin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I belong to the 6% of the human populace who do not like this book. And I have to say, I do not like being the odd man/woman out. I honestly wanted to like this book. This is included in All About Romances Top 100 list and on Dear Reader Top 100 list plus it won Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Contemporary Single Title (2005), so it was justified that I had high hopes for this. Also, all my goodreads friends rated this four stars or more, however, the characters and dialogues were I belong to the 6% of the human populace who do not like this book. And I have to say, I do not like being the odd man/woman out. I honestly wanted to like this book. This is included in All About Romances Top 100 list and on Dear Reader Top 100 list plus it won Romance Writers of America RITA Award for Best Contemporary Single Title (2005), so it was justified that I had high hopes for this. Also, all my goodreads friends rated this four stars or more, however, the characters and dialogues were unbelievable. Examples are: (1) Bonnie turned back to the field and called Roger's name. When he came trotting over to them, she said, "Honey, are you going to ask me to marry you?" "Yes," he said. "I didn't want to rush you, so I thought I'd wait till our one-month anniversary. It's only eleven days." "Very sensible," Bonnie said. "Just so you know, I'm going to say yes." Roger sighed. "That takes a lot of the worry out of it." He leaned over and kissed her and went back to the field. Seriously, does that really happen in real life? I think not. (2)When Diana, Min's sister, decided not to get married since her fiancee is a cheating bastard, her mother caught her drinking wine, but then her mother quickly said: "Do you know how many calories—" Mothers are not like that. The could be calorie police at times, but not at a really lousy time, such as your failed wedding. And if the mothers are all like that, I'll stab them to death. (3)Statistics are vital in everyday life. Dialogues with a mention of statistics a little often are cute, however, almost every conversation with a mention of percentages of whatever does not strike me as amusing. (4)The characters also talked about theories on love. That got me confused on what I am reading. Whether this was a contemporary romance book or a psychology book. And in my honest opinion, I think the author was trying to merge the two in one. Also in the duration of the book, there wasn't any real focus on the H/h. One minute, it's Min and Cal, then next, it's different people talking. The thought and motive were both good, however, it would have worked more if this was a movie. To all my friends who loved this, I am absolutely sorry. I really wanted to love this book. And it wasn't due to a lack of effort on my part.

  22. 3 out of 5

    Crystal~BIG book addict~

    4.5 Betting Stars! This was such a great book!! Jennifer Crusie writes a great love story with lots of humor. Thank you for picking it for me Alexandra!! You did good :O)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Zeek

    Fantastic Contemporary Romance! I've been wanting to read Bet Me for some time now after seeing all the good reviews- despite the fact I tried one or two other Cruise books awhile ago and wasn't all that hip to them. I liked them well enough but nothing really demanded she become an "autobuy" author. Bet Me might change that. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! Min Dobbs has everything a girl could want, good, stable job, close friends, who cares if she has less than ideal weight? And okay, in the men d Fantastic Contemporary Romance! I've been wanting to read Bet Me for some time now after seeing all the good reviews- despite the fact I tried one or two other Cruise books awhile ago and wasn't all that hip to them. I liked them well enough but nothing really demanded she become an "autobuy" author. Bet Me might change that. I thoroughly enjoyed this one! Min Dobbs has everything a girl could want, good, stable job, close friends, who cares if she has less than ideal weight? And okay, in the men department, she's a bit lacking too. The story starts off with Min being dumped by a less then perfect boyfriend, David. Immediately her friends try to help by getting her to hook up with the handsome man standing on the balcony- right next to recent dumpee boyfriend. When Min decides to take on her friends challenge and meanders over to meet the admittedly attractive man, she freezes in horror when she overhears Dumpee Dave making a bet with sexy new man, Cal Morrissey, that he can't get Min to sleep with him in a months time. More horrifying, Cal promptly follows Min after she returns to her girls. Because she wants a date for her sister's wedding in 3 weeks, she decides to take him up on his offer for dinner- figuring she'll play the bet against him. One problem. Cal's not a bad guy. He's smart and more down to earth then Dumpee Dave ever was. And yep, she falls for him- hook, line (well, maybe not every line) and sinker. Cruise does a fantastic job of characterization and dialogue and I couldn't put this one down. I really loved Min and Cal, especially Min and Cal together. The side characters were just as much fun and I wonder if Min's friend Liza is going to get her own book eventually?? I think what I liked most is that her characters felt so real. Min and crew could be any one of us modern girls trying to make their way in shark-infested waters. Cruise also plays around with our desire for Happily Ever Afters and how that struggles against the fact that those are hard to come by now-a-days. It's a fun, fast read and I recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it yet- which is admittedly very few!

  24. 3 out of 5

    Stavroula P.

    4,5 για την ακρίβεια!! Ήταν ένα υπέροχο βιβλίο. Ένα μαγευτικό ταξίδι στην ιστορία της Μιν και του Καλ. Μπορεί από την περίληψη να υποθέσει κανείς ότι πρόκειται για ένα cliché, ένα κλασικό love sotry , διαβάζοντας ωστόσο παρακάτω αντιλαμβάνεται πως κάτι τέτοιο δεν ισχύει. Στην προκειμένη περίπτωση η ιστορία ξεκινά με την γεματούλα Μιν που πρέπει να έρχεται σε συμφωνία με τα δεδομένα της κοινωνίας και της μητέρας της για το τι θεωρείται όμορφο και κομψό. Φυσικά κάτι τέτοιο δεν ισχύει. Ο καθένας εί 4,5 για την ακρίβεια!! Ήταν ένα υπέροχο βιβλίο. Ένα μαγευτικό ταξίδι στην ιστορία της Μιν και του Καλ. Μπορεί από την περίληψη να υποθέσει κανείς ότι πρόκειται για ένα cliché, ένα κλασικό love sotry , διαβάζοντας ωστόσο παρακάτω αντιλαμβάνεται πως κάτι τέτοιο δεν ισχύει. Στην προκειμένη περίπτωση η ιστορία ξεκινά με την γεματούλα Μιν που πρέπει να έρχεται σε συμφωνία με τα δεδομένα της κοινωνίας και της μητέρας της για το τι θεωρείται όμορφο και κομψό. Φυσικά κάτι τέτοιο δεν ισχύει. Ο καθένας είναι όμορφος με τον δικό του τρόπο και δεν πρέπει να κατακρίνεται από τους γύρω του σύμφωνα με τα πρότυπα που προβάλλονται ως σωστά. Το κάθε άτομο πρέπει να νιώθει άνετα με τον εαυτό του και να τον αποδέχεται, και αν θέλει κάτι να αλλάξει θα πρέπει να το κάνει με δική του επιλογή και για την δική του ευχαρίστηση. Αυτό έρχεται να παρουσιάσει ο Καλ, ο οποίος αγαπά την Μιν όπως ακριβώς είναι και διαφωνεί με την μητέρα της που θέλει να την υποβάλλει σε εξωφρενικές δίαιτες για να ταιριάζει με το σύνολο. Για τον λόγο αυτό έγινε ο αγαπημένος μου χαρακτήρας μαζί με την Μιν , παρά τις αμφιβολίες που είχε για τον εαυτό της. Αυτό ήταν το μόνο αρνητικό πάνω της. Και οι δύο μου άρεσαν τόσο πολύ και ήταν τόσο ταιριαστοί μεταξύ τους που από την πρώτη στιγμή ήθελα να καταλήξουν μαζί. Η Νανέτ, η μητέρα της Μιν , με εκνεύρισε πάρα πολύ, όπως επίσης και η μητέρα του Καλ. Βέβαια το βραβείο του πιο αντιπαθητικού στο συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο παίρνει ο Ντέιβιντ! Ήταν τόσο εκνευριστικός και εγωιστής. Δεν μπορώ να τον περιγράψω. Και δεν αξίζει καν να ασχοληθεί κανείς παραπάνω μαζί του. Ό,τι του συνέβη το άξιζε. Το ίδιο και η Σίνθι. Μόνο που αυτή είχε καταλάβει κάποια πράγματα γρηγορότερα. Ήταν μία από τις πιο ρεαλιστικές ρομαντικές ιστορίες που διάβασα και θα τις έβαζα σίγουρα 5 αστεράκια αν το τέλος δεν ήταν τόσο σύντομο. Σε δύο σελίδες περιέγραψε την ζωή τόσων ανθρώπων. Εξακολουθεί όμως να είναι ένα πολύ ωραίο και ανάλαφρο στην ανάγνωσή του μυθιστόρημα!

  25. 3 out of 5

    Samantha

    God bless Chick-lit. Especially Chick-lit that's happy and filled with sexual tension and innuendo! Here's the story: Min Dobbs (yes, horrible name, but it illustrates how 'plain' she sees herself) gets dumped in the opening sentences by David, who then meets up with God's gift to women, Cal Morrisey and bets him that Cal can't bed Min in a month (because David couldn't in two). At the exact same moment, Min and her girlfriends are checking out Cal and daring Min to go over to him. She does and o God bless Chick-lit. Especially Chick-lit that's happy and filled with sexual tension and innuendo! Here's the story: Min Dobbs (yes, horrible name, but it illustrates how 'plain' she sees herself) gets dumped in the opening sentences by David, who then meets up with God's gift to women, Cal Morrisey and bets him that Cal can't bed Min in a month (because David couldn't in two). At the exact same moment, Min and her girlfriends are checking out Cal and daring Min to go over to him. She does and overhears the bet, with one slight misunderstanding and the game begins. It's full of little heart-stopping girly-girl fantasy love life moments, from both main characters, and naturally several $10 bets. And, of course, the uncaring, mean spirited, unattentive-to-what-their-child-really-needs/wants parents who jump in now and then, creating doubt about what seems too good to be true. All of the characters were interesting, and those that wouldn't be were for the most part ignored (the immediately in love friends, Min's father and likely secretary/lover) and a few curve balls were sent (like when the domineering best friend who knows the secret to all beastly men NOT hooking up with the constantly-looking good-natured lesbian bartender). Just about everybody had a theory for love -- Chaos theory, the Fairy Tale -- but the one that was my favorite, the one I thought I should have copied down, was Cynthie's theory. She said there were four stages of love: 1. Assumption: subconcious cues that the person you're with is someone you assume you'd be attracted to 2. Attraction: looking to see if the person you're with is appropriate for you. This phase is chockfull of various clues, like copulatory gazes, accepted touches, mirroring each other's moves, etc. 3. Infatuation: attraction reinforced with joy and or pain leads to infatuation, in which you make a connection and attach to each other 4. Mature, Unconditional Love: the final stage; nothing can separate you now Like I said: happy Chick-lit. Made me giggle more than once, made my heart stop in anticipation and envy, and left me with a smile on my face every time I stopped the disc. My one major complaint about this book (which may not be a problem for people who read the actual book rather than listen, cause I'm sure it wouldn't have bothered me then): SAID It seemed as though Jennifer Crusie* had never read a thesaurus for alternative choices for "said". And it popped up almost every sentence. "Blah blah blah," Min said. "Yadda yadda yaadaaa," Cal said. Et cetera et cetera...That's the only time the book annoyed me or made me roll my eyes. One other item that has kept me from reading more by Crusie was her fascination with specific food items/meals, in this case Krispy Kreme donuts and Chicken Marsala. *Slightly edited to reflect a spelling error on my part, willfully pointed out by a troll. Thank you for your correction.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jane Stewart

    My favorite Crusie book. Wonderfully witty lines. Guaranteed to make you feel good. I did not want to stop reading. The book starts with a well done mis-communication - the bet. David bets Cal that he can’t get Min to bed in a month. Cal refuses but says he’s willing to bet ten dollars that he can walk out the door with her. Min overheard part of the bet but not all of it, and she thinks it’s a bet to have sex with her. She is angry, but she leaves with Cal because she wants to be rude to him. Th My favorite Crusie book. Wonderfully witty lines. Guaranteed to make you feel good. I did not want to stop reading. The book starts with a well done mis-communication - the bet. David bets Cal that he can’t get Min to bed in a month. Cal refuses but says he’s willing to bet ten dollars that he can walk out the door with her. Min overheard part of the bet but not all of it, and she thinks it’s a bet to have sex with her. She is angry, but she leaves with Cal because she wants to be rude to him. Their paths keep crossing, and each time she insults him. But at the same time they are kind of falling for each other, but they don’t want to. It’s a fun set up with clever dialogue. One of the best things about Bet Me were the character definitions. The good guys had flaws and weaknesses. Min is caring and smart and works as an actuary. She has a round shape and will never be thin. Her mother has bullied Min her entire life about dieting and losing weight. Min tries to diet to please her mother but it doesn’t work. Cal encourages her to eat forbidden foods: bread, butter, doughnuts. He enjoys watching her sensual love of food. And he likes her looks. Cal was dyslexic which had limitations for him, yet he was smart about people and did well in business because of that. He too was bullied by his mother who was rich, thin, unaccepting of other people, and uncaring about other people. Cynthie was a psychologist studying dating and mating habits. She was writing a book. She was so sure she was right about Cal and Min - spouting things like they are in this stage or that stage and here’s what’s going on. Yet she was sooooo wrong - almost stupidly wrong. Bonnie was sweet, innocent, and naive appearing. Yet she was the most successful at finding and knowing a guy was right for her from the moment they met. She was smart in that way - so opposite from Cynthie who thought she knew it all, but was all wrong. A great scene is when Min has dinner with Cal’s family. I read this book several years ago and that dinner scene stayed vivid in my mind ever since. AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR: Deanna Hurst did an excellent job. DATA: Narrative mode: 3rd person. Story length: 391 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words but not often used. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: one. Setting: current day southern Ohio. Copyright: 2004. Genre: humorous contemporary romance, plus size heroine.

  27. 5 out of 5

    ᴍɪᴄs ✖amante de los spoilers✖

    4.5 MIERDA DE HADA. Desde el primer momento me engancho y me hizo reír, me sorprendió porque el ritmo no decae en ningún momento. Por lo general cuando los libros tienen tanto humor terminan por cansarme porque da la sensación que recurren siempre a los mismos tipos de chistes pero en este caso no me paso eso. Frase favorita: “Pareces una princesa obsesionada por el sexo, hasta arriba de heroína”, pensó, pero dijo: - Estás preciosa –porque también era verdad. Juro que lo leo y me tiento mal. Me encant 4.5 MIERDA DE HADA. Desde el primer momento me engancho y me hizo reír, me sorprendió porque el ritmo no decae en ningún momento. Por lo general cuando los libros tienen tanto humor terminan por cansarme porque da la sensación que recurren siempre a los mismos tipos de chistes pero en este caso no me paso eso. Frase favorita: “Pareces una princesa obsesionada por el sexo, hasta arriba de heroína”, pensó, pero dijo: - Estás preciosa –porque también era verdad. Juro que lo leo y me tiento mal. Me encantó que los personajes secundarios tuvieran tanto protagonismo y personalidad aunque en ningún momento eclipsan a los principales. Muchas veces pasa que la protagonista dice que "Pepita es la mejor amiga" y con suerte Pepita aparece dos veces en todo el libro, y si lo hace es para estar ahí como una estatua y que la protagonista le cuente sus problemas. Acá no pasa eso, las dos amigas de Min tienen sus propias subtramas y lo mismo con los amigos de Cal. Es refrescante, porque tenes un grupo de personajes variopintos en lo que cada uno aporta algo a la historia. Lo termine de leer viajando en colectivo y estaba mitad que me reía a carcajadas y mitad que me ponía a llorar. Es genial porque se siente como si todos los personajes fueran una familia entre sí y te hacen sentir como si fueras parte de su grupo, es hermoso *lloro*. Recomendable para cualquier amante del género con ganas de leer algo contemporáneo (hace rato que no leía algo de este sub-género, estuve leyendo mucho histórico) rápido de leer, con personajes divertidos y entrañables.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Oh, Christ, I gave her a feral cat I adore this book and I'm currently on my 58th reread, approximately. Any book that can rouse my hunger for both chicken marsala and serious shoe shopping at the same time is a winner.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Maria Bikaki

    4,5 betting stars from me. Bet me is one of those books you should read when your mood is down and you need something funny and relaxing in order to forget your problems. Bet me is definitely one of those books. Free of drama, without exaggerations all you have to do by reading it is to have fun with the adventures and the airs and graces of the main heroes. An absolutely entertaining book that all the fans of contemporary romance should read. You want a bet ? It is my first Jennifer Crusie book 4,5 betting stars from me. Bet me is one of those books you should read when your mood is down and you need something funny and relaxing in order to forget your problems. Bet me is definitely one of those books. Free of drama, without exaggerations all you have to do by reading it is to have fun with the adventures and the airs and graces of the main heroes. An absolutely entertaining book that all the fans of contemporary romance should read. You want a bet ? It is my first Jennifer Crusie book and may tell you that this woman really knows her job and how to put familiar heroes in her books you would definitely want into your life. Minerva Dobbs is definitely the girl you would like to be your best friend. Smart, intelligent, loyal friend always on a diet but a food lover with curves also ready to love her while eating a donut with passion or while talking like a human to her cat or while trying to solve her love issues. From the other hand Cal is the man of every girl’s dream. Successful, caring and mainly he loves girls who eat (girls eat free). I guess this is what made the book so good into my eyes. How real were all the characters including the secondary ones. They were so real that you could kill to be part of them, to be your family. Another thing I liked most was that apart from being hilarious has another great advantage. No sex scenes in order to fill the pages with. Cal and Minerva had a more real romance while in other books the main story relies into sex scene in order to gain the reader’s attention. Bet me is definitely a book that the fans of cotemporary romance should read. Hilarious, main characters with a great chemistry between them. Bet me is a book that teach us that we should accept ourselves exactly how we are No one can take that from us unless we let them. Min was being criticized for her weight, Cal was dyslexic. So what? If we choose to see the good in ourselves everyone’s life would be happier. Και μας και το βιβλίο κυκλοφορεί και στα ελληνικά να αφήσω και δυο κουβέντες στα ελληνικά. Όσοι με γνωρίζουν ξέρουν πόσο μου αρέσει να διαβάζω ρομαντικά βιβλία. Τα επιζητώ, τα ψάχνω ανάμεσα στα άλλα ειδικά σε στιγμές που δεν έχω και πολλά κέφια ή χρόνο και δε θέλω κάτι πολύπλοκο να ταλανίσει το μυαλό μου. Αν υπήρχε όμως ένας λόγος που τελευταία τα είχα λίγο σιχαθεί είναι γιατί είχα κουραστεί να διαβάζω βιβλία που η βασική τους δομή ήταν: Σεξ, σεξ, σεξ και λίγο σεξ για το κλείσιμο. Δεν ξέρω μάλλον ορισμένες συγγραφείς μας θεωρούν στερημένες λυσσάρες που διαβάζουμε μόνο τσοντοβιβλία όπως τα αποκαλώ και τίποτα άλλο. Όλα είναι στο πρόγραμμα έτσι και ακόμα και αυτά τα βιβλία έχουν την θέση τους και δεν τα κατακρίνω απλά δε με καλύπτουν. Αυτό λοιπόν που σε πρώτη φάση με κέρδισε με το στοίχημα ηταν ότι ΔΕΝ ήταν ένα ακόμα τέτοιο βιβλίο.Το στοίχημα είναι ένα άκρως διασκεδαστικό βιβλίο που διαβάζεται ευχάριστα και υπόσχεται να σας κάνει να γελάσετε μέχρι δακρύων με τα καμώματα των ηρώων του. Άλλο ένα στοιχείο που με κέρδισε στο βιβλίο είναι ακριβώς πόσο αληθοφανείς και γήινοι ήταν όλοι χαρακτήρες του βιβλίου, τόσο πολύ μάλιστα που ορισμένες φορές ήθελες να χωθείς μέσα στις σελίδες του βιβλίου και αυτομάτως να βρεθείς στο μπαρ που τα πίνουν και διασκεδάζουν ή να πάρεις μέρος στις κοριτσίστικες βραδιές των γυναικείων ηρωίδων και να φάτε μαζί ένα κουβά παγωτό αφού πρώτα έχεις εξομολογηθεί τους προβληματισμούς σου. Η κύρια ηρωίδα Μινέρβα Ντομπς θα μπορούσε να είναι η καλύτερη φίλη όλων μας. Έξυπνη, πνευματώδης, πιστή φίλη μονίμως σε δίαιτα όπως όλες (μπαμπάτσικη γαρ)αλλα και ταυτόχρονα λάτρης του καλού φαγητού και δε λέει ποτέ όχι σε ένα ντόνατ ειδικά όταν πρόκειται από τα χεράκια του αγαπημένου της. Από άλλη ο Καλ κορίτσια είναι ο άντρας των ονείρων μας. Η επιτομή της ομορφιάς, έξυπνος, πετυχημένος, ειλικρινής και το καλύτερο? Λατρεύει τις γυναίκες που τρώνε. Τόλμα να μη φας μπροστά του και θα σε μπουκώσει με ντόνατ μέχρι να πεις κύμινο. Πραγματικά Καλ θέλω να το τηλέφωνο σου εδώ και τώρα (εντάξει και μια σακούλα ντόνατ). Θεωρώ ότι το βασικότερο μήνυμα που θέλει να μας περάσει το βιβλίο είναι πόσο σημαντικό είναι να αποδεχόμαστε τους εαυτούς μας όπως είναι και κανείς δεν πρέπει να μας στερεί αυτό το δικαίωμα παρά μόνο αν του το επιτρέψουμε. Σημασία έχει πως ακόμα και το όχι και τόσο δυνατό μας σημείο εμείς καταφέρνουμε να το μετατρέψουμε σε πλεονέκτημα. Η Μινέρβα πέρασε τη ζωή της με το γύρω κόσμο να την κριτικάρει για το βάρος της ενώ ο Καλ ήταν δυσλεξικός και μεγάλωσε σε ένα κόσμο που δυσλεξικός σήμαινε χαζός και ηλίθιος. Και λοιπόν? Και οι δύο τα κατάφεραν περίφημα στη ζωή τους. Μέσα από το στοίχημα πέρα από την ιστορία αγάπης των ηρώων βλέπουμε τον αγώνα τους και κυρίως της Μιν για αυτοεκτίμηση και αποδοχή. Ένας αγώνας για την ευτυχία που είναι πάντα πιο εύκολος όταν βρεις το σωστό συνοδοιπόρο. Ένας άκρως διασκεδαστικό και ρεαλιστικό βιβλίο που θα σας φτιάξει τη μέρα. Πάτε στοίχημα? 

  30. 5 out of 5

    ᴥ Irena ᴥ

    An entertaining book. If I didn't sleep on it, it would probably be rated higher than I like it before I started thinking about its issues. As usual, there are things that are great and those that are not. Before anything else, this will end up in I like it category because it made me laugh more than once. That would be the first good thing about it. Next, I love that Min is thirty three and she is not skinny. She doesn't get skinny by the end of the book either. Min enjoys food. I read this book An entertaining book. If I didn't sleep on it, it would probably be rated higher than I like it before I started thinking about its issues. As usual, there are things that are great and those that are not. Before anything else, this will end up in I like it category because it made me laugh more than once. That would be the first good thing about it. Next, I love that Min is thirty three and she is not skinny. She doesn't get skinny by the end of the book either. Min enjoys food. I read this book in one sitting, so that has to count for something too. I wasn't bored. There is no cheating. Patchwork cat. It has a short, wonderful and realistic epilogue. Their families didn't change overnight. All the good is infused with the things that make me wonder why exactly did I like this. The great humour is like a bait. It is generous in the beginning, starting to dwindle as the story moves towards the end. The plot, the story itself, is hardly strong. After being dumped, a woman overhears her ex betting with a guy to sleep with her, decides to have her revenge, and after a while realizes that the guy (Cal) is great. The whole book is about Cal and Min and their friends socializing. I would think that the bet issue would provide a bit more backbone to the story. Then you have an unnecessary side story about Min's sister and her wedding. A I said, I love that Min is not skinny and doesn't lose weight in the book. However, she needed Cal to see herself as beautiful. The way Min's mother treats her is really annoying. She makes Min feel bad about herself. Every time she enjoys the food, it is followed by thoughts or conversations about her weight. There is one issue I couldn't believe was mentioned and just plain forgotten. (view spoiler)[Cal tells Min that he had a sort of an emotional affair with his sister-in-law and that ends with him admitting he was looking for her in other women afterwards. It doesn't matter he tells Min that she is the one or something like that. That was so pointless unless the point was to make readers feel bad. It left a bad taste, because they just changed the topic and Min didn't think about it anymore. It was a what a hell moment for me. (hide spoiler)] Issues aside, I would recommend it to anyone in the mood for a humorous romance.

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