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Strange Bedpersons

3.46 of 5 stars 3.46  ·  rating details  ·  6,559 ratings  ·  385 reviews
Tess Newhart knows her ex-boyfriend Nick Jamieson isn't the right guy for her. He's caviar and champagne; she's take-out Chinese pot stickers. He's an uptight Republican lawyer; she was raised in a commune. He wants to get ahead in business; she just wants...him. But there's no way Tess will play second fiddle to his job.
Yet somehow she finds herself agreeing to play his
ebook, 384 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Harlequin (first published December 15th 1994)
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Tess is a bleeding-heart liberal who grew up in a hippie commune. Nick is a conservative lawyer hellbent on making partner. If only they'd known how different they were before they fell in love...

This book wasn't really quite a 4 for me because I found both Nick and Tess a bit obnoxious and closed-minded. I would have liked to see more of the side romance of the best friends (although Crusie does an excellent job structuring it in small fragments).

Also, I felt like it was in many ways a reworki
Lisa Kay

4 ½ stars. One of my favorite reads breaks one of my Romancelandia rules: second chances. I almost feel that there should be two or three types of second chances: 1) first love/high-school (that never got off the ground), 2) their adults who had a one night stand or one week-end stand and now they meet again, or 3) they had a relationship and it’s been awhile since they’ve seen each other. Or maybe a fourth: 4) where the couple was actually married and are now find each other still attracted.

I hate to give a Crusie book such a low rating. It's a fun, quick read, typical Crusie humor, although the premise is a little too category romance for my taste. And, well, I could see the twist ending coming from chapters away. And the conflict between Nick and Tess (he's a republican lawyer! she's a flakey free spirit!) got a little repetitive and tired towards the end. I found the ending unsatisfying, also; I wish it had ended with Nick striking out on his own instead of agreeing to be a part ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
Tess, a free spirit and recently out of work school teacher, is talked into posing as an uptight and materialistic lawyer's fiancée so that he can land a plumb account and assure partnership in the law firm he's employed by. When Tess's apartment in the slums is vandalized she's left with no choice but to temporarily move into the sexy lawyer's fancy house. They fall in love despite the fact that the only thing that they have in common is that neither are the marrying kind.

I was a little disappo
Rashika (is tired)
The only reason this book gets a 3 is because of Tess and Nick.
I hate Park and Gina from the bottom of my heart. They are both spineless people who fell in love within a week. I am not even going to pretend to understand.

Gina is the best friend ever

She tells her friend it's a bad idea to behave the way she is behaving (she was basically being herself) because it would cost Nick his job.

She also accuses her of being selfish when she is basically changing her personality so that Nick has a better
It took a lot of time for the difference between these to be solved because they were too opposite characters, with the heroine having grown up in a commune and wanting to save people and do good deeds, while the hero was crazy about his career, wanting partnership in his law firm.

He and the heroine met a year ago and became friends because the heroine liked the other Nick, the one who was fun and didn't drone about his career, but about six weeks ago the heroine was pissed at him and started av
So, this is not actually bad so much as, well cookie-cutter. Except for the implosion of insanity that is the last thirty pages, which is somewhat delightful, but in a baffling sort of way, as the reader tries to follow the rapidly shifting positions of several of the characters.

The first bit can be boiled down to Nick is a proper, ambitious, Republican lawyer who wants to MAKE PARTNER. He practically thinks in MONOCHROME and FOLLOWING THE RULES. He likes classic clothes and things that look exp
Willow Brook
Another early (94) Crusie. I probably wouldn't have picked it up if it had been an unknown author. The story line was a bit dated. Tess, raised in a commune, is a 30 something liberal, staunch feminist, do-gooder, anti-yuppy, etc. who is inexplicably drawn to a success oriented, upward climbing lawyer, Nick. I had a hard time with Tess and found her motivations unconvincing at times. They all seemed to be based on political and philosophical beliefs, dated ones at that, even for 16 years ago. Sh ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Well, this is a relief. I thought I was going sour on Crusie (as I've already devoured all the more popular ones), but I enjoyed this one just fine. It's another early one (1994) and that shows through a bit. It has a rocky start and the lead couple isn't much of a match early on. Indeed, the book's biggest weakness is that Tess and Nick really have no foundation for a trusting relationship and it takes most of the book for them to build one—and that foundation doesn't really hit until way after ...more
A tad bit too over the top funny to take too seriously, but it was enjoyable in a cute sort of way and It made me laugh out loud quite a few times. I don't usually like getting back to together romance but the way this one was done was entertaining, so I forgave the too funny by half outlandish comedic aspect that went a little too far at times. The heroine was frustrating to say the least, but I can't say the girl was dull. She had personality in spades. The interactions between her and the her ...more
Maybe I'm a boring person. I seem to prefer the Jennifer Crusie books that don't have mystery, intrigue or some crazy adventure. Strange Bedpersons has very little plot, but a lot of heart. The only obstacles that really face the main characters are themselves. And I'm a sucker for a story about people who shouldn't love each but do.

I flew through this one in a couple of nights, and it was silly, frivolous, and very satisfying.
When I finished reading this, I intially wanted to give it a five. Upon reflection, I've realized it has several major flaws which I did not notice at all at the time and did not mind in the slightest while reading. I was simply having too much fun.

First, the plot twist near the end is incredibly predictable and telegraphed from a mile away. I think I figured out the shocking ending about a third of the way in. Second, the main character has some serious self-righteousness going on, and initiall
I would first like to start out by saying that this book was eye-rolling-ly predictable.
It was like a hallmark movie, with more sex..and boring sex to boot.
But it was a fast read, not something you have to pay attention to, to get the gist of it.

The leading lady(Tess) was the stereotypical red headed, free spirited 'spit fire'...mismatched're a yuppie if you want to make money type.
Tess was selfish and only wanted things done her way. She butted into everyone's lives.
And of co
Elizabeth (Blue Eyed Book Nerd)
I loved so many things about this book. I loved how not only were the characters complete opposites (liberal school teacher & conservative lawyer),they were also realistically flawed. Sure, there were certain points when I just wanted to scream in anger because one of the them was being extremely selfish but in real life no one is perfect, so i feel this book made me feel i was reading about someones life. The over-all story is adorable & I expected nothing less from Jennifer Cruise. If ...more
emi Bevacqua
Everybody is a stereotype: Crusader Commune Chick finds herself in love with her polar opposite, the Sexy Lawyer Guy; madcap hijinx ensue when her best friend Gina the Dancer happens to meet and fall in love with SLG's uptight best friend whose father owns their law firm.

I had no business reading this, I don't do chick lit. I knew from the first page this wouldn't go over well, but as a rule I have to finish whatever book I start. I did like the way everything was ended nice and happy and tidy.
Strange Bedpersons is another re-release of an earlier Crusie novel. It also has a very similar plot concept to another Crusie book, The Cinderella Deal, that may give you a feeling of deja vu.

Comune-raised, Tess Newhart, is out to save the world one cause at a time. An unemployed teacher who volunteers her time at a project for disadvantage youth, she buys her clothes at the thrift store, lives in a rundown apartment in a poor neighbourhood and has a tell-it-like-it-is attitude. She is so busy
Moira Fogarty
This is a "Dharma and Greg", opposites-attract story, taken to great lengths. With libidos running high, lawyers/country clubs/Republicans being villainized, and a woman whose distant past in a hippie commune is ruining her current sex life and career possibilities, there's no shortage of conflicts and mysteries to keep Hero & Heroine apart.

To me, none of the lady's excuses seemed like anything that anyone with a lick of sense would find reasonable. He's too rich, too successful, and too go
Grade: B
I liked this book. It's the pairing between a yuppy lawyer and a free-thinking, liberal, hippy-like female. The very 80's political style -- even though it was released in the early 90's -- with references to Nancy Reagan and the Quayles dates the story. I loved the whole crazy relationship between these two very different people, with their prejudices against each other, their love and compromises. My favorite scene? The absolutely crazy scene in the restaurant.
Usually I like romances, and I LOVE Jennifer Crusie. However, lately I've been in a romance slump, where the characters and situations in the books just piss me off. I had to read a romance for my library's summer reading challenge, so I thought a Crusie would be more amenable to me. Sadly, I didn't really like it: the characters and the situations pissed me off. I wanted to reach through the pages of the book and slap the characters silly for some of the stuff that they did. For example: the tw ...more
I think Strange Bedpersons is my least favorite Cruise book so far. It had all the things I loved-humor, light but engaging plotting, and great side characters. It's just that if s book is a sum of it's parts, Strange Bedpersons has problems. There were a lot of big issues here that Crusie just glossed over. It all ended well, but I'm not sure it should have or would have. It sounds like it was really bad, but if it had been any other author I wouldn't have been as annoyed. It was still exactly ...more
It is okay for a category romance, but I expected more. I saw the plot twist coming for miles and was generally unenthusiastic. I felt Tess and Nick lacked chemistry, but I would've liked to know more about Gina and Park.
A bit of a Dharma and Greg to this one with the added "Pretend you are my Fiance for the weekend at this retreat so I can move up in the company". Tried and true plot lines for a romance - but done fairly well.
I really liked this book. it was so witty and Tess is so hilariously stubborn that i thought at one point i was reading about myself.
Soothing fluff. I'm not sure why I gave this one four stars. It's probably more of a three star book, but at this point, I kind of know it by heart so the soothe factor is very high and the think factor is very low. If, in fact, I did any thinking about this book I would object to the way JC has (and mostly always does) rendered politics as essential and yet one dimensional. Conservatives wear suits and love money. Liberals shop in thrift stores and go to protests. Edmund Burke and John Locke ar ...more
I had so much hope for this book when I read the back cover. This is about a Dharma & Greg type match. Tess is a liberal activist type who had been raised on a commune and speaks in politically correct terms. Nick is a Republican lawyer whose main goal in life is to achieve partner in his law firm. Under the age old rule of “opposites attract,” these two are drawn together.

The best part about this book is the banter between Tess and Nick. It can be very funny seeing them going at it over se
Kelli (I'd So Rather Be Reading)
This was the second Jennifer Crusie book I've read and I liked Bet Me better than Strange Bedpersons. There's just something the way Crusie describes the chase between a man and a woman that I really like.

But, I did not like the characters in this book. They felt so flat to me, and some of them were downright stereotypical. I just can't identify with a woman who prizes threadbare clothes and wants to have sex on top of a piano during an open house. It's just not my style, I guess.

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Jan 08, 2014 Shannon marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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I read and liked two Jennifer Crusie books about ten years ago, and then I tried one she co-wrote and didn't like it at all. I assumed it was the co-writer and thought I'd give her another try sometime. I finally picked up this one last week because I was in the mood for a romantic comedy, but it wasn't romantic or funny. I did make it about halfway through, hoping to find out what happened with the subplots of the plagiarizing author I suspect wasn't really plagiarizing (but rather quoting his ...more
The small hardback I checked out of the library was published in 2003 and shows no prior publishing dates, but this book had to be written in the mid '90s. There were references to it being "the '90s" plus one reference to Princess Di, who died in 1997. If this is the case, then this book probably predates The Cinderella Deal. The Cinderella Deal is a similar book as far as the basic plot: free-spirited, do-gooder heroine meets straight-laced, ladder-climbing hero, and they fake an engagement to ...more
This book was just okay. I like Jennifer Crusie -- Bet Me is one of my favorite books -- but her writing here did nothing for me. It was cliched, dated, and the characters were cardboard cutouts. Nick is a conservative lawyer; Tess is a free spirit who was raised on a commune. Because of this, Tess wants Nick to change, and Nick wants Tess to change. But ... neither of them wants to change. So they have to try to learn how to accept each other's differences. This would be okay if Crusie didn't f ...more
Very funny take on a conventional "opposites attract" theme: Tess is a commune-raised liberal do-gooder, Nick a by-the-bootstraps conservative lawyer. Their love for each other is never in doubt, but can it ever surmount their differences? Like many similar stories, this one survives on the strength of amusing secondary characters: Nick's icily efficient secretary with the deadpan delivery; his feckless, rich boy law partner Park; and best of all, Norbert Welch, the ultra conservative author Nic ...more
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Jenny Crusie is the NYT bestselling author of twenty some novels and lots of other stuff. Her latest novel, Maybe This Time, hit shelves in August, 2010.

Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.
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