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Strange Bedpersons (Jennifer Crusie Bundle)

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,578 Ratings  ·  446 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 15th 2012 by Harlequin Books (first published December 1994)
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Dec 15, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cracked-me-up
4 Stars
Once again Jennifer Crusie had me cracking up laughing all night.
Nick the very proper pretty boy lawyer needs a fake fiancé. Tess the very improper free spirit ex-girlfriend is the one he goes to.
The banter between these two was hilarious! Nick trying to change Tess from thrift store clothes to name brand suits and jeans. Tess trying to get Nick to have sex in risky places. These two were complete opposites. Nick is very conservative and was doing anything he could to make partner. Tess
Aug 14, 2014 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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.

Feb 08, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Aug 07, 2015 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
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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
Nov 09, 2014 Andree rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
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
Eh, like the beginning and middle, not so much the ending. Not my favorite of Cruise's books but it did make me laugh a few times, so it wasn't all awful. I just felt that the couple in this book had too much of opposite personalities and ways of thinking to make their relationship last long term. That's all.
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
Apr 20, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was pretty fun, but I saw that Andree called it cookie cutter in her review and, yeah, it's that, too. I enjoyed it, but it never became MORE, you know?

I DID appreciate that the heroine was called on some of her extreme views. Like, (view spoiler)
May 04, 2015 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is terrible! I also read the whole thing and I don't know why! Ok, so Tess is a liberal hippie who just wants peace and justice and to teach some kids (she does very little teaching). She also grew up on a commune and radically calls her parents by their first names. Nick comes from a blue collar back ground, but has magically transformed himself into a robot. Just kidding. He is a republican lawyer who is super duper boring. And then there is Gina, who as an Italian dancer, brings the ...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
May 16, 2009 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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.
Nov 14, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 08, 2012 Vanessa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Okay, a bit disappointing about the whole progression of the characters throughout the story and a few plot-holes but hey, all in all - a fun, light and cute story :)
Jan 20, 2015 Mireille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, read-in-2015
I wish Crusie could write chick lit all the time. I get that she wants to do other things but she's so good at it. I mean just hearing her characters talk and banter is such a fun time, and they're all so real and great to hang out with. Plus this book has fake dating! Tess is an awesome heroine, I loved her penchant for saving the world and thrift clothes. Nick was realistic too, and I also adored the side characters, particularly Nick's secretary.

I'm trying to pace myself and not devour all of
Nov 28, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2009 Emi Bevacqua rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
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.
Reminds me of her more recent books with the chaotic and funny scenarios, witty banter and hot sex.
Aug 10, 2015 Leona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
Cute and entertaining.
Anna Mist
Apr 04, 2015 Anna Mist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This is was undoubtedly one of the most hilarious books I've ever read. Amazingly written, had me laughing and aww-ing and blushing and crying. In short, loved it.

Nick Jamieson: Damn adorable and sweet. He had his cut-edge moments but that made him all the more real. I loved how he was ready to fight for his relationship once he realized it meant something for him. And he was ambitious which is a major turn on for me. Okay, maybe he was a little too ambitious but that was the reason he
Jun 29, 2014 Lokki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 05, 2016 LoriO rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like series romances. They are fun, and they are relaxing, and they remind me of my grandma, who used to lend me all her Harlequins and Silhouettes when she finished reading them, because they were fine for me to read even if I was ten years old, and who talked about them with me, and even once took me to a fan luncheon to meet a Real Live Harlequin Author. It was awesome. Anyway...most of the time, I don't bother even listing the dozen or so that I read in a typical year, because they take ha ...more
Moira Fogarty
Oct 07, 2014 Moira Fogarty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
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
Oct 19, 2010 Hilcia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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.

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