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Strange Bedpersons

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  6,020 ratings  ·  353 reviews
Tess Newhart's former boyfriend, Nick Jameson, asks her to do him a big favor--pose as his fiance for a weekend business trip that could make or break his career. Will Tess be able to resist Nick's charms a second time around? Reissue.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Mira Books (first published December 15th 1994)
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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
Rashika (is busy trying to graduate)
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...more
Barks & Bites
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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.
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.
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...more
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.

Strange Bedpe...more
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
The main characters in this book are Tess and Nick, they are complete opposites from one another and yet still feel some sexual attraction. Nick is a hardworking, obsessed with his career lawyer, trying to make partner. He's almost 40, never been married and has no intention of getting married. When his coworker Park tells him that to become a partner, they have to land an account with a critically acclaimed author and to do that, Nick has to show he has a home life. The first person Nick thinks...more
So, I Read This Book Today
OK, so I read a Hqn romance. So sue me. I found this at the library as a download, was feeling lonely and depressed, and downloaded it. And wound up laughing until tears ran down my face.

It was a cute concept on the cover of the book. One that could be either mildly entertaining, or really, really bad. Sort of like the books where the whole romance thing consists of two women who get together and the a guy comes along and one of the women decide she isn't a lesbian after all, and the live happil...more
May 15, 2009 Amanda rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: I'm Sorry Jennifer I love your work but I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
Recommended to Amanda by: All Jennifer's Other Books
I'm So very disappointed in this book, the fact i felt like the lead HEA Nick was a Capital J - Jerk. I just couldn't get past the fact that everything he thought of Tess he wanted to change her. I mean how are you suppose to fall for the guy when he is such a stuck up snob and yes I know he eventually didn't care but even when he stepped up he was still kinda wishing she would be different and that was well CRAP. Oh and I loved Tess and thought she was just so Strong and great but really annoye...more
Unconventional & outspoken 30-something heroine doesn't want to commit to career-driven Hero who's intently pursuing a law partnership b/c she disapproves of his image-conscious black-&-white ways. But she is also very attracted to his kindness & unconventional side. In the meantime, Hero was a tough time reconciling his career goals & his deepening feelings towards heroine, especially now that the important contract that would make or break him seems to rests on how heroine hand...more
Taylor Fenner
Apr 16, 2014 Taylor Fenner rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: everyone!
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Tess is a free-spirited english tutor who always fights for a good cause. Nick is a conservative republican lawyer. When Nick needs a "fiancee" for a weekend business trip to the home of a great American author he finds himself rekindling things with the one woman who could be the undoing of his career. But Tess is determined not to let Nick affect her.

When Norman Welch, Nick's prospective client, writes a satire based off of an unpublished story from Tess's childhood she decides to stop the bo...more
Christi Snow
My Review:
This is the first audiobook that I've listened to in probably 15 years. As a crafter, audiobooks allow me to craft at the same time as "reading"- I love that I am able to do 2 of my hobbies at the same time. So, obviously, I don't have a ton of experience with audiobooks, but I was really impressed with the narration of this one. Madison Vaughn was the narrator and I was so impressed with her ability to differentiate between the many voices within this book. She was a fabulous narrator...more
This title was a bit of a disappointment for me. Generally by the end of a Crusie book I love her characters and their quirks and I did love the supporting characters of Park, Gina and Christine.
The two main characters though left me cold at the end of the book. I never felt that there was any true chemistry between Nick and Tess. We are told that they really like each other but aren't ever really shown why. In some respects we are shown the exact opposite. Nick constantly calls Tess dummy and s...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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