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Trust Me on This

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,457 Ratings  ·  310 Reviews
New York Times bestselling novelist Jennifer Crusie combines fast-paced banter, sexy situations, and unforgettable characters in this delightful romance about two reluctant lovers who couldn’t be more wrong about being right for each other.


Dennie Banks is an investigative reporter chasing down the biggest story of her career. Alec Prentice is a governme
Mass Market Paperback, 308 pages
Published October 26th 2010 by Bantam (first published June 2nd 1997)
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Trust Me On This is a screwball romantic comedy about mixed identities, a December/May (secondary) romance and an underlying message about marriage vs. career.

Surprisingly, this one was just "meh" for me. Most of Crusie's books make their way to my keeper shelf. I jumped on Crusie's bandwagon a few years ago after discovering her sharp wit and wicked sense of humor. I've been pushing her books on unsuspecting friends ever since.

There were a few laugh-out-loud moments. Like the comment about Al
Jul 28, 2015 Alp rated it liked it

This was my fun and easy read.
Even though this one wasn't as good as other Jennifer Crusie books, I enjoyed reading it and liked all the characters in the story. I think its humor was the thing I liked most about this book.
Rating 3.5
I really like Jennifer Crusie, her books are totally wacko and fun because of that, you just have to be in the mood for quirky.
This book had way too many players which made it fun. The heroine is a reporter, the cautious sort who has never taken risks and has been in her safe job for twelve years when she gets a scoop about a feminist whose marriage is about to end, so she finally decides to take her best friend's advice and take a risk but things don't go as planned.

The hero Alec has
Jacob Proffitt
Mar 26, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, audible, steamy
I just didn't connect much to this story. It doesn't help that it's pretty thoroughly 90s, both in setting and tone. Alec is kind of a wimpy tough-guy and Dennie is a somewhat limp feminist and while they had some snappy dialogue I just didn't care much. The secondary characters didn't really do much for me, either, and the few scenes from the villain viewpoint dragged everything else down, too. And don't get me started on the bad legal bit at the end—like cops throw out the entire Bill of Right ...more
Jennifer Cruise says at the beginning of this story that this is the only screwball comedy she's ever written and I think she should write more! It still has her signature voice and wit all over it, but it is slightly different than her other books. That's one of the reasons I gave this a 3 Heart Review for the story. The story works so well – really it does, but because of it being a comedy of errors, one of the “rules” of romances is not to let the conflict be something that if the couple just ...more
Dec 09, 2010 Anja rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

2.5 stars.

The con artist investigation was ridiculous and disappointing.

I thought a few scenes with the H/h were funny and snappy but apart from that I was bored. There wasn't enough interation or emotional depth for me.
Willow Brook
Another underwhelming re-release from Crusie, this one from 1997. Her reissues have been extremely hit or miss for me. A few I've really enjoyed -- Cinderella Deal, Anyone But You, What the Lady Wants. A couple that barely earn 2 star status like Charlie All Night and now this one.

Crusie describes the story as a Screwball Comedy, which is an apt enough description. I like Screwball Comedies overall but maybe more in movies than books, or maybe there was just too much in Trust Me On This that ma
Apr 30, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Crusie has long been one of my favorite authors, and I have pretty much everything she's written. So I was beyond excited when I came across this book at a library sale and realized it was one I'd not read yet. I put it on the shelf, not intending to read it right away as I already have so many books lined up, but it began taunting me, “read me, you know you want to, trust me on this!” So I finally dove in, and oh, it was worth it. Jennifer Crusie never disappoints.

Dennie Banks is a re
Alec and his boss Harry work for an unnamed agency that tracks down white collar criminals. Alec's Aunt Victoria invites him to a literary conference. Alec somehow determines that the land swindler they've been tracking down, Bond will show up at. Meanwhile, Dennie's a journalist who feels like she's not taking enough risks. She deduces that a famous author (Janice) whose husband is cheating on her will be at that same literary conference so Dennie heads their to stalk, er, get an interview. Oh, ...more
Dennie Banks is an investigative reporter chasing down the biggest story of her career. Alec Prentice is a government agent working undercover to catch an elusive grifter. When they meet by accident, it's a case of mistaken identities at first sight. What they don't mistake is the instant attraction they have for each other, an attraction they'll do everything in their power to resist--because Dennie thinks that Alec is running interference for her interview subject, and Alec suspects that Denni ...more
Mar 10, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Trust Me on This is a reissue for Crusie, but since I didn't get a chance to read it the first time around I was glad for the chance now. I've been a fan of Crusie since reading Welcome to Temptation, which has since become a favorite. I've found many of her most recent efforts--mostly collaborations with another author--disappointing, however. Trust Me on This is a return to classic Crusie. The author herself calls it a "screwball comedy" and it is, with misunderstandings gallore and a plethora ...more
May 20, 2012 Marleen rated it it was ok
This is a nice little screwball comedy. It’s light and fluffy. It’s the easy read I enjoy between more substantial genres. I knew starting this book I wasn’t looking for anything too deep.
Jennifer Crusie has a definite and recognizable style. Even her books written for Bantam, like this one, carry her discernible stamp. She creates extremely likeable, approachable, sexy male leads. Alec Prentice is just too cute for words, and honourable too. I mean despite the wit, the banter there's always re
Sep 24, 2011 Punk rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
Romance. Two con artists, three English professors, two government agents, and a journalist walk into a hotel bar. This is another of Crusie's older books, repackaged and republished. The setup is super clunky, but once everyone's in the same place the book just zips along. The banter is great; all the making out is great; but the sex is not so great, and was in fact so unappealing I actually skimmed it. I liked the romance between the two thirty-somethings. They had chemistry and treated each o ...more
Rating: 2.5/5

Lightly entertaining with some snappy dialogue between the H/h.
Shannon Stacey
This book was mad fun! Great dialogue and banter, with a zany plot in which nobody is who everybody else thinks they are. I would have given it five stars, because it was incredibly entertaining, but the two romantic arcs were very rushed. I didn't mind it in the secondary romance because they were older and they'd been around the block, so just reaching out and grabbing some happiness worked for me. But the primary romance didn't really develop. It just suddenly...was. But, overall, it was a fu ...more
Anne Holly
Jan 31, 2016 Anne Holly rated it liked it
Shelves: gave-away
This was a fine enough read, though I found there were too many couples in it that I didn't care at all about (2 or 3 couples, and a couple spares, I think). I just skipped everything but the stuff pertaining to the main couple, who were generally likable. The fraud sub-plot was only a vehicle to get the main pair in close quarters, but that's fine. A bit dated, but not too bad for a 1997 Love Swept revamp. (A bit of anti-"Women's Lib" crap here and there, though, which prevented me from liking ...more
I wanted so bad to love this book from the start....I actually didn't love it until the middle. I love Ms. Crusie's writing (as evidenced by the amount of her books I have read) and usually it grabs me from the start so much so that I can not put it down. I reread the rerelease of this book and could tell that it was one of her first books. Good but not the awesome and instantly engaging storyline and characters that I am used to. Still a great fluff book!!
A delightful cocktail of a book - sweet, quickly downed, and leaving one smiling at the rest of the evening. Crusie does insta-love/lust really really well, and here it's leavened with a Do-I-Trust-You plot that is easy to understand but still twisty enough to intrigue. And an Older-Love sub-plot.

I could put away two of these before dinner. Easily.
Well, this was much better than yesterday's Crusie installment (What the Lady Wants). There was a little more wit, a little more character development, a slightly better integrated plot, and a secondary pairing involving an older woman/younger man. That said, no one should ever, ever use the phrase "kicked off the slam" to describe a particular part of the sex act. Oh my god, Crusie, what?
Heidi Hart
I was (am) home sick and wanted something to read that wouldn't take a whole lot of focus or mental energy, so when I found this on my Kindle, I thought it would fit the bill perfectly. I thought I had read all of Jennifer Crusie's back catalogue, but if I'd ever read this before, I didn't remember it at all. It's nowhere near her best work, but it was a quick read and entertaining enough. It's a mistaken-identity story: Alec is at a conference to catch a con man, and Dennie, a journalist, is th ...more
Lexxie Couper
Dec 27, 2010 Lexxie Couper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, humour, rom-com
Highly enjoyable. In the vein of a classic Doris Day/Cary Grant film with a contemporary setting. The chemistry between the heroine and the hero (Dennie and Alec) was delicious and the secondary characters (especially Harry, the gruff, grumpy detective) were a delight to read.
Funny and simple story of mistaken identity. He thinks she is a swindler, she thinks he is a air head Clark Kent look a like. There is some funny banter between H and h that did make me laugh out loud, but the story was corny, too clean and nothing new.
Petie McCarty
Oct 11, 2014 Petie McCarty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may be an older Crusie novel, but it is a fabulous read, and I would have given it eight stars, but Goodreads refuses to go past five. This is truly a laugh-out-loud screwball comedy whose characters will stay with you long after the story ends.

True to form, Ms. Crusie provides the greatest line I've read in a romance novel thus far: "He ran down six flights of stairs because the elevators had stopped on somebody else's floor, somebody who didn't have the rest of his life waiting for him i
Jan 18, 2011 Carrie rated it really liked it
Light and frothy and I totally enjoyed it. Don't look for depth or believability. Look for some great dialog and screwball comedy. Think zany but clever romantic comedy movie.
Oct 16, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
I have no idea what possessed me to pick this book off the library shelf! Maybe I need to take a break from all the murder stories that I generally gravitate towards, and go for a real story.

However, I did not know that this was going to be another formulaic romance novel.
You know the kind.
His hot breath on her cool shoulder.
The couples fall in love, get engaged and quit their jobs all over someone they met 48 hours earlier.
They all live happily ever after.

Fantasy, I think you call it.

Mar 30, 2014 Manu/flatter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Über die Autorin:
Bereits an der Universität beschäftigte Jennifer Crusie sich mit den vielfältigen Aspekten romantischer Literatur. Ihre erfolgreichen Bücher, von denen einige für den RITA Award nominiert und von dem Romantic Times Magazine ausgezeichnet wurden, begeistern durch eine gelungene Mischung aus Humor und Romantik

Zum Inhalt:
Undercoveragent Alex Prentice denkt, Dennie Banks sei kriminell und ist ihr deswegen auf den Fersen. Zwar ist Dennie sehr sexy und überaus hübsch, aber dennoch:
Jan 11, 2016 Madbethcash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Jennifer Crusie in general and this book was lovely. I ADORED Dennie. I cheered internally right before the end when (view spoiler). As a comedy of errors it was entertaining but stopped short of being annoying (i.e. when you get to that point when you realize the characters must be dumb as rocks if they STILL don't understand what's actually going on.) Plus the professor's various speeches relating ...more
Mar 16, 2015 Dingleberry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: march-2015
It was a great premise and a fun romp, but it tied up too neatly, with just too many happily ever afters. I know that's rarely a problem for romance, but this one left me with a major case of Diet Coke mouth for the mind. On top it's adorable, funny, and has a memorable plot. Underneath, it feels like a Splenda explosion.

This is probably the only title of Jennifer Crusie's I've had any dislike for, and even then, I'd read it again, so if you like intelligent romantic fiction with characters that
Teresa Sporrer
Mar 31, 2014 Teresa Sporrer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es sollen vier fabelhafte Tage auf einemUnterhaltunsliteraturkongress in einem schönen Hotel werden.
Die Journalistin Dennie Banks will unbedingt ein Interview mit der Autorin Janice Meredith ergattern, die jedoch weniger von der Idee begeistert ist. Aber es gibt ja noch Alec, dessen Tante ihr helfen könnte ...
Der Undercover-Agent Alec Prentice will hingegen den Immobilienbetrüger Brian Bond aufspüren, der, so glaubt Alec, sicher mit der hübschen Brünetten Dennie zusammen arbeitet.
Und somit nimmt
Michelle Cristiani
Nice madcap. Not Crusie's best, but a lot of mistaken-identity romp that would make a good 40's movie. And yet again, my library book cover looked a lot more benign than this Harlequin-esque one I see here on Goodreads. It bugs me that a perfectly normal book that would probably net millions as a romantic comedy film gets thrown into the category of 'only for women who want to read a half-decent book about a hot guy.' As I know Jennifer Crusie campaigns for romances to get more literary respect, ...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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“Trying to seduce Alec at all was a waste of time; he came preseduced anyway. Like a microwave entrée. You pressed his buttons, and he got hot.” 11 likes
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