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Don't Look Down

3.44  ·  Rating details ·  7,794 ratings  ·  529 reviews
SHE is a director of dog food commercials who's just been recruited to finish a four-day movie shoot. But as soon as Lucy Armstrong arrives on set, she discovers that the staff is in chaos, the make-up artist is suicidal, and the stunt director just happens to be her ex-husband. That, and the temperamental lead actor has just acquired as an advisor a Green Beret who has th ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published April 4th 2006)
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Feb 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book's main problem is that it is actually two decent books with the exact same plot, cut up and interleaved to produce one rather mediocre book. Crusie co-writes this one with Bob Mayer, who may write a decent manly-men with manly-weapons adventure book, (on which subject, remind me later to mention the one point of I-believe-unintentional hilarious homoerotic innuendo) but whose ability at writing a fluffy romance hovers at slightly above zero. I actually attempted to discover if this was ...more
Apr 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 144booksin2010
Good thing that Crusie & Mayer didn't stop with this book! I read Agnes and the Hitman first, and just trust me: put this one down and go get Agnes. MUCH better.

The plot in DLD is convoluted, and there are certain twists that never seem fully explained. The attraction between Wilder and Lucy just feels forced. It's immediately assumed to be love at first sight, which is just not something I'm sold on. By the end I was racing to get through just to be done. Crusie's usual laugh-out-loud humor is
SheriC (PM)
This degenerated from silly but cute to just plain old stupid. The plot is an unnecessarily convoluted and nonsensical plot that somehow injects (view spoiler) into a Romance. Maybe it’s being purposefully meta, since that’s apparently what’s happened to the hot mess of a movie that our heroine has been hired to finish.

This heroine and her hero, ugh. She knows the guy for all of three days,
Olga Godim
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jennifer-crusie
I read everything by Jennifer Crusie, so when her first collaborative book with Bob Mayer was published in 2006, I bought it, read it, and enjoyed it. Tremendously. This is a re-read and it stood the test of time.
It has everything you might wish from a comic romantic suspense novel: a movie setting, a series of helicopter stunts, a Green Beret, a crocodile with a personality, a nefarious heist, CIA fumbling, Russian mobsters (implied), and a cargo of jade penises. Yes, jade penises, pre-Columbia

I had fun with this one, but I have to admit that it can be described pithily by a word that is very over-used in its pages: clusterfuck.

There is ALOT going on in this book all the time. It's kinda hard to pay attention to what's happening and suspension of disbelief is very necessary to enjoy this book, much like the Die Hard movies. I just went along for the ride, which was fun once I stopped trying to make sense of it.

Aside from the abundant humour, Crusie's draw for me is her characters. Fun
I didn't like this as much as Agnes and the Hitman since it tried to be serious most of the time rather than tongue-in-cheek. The rather convoluted plot dragged on a bit because of that, but it was still a fun ride. The reading was excellent since the point of view changes between man & woman were read by the appropriate sex & the readers were both very good. ...more
May 17, 2015 rated it liked it
I have no idea where this book thought it was going. I liked some of the characters but didn't buy the romance. On top of that the mystery wasn't all that interesting. The ending felt haphazard and I never got the 'resolved' feeling. This isn't my least favorite Crusie but it's a close second. ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Mar 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steamy, action, romance
Yes, I did tag this both action and romance. I was a little worried with this one because Crusie has a co-author (Bob Mayer) and I liked her just fine the way she was. Uh, is. I needn't have worried. Everything I like about Crusie romances was still there. Excellent characters, yummy hero (only yummier if you can imagine, for being a real Green Beret), and a solid plot that flows naturally from who the characters are. Mayer's contribution seems to be all the details that make the action work so ...more
Jan 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for a Harliquin Romance - read something else. What you get here is a fast paced, action adventure with so many plot twists and turns you don't know till the very end what is happening. What makes this book so good is that the characters actually speak with different voices due to the writing partnership of Jennifer Cruise and Bob Mayer. Bob Mayer adds so much to this romantic suspense by the fact that he talks guy. Macho guy. It is so fun to hear what an actually guy thinks a ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
I don't understand how this book could have been so bad when "Agnes and the Hitman" was so good. Same writing team, same style, but no spark. Oh well! ...more
This is a tough one to rate, because there was stuff I really enjoyed about it, and stuff I really didn't.

Firstly, Lucy is a freaking fantastic heroine. She's tough, smart, loyal, capable, funny, and exactly the kind of woman I'd like to be. This book is filled with lines comparing her to Wonder Woman, and it wasn't cheesy, because that's really who she is. But not in an annoying way - not like, I'm a badass and you should all worship me - but in a quiet, strong way. Her only flaw was Wilder.

Sep 27, 2020 rated it did not like it
I wasn't sold on how awesome the hero was supposed to be, and the fact that the heroine basically worshipped him by the end made me lose any respect I was supposed to have for her. Also, not safe in any way, shape, or form. ...more
Mar 23, 2008 rated it liked it
Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer are both well-known authors, each writing in different genres, and I enjoy reading each one. They joined together for "Don't Look Down" and overall their voices blended quite well. As for the plot and characterization, well, that's another thing.

Lucy Armstrong makes a living directing dog food commercials in New York. When she's asked by her former husband, stunt coordinator Connor Nash, to direct the action scenes for a movie being filmed in South Carolina, she ju
May 12, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
The one where Lucy is brought in at the last minute to direct the end of a movie (though her specialty is ads for dog food) and J.T. is brought in as the "military consultant" for the star, and Pepper, Lucy's 5-year-old niece, is kidnapped.

Enjoyable, in a light-snack sort of way, but not something I'd go out of my way to read again.

Thrillers aren't much my style; a lot of the mystery stuff involving the Russian mafia and the stolen art implements and the IRA and the money laundering just *bored
Jane Stewart
Sep 16, 2010 rated it did not like it
I was annoyed and irritated with the writing style. Lucy was constantly being interrupted.

For example, A said something to Lucy. B said something on a different subject to Lucy. Lucy answered B. A said something else again. Lucy then answers A. There were many times that two or more conversations were happening at the same time interrupting each other. Later when Lucy was alone with Wilder, she asked him a question, but before he could answer, her cell phone rang, so we didn't get to hear his an
Laura (Kyahgirl)
I read this book a few years ago and thought it was pretty funny. I recently saw it on audio at the library and decided to listen. Its still a good story. I get a laugh out of the male point of view offered by Bob Mayer. I'm pretty sure he's responsible for the liberal sprinkling of 'clusterfuck' throughout the book.

The two voices (Crusie and Mayer) blend really well. The story has elements of farce but it is well anchored with relationships; the two sisters, the aunt and her niece, the aunt a
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-books
One of my favorite authors to revisit is Jennifer Crusie. Her books are just full of fun, exciting, and hilarious characters. I especially enjoy her collaborative books. Don't Look Down, written with Bob Mayer, is wonderful. I had previously given it a 4 star rating, but after re-reading again, I am definitely bumping it up to 5 stars. It has a cool and fun mystery/adventure about figuring out what heist is trying to be pulled. The main characters, JT and Lucy, have chemistry in spades. And Lucy ...more
Marti Dolata
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, thriller, funny
If you, like me, enjoy both gritty military thrillers and funny chick-lit romances, you'll really enjoy this book. If you don't care for one of these genres, YMMV. As the first collaboration between former Green Beret Bob Mayor and humorous romance writer Jennifer Crusie, it is a bit uneven, but they really do it right in their next book, Agnes and the Hitman. Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie ...more
May 23, 2010 rated it it was ok
Lucy Armstrong is regretting letting her sleazeball of an ex-husband talk her into flying to Savannah to finish the last four days of filming some movie he's stunt coordinator on. She wanted to see her sister and five-year-old niece, but so far her sister Daisy seems worn-down and strung-out, and her niece Pepper is manically pretending that nothing is wrong with the grown-ups around her. The movie set is a mess, the previous director died, most of the crew have quit, the stunts Lucy is supposed ...more
Rosie Read
My initial impression was not good, in my review of Anyone but You I waxed lyrical about how Crusie manages to spin a whole cast of rich characters with out making it confusing, not so in Don't Look Down. Within the first few pages the reader is subjected to a huge 'infodump' including a whole host of characters, most of which I couldn't keep straight for the first few chapters or so, in the words of J.T Wilder what a "clusterfuck". On the topic of J. T. Wilder himself I have many a word to say. ...more
Let me make one thing clear. I am a colossal nerd, it's true. I read complicated, boring books for fun; this is also true. I read vast amounts of chick-lit; this is also a fact. Undeniable. If it doesn't seem to fit, well, I don't care. I'm perpetually on the hunt for good chick-lit, given how many, many, many, bad examples of the genre litter the literary landscape these days. I have a few authors that I may rely upon for sufficiently interesting characters, a plot that extends beyond millionai ...more
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Movie Director Lucy Armstrong is self-made and self-sufficient. Against her better judgment, she accepts a four day job to finish the last scenes of a movie for which her ex-husband is the stunt coordinator. When she arrives at the movie set on the Savannah River she finds a depleted crew and total chaos, but no one will tell her why.

Green Beret Captain J. T. Wilder arrives from nearby Fort Bragg at the same time that Lucy does. Hired to be a stunt double for the movie's star, he is also a CIA p
Bonnie Randall
Nov 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure-caper
You know, I like a good bar fight. And a shot in the nuts always livens up the party: “The combination of smashed balls and pummeled kidneys caused Doofus One to go to his knees and collapse forward.”
There is just never a time when a kick in the coins isn’t funny.

Don’t Look Down is a scream. Mayer’s dry manliness is not, I don’t think, meant to be *intentionally* funny—yet that makes it even more hilarious. Crusie’s in fine form with wit and timing, and the ensemble cast of quirky birds is supe
JG (Introverted Reader)
Lucy Armstrong is a director who makes dog food commercials--by choice, not lack of talent. Her ex-husband has asked her to come in and finish directing an action flick that he's coordinated the stunts for. The real director has just died with only four days of shooting left to go. She reluctantly agrees. Things get interesting when she shows up on the set and finds out that her star has hired a stunt double. But not just any stunt double. Meet Captain J. T. Wilder of the Green Berets. Wilder is ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: funny-romance

I read this book years back. I remember that i really liked it then so much so... That i started searching for all the Jennifer Cruise's books. That was before I was on Goodreads. So after I was on Goodreads and I was about to rate this book I only remember that there was female lead who was a director and a guy who came to act in her movie, a kid and a crocodile and a sniper. And I thought how come I enjoyed to so much but hardly remember the story. So i gave this 3 stars. The other day I read
Ah, this book... I don't know. I love Jennifer Crusie and everything she has to offer, but this book fell flat for me. It was, sadly, quite boring. I didn't laugh out loud because it wasn't humorous, I didn't feel that tingle for the romance, the action didn't really excite me, and all the happenings were just "eh". In a way it's a bit like Agnes and the Hitman, but even that was kind of ridiculous, to be honest. Don't Look Down just felt like a book that was trying way too hard to get all of th ...more
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
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Unabridged audiobook version - review written for Speaking of Audibooks column 2/04/10:

Narrated by Renee Raudman and Patrick Lawlor
Upon its release in 2006, I participated in a Pandora’s Box discussion of Don’t Look Down – a joint effort between well known romance writer Crusie and Mayer, a former Green Beret and multi-genre author. Although it’s categorized as fiction, there’s enough to satisfy most romance readers if you’re open to a very male point of view. Last month I listened to the audio
Jannah Cloud Child
I usually enjoy Crusie even in her lowest moments, because the craziness of her characters and the hilarious things happening in her stories make up for it.

However from the very beginning this confused and bored me. The romance was almost non existent. Also I personally don't appreciate the main love interest sleeping with someone else before they get together especially when they obviously like each other. Nope.

Also the crazy random heist kidnap murder psycho plot was just not working for me.
Jul 22, 2012 rated it liked it
3 Stars...(I liked it))

...I always have a blast reading a Jennifer Crusie novel, but not this time. Don't get me wrong it wasn't a total waste of time. The characters were strong and the setting very unique it just lacked Crusie's usual "Welcome to Your Temporary New Home" feel. I also find myself laughing out loud while reading her work and I didn't do that a single time reading this one.

I probably would have rated "Don't Look Down" a little higher if the story didn't take place within a 4 day
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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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