Nell Dysart's in trouble. Weighed down by an inexplicable divorce and a loss of appetite for everything, Nell is sleepwalking through life until her best friend finagles a job for her with a shabby little detective agency that has lots of potential ...more
i just don't usually have this much fun with the titles for the bodice rippers society. they are fine, but usually they are trying too hard to be sexxy, which is a total turn-off.
this one was goofier, and i th ...more
do you live in a bubble?
interesting question. my first instinct is to say No, of course i don't. that's probably everyone's first instinct; who wants to live in a bubble, who wants to admit tha ...more
“This does not sound like lust.”
“This sounds like luv.”
Fast Women is an entertaining contemporary mystery romance. It is about a group of people, who in some sense are all connected to each other. These connections are so complicated that I had to write a list of the characters for myself. :)
The main characters are Nell and Gabe. Gabe is devilish and tempting, Nell is “gracefully efficient” and go-ahead. Nell enters Gabe’s life, and she rearranges not only his office, b ...more
OK, they're not really fast exactly, but c'mon, they only have fragile little stumpy china legs.
The Walking Ware may be only a metaphor (a pretty obvious one), but these women are Special Olympics fast, not Florence Griffith Joyner fast. They are like people who come out of comas and must slowly learn to walk again. Only, most of them seem to have never known how in the first place.
Suze seemed in some ways to have the most excuse for her retardation: she married an older man whom she met while ...more
3 Stars! Too much going on and it was hard to keep track of, at least for me.
Usually this author's writing works for me, but unfortunately this won't go on my favorite read shelf. That's not to say it wasn't amusing and somewhat entertaining, but in the end, there were too many side stories that got in the way of the original plot, and I didn't enjoy it the way I wanted too.
On the plus side, the narrator Sandra Burr was a pleasure to listen to.
As is typical in Crusie’s romances, the heroine, Nell, drove the hero, Gabe, crazy. Their sexual tension was a plus. I found myself caught up with their families, friends and work which were often intertwined. It was an extremely busy plot with some light suspense.
Fast Women was a feel-good CR perfect for summer. Even better, if read between heavier stories. Gabe and Nell’s relati ...more
1. Was anyone else REALLY disturbed about a 40 year old men having sex with an 18 year old high school student in a motel? And people looking at that photo and talking about how "in prime" Jack looked and NOT how it was a few months away from being statutory rape?
2. OMG that whole convo about Gale understanding why men HIT THEIR WOMEN? Are you F-ing kidding me? Um, men don't hit women because "they love them so much they can't have them leave, but they can't stay wi ...more
A note about Steamy: despite ...more
I don't know, I'm guessing I"m not the target demographic for this type of book because I found it extremely hard to relate to any of the characters. Being in my twenties, my humanist side roared with indignation at how appalling all these women acted and behaved, not to mention, the stereotypical ways all the men were portrayed. They were all manipulative, dysfunctional, and stupid people trying to do the "right" thing but actually doing the WRONG th ...more
PS And I admire that she can create such enjoyable romances where mo ...more
This novel is quirky and hilarious! The writing style is good overall, but I did
get confused at times by some of the dialogue - loss of 1/2 star. Gotta love those Dysart women!
Nell Dysart is sleepwalking through her life as a divorced woman. She didn't see it coming. And now she needs a job. She sits in Gabe McKenna's office at his detective agency and thinks of ways to fix it, all the while she is breaking a window, his chair arm, and poking a hole in his Oriental rug. McKenna hires ...more
What I did like: Some people have sex for stupid reasons. Some people have sex with people you don't think they should. Strong women. Columbus Ohio (where I live). Some amusing banter.
What I didn't like: All men are not bastards. More than I ever wanted to hear about china patterns. What's with freezers? Weak women. Somewhat incoherent plot. A couple of totally unreal characters (Chloe anyone?).
So some good, some bad. Overall a light and fun read by an author ...more
While Jennifer Crusie's stories and characters aren't like SEP's stories and characters there i ...more
The story starts with the protagonist, Nell, coming to a job interview. She is a divorcee, still reeling from her husband’s betrayal after their 22 years of marriage. Her interviewer and potential employer, Gabe, owns a PI agency and he needs an office manager.
He picked up her resume. “Why did you le...more
I just adore the sizzle between Gabe McKenna and Nell Dysart: they ar ...more
This makes i ...more
I was hoping this would be like a good Susan Isaacs book, something along the lines of Long Time No See or After all these years. Meaning yes, a light read with some romance and a happy ending, but also a mystery and unconventional main characters I'd actually meet, or would want to meet, in real life. I think Jennifer Crusie was trying for that effect and while I acknowledge some limited success, overall this book didn't make it for me.
We meet Nell, a beaten-do ...more
I swear, Jennifer Crusie is going to wind up on my favorites shelf beside Elmore Leonard. And for the same reasons. Dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. And characters. She skips the boring parts. Good is way better than perfect, and bad is often better than both. People are screwy and screwed up and grumpy and complicated and funny and noble in the weirdest ways. There are some real nuggets of wisdom here, and not the trite kind. The kind that come from the mixed-up, messy realities of life. If you ca...more
And a bunch of other folks.
This story was really interesting and really complicated. A who-done-it story laced with friendship, comedy and love.
The Random Thoughts
This story once again proves that I can not go wrong with a Jennifer Crusie book. But, now I’ve read all of the back catalogue and she needs to write me some new stuff.
Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.