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Strange Bedpersons (Jennifer Crusie Bundle)

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Tess Newhart knows her exboyfriend 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 and thinks Cinderella is politically incorrect. He wants to get ahead in business, she just wants.him--only not the socialclimbing Nick, but the sweet, caring, unbuttoned ...more
ebook, Mira, 256 pages
Published August 2007 by Harlequin Books (first published December 1994)
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Michelle
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
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Miriam
Feb 21, 2008 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
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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.

My
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Erin
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
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Kay
Jun 19, 2015 Kay rated it really liked it
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
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Saly
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
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Andree
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
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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
steph
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
Sarah
Apr 30, 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
Luv
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
Jennifer
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.
Kuvita García
Mar 28, 2017 Kuvita García rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leido, 2017
Muy bueno un poco lento al principio pero me gusto mucho el misterio de Lanny, me encanto Nick a su modo amaba muchísimo a Tess a pesar de que ella era un verdadero dolor de trasero
Kimaya
Romance and humor is such a happy combination. This is how life should be: you laugh all the time, surrounded by the people you love.

I liked this book. Tess and Nick felt like two real individuals. This isn't a book where two people meet and fall in love. These are two people who have met, fallen in love but find that may be love isn't enough. They find their way back to each other and this story is about them adapting to the other, of making their relationship work, about giving their love ano
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Rebecca
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
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RomReader❤️Spoiler Giver❤️
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
Vanessa
Jun 15, 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 furniture..you'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
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Diane ~Firefly~
I love Crusie's books. They are full of quirky, but fun characters. Tess is a crusader for the down-trodden while Nick is trying to make partner at a law firm.

What I enjoyed:
* The secondary characters. I love Christine, the secretary as she just ignores what Nick tells her and does what should be done.
* Tess. She does need to grow up some, but she is fun. She has great enthusiasm. I wonder if she ever got a "Henderson" of her own.
* Nick. While he plays the game, he still cares and shows it by he
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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.
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Mireille
Dec 05, 2013 Mireille rated it it was amazing
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
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Elizabeth
Nov 24, 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
Hilcia
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.
Alexa
I liked the style writing and the humour, but I just can't get over what a self-centered, arrogant b*tch the heroine was.
The hero is a ambitious lawyer and as the heroine is a bit of a free-spirited hippy, this makes him the enemy. For no reason whatsoever. At all.
The only redeeming quality was the secondary romance between Gina and Park. And even that was a bit insipid.

Jennifer
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.
Sassykes
Jan 20, 2010 Sassykes rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Deedee
Jun 14, 2012 Deedee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kathleen Burns
Apr 11, 2015 Kathleen Burns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Crusie fills the bill when you need a light easy read.
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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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