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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  90,473 ratings  ·  4,072 reviews
Minerva Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Even if he is gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey. Cal knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. Even if she does wear great shoes and keeps him on his toes. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, th ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 31st 2004 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 2004)
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Allie THis is my FAVOURITE book, honnestly it's funny, it's cute, it's light, love love love it!…moreTHis is my FAVOURITE book, honnestly it's funny, it's cute, it's light, love love love it!(less)
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Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
After reading this, I don’t think I’ll eat Chicken Marsala ever again.

The heroine of this book ate Chicken Marsala in two different restaurants, twice for takeout, at a wedding, at a dinner with her friends and cooked it 4 times with different levels of success. I don’t know if there’s anything more boring than a person who never tries anything new (if I’d been the hero, I’d have stopped dating her just because of this.)

I enjoyed the first part of the book – the humor was not over the top and
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Cute story, but I'm still not sold on Jennifer Cruise.
I've read this one and Welcome to Temptation, which are supposed to be her top two books and my feelings for both are overwhelmingly...ok. I know she's supposed to be one of the queens of Chick-lit, so this leads me to believe that Chick-lit will never be my jam.
Which is fine.


Min is chubby. And Min is always gonna be chubby. She doesn't magically lose the weight then find her prince charming. And prince charming (Cal) isn't one of those
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Still a great read, the second time around but definitely not a FIVE star. Think I was very gushing in my reviews when I started here on Goodreads. Afraid to insult anybody (probably) - how times have changed!!? A solid 4 stars. Few things niggled me about it ...


Until recently, this was not available on KINDLE in Europe and I really wanted to read it so what's a girl to do - had to order the paperback. Loved it. No sooner had I the paperback than it bec
• Lisa •
May 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing


A fabulously written book with plenty of heart and soul, low on the drama and high on the humour, 'Bet me' is a book that all romance lovers should have on their 'I need to read' shelves. My book heart was crying out for a chic-lit fix, so with a few recommendations for this book under my belt I decided to forge ahead and reconnect with my first love of reading style. This author did not disappoint 'Bet me' was a gorgeously funny and romantic escape and i'm left with a huge smile
you know that horrible trope (read: flaw) in fiction involving the inability of some (ahem, many) male authors to write even semi-believable female characters? like there's something off about them you can't put your finger on (although usually it's the fact that they talk about having boobs all the time like the novelty hasn't worn off).

anyway. this book is like if female authors couldn't write believable men. (which they can, because empathy, but apparently can't when it's a mid-2000s attempt
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Yay, funny and sarcastic! Jilly's kind of thing!!

Minerva is the heroine of our story and she is the kind of girl who makes her other friends look hotter by comparison. She's also a bit chubby and hasn't eaten a carb in years. In other words, miserable. I've always said that you can never be happy unless you eat carbs. I went on a carb-free diet for a few months and, although I lost weight, I also went on a killing spree. You probably saw me on the news. I killed the crap out of tons of pigs. You
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
5 Beautifully Insane Stars

This book was...bizarre but so damn charming. It was full of light humour and absolutely free of drama. It is a book you read when you need something to pick you up. I'm so glad I read it!

The main characters were mostly insane...really. We have "Min" who after being dumbed by the world's biggest idiot goes into her "all men are pigs" phase, and we have "Calvin", the comitment-phobe, who gets entangled in a stupid bet against his will. They are our main couple. She is a
Lady Heather

Great story!
Excellent writing!
Amazing Characters!



Great decision!


We KNOW you didn't make the bet




.. in the end


it made me want to eat LOTS, AND LOTS of Krispy Kreme donuts!.. *sigh*
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Fairy Tales Do Come True Stars!
It's been a long time since I've read a JC book. I remember her always putting a smile on my face and once again JC had me smiling and laughing many times.
I loved Mim and Cal! Hell I loved everybody in this book!
I might have liked it so much because Mim and Cal acted like enemies instead of lovers. lol All because of a bet made between Mim's ex David and Cal (which Mim over hears). So Mim starts off hating Cal right away and is quick to shoot down his charmin
Melanie A.
5+ STARS!!
"I'm crazy about you."
I completely adored it! I want to thank Leila from the bottom of my heart for nagging me to read this one for YEARS . . . 😂

It just struck me as too much like chick-lit ==> but I was so wrong, Bet Me was romance through and through. 😍😍 Min and Cal were wonderful together. And as soon as Cal started 'wooing' Min, I was done for.

Also, the author did such an amazing job with the banter, which came across as effortless and natural. I can't tell you how
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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Jennifer Crusie is one of those "canon" romance authors that everyone who loves the genre seems to have read, but for some reason, I never got around to it... until now. Part of my trepidation was because a lot of those early contemporary romances that everyone loves don't really age all that well. Unlike historical romance novels, where you can say, "Okay, that's super uncomfy and problematic but it was set 200 years ago when men swam f
Ⓐlleskelle - That ranting lady ッ
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

You know when you read a great book when, not even in the middle of it, all you can think of is :

I was seriously beating myself up with this the whole time! It felt so good to read this book!

To sum it up quickly, I loved it for a lot of reasons but mainly :

1 - Dialogues
Jennifer Crusie knows how to make her characters talk! Vividly!

2 - Humor
I was really laughing out loud at some quotes or situations! This book is filled with sarcasm and high quality banter.
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 1.5 stars. Because I'm in a good mood today.

Warning: the gif is strong with this one. Again.

Why? Why the bloody fish did I do this to myself? Because I'm a first-class idiot, that's why. And because I'm a complete, utter, total masochist, that's also why.

Yep, that's me, the human piñata.

Okay, let's get this over with as quickly and painlessly as possible. This book made me feel like:

And also like:

And also, also like:

All in all this proved to be a charmingly delightful reading ex
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 STARS!

Sometimes I find myself discovering a new to me author, and thinking...WHERE THE HELL HAVE I BEEN?? Why haven't I heard of Jennifer Crusie before now? Despicable.
And because I'm late into the game, I won't bother explaining what this book is all about. I loved it. I loved Cal. Truly loved that dream of a book boyfriend. He was honest, sweet, considerate, giving, loving and an an all around true gentleman. The scene where they're eating chicken Marsala--umm...YUM!--and he describes how
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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3.5 Stars

Actual footage of my face when anyone at the office tries to recommend a book to me . . . .

In case you aren’t familiar, my mood tends to fluctuate between . . . . .

And . . . . .

When (literally) the nicest person I’ve ever worked with in all 417 of my years here on Earth told me I should read Bet Me I just knew I was going to break her perky little heart. Imagine my surprise when I actually liked this dang thing!
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

This was a nice little surprise. I didn’t even have it on my TBR list. I was scrolling through my FB feed about a month ago and Susan Elizabeth Philips posted something about it. She loved it so I one clicked it. How could I go wrong!

Bet Me had a great cast of characters. I adored the heroine Min. She was strong, funny, sweet, and very relatable. I’d love to have her in my circle of friends. The hero Cal was perfectly flawed and he too was very relatable. Their story was a fairy tale o
Rayne ♥
Jul 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
okay, I legit thought the cover was a picture of flying tampons.


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Duchess Nicole
I needed this book! It seems as if all of the books I read lately are such intense reads. Bet Me was the perfect reprieve. From the first page, it was just so much fun! I mean, she introduces her "R rated pixie" friend on like page five. The intro scene is Min in a bar with her friends while her boyfriend is breaking up with her. It's obvious that she couldn't care less. That is, until she overhears the bet being made with the "Hunka hunka burnin' love" standing next to her new ex.
Call is the p

5 Stars!! This is my 3rd time reading, or rather this go around I listened to the audio version. Still a 5 star book, the audio version was wonderful, and Deanna Hurst rocked the read. The story still had the same impact it did when I read it the first and second time. One of my favorite plump girl...full figure...curvy women reads! I smiled like an idiot from beginning to end! Calvin Morrisey is the sweetest guy ever...I love him!

Original review posted 2/11

Great book. Lots of fun, loads of laug
Norah Una Sumner
It all started with a bet ...

One exciting and incredibly fun chick lit novel that will make you laugh and make you think about whether a happy ending is really possible and theory of chaos real.

Min is serious. Cal is a charmer. Min is ready for something more. Cal is not known for serious relationships. Min is angry at men, especially after her last relationship. Cal is not ready for a woman who will tell him "NO". Min is a curvy brunette. Cal likes blondes. And they definitely hate each other.

Apr 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fantastic Contemporary Romance!

I've been wanting to read Bet Me for some time now after seeing all the good reviews- despite the fact I tried one or two other Cruise books awhile ago and wasn't all that hip to them. I liked them well enough but nothing really demanded she become an "autobuy" author. Bet Me might change that.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one!

Min Dobbs has everything a girl could want, good, stable job, close friends, who cares if she has less than ideal weight? And okay, in the men d
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Re-read #20ish 1/28/2021

What more can I say about this book?
"Some things are supposed to be made with butter. You're one of them."

It's still my go-to favourite romance re-read. This time was so much fun because I got to share it with Melanie and experience her enjoyment of reading it for the first time!


5 chaos theory stars!

Re-read 6/3/2019
Still one of my favourite Rom-Coms that I feel I must read yearly! If you love 90s romantic comedy movies with a happily ever af
bibliophile (Romance Addict)

This book is HILARIOUS!! & CUTE!

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We meet Min, a woman who doesn't care much about her looks, and is characterized by her friends as plain. After breaking up with her boyfriend, she decides to go out to dinner with a guy who wants to win a bet on her. Calvin is gorgeous, and man whore, a guy who woman shouldn't get too close to, but when coincident plays in the role, Cal & Min gets closer together, and might possibly fall in love. However, will they last together?

“Nobody in my life has
Don't you just love it when you re-read a book you haven't read in years and are instantly reminded of a genre you used to adore, and a book you thought was wonderful?
If possible, I enjoyed this even more on my second read.
Ah, Cal. What a dreamboat. <3

Read #2: March 6, 2016 - 5 stars
Read #1: August 17, 2012 - 5 stars
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Christ, I gave her a feral cat

I adore this book and I'm currently on my 58th reread, approximately. Any book that can rouse my hunger for both chicken marsala and serious shoe shopping at the same time is a winner.
EDIT - 16/02/2017: I had a horrible day today (well, yesterday), and amidst all my bitchiness and PMS and crying and general bad mood, I couldn't find enough chocolate. Anywhere. So yeah, I read this book again; I don't really know why, and it really made me feel better. I'm upping this to five stars.

ORIGINAL REVIEW: Hallelujah! A book written for women where the heroine is not a klutz or a bimbo or a stereotype.

Meet Minerva Dobbs, a slightly chubby actuary who doesn't seem to have much luck i
Jane Stewart
My favorite Crusie book. Wonderfully witty lines. Guaranteed to make you feel good. I did not want to stop reading.

The book starts with a well done mis-communication - the bet. David bets Cal that he can’t get Min to bed in a month. Cal refuses but says he’s willing to bet ten dollars that he can walk out the door with her. Min overheard part of the bet but not all of it, and she thinks it’s a bet to have sex with her. She is angry, but she leaves with Cal because she wants to be rude to him. Th
Crystal~BIG book addict~
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
4.5 Betting Stars!

This was such a great book!! Jennifer Crusie writes a great love story with lots of humor. Thank you for picking it for me Alexandra!! You did good :O)

Gimmicks in this story:
Gambling/statistics/game theory/the uncertainty of love
Heroine is a risk-averse actuary who quotes statistics
The opening scene is in a bar called the Long Shot
Characters discuss chaos theory, game theory, and the uncertainty within those theories
Opening quote is “Women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage”― Gloria Steinem

Fairy Tales
Heroine’s friend compares H/h’s romance to a prince going through trials for his princess
It’s fairly one note compared to th
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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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