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Trust Me on This by Jennifer Crusie
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Apr 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-romance
Read from April 25 to 26, 2011

Dennie Banks has successfully avoided difficult things all of her life. With her best friend Patience to catch her when and if she falls, Dennie has simply glided through life using her charm and very little effort. Now Patience is getting married, but before she leaves on her honeymoon she advises Dennie to take some risks and face some challenges - without considering the risk of failure. Which explains how Dennie, a reporter best known for wedding coverage, finds herself at a literature convention seeking to interview an expert on marriage, for the express purpose of asking her questions about her upcoming secret divorce.

Alec Prentice is a government fraud agent who has used his farm-boy good looks and an 'aw, shucks,' demeanor to put dozens of con men and hucksters behind bars. Now consigned to a desk to work on an important fraud database, Alec longs for one more operation in the field. When his Aunt Victoria invites him to the literature convention, Alec's intuition tells him that this might be his chance to finally nab Brian Bond, a predatory grifter who specializes in fleecing college professors. With great anticipation, Alec convinces his boss to set up a sting operation at the convention.

When Alec meets Dennie, sparks fly and confusion multiplies. Alec's convinced Dennie is working with Bond and for the first time, he's trying to figure out a way to get a crook off the hook instead of trying to arrest her. Dennie is both irritated by and attracted to Alec. She senses right away that he is hiding a sharp mind and keen intelligence behind his 'good ole boy' act but she doesn't have time to figure out why. She need Alec to get an interview with her subject, who happens to be a close friend of his aunt's.

Jennifer Crusie has said that Trust Me On This is her one true 'screwball comedy,' complete with mistaken identities, slapstick entanglements and hidden secrets. All of those elements are here and perfectly presented, but what really makes this novel shine is the interaction of the characters. Ms. Crusie has an extraordinary gift for witty dialogue and she uses it to great effect in Trust Me On This. If you like your romance with a healthy dose of comedy, look to Jennifer Crusie. No one does it any better.

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