Friday, January 18, 2008

Top 3 of Jennifer Crusie

I started this “feature” a couple of months ago, while I was bored and a bit in a slump… and then, forgot about it ^_^; Can we say, oups? LOL... but I won't anymore and so, the feature is back on! :)

So I have a friend that recently started reading romance novels and she loves it. Well I think she loves it, based on the amount of books she has ordered LOL. Lucky her, she has me to gives suggestions, recommendations, lend books… basically, guided her in the romance novel world. Seriously, I wished I had someone like that when I started off. I would certainly have come in handy and I would discovered all of those great authors faster instead of coming across them by chance. Oh well... So, she has recently discovered Jennifer Crusie and like so many of us, fellin love with Ms Crusie!

Seriously, who reads comtemporary and doesn't adore Jennifer Crusie? Not many! This author just has great ideas, hilarious characters and crazy animals and just enough romance! Definitively the perfect combination. Of course, I'd wished she'd go back at writing solo instead of collaboration, but if her next collaboration with Mayer is as good as Agnes and the Hitman, then I'll take it.

So here are my top 3 books by Jennifer Crusie! Don't be shy and share yours! :)

3 - Crazy For You
Quinn McKenzie has it enough. She's always been the good girl, living a quiet life and going through the motion. However, she thinks her life is too beige and thrives for excitment. When her boyfriend, the guy that everyone in town thinks is perfect and nicest, tells her of their future plan, she blows a fuse. She wants excitment and she wants to be the one in charge, the one to decide and she decides to go after the forbidden fruit, Nick - her ex-brother-in-law and best friend.

I love this book, absolutely love it. What can I say? I think that Quinn was a great heroine and I really enjoyed it, seeing her finally stand on her own. Nick is a great hero as well... takes him a while to realize that Quinn is the woman he's been waiting forever, but when he does and finally goes after her... wowzer! In addition to a great couple, the supporting cast is just hilarious and let's not forget Katie, Quinn's little neurotic dog.

I almost chose Crazy for You as no.2, it was really a close call between this book and no.2; however, there is one little scene - just after they made love the first time, that I'm not fond of. Of course, it works well into the plot and becomes a good reason for Nick to grovel.

2 - Welcome to Temptation
All Sophie Dempsey wants is a normal life and to stay on the right side of the law... not easy though when she comes from a family of crooks and her little brother and sister are very entranched in family traditions. It also might not have been a good idea to come to Temptation to film a movie for her little brother's ex-girlfriend, especially when the movie turns into a porn flick. So how to stay on the right side of the law, hide the fact that she's filming a porn movie to the curious and nosy townpeoples and fight her attraction to Temptation's widowed mayor, Phineas Tucker?

Another great book, but then, it's in the top 3 so what were you expecting. Again, all the elements are there: great H/H, plot, romance and wacky townpeoples. I like how the whole story unfolds. Sophie and Phin being attracted to each other, but not wanting to. Falling in bed and then in love with each other and how at the end, they just get together. Yes, there were some conflicts, but at the end, they got together relatively without fuss and sometimes, you have to appreciate it. Overall the situation is just too hilarious and wacky and the hero and heroine, great... and so, you just enjoys the book. I have to admit that I prefer Quinn and Nick over Sophie and Phin, but the storyline in this one is funnier and wackier.

1 - Getting Rid of Bradley
Lucy Savage is not a happy woman: her bastard, cheating husband, Bradley, stood her up in divorce court. Then, handsome and sexy cop Zach Warren scares the hell out of her - apparently to save her life, but he must be desillusional, because who would shot at her? However, he might be right when Lucy realizes that Bradley is involved in a much bigger scheme than she thought possible... but who cares about Bradley when Zach moves in her nice Victorian house to protect her and her 3 dogs?

This book was a Silouhette book, meaning that it's quite shorter than regular romance novels... however, it doesn't matter. It's everything a romance novel should be and even if it's short, Ms Crusie pulls it out. It was funny, Lucy and Zach's chemistry was good and just so sweet. I don't know what else to say besides: It's a great book - go read it if you haven't!

Honorable mention goes to Stranger Bedpersons - it was my first book by Jennifer Crusie and I think it will always hold a special place in my heart/mind. I heart Tess and Nick sooooo much and I think this book was funny. However, the plot was a bit simple compared to the 3 other books and that's probably the only reason why it didn't make the Top 3.

So what about you? What are your favorites Jennifer Crusie? I'm expecting a lot of ppl to say Bet Me for some reasons... LOL


  1. I've tried and tried and tried to finish Strange Bedpersons ~ I'll get to it eventually. I like Tess and Nick so I'm not sure what's wrong with me.

    I really liked Manhunting and Charlie All Night ~ I'd recommend those, definitely.

  2. This is easy--

    1) Welcome to Temptation
    2) Faking it
    3) Getting Rid of Bradley

    The first book of hers I read was Tell Me Lies. I guess I am sort of a fan girl of hers. The only book of hers I didn't really like was a book on bought on ebay for $20. (I cringe when I think about it) The Cinderella Deal. Not the best but still Crusie!

  3. Oooo this is a tough question. I love all of Crusie's books I've read so far. I guess I'd have to say

    3. Crazy for You
    2. Manhunting
    and, you called it,
    1. Bet Me

    I haven't read Welcome to Temptation or Faking It yet.

  4. Dev - I think it might be the storyline... I love Tess and Nick and I've always loved the "hippy girl/serious guy" plotline so maybe that's why I enjoyed it more. I enjoyed Manhunting and Charlie All Night too... but it didn't make my top 3 :)

    Nikki - LOL, Faking it was probably no. 5 in my list. I liked that book, but some parts were confusing... but it was sooo funny as well.

    surprisingly, Tell Me Lies is the only book I never finished. I think it's because there's a teenager. I want to read Cinderella Deal!!! That's one of the Crusie I've been dying to read, but it's sooo hard to get a copy. I hope they are going to re-print it.

    Samantha - You're back! You're back! I had to do a double take to make sure it was you! So happy that you're back!

    You have to read Welcome to Temptaion and Faking It. By the way, they are connected, so you better read them in order - not like me ^_^;

    Bet Me was incredibly popular, but to me, it was missing a little omph. Maybe because I was on a Crusie high and I read almost all of her previous books just b4 reading it...

  5. Welcome to Temptation
    Agnes and the Hitman
    Fast Women

    (no particular order)

    I'm not really a fan of her shorter works like Manhunting, Getting Rid of Bradley and Strange Bedpersons. I dunno most of them just didn't do it for me. I really liked Agnes the newest one w/ Bob Mayer, it thought it was really funny and classic Crusie even if it was co-authored!

    My least fav was Faking It. What I like about a lot of her books is many of them are set right here in Columbus, Ohio so it's fun when she mentions places I'm familiar with!

  6. lol *blushes* yup I'm back! Thanks for such a warm welcome back!

    I love the small fairy tale aspect of Bet Me, plus it was the first Crusie book I ever read so that might be why I love it so much. That plus it was one of first romance books I read that really got me addicted to the genre.

    I have Welcome to Temptation but not faking it. Is Welcome to Temptation the first book or do I have them out of order?

  7. Mollie - I really enjoyed Agnes and the Hitman and was happy that Crusie style was back... but I still like her other books better. It is still special/weird that the hero is a hitman... you know?

    Samantha - First book by a favorite author is always special I think... cos it's the one that got you addicted.

    welcome to temptation is the first book :) So go and read it!

  8. You know I haven't read as many of her books I as thought.

    Anyone But You - my first Crusie and my all time fav.

    I also loved Bet Me but it wasn't as sexy as her earlier books. And I like the sexy ;)

    Strange Bedpersons was one I really liked - I think the last scene at the dinner table made it a shoe in. Or was it the piano scene (okay maybe that's the next book)

    What The Lady Wants although it may tie with Charlie All Night Long because the hero was happy just as he was.

    I think that lists all the books I've read by her. Bad Cindy.

  9. Cindy - well that's good Cindy :) that means you have something to read :) and Crusie is so hilarious... maybe she'll bring you out of your slump. Did you ever read Crazy For You? Ames uses it as a de-slumper. I think that Strange Bedpersons would make a nice movie LOL :) but yeah, love the dinner table scene!

  10. I love all of Crusie's book--I really can't pick just three. But I could do four:
    1. Faking It
    2. Bet Me
    3. Welcome to Temptation
    4. Crazy for You

    I heard she was working on a solo book, but who knows when it will come out. :(

  11. AACK!! I haven't read all of Crusie's books yet - so my list could change. But right now, here it is:

    3. Agnes & the Hitman/Getting Rid of Bradley (I'm cheating but I love them both)
    2. Bet Me
    1. Crazy For You - my #1 reread. And on my bookshelf right above my bed, within easy reach. :P

  12. I only read Crazy for you and liked that one too. (I tried Welcome to Temptation but ended up not finishing it. Not much of a straight contemp reader.)

  13. Jennie - LOL, 4 is good :) See, ppl either love or hate Faking It. Kind of weird, but i liked it :)

    I know about her solo book. She supposedly has one coming out this year... but you never know. And she has one that's been WIP for years!! Something about ppl being stuck in the same house and a body being discovered. it says something about an homage to Agatha Christie. I hope it'll come out this year.

    Ames - LOL Ames, what are you waiting for to get to the other books? :) and great list by the way :)

    Zeek - Yeah, I noticed that readers that don't read that many contemps do not like Crusie that much... but I guess it's understandable. But I'm happy you enjoyed Crazy For Me and Bet Me!

  14. I have never read this author. *hangs head in shame*
    I do have some of her books in my TBR though!