Review: Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise

betmecover  Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise

Get it from: Amazon || B&N || Macmillian

Themes: Overweight, Love, Family


Minerva Dobbs knows all about risk management, which is why it’s such a shock when David, her extremely logical choice for a boyfriend, dumps her three weeks before her perfect sister’s wedding: David was not supposed to be a wild card. So when Min overhears David make a bet with his old nemesis—the gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey—that Cal can’t get Min into bed in a month, she decides that fate has just handed her a stacked deck: she can make Cal sweat his sex appeal and get a date to the wedding, if she plays along and doesn’t fold. What follows is a novel of destiny, chaos theory, Krispy Kreme donuts, the spirit of Elvis, Chicken Marsala, and a gamble for the highest stake of all: true love.

 – Macmillan website

My rating: 5leaves

~ “It’s like we’re stuck inside a box. We try to go our separate ways and then we end up with each other anyway.”

~ “Seriously, the box you’re talking about is the field of your attraction. You and Min try to get away and you hit the sides of the box at random because you’re unstable, never repeating but making a pattern.”

One of the huge surprises of this month’s reads is this book. I’ve read Crazy For You by Jennifer Cruise, but mind you I wasn’t so much “crazy about it”. That’s why I was skeptical about this. Oh boy! was I more wrong? This is such a page-turner.

This is about Minerva Dobbs, a thirty-something overweight and unlucky in love. Pretty standard right? but she’s not. David Fisk, her boyfriend of some months, dumps on account that she won’t get cozy with him (I wanna say it so bad, he’s an utter douchbag). This happens three weeks prior to her sister’s wedding. This causes her to take the vow of celibacy of men. Little does she know that her life was about to change sooner than she thinks.

The night she goes out with her two best friends, Liz and Bonnie, on their If dinner, she hears David making a bet with Calvin Morrisey about getting her in bed by the end of the month. This idea makes her more resistant towards his charms. And Cal, begrudgingly, goes out with her that first night.. Will these two work?

*sigh* I am a class A sucker for I-don’t-wanna-fall-in-love type of falling in love. When the two who don’t want to fall in love, have the strongest and most intense passion ever. Those books I fell head over heals with because that’s how strong a power love has & I love it.

Another reason I am falling for this is: you know how every chick-lit book ends up with a very predictable situations (not gonna say end ‘coz they’re all the same)? this was a very refreshing kind of situations. Like there was a scene where Cal and Min go out on a picnic and end up sitting on the table. THAT WAS HOT! the most insane kind of situations there is. The moment I fell in love with those characters. And from that moment, I kept trying to guess the next situation, and ALWAYS end up being wrong (given that I am a chick-lit addict). It’s soooooooooooooooo captivating!

What I completely adored was how these two brought the best in each other. Him being all supportive of Min through her issues with her weight and her family. And their relationship was sooo easy and comfortable. There’s the added benefit of the plotting and scheming of douchbag David and Cal’s ex Cynthie. God! by the end of the book I wanted to kick them both SO BAD.

I can not stop raving about this book. It’s one of those books you’d keep thinking about weeks after you’re done with it. I do 🙂 and I thought if this was turned into a movie, it would be as good as those old type of rom-coms where it’ll be raved about for centuries coming. Even better than Bridget Jones tbh.



“Blanking out all coherent thought. He let the taste and the scent and the warmth of her wash over him, drowning in her, and when she finally pulled back back, almost fell into her lap. She sat across from him, her sweater rising and falling under quick breaths, her dark eyes flashing, wide awake, her lush lips parted, open for him, and then she spoke. “More” she breathed and he looked into her eyes and went for her.”

“Cal: “I am a wolf?”

Min: “Oh please, you picked me up on Friday with ‘Hello, little girl’. Who did you think you were channeling, the prince?”

“No, it’ll be good,” Janet said, shaking the dress out as she held it up. “Your boyfriend likes it. Does he know anything about women’s clothes?”

Min: “I think he removed a lot of them.”


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