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A slightly chubby female actuary stumbles onto a very attractive man she believes is doing her wrong. A bet made to sleep with her within a month. She decides to torture him for the month in order to get a date to her sister's wedding but just might have fallen in love with him in the process.
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The review of this Book prepared by heather

St. Martin's, Feb 2004, 22.95, 352 pp.
ISBN: 0312303467

In her early thirties in Southern Ohio, Minerva Dobbs still dreams of forever love stories, but currently is down on men though she still hopes to find that one male who is a good person and nice, especially to her. Her thoughts as she linger in the upscale Yuppie bar is that her latest loser David deserves a swizzle stick shoved by her into his heart though he probably wouldn't miss a beat.

Hollywood handsome Cal Morrissey has a $10,000 bet with his pals that he will bed Min within a month. Min knows about the wager and decides to play along with Cal so that he can escort her to her sister's wedding and then dump him with her sheets remaining dry. As Cal and Min compete for the upper hand and their friends interfere either by separating or pushing them together, they fall in love. However, will Min trust this slick stud with her heart especially when she agrees with Gloria Steinham that “Women's total instinct for gambling is satisfied by marriage”.

The Steinham line is a great opening to a humorous off beat relationship tale as it distinctly shows the gender differences that help turn this tale into an audaciously delightful screwball comedy. Min is a delightful cynic while Cal is a charming schemer. The support cast including Krispy Crème is an eccentric bunch, but the novel belongs to the lead couple war to implement their respective plan that makes for a fine time for readers who appreciate a wacky romance.

Harriet Klausner

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Seduction/coercion/force    -   Yes How seduced/forced?    -   loving persuasion Hidden Identity/Secret Motive    -   Yes Is really...    -   satisfying a dare or bet Who seduces whom?    -   woman seducing man

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   small businessman    -   business executive Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confident    -   blissful    -   a better lover

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   business executive    -   teacher Effect of sexing    -   confident    -   a better lover    -   less bitchy/arrogant    -   blissful


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   80%    -   90% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk Focus of story    -   Her    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog How much sexing?    -   1-2 sex acts

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