by Jennifer Cruise
on January 1st 1996
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For Nina Askew, turning 40 means freedom - from the ex-husband whose career always came first, from their stuffy suburban home. Freedom to have her own apartment in the city, freedom to focus on what she wants for a change.... And what she wants is something her ex always vetoed: a puppy. A bouncy puppy to cheer her up. Instead she gets...Fred.Overweight, smelly, and obviously suffering from some kind of doggy depression, Fred is light-years from perky. But for all his faults, he does manage to put Nina face-to-face with Alex Moore, her gorgeous, younger downstairs neighbor.Alex looks great on paper - a sexy, seemingly sane, surprisingly single E.R. doctor who shares Fred's abiding love for Oreos - but a 10-year difference in age, despite his devastating smile, is too wide a gap for Nina to handle.Ignoring her insistent best friend, some interfering do-gooders, and the ubiquitous Fred - not to mention her suddenly raging hormones - Nina thinks anyone but Alex would be a better bet for a relationship. But the more silver-haired stiffs she dates, the more she suspects it's the young dog-loving doctor she wants to sit and stay!©2005 Jennifer Crusie; (P)2005 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Format: Audiobook borrowed from library
Need an easy-peasy beach read for the summer? This book was a cute and quick read. Basic love story with some twists of age difference and a totally rockin’ dog. Fred is awesome. Everyone needs a dog like Fred. He is gravity challenged and steals bras.
Divorced and void of good self-esteem Nina and young and goofy Alex spends the majority of the novel chasing each other in an endless loop. Nina has the ever present crazy beautiful best friend who plays a vital role in helping Nina further her relationship with Alex and success at work. Alex gets his priorities and ambitions mixed up to please Nina, which causes a brief nutty break, before they are happily ever after again.
Jennifer Crusie was researching her dissertation on the differences in the way men and women tell stories when she got sidetracked into writing romance novels.
Her first book was published in 1993 (which pretty much finished off any hope of her getting that PhD) and her twenty-second book, Maybe This Time, came out in August of 2010, all of which she considers a minor miracle, especially since she is also a New York Times, USA Today and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller and a two-time Rita award winner.
Jenny is currently working on her new Liz Danger mystery series. She is a very happy woman
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