Nick and Tess have been flirting around like crazy and were so close to actually satisfying some sexual tension between each other when he said “no, let’s wait fifteen and go to my place” and she heard “I’m conservative, why would I have sex in the front seat of a car in a car park?” and didn’t speak to him for a month. A little harsh. But she agrees to be his fake fiancé for a weekend to help him land a contract. That’s when the sexual tension builds and finally they do it. And then they have to clean up everybody else’s messes while trying to find the right balance in their new relationship between his conservatism and her hippiness.
Okay, I struggled to get into it, which is a crazy thing to say about any of Crusie’s work. I normally love her books for their quirk, strong women, and sexy men (oh Davey… Calvin… hmm, what was I talking about?). For me to take so long to get into the groove for this is bad. I struggled. Didn’t believe Tess was properly motivated to do the favour. Nor did I believe the sexual tension.
The witty banter was there, like the rest of Crusie’s work, and fun. She does great dialogue. Sometimes I can skim read the action and just devour the back and forth between the characters. Love that part. And it was the same in this, I devoured the dialogue. But it wasn’t as satisfying as other stories.
Maybe my tastes are changing (oh shit, I hope not, I love Crusie).
A little interesting fact, Nick appears in What the Lady Wants briefly. Mother pointed that out and then I suddenly remembered the lawyer at the funeral who’s number had come up ages ago and had to date… well, yeah, that’s a totally different story.
After the halfway mark, things pick up; more drama and growth for the characters. I really like how they change. It’s not really changing their morals, just adapting to each other. So I might’ve learnt some life lessons… maybe. The drama is great and varied. Kind of saw a little twist in a mystery coming a mile off but that’s okay, it makes sense
I would say read this book if you’re a fan of the author and have read all of her other stories. Otherwise, if you want a nice romantic comedy with great dialogue start with one of her other stories, more like Welcome to Temptation or Bet Me. Strange Bedpersons is nice but not going to be the book to turn you into an addict.