Thursday, January 6, 2011

Throwback Thursday - Anyone But You

Author: Jennifer Crusie
First published in 1996 by Harlequin

For Nina Askew, turning forty 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 ten-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 with every silver-haired stiff she dates, the more she suspects it’s the young dog-loving doctor she wants to sit and stay!

Anyone But You is a really cute love story. Nina is smart, funny and a bit insecure about her body. I think that is what drew me to her. She wasn't perfectly toned and "pert". She seemed very real to me. Alex, while 10 years younger, is the perfect match for Nina. He has his own insecurities, but they only make him more endearing. I love how the couple become friends first and really get to know each other before succumbing to lust. Nina's adventures in dating while denying her feelings for Alex, make for some pretty funny scenes. The peripheral characters, especially Fred, help round out the plot. Any fan of Jennifer Crusie will love this one. If you missed it, try it out!


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