I love Jennifer Crusie, but this is not one of her better works. Clocking in at just about 200 pages, it’s a quick read (I read it in fits and starts while waiting for various children to ride roller coasters in 92 degree heat), and finished it that night in about 45 minutes.
Tess is a liberal teacher who shops at thrift stores and Nick is a staid, boring, Republican lawyer. They couldn’t be more different, but Nick needs a pretend fiancee in order to make partner in his firm, and Tess is the only girl he knows smart enough to pass muster. She agrees, and shenanigans ensue. There are a couple of subplots – her dancer friend falls for Nick’s friend, someone from Tess’ past resurfaces – but Nick’s interactions with his secretary are what makes the book hysterical.
Crusie is great at dialogue, and she doesn’t disappoint, but this was definitely not my favorite. Save it for the 99 cent bin at Goodwill, and leave it behind when you leave the beach.