Friday, April 24, 2009

Anyone But You by Jennifer Cruise

Rating 4.5!!

Book Description: For Nina Askew, turing 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!

My Review: I really enjoyed this book. I can understand why it made AAR Top 100. What made this story so good is the Nina and Alex become really good friends first. The scenes where she helps him get rid of his bad dates are hilarious. Another original part of the story was the age difference between Nina and Alex. Nina is ten years older then Alex which you don't see very often especially in romance novels it works beautifully. Once they do get together it's very hot! The only thing that keeps this from being a 5 rating is the end I just thought some of the decisions Alex make just don't fit his personality. Everything else about this story worked and I highly recommend it.


Girl That Reads said...

I read this book last week, though I didn't like it as much as you did. I really did like the age difference between the two characters. It really isn't something you see very often but it totally works here!

Randi said...

Thanks for stopping by. I wasn't sure I would like the age difference, but it really worked.

JenB said...

I don't know how I missed this post! Anyone But You is one of my favorite contemporaries. Alex did make some irritating decisions, but he was still an excellent hero and I was more than willing to overlook his few small flaws.

I read this first almost two years ago, and then again in audio format a couple of weeks ago. 5 stars for me both times.

Randi said...

Hi Jen,
Thanks for stopping by. I really did enjoy it. My favorite parts was when she would help him get rid of his bad dates. Then Alex helped Nina get rid of her ex-husband.