Trust Me on This

Trust Me on This

by Jennifer Crusie

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"I bet that smile gets you everything you want...."

As soon as Alec Prentice spotted the spicy brunette in red silk, he vowed thatthe tempting con woman would not escape him! Dennie Banks was prepared to doanything to get her story, even flirt her way into the arms of a man whopromised to help--but when the feisty reporter dared him to kiss her, his mouthscorched hers with wildfire yearning. Could two passionate partners in crimeget their man and each other?

In a deliciously fast-paced and funny romance, Jennifer Crusie proves without adoubt that everyone's guilty of something--and it might just be love! Drawninto a reckless charade by a man whose dangerous charm was hard to resist,could she uncover his mysteries without surrendering her own?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441880574
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 10/28/2010
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Jennifer Crusie is the bestselling and award-winning author of twenty contemporary novels. Her work has been published in twenty-three countries.



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B.A., Bowling Green State University, 1973; M.A., Wright State University; Ph.D., Ohio University, 1986

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Chapter 1

Dennie went flying through the brass-framed revolving doors of the Riverbend Queen Hotel, her cheeks glowing from the April wind, and plowed right into a handsome, lanky blond in the middle of the red-flocked hotel lobby.

“I’m so sorry,” she said, and he smiled at her, a shy smile that might have warmed her heart if she hadn’t just given up men for the duration. He looked like her type: easy to enslave.

“That’s all right,” he said. “It was my fault. Not lookin’ where I was goin’.” He stuck out his hand. “I’m Brian Bondman. Pleased to meet you.”

Dennie shook his hand once. “My pleasure.” She turned to go, but he held on.

“You sure are a pretty sight comin’ through that door—” he began.

Dennie tugged her hand back. “Thank you.” She turned to go again, but he’d sidled around her so she was face-to-face with him.

“I sure would be willin’ to take you to dinner tonight to make up for this,” he said and ducked his head at his own temerity.

This is an act, Dennie told herself. Nobody drops that many g’s naturally. It would be interesting to know why it was an act, but not very. “No,” she said, and pulled her hand away. “But thank you anyway.” Then she turned and headed for the brass-edged registration desk before he could leap in front of her and offer drinks, frozen yogurt, or breakfast. He had the look of a man who didn’t quit trying, all that aw shucks to the contrary.

“I have a reservation,” she told the registration clerk. “Dennie Banks?”

The clerk took her form when she’d signed it, handed her the key card to her room, and said, “Is there anything else?”

This was it. Don’t waste a minute, she told herself. Dennie leaned forward. “Yes, I’m supposed to meet Janice Meredith here. Do you know—?”

“She’s in the Ivy Room,” the clerk said. “Right over there beyond the bar.”

“Could you hold my bag for me, please?” Dennie passed her carry-on over the desk. “I don’t want to miss her.”

Be firm, she told herself as she headed for the restaurant. Be professional and firm and focused. Believe in yourself.


Alec had taken it all in from his well-upholstered seat in the mahogany and brass hotel bar, and he’d never been more delighted to see a hunch pay off. He’d been watching Bond case the lobby when the brunette had started up the steps to the revolving door. Bond saw her at the same time and moved to meet her, deliberately running into her as she came through the doors, and Alec thought, Nice touch. Anybody seeing them would swear it was an accident. The brunette had smiled at him and moved away almost immediately, but Alec knew they’d spoken. Bond had even faked disappointment as she’d walked away.

Watching the brunette now, Alec sympathized with Bond; it wouldn’t be hard faking disappointment if this woman walked away from you. Glossy dark brown curls bounced on her shoulders, and her smile heated the lobby. She walked past him to the registration desk, and he watched her hips move under her fluid red dress. She had a great swing to her.

Normally he’d wait until the con approached him; it was safer, less suspicious, but this was a woman any man would approach. In fact, he told himself, it would be more suspicious if he didn’t approach her, and the last thing he wanted was to be more suspicious. So when she handed her bag to the clerk and turned toward the restaurant next to the bar, he moved to meet her, just like any red-blooded American man in his right, if gullible, mind would do.

“Are you all right, ma’am?” he asked. “You hit that guy pretty hard.”

She smiled briefly and stepped away, turning toward the restaurant, her red skirt flaring around her very nice calves. “I’m fine, thank you.”

“You might want a brandy.” Alec eased himself alongside her. “It would be my privilege to buy you one. I’m a stranger here myself, but I do know how to buy a pretty lady a brandy.”

She stopped and her eyes got narrower. “Is there some kind of convention here besides pop literature? Some farm-boy thing?”

“I don’t know.” Alec tried to look open and eager to please. “I could sure find out. I’m all alone here, got plenty of time, and it would be a real act of kindness if you’d join me.” The woman opened her mouth to protest and he finished, “Now don’t you worry about a thing. I got plenty of money and I’d just love to spend it on you. Would you like—?”

“No,” she said, moving away from him again. “I wouldn’t like anything you could give me. Thank you anyway.”

She disappeared into the restaurant and Alec watched her go, still wincing a little from the “anything you could give me” line. Better marks than he were evidently having brunch. He gave her a couple of minutes and then trailed in after her, taking a table across the room where he could watch her without seeming to.

As soon as he sat down, he knew he was in trouble. She was there all right, but sitting in the booth next to her were his aunt Victoria and two of her friends, all of whom had known him since babyhood. All he needed was for one of them to spot him across the room and start yodeling hellos, and his cover would be history. He sidled out again, but not before he noticed the brunette was eavesdropping on them.

Five minutes later, Harry picked up the phone and said, “What?”

“Harry, that’s a lousy way to answer the phone,” Alec said. “You’ve still got seven years to go until retirement. Try a little polish, a little sophistication.”

“At two-thirty in the afternoon, when all hell is breaking loose, and you’re sitting on your butt in Ohio instead of here where you belong, you get ‘What?’,” Harry growled. “You want me polished and sophisticated, you call another time.”

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Trust Me on This 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 156 reviews.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Trust Me on This is a reissue for Crusie, but since I didn't get a chance to read it the first time around I was glad for the chance now. I've been a fan of Crusie since reading Welcome to Temptation, which has since become a favorite. I've found many of her most recent efforts--mostly collaborations with another author--disappointing, however. Trust Me on This is a return to classic Crusie. The author herself calls it a "screwball comedy" and it is, with misunderstandings gallore and a plethora of offbeat and eccentric characters to keep track of. It is a quick, fun, and satisfying read. The only loose end I felt remained at the end was why Janice Meredith went to the lengths she did; I'm sure if we could have seen her motivation it would have made more sense but really, I'm not going to lose sleep over it. I really enjoyed this entertaining story and am glad for the opportunity to read it.
Beth_R More than 1 year ago
I love Jennifer Cruise, and I was happy that there was another Nookbook available. That said this book was only 140 pages, so page for page it was a bit pricey. I did enjoy the characters. Dennie is hoping for a hot story to save her floundering journalistic career. Alec is hoping to catch a con man. Mistaken identity,half truths and attraction lead to a fun read. I just wish it was a longer read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I only read specific authors. Jennifer Crusie has been on my list for several years. I love all of Jennifer Crusie's books. Insightful story lines, humor, all make there way into her books.
KCK_Blogger More than 1 year ago
Another fun book by Jennifer Crusie. If you want characters whose conversations will make you laugh. Crusie so far always delivers. I have not read one book of Crusie that have not made me smile. Dennie Banks a journalist who needs a big story to elevate her career higher than just writing about social going ons in the society page. She heard of a relationship writer Janice Meredith who had made herself an expert on marriage was getting a divorce. Dennie decided to get a one on one interview at a literary conference Janice will be speaking. Alec Prentice an agent trying to catch a con man who will also be at the conference. Dennie and Alec met, assumed each others reasons for being there and the fun goes on. Bonus story about Victoria, Alec's aunt and Harry his boss, both also found romance in this book.
Amarillis More than 1 year ago
A cute screwball comedy that was fast, fun, and entertaining.
risuena More than 1 year ago
This was one of Jennifer Crusie's lesser known books, and I was pleasantly surprised. The plot was credible. The supporting characters were enjoyable and quite funny. I liked how the relationship between the main characters developed. It was a fun and quick read, well balanced.
lrobe190 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dennie Banks is an investigative reporter chasing down the biggest story of her career. Alec Prentice is a government agent working undercover to catch an elusive grifter. When they meet by accident, it's a case of mistaken identities at first sight. What they don't mistake is the instant attraction they have for each other, an attraction they'll do everything in their power to resist--because Dennie thinks that Alec is running interference for her interview subject, and Alec suspects that Dennie is linked to his swindler. As the confusion grows, so do their feelings for each other, and what begins as a romantic comedy of errors may just end in the love affair of a lifetime. (Brilliance Audio Description).This was a typical Jennifer Crusie madcap romance, full of her signature humor. It is a reprint of one of her earlier books and it was obvious, lacking some of the depth of her more current books. Still it was fun, entertaining and great to listen to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've been hooked. I want to read more about the hairy man neighbor.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book
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sweetpete More than 1 year ago
This may be an older Crusie novel, but it is a fabulous read, and I would have given it eight stars, but Goodreads refuses to go past five. This is truly a laugh-out-loud screwball comedy whose characters will stay with you long after the story ends.  True to form, Ms. Crusie provides the greatest line I've read in a romance novel thus far: "He ran down six flights of stairs because the elevators had stopped on somebody else's floor, somebody who didn't have the rest of his life waiting for him in the lobby." What an awesome line! I've always thought Charlie All Night was her best of the many I've read, and now this one ties it. I only wish she wrote more and faster.
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