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.
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Jennifer Crusie is my go-to for chick lit, and luckily for me, she has a decent back catalogue of books I haven’t read. Trust Me On This was my fourth Crusie romance and though nothing has topped Welcome To Temptation (yet) I still count myself as a fan.
Crusie writes fantastic female leads, something I find lacking in a lot of the books I read even outside of the chick lit/romance genre. They’re commanding and interesting and oh, man, the witty quickfire banter with the male lead always kills me. Sure, it’s a little bit of wish fulfilment, but reading about amazing women going after what they want while a gorgeous and intelligent (and often rich) guy trips over themselves trying to win her over is pretty much my favourite thing ever. And Crusie does it so, so well.
This particular story had me hooked with the whole ‘mistaken identity/comedy of errors’ line. Everyone was playing everyone else, more often than not pretending to be someone they weren’t, and seeing the characters react to this was really fun. It was also great to see the characters go from being in it for themselves, to teaming up to achieve a common goal. You don’t have time to get bored because everything happens so quickly, and plans change at the drop of a hat causing the characters to scramble in an effort to keep up. And of course, there’s the Hollywood ending.