Review: Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie
Friday May 11, 2012 at 12:55 am |

Publisher: St. Martin’s Paperback
Copyright: 2001
Published: July 11, 2004
Pages: 436
Form: Paperback
Author: Jennifer Crusie
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When a down-on-her-luck Divorcee

Nell Dysart’s in trouble. Weighed down by an inexplicable divorce and a loss of appetite for everything, Nell is sleepwalking through life until her best friend finagles a job for her with a shabby little detective agency that has lots of potential and a boss who looks easy to manage.

Meets a determined-to-dominate Detective

Gabe McKenna isn’t doing too well, either. His detective agency is wasting time on a blackmail case, his partner has decided he hates watching cheating spouses for money, and his ex-wife has just dumped him…again. The only thing that’s going his way is that his new secretary looks efficient, boring, and biddable.

They find out that falling in love can be Murder…

But looks can be deceiving and soon Nell and Gabe are squaring off over embezzlement, business cards, vandalism, dog-napping, blackmail, Chinese food, unprofessional sex, and really ugly office furniture, all of which turn out to be the least of their problems. Because soon, somebody starts killing people. And shortly after that, they start falling in love…

My Thoughts:

Nell is recovering from a divorce and to help jump start her life she takes a job as a secretary with the McKenna Detective Agency.  From here all manner of hell and utter craziness ensue.

I have to say while the story was somewhat interesting, there was a bit omuch sharing going on for my taste.  As a passing fling, Nell sleeps with Riley McKenna to kind of prove that she can still feel.  But after sleeping with Riley, she pursues something more serious with his cousin and partner Gabe.  Nell’s sister-in-law, Suze Dysart, catches her husband cheating and gets a divorce.  Soon after she starts sleeping with Riley but before that, there was an experimental kiss shared between Nell and Suze.  To top it off, Nell’s son and Gabe’s daughter meet and fall in love with the intentions of eventually marrying.  So wayment…if Nell and Gabe get married (that is certainly where its headed), and the offspring marry each other, and Nell and Gabe have a kid, then the son and the daughter will share a sibling.  Eeeuuuww.  It’s just too much.

There was also a whole lot of characters to try to keep up with in this one and the mystery really didn’t add much to the story.  The women spent an insane amount of time talking about and discussing China.  If I had to read about another damn dish I was going to toss the book at my wall.  This coupled with Nell trying to control Gabe and change everything in his office without his consent worked my nerves.  At first the battle of wills was interesting to see, but then it just became tiresome.  The only redeeming character in this book is Riley.  He’s sweet and caring, but also strong and protective.

I’ve heard good things about Jennifer Crusie’s books, but I think I should have started with a different book because I’m not that impressed with this one.  To be fair I’ll probably give her another shot, I just hope I pick a more interesting, and less infuriating story.

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10 Responses to “Review: Fast Women by Jennifer Crusie”

  1. Yikes. Sounds like a hot mess. Yeah, I probably wouldn’t have wanted to throw this book across the room too. It just seems like drama for the sake of having it, and I’m not a fan of that.

    I hope your next read by Crusie is much better.

  2. Oh my gosh, I think I’d feel the same way as you, Jade! As soon as you started explaining the relationships in the book, I think that my eyes nearly fell out of my head and I had to blink them back. x) And I love big casts, but it’s so easy for an author to cross the line from a memorable and fun large cast to an overly large cast that you can’t keep track of! (Cassie Clare’s latest book was so sadly like that for me!)

    Still, thanks so much for the awesome honest review, Jade! <3 Hopefully your next Jennifer Crusie book will be a better hit!

  3. This book sounds complicated and sounds elaborately excessive in the romance department, what’s missing…the kitchen sink? I will be passing on this one, let me know how the next Cruisie book goes. 🙂
    Thanks for a great in depth review.

  4. I’ve never tried Jennifer Cruise but I was thinking about giving her a try. I’m glad I read your review first. I still itching to give her a try especially on audio but I’ll be extra selective when choosing. Though I will say all this sharing…is just weird. It seems like there were a lot of annoying things that just added up to a big nuisance. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of the next one. I might just wait and let you test the waters some more 🙂

    • Jade Jade says:

      LOL. If you go ahead with her please pick something different. Maybe check out some reviews for her other books. This one was meh.

  5. blodeuedd says:

    I have been thinking lately that I should read more Crusie books but this one, maybe not this one then. And first I also need to remember which ones I have read