Don’t Look Down by Jennifer Crusie: Book Review

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Cover of Don't Look Down by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

Lucy Armstrong is a director who makes dog food commercials–by choice, not lack of talent. Her ex-husband has asked her to come in and finish directing an action flick that he’s coordinated the stunts for. The real director has just died with only four days of shooting left to go. She reluctantly agrees. Things get interesting when she shows up on the set and finds out that her star has hired a stunt double. But not just any stunt double. Meet Captain J. T. Wilder of the Green Berets. Wilder is smokin’ hot and attracted to Lucy. Despite obvious distractions, the pair are still aware that something weird is happening on this movie set. They set out to find out what it is, and to find out more about each other.

This was a quick, mindless read featuring gorgeous people. But this was an odd hybrid of chick lit and military novel that didn’t exactly work for me. I don’t really read military books, so why do I want my chick lit served up with military stuff? There was too much of the men focusing in on the women’s chests and legs, and I never really understood what was going on, even at the end. Maybe I read through too fast, but it felt like a lot of loose ends were left. Lucy’s niece, Pepper, was cute, and I liked that Lucy was a strong character. Other than that, this book was pretty forgettable.

Reviewed February 26, 2009

Side note: Jennifer Crusie’s book, Bet Me was one of my top ten reads of 2012.

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1 Comment

  1. I read this, and felt the same way. It's not one I will reread, I just didn't like the combination of genres. 🙁

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