Trust Me on This

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.

Dennie thinks Alec’s a dweeb. Alec thinks Dennie’s a crook. They’re both going to have to think again.

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Trying to seduce Alec at all was a waste of time; he came preseduced anyway. Like a microwave entrée. You pressed his buttons, and he got hot.”

Trust Me on This by Jenny Crusie

Book Notes from Jenny

On writing: I’ve always wanted to write a hotel farce, a story with lots of characters and slamming doors and mistaken identities along the lines of the great screwball comedies of the 40s. I ended up with seven point of view characters and two subplots I wasn’t expecting along with two main plots and an ending that took me completely by surprise so it wasn’t in the proposal. Fortunately, my editor Beth de Guzman was open-minded. 

On animals: There are no animals. The story takes place in a hotel. There was no way an animal would work in this plot. They can’t all have animals. Do not write me about this. 

On character: I started out thinking this was Dennie and Alec’s book. When I revised it, I began to think it was Victoria and Harry’s book. Now I think it belongs to all four of them, the first time I’ve had two romance plots instead of one plot and one subplot. I couldn’t help it. Victoria and Harry were too much fun.