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* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted in ''Crazy for You'', which involves the heroine's (late fifties) mother coming out about her relationship with her best friend.

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!!Crusie's works provide examples of:

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!!Crusie's !!Works by Jennifer Crusie with their own pages include:

* ''Literature/FakingIt''
* ''Literature/WildRide''

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works by Jennifer Crusie provide examples of:



* BettyAndVeronica: [[ConversationalTroping Discussed]] in Literature/FakingIt using the terms muffin (Betty) and doughnut (Veronica). The doughnut is exciting and fun and gorgeous, whereas the muffin just kinds of sit there, "lumpy, looking alike, no chocolate frosting." But while the doughnut is good for a one night stand, its sticky and no longer crispy the next morning. Muffins, however, taste better the next day, and are there for the long haul.
---> '''Davy''': What's Simon?
---> '''Nadine''': Doughnut. With sprinkles.



* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Notably averted in the beginning of ''Literature/FakingIt,'' but usually played straight in her stories.


* TheBabyTrap:
** In ''Welcome to Temptation'', this happens twice. The main male character (many years before the book starts) marries his girlfriend at the time who becomes pregnant after lying to him about using birth control. A minor main character also marries a girlfriend who claims she's pregnant (also many years earlier), despite being in love with someone else. As the book puts it, "Eleven months later, sure enough, she had a baby."
** In ''What the Lady Wants'', Armand first gets [[spoiler:June pregnant, then when that child dies he brings home his orphaned niece so she wouldn't leave.]] Then there's Stormy, who [[spoiler:poked holes in the condoms so Armand would marry her, not knowing he had a secret vasectomy years before.]]



* BetaCouple: It's a smooth and quick hook-up for Roger and Bonnie in ''Bet Me'', compared to the more rocky relationship of their respective friends Cal and Min.



* BluebirdOfHappiness: In ''Maybe This Time'', Andie's brother-in-law had given her hoop earrings with bluebirds -- bluebirds of happiness, he had told her.



* CommonalityConnection: In ''Maybe This Time'', when Southie meets Alice and asks her what's new, Alice says she likes nuts now. Southie, eager to bond, assures her he does, too.



* DreamSpying: In ''Maybe This Time'', Flo claims that her dreaming of Andie's falling into a well shows that Andie is repressing something in her unconscious.



* GoIntoTheLight: In ''Maybe This Time'', Andie urges ghosts to do this, assuring them that LightIsGood.



* HauntedFetter: In ''Maybe This Time'', discovering where the fetters are is crucial to disposing of ghosts.
* HitmanWithAHeart: ''Agnes and the Hitman'' has a couple.
** Shane [[spoiler:Fortunato]] leaves work at a critical time when his uncle Joey, who he hasn't heard from in a while, calls him home to look after grumpy cook Agnes, who has people gunning for her because [[spoiler:she is likely sitting on a five million dollar fortune]]; he then proceeds to fall in love with her over breakfast, pick up fondant for her, and get her a bridge, all in between taking out the odd assassin who shows up in the middle of the night, beating the crap out of dead-beat mobsters, carrying out an official mission, and [[spoiler:solving and avenging his parents' murder]].
** Carpenter is an [[spoiler:ordained priest who takes his girlfriend out to the movies when she's feeling down, and also officiates said girlfriend's daughter's wedding when the original priest turns out to be a putz]].
* LightIsGood: In ''Maybe This Time'', Andie urges ghosts to GoIntoTheLight, assuring them that it's probably good, because light is.
* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted in ''Crazy for You'', which involves the heroine's (late fifties) mother coming out about her relationship with her best friend.
* PairTheSpares: Nicely averted in ''Bet Me''. Despite the main couple and many of the side characters hooking up, [[spoiler:Liza]] remains with temporary boyfriends by the end of the book.
* {{Polyamory}}: In ''Crazy For You'', the female protagonist's mother is involved with a best friend as well as a husband.
* PoundsAreAnimalPrisons: ''Anyone But You'' begins with the protagonist, Nina, going to the pound to adopt a dog and ending up rescuing Fred, who was on his last day before euthanization. The pound is not depicted as a horrible place, but it's not very cheerful either -- particularly not for aging, depressed Fred.
* PrettyButterflies: In ''Maybe This Time'', Alice's nightmares are all the more horrific because they include horrible butterflies -- which she loves, awake.



* StrictlyFormula: Almost all of her works involve a crazy ex, a food that the heroine is introduced to by the male lead and ends up craving, a mangy, lovable pet, and a collection (such a stamps, snow globes, etc).

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* StrictlyFormula: Almost all of her works involve a crazy ex, a food that the heroine is introduced to by the male lead and ends up craving, a mangy, lovable pet, and a collection (such a stamps, snow globes, etc).etc).
* WhoMurderedTheAsshole: Zane in ''Welcome to Temptation'' was essentially trying to blackmail and/or harass almost every prominent person in town, and annoyed the hell out of pretty much everyone else. Amusingly enough, despite his having been hit by a car, maced in the face, bundled up in a shower curtain and disposed of, [[spoiler:he died of a heart condition without actually having been murdered at all]].
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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Notably averted in the beginning of FakingIt, but usually played straight in her stories.

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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Notably averted in the beginning of FakingIt, ''Literature/FakingIt,'' but usually played straight in her stories.


JenniferCrusie is a New York Times best-selling romance author. She started in [[StrictlyFormula category romance]] before moving on to single title romances like ''Literature/FakingIt'' and ''Bet Me''.

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JenniferCrusie Jennifer Crusie is a New York Times best-selling romance author. She started in [[StrictlyFormula category romance]] before moving on to single title romances like ''Literature/FakingIt'' and ''Bet Me''.

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JenniferCrusie is a New York Times best-selling romance author. She started in [[StrictlyFormula category romance]] before moving on to single title romances like ''Literature/FakingIt'' and ''Bet Me''.

In the last several years she's also co-written several books with Bob Mayer (''Agnes and the Hitman'') and Anne Stuart (''The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes,'' also with Eileen Dreyer, and ''Dogs and Goddesses,'' also with Lani Diane Stuart), and has published several essays on pop culture.

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!!Crusie's works provide examples of:

* TheBet: Subverted in ''Bet Me''; Cal ''doesn't'' make the bet everyone spends the story believing he did.
* BettyAndVeronica: [[ConversationalTroping Discussed]] in Literature/FakingIt using the terms muffin (Betty) and doughnut (Veronica). The doughnut is exciting and fun and gorgeous, whereas the muffin just kinds of sit there, "lumpy, looking alike, no chocolate frosting." But while the doughnut is good for a one night stand, its sticky and no longer crispy the next morning. Muffins, however, taste better the next day, and are there for the long haul.
---> '''Davy''': What's Simon?
---> '''Nadine''': Doughnut. With sprinkles.
* BodyguardCrush
* TheCon: Used in a number of stories.
* FracturedFairyTale: ''Bet Me'' and ''The Cinderella Deal.''
* FryingPanOfDoom: Used as a RunningGag in ''Agnes and the Hitman''
--> Agnes worked in the Kitchen of Death.
--> '''Shane''': You hit him with a frying pan. How come you didn't grab a knife?
--> '''Agnes,''' ''eyes sliding away'': The frying pan was closer. It's not like I had time to pick a weapon. It's not like the frying pan is my weapon of ''choice''.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Notably averted in the beginning of FakingIt, but usually played straight in her stories.
* HappilyEverAfter
* PrivateDetective: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in ''What the Lady Wants''.
* RomanceArc
* RomanticComedy: Her works are an excellent example of this subgenre.
* StrictlyFormula: Almost all of her works involve a crazy ex, a food that the heroine is introduced to by the male lead and ends up craving, a mangy, lovable pet, and a collection (such a stamps, snow globes, etc).

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