Skeptic scale: ♥♥♥♥
He: Ambitious lawyer, hell bent on making partner before 40
She: "liberal flake", grew up in a hippie commune, lives to save the world
Conflict: see "He" and "She".
H&h are attracted to one another, they've even dated. But they are just too different in their views - it would never work! So they part amicably, until H needs h's help. He needs her to be his date at a work thing. Oooooh. A work thing, huh? Okaaaayyy....
Even with the contrived way they are thrown together for the weekend (he needs her to pretend to be his fiancee so that he can get in the good books of a potential big name client and therefore make his partner-before-40 dreams come true), this turns out to be a sweet little story of how two totally opposite people can be wonderful together.
I loved the way that they both are quite up front about their attraction for one another. They have been friends for a while and they both know the logical reasons they shouldn't work. And I love that there was no overly dramatic scene where one or both throw a tantrum about how this is just not going to work and how they are losing themselves as individuals etc etc. It was all dealt with very maturely and both parties are shown to be willing to adjust and be sensible.
As an aside - I must revisit some of JC's other books. I have Bet Me and another and I don't remember being transported by them or anything - and from the blogs and other Amazon reviews, it would seem that I am in the minority. Maybe will give them a re-read and see if I change my mind...