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Welcome To Temptation / Bet Me

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Welcome To Temptation

Population 2,158. And falling.

Sophie came to Temptation, Ohio to help her sister make a movie. Now she’s making trouble for the town council, love with the mayor, and lemonade for a murderer.

Bet Me

"Put your money on fate."

Logical Min thinks love is a fairy tale. Rational Cal thinks forever’s a myth. Implacable Fate thinks they’re meant for each other.
Published (first published September 5th 2006)
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Slavena
I listened to both Welcome to Temptation and Bet me over the weekend.

Welcome to temptation is the best audiobook I have listened to so far this year. The dialogue was smart and funny. The characters were amazing. Sophie Dempsey goes to Temptation, Ohio - a very small town to help her sister shoot a movie. her sister and brother are both raised by Sophie and relied on her their whole life. So her life centered around her little sister up until they reached Temptation. In temptation Sophie meets w
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Gordana
Jun 02, 2015 Gordana rated it really liked it
Crusie's dialogue in both books was refreshingly witty and fun, and entertaining enough that I'll probably seek out more Crusie novels for quick, silly reads. The overall 4 star rating primarily goes to Welcome to Temptation with Bet Me riding its coattails. Bet Me seemed unpolished and unconvincing. How often would a charming, hot "beast" of a man find attraction in a frumpy, plump woman and why would he repeatedly feed this "sturdy legged", plastic shoe wearing creature doughnuts and chicken m ...more
Meghan Wilker
Sep 07, 2015 Meghan Wilker rated it really liked it
Was in the mood for a breezy, rom-com read and this pair of books hit the spot. Heard of "Bet Me" via the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast and my library's e-book copy came with Welcome to Temptation as well. Tore through each of them in an afternoon by the pool, and it was a perfect pairing. Snappy, funny dialogue with predictable plots but sometimes that's just what a girl wants. When I read fluff, I like it to be well-written and that can be a hard combination to find.
Beth S.
Dec 24, 2014 Beth S. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, romance
Bailing out of Welcome to Temptation in the middle of chapter 5 because I hate every single character. Suppose I should give Bet Me a try while I've got it.

Update: Enjoyed Bet Me, but I'm not a huge fan of how she gives everyone horrible parents. Someone has to have nice parents so the others can share them! Also the epilogue seemed like overkill.
Cait
Mar 02, 2016 Cait rated it really liked it
Not the kind of book I'd normally read, let alone reread, but I can't help myself - it's a good time! Not overly chic-lit-y, nowhere near bodice ripping, just a fun modern romance/mystery story that reads like a movie. Perfect for giving me a quick escape from work, nursing school, and life in general.
Rosa
Dec 20, 2014 Rosa rated it it was amazing
me encanto!! es perfectamente inprfecto, es encantador y adorable y hace que te vuelvas loca. este libro es como estar enamorada, al principio crees que puedea manejarlo pero con el tiempo pierdes la cabeza de felicidad y puede que al final termines llorando de alegria y felicidad.
Louisa P
Nov 02, 2014 Louisa P rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fab. Listened to the audiobook while sunning myself in Greece last week and I've got to tell you I loved every minute. Love this author and her quippy delightful banter!
Al
Dec 21, 2015 Al rated it it was amazing
Excellent. I like Jennifer Crusie to read between other books. And they are fun to read!
Jennavier
This is the actual copy I read, but I starred them separately for review purposes.
Bettie
Sep 09, 2015 Bettie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome!!

This book was awesome. From beginning to end, I couldn't put it down. It is truly on my favorites list forever.
Edie
Jul 23, 2014 Edie rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorite books.
R*beth*h Hart
Aug 16, 2011 R*beth*h Hart rated it really liked it
This is the first time I have ever read anything by Crusie and what a pick! A town called Temptation with a water tower painted like a nipple and shooting a porn film trouble is just about everywhere.
Then who can resist a bet? And when your target is such an underdog who would think you might fall for her? I love this story it goes along with one of my favorite authors Jennifer Weiner. Be confident in who you are and stick up for yourself even if no one else will. Great read and will definitely
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Meredeth
May 31, 2014 Meredeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great way to spend on a long flight.
Kaye Stambaugh
Mar 05, 2013 Kaye Stambaugh rated it liked it
Bet Me is the second of Crusie's books that I've read. Both were romantic comedies. While the romance genre has never held my interest, Ms. Crusie develops characters that are quirky and smart. The snappy dialogue is light and fun. This is Chick Lit all the way but an entertaining read that lightens up my mood after a heavy or dark book.
Kim
May 15, 2013 Kim rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
Started Welcome to Temptation and only read a few pages before skipping to Bet Me. Bet Me was good. Over the top - not sure who wouldn't excise toxic people like David and Cynthie, but whatever. Not sure about Welcome to Temptation. Might go back to it later. Might not.
Carambel
Couldn't finish. I enjoyed the beginning of "Temptation," but then it just seemed to drag. And honestly there were too many characters all speaking at once for me. I like a lot of dialogue, but not when it's coming from so many people.
Aruna Nandigama
Oct 20, 2013 Aruna Nandigama rated it it was ok
A wonderful Book by Jennifer Crusie. A humorous contemporary romance that takes you across lanes. The wonderful description of scenes and emotions make this book a memorable one. But my favorite book is Bet Me.
Jennifer Lassiter
Jul 03, 2013 Jennifer Lassiter rated it liked it
Ended up being much better than I expected! Mindless entertainment, which was just what I needed at the time. Good relaxation read.
Kim
Aug 05, 2011 Kim rated it really liked it
Better book than what it would be like. Kinda silly, but still a good read.
Jenny
Jan 28, 2009 Jenny rated it really liked it
I loved that "Temptation" is about secretly shooting a porno in a small town.
Nancy
May 15, 2008 Nancy rated it it was amazing
I just read "Bet Me." It was great! A fun read, very entertaining.
Karen
Apr 12, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it
It rereads quite well. Good pacing, charming characters.
Jennifer
May 08, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it
3 stars for Welcome to Temptation. 4 stars for Bet Me.
Ying Yuvejwattana
May 22, 2012 Ying Yuvejwattana rated it really liked it
They are both good. But to be honest, I prefer Bet Me.
Vivian Njeri
Feb 11, 2013 Vivian Njeri rated it it was amazing
Hail to Jenny I was glued from the start
Louise Forster
Apr 26, 2012 Louise Forster rated it really liked it
Another terrific book from Jennifer Crusie.
Melissa
Sep 10, 2012 Melissa rated it it was ok
I just could not get into this book.
Donna
Oct 01, 2012 Donna rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed- love her books
Christina
Jan 12, 2009 Christina rated it it was amazing
Love all her books!!!
Corrie Ann
Apr 13, 2013 Corrie Ann rated it it was amazing
A must read!
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Jenny Crusie is the NYT bestselling author of twenty some novels and lots of other stuff. Her latest novel, Maybe This Time, hit shelves in August, 2010.

Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.
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“I even yelled at you last night." Phin eased up. "For which I apologize."

"It was kind of nice," Sophie said. "At least you know I was there."

"Oh hell, Spohie, I always know you're there." Phin rolled twords her on one hip, and Sophie felt felt a flare of hope, but he was just digging something out of his back pocket. "Here." He weld out an emerald-cut diamond ring the size of her head. "Marry me, Julie Ann. Ruin the rest of my life."

"Hello." Sophie gasped at the ring. "Jeez, that thing is huge. Where did you get it?"

"My mother gave it to me," Phin said sounding bemused.

Then the other shoe dropped. "Marry you?" Sophie said, and the sun came out and the birds to sing and the river sent up a cheer. Marriage was probably out- Liz as a mother-in-law was too terrifying to complete , and Phin would never get elected agian if he was married to a pornographer- but suddenly everything else was looking pretty good.”
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