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Welcome to Temptation (Dempseys #1)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  27,589 Ratings  ·  969 Reviews
Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in T ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published May 15th 1996)
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Mar 28, 2015 Karla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites

5 Stars!! My kind of crazy!

Welcome to Temptation, home of the flesh colored, phallus bullet shaped water tower, where morals and reputation are everything…until the Dempsey sisters come crashing into town.

Meet Sophie Dempsey, film maker, nervous Nelly, surrogate mother to her sister and brother, and sexually unfulfilled .

Meet Mayor Phineas Tucker, bookstore owner, town-hottie, single dad, and all too willing sexual fantasy fulfill-er !!

The documentary Sophie and her sister are filming is slo
Dec 15, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Welcome to Temptation was SO MUCH FUN! Romance is one of my guilty pleasures to read... Predominantly a thriller fan at heart, I still admittedly LOVE a good romance novel. This one was just great! Totally over the top and corny, but such good escapism!
Sophie and her sister Amy travel to the small town of Temptation to film a movie for a hollywood star Clea, who grew up there. On the way they crash into another car, and that is the beginning of their troubles. There is way too much to go into in
Nicole P
Oct 20, 2007 Nicole P rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really really liked this book. I have two regrets about this book though, #1 it was written by the same author as the last book that I read, Faking It. I bought them at the same time but I should have read them in reverse order. They are not a series persay, but they had several common characters. The timeline of this book was about 2 years prior to the other book. I could still follow both books very well, it just would made more sense had I known.
The second regret was that once I finished t
Dec 28, 2014 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

As in this painting, the temptations of the small Midwestern town conveniently named Temptation were not apparent to me. That's ok; one thing I appreciate about Crusie is how she creates characters who are attractive to and romantic with one another specifically, as individuals, rather than being idealized in generically sexy ways. I was willing to buy that this mayor jerk (despite encumbering bitch mother and precocious daughter) and this rotting, ill-decorated house in this boring, oppressivel
So to begin I have to say that I fell into the same trap as many others did in that I read "Bet Me" first, my first ever Crusie book actually and adored it. I practically sprinted to the library and got every Crusie book they had and schlepped the entire armful out to the car with barely contained glee. Glee I tell you.

My next read was "Agnes and the Hitman" which was cute and occasionally funny but whereas I loved "Bet Me" I only liked "Agnes." Undaunted, though, because "Agnes" is a collaborat
Another great book by this talented author! I am loving the way JC writes: lots of witty one liners, quick comebacks and subtlety. You'd think most books were good on the subtle aspects of things the author wants you to pick up on, but no. JC writes subtlety so well that I NOTICED. And I love that. I loved Bet Me, and I loved this.
I'm a bit of a sucker for small town romance, it's always so sweet and atmospheric. This book was no different. I loved Sophie! She was a little anal at first but real
Aug 09, 2008 Jenger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: someone looking for a guilty pleasure
Shelves: books-i-own
Just from the title you can probably guess this is what I call a "smut novel". Honestly, I would really rate it as a 4.5. It is a true guilty pleasure, at least for me. Embarrassing to say, I've read it three times, each time straight through. I'm not a huge fan of these types of books but Jennifer Crusie did it right with this one. The quirky characters are engaging, the steamy scenes aren't gratuitous, overly graphic, or repetitive, and the storyline isn't just a contrived venue for the author ...more
Sep 20, 2009 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 Stars...

Thanks Tammy! This is the second book you've recommended to me and it was as great as the last!


The chemistry, the suspense, the fun and the not at all what you expected ending is what makes this book a total keeper. But I have to warn'll drag you in before you know it and every chore you had planned to do will be thrown by the wayside...Enjoy!!!
Feb 12, 2012 Meredith rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, contemporary
I'm one of the four people in the world who hate this book. Here's why.

Admittedly, there's a lot to like about this book. The Julie and the Bear story, the dog, the dialogue, some of the time, and some other stuff, I guess, but I get so hung up on the stuff I hate about this book I can't seem to remember any other good stuff.

Let's break down my issues, shall we?

1. Phineas Tucker, for one. Sophie describes him as a townie, but I'd go further and describe him as an a**hole preppie. He is, not to
Mar 23, 2015 Angela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
23 March 2015: $3.99 on Kindle

Review cross-posted from here

I've read this book many times over the years. It's not my favorite by Crusie (that would be Bet Me), but it is one that I come back to frequently.

I've said recently that I don't think "humourous" books are for me, and I still think that's true because I stumble over most of them, but the humour in this one works for me. It's a little bit more subtle and doesn't feel forced (unlike some others I've read).

But it's the dynamics between fa
I was on a reading cruise for Crusie’s books, but after this one, I think I’ll change author for a long time.

The narrative thread of this book is a porn movie. No kidding. I mean, can you go any less romantic than this?
Minus 2 Stars.

The love story between the two protagonist is more a physical story where they say “F-word me” to each other most of the time, which leads to many cheap scenes I could have lived better without. It wasn’t very romantic, maybe more real? Could be, but I don’t think so
Lady Gabriella of Awesomeness
Great story !! Welcome to Temptation Had both,an excellent murder mystery plot line and well constructed characters....Definatly wasn't predictable :) Loved it ! Wish there had been an epilogue after the ending though,felt a bit incomplete.
Jacob Proffitt
Mar 12, 2014 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, steamy
Okay, short review as that seems to be all I'm capable of, lately. This is my first from this author and what a ride! The main characters were simply fantastic and the supporting cast were great as well. Welcome to Temptation has a light, easy style that conveys a story that is really quite complex--which turns out to be a fantastic way to convey a complex character-driven story if you can pull it off. And Crusie pulls it off very well indeed. I loved Sophie and Phin was a great match for her an ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
Everyone loves this book but if I'm going to be honest I have to admit that it was a real struggle for me to finish. If I hadn't been having it read to me via audiobook, I don't think I would have stuck it out.

Until now I've enjoyed all of the Crusie books I've read but this one just didn't resonate with me. It's about a pair of sisters who visit the town of Temptation to shoot a documentary style movie featuring a fading movie star (at least that's what I got out of it). The sisters have alway
Jun 18, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing

I absolutely love this book from beginning to the end. I am so ashamed that I came late to the Jennifer Crusie party, but better late than never.

Always, always in a Jennifer Crusie book is the humor. If you're in a terrible mood, read Crusie and I guarantee you'll laugh out loud at least once! For instance in Welcome To Temptation, as Sophie and Amy Dempsey ride into the town of Temptation, they spot the water tower (and how could you not see THAT!).

"The flesh-colored, bullet-shaped tower thru
Dec 22, 2008 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophie and Amy Dempsey get a job filming a movie in Temptation. As they drive into town they get in a car accident and that starts rumors that the ladies are in town to make a porno. (Obviously Temptation is suffering from Small-town-idis.) The town gets up in arms and goes to the hunky Mayor Phin Tucker to pass an anti-porn law. Of course he has to investigate....

I really like the Jennifer Crusie books and would recommend them to any friend who likes a romance novel.
♡Karlyn P♡
A great re-read, and even better the second time around. :-)
Feb 03, 2012 Saly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
JC books are quirky & have an assortment of characters and this is no less. The heroine & her younger sister come into town to shoot a video with a dubious star, it is a change for them since they always shoot weddings & their welcome is marred by an accident with a stuffy old man & his wife and the heroine who knows small towns & comes from a family of cons knows that things will not be great for them ahead.
The hero is a mayor only because it is a family legacy but is thorou
Jul 26, 2016 Marian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No es de las historias que me gustan, pero está bien, es entretenida y sirve como relax.-
May 14, 2015 Joanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WHAT JUST HAPPENED HERE, this was so much fun! (and just the kind of thing I needed after a day's worth of lugging case files around because clearly a witty romance novel is as exciting as it gets in joannaland.)
Jun 30, 2016 Vane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition


Ya conocía la loca, divertida y magnífica forma de escribir de Jennifer, pero aún así, me lo he pasado genial disfrutando de esta novela.
Los diálogos están llenos de ironía, quiebros y sensualidad 'yankee'.
Los personajes son perfectamente imperfectos: los hay caraduras, locos, bobos, mojigatos con tendencias de pschycokiller, snobs de pacotilla,.... Vamos, lo normal en un pueblecito de Ohio, jajajajajajajaja.
Para aquellos a los que les gustan las comparaciones, Jennifer
3.5 stars. This is the first book I've read by Jennifer Cruise, and it was pretty good. There were a few things I didn't like, though.
First, it didn't start off very strong, and I had a hard time getting into it. Once I got into it I really liked it, but the first few chapters were a struggle for me.
Second, the whole book seemed dated because Sophie kept referring to herself as an Outsider and Phin as a Town Boy. It had the distinct smell of an eighties movie starring Molly Ringwald. That is n
3.5 stars

I have been sitting here for 5 minutes staring at the screen, not sure where to go with this rating. I think that's because I am still confused about what this book actually was.

I started reading expecting a contemporary romance. I think what I ended up with was something closer to chick-lit. To hedge my bets I have shelved it under both.

Wedding videographers Sophie Dempsey and her sister Amy arrive in small-town Temptation, Ohio, to shoot an audition tape for their brother's ex.

Jul 04, 2013 Cally rated it really liked it
Shelves: escapist-rubbish
This was one of the first contemporary romances I ever read, and new to this genre, failed to appreciate as I should have. Firstly, because I had no scale to gauge romances and secondly because I was (and admittedly still am) somewhat prejudiced against the genre. For the most part I think my old reservations against most books of the genre still stand: they are sexist, conservative and often promote unfeminist values in the guise of liberating female sexuality. I mean you just have to read book ...more
Jul 18, 2010 Shxrxn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anytime anybody in a movie says, ‘What could go wrong?’ something goes wrong.
- Sophie
My mama warned me about guys like you.
- Sophie
Welcome to Temptation.
- Phin
One night. I, of course, thought it was going to be forever.
- Clea
My first lesson was not to believe anything a guy tells you when he wants it.
- Clea
You’re never really over it. You just learn to live with it.
- Clea
Don’t you wish you knew then what you know now? Don’t you wish you could go back and fix it?
- Sophie
And for whatever I did in
May 19, 2010 Crista rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star, contemporary
I realize that this book is very popular and well received by a great many. That however, is not enough to make me recommend this book. I am not critical by nature, (see my other reviews), but I do like to "call a spade a spade"!

This is a story about the town of Temptation, it's citizens, and a family who comes to film a "movie". Phin is the mayor and Sophie is the traveling film maker.

This book contains crass humor, foul language, and very little romance. For me this makes for a very disappoi
Aug 30, 2009 Nisha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I absolutely loved this book. I can't even adequately explain why. I loved the entire Dempsey family. Davy especially, who gets his own story later.
Like the other books I've read by JC, there were slightly imbalanced villains who try but fail to sabotage the H/H relationship. This time, it was actually kind of acceptable. The small town drama with its politics was endearing and the comedy was definitely well executed. Sophie and Phin's interactions were witty and hot. The pool game and their fi
Lady Heather

This is the only the second book I've read by Jennifer Crusie, and I gotta tell ya.. so far she's SOLD my on her story-telling and writing!

Her Characters are colorful and interesting, and the situations they find themselves in are funny and almost surreal, but surprisingly believable (that's how good the writing is).

Just finished the book, gotta get my review sorted out in my head.

Review to come :)
Colleen Cowley
Apr 29, 2014 Colleen Cowley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I suppose you could say this book is about a woman who comes to the small town of Temptation to shoot a short film and ends up falling for the mayor, but that would be like describing Disney World as a place where you can get stuffed animals. Welcome to Temptation is equal parts comedy, mystery and family drama, which is how I like romance -- sharing space with lots of other things.

I listened to the audiobook version, narrated fantastically by Aasne Vigesaa. She did justice to the book's comic
Mar 14, 2016 Gea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Primo libro letto di questa autrice,e devo dire che ne è valsa la pena.Libro scorrevole, divertente, sensuale,personaggi ben caratterizzati e dialoghi frizzanti e mai banali o prevedibili.Questo libro ha tutto,persino un pizzico di giallo.Un libro che tiene incollati alle pagine dall'inizio alla fine!
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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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“You want sensitive and understanding, stick with the therapist.You want great,
headbanging sex, get off the fucking phone and come with me.”
“That's a movie quote, right? You know, if you do that with books, people think you're intelligent."
Sophie lowered her chin. "If this is your pathetic attempt to seduce me again, you're falling miserably."
"I don't seduce woman." Phin shoved back his chair and stood up. "They fall into my open arms."
"Clumsy of them.”
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