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Welcome to Temptation (Dempseys #1)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  24,532 ratings  ·  825 reviews
Turn Left at Small Town Secrets

Sophie Dempsey is content living a quiet life filming wedding videos until an assignment brings her to Temptation, Ohio. From the moment she drives into town, she gets a bad feeling; Sophie is from the wrong side of the tracks and everything in Temptation is a little too right. And when she has a run-in with the town's unnervingly sexy mayor,
Kindle Edition, 447 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published May 15th 1996)
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Nicole P
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

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
Aug 09, 2008 Jenger rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Barbara M.
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!!!
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
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
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
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
Jacob Proffitt
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

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
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.
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
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.)
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.

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
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
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
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
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
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
Kate McMurry
Hilarious and sexy ensemble comedy!

Thirty-two-year-old Sophie Dempsey and her younger sister Amy have been running a wedding-video company in Cincinnati for seven years. Their staid existence is boring Amy to tears, but is just what Sophie wants. She has a strong need to make up for the fact that her family is less than respectable. Her father and brother are both con artists, and Amy has more than a touch of that habit inside her that Sophie has worked hard to wean her from.

Sophie and Amy get a
As I've come to expect, Crusie turns out another romance that may not be great literature, but is a near perfect example of the genre.

Sophie and Phin are a great pairing, with both chemistry and a lot of humor. The supporting cast is entertaining, even if some of the Crusie archetypes show up yet again. (The lead man does not have an older brother this time, but as always, his mother's an ice queen.) We've got another plot moppet in the form of Phin's daughter, but she's cute enough and not over
Anzu The Great Destroyer
This is the first book I’ve read from Jennifer Crusie’s collection. I have to say that in many ways her writing style resembles the one of Susan Elizabeth Phillips so it made me like her even more. I’m surely going to check out the next Dempseys book in the series and maybe some other stuff that she worked on.

Now what I liked about the book is the laid-back feeling the whole story has. I needed something relaxing and funny to kind of calm me down and make me forget all the problems revolving aro
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
"Nothing but good times ahead"...

As always Ms. Crusie can be counted on to supply the reader with lots of romances to root for, witty one-liners, sizzling sex scenes (though they may not be lurid enough for romance readers who want the play-by-play), and an unusual cast of characters. This time around there's the nutty council of a dysfunctional town, washed-up thespians, a depressed porn king, and a seriously-dead corpse who knows the meaning of the phrase "overkill'. And, as always, there's t
Shannon Stacey
In the past, I'd tried to read this book at least four or five times, but I never got far before I'd put it down and not pick it back up. A perennial DNF. But every time somebody asked for romance recommendations, WTT would top the list, especially if the person was asking for books to recommend to somebody new to the genre.

I don't expect to love every book everybody else seems to, just like I've loved books others haven't. But so many people I know personally and who share similar reading taste
Moira Fogarty
Jan 15, 2014 Moira Fogarty rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, really.
Shelves: comedy, romance
Oh, Jennifer Crusie. You do what you do so well. When I'm not reading about your characters, I'm wondering what's going on with them, that's how real they feel to me. When you write dialogue, I can hear it being spoken. When you set up obstacles between your lovers, playing on traditional stereotypes, it still seems like reasonably real and possible problems between humans not just crap you made up. This book wasn't perfect, of course. But it had steamy sex scenes with pauses for a breath of rea ...more
Just - The romance reader
Add this to my list of favorite Jennifer Crusie books. I haven't read one of her books yet I didn't thoroughly enjoy, but I was really able to sink my teeth into Welcome to Temptation. The characters were fabulous! Sophie Dempsey was just so likable. In a family of con artists she is the rock holding everyone together, pulling her siblings out of their messes and always trying to do the right thing. Yet, somehow, trouble still seems to find her. And Phineus Tucker, Mr. Mayor. Yum! The man sounds ...more
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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.

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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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