I absolutely love this book! To be more specific, think of it like this: Have you ever read a book where you ended up so emotionally invested to...more4.5/5
I absolutely love this book! To be more specific, think of it like this: Have you ever read a book where you ended up so emotionally invested to the point where you're not sure you can read another book by the author? Particularly because you want to semi-wallow in that fantasy world she or he created in a finite amount of bound pages. If you get it, that's how I feel about this book and Jennifer Crusie.
All of the characters were real, some more endearing than others, but nevertheless, I was happy to have visited Temptation for such a short stint.
(In my own little crazy world, Phineas T. Tucker is an excellent character. He's not exactly Prince Charming, he's slightly crazy/condescending, and he's pretty much consistent in being a (less than complete) jerk. He's refreshing to say the least, and as a leading man, I couldn't help but love his honesty.)
All in all, this book was a really good read to occupy my mind numbingly long break. There's a good measure of drama, some sweet moments about love and family, and just enough mystery and absurdity to make for laugh out loud moments. If you can deal with a few crude words here and there and interesting/entertaining sex scenes, don't hesitate to read this book.
Honestly, I loved this book! Never has a book made me laugh so much, and at the end of the day, it was a pretty good, light read. I must say though, t...moreHonestly, I loved this book! Never has a book made me laugh so much, and at the end of the day, it was a pretty good, light read. I must say though, the story line is a bit predictable, even if there are a few minor hitches between characters which made it a bit hard to read with anticipation. I did like the main character, but I found her constant lying (call it keeping secrets if you'd like)to become a bit annoying and made me want to scream the words "Oh,just be honest for goodness sakes!" at the top of my lungs. All in all, really good book for a quick bit of laughter and light-hearted romance.(less)
**spoiler alert** This is my third Crusie novel, and to say I had high hopes would be an understatement. After reading Welcome to Temptation, I knew I...more**spoiler alert** This is my third Crusie novel, and to say I had high hopes would be an understatement. After reading Welcome to Temptation, I knew I needed more of this author in my life, so I quickly ran to my nearest book store and picked up Bet Me and Charlie All Night. Sadly, this book is my least favorite.
Allie, the ambitious radio producer, meets newcomer Charlie in a bar after being demoted by her ex-boyfriend. From here, a series of strange and funny incidents occur.
The plot was predictable and I can't believe I'm saying this, but the whole falling in love after a few weeks scenario is annoying. I think what really annoyed me about it is the way her female characters handle their emotions. Sophie seemed to be the only one who was forthright enough to just spit it out, but with Min and Allie, I feel like they were so stuck on being strong that they couldn't just let go.
I found Allie to be quite annoying and a bit too driven, so much so that I couldn't really sympathize with her. She seemed to be a bit irrational and a little too organized. I found it hard to believe that she would let her best friend invite a stranger to stay with them for six weeks, but what annoyed me most was the fact that she couldn't seem to take no for an answer. All of the characters seemed relatable enough, but they were simply on the outskirts.
I desperately wanted to like this book, but I couldn't due to the predictable story-line presented by Ms. Crusie. (less)
I lied, this book shouldn't be on my "read" shelf as I didn't even finish it. I got about half way through the book before I decided I could no longer...moreI lied, this book shouldn't be on my "read" shelf as I didn't even finish it. I got about half way through the book before I decided I could no longer hold out for some sort of entertainment and closed the book for good. This was my second attempt at reading it, and I quickly remembered why I'd initially stopped reading this book.(less)