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Tempting Fate

3.6  ·  Rating details ·  12,474 Ratings  ·  1,454 Reviews
From Jane Green, the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as Jemima J, The Beach House, Another Piece of My Heart, comes an enthralling and emotional story about how much we really understand the temptations that can threaten even the most idyllic of relationships….

Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged da
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Jacki (Julia Flyte)
Gabby is 43 and loves her husband Elliott dearly. He is her soulmate, even though he refused to have the third child that she badly wanted. They never fight. Oh, except about the absence of the third child. And he never annoys her except when he works long hours. Or when he snores. And they hardly ever have sex, except sometimes when they have sex twice a day. Even then, she doesn't make much of an effort, except sometimes when she does. So after 20 years together, maybe things have lost a littl ...more
Barbara Elsborg
Oct 10, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I've liked others of Ms Green's book but this one didn't do anything for me. I felt uncomfortable throughout and I suspect it was the subject matter. I don't have a problem reading about cheating but Gabby was such a self-centred shallow bitch, I couldn't bring myself to care less about her. The ending was trite and a different ending could have easily saved it for me. I'm tired of reading about women who long to be just that bit thinner, prettier, loved a bit more etc etc. Ms Green gave her a j ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Sometimes I'm just in the mood for some good old chick-lit and no one does this genre better than Jane Green. Although the feature characters are often times flighty, superficial, and sometimes annoying there is something that keeps me coming back to revel in their lives. Tempting Fate is that type of novel for me. A story that is instantly engaging, so much so that I was shouting at my Kindle and falling in and out of love with Gabby all in the same breath.

Gabby lives a relatively good life wit
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
This book is a great cautionary tale for married women of all adult ages but particularly for mid-life women. When you're 23 or 33, it's tough to imagine being 43 or 53, so I'm not sure that I would have enjoyed reading this at an earlier stage in my life.

Gaby is 43, happily married and the mother of two teenage daughters. Her life seems perfect but she struggles with the doubts and insecurities that seem to crop up in middle age. Unfortunately, she allows herself to fall for a man who isn't he
May 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
After eighteen years of marriage and two children, 43 year old Gabby is feeling and looking her age. Yet she scoffs at the efforts of her married friends who dress up in their tight pants, cleavage-showing tops, and strappy shoes. She knows they are just flirting to get an emotional high, but it seems so off-balance. Still, she takes a little more care with her appearance for her first night out with the girls. As the night progresses and she watches her friends harmlessly flirting, the unthinka ...more
Apr 19, 2014 rated it did not like it
Have been a loyal JG reader over the years, this ridiculous fairy tale definitely disappointed. As a "happily married" 43 year-old (middle aged) woman much like the protagonist, I thought I could relate and was intrigued initially with this read. However, under no scenario could I envision the happy ending afforded the characters except in a world of pure fiction and ridiculousness. Nor could I envision flabby Gabby attracting some young, gorgeous, billionaire in some cougar-bar. Seriously?!?! ( ...more
Sep 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read quite a lot of Jane Green's novels over the years, and am especially fond of 'Bookends' which was published way back in 2000. I haven't read any of her more recent novels, I felt that maybe I'd grown out of stories that featured twenty-something single girls, looking for love. I was pleasantly surprised when I started to read Tempting Fate. Jane Green's characters have matured too, along with her writing style and her plots. Tempting Fate is the story of Gabby, a woman in her forties, ...more
I love infidelity. Okay, I should qualify that: I love infidelity in movies and books. It's perfect for the big three - drama, tension, conflict. I had low expectations when I picked this up, and was dismayed by the lazy writing (in the first few pages everything was bouncy or bouncing - hair, shoes, etc. WTH..??) but then Gabby met Matt, and I was engrossed. Hot, flirty Matt, a Gosling of my imagination.

5 stars! Hooray! But it was all over so fast - Matt and his ensuing drama and excitement was
Rea Cobb
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I always look forward to a new Jane Green book and she is back in true form with Tempting Fate which is a fantastic read and really doesn’t disappoint.

Gabby loves her husband Elliott even after all these years but when her head is turned by another man she feels as though she is missing out on something and could that something be passion, or the way that a younger man makes her feel sexy and youthful and exciting? In one night Gabby’s safe and loving world comes crashing down around her because
May 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
The writing in this book was adequate, but I have to say I just couldn't relate to the main character who was a bored housewife married to what appeared to be a wonderful doctor who totally supported her. She has a brief affair with a hot younger man and gets pregnant (every heard of birth control?). Prior to the affair she informs us of how she yearns for another child (she has two daughters) because she loves babies so much but her selfish, selfish husband has a vasectomy. Everything comes out ...more
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been a fan of Jane Green for more years than I can remember. She's always wrote great chick lit novels, but these days they have a bit more of an edge to them.

Tempting Fate revolves around Gabby, a 40 something English housewife living in the U.S. Married to an American Man, Elliott for over 20 years with two daughters, one about to hit her teenage years and the other almost at adult age, Gabby sees her life is a bit dull and she can feel herself getting older. Restless and tired of her rou
This one was hard to read as you could see what was going to happen and you want to prevent it.
Very few people actually enter a potential affair situation intending to destroy their marriage or cause harm to it. They can start out without that intention and they just want attention or are looking for something that's missing and one thing leads to another. It happens to many people, more people than admit.
Gabby had no complaints about her marriage. She loves her husband but she does resent his
May 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Worst book I have read in a really long time. First of all, every character in this book was unlikable, especially the main character, who ends up cheating on her perfect doctor husband with a rich guy 10 years her Junior. Her daughters all come off as spoiled. Her husband whom she cheated on who you would think you'd feel empathy for, you don't as he makes terrible decisions. Lastly, the ending of the book is completely unrealistic with everything working out perfectly and tied with a neat ribb ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
Dec 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Without condoning affairs by either sex, I do find it amusing how differently women are judged when they commit adultery. Women become this selfish, whorish woman who deserves a public stoning while men... well many just expect it of them, and often excuse it as their nature. And of course a woman will pay for it, as she does many joys, the rest of her life, with her spouse (if he stays and her children), mutual friends will drop too, usually into the husband's corner.
I can see where some review
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! Review to follow..
Margaret Dilloway
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My friend won a Jane Green House Party, which included another Jane Green title, and one ARC of this, which I happened to win.

I picked it up while I was waiting for my husband to finish his shower, expecting to read just a few pages. Instead, the engrossing story and entertaining writing drew me in. Gabby, the main character, is a 43 year old happily married woman who gets hit on by a really hot, funny, smart, rich young man. I mean, if you're considering cheating on your husband, it would have
No rating DNF
I just couldn't get past the lying and cheating. I knew going into this book that it was going to be a hard one for me, but a friend really enjoyed this book so I agreed to start it. I realized pretty early on it wasn't going to work for me, but I forged on making a real effort to give this a go. In the end, reading is for enjoyment and this was so not enjoyable, I called uncle and moved on.
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading Jane Green's books since my early twenties and have 'grown up' apace with her and her characters it sometimes seems. After her move to America, Green's books took on a different style which eventually began to wear on me;though I continued to read them all there was something missing for me in some of them. I am very glad to say that her latest novel Tempting Fate has picked up the pace and was certainly more than tempting - it was fulfilling and like greeting an old friend, ...more
Laura Bambrey
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most anticipated books of thisautumn, Jane Green’s Tempting Fate is released tomorrow. As regular readers of ChickLitLove will know, I’m not a long-standing fan of Green like many, having only discovered her earlier this year on the release of The Accidental Husband (review here). When my copy of Tempting Fate arrived in the post courtesy of the lovely people at Penguin, I raised an eyebrow- either this was going to live up to my rather fantastic experience earlier in the year, or I w ...more
Hannah Fielding
Aug 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was delighted to receive an advanced proof of this book from the publisher, having read and enjoyed bestselling women’s fiction author Jane Green before. I found this to be an intelligent, thought-provoking, true-to-life book. Amid Gabby’s story, there’s a lot of commentary about adultery and divorce and what it means to be a wife, a mother, and a woman of a certain age.

It’s a book that depicts an emotional journey – don’t expect a packed, twisting plot with lots of action, but instead plenty
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Jane Green has established herself as a best selling author of womens fiction, publishing more than a dozen novels in the last fifteen years or so. Her latest release, Tempting Fate, is the story of Gaby Cartwright, a housewife and mother approaching middle age when a mild flirtation over a drink with someone who is not her husband spirals into an obsession which blows her world apart.

Exploring themes such as marriage, motherhood, betrayal and adultery, Tempting Fate is a well crafted story. I f
Gabby has been married to her husband for twenty years. Their marriage is committed, comfortable, and loving. She's in her forties and is unfortunately feeling her age, and not in a good way. After a chance meeting with a thirty-something man, she feels attractive and desirable. Who wouldn't want that feeling to continue? Tempting Fate presents an all too real example of the consequences of a seemingly innocent flirtation. I loved that this book does not romanticize unfaithfulness, even when it' ...more
Mary Ellen
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Tempting Fate is not one of my favorite books by Jane Green. I was drawn into the story, which moved along quickly, and wanted to know how it would end, but I really could not relate to the main story line. Gabby is willing to risk her happy marriage to a man she supposedly loves, as well as her relationship with her two teenage daughters, in order to feel attractive in the eyes of a good looking younger man. Gabby was extremely self centered and unlikable in the first 130 pages of the book, yet ...more
Ugh...having unprotected sex in this day and age, especially when she is cheating on her husband is just so bad that there is no redemption for the character!
Emily Liebert
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Perfection! Jane Green never disappoints. Her characters are so authentic that you feel like you're living their experiences with them, as if they are your best friends. I can't wait for her next!!
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jane Green is massive in the Chick Lit world, but she isn’t someone who I think is a must read. I attempted to read Jemima J many moons ago, but I didn’t like it at all. I don’t know why, but from then I steered clear of Jane’s books. I did try another of her novels, Second Chance, but again it didn’t blow me away. However it seems that her more recent novels have seen her go in a more mature direction, with marriages the main focus, getting into the minutaie of what it is to be married, and whe ...more
Mar 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book, it made me mad. How could a woman, who says she is in love with her husband, says she has a wonderful marriage, wonderful daughters, wonderful life could get obsessed with a younger man and ruin her marriage. Yes, Elliott had a vasectomy when Gabby wanted one more child. But that is what a marriage is, it's compromise. You can't force another child on a spouse. So here is Gabby, messing up a good thing and what happens when you cheat on your spouse. This i ...more
 Northern Light
I have never read any of Jane Green's books before and received this book to review.
It reads as a very cliched and formulated book and it's very clear from the very beginning what is going to happen next and indeed the end is clear from a long way off. just not my type of book at all!
The main character Gabby is a middle-aged woman and annoyed with her husband goes out with friends for the evening where she is chatted to by Matt a younger man.
I disliked her and felt nothing in common with her and
Jun 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Bree T
Sep 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gabby is 43, happily married to Elliott for almost the past 20 years. She’s never doubted her love for him, although she is upset that he denied her one thing that she wanted so badly, denied her it without consulting her. Their two daughters are growing up, needing Gabby less and less and she finds herself at a bit of a loss, unsure of who she really is anymore.

Then she meets Matt. 10 years younger than she is, Matt gives her the appreciation and admiration that at times she feels is lacking fr
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Jane Green's eighteenth novel, Falling, is soon to be released with Berkley/Penguin; she is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, and known as one of the world's leading authors in women's fiction, with over ten million books in print, and translations in over 25 languages.

Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate.

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