Welcome to Temptation
That's some good marketing there.
So, I've heard about Jennifer Crusie forever, but never read any of her books. Now, I wonder why. The sarcasm is strong in this one. I approve.
This is the hero, Phin, talking to the heroine, Sophie:
"...he's just protective," Sophie said. "He thinks all guys are only after one thing."
"He's right," Ph ...more
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 ...more
5 Stars!! My kind of crazy!
Welcome to Temptation, home of the flesh colored,
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 i ...more
The second regret was that once I finished t ...more
I was away on a yacht for my holiday break (thanks to some very kind friends). My friends/family were reading Agatha Christie & Georgette Heyer
Far better choices.
Let me explain. I have read & enjoyed some of Crusie's romances in the past when she was a fresh, funny, new voice in romance. I may still find some of her work amusing. But this one (which has won a lot of awards) hasn't aged well.
Our Hero has unusual definitions of what constitutes sex and consent when the woman is drunk. In fact ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 you...it'll drag you in before you know it and every chore you had planned to do will be thrown by the wayside...Enjoy!!!
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 ...more
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 dyna ...more
The hero comes from a family of ...more
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 ...more
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 no ...more
Phin the Bear meets Sophie the pornographer. Their love is a reluctant one... I loved his lackadaisical attitude and her vulnerability hidden under thorns. Excellent supporting characters. A mystery. Everything for which I could ask.
Jennifer Crusie is finding a place in my heart.
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 ...more
This is my 1st book by Jennifer Crusie, and even though I’m giving this book a 3, I’m going to try her again. I checked this book out from my library as part of a co ...more
As for the story, it was enjoyable; however, I wouldn't say it's going to be particularly memorable. The author set this up to be a series, but I don't think I'm invested in any of the characters enough to continue with it. (But I've been proven wrong before!) ...more
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 ...more
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 :) ...more
The first time I read it I thought it was great and laughed a lot. I reread the paperback in 2015 and found it to be more average the second time through. The middle felt slow, but the ending was great. In 2017 I listened to the audiobook. The middle wasn’t as slow when listening to the audiobook.
Aasne Vigesaa (AV) was not good. It was hard for me to get into the story. I had to keep remi ...more
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 ...more
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January 2018 review:
When Crusie goes bent— and by that I mean, when Crusie writes the Dempseys— it’s my new favorite thing. I would not be surprised if by this time next year it’s on my “always reading” shelf beside Split Images and Tishomingo and Lou Berney. The overlap of crime fic and oddball locales and the unconventional love story is my thing.
I really like the Jennifer Crusie books and would recommend them to any friend who likes a romance novel.
Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.
Other books in the series
headbanging sex, get off the fucking phone and come with me.”
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.”