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Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
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Nov 20, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: favorites, contemporary, good-time-laughs, series, sexy-banter, small-town, super-steamy

Jennifer Crusie is my Babe Ruth. And Welcome to Temptation and its follow up Faking It are her coup de grace to the genre. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that she kills it.

This book isn't melodramatic. That isn't the sort of love story this is. This is sexy mayhem in a small town that's just a little too right. We're not gutting into these people's souls although we may kick around their psyche a bit. And these characters are as real as it gets. But better. You've got the Dempsey sisters, Sophie and Amy, who come from a long line of con artists, trying to play straight with making this video for their brother Davy's ex-girlfriend, Clea, who once left him high and dry for a pretty face with more money. They're hired to make Clea an audition tape about returning home to Temptation, Ohio and running into her high school love, Frank. The video may or may not be porn, and may or may not star Frank's son instead. The whole town is trying to sneak a peek at what they're filming, the water tower looks like a phallic symbol and won't someone just paint it white instead of that flesh tone, city council meetings are turning into a circus over a no-porn ordinance and whether or not to get the damn vintage gas lights, Phin just wants to play pool, and Sophie can't stop quoting movies and just wants to write a dirty scene in this kitchen wallpapered with mutant cherries that may or may not be apples. Then the dead body shows up in a shower curtain.

NO ONE does this stuff better than Crusie. No one can pull off this sort of hot, sexy romance, screwball comedy with the impeccably strong characterizations she does. This is the sort of book you read over and over again. It's the one that when you pick up you have to give in and accept you're going to be up until four in the morning because I dare you to try and leave Temptation before you have to.

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Quotes Alex Liked

Jennifer Crusie
“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.”
Jennifer Crusie, Welcome to Temptation


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