I believe there are 3 elements to a great romance audible book: good narration, believable plot, flawed characters and great dialogue!
I am not a big fan of Jennifer Crusie, however I liked this book. I enjoyed the relationship between Phin and Sophie. The narration was good. That pretty much sums it up!
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What I Loved: Sophie/Amy/Davey! Anytime two or more of the siblings were together it was fun, heart-warming, and always a surprise. I laughed, got sad, and got my heart strings pulled at many times. I also loved the character of Rachel and her quest to get out of Temptation. She reminded me a lot of most of the small town gals I know---they want out and don't want to look back. Her journey and quest to get out of town was surprising and fun. I adored all the Princess Bride and other movie references.
What I Liked: The town of Temptation was full of interesting characters. I think they covered the gambit of personalities and made for some very funny moments. The overall story was well paced, well written, and very funny.
Complaints: I just never warmed to Phin. For a leading man he was a little to arrogant for me right up until the end. I did enjoy the Amy/Wes story and almost wish they were the main couple in this book.
Audio Review: The pacing was fantastic but the narration was a little too twangy for me. Overall though I did enjoy the reading of the book.
Why I gave it a 3.5: Overall this was an enjoyable book but since I never warmed up to Phin it just didn't fill my "love story" quotient for a chic-lit romance novel.
Who I would recommend it too: Chic-lit and Contemporary Romance readers. Please go check out the reviews on Goodreads--the book got a lot of 5's.
Sophie Dempsey and her sister Abby take a break from their wedding photography business to take a job in small town Temptation OH. Even with a family legacy of con artists Sophie finds her skills challenged by the cover ups and intrigue of small town politics, a dead body and falling in love with the major. One of my favorite characters is the major's precocious 9 yr old daughter Dilly who is a master a manipulation and manages to trap Sophie into loving her.
This audiobook is so funny my cheeks got tired from grinning continuously for 10 hours. For optimum fun follow this book immediately with "Faking It" that follows their brother Davy and several other common characters.
I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend. I loved everything about it. The story was fast-paced and interesting. The characters were engaging. The romance wasn't terribly mushy; it was sexy, and fun, and hilarious. I loved it
I loved the group interactions. The dialogue was really funny, and the narrator delivered the lines perfectly.
My favorite scene was at the end when Sophie and Phin's mother confronted the
“They’ll see and they’ll know and they’ll say,’Why she wouldn’t even hurt a fly.’” “We all go a little mad sometimes.” (Psycho)
If you haven't read this book already and you enjoy romantic comedy in any format, then this book is definitely for you. This was the first book that I listened to by Jennifer Crusie and I became an instant fan. I've since listened to all of her books several times over (including this one) and there even better the second time around. This is not a waste of money and you'll listen to it again and again.
This may be a better book to read as a hard copy. There were so many characters I couldn't keep track of whole the story line or who the good guys and bad guys were. The story is very thin.
This is one of my all time favorite books. I can listen to it again and again. My all time favorite reader too...
This book was sooo good. I really enjoyed it. The narrater great. I hope there is a follow one book to this.
I just finish listen to Welcome to Temptation. I was a little hesitant to get the book when I saw the reviews about the narrator. The1st hours was a little difficult to listen to, Aasne Vigesaa seem to be in fast forward especially in the none speaking part ??? but after that she calmed down. This is my 2nd Jennifer Cruise books and I thoroughly enjoyed this book as much as Maybe This Time. I enjoyed the connection between Sophie and Phin ??? you knew right from the beginning they would stay together.
This is my first listen for this Author. I felt the story was great, and I loved the wit. I would have given it 5 stars except I felt the author could have been a bit smoother in the conversational transition. It was a bit elementary in that after each statement she would put "Phin said" for example. Other than that tiny annoyance it was a fun story, unique and well read. I will purchase books from this author again.
The narration of this book was awful. I couldn't stand to listen to it. I tend to listen to 3 to 4 books a month and have not had this problem but once. As for the book, I like the author so I might buy a paperback.