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Welcome to Temptation | [Jennifer Crusie]

Welcome to Temptation

Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.
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Publisher's Summary

Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation as Sophie and Phin fall deeper and deeper in trouble, and in love.

©2006 Jennifer Crusie; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A romantic comedy that adds luster to the genre, this effervescent tale will please readers who can relate to Sophie's undaunted exploration of all her desires." (Publishers Weekly)
"Funny, sexy, and wise - it's time to welcome Crusie into the pantheon of top-flight romance writers." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Sharon Hood River, OR, United States 12-11-11
    Sharon Hood River, OR, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2008
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    "The "heat" made me "shudder""

    I listened to Crusie's book "Faking It" with the same narrator and some of the same characters and absolutely loved it! So this one has been a rather rude shock. I'm definitely no prude, but at slightly more than halfway through, the overly frequent and interminable descriptions of the sex scenes between Sophie and the mayor are not only NOT a turn-on, they have finally forced me to fast forward through them in irritation. I don't know the actual word count of this book, but at least half of them are variations of "shiver", shudder", and "heat". Especially "heat". Sometimes it appears more than once in the same sentence. I finally concluded that either Jennifer was having a private joke at my expense, or had to meet a deadline by padding out a short story. Save the credit on this one.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 01-10-14
    Lulu KANSAS CITY, MO, United States 01-10-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Snappy Dialog and Disreputable Characters"

    ... my favorite combination.

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Sometimes you just need a book that you don't have to take seriously. And there is no way to take this book seriously.

    I love the Dempsy family. They are about as disreputable as it gets. And Temptation, as towns go, is pretty dysfunctional. When you add quick-witted dialog and a great narrator, it makes a very entertaining book.

    I loved the chemistry between the two main characters as well as all the crazies orbiting around them.

    Cruise can be inconsistent. Never bad, but not always good. She out does herself in this and especially in the sequel - Faking It. I wish she wrote more books about the Dempsy family. They are her best characters by far.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larra United States 05-07-13
    Larra United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Oooooooo!!! Yea!!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, I would recommend this book. Campy good fun with entertaining and dynamic characters.


    What other book might you compare Welcome to Temptation to and why?

    Wish I knew....... I'd go read them.


    What about Aasne Vigesaa’s performance did you like?

    The only thing I found disappointing at all is that she hasn't narrated MORE books. It's hard to adjust to a different reader when trying to listen to another Crusie book, because Vigesaa really seemed to capture the comic tone and created the perfect little nuances of the different characters. She pulled off all of male characters without making them sound like a bunch of sappy dopes.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I immediately went and found the sequel, FAKING IT, and loved the crap out of that one, too.


    Any additional comments?

    I started Crusie with these two books. I'll be crushed if it's all downhill from here. I've hated that these books are now a "known" to me, and won't be a fabulous new discovery until the dementia really sets in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tina TN, USA 02-15-13
    Tina TN, USA 02-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Truly Enjoyable Listen"

    I have found that this book to be such a relaxing listen. The storyline is cute and the narrator is great. I find I smile a lot while listening to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 02-23-11
    Dianne Dallas, TX, United States 02-23-11 Member Since 2009

    dianne

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    "Average"

    I find the family of con artists in this series to be rather boring. Jennifer Crusie seems to repeat herself a lot in these books as well. If it hadn't been on sale, I would have been even more disappointed...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Camille Bristol, RI, United States 02-04-13
    Camille Bristol, RI, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator was Awful...."
    What would have made Welcome to Temptation better?

    I couldn't listen to this book because of the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Jennifer Cruise other books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Linville, NC, United States 07-11-14
    Catherine Linville, NC, United States 07-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "I liked the love story, the plot was mediocre"

    The rhythm was slightly off. The whole package is not quite tight. But all in all it is worth the time to listen.

    I really liked Phin, and I came to care about Sophie. I thought the setups for some of the sexual interludes were less than believable, but believability is not a priority with Crusie's stories.

    The book was fun. Not her best, not her worst.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    katherine 05-02-14
    katherine 05-02-14 Member Since 2009
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    "No temptation"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Unsure


    What didn’t you like about Aasne Vigesaa’s performance?

    The first 30 minutes of the book were comprised of one unending sentence. No audible punctuation, no pausing and read very fast. There was no discernible differences between characterizations, making the dialogue very difficult to follow. It was exhausting.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It might be a cute story to read, but not to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Chapel Hill, NC, USA 01-31-14
    Jennifer Chapel Hill, NC, USA 01-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Don't waste your time"

    Vapid characters, vapid storytelling, and lackluster narrating. Crusie certainly appears to have a following, but after this book, I'm not inclined to read her again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bethieboop Hollis Center, ME 12-23-13
    bethieboop Hollis Center, ME 12-23-13 Member Since 2013

    "A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” --C.S. Lewis

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    "Temptation is fun"
    Where does Welcome to Temptation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Oh, it's about the same as most of the others.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Welcome to Temptation?

    I just crack up every time I think of the different paint jobs on the water tower.


    Any additional comments?

    Welcome To Temptation is one of my favorite Jennifer Crusie books, so when I was between novels and wanted to listen to something fun and easy I picked it up--I have been enjoying listening to the Audible versions of all of her novels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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