©2006 Jennifer Crusie; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"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)
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.
Absolutely, I would recommend this book. Campy good fun with entertaining and dynamic characters.
Wish I knew....... I'd go read them.
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.
I immediately went and found the sequel, FAKING IT, and loved the crap out of that one, too.
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.
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...
I couldn't listen to this book because of the narrator.
I love Jennifer Cruise other books.
This is a cute, funny romance novel. If you just need to de-stress from a busy day and wants some laughs all wrapped up in a romance story, this should do the trick.
The narration was fine but a little fast. She should slow it down just a bit.
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.
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.
It might be a cute story to read, but not to listen to.
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.
I ignore genre labels. Some of my favorite books are outside my genre comfort zone. Listening to audiobooks is still reading. Not theater.
... 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.
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