©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)
Story line was weak. Felt no connection to any of the characters.
No problem with the narrator, it was the story.
The only redeeming quality was I only paid $6.95.
Don"t waste your time>
This hilarious, romantic book is a classic Jennifer Crusie story. It is fun to watch the relationship unfold between our heroine, Sophie Dempsey, the girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and the mayor, Phin Tucker, who may or may not be like all of the mean "town boys" that she has known in her life. I got drawn in with the great dialog and was really rooting for these two to make it! Fun, easy book to listen to -- great narration, great plot.
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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.
hmmmmmmmmmmm, funny, well written and far less insulting to my intelligence than any other romance book I have read previous to this one.
The sheriff who begins as a back ground character and develops slowly but is so likeable. Harry Conick Jr. would play him to a T and even has the right accent.
The town hall meeting at the end.
Temptation is not just the name of the town.
I have struggled to want to read romance as a friend of mine (yet unpublished) rights it and several friends read it voraciously. This book did not insult my intelligence by giving me so many details about the obvious I felt them shoved down my throat. I loved the strong independent and family oriented characters and really look forward to reading another book by Jennifer Cruisie. My friend is reading You Bet or something like that and is loving it.
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 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.
I found this book through read suggestions and enjoyed it. It wasn't terribly deep, and was a quick 'read' (or listen in this case). If you want a quick book that you can get into, but doesn't require a lot of attention this is one :)
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