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Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie
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Welcome to Temptation (2000)

by Jennifer Crusie

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Series: Dempsey (1)

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So it took me ages to find this edition! Finally.

I wanted to review this book, but I couldn't quite remember what it was called. ... which doesn't bode well for my review, because I couldn't even remember the name, but anyway!

I read this book in high school and I did enjoy it. It was really light and fluffy. The female character was a little bit flat for me. It was quite funny, and readable - I read it all the way through, even though I didn't completely love it, or even like it. The book seemed to be missing something, though, and I couldn't put my finger on it, and I can't put my finger on it now. And from memory, the sex scenes were a bit of a non-event? The plot was non-threatening, in a way that when you read, you know whatever goes wrong, it'll be okay, so you don't have to worry.

Which is good, because you can relax while you read it, but unfortunate, because it means I don't get attached to the characters.

This book was enough to distract me from school, but forgettable enough that I had trouble remembering the name.

2.5 stars from me. c: ( )
  lydia1879 | Aug 31, 2016 |
Yes, I am addicted to Crusie's books.
See publisher's blurb for clues to the plot, but the situational and conversational humor are the best part of any Crusie novel. Well, and, of course, the characters.
This is another that I started with the paperbacks until they kept wandering off, then I bought the audio.
Aasne Vigesaa has the characters and emotions down to a science, and that is great for us listeners! ( )
  jetangen4571 | Jul 5, 2016 |
I was on a reading cruise for Crusie’s books, but after this one, I think I’ll change author for a long time.

The narrative thread of this book is a porn movie. No kidding. I mean, can you go any less romantic than this?
Minus 2 Stars.

The love story between the two protagonist is more a physical story where they say “F-word me” to each other most of the time, which leads to many cheap scenes I could have lived better without. It wasn’t very romantic, maybe more real? Could be, but I don’t think so, it was really exaggerated on the physical attraction and the intimate scenes were too many, over the top, and overstated.
Minus 1 star.

The sister is clingy, selfish, and lies a lot… she annoyed me too much.
Minus 1 star.

At about 60% of the book there’s a crime mystery to solve that is the only thing that saved this book from ending up on the not-to-read-shelf, I still would not suggest it, but I will not ban it to the dreaded shelf. The mystery is interesting, funny in its many facets, and gives a sprint to the book.
Plus 1 star.

The ending is happy and cheesy, just how I like it.
Plus 1 star.

Little spoiler here, this one got the final balance Minus 1 star. Skip if you don’t want to know.

The side story of Rachel, a twenty-years-old good girl that wants to escape the small town, is simply creepy. The author’s idea of her happy ending is to have her move to L.A. with forty-five-years-old king of porn Leo, to start producing soft porn movies. Really?!

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  SaraRomanceLove | May 8, 2015 |
I can see why this book won awards. It is one of jennifer's best works! I cheered and cried with the characters and not just Sophie and Phin but with the minor players to. Rachel really was special to me, so determined. So now I've read Sophine and Davy's stories I need to know more about Amy. ( )
  bookjunkie57 | Apr 17, 2015 |
This started out as typical romance between classes but soon changed with some unique twists and complex plot filled with humor and lots of surprises. A very entertaining story. Sophie and her sister go to small town Temptation to film a movie and before long encounter mayor Phin.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
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I wrote the story myself. It's about a girl who lost her reputation and never missed it.
- Mae West
Dedication
For
Meg Ruley,
the world's greatest agent,
who believed in this book
when it was called
Hot Fleshy Thighs;
and for
Jennifer Enderlin,
the world's greatest editor,
who said, "Why don't we get another title?"
and then waited with the patience
of a thousand saints
until it was done.
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Sophie Dempsey didn't like Temptation even before the Garveys smashed into her '86 Civic, broke her sister's sunglasses, and confirmed all her worst suspicions about people from small towns who drove beige Cadillacs.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0312974256, Mass Market Paperback)

Prepare to be absolutely charmed by Jennifer Crusie's riotous tale of two slightly twisted sisters and a town chock full of hunks, coots, and petty politics in Welcome to Temptation.

Sophie and Amy Dempsey are just two wedding filmers trying to hop to the next level of their careers when they agree to produce a documentary of aging film star Clea Whipple's return to her hometown of Temptation, Ohio. And when the local mayor, Phin Tucker, and the police chief, Wes Mazur, proffer themselves as willing subjects for quick flings, Sophie and Amy aren't the type to object. But things are never easy in rural Ohio, and what starts off as an esoteric art film project soon evolves into potential porn--and that's just the relationships, let alone the documentary. Clea's husband Zane turns belly-up, the race for mayor turns dirty, and Sophie and Phin turn on the heat full steam.

With hot sex, clever characters, and Crusie's trademark wit, Welcome to Temptation will keep your eyes glued to the page and your stomach aching with laughter. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:40 -0400)

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Wedding videographer Sophie Dempsey, on assignment in Temptation, Ohio, becomes caught up in a web of gossip, blackmail, adultery, and murder when she falls for the local mayor.

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