Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie

I’m sure we can all agree that there is always a reason for the books we read. Whether it’s to smile, cry, or go to a different world, we all have our reasons. But we also have our moods too. Sometimes you’re just in the mood to cry, sometimes you’re just in the mood to laugh, and sometimes you’re just in the mood to read a good romance.

Two years ago when I started my Reading Challenge – after a year of non-reading – I was on Goodreads trying to figure out what I should read, when I came across the title Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie. I liked the premise, so I added it to my reading list. Finally, last September I checked it out from my local library and I fell in love with a new author.

Right. So, Welcome to Temptation. Sophie and Amy Dempsey drive into Temptation to film a movie for a ‘friend’ of theirs named Clea. While in Temptation, they cause quite a controversy. A lot of the town’s population believe that they are filming pornography, and the Mayor Phin is sent in to investigate what they’re up to. What he doesn’t plan for is falling in lust with Sophie, who for reasons revealed right at the beginning (wohoo!) can’t stand him. Yet, somehow they end up together in bed anyway.

And it turns into something so much more.

As much as I love this author, and really this book, there was just something I couldn’t understand with this one. Sophie’s family is conmen, right? Is that what I’m supposed to imply from the five step thing at the beginning? I wish there would have been some more explanation on that.

Right, as for the characters… I loved Sophie and Phin and his daughter. I absolutely hated Amy – the girl needs to learn to take care of herself – and Brandon the therapist was just…. GAH. Is it bad that I desperately wanted Phin to hit him back? As for Liz, Phin’s mom, I didn’t like her at the beginning because she was so controlling of her adult son, but she totally redeemed herself with the whole Virginia thing.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. As much as I loved jumping between Sophie and Phin, I could have done without Rachel’s POV. Yay, for her for getting out of Temptation, but it sort of interrupted the plot.

Bookshelf worthy? I vote electronic or library.

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