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Popular chick-lit author Green (Family Pictures, 2013) tackles another hot issue for women in her new outing: temptation outside of marriage. Gabby Cartwright is a happily married mother of two who meets an attractive man a decade her junior while out for a night with her girlfriends. Gabby has an instantaneous and powerful connection with Matt, an entrepreneur with a successful website. Though nothing happens the first night they meet, Matt begins e-mailing Gabby, and she finds herself looking forward to his messages and responding in the middle of the night while her husband, Elliot, sleeps. Though Elliot is a devoted husband and loving father, Gabby hasn’t quite forgiven him for having a vasectomy and denying her the third child she’s been longing for. Given the book’s title, readers might have an inkling of what to expect when Elliot goes to a conference out of town, leaving Gabby on her own for the weekend, but Green takes things in interesting directions as she deftly explores the aftermath of Gabby’s rash, impulsive decision, making her latest a captivating cautionary tale. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A substantial initial printing, author appearances, book-club call-ins, and many other media and online promotions will mobilize best-selling Green’s large, social-media-stoked fan base. --Kristine Huntley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


“Author Green skillfully narrates with distinct voices for each character. Her thoughtful application of emphasis adds a great deal.” ―Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; Unabridged edition (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427236178
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427236173
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (379 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,491,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Green is a bestselling author of popular novels. She has been featured in People, Newsweek, USA Today, Glamour, and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Connecticut with her family.

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108 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Gabby is 43 and loves her husband Elliott dearly. He is her soulmate, even though he refused to have the third child that she badly wanted. They never fight. Oh, except about the absence of the third child. And he never annoys her except when he works long hours. Or when he snores. And they hardly ever have sex, except sometimes when they have sex twice a day. Even then, she doesn't make much of an effort, except sometimes when she does. So after 20 years together, maybe things have lost a little of their magic. Her teenage and pre-teen daughter keep her at a distance, except sometimes when they don't. She is intimidated by a very organised mother that she knows and dislikes her because once Gabby lied to her to look better but got caught out so now she feels like she's not as good a mother as she should be. She doesn't work but judges mothers who help out at school a lot because they don't have a life. Can you tell that I disliked her intensely?

One night out with the girls, Gabby gets chatting to a handsome younger man who just happens to be the multi-millionaire founder of a famous website - oh and crazy about her. But she's happily married, so she should be immune to attraction - or is she?

If this description hasn't driven you crazy, you may well enjoy this novel. It hums along at a good pace and probably most women in long term relationships will identify in some way with Gabby's dilemma. However I couldn't get past my dislike of the lead character. She's incredibly self-centered and shallow. We keep being told how confident and amazing she is, but we never feel it for ourselves. However it is very much the kind of book where everything gets spelled out for you, what people are thinking and feeling and lots of information about the brands they use or wear. There are so many good books out there that I'm annoyed with myself for wasting a day of my life in this one. Jane Green has definitely written better.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on December 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Penguin Books (UK) and Netgalley.)
43-year-old Gabby is flattered when on a girls-night-out she is chatted up by a younger, good-looking man. Gabby is happily married though, with two daughters, and she isn’t about to have an affair.

Then Gabby receives an email from this guy – Matt, and suddenly they are exchanging flirty emails and texts, and Gabby agrees to meet with him again.
Gabby isn’t going to cheat though is she? Could she really live with the guilt of being unfaithful to her husband? And if she does, what will the consequences be?

This book was a bit of an emotional rollercoaster – one that I certainly hope to never have to ride personally!

Gabby was an interesting character, but I was so mad at her for the situation she got herself into! It wasn’t even as if she had a bad marriage or a bad home life, admittedly she had wanted a third child and her husband had not, but still – she loved her husband, and he loved her, they had a beautiful house, 2 beautiful kids, and a great relationship, and she had to go and ruin it.

The storyline in this book was okay, but I have to say that I really hate it when people cheat, and I really hate reading stories about people who cheat. I immediately felt uncomfortable at the way Gabby was behaving in the bar with this other man, and I felt that her emails to him, their texting, and meeting was as much of a betrayal to her husband as was her sleeping with him. Although they only actually slept together once, the relationship went on for a lot longer, and being emotionally unfaithful is just as bad as being physically unfaithful, maybe worse in fact because she had allowed feelings to grow.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Kaplan on May 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I cannot believe that Jane Green, MY Jane Green, whose novels I have enjoyed for years, wrote this hackneyed, ridiculous book. I don't even know where to begin...the premise is ridiculous, the characters are clichéd and unreal, the writing is mediocre. I have the feeling that Jane is now on some sort of horrendous deadline forced on her by her publisher, and is racing to "create" books at top speed. That's the kindest explanation I can think of.

I won't belabor the plot here, as many have done so, but suffice to say that I didn't believe a word of it. Yes, OK, housewife hits her 40s, sees her life passing by, becomes infatuated with a younger man, OK...been there, read that, I get it. But the outcome? REALLY, Jane? REALLY? Can this be the same author who has used insightful, witty humor for years to describe women's everyday problems? Or is this some sort of fantasy. If so, it fell flat.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By MissMelvis on September 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I've been a fan of Jane Green for more years than I can remember. She's always wrote great chick lit novels, but these days they have a bit more of an edge to them.

Tempting Fate revolves around Gabby, a 40 something English housewife living in the U.S. Married to an American Man, Elliott for over 20 years with two daughters, one about to hit her teenage years and the other almost at adult age, Gabby sees her life is a bit dull and she can feel herself getting older. Restless and tired of her routine, Gabby dolls herself up and goes for a night out with the girls. It is here she meets Matt, a rather dashing Man ten years her junior but with the power to make her feel special again.

Gabby slowly becomes more obsessed with Matt as they flirt via text and email. She convinces herself it's harmless fun, she loves Elliott and isn't one of those women that have an affair. Finally, they can no longer resist each other and spend a fleeting, reckless moment together which results in shocking consequences.

Tempting Fate is possibly the most honest book I've read around this subject matter. Instead of glorifying an affair or night of cheating as something wonderful, yet risky it's made blatantly clear that Gabby and Matt's moment was a guilt inducing mistake. The aftermath they leave in their wake is emotional and heartbreaking. It's a real and truthful tale of "you don't know what you've got til you sleep with someone else and blow it all apart".

I really liked Gabby, you can really understand how she was feeling and how she somehow stumbled from mild flirtation to regrettable night of passion.
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