75 of 79 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2000
A water tower that resembles a sex organ, former con artists shooting a documentary that turns into a soft porn movie, hot sex, and murder--what more could you cram into a novel? Try a terrific, sexy hero, a strong heroine, a wonderful secondary cast of characters that we've all met at some point in our lives, and a quaint little town. Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie packs it all into its 341 pages. Not only is this a sharp looking book, it lives up to its appearance. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. This is a delightful romp that captivates you from beginning until the end. If you're looking for pure entertainment--read this book. One word of caution for those who want a rating system on books, it's steamy not only for the sex but the language. Frankly, Temptation wouldn't have been Temptation without both.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2000
Poor Sophie Dempsey. She's the responsible sister who's always pulling her siblings' chestnuts out of the fire and never getting to have a good time - until the Dempsey sisters pull into Temptation, Ohio, and announce their presence in a fender bender with the conservative Pillar of the Community, Stephen Garvey, and his lovely wife Virginia. A cast of characters unfolds in the wake of broken sunglasses and an increasingly pornographic video, with speed and whacked-ness that would make Hunter Thompson proud. A murder mystery wrapped up in an unfolding but slightly cracked love story set in a Peyton-place village in middle America, where people aren't what they seem, water towers imitate phallic lipsticks, and if you don't lock your kitchen door, your neighbor may just walk in and find you having head banging sex on the table...you'll feel like you're hurtling through this story only half in control of your convertible! Watch Sophie's sister, Amy, push the edge of the envelope of her irresponsibility until it tears...see Phineas awaken from the mind numbing task of being a small town mayor trying to get the town council to make important decisions like what kind of street lights to install...thrill as Sophie, the professional caretaker, loses all her sexual inhibitions...and don't miss the fading porn queen who can still seduce little boys, her long-ago flame and his Coppertone-blonde-gone-crocodile-wrinkled wife, the thoughtful, but sexy police chief, the small-town girl who wants out, the neurotic porn producer who discovers a little late that he has standards after all, the middle-aged liberal war protester, the Dempsey brother with the heart of a Robin Hood and the mind of an ex-con, and the local matriarch (who else? Phin's mother) who reminds us all that you can't buy or sleep your way into privilege. Oh, I forgot - don't miss the lacquered news anchorman who, like everybody else in this little gem, gets exactly what's coming to him...
I recommend this book, but fasten your seatbelt. You'd think a story set in a little town in Ohio would be slower, but, no, it's like petting a kitten and finding out that it's a tiger! I'll be reading her other stuff, because I liked what I found here.
By the way, whoever designed the cover is a genius. Perfectly wrought symbolism.
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2000
"Welcome to Temptation" bring a whole new definiton to "Sex, Lies and Videotape." This hilarious, sexy and down right enjoyable new novel by Jennifer Crusie is fabulous. Main characters Sophie and Amy take a romp into small town Ohio to make a movie. Well...they get way more than they hoped for. They get a murder, a bunch of lies, Big trouble for making a porno flick, stolen money, adultry, for some.....sex on a boat dock. This book has everything in it. It's a pure riot.
Other main characters, Mayor Fin, Police Chief Wes, the girls brother Davey, Fin's mother and his enchanting daughter. She's a real riot. I adored her character. She was sweet, SMART, and O' so charming.
This book had everything a summer novel should have. It was a fast read, delightfully entertaining and down right sexy. I loved everything about it. RUSH right to that credit card and get yourself a copy! :)
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Siblings Sophie and Amy Dempsey travel to Temptation, Ohio to film a video starring a has-been actress whom wants to return to her Hollywood glory days. Though the extended family DNA must include a gene for thievery and scams, in the case of Sophie it must have skipped a generation, as she is the most law-abiding person there is. Sophie has a premonition that Temptation will prove to be trouble. The town mayor Phin Tucker verifies her omen.
He makes her feel things that she's never felt before. In spite of his brain's better judgment, he falls into lust with the town's visitor. The pair begins a passionate affair that earn them the contempt and disapproval of the local residents. However, things become ugly when their ecstasy turns into a much deeper relationship that forces one of the town's blue blooded residents to personally take action to break them apart. That could include killing Sophie.
One thing about a Jennifer Crusie novel is that the book is filled with subtle and not so subtle types of humor. For instance, if the charming lead couple marries, her name becomes ... This offbeat jocularity found throughout the tale provides a counterpoint to the serious story line. The delightful but eccentric secondary cast amplifies the plot with their oddities that show why Ms. Crusie is considered a master of characterization. WELCOME TO TEMPTATION is filled with twists and turns that will give much pleasure to an adoring audience that will demand sequel after sequel from one of the better modern day authors of the new millenium.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2002
Heroine: lush, voluptuous
Temptation, Ohio, the tiny town that has it all: secrets, greed, blackmail, adultery, dirty politics, and a highly-phallic water tower. What better place for a filmmaker to shoot a documentary about a "porn star" returning to her roots?
Wedding videographer Sophie Dempsey, the only straight-laced member of a family of felons, is determined to make a decent life for herself-- even if the sheer boredom kills her! Had she known the trials and tribulations which awaited her in Temptation, she might have fled the scene as soon as she arrived. Having once been emotionally scarred by a preppy "town boy", Sophie wants nothing to do with Temptation's Ivy League-type mayor, who insists on playing handyman around the farmhouse where they are filming. And the added headache of dealing with the actors' egos and her baby sister's antics is making Sophie absolutely crazy!
Phineas T. Tucker, low-key politician who'd rather be playing pool, running his bookstore, and raising his daughter, is tired. Tired of living with his harridan of a mother. Tired of stepping into the breach between warring townsfolk. Tired of being tired. When Sophie Dempsey and her sister breeze into town to film an audition tape for Clea Whipple (a woman whose cleavage landed a much younger Phin in the emergency room for stitches in his chin), the mayor gets the feeling that the director is "devil's candy", bad trouble he should stay away from. But his best friend police chief Wes wants to put the moves on Amy Dempsey, Sophie's "ex-juvie" little sister, and the mayor finds himself tagging along on a double date just to keep big sister Sophie occupied and out of the way. What began as an altruistic gesture of friendship soon goes awry, and Phin finds he's drawn to this girl from the wrong side of the tracks-- and wants her bad.
Bad enough to shirk his mayoral duties during election time. Bad enough to defy his "first-lady-of-the-town" mother's wishes. Bad enough to cover for Sophie when a dead body turns up and her name is on the short list of suspects!
What worked for me:
As always Ms. Crusie can be counted on to supply the reader with lots of romances to root for, witty one-liners, sizzling sex scenes (though they may not be lurid enough for romance readers who want the play-by-play), and an unusual cast of characters. This time around there's the nutty council of a dysfunctional town, washed-up thespians, a depressed porn king, and a seriously-dead corpse who knows the meaning of the phrase "overkill'. And, as always, there's the requisite ugly dog.
Sophie had a strong sense of self and was, I thought, a very likeable gal. I loved the scene where she set Phin's frosty mother straight during their little chat together. And I adored how things turned out for her in the end!
Size-wise, Sophie sounded like she was at the voluptuous end of average.
What didn't work for me:
I read the sequel "Faking It" first, so my perception of "Welcome to Temptation" may be somewhat different than those of folks who read the two books in order.
There were a lot of movie and music references in "Welcome to Temptation", but not quite so many as in "Faking It" where I thought it went overboard.
It would have been nice if Sophie had broken things off with her boyfriend before getting involved with Phin. (Especially, I suppose, from the boyfriend's point-of-view.)
I had to suspend my disbelief somewhat when it came to the murder investigation. And while it could be said that the killer was brought to some level of justice, it irked me that the police never became aware of what had truly taken place.
As a side note: I can deal with a twenty year old girl getting involved with a rake in a Regency better than I can a twenty year old girl in a contemporary getting together with a porn king. Don't ask me why; I have no answer for this.
Wickedly tempting with its moments of comic brilliance, sizzling sex, and (though it starts late in the game) an interesting mystery, "Welcome to Temptation" makes a great bubble bath book. Be sure to snag a copy of "Faking It" as well!
Warning: There are some spicy love scenes and some coarse language in this story.
If you liked "Welcome to Temptation", you might also enjoy "Faking It", "Fast Women", The "Stephanie Plum" mystery series, "Plum Girl", "Princess Charming", "Infernal Affairs", "It Had to be You", "This Heart of Mine", or "Dear Cupid".
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2000
This is a very funny book and I would venture to say that it has the potential to win over those who do not normally pick up a romance novel. Part mystery, part romantic comedy, "Welcome to Temptation" succeeds on both counts. The characters are always interesting if sometimes devious. Sophie and Phin are a pleasure to follow, and even the minor characters and side stories sparkle with humor. Not normally a fan of the romance genre, I am looking forward to reading Crusie's other novels. I will say that the ending was a bit too sappy for my tastes but that should definitely not detract anyone from the entertainment! Anyone looking for a lighthearted and engaging read should give this one a try. Those who are repulsed by explicit sex scenes should avoid this one but I must say - you don't know what you are missing!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2003
I first got hooked on Jennifer Crusie because my best friend was reading "Tell Me Lies" one of her other books... so she let me borrow "Welcome to Temptation" I am not really a big reader but for some reason i couldn't put the book down and i stayed up all night to finish the book. Out of all of her books that i have read this one has to be my all time favorite.
In all of Jennifer Crusie's books there is an element of hot romance, comedy, and drama combined in such a way to make her words jump off the page and play them selves out in your imagination.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Dempseys came from a long line of felons. However, Sophie Dempsey was trying to change that. To date, she was the only Dempsey not to have some sort of police record. She meant to stay on the right side of the law too! Normally Sophie and her sister, Amy, video taped weddings for a living. When ex-actress Clea Whipple asked them to help her video tape her next film they agreed. It was to be about Clea returning to her home town, Temptation, and meeting her high school sweetheart. Things went down hill from day one.
Phineas Tucker was mayor of Temptation. Wes Mazur was the police chief. From the moment the Dempsey sisters arrived their lives had been in ruins. One event leads to another until the gossip mill in the small town cause adultery, blackmail, and then murder! Everyone in town was a suspect and someone was trying to kill Sophie!
**** A story full of funny scenes that will have readers laughing out loud. Be warned, there are a lot of sex scenes though. In fact, that is most of the first half of the book. But once the body gets into the picture, the book is too good to put down! Very enjoyable! ****
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 29, 2002
Welcome to Temptation was lent to me by a friend who was looking for something along the lines of the Stephanie Plum series in terms of humor and engaging characters. We think we found it and then some. WtT is one of the best romance novels I've read in a long time.
My favorite thing about this book is the main characters have friends and families who actually appear in the book regularly. These are not orphans who have "raised themselves" or friendless weirdos, and their best friends aren't on extended vacations during the novel. Crusie's characters are engaging. They banter among themselves and for a prolific reader of romances, such a welcome change of pace, that the interaction with supporting characters would be sufficient to keep me happy. Even more, no one seems to be able to keep a secret from their nearest and dearest, so one of romance's stupidest plot devices of secrets-leading-to-misunderstanding is firmly prevented.
But wait, there's more! There are subplots, alternate romances, mystery, hilarity, and hot sex. Wow! The sex scenes are frequent, varied, and some are kinky, but not over the top weird. The murder plotline is hysterical. The porn producer is likeable. The perpetual Mayoral campaign is genius.
In summary, I think Welcome to Tempation by Jennifer Crusie is the best of her books (of the 5 I've read), and in fact one of the best of the genre. Buy it. I also have high hopes for "Faking It"...I'm hoping it's more of the same.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2001
I read this book yesterday(Thurs, 12th April 2001), after having an unbelievably bad week and thinking I could do with a little romance in my life. Jennifer Crusie brought it to me with a few hundred pages and a huge number of giggles. Immediately my life was brighter and things began to look shiny again.
The tale of Sophie and Phin is fast and interesting, and beyond the inevitable conclusion of boy gets girl (or girl gets boy) it wasn't at all predictable. I enjoyed it immensely, they weren't stereotypical, they weren't one dimensional and they weren't boring. I loved them. In fact I already want to read the book again and am pretty much prepared to do so. It isn't amazingly deep and it doesn't make any unfathomable statements it's just a spectacularly good read and as long as that's all you're looking for then go for it.
Anything that can turn your week around and put it back on the happy highway of life has to be good. Welcome to Temptation takes us into a world where the sex is great, the movie quotes keep on coming and the characters are all more than huggable.
I don't think I can stress how much I'd like to thank Jennifer Crusie for making this book as good as it was meant to be. For now I think I'll settle for reading it again.