Welcome to Temptation (Dempseys #1) by Jennifer Crusie

April 17, 2013 4 Stars, contemporary, Hardback, Romance, Romantic Comedy, series, spunky spitfire heroine 0

4 R

Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation as Sophie and Phin fall deeper and deeper in trouble… and in love.

This is my third Jennifer Crusie book and I think I made a slight miscalculation. This book is fun and silly but it’s not quite as good as the first books I read. I think I cherry picked the best of the group first and it won’t get better from here until the next new release. The good part is that I felt this was a four star read…so I’m not really missing too much!

I really did enjoy this book. This book is set in a small town in the middle of Ohio – Temptation. The reader gets both the good and the bad parts of [this] small town life. A lot of romances that focus on small towns always try to make the small town the pinnacle of the American Way. What I loved about this book is that Crusie was able to show that small town life worked for some of her characters but was completely horrible for others. Crusie did not place small towns on a pedestal – she made them just as fallible as any location to live. I really enjoyed that.

Another thing I liked was that Phin didn’t sneak around with Sophie. There were lots of discreet moments…but when you’re a single dad trying to screw someone’s brains out, you have to be somewhat circumspect. But he didn’t try to hide Sophie and his relationship with Sophie from any adult or from his kid once he realized his kid already knew.

“I suppose you had to,” Wes said when Phin went back to join him at the table.

“Pretty much. She seduced me.”

“Yeah, right,” Wes said. “She said, ‘Please fix the kitchen drain,’ and you interpreted that–”

“She said, ‘Fuck me.’ ” Phin put two balls on the table and picked up his cue. “I interpreted that to mean she wanted sex.”

“Oh.” Wes picked up his cue. “That would have been my call, too.” He squinted at the table. “Why would she have said that?”

“On a guess? Because she wanted sex.”

Sophie and Phin were great characters and I really enjoyed watching their relationship develop. Also enjoyable is the fact that Crusie took the time to really flesh out her secondary characters. Again. Damn I love this author! I received an actual full cast of characters instead of two characters (the H/h) and a bunch of cardboard cut-outs. Delicious!

I’m also starting to really get a kick out of the Crusie’s book covers. So far all of them employ a visual symbol of a reoccurring theme or item in the book. In Bet Me the item are shoes, in Agnes and the Hitman it’s flamingos and in this book it’s a cherry. Very cool. The academic in me wants to cast symbolic meaning to these items…but this is fun so I fight that urge.

Four Stars and another good read! I really have to stop buying her books this year. I think I’m going broke, lol.

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