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Welcome to Temptation av Jennifer Crusie
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Welcome to Temptation (urspr publ 2000; utgåvan 2004)

av Jennifer Crusie (Författare)

Serier: Dempsey (1)

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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.… (mer)
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Titel:Welcome to Temptation
Författare:Jennifer Crusie (Författare)
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (2004), Edition: 1st, 416 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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Taggar:Ingen/inga

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{First of 2 in Dempsey series; steam level: frequent}(2000)

I picked this up because I've seen a few positive reviews of Crusie's work around LT and this was one of the books available from my Overdrive libraries.

Two sisters, Sophie and Amy Dempsey, go to a small town called Temptation about an hour away from Cincinnati at the request of Clea, a film starlet whom their brother used to date. She wants to restart her career (consisting of two or three minor films) by filming her 'Return to Temptation' as an audition tape, to be released by a friend of hers who produces porn films. Clea's return stirs up hormones and the town's politics so the mayor and the police chief get involved, ex-boyfriends return and a murder occurs.

I liked the book to start with; it has a light, fizzy atmosphere. But Phin, the 'hero', is checking out the legs of a girl about half his age when we first meet him and is unabashed about looking down cleavages. On the one hand he had a nice personality but on the other he had some creepy characteristics - such as the first few times he and Sophie kissed, he seemed more concerned about his shirt getting rumpled.

I wouldn't call this a romance; as soon as Sophie and Phin set eyes on each other, it's a mutual case of lust which they indulge in at any time and almost any place, even though each of them typifies the sort of people that the other has learned, from bitter experience, are dangerous. It's more about Sophie finding herself, having taken care of her two siblings all her life. There were a few moments of farce the several times that the body is discovered and moved elsewhere for someone else to discover. I thought the child (Phin's 9 year old daughter, Dillie) was neither too bratty nor too saccharine and wasn't overused as a narrative device.

“Jamie Barclay and I made up a mother test.”
“How cute of you,” Sophie said. “No.”
“It’s just four questions,” Dillie said, her cupid’s-bow mouth drooping with disappointment. “Four little questions. Please.”
Sophie sighed. Maybe if she flunked Dill’s test . . . “Shoot.”
Dillie straightened in her chair. “Okay. These are multiple choice to make it easy.”
...
Dillie sat back. “Perfect score.”
“What?”
Dillie nodded. “My dad picked the exact same answers. Even the different answer on number four.”
“You gave your father a mother test?”
“No, I gave him a father test,” Dillie said.


The dog was ... interesting; even though it reminded me of the palace dogs in the Minions film, I wouldn't have minded seeing more of him/ her. It seemed quirky that, apart from the three Demspey siblings, everyone else came from one child families. Maybe that's why it's such a small town? (ETA: hang on, my mistake; there was a fleeting mention towards the end that Rachel had two older sisters but we never met them.)

I can't say I cared deeply for any of the characters (and I even tended to forget some of the secondary ones existed until they came along again) but that could be because I was just trying to get to the end as quickly as possible, especially after Phin asked Sophie what her turn-on fantasies were and made some suggestions, one of which I found deeply disturbing and offensive. Not to mention the casual attitude to gun control:

It didn't help that his dad's .22 was gone from the locked gun cabinet. “Anybody could have taken it,” he told Wes. “The key's on the top, up where Dillie can't reach it, but we weren't trying to keep anybody else out.

On the other hand, I didn't abandon it altogether because it was still reasonably fun.

October 2021
2.5-3 stars ( )
  humouress | Oct 18, 2021 |
Did not really enjoy it. I didnt feel the characters, feel the romance. It seemed to be more about the sex than anything else. Would definitely categorize this book in the porn/soft porn category than anything else ( )
  deepatarak | Jun 29, 2021 |
This was a really slow start for me. I even wondered at one point, if it was worth finishing. I did finish it, and it did get better about halfway through, but the story was never engaging. I just couldn't give it more than two stars. ( )
  BookLove80 | Mar 12, 2021 |
Liked reading Sophie using the steps to make a con. The water tower descriptions as a sex symbol were funny as it changed to different colors. I had no respect for the mayor Phin as a sex crazed guy and wondered why Sophie continued to want him for more than sex. Liked Wes as the cop and thought he would have better for Sophie after her "research" was done. Had a hard time keeping track of all the town people because they were in the the beginning and then did not play a part until the murder. I did like that this was more than just a book about sex by adding the murder and the controversies over the idea of a porn movie being made in a small town. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
Entertaining! ( )
  Janicemo | Aug 19, 2018 |
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Meg Ruley,
the world's greatest agent,
who believed in this book
when it was called
Hot Fleshy Thighs;
and for
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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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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.

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