©2006 Jennifer Crusie; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A romantic comedy that adds luster to the genre, this effervescent tale will please readers who can relate to Sophie's undaunted exploration of all her desires." (Publishers Weekly)
"Funny, sexy, and wise - it's time to welcome Crusie into the pantheon of top-flight romance writers." (Kirkus Reviews)
I loved the flawed characters and the convoluted thinking and actions that they went through. However, it was slow to really get going and I almost gave up on it early on. Glad I kept going though, and in retrospect I realise that the slow start was probably necessary to fully develop the characters and the nature of the town so as to understand the storyline later on.
If you feel the same at the start, I recommend you keep reading/listening as it's worth it to finish.
"Crusie at the top of her game"
This is one of my favorite novels and narrator Aasne Vigesaa simply nails it. It's funny and wise, and sexy as all get out. The large cast of weirdly charming and quirky Temptation residents is not to be missed. I adore the sweetly and craftily drawn romance between ultimate outsider Sophie and blue-blooded town mayor Phinn. This is book with real heart and soul and I can't recommend it enough.
The only thing about a listening to a great book that can be disappointing, is trying to find another great book to follow it up. My wife and I had just listened to "Pleasure To The Max" by Cami Dalton and loved it. Sexy, funny and intriguing. How do you follow up a great listen like that? You get "Welcome To Temptation". Great characters, Great story. Constant laughing throughout.
Any complaints? Just two small ones. At first the narrator seems to be speaking too fast. I felt like your typical male trying to follow a conversation between three women at full speed. It took me a few chapters to feel comfortable with it. So either I got got used to her delivery, or she slowed down. Second, the sex was 'Just ok', not steamy. But everything else was so good, that that hardly mattered in the end.
We'll definitely be purchasing a few of her other books.
"A Red Herring Romance ..."
Probably not, but only because this is not my favourite audiobook genre. This said, the narrator was EXCELLENT. I have come to realise that the narrators who focus on voice affectation and emotion rather than differentiation are extremely good.
The story is very funny from start to finish, and because it is set in an small town, it has a quirky retro charm that most mature readers will enjoy.
I can speak to favourite scenes, and I can honestly say that the banter between Sophie and Finn is absolutely heartwarming and funny.
Laugh, definitely laugh. It would actually make a great Rom-Com, as the story reads like a cross between Sweet Home Alabama, Bridget Jones' Diary and Jerry McGuire.
The overarching theme of the book is the conflict between modern and old-fashioned attitudes towards intimacy, relationships and power. It also hints at the benefits and pitfalls of living in a broken family. All in all, an easy, entertaining read.
"A chick book that a guy can enjoy"
For some reason, I thought I found the book blurb interesting, and it had such good reviews. Blurbs of other Jennifer Crusie books on Audible really sound like "chick" books and I suppose this one is also - but I really enjoyed this one!! The quirky characters are entertaining, the mystery part is well done, and the sex / love-making scenes were often either hot or funny or both! (For example, the scene where she attempts to act out his fantasy in the bar is a hoot!) It was just a lot of fun to listen to! And, the narrator did a great job! And this is a guy writing this review! Crusie sounds like such a good writer that I might even try another one, even though the plots sound as if they're for gals.
This is a clever, witty book. The dialogue is quick and intelligent and the plot is surprising. I love the way Jennifer Cruisie writes. This is one of her best. The characters are wonderful, quirky and real life funny. I would listen to and read it more than once.
"Welcome to Temptation or Hot Fleshy Thighs"
Welcome to Temptation was my second Jennifer Cruise book and I enjoyed it just as much, probably more, than Bet Me. The plot is described above so I won’t retype it here. What I can tell you is the narrator was good (I had no issues with her at all but if you’re worried try the sample) and the plot is great. I will warn you this is an adult book with lots of sex and quite a bit of language. The characters were great and by the end of the book you hate to say goodbye to them. If you’re looking for great chick lit with some steamy scenes, some humor, a little bit of mystery, and a lot of craziness then come to Temptation and stay awhile. I will be reading Faking It soon. :)
"Good Book Reader Too Much in a Hurry"
I read the reviews and knew that the reader read a little quickly, but I thought I would try. The first few chapters I thought I wouldn't be able to finish, but sometime after the next few chapters she did slow down and I was able to enjoy the book.
"A great listen"
Welcome to Temptation is on my list of top listens for 2009. It was laugh out loud funny (which was somewhat problematic during a crowded commute).
Absolutely, I would recommend this book. Campy good fun with entertaining and dynamic characters.
Wish I knew....... I'd go read them.
The only thing I found disappointing at all is that she hasn't narrated MORE books. It's hard to adjust to a different reader when trying to listen to another Crusie book, because Vigesaa really seemed to capture the comic tone and created the perfect little nuances of the different characters. She pulled off all of male characters without making them sound like a bunch of sappy dopes.
I immediately went and found the sequel, FAKING IT, and loved the crap out of that one, too.
I started Crusie with these two books. I'll be crushed if it's all downhill from here. I've hated that these books are now a "known" to me, and won't be a fabulous new discovery until the dementia really sets in.
Let me start out by saying that I LOVE Jennifer Cruisie. However the narrator of this book made it extremely hard to listen to her read the story. I felt like she was racing through the story. It made it seem like the sentences were run on sentences. I almost had to quit listening to the book because of the narration.
I love it. Great book. Well read. Funny (I did laugh out loud!), sweet & fast paced. A great hero who is believable (no multiple organisms here thank goodness). Worth every penny!
This is one of my favourite audiobooks, and I've listened to it numerous times. It has humour and romance. I just loved Phin and Sophie.
This is similar to Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
She is a great narrator for this book. Her delivery is just right both in terms of speed and style. Too often a brilliant book has been spoiled by a narrator, but she really enhances this book.
It wasn't laugh out loud funny, but really humorous and put a BIG smile on my face.
"Why not give in to temptation?"
Easily a four or five star listen. (I didn't give it 5 because it's not great literature - but I feel a bit mean as it is great fun)
It's funny (and witty), well written, with a good range of characters and some interesting plot twists. I really enjoyed the narration and will be buying more from this author and narrator. Avoid if you really don't like sex or swearing - there are reasonable amounts of both.
This was a good, daft, laugh. Two sisters arrive in Temptation to shoot a promotional video for their brother's ex girlfriend. On arrival everything goes wrong, and hook ups and murders ensue!
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