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
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!
Sophie sounded like she was at the voluptuous end of average.
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.
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
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
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!
There are some spicy love scenes and some coarse language in this story.
If you liked "Welcome
to Temptation", you might also enjoy
"Love at Large", "Faking
It", "Crazy For You", "Fast Women", The
"Stephanie Plum" mystery series,
"Dating Dead Men",
Girl", "Blushing Pink", "Switcheroo", "Princess Charming",
"It Had to be You",
"This Heart of Mine", or
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