Series: Dempseys #1
Published by Brilliance Audio on May 15, 1996
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Owned Audible Book
Turn left at small town secrets...
Sophie Dempsey is content living a quiet life filming wedding videos until an assignment brings her to Temptation, Ohio. From the moment she drive into town, she gets a bad feeling; Sophie is from the wrong side of the tracks and everything in Temptation is a little too right. And when she has a run-in with the town's unnervingly sexy mayor, Phineas Tucker, making a little movie turns out to be more than a little dangerous.
Yield to oncoming desire...
All Sophie wants to do is film the video and head home. All Phin wants to do is play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. They both get more than they bargained for when Sophie's video causes an uproar and the proper citizens of Temptation set out to shut them down.
Welcome to temptation...
As event spiral out of control, Sophie and Phin find themselves caught in a web of gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, and really excellent sex. All hell breaks loose in Temptation as Sophie and Phin fall deeper and deeper in trouble...and in love.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I have no idea why I picked April to listen to Welcome to Temptation. Earlier in the month I read, and was horribly disappointed in, The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes. But I’m fairly loyal to authors I’ve enjoyed in the past, and to be honest, Welcome to Temptation was a book that was just sitting in my Audible library queue (for over a year) and sometimes I feel like a fun listen. Thankfully, this is the Jennifer Crusie I’m accustomed to! I loved the family featured in the book, how close they were, how dysfunctional they were, and there was definitely a lot of romance.
Sophie and Phin had great chemistry, which made me root for them even though at times I wasn’t sure I liked Phin (he’s a little pompous at times). Their, er, love scenes had me glad that I didn’t have my car windows rolled down, because they were pretty vivid. My favorite romance was a smaller, quirker one- good townie girl falls for porn movie mogul. Trust me, it was cute. I also liked the mystery and the red herrings. It took me awhile to figure everything out.
If Temptation were a real town, I’d be packing the house up and making the Hubs find a new job in it. Part of the reason I love cozy mysteries so much is that I really love the character of the towns they tend to be set in. Crusie created a wonderful town and townspeople for me to fall in love with, and almost 3 months later I’m still thinking about them. From Phin’s crazy mama and precocious daugther, to the sweet and sexy sheriff, I was completely won over. And I loved Sophie’s siblings, so I expect to be listening to the next book soon!
The narrator, Aasne Vigesaa, was new to me. I enjoyed her reading of the story, and when I get around to purchasing the second book in this series, Faking It, I’ll be happy to let her read that to me too.