Jennifer Crusie delights readers once again when Sophie and Amy Dempsey, co-owners of a wedding-video business and sisters from a somewhat "tarnished" family, are hired for a video assignment in "small town" Temptation, Ohio. As they're driving into town, they see a sign that reads "Welcome to Temptation--We Believe in Family Values," and the irony begins. As the story unfolds, Sophie's and Amy's "movie" turns into the makings of a porn film and single-dad Mayor Phineas Tucker is asked by his political rival to pass an anti-porn ordinance. Phineas senses trouble, and upon confronting Sophie about the movie he unknowingly (at first) falls head over heels for her.
There is quite a bit of discord throughout the town as some of the townspeople are very excited about the movie being made, and others, like Phin's mother and other prominent townspeople, are very much against it. The First Amendment is, in essence, debated throughout the novel as to whether or not forcefully ceasing the production of a porn film conflicts with First Amendment rights.
I think the best part about this novel is the sex scenes between Sophie and Phin. Sophie is very uptight and straight-laced, and Phineas is an experienced and laid-back man of wealth. I was laughing out loud as Phin worked his ass off to give Sophie an orgasm in an un-air-conditioned upstairs bedroom on a very uncomfortable, squeaky old bed. I'm not going to tell you where it is in the novel--you have to read it for yourself.
Down-right hilarious and enjoyable to the very last page.
Welcome to Temptation is both a serious and funny story. The story follows many of the characters... very refreshing. The plot didn't seem to start to stagger at any point either. It was constantly going at a good pace. This book will make most laugh and feel for the characters as well. The story focuses mostly on three siblings, two sisters and a brother, and a few people who live in the town of Temptation. What's nice about this story is it almost sounds as though the story could actually … more
Pretty good. I enjoyed the plot and the characters, although I thought that Ms. Crusie had a little too many subplots/side stories. Not as good as "Tell Me Lies" or "Fast Woman" but an altogether enjoyable book.