This week I read a couple of decorating books (I will post about them at a later date) and Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie. I want to apologize up front because I still have a few things missing from my blogger account, and I thought my first review was better. It is too late for me to write a better post, unfortunately.
At first, I was turned-off by the subject matter and the language (lots of "f" bombs). The story is about an actress who returns to her hometown of Temptation, Ohio to film a movie she wants to use as an audition tape. She hires the team of sisters who shot her wedding (Sophie and Amy Dempsey) to film the movie. The Dempsey sisters come from a long line of conmen. The book is full of con rules that they follow in order to manipulate their marks. Sophie also inserts movie quotes into conversations when she's nervous. Phineus Tucker, the mayor of Temptation, is as handsome as a Greek god. He makes Sophie very nervous.
The plot thickens as it becomes evident that Clea the actress wants to shoot not only an audition video, but she wants to also shoot a soft porn movie. Will the fine people of Temptation stand for the corruption of their town, a town where "We believe in family values" is their motto? Amy is complicating things even further as she is secretly shooting a documentary on Clea's homecoming. Then there are a couple of murder mysteries thrown into the mix. Eventually, Clea's estranged husband, famed Cincinnati news anchor Zane Black, tries to put an end to the film's production and Clea's comeback as an actress. Davy Dempsey, the sisters' brother, shows-up and instantly hates Mayor Tucker and his involvement with Sophie.
Although Temptation is tiny, it is chock-full of depraved and over the top characters: gossipmongers, blackmailers, murderers, pornographers, liars, adulterers, cheaters, conmen, and pool sharks. This is not a group in which you want to be the center of attention, and Phin and Sophie are definitely the center of attention. The more involved they become with each other, the worse the other characters behave...kind of like the domino effect. Plus, someone wants Sophie dead, and there are at least three attempts on her life.
As Sophie tries to defend her sister and brother, she lies and becomes an accessory to a crime. Phin's daughter shows-up on Sophie's doorstep and proceeds to give her a test which determines Sophie's motherhood abilities. Phin did not plan on this little complication, and Dillie instantly loves Sophie. But the matriarch of the Tucker family, Liz, will not hear of her son cavorting with pornographers, especially with the mayoral election only six months away. Everyone in Temptation, even the newcomers, value their families and will do anything to protect them. However, their definition of family values is not the same as the rest of the world.
The book starts out slowly, but as the plot thickens it is very entertaining, especially the murder mystery part of the plot. I just don't like bad language, and although the content was more PG-13 in spite of the title and topic, I like love stories that are more romance and less obsession.
Until next time...