October 29, 2010

Gia’s Pick – Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer Crusie

Hola, me hookers and hoors. It’s been a fucklong time, but school and shit does that to you. However, I’m here now, hiding from the children and other people who won’t leave me the fuck alone to bring to the table something that I guarantee you’ll like. 

Brief synopsis (because I’m bad at this shit – I always spoil it):

Welcome to Temptation.
Population 2,158. And falling.

All Sophie Dempsey wants to do is help her sister make a video of a washed-up actress and get out of town before they get into trouble. The daughter of
generations of con men, Sophie’s trying to walk the straight and narrow, but it’s, well, difficult.

All Mayor Phineas Tucker wants to do is run Temptation with as little fuss as possible and win his upcoming election without cutting into the time he needs for his real passion: playing pool. The son of generations of mayors, Phin’s trying to be an upstanding citizen, but it’s, well, boring.

It only takes one look before Sophie knows that Phin’s the kind of boy her mother used to warn her about– a fast-talking town boy– and Phin knows she’s the kind of woman his father told him to stay away from– the devil’s candy.

And in no time at all, boredom is the least of their difficulties. Gossip, adultery, and blackmail; pornography, politics, and murder; vehicular abuse of a corpse and slightly perverse but really excellent sex: all hell is breaking loose in Temptation, Ohio, while Sophie and Phin fall deeper and deeper in trouble… and in love.

Alright. Reasons I love this book:
First of all, if you’ve never read a Jenny Crusie book, but you read fan fiction, you’re missing out. Seriously. She’s mastered the art of snark, and before I stumbled (unwittingly, of course) into the BBR, she was my go-to gal for the funny. Still is, actually. I haven’t crossed a Jenny book I don’t like yet, and the best part is that she’s absolutely in-touch with her readers – a small fanatical group known as the Cherries often pre-read shit for her and she has openly acknowledged their role in editing her work.

Secondly, Jenny’s from Dayton, Ohio. For anyone who has ever been to, lived in, or flown over the Ohio River Valley and the greater Cincinnati area, you know that southern Ohio is a desolate wasteland with nothing to recommend itself. 87% of her books are based here. It’s nice to see someone represent every once in a while.

And third, the characters are sooooo easy to identify with. Sophie is the girl who has taken care of everyone else, at the expense of her own interests and desires. Phin is the bastard who really isn’t a bastard but he sure seems like it. And, if that’s not enough to sell you, I’ll tell you this. There’s a Volvo. And it gets fucked upon.
So, I know this is short, sweet and to the point, but the lock on the bathroom door is only gonna hold for so long, and I’m almost out of vodka. But go check this out, and if you like it, then look up Jenny here.


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