Well okay, maybe I've never actually met Jennifer Crusie, but I'm sure if I did we'd hit it off. I read my first Jennifer Crusie book, Bet Me, the other week and it prompted me to do what I haven't done in ages - sit on my butt on the couch for most of Sunday and read, read, read. I loved her voice, I loved the characters, I loved the story. There wasn't anything about this book I didn't love and I thought, 'damn, no way is she going to be able to top this.'
Then I picked up Welcome to Temptation.
It's even better. I can't put it down. I'm carrying it with me to work to read during lunch in the noisy lunch room where I want to smother my co-workers because they keep talking out loud and making me lose my place. I read it while soaking in the tub, while cooking supper, I haven't had the computer on in the evenings for over a week. I went to the movies last night and while watching Hugh Jackman as Wolverine trounce the bad guys in the ending scene, I'm thinking 'Good, now I can go home and see what Sophie and Phin are up to'.
Because I like to have humor mixed with depth of emotion in my own work, it is a great education watching how Jennifer Crusie does it and does it so amazingly well. I'd probably be jealous if I weren't so busy mowing through the story and getting totally sucked in until the everyday world faded away and the only place I knew is this little town in Ohio called Temptation.
I hate the idea of leaving Phin and Sophie behind, but I'm about 50 pages from the end and already on the hunt for my next book on the list. Thank God she has a backlist. I might go a little mad if I had to wait too long for something new. Picture me frothing at the mouth, lurking about the aisles of the local bookstore, waiting...
Not a pretty sight.