Sophie goes to Temptation, Ohio (so! many! puns! *bites knuckle*) with her sister Amy to film an audition tape for a pornstress-slash-real-actress they used to know, and because they have the blood of a thousand felons in their veins, they get up to all kinds of shenanigans. Also, the mayor is really hot. He and Sophie will make the sexy times, and that is only a spoiler if you are too dumb to live. ANYways, their sexxoring will be complicated by Sophie being, despite her felonious ancestry, extremely straight-and-narrow, and The Mayor being aloof and detached.
I don’t read a lot of genre fiction, so when I do I’m not sure if certain things are conventional to the genre or specific to the book (like the title…I get the sense that romance titles are supposed to be lame? That they’re almost intentionally, self-referentially lame?) and I feel like that leads to me saying a bunch of misguided things, but I’m going to go with ‘obviously.’ Obviously, Sophie becomes less repressed by the end and The Mayor turns out to be more emotionally accessible than a stone wall. The point is the who-does-what-when-now, and how entertainingly it’s done.
And it entertains. I mean, I’m supposed to be an English Major with Discerning Taste, so I can neither confirm nor deny that this book slew me to death. It is hellaciously funny and the dialogue is snappy and Sophie and Amy do this thing where they quote movie lines to each other, and that can be so ham-fisted but it ends up being believable and making you want to hang out with them, and there are enough other issues going on in the book that it isn’t nauseatingly about Sophie and The Mayor, and then a dead body pops up halfway through and is it wrong of me that I laughed? It’s kind of slap-sticky and awesome, because more than one person runs over it with their car.
On the whole, this new experience was far from terrible. I’d like to thank AnimeJune, who is my resident boy-meets-girl expert and whose reviews lollify me daily, for not letting me wander blind down the romance aisle and fall into a pit of tripe. We all know how badly that can go.