Tempting Fate

Tempting Fate

by Jane Green
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Tempting Fate 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
quaintinns More than 1 year ago
Jane Green is at the TOP of her game with “Tempting Fate” and so deserving of 5 stars- loved it! It was divine, delicious, and absolutely difficult to put down. It was well worth the time, putting off work to curl up for the weekend to finish this incredible book. It grabbed me from the first page, holding the suspense through the ending! Wow! This was one of the best books I have read by Jane, and if you are a fan of Jennifer Weiner, Emily Giffin, Amy Hatvany, and Sarah Pekkanen, I highly recommend. This is an emotional read, about temptation, family, betrayal, and love - packed with twists, turns, surprises, and explores raw feelings from different perspectives of the man and the woman. What an engaging story, well written, with great character development. This is a book for single or married women of any age (especially middle age). You will become mesmerized by this thought-provoking story; one which will leave you thinking long after the epilogue. Oh, so loved the intense banter of tasteful but sexy emails and flirting! Some parts are just too funny and so realistic; even though am single, recall these intense feelings you get when you are in your mid to late forties (the last big kick of hormones turning you into a 25 yr. old); attracting and dating a younger man with all the intensity before the big menopause change of life (leaving you with wanting NO part of any man or sex) thereafter. The storm before the calm, in other words. You will smile, laugh, and cry and oh . . . surprised as in true love, there is always room for forgiveness, strong family bonds, and second chances! Movie worthy – can envision the cast now! A special thank you to St. Martin’s Press, via NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an unbiased honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many people who reviewed this book are so selfish!!! WHY RUIN IT FOR OTHER PEOPLE AND THE SAME PEOPLE DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN. I enjoyed reading the book and recommend it to others, good book, well worth the time, that is all people want to hear, so those of you who feel you must write a book report, DON'T.
anovelreview_blogspot_com More than 1 year ago
From page one I related to Gabby. We are both women of a certain age, live in the suburbs, happily married for twenty years, still very much in love, stay-at-home moms and may not always feel as good about ourselves as we once did. I liked her right off the bat. I liked how she wanted to look nice with her girlfriends, but wasn't looking to spend a ton of money. She felt so genuine. Then on her night out she meets a young guy who flatters her and she likes it and oh by the way he's a hottie! It builds her confidence. I got it. I even got the emails. Jane Green made Gabby real. The wife who goes too far. I was mad, I was angry. Let me say if I could have I would have given Claire a high five for being a good best friend and giving Gabby some perspective. The fall out for Gabby's "one reckless moment" changes everything for everyone around her. Jane Green really showed the ugly side, the side where it falls apart, the hurt of not only others but your own pain. I found myself crying over the broken family. I didn't necessary feel bad for Gabby and in moments I didn't like her, but deep down she just made a really bad decision with repercussions that everyone felt. I loved how those repercussions were explored. The only negative for me was the ending...it felt a little over the top. Had it been a little less it would have been perfect. I can't say TEMPTING FATE is an enjoyable book, because of the story line...but it was a really really great read. A story line that really makes you realize how unexpectedly those lines can be crossed and what you can lose. I am highly recommending it!!!
Delphimo More than 1 year ago
The story drew me in immediately. So many women can feel the wonder and amazement that a younger man would even notice them. Yes, Gabby has an ideal life with her husband and 2 daughters, but as a woman we sometimes need a little excitement. Does this mean that the sane, comfortable life needs to be discarded and all caution thrown to the wind? Do we all hold secrets of past indiscretions that might threaten our balanced existence? Do we need to cross the line in the sand and commit a faux pas? I enjoyed the book; the many of the relationships seemed unrealistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book i have read by this author, Very well written ,  good story depth, good story development
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a woman in her forties, this situation hit home. Beautifully written, touching many emotions within. I would love to see a follow up book from Matts perspective. Why was he drawn to Gabby, was it loneliness, mostly fantasy, or true feelings?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book! I am a new fan. This is the second book I have read written by this author. You don't know how things will be resolved until the end, which is unusual with many books on the market.
tw73 More than 1 year ago
This is an entertaining book as far as romance novels go. It is a book that you want to keep reading. The ending could go in several directions and the author does a good job of holding your interest. I would definitely read and have read other books by this author. They are all romance with different plots. Good book for book club who likes light romance.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
What if an innocent night out with girlfriends changes the course of one woman’s life for the rest of her life thanks to temptation? Jane Green presents an intriguing story that dissects and answers this very question in her latest novel, Tempting Fate. Gabby is forty-three. She has arrived at that moment in a woman’s life when she questions her desirability. Happily married to Elliott for eighteen years, they have the proof of their wonderful life together in their two teenaged daughters. Yet, Gabby wonders if her husband Elliott still sees her through the eyes of desire. Not too thrilled to be going out on a girls’ night out, she is practically forced into the excursion by her best friend Clare. The last thing Gabby has on her mind is the possibility of catching the eye of a man—any man at the trendy bar the girls settled upon for their night out. Gabby was more than uncomfortable watching the display before her. The women—half of them ‘happily married,’ were behaving like a gaggle of college girls at their first mixer—overly flirtations in their provocatively plunging necklines. Their debauchery was more than awkward for Gabby’s conservative British background. Of course, even though she didn’t know how to flirt, the thought did cross her mind more than once that it would have been nice to be noticed perhaps by one or two of the many men in the bar. When the extremely handsome man nearly ten years her junior takes an interest in her and saddles up next to her at the bar, unbeknownst to Gabby, she has arrived at her crossroads. Matt is engaging and charismatic and for all intents and purposes, truly seems like a gentleman who is merely looking for light conversation. He is on business and fate has deposited him next to her at the bar. He is confident and polite and immediately shows interest in talking with Gabby. It would seem he is the young, powerhouse owner of a renowned social media company and Gabby can’t understand how someone so young can be so successful, let alone interested in talking with her. Deep in conversation, when Gabby surfaces for a moment and realizes her friends have abandoned her, she has no choice but to make alternate arrangements to get a ride home. Matt is all too willing to assure her she can follow him across the street to his hotel while he checks in. It will give them a chance to continue their conversation and he can call her a cab from his hotel. Innocent enough or perhaps not. After their chance encounter, as the days ahead unfold, Gabby realizes the choices she will make as a result of that girls’ night out will not only change her life, but may very well destroy everything she held so dear and loved. Jane Green portrays a confident comfort and familiarity in the story she has written. Tempting Fate is easy to read and the topic has appeal to many women when it comes to questioning their own desirability. While there may be some predictability to the story, I enjoyed the fact that Ms. Green quashed obvious outcomes with a consistent element of surprise. I admire an author who knows the audience she is targeting and is sensitive to delivering a solid story. Ms. Green has mastered wonderful conversation and dialogue throughout Tempting Fate which breathes credibility into this work of fiction. Overall, this book is a read that is enjoyable and manages to keep the reader engaged. Quill says: Think long and hard about temptation. 
bookluvr35SL More than 1 year ago
One mistake, one bad decision can change everything.  Gabby & Elliot have been married for 18 years and have 2 teenage daughters.  Gabby always wanted one more child, but Elliot had a vasectomy, making his stance on the matter very clear.  If you were to ask Gabby or Elliot, they both would say they were happy, that they were still in love. But sometimes things happen which mess with reality, and change the course of the future.  The characters are so real you feel as if you know them, and you will get caught up in the storyline and be eager to see how it plays out.  This is defnitely a must-read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doesn't everyone sometime or another in their life feel like a little attention from a newcomer would be most welcome. Be careful what you wish for. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Jane Greens new book and found myself immediately sucked into it. Gabby is the main character and at 43 she seems to have the perfect life...perfect husband, two beautiful children, great friends...however, when a younger man shows some interest in her she spins out of control and her life is turned upside down. Great book to spend reading with a cup of tea by the fireplace or this summer at the beach. Don't miss this one!
Livanlearn More than 1 year ago
I have read some really good books lately, but this one, I'm sorry to say did not appeal to me. It was far-fetched and seemed too immature for adult readers. it did not hold my interest at the beginning, even though I did keep reading to the end.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good in the sense that, unlike some other reviewers, I really couldn't put it down. I read it as pure entertainment, however, and also looked back at the way I acted in my early forties. It was a type of teenage regression, and I think many women face this stage before they take the nosedive into menopause. I don't want to give any details away, but I will say that some things that happened seemed somewhat unrealistic. I had to suspend my disbelief and just enjoy the story.
samalama143 More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** While I had a hard time with Gabby and the choices she made, I couldn't put the book down. I was dying to see how it all came out. Part of me was glad the family stayed in tact but the other part of me was irritated that she screwed up and still got everything she wanted-even the baby she pouted about wanting and a husband who still madly loved her. I guess that's what this story was supposed to make you feel? Everything? It was a good story and I love Jane Green. I'm glad I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read & entertaining. It's a light read & things wrap up a little too nice (unrealistic) in the end but I will check out more by this author in the future.
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funmysterylover More than 1 year ago
Great book! I think that most women would be able to relate to how the main character feels. Loved how it ended.
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