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Title: Tempting Fate
Author: Jane Green
Publisher: Published March 25th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9780312591847
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From Jane Green, the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as Jemima J, The Beach House, Another Piece of My Heart, comes an enthralling and emotional story about how much we really understand the temptations that can threaten even the most idyllic of relationships…. Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged da From Jane Green, the New York Times bestselling author of such beloved novels as Jemima J, The Beach House, Another Piece of My Heart, comes an enthralling and emotional story about how much we really understand the temptations that can threaten even the most idyllic of relationships…. Gabby and Elliott have been happily married for eighteen years. They have two teenaged daughters. They have built a life together. Forty-three year old Gabby is the last person to have an affair. She can't relate to the way her friends desperately try to cling to the beauty and allure of their younger years…And yet, she too knows her youth is quickly slipping away. She could never imagine how good it would feel to have a handsome younger man show interest in her--until the night it happens. Matt makes Gabby feel sparkling, fascinating, alive--something she hasn't felt in years. What begins as a long-distance friendship soon develops into an emotional affair as Gabby discovers her limits and boundaries are not where she expects them to be. Intoxicated, Gabby has no choice but to step ever deeper into the allure of attraction and attention, never foreseeing the life-changing consequences that lie ahead. If she makes one wrong move she could lose everything--and find out what really matters most. A heartfelt and complex story, Tempting Fate will have readers gripped until they reach the very last page, and thinking about the characters long after they put the book down.

30 review for Tempting Fate

  1. 4 out of 5

    Crumb

    This was not my first foray into Jane Green's novels and I was not disappointed in the least. She writes with ease and grace. She has a way with words that makes you unable to stop turning the pages. I feel like the best quality an author can have is the ability to woo their readers and Jane Green definitely does not fall short. In Tempting Fate, Gabby and Elliot have a wonderful marriage with two beautiful daughters. They have the picture perfect life. Gabby thinks her married friends are crazy, This was not my first foray into Jane Green's novels and I was not disappointed in the least. She writes with ease and grace. She has a way with words that makes you unable to stop turning the pages. I feel like the best quality an author can have is the ability to woo their readers and Jane Green definitely does not fall short. In Tempting Fate, Gabby and Elliot have a wonderful marriage with two beautiful daughters. They have the picture perfect life. Gabby thinks her married friends are crazy, when on a girls' night out, they all get drunk and start flirting with other men.."Aren't they married," she thinks? She would never even dream of kissing, let alone flirting with another man! Well..that is..until Matt sits down next to her..then all bets are off.. This book read like a dream. I could not put it down for the life of me. I give this book 4.5 stars. Anyone who is a fan of Elin Hilderbrand or Nancy Thayer would enjoy this. This was a domestic drama at its best!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jacki (Julia Flyte)

    Gabby is 43 and loves her husband Elliott dearly. He is her soulmate, even though he refused to have the third child that she badly wanted. They never fight. Oh, except about the absence of the third child. And he never annoys her except when he works long hours. Or when he snores. And they hardly ever have sex, except sometimes when they have sex twice a day. Even then, she doesn't make much of an effort, except sometimes when she does. So after 20 years together, maybe things have lost a littl Gabby is 43 and loves her husband Elliott dearly. He is her soulmate, even though he refused to have the third child that she badly wanted. They never fight. Oh, except about the absence of the third child. And he never annoys her except when he works long hours. Or when he snores. And they hardly ever have sex, except sometimes when they have sex twice a day. Even then, she doesn't make much of an effort, except sometimes when she does. So after 20 years together, maybe things have lost a little of their magic. Her teenage and pre-teen daughter keep her at a distance, except sometimes when they don't. She is intimidated by a very organised mother that she knows and dislikes her because once Gabby lied to her to look better but got caught out so now she feels like she's not as good a mother as she should be. She doesn't work but judges mothers who help out at school a lot because they don't have a life. Can you tell that I disliked her intensely? One night out with the girls, Gabby gets chatting to a handsome younger man who just happens to be the multi-millionaire founder of a famous website - oh and crazy about her. But she's happily married, so she should be immune to attraction - or is she? If this description hasn't driven you crazy, you may well enjoy this novel. It hums along at a good pace and probably most women in long term relationships will identify in some way with Gabby's dilemma. However I couldn't get past my dislike of the lead character. She's incredibly self-centered and shallow. We keep being told how confident and amazing she is, but we never feel it for ourselves. It is very much the kind of book where everything gets spelled out for you, what people are thinking and feeling and lots of information about the brands they use or wear. There are so many good books out there that I'm annoyed with myself for wasting a day of my life in this one. Jane Green has definitely written better.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Elsborg

    I've liked others of Ms Green's book but this one didn't do anything for me. I felt uncomfortable throughout and I suspect it was the subject matter. I don't have a problem reading about cheating but Gabby was such a self-centred shallow bitch, I couldn't bring myself to care less about her. The ending was trite and a different ending could have easily saved it for me. I'm tired of reading about women who long to be just that bit thinner, prettier, loved a bit more etc etc. Ms Green gave her a j I've liked others of Ms Green's book but this one didn't do anything for me. I felt uncomfortable throughout and I suspect it was the subject matter. I don't have a problem reading about cheating but Gabby was such a self-centred shallow bitch, I couldn't bring myself to care less about her. The ending was trite and a different ending could have easily saved it for me. I'm tired of reading about women who long to be just that bit thinner, prettier, loved a bit more etc etc. Ms Green gave her a job and yet it never really felt part of her privileged life. But the biggest issue for me was this. (view spoiler)[ She has a one night stand and doesn't use protection? She's an intelligent woman. How stupid can she be? Okay - forgive that - it was lust, spur of the moment - so next day - why not go and take a morning after pill just in case? I know she wanted a baby but enough to lose her husband? No worry about STDs - she doesn't know this guy. She sleeps with her husband without protection immediately afterwards. I hate her!... (hide spoiler)] Rant over. Sorry - I can see others love this but it just wasn't my sort of book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patrice Hoffman

    Sometimes I'm just in the mood for some good old chick-lit and no one does this genre better than Jane Green. Although the feature characters are often times flighty, superficial, and sometimes annoying there is something that keeps me coming back to revel in their lives. Tempting Fate is that type of novel for me. A story that is instantly engaging, so much so that I was shouting at my Kindle and falling in and out of love with Gabby all in the same breath. Gabby lives a relatively good life wit Sometimes I'm just in the mood for some good old chick-lit and no one does this genre better than Jane Green. Although the feature characters are often times flighty, superficial, and sometimes annoying there is something that keeps me coming back to revel in their lives. Tempting Fate is that type of novel for me. A story that is instantly engaging, so much so that I was shouting at my Kindle and falling in and out of love with Gabby all in the same breath. Gabby lives a relatively good life with her husband Elliot of 20 years. They have two wonderful daughters, a picture-perfect suburban life, and a marriage that seems impenetrable. All is good in her world until a girls' night out opens her up to the world of possibilities that include a gorgeous millionaire 10x's her junior. Before long, a night of innocent flirting turns into a dangerous attraction that threatens to end the perfect world Gabby created with her husband. Jane Green has a way of telling a story that captivates readers and holds them in suspense, waiting for the ball to drop. There are times when the plot is predictable, and other times where my jaw drops to the floor having not seen it coming. Amid all the circumstances that arise in Tempting Fate, Green still manages to get her point across. Themes pop up in this novel that are hard to ignore such as emotional versus physical affairs. Is one more acceptable than the other kept playing in my mind? I still don't have the answer. Gabby also battles with the one thing that only goes up and never comes down: Age. She sees a middle-aged housewife with lines as deep as the potholes in Chicago, and is unable to remain unfazed by the what she thinks is innocent communications with a man she clearly has an attraction to. Another issue that arises is how do we decide who's family. Is family always, or only, defined by blood? True family can overcome any issue, big or small, in an effort to stay together. Jane Green pushes the envelope in demanding readers to ask themselves what's most important and learning how to forgive. I was back and forth with this novel questioning how I would react to some of the jaw-dropping circumstances that happen to this unsuspecting New England couple. While reading this novel I couldn't help but notice the narrators voice was a little odd. There were times when I thought I was reading a fairytale in the way the characters' stories were being relayed. These instances are most noticeable in the beginning of a chapter when the narrator is trying to seem distant and tells the story almost in a catty, far off voice that borders on cautionary. Once again, Jane Green is my go-to when I'm in need of good chick-lit that isn't completely mindless. Tempting Fate definitely fit the bill for a great, easy read that brings up issues that really matter. I look forward to what's next from this author only because I definitely consider her one of my favorites. Copy provided by St Martin's Press via Netgalley

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    Have been a loyal JG reader over the years, this ridiculous fairy tale definitely disappointed. As a "happily married" 43 year-old (middle aged) woman much like the protagonist, I thought I could relate and was intrigued initially with this read. However, under no scenario could I envision the happy ending afforded the characters except in a world of pure fiction and ridiculousness. Nor could I envision flabby Gabby attracting some young, gorgeous, billionaire in some cougar-bar. Seriously?!?! ( Have been a loyal JG reader over the years, this ridiculous fairy tale definitely disappointed. As a "happily married" 43 year-old (middle aged) woman much like the protagonist, I thought I could relate and was intrigued initially with this read. However, under no scenario could I envision the happy ending afforded the characters except in a world of pure fiction and ridiculousness. Nor could I envision flabby Gabby attracting some young, gorgeous, billionaire in some cougar-bar. Seriously?!?! (Spoiler alert) I think JG does her readers a huge disservice to imply that any spouse could or should forgive the kind of indiscretion Gabby commits against her family and that they could all live happily ever after, love child included. It's insulting to the reader and I couldn't buy one minute of it. Jane: you can do better!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    After eighteen years of marriage and two children, 43 year old Gabby is feeling and looking her age. Yet she scoffs at the efforts of her married friends who dress up in their tight pants, cleavage-showing tops, and strappy shoes. She knows they are just flirting to get an emotional high, but it seems so off-balance. Still, she takes a little more care with her appearance for her first night out with the girls. As the night progresses and she watches her friends harmlessly flirting, the unthinka After eighteen years of marriage and two children, 43 year old Gabby is feeling and looking her age. Yet she scoffs at the efforts of her married friends who dress up in their tight pants, cleavage-showing tops, and strappy shoes. She knows they are just flirting to get an emotional high, but it seems so off-balance. Still, she takes a little more care with her appearance for her first night out with the girls. As the night progresses and she watches her friends harmlessly flirting, the unthinkable happens--a cute, hot, younger (34 years old) man finds her...interesting. When her friends claim that they did not want to interrupt her conversation with the young Matt. amd they leave without her, (What Kind of Friends Do That????) Gabby finds herself being taken to Matt's hotel to "call her a taxi" since she is far too tipsy to make her way home. (Couldn't Matt call her a taxi from the bar???) Anyway, nothing happens, but boy, it sure could have. Soon a long-distance friendship develops between Matt in Malibu and Gabby in New York. Gabby becomes giddy. She imagines life with Matt. But, of course, it's only fantasy. Nothing will ever happen not even when Matt makes another trip to New York. It was just a harmless meeting between the two even though she has taken pains to lose weight, buy new sexy clothes, get Botox and a few other treatments; even though she begins lying to her husband about her new glow and the money she haa spent to achieve that glow. After a third meeting, well, the "it will never happen" becomes "oops, it happened." Remorse sets in and eventually Gabbby's husband is clued in. From there the plot gets really distorted and Gabby's marriage spirals downward. She is outraged that her husband cannot forgive her and that he has found it impossible to continue to live in the same house with her. She is livid that he eventually moves on with his life and toward a divorce proceeding. She is desperate to prove that her husband is and always was the "only one". The whole character of Gabby turned my stomach. She was selfish and conniving and the idea that she could keep her fling a secret was ludicrous. Her lack of thinking skills. READ: She was stupid. While Gabby was the worst of the characters, there were none in the book that I liked. Her husband was naive. Her best friend was in it only when the times were good. Matt was a jerk who knew what was at risk for Gabby but didn't care. There was a small thread through the story about Gabby's younger daughter, 11 year old Allana who gets expelled from middle school for bullying that didn't seem to have any real purpose and wasn't really dealt with. It was as though Green just had a random thought about "tweens" and their difficult adjustment from childhood to teen years. All in all, and I am rambling, let me just say that this book was unbelievable, the characters were unlikeable, and the ending...oh it was just way too over the top and was so much more than any of the characters ever deserved. Ugh.

  7. 4 out of 5

    LauraBeth

    This book is a great cautionary tale for married women of all adult ages but particularly for mid-life women. When you're 23 or 33, it's tough to imagine being 43 or 53, so I'm not sure that I would have enjoyed reading this at an earlier stage in my life. Gaby is 43, happily married and the mother of two teenage daughters. Her life seems perfect but she struggles with the doubts and insecurities that seem to crop up in middle age. Unfortunately, she allows herself to fall for a man who isn't he This book is a great cautionary tale for married women of all adult ages but particularly for mid-life women. When you're 23 or 33, it's tough to imagine being 43 or 53, so I'm not sure that I would have enjoyed reading this at an earlier stage in my life. Gaby is 43, happily married and the mother of two teenage daughters. Her life seems perfect but she struggles with the doubts and insecurities that seem to crop up in middle age. Unfortunately, she allows herself to fall for a man who isn't her husband and she has an emotional affair that leads to a one night stand. Reading this book is like going through the fallout with your best friend. Some of the book can be downright exhausting and emotionally wrenching (I had to walk away from it for a while and come back to it). There are times when you see that Gaby is so selfish and self-centered that you want to scream. But maybe that's the point - Gaby is flawed. She isn't a perfect character who makes perfect choices. She's human and makes mistakes. And in the end that made her real to me. What really resonated with me though is the book's underlying theme of grace, forgiveness and redemption. Sometimes it is in marriage where we must extend continual, everyday grace in addition to forgiveness for huge trespasses. It's easy to walk away when we've been wronged and so much more painful and difficult to work through it. While the story had a predictable ending as far as fiction goes, in real life, the ending to this is usually much messier. I liked how this book chose to show the other side of the typical, real-life ending - what happens when we choose to forgive and how do we move on after causing hurt or being the one impacted by someone's else's mistake?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    I've read quite a lot of Jane Green's novels over the years, and am especially fond of 'Bookends' which was published way back in 2000. I haven't read any of her more recent novels, I felt that maybe I'd grown out of stories that featured twenty-something single girls, looking for love. I was pleasantly surprised when I started to read Tempting Fate. Jane Green's characters have matured too, along with her writing style and her plots. Tempting Fate is the story of Gabby, a woman in her forties, I've read quite a lot of Jane Green's novels over the years, and am especially fond of 'Bookends' which was published way back in 2000. I haven't read any of her more recent novels, I felt that maybe I'd grown out of stories that featured twenty-something single girls, looking for love. I was pleasantly surprised when I started to read Tempting Fate. Jane Green's characters have matured too, along with her writing style and her plots. Tempting Fate is the story of Gabby, a woman in her forties, happily married for twenty years to the love of her life. Gabby and Elliott are settled, successful and are looking forward to spending their latter years together, seeing their two lovely daughters grow and leave the nest and settling back to reflect on what has been, so far, a very happy marriage. Gabby is English, but has lived in America for many years. Her relationship with her own mother was always fraught, Gabby felt that her bohemian mother Natasha really didn't have a lot of time for her, preferring to tend to the many waifs and strays that she welcomed into their home. Marrying Elliott, becoming a mother and being part of a circle of friends has made Gabby finally feel wanted. There is just one more thing that would make her happier, but Elliott won't hear of it, and it seems that Gabby's fate is sealed. A chance meeting with young, handsome and very rich Matt will change Gabby's life forever, and after just one night she hurtles down the path through her 'year of insanity'. Tempting Fate really is a great read. It will appeal to women in their middle years, those of us that are happily settled and think that we know what life is all about. It will make those readers talk a deep breath and take a critical look around them, to see if things really are as clear-cut as we like to think. The story is also a reminder to us, making it clear that excitement and passion are not always the best way. Jane Green writes very well, she gets into the intricacies of family relationships, and also those often difficult friendships between mature women. The themes of betrayal and hope run strongly through the story. Resentments and secrets are exposed and explored and the intimate, often hidden thoughts of the everyday married women are slowly revealed. Tempting Fate is an enjoyable, well-written novel from a much loved and well established author. Her fans will not be disappointed, and I hope that she gains many new readers too.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rea Cobb

    I always look forward to a new Jane Green book and she is back in true form with Tempting Fate which is a fantastic read and really doesn’t disappoint. Gabby loves her husband Elliott even after all these years but when her head is turned by another man she feels as though she is missing out on something and could that something be passion, or the way that a younger man makes her feel sexy and youthful and exciting? In one night Gabby’s safe and loving world comes crashing down around her because I always look forward to a new Jane Green book and she is back in true form with Tempting Fate which is a fantastic read and really doesn’t disappoint. Gabby loves her husband Elliott even after all these years but when her head is turned by another man she feels as though she is missing out on something and could that something be passion, or the way that a younger man makes her feel sexy and youthful and exciting? In one night Gabby’s safe and loving world comes crashing down around her because of one awful mistake that she regrets. Can she put right her wrongs or has too much hurt been caused? I literally couldn’t put this book down, I stayed up until early hours of the morning to see how this book ends. It is a very thought provoking read and I found I had conflicting emotions whilst reading this. One thing I can never usually sympathise with is adultery so I had part of me screaming at Gabby for what she had done and thinking there is no way I am going to warm to this character and yet the other part of me loved her and really sympathised with her character. The storyline was a little predictable at the beginning but it was still an interesting story so this didn’t bother me at all, then as the book moved on I wasn’t sure what the outcome was going to be and this is what kept me hooked. I loved each and every one of the characters in this book other than Gabby’s best friend Claire, I don’t want to elaborate on why but when you read this book you will understand why she disappointed me as a character as well as a friend. There are many characters in this book but they were all developed so well so I never found that I got confused with who was who. Elliott was such a little darling and I loved him and although the majority of the book is told from Gabbys point of view there were a few chapters that were told from Elliott’s point of view and he made my heart melt. A compelling read that had me hooked from start to finish.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    ”No one likes to think of themselves as the kind of person who would have an affair who would ever betray their spouse so monumentally, so unforgivably, so heartlessly unless they had no choice? Unless they found the one person the Gods had chosen for them, the one person they were supposed to have married, had circumstances not got in the way and slopped their boring old husband in instead.” This book made me feel indescribably… icky. And I’m not sure how I feel about that. Gabby is a happily ”No one likes to think of themselves as the kind of person who would have an affair who would ever betray their spouse so monumentally, so unforgivably, so heartlessly unless they had no choice? Unless they found the one person the Gods had chosen for them, the one person they were supposed to have married, had circumstances not got in the way and slopped their boring old husband in instead.” This book made me feel indescribably… icky. And I’m not sure how I feel about that. Gabby is a happily married mother of two teenage daughters. She has everything she could possibly want; a loving husband who adores her, two healthy kids, and a lifestyle most women would envy. Nothing could possibly go wrong: until she meets Matt. Ten years younger, drop-dead gorgeous, and successful, Matt awakens her a midlife crisis that’s more than just wishing she were younger. They begin an emotional affair, but when they cross that line, Gabby has to face the consequences of what she did. In case you haven’t already guessed it, this book deals with cheating. And that wasn’t necessarily the part that made me feel icky. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t condone it. But I’m also not a person who thinks those who do cheat should go to the 13th Realm of Hellfire and Damnation. So the cheating aspect of this story wasn’t what made me feel so icky. What made me feel so icky is the fact that the main character made it very, very hard to feel sorry for. Gabby is a Takedown Woman. There’s no nice way to put it. She’s constantly judgmental of other women and makes snide remarks about their weight and appearance in an attempt to make herself feel better about her own self; she constantly blames others for her feelings of inadequacy and low self-worth (which is how she justifies her affair with Matt); she claims her husband isn’t the reason for her having the affair but alternatively tells the readers all his faults and how stale he is… you get the idea. I can’t sum up feelings of pity or sympathy for a person who is so callous and self-serving. So when the time came for her husband to find out that she had an affair, I really couldn’t muster up any warm and fuzzy feelings for her when she cried about how sorry she was. Honey, you brought this on yourself and based on your attitude, it’s come to bite you right in the behind. At the same time, I do think this book raised a lot of good questions (and some interesting plot responses to those questions) when it came to infidelity and the fall-out from it. You see, (view spoiler)[Jane has an emotional affair and a one-night stand with Matt, but that one-night stand results in a baby. She can’t pass the baby along as her husband’s because he had a vasectomy, something she’s still sore about and won’t stop reminding the reader of, BTW. So she essentially has to come clean. She has the baby, and she eventually tells Matt that he’s a father (he took it really, REALLY well, BTW). He becomes involved in the baby’s life, along with his new girlfriend. I did like that approach the author took to the story. No matter what the outcome of the affair is, I believe that it’s important for both parents to be involved in the child’s life if they are both stable, good meaning individuals. The child shouldn’t have to suffer for their parent’s mistakes. (hide spoiler)] As for how the story ends… it was disappointingly predictable. (view spoiler)[The husband gets mad at her for cheating and leaves her. He starts dating another woman, who also happens to be a woman that Gabby despises because she’s so ‘precious and perfect’. Husband quickly realizes that he still loves his wife and that this new woman isn’t all he made her up to me. So he gets back together with Gabby and lets Matt and his girlfriend become a part of their lives for the sake of the child. Le sigh. I really wish there were novels where there was infidelity but the partners didn’t take each other back. Not that it wouldn’t be necessarily more realistic but still; there are plenty of couples who choose to do that and make it on their own to live with the consequences. Personally, getting back together and forgiving each other so easily rubs me the wrong way, but hey; who am I to judge? (hide spoiler)] Readers who are of a forgiving spirit will probably like it. Just like Gabby, this book had me feeling all sorts of emotions, just not the ones I was expecting or hoping for. I couldn’t summon up any sympathy for the main character and the fact that an affair ruined her tranquil life since she wasn’t a person that inspired much sympathy. The ending was unconventional and unique, if somewhat predictable in some cases. However, I just could not get past that feeling of ick I had throughout this book. I don’t know if it was due to the subject matter or how shallow and judgmental Gabby was. While it’s perfect Lifetime material (which is ironic, given that this is going to be a Lifetime movie), it just wasn’t that great.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Maggie61

    This one was hard to read as you could see what was going to happen and you want to prevent it. Very few people actually enter a potential affair situation intending to destroy their marriage or cause harm to it. They can start out without that intention and they just want attention or are looking for something that's missing and one thing leads to another. It happens to many people, more people than admit. Gabby had no complaints about her marriage. She loves her husband but she does resent his This one was hard to read as you could see what was going to happen and you want to prevent it. Very few people actually enter a potential affair situation intending to destroy their marriage or cause harm to it. They can start out without that intention and they just want attention or are looking for something that's missing and one thing leads to another. It happens to many people, more people than admit. Gabby had no complaints about her marriage. She loves her husband but she does resent his decision to put an end to the possibility of any more children. Enter Matt, young and hot who says and does the right thing and gabby is intrigued. And obsessed. She doesn't intend to do more than correspond with him, maybe have the odd drink and she soon finds herself waiting anxiously for every word from him. How did it go from that to more? And then she is terribly ashamed. She makes things right and breathes a sigh of relief at the second chance to appreciate her life and Marriage. And then fate sets in I was really angry at Claire's betrayal of gabbys friendship, all of a sudden dropping her when gabbys husband Elliot stays with Claire and her husband Tim. Why does she have to choose? So many people are judgmental thinking they would never act that way and while gabby admitted and realized her mistake, Claire was not any kind of friend to her. And setting Elliott up with trish, the one person that had always made gabby feel inadequate. Gabby will never forget what she had done and her face will be rubbed in it and she will be talked about for years, especially due to the constant reminder that resulted. Will Elliott forgive her? Will they be able to have a marriage again? Some husbands can forgive, some cant. But I think every woman thinking of entering any kind of "dangerous" relationship or friendship needs to ask themselves if it is worth risking their marriage and family. They may think they will just play with the danger and nothing further will happen, they can put a stop to it, but it it's that easy. Gabby realized too late that she should never have taken anything beyond that first day of meeting Matt in the bar. Great fiction again by jane green.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joanne7758

    The writing in this book was adequate, but I have to say I just couldn't relate to the main character who was a bored housewife married to what appeared to be a wonderful doctor who totally supported her. She has a brief affair with a hot younger man and gets pregnant (every heard of birth control?). Prior to the affair she informs us of how she yearns for another child (she has two daughters) because she loves babies so much but her selfish, selfish husband has a vasectomy. Everything comes out The writing in this book was adequate, but I have to say I just couldn't relate to the main character who was a bored housewife married to what appeared to be a wonderful doctor who totally supported her. She has a brief affair with a hot younger man and gets pregnant (every heard of birth control?). Prior to the affair she informs us of how she yearns for another child (she has two daughters) because she loves babies so much but her selfish, selfish husband has a vasectomy. Everything comes out just hunky dory in the end for this useless woman with the exception that although everyone forgives HER after she hurts everyone around her, she can't forgive her best friend for siding with her husband when they separated. Her friends are, for the most part, as useless as she is. While she's separated and pregnant there is no mention of how she is supporting herself ... of course she's still living off the husband ... while she's pregnant with someone else's child. The new baby from another man makes the whole world bright and shiny and new and was worth everything! Everyone gets on board -- the husband, her daughters, the baby's father (who she informs as an afterthought), even her flight mother sees the light. All because of the baby! If she was bored with being supported and refinishing the odd piece of furniture she picks up from the dump ...hey here's a thought ... get a job! She makes it clear that she doesn't really 'hover' over her daughters though those other silly stay-at-home Moms do! What the hell does this woman do with her time? Who cares?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I've been a fan of Jane Green for more years than I can remember. She's always wrote great chick lit novels, but these days they have a bit more of an edge to them. Tempting Fate revolves around Gabby, a 40 something English housewife living in the U.S. Married to an American Man, Elliott for over 20 years with two daughters, one about to hit her teenage years and the other almost at adult age, Gabby sees her life is a bit dull and she can feel herself getting older. Restless and tired of her rou I've been a fan of Jane Green for more years than I can remember. She's always wrote great chick lit novels, but these days they have a bit more of an edge to them. Tempting Fate revolves around Gabby, a 40 something English housewife living in the U.S. Married to an American Man, Elliott for over 20 years with two daughters, one about to hit her teenage years and the other almost at adult age, Gabby sees her life is a bit dull and she can feel herself getting older. Restless and tired of her routine, Gabby dolls herself up and goes for a night out with the girls. It is here she meets Matt, a rather dashing Man ten years her junior but with the power to make her feel special again. Gabby slowly becomes more obsessed with Matt as they flirt via text and email. She convinces herself it's harmless fun, she loves Elliott and isn't one of those women that have an affair. Finally, they can no longer resist each other and spend a fleeting, reckless moment together which results in shocking consequences. Tempting Fate is possibly the most honest book I've read around this subject matter. Instead of glorifying an affair or night of cheating as something wonderful, yet risky it's made blatantly clear that Gabby and Matt's moment was a guilt inducing mistake. The aftermath they leave in their wake is emotional and heartbreaking. It's a real and truthful tale of "you don't know what you've got til you sleep with someone else and blow it all apart". I really liked Gabby, you can really understand how she was feeling and how she somehow stumbled from mild flirtation to regrettable night of passion. How she copes with the after effects of her mistake show her to be a strong, yet ultimately human Woman who despite making a terrible error in judgement, will do anything she can to repair her marriage and her family. The network of characters around her are great, you can completely understand why Gabby loves Elliott so much whilst acknowledging that Matt isn't a bad person. Her Mother, Natasha is fabulous - in my head she is just like Bernadette Peters! Throughout the story we're introduced to both old and new friends and acquaintances, each with their own story in some way mirroring the events of Gabby's life. My Rating - 4/5 - Tempting Fate isn't an overly dramatic, on the edge of your seat kind of book but it does keep you gripped until the end, craving a Happy Ending in whatever way that may be found. It's an achingly, honest story of family, love and life changing mistakes with great characters and several viewpoints on the story. Emotional and moving at times, this story may bruise your heart a little but it's unlikely you'll be reaching for the tissues as it is balanced nicely with good humour. A great read for existing Jane Green fans as well as those being introduced to her novels. * I received a copy of this book for review purposes. I have not been paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nehal

    Worst book I have read in a really long time. First of all, every character in this book was unlikable, especially the main character, who ends up cheating on her perfect doctor husband with a rich guy 10 years her Junior. Her daughters all come off as spoiled. Her husband whom she cheated on who you would think you'd feel empathy for, you don't as he makes terrible decisions. Lastly, the ending of the book is completely unrealistic with everything working out perfectly and tied with a neat ribb Worst book I have read in a really long time. First of all, every character in this book was unlikable, especially the main character, who ends up cheating on her perfect doctor husband with a rich guy 10 years her Junior. Her daughters all come off as spoiled. Her husband whom she cheated on who you would think you'd feel empathy for, you don't as he makes terrible decisions. Lastly, the ending of the book is completely unrealistic with everything working out perfectly and tied with a neat ribbon on top. I would not recommend wasting your time reading this book. Aside from the story-line, it wasn't even well written. It was too detailed and filled with repetitive descriptions of how awful the main character feels after she cheated and more time spent describing her "Uggs" and "Clothing choices from Nordstrom's" than anything with meaning. This was my first book by this author and I definitely will not be reading any other ones. It's a shame, because based on the premise of the book and synopsis, the book had a lot of potential, but fell way short.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lolly K Dandeneau

    Without condoning affairs by either sex, I do find it amusing how differently women are judged when they commit adultery. Women become this selfish, whorish woman who deserves a public stoning while men... well many just expect it of them, and often excuse it as their nature. And of course a woman will pay for it, as she does many joys, the rest of her life, with her spouse (if he stays and her children), mutual friends will drop too, usually into the husband's corner. I can see where some review Without condoning affairs by either sex, I do find it amusing how differently women are judged when they commit adultery. Women become this selfish, whorish woman who deserves a public stoning while men... well many just expect it of them, and often excuse it as their nature. And of course a woman will pay for it, as she does many joys, the rest of her life, with her spouse (if he stays and her children), mutual friends will drop too, usually into the husband's corner. I can see where some reviewers felt that Gabby was selfish and shallow, but I think if you can take the perspective of an aging woman who is starting to feel invisible you can maybe excuse her superficial actions. I think some readers would have had more compassion for Gabby had her husband been abusive or she needed rescuing (as is a common theme in most romances, right?) But this is more a novel about choices, mistakes, being human and just how stupid being human is. I felt the story just happened too fast- that anyone would be shocked by how her husband reacts to the very end surprises me because it's really not uncommon at all. Just like the books says 'she recklessly loses everything'- how often is that true for men? I do think for most women Gabby will just annoy them because 'her husband is so great!' I wasn't really interested in this story at all and just had a mild reaction to it. It was okay, but not my favorite Green novel.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Dilloway

    My friend won a Jane Green House Party, which included another Jane Green title, and one ARC of this, which I happened to win. I picked it up while I was waiting for my husband to finish his shower, expecting to read just a few pages. Instead, the engrossing story and entertaining writing drew me in. Gabby, the main character, is a 43 year old happily married woman who gets hit on by a really hot, funny, smart, rich young man. I mean, if you're considering cheating on your husband, it would have My friend won a Jane Green House Party, which included another Jane Green title, and one ARC of this, which I happened to win. I picked it up while I was waiting for my husband to finish his shower, expecting to read just a few pages. Instead, the engrossing story and entertaining writing drew me in. Gabby, the main character, is a 43 year old happily married woman who gets hit on by a really hot, funny, smart, rich young man. I mean, if you're considering cheating on your husband, it would have to be with a billionaire, right? Though it was escapist, a lot of it rang true-- stuff about motherhood and domestic life and mortality. And Green is a great writer on all levels-- the turns of phrases, the plotting,the characters. I appreciated seeing a book with a "difficult" (i.e. complicated) female character who I'm sure will polarize readers. I wanted to see what would happen and gasped aloud a couple times and read obsessively until my eyes were too tired to carry on and my hands were numb from propping it up on my chest. Which is to say, about 3/4 of the way through. I woke up wondering what had happened to Gabby and her family. Unfortunately, I had to take the darn kids to school, but I finished when I got back home. Entertaining, juicy read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ~Kristin~

    No rating DNF I just couldn't get past the lying and cheating. I knew going into this book that it was going to be a hard one for me, but a friend really enjoyed this book so I agreed to start it. I realized pretty early on it wasn't going to work for me, but I forged on making a real effort to give this a go. In the end, reading is for enjoyment and this was so not enjoyable, I called uncle and moved on.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Emily Liebert

    Perfection! Jane Green never disappoints. Her characters are so authentic that you feel like you're living their experiences with them, as if they are your best friends. I can't wait for her next!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Tempting Fate by Jane Green is a 2014 St. Martin's Press Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Gabby is in her early forties, married happily for the most part and raising two children. While her husband, Elliot, takes the girls on a camping trip, Gabby goes out with a group of her friends for a ladies night out. Gabby meets a much younger man at the bar named Matt. She winds up drinking too much and talking all night with Tempting Fate by Jane Green is a 2014 St. Martin's Press Publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Gabby is in her early forties, married happily for the most part and raising two children. While her husband, Elliot, takes the girls on a camping trip, Gabby goes out with a group of her friends for a ladies night out. Gabby meets a much younger man at the bar named Matt. She winds up drinking too much and talking all night with Matt, and she nearly makes a mistake that night. She wakes up the next morning very relieved she didn't do something stupid. But, Gabby can't get Matt out of her mind. He made her feel young again. He made her feel attractive and desired which at her age was something she needed to feel more than ever before. Soon, there are exchanged emails and text messages between herself and Matt. Gabby begins thinking about her weight, her hair , her appearance and is practically walking on air. She feels guilty though as well. She's moody and more argumentative with Elliot and her two teenage daughters. But, quit communication with Matt? Gabby just can't do it. As we all know, at least in the rational part of our brains, that if you play with fire, you'll get burned. Gabby and Elliot's marriage wasn't perfect by any means. Elliot did make a decision that Gabby should have had a say in and so for years Gabby has harbored resentment towards him. It's not something she dwells on continuously, but it is still something that hurts her deeply and she lives with the pain of it every day. While this does perhaps play a role in what Gabby is thinking when she starts an emotional affair with Matt, mostly it has to do with the longing for that newness in a relationship that usually deepens into true love after a time. But, that wonderful, addictive honeymoon period is so tantalizing. It fills us with so many emotions and positive feelings that new love can bring into our lives and after nearly twenty years of marriage, that kind of thing is hard to recapture. Sooner or later that part of the relationship will cool off and that is when you realize a much deeper depth of feeling and love, if you stick it out. I can understand Gabby is some ways. She feels flattered by the attention of a younger man, she wants to be attractive to him and worries about the age difference. Gabby was hardly a vain woman, but after meeting Matt she begins to spend much more time on her looks, something Elliot has never really encouraged. The thing is, Gabby knows that this is wrong. She has a solid relationship with her husband and she has two daughters that would also reap the consequences of Gabby's actions. That all consuming passion and light as air feeling that is all so brief was not worth the pain and heartbreak that everyone got sucked into. Adultery is always a bad thing. Always. Gabby of course will learn this the hard way. She will also learn who her true friends are. The upside to all of the drama is that Gabby makes a new connection with her mother, with whom she has had a rather rocky relationship in the past. There were some good things that came about which I can't reveal and for Gabby the way things turn out for her is about the best it could get. Adultery is a touchy subject and one that has me on pins and needles when I read a book like this. The tension is almost as unbearable as when reading a suspense novel. I wanted to crawl into the pages and scream at Gabby- DO NOT DO IT! I know there will only be heartache and pain if she goes on with things and I must sit back and watch the building storm clouds turn into a huge tornado and reap destruction on everything in it's path. The author does a fine job of giving the reader insight into human nature and all the reactions to a situation like this one. The friends, the family, the community who all weigh in and have their own good or bad responses to what is going on with Gabby. In this case Gabby manages to rebuild some of the damage she caused, but in reality this outcome would most likely never occur. Despite that I was pleased to see things turn out like they did . While this is a book heavy on drama, this is not a depressing read. It is a cautionary tale for sure. At any given time any of us could find ourselves tempted in the way Gabby was. We tell ourselves we would never do what Gabby did. But, the truth is- you might. Gabby never went out looking for an affair. It was pure chance that she met Matt. At her age she should have known better, but we are all vulnerable no matter how strong or weak our relationship is with our significant other. So, before you go trading in a good thing for the brief intensity of an affair, think about the long term outcome of your decision. This was a well written novel that never got on a soap box or became preachy. The author let the characters make their own choices and showed us what happened as a result. This is a very absorbing story that I would recommend to those that enjoy women's fiction or contemporary fiction. Overall this one is an A.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I have been reading Jane Green's books since my early twenties and have 'grown up' apace with her and her characters it sometimes seems. After her move to America, Green's books took on a different style which eventually began to wear on me;though I continued to read them all there was something missing for me in some of them. I am very glad to say that her latest novel Tempting Fate has picked up the pace and was certainly more than tempting - it was fulfilling and like greeting an old friend, I have been reading Jane Green's books since my early twenties and have 'grown up' apace with her and her characters it sometimes seems. After her move to America, Green's books took on a different style which eventually began to wear on me;though I continued to read them all there was something missing for me in some of them. I am very glad to say that her latest novel Tempting Fate has picked up the pace and was certainly more than tempting - it was fulfilling and like greeting an old friend, although still focused on a more domestic setting rather than her original single girl about town novels, it nevertheless displayed some of the old grittiness and fire. Gabby is a forty-three year old mum of two, happily married to Elliott, a doctor who finally has the loving and close family she felt she never had a child. On a girly night out with friends Gabby attracts attention from a good looking, younger man and for Gabby, who has been feeling a bit dowdy and unattractive lately, feeling her age and with her daughters growing up, the attention come at an opportune time, making her feel younger and alive and that she hasn't quite lost it. But Gabby would never take it further than a little harmless flirting, even when she tracks Matt down via his website and begins a flirtatious texting relationship with him, she knows it will never go further; she loves her husband too much, end of. Except. When best friend Claire tells Gabby and Elliott she is pregnant with her third child, Gabby's world is rocked for Gabby has always wanted a third child but six months ago, and much against her wishes, Elliott had a vasectomy, putting paid to Gabby's desire and Gabby has not really forgiven him for that. It is this that prompts Gabby to look up the gorgeous Matt and begin the texting that gradually becomes a meeting but even then Gabby knows to stop, telling herself it's all harmless flirting. Until she passes the line of flirting...... Finding herself pregnant with a child that cannot possibly be Elliott's, Gabby's life pitches into turmoil as she finds herself at 43, and after 20 years of marriage, single and very pregnant; no longer in touch with Matt, ashamed, alone and deserted by Claire, Gabby has wrecked everything she wanted so badly for one small mistake and has to find the wherewithal to pick up the pieces and carry on. A fascinating scenario that kept me gripped throughout the book. I could totally understand Gabby's need for another child and the loss and hurt she must have felt when Elliott undermined her feelings and went ahead with the vasectomy. Gabby is portrayed very sympathetically although there is no covering up her own betrayal of Elliott and she certainly pays the price for that. You can imagine that that is how it really would be if it happened to someone you know and I thought that the reactions and emotions were accurate and the facts were there with equal amounts of blame and regret on all sides, no one was painted as the bad guy, it is simply a human story of betrayal, regret, hurt and love; a mistake is made, the consequences delivered and yet love and human nature win through despite everything. Thanks to netgalley for the review copy.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Fielding

    I was delighted to receive an advanced proof of this book from the publisher, having read and enjoyed bestselling women’s fiction author Jane Green before. I found this to be an intelligent, thought-provoking, true-to-life book. Amid Gabby’s story, there’s a lot of commentary about adultery and divorce and what it means to be a wife, a mother, and a woman of a certain age. It’s a book that depicts an emotional journey – don’t expect a packed, twisting plot with lots of action, but instead plenty I was delighted to receive an advanced proof of this book from the publisher, having read and enjoyed bestselling women’s fiction author Jane Green before. I found this to be an intelligent, thought-provoking, true-to-life book. Amid Gabby’s story, there’s a lot of commentary about adultery and divorce and what it means to be a wife, a mother, and a woman of a certain age. It’s a book that depicts an emotional journey – don’t expect a packed, twisting plot with lots of action, but instead plenty of exploration of feelings. There’s also some quite down-to-earth erotic content that allies with Gabby’s need to be outside of her usual, safe realm: Gabby is no longer a forty-three-year-old housewife, no longer a mother, no longer dull, well into middle-age. She is thirty, twenty, eighteen. She is wild and ferocious. She doesn’t care about stretch marks , or sags, or pouches; she cares only about pleasure, giving and receiving more pleasure than she had thought possible. My one struggle in the book was with the character of Gaby. After her affair, when she realises the mistake, I found it easier to like her and empathise with her. But before, when she’s rushing headlong into it all the while protesting loudly that she’s still a loyal wife and a good mother (despite the fact she’s rather inconsistent in her approach to her children, partly adoring them, partly wanting to keep out of their lives), I was uncomfortable in the reading. But I think that’s exactly the point – exactly how the reader is meant to feel. Without worrying about Gaby at the start, we can’t celebrate with her at the end when she is wiser and more appreciative of what she has; when she finally accepts, as her mother tells her: We are exactly where we need to be. A wonderful read, especially for those women with experience of marriage and children. And without wishing to spoil the read, if you’re put off this book because you think it will be depressing with a sad ending, don’t be.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

    Jane Green has established herself as a best selling author of womens fiction, publishing more than a dozen novels in the last fifteen years or so. Her latest release, Tempting Fate, is the story of Gaby Cartwright, a housewife and mother approaching middle age when a mild flirtation over a drink with someone who is not her husband spirals into an obsession which blows her world apart. Exploring themes such as marriage, motherhood, betrayal and adultery, Tempting Fate is a well crafted story. I f Jane Green has established herself as a best selling author of womens fiction, publishing more than a dozen novels in the last fifteen years or so. Her latest release, Tempting Fate, is the story of Gaby Cartwright, a housewife and mother approaching middle age when a mild flirtation over a drink with someone who is not her husband spirals into an obsession which blows her world apart. Exploring themes such as marriage, motherhood, betrayal and adultery, Tempting Fate is a well crafted story. I felt that Jane Green attempted an honest examination of the consequences for Gabby and her family when her recklessness is exposed. The plot is thought provoking, challenging and engaging and though the ending was just a little too neat and orderly for me, I think it was probably the best choice in order to appeal to Green's target audience. The characters of Tempting Fate are believably drawn and respond realistically to the issues they face. I was surprised to find Gabby a largely a likeable protagonist given my general distaste for her actions. Green does a credible job of exposing Gaby's vulnerabilities and I feel any woman of a similar age and life stage as Gaby will be able to relate to her many of her thoughts and emotions, even if they find the choices she makes morally repugnant. The author also did well to flesh out the cast and share their reactions to the changes they are forced to accept. I could understand Elliot's anger and sadness, support her daughters outrage and could sympathise with Gaby's best friends quandary. Tempting Fate is a surprisingly compulsive read, drawing the reader in with genuine emotion and a keen understanding of 'real women, real life and all the things life throws at them'. I found it a quick, entertaining and satisfying read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Gabby has been married to her husband for twenty years. Their marriage is committed, comfortable, and loving. She's in her forties and is unfortunately feeling her age, and not in a good way. After a chance meeting with a thirty-something man, she feels attractive and desirable. Who wouldn't want that feeling to continue? Tempting Fate presents an all too real example of the consequences of a seemingly innocent flirtation. I loved that this book does not romanticize unfaithfulness, even when it' Gabby has been married to her husband for twenty years. Their marriage is committed, comfortable, and loving. She's in her forties and is unfortunately feeling her age, and not in a good way. After a chance meeting with a thirty-something man, she feels attractive and desirable. Who wouldn't want that feeling to continue? Tempting Fate presents an all too real example of the consequences of a seemingly innocent flirtation. I loved that this book does not romanticize unfaithfulness, even when it's "just" an ongoing emotional connection with another man. The consequences are devastatingly realistic and not just for Gabby, but also her husband, her children, and friends. This is the first book I have read by Jane Green and I loved it. It is an important reminder for us all to consider the possible consequences before we act, no matter how exciting the prospect may be. My favorite quote: “The biggest mistake any of us can make is to keep secrets. They always come out in the end, and it is the unspoken that causes the most problems."

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Ellen

    Tempting Fate is not one of my favorite books by Jane Green. I was drawn into the story, which moved along quickly, and wanted to know how it would end, but I really could not relate to the main story line. Gabby is willing to risk her happy marriage to a man she supposedly loves, as well as her relationship with her two teenage daughters, in order to feel attractive in the eyes of a good looking younger man. Gabby was extremely self centered and unlikable in the first 130 pages of the book, yet Tempting Fate is not one of my favorite books by Jane Green. I was drawn into the story, which moved along quickly, and wanted to know how it would end, but I really could not relate to the main story line. Gabby is willing to risk her happy marriage to a man she supposedly loves, as well as her relationship with her two teenage daughters, in order to feel attractive in the eyes of a good looking younger man. Gabby was extremely self centered and unlikable in the first 130 pages of the book, yet suddenly became more introspective after she had to deal with the consequences of her little mid-life crisis. The ending was too contrived for me and neatly wrapped everything up in a big bow.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Ugh...having unprotected sex in this day and age, especially when she is cheating on her husband is just so bad that there is no redemption for the character!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Jane Green is massive in the Chick Lit world, but she isn’t someone who I think is a must read. I attempted to read Jemima J many moons ago, but I didn’t like it at all. I don’t know why, but from then I steered clear of Jane’s books. I did try another of her novels, Second Chance, but again it didn’t blow me away. However it seems that her more recent novels have seen her go in a more mature direction, with marriages the main focus, getting into the minutaie of what it is to be married, and whe Jane Green is massive in the Chick Lit world, but she isn’t someone who I think is a must read. I attempted to read Jemima J many moons ago, but I didn’t like it at all. I don’t know why, but from then I steered clear of Jane’s books. I did try another of her novels, Second Chance, but again it didn’t blow me away. However it seems that her more recent novels have seen her go in a more mature direction, with marriages the main focus, getting into the minutaie of what it is to be married, and when I received a copy of Tempting Fate I was really interested to give it a read. A final last chance, to see if I could get on board with Jane Green the way millions of other fans have, or if she was just destined to be an author I just didn’t need to read. I’m actually quite pleased to report that I thoroughly enjoyed Tempting Fate, and that surprised me massively as the novel is actually focused on cheating; something that if you read my reviews you will know drives me nuts. I hate it. I hate that in Chick Lit if a man cheats he’s a scoundrel but if a woman cheats it takes an entire book to justify why she did it and in the end… it’s OK. So a lot of the time a book about an affair with get a 3-star or lower rating and a hefty rant from me, but I liked that in Tempting Fate, Gabby had to live with her consequences and in so many ways, as well. Not only did her affair, her one-night stand, end her marriage, it left her with a surprising (but not entirely unwanted) pregnancy. And so, the novel takes us through Gabby’s mid-life crisis and we see if she’s able to get her life back on track or if her indiscretion was just a step too far for her (quite wonderful) husband Elliott. I really, really enjoyed Tempting Fate. I felt Gabby getting her comeuppance and having to fight for her happiness made it a wonderfully refreshing, honest read. It’s a quieter sort of novel to the novels I normally read, the kind of books that I normally find too slow, books that aren’t generally my type of read, but this was great. For some reason, I was really interested in Gabby’s life and I found it fascinating. Despite my staunch stance that cheating is wrong, I have to admit I enjoyed the scenes building up the tension between Gabby and Matt, it was a nice peek into how Gabby felt about Matt, how him treating her like an adult and a young not middle-aged woman made her feel alive and brilliant. It was easy to be as sucked in with Matt as Gabby was and I found their email correspondence to be so compelling; so compelling I’d have read an entire novel just of their email exchanges, I thought that was Green’s writing at her best! Tempting Fate really was an interesting novel. It has definitely made me interested in seeking out some of Jane Green’s other novels, perhaps starting with her last two from Tempting Fate. This was a mature, enjoyable novel and I really savoured every page. I thought Gabby was a fantastic character; yep, what she did was so, so wrong, but I liked seeing her dig her way back out from such a deep, deep hole. I liked that her relationship with Elliott was practically impenetrable until her transgression, proving you can have the most solid of marriages and still be led astray. I would definitely recommend you pick up the book, Jane Green seems to have matured as a writer and I liked the writing, it kept me hooked. It was a brilliant read, with some fabulous characters, Gabby in particular was a delight, do pick up Tempting Fate, it was great.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Judy Collins

    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 recom 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.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Marla

    When I first started reading this book, it made me mad. How could a woman, who says she is in love with her husband, says she has a wonderful marriage, wonderful daughters, wonderful life could get obsessed with a younger man and ruin her marriage. Yes, Elliott had a vasectomy when Gabby wanted one more child. But that is what a marriage is, it's compromise. You can't force another child on a spouse. So here is Gabby, messing up a good thing and what happens when you cheat on your spouse. This i When I first started reading this book, it made me mad. How could a woman, who says she is in love with her husband, says she has a wonderful marriage, wonderful daughters, wonderful life could get obsessed with a younger man and ruin her marriage. Yes, Elliott had a vasectomy when Gabby wanted one more child. But that is what a marriage is, it's compromise. You can't force another child on a spouse. So here is Gabby, messing up a good thing and what happens when you cheat on your spouse. This is very well written as all Jane Green books are written. It was entertaining and I'm glad I read it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Northern Light

    I have never read any of Jane Green's books before and received this book to review. It reads as a very cliched and formulated book and it's very clear from the very beginning what is going to happen next and indeed the end is clear from a long way off. just not my type of book at all! The main character Gabby is a middle-aged woman and annoyed with her husband goes out with friends for the evening where she is chatted to by Matt a younger man. I disliked her and felt nothing in common with her and I have never read any of Jane Green's books before and received this book to review. It reads as a very cliched and formulated book and it's very clear from the very beginning what is going to happen next and indeed the end is clear from a long way off. just not my type of book at all! The main character Gabby is a middle-aged woman and annoyed with her husband goes out with friends for the evening where she is chatted to by Matt a younger man. I disliked her and felt nothing in common with her and couldn't imagine who would. Sorry but I can't recomend this book

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I didn't really connect with the characters. I didn't believe for a second that Matt would have gone for gabby. Gabby came across as e self centered b...and I just disliked her so much for what she did. I hate books about affairs. Probably shouldn't have attempted this one.

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