Temptation, Paperback book


by Douglas Kennedy

2.90 out of 5 (5 ratings)

Publication Date:
07 June 2007 
Modern & Contemporary 


David Armitage - husband, father and failure - has lived the life of an unsuccessful screenwriter for eleven years. When one of his scripts is bought for television, David's life is transformed, more dramatically than he could have ever imagined. An overnight success and suddenly the toast of Tinseltown, David's upward trajectory finally gives him everything he had ever hoped for. New found success means total reinvention, and initiation into the Hollywood world of high-flyers. Life for David quickly becomes a heady rush of celebrities, parties and women - but everything comes at a price. Walking out on his wife and daughter, David climbs to dizzy new heights, brimming with luxury, opulence and scandal. But before long a dark figure casts a shadow on the horizon. When an influential film director presents David with an offer, the opportunity of a lifetime - could this temptation be one that jeopardises everything David has worked for. Enthralling, vivid and addictive, Douglas Kennedy's Temptation masterfully explores the destructive power of success,and the choices we have to make between personal gain and the people closest to our hearts.

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  • I've enjoyed all of Kennedy's novels and this is another one. The story is about David Armitage, a writer in Hollywood who struggles for years to get a break and then finally finds success. His luck turns and almost overnight David is penniless, friendless, homeless. The twist is the involvement of the multi-billionaire Philip Fleck. This kept me guessing and I stayed up all night to finish it.

    4.00 out of 5


  • I'm quite new to Kennedy's novels and Temptation is the third one I have read. I didn't like it quite so much as the others as I did not take to any of the characters and found the idea of a billionaire deciding to ruin someones life on a whim a bit unbelievable. I'm wondering if I found it harder to take to the characters because the story is told from a male viewpoint rather than the female one in the two previous Kennedy novels I have read but I can't make my mind up on that.Having said that, I still would recommend this book as the action moved well and you do actually get to care how things turn out, even if you don't think everyone deserves a happy ending. I think fans of Danielle Steel type books would certainly enjoy this one. If this had been my first Kennedy book I perhaps wouldn't have given him another chance but luckily it wasn't and I'm intending to read the rest of his books.

    3.50 out of 5


  • I found this book entertaining enough to finish, but lacking in the type of tempo that keeps the pages turning. David Armitage is a flawed character who betrays all of those people that stuck with him as he pursued his dream of becoming a famous screenwriter. After he finds success and lives the life of a wealthy individual, he finds himself at the center of a professionally damaging plagiarism scandal. This experience, of course, leads him to do some soul searching and discover what is really important in life.Kennedy's plot seems to be original and the characters for the most part appear to be plausible except for the eccentric billionaire. This of course makes the whole premise of the book a little shaky. Also, as I read to the end of the book, I felt the resolution seemed to drag on a bit. Overall, I thought the book was an entertaining read, but with a few flaws in the plot and character development.

    3.00 out of 5


  • Douglas Kennedy takes his readers on a roller coaster ride in Temptation. It comes complete with ups, downs, twists, and surprise turns. Temptation was an easy read but I found that I never knew what to expect next and that kept me turning the pages. The ending came as a surprise but not an unwelcome one.As a character I found Armitage to be shallow, selfish, weak, and over the top. These are traits that are usually not good in a character but I think they work here, and he does eventually redeem himself. Don't let the cover fool you. This is not a book about sex. It is about control and the lack of it, fame and the cost of it, money and the effects of it.There was one character where I felt the bad language was a bit much. I know what Kennedy was trying to do with it but I found it a bit off-putting. On the other hand, I absolutely loved the character of Alison, Armitage's agent. She also had some off colored language but it did not seem as out of place.This was an enjoyable read and more like 3 1/2 Smiley, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet. I would suggest giving it a try yourself if it sounds at all interesting to you. Temptation was an interesting peak into Hollywood and it's players. <a href="alibraryofourown.blogspot.com">A Library of our Own</a>

    3.00 out of 5


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