Saturday, September 7, 2013

Belonging Review Tour: Review of Temptation + Giveaway!

Welcome to my review of Temptation for the Belonging review tour. Check back tomorrow for my review of Belonging. Along with my review, I have an awesome giveaway that includes books, swag, and a surprise pack from Harlequin Teen. But, first, allow me to introduce today's featured book:



Release date: June 26, 2012
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Series: Temptation #1
Temptation (Temptation, #1)

Your heart misleads you.
That’s what my friends and family say. 

But I love Noah. 

And he loves me. 

We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other’s arms. 

It should be 

ROSE & NOAH

forever, easy.

But it won’t be.

Because he’s Amish.
And I’m not.


My Rating: 4 Roses

Definitely not something I've seen before. Temptation was a different YA romance and I really liked that about it. I really enjoyed reading this book.

What first drew me into this book was that it was based in an Amish society with and Amish hero. I've always been curious about how their lifestyle works, particularly because the media paints a rather nasty picture that I've never been inclined to believe. So, that was a huge draw for this book. And I really liked how the author portrayed it. She explained it without making it seem like one or the other lifestyle was right or wrong. It added an element to this book that made it very unique and different from your average YA romance.

Rose was a lovely heroine. After moving to a new town, she's lost her friends, her mother, and her relationship with her father and brothers his beginning to fracture. So, when Noah comes along, she's hasn't got much to keep her from tumbling right into love. I appreciated that she respected Noah's lifestyle while not allowing him to push it onto her. Some people might read this book and be outraged at the thought of a girl giving up her lifestyle for a boy, but I didn't see it like that. Her decision wasn't taken lightly and, since we see her entire thought process from indecision to certainty, it was understandable. Even though I might not have done the same. In the end, I really liked her character. I thought she was great.

Noah was so sweet. Though his occasional sexist comments made me want to whack him upside the head, it didn't bother me too much because:  1) the lifestyle he was raised in held that view of women and he couldn't be expected to think otherwise when that's what he was taught, and 2) he appreciated Rose's strength as one of his favorite aspects of her and didn't try to change it. He still respected her way of living. I really liked him. He was super sweet. The one thing that annoyed me a little about him was that he expected Rose to give up her life for him, but he didn't consider giving up his life for her. It seemed unfair. I just wish he had considered it at least for Rose's sake instead of rejecting it immediately, though I understood his reasoning. Compromise, my dear, is essential in a relationship. Regardless, I still thought he was downright adorable. I really liked his character.

The romance was brilliantly done. Rose and Noah's feelings for each other were palpable. I could feel them as I was reading. They were definitely sweet together. Though with so many odds stacked against them, we'll see how they manage to stay together.

The plot was steadily paced. It wasn't particularly fast paced, instead matching the tone of the story. Restful and steady. The constant threat of discovery as Rose and Noah embarked on their forbidden relationship had me hooked. And the ending definitely has me curious about how things ate going to work out.

Temptation was a lovely YA romance, one that is definitely unique in the genre. I really enjoyed it and I can't wait to read more in the series. Thank goodness I already have book 2, so I can start reading immediately. YA romance lovers, if you're looking for a wonderful, unique read, then you definitely need to read this book.

*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
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Giveaway:
Up for grabs are 3 copies of Temptation, 3 copies of Belonging, and a Harlequin Teen Surprise Pack full of swag and books. US/CAN only. Ends September 20.
Good luck!

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About the Author:
Karen Ann Hopkins
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.



4 comments:

  1. Now that is definitely a twist. I can imagine that this one would be interesting and make for some interesting conversations! (Like the way he treats her, but doesn't know better, etc.) Very unique, which I love. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  2. When I was in my teens, I actually became friends with a girl that fell in love with an Amish boy and he left his family, home and culture to be with her. They fell in love and eventually got married, they are still together now. Look forward to reading what twists and the final outcome of this story that Karen has written! Thanks for the giveaway chance! :)

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  3. What an interesting series! Lovely covers. I have added these books to my TBR list. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  4. This sounds like a fascinating story. I went to Pennsylvania Dutch Country when I was very young. I fell in love with the area & the Amish. I've watched some TV programs about them & read books. As teens the Amish have to make the choice whether to join the church. Wonder how this story will turn out!

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